I know there is a lot of interest in recruiting after the Canes hosted their first big weekend of visitors. Unfortunately, there are no new commitments to report as of yet.
The Hurricanes welcomed seven players in all -- including five commitments, running back Mike James, cornerback Brandon McGee, tight end Stephen Plein, defensive tackle Curtis Porter and defensive end Olivier Vernon. The two big targets, however, were Hargrave Military Academy prep school offensive linemen Daniel Campbell (6-5, 320) and 6-8, 335-pound Bobby Massie (the No. 1 prep school player in the country according to Rivals.com).
Massie would be the prize and the Canes have a fair shot at him. Offensive line is obviously a huge priority for the Canes. As of now, only Brandon Washington (who will begin taking classes in January) and Fleming Island's Cory White are the only commitments expected to play on the offensive line at UM. James told me he and McGee were trying hard this weekend to get Campbell or Massie to commit.
"We were really trying to get the big guys," James said. "We're talking to them about trying to win the championship and talked about winning. I think we sold the school hard. They sounded really excited about it. I got Massie's number, called him after the visit. He hasn't called me back yet. But I'm sure he'll call me back. I know they had fun. Miami really does have a chance with those guys."
As for his own impression of his visit, James said he had a blast. The 5-11, 211-pounder from Davenport, Fla. who ran for more than 1,200 yards and 12 touchdowns for a team that finished 10-2 this season, said he spent most of the weekend with Javarris James, a player he refers to as a big brother even though the two aren't related. He said they toured South Beach and Coconut Grove and talked plenty of football.
"The trip was awesome. It was probably the best time I had in my life," James said. "I can't wait to get back down there. We went out on the town, with Baby J most of the weekend, talked football and about school."
> The only player on the visit who you can't exactly consider a 100 percent lock to choose UM is Vernon, who I've been trying to reach since Sunday. The 6-3, 239-pound defensive end is a kid UM was trying to sure up after he made visits to Florida State and Alabama. He and his coach have yet to return phone calls.
> By the way, what looked like the entire Northwestern Bulls starting unit visited UM's practice Saturday. I forgot to mention it before. But 2010 commitment and defensive tackle Todd Chandler was there. If UM was smart, they'd already start working on two other Bulls -- junior receiver Michael Lee Harris and sophomore quarterback Teddy Bridgewater. Harris impressed me with his smarts and speed. Bridgewater is just starting to figure out the quarterback position. But he already beat one of the country's best in Miramar quarterback Eugene Smith last weekend.
Later this week, I'll be in Orlando to watch Northwestern play Sanford Seminole for the state title. And yes, I am hoping to get a chance to meet up with the three kids of interest from Seminole -- defensive end Dyron Dye, receiver Andre Debose and Ray Ray Armstrong.
> From the how do you explain this department: The University of Miami men's basketball team completely fell out of the rankings this week despite going 2-0 with wins over FIU and Robert Morris. Miami had been ranked No. 25 in the Coach's Poll. Now, Clemson, UM's next opponent, is ranked 25th after starting its season 10-0.