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Recruiting updates

I know many of you recruiting die-hards are on edge with less than 48 hours left before National Siging Day. I just wanted to let you know I made a few phone calls this afternoon and there will be a story up on Herald.com shortly giving you an update on some of the local kids.

Here's what I got.

* Northwestern receiver Tommy Streeter was supposed to come to a decision Sunday night during the Tommy_streeter Super Bowl. But phone calls got in the way of him and his father getting a chance to speak. Look for Streeter to possibly make his decision by the end of Monday night. I didn't talk to Tommy Jr., but his father told me this afternoon Tommy enjoyed his visit to UM this past weekend. Still, his dad has no idea where Tommy is going to end up -- just that he definitely doesn't want to wait until Wednesday to say where he's going. I think the fact the Canes got a visit from Streeter in the end definitely helps their chances. But I can tell you nobody -- not even his teammates at Northwestern -- know for sure if he's going to pick UM.

* Booker T. Washington cornerback Brandon Harris told me he is serious when he says UCF is top three finalist for him with UM and Ohio State. Brandon told me he loved his trip to the Golden Knights this weekend and said he really likes the fact its "not too far from home and not at home either." I've thought all along Harris is going to choose Miami and I'm not changing my opinion. I think UM is just the perfect fit with its need at cornerback.

* Cross Hialeah defensive lineman Corey Liuget and Booker T. Washington defensive end Jonathan Jackson off the Canes list of potential recruits. Liuget's high school coach Mark Berman said he told him he knows where he's going and UM isn't among the four hats -- Florida State, LSU, Illinois and South Florida -- he'll have on the table when he puts one on his head Wednesday morning at 9 a.m. As he told me last week, Booker T. Washington coach Tim Harris said Jackson is "more than happy with going to FIU." He said that is why Jackson didn't make it to his official visit to UM this weekend.

* Northwestern receiver Kendall Thompkins did skip out on his visit to UM over the weekend to take an official visit to Nebraska, one of three schools who offered him. I didn't speak to Kendall or his family, but one Northwestern assistant told me this afternoon: "If he didn't stick  with UM I'd be shocked. He's wanted to be a Cane for a long, long time."

JACORY HARRIS, CANE RECRUITS GET HIGH HONORS: UM freshman and former Miami Northwestern quarterback Jacory Harris received one of the nation's top honors Monday when was named The EA Sports National Player of the year. Harris passed for 3,445 yards and 49 touchdowns. He was only two short of the all-time Florida record for season touchdown passes and despite putting the ball up 333 times, he only threw six interceptions. He also rushed for 217 yards and scored three times. Harris is one of nine early enrollees at UM. His dad was ecstatic when I told him about it. Harris became the first player from South Florida to receive the honor and only the fourth player in state history, joining running backs Emmitt Smith (1986) and Travis Henry (1996) and linebacker Derrick Brooks (1990). Other guys of interest selected to the EA Sports All-American First Team: UM linebacker Arthur Brown, defensive tackle Marcus Forston, potential recruits Nick Perry (who visited UM this weekend) and cornerback Brandon Harris and former Cane commitment, now LSU's Patrick Johnson.

PROGRAMMING UPDATE: Just so you know I will be doing the live Q&A over on The Herald's Recruiting page tonight from 7 to 8 p.m. Then, Tuesday night I will be online live here at Eye On The U from 8 to 9 p.m. before switching over Canespace.com from 9 to 10 p.m.
* Also, be sure to check out my interview with Long Beach Poly safety and UM commitment Vaughn Telemaque. It will be posted online in the next hour. I'll provide a link once it is up.