If you ask UM commit Joseph Jackson of Gulliver, Alabama and South Carolina are the two schools still going after him hardest despite his commitment to the Canes.
But in the midst of the push from two SEC powers, Miami fans shouldn't sweat it too much right now.
"I stick to myself as strong," Jackson says of his commitment to UM. "They have a light chance, but they respect that I'm committed to UM."
A teammate of two fellow 2016 UM commits in wide receiver Dionte Mullins and safety Cedrick Wright, as well as 2017 running back Robert Burns, Jackson says he can't speak for them but does feel they also remain solid to the Canes.
A defensive end when the pads come on, Jackson, at 6-5 and 245 pounds, plays middle linebacker in 7-on-7 in the offseason, where he was playing at the Nike Football Opening Team Games this past Saturday at Oxbridge Academy.
"It helps me work on my footwork, my speed, my agility, my reaction on defense," says Jackson, who had an interception in one of his games.
Gulliver has been active in 7-on-7 play this offseason.
"Every 7-on-7 we're trying to get better as a team, in our coverage, in our offense," Jackson says. "We try to memorize every play and try to stay in sync."
A multi-sport athlete, Jackson says he will play basketball as a senior at Gulliver and may run track again.