Miami recruiting: DE Cameron Williams remains ‘strong’ with Hurricanes
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In-state schools try to flip Miami DE commit Cam Williams
Cameron Williams came out of the locker room following Chaminade-Madonna College Preparatory School’s spring game in Hollywood, Fla., on Wednesday and stepped back toward the field. He scanned the sidelines and quickly spotted a pair of familiar faces. Defensive line coach Jess Simpson and safeties coach Ephraim Banda were there to watch the 3-star weakside defensive end wrap up his spring with an intrasquad scrimmage.
The relationship between Williams and Simpson, who joined the Miami staff in March, is still growing. Williams flipped his commitment from Florida to the Hurricanes on Jan. 20 when former defensive line coach Craig Kuligowski was still his primary recruiter. Williams has now had a handful of chances to meet his new future position coach, including March 24 for Miami’s junior day. The defensive end told DieHards earlier this month the two are in touch just about every day and it has him feeling good about his pledge.
“I’m a strong commit right now,” Williams told DieHards after his spring game at Chaminade-Madonna.
Even so, Williams admits he’s keeping his options open. The 6-foot-5, 230-pound end de-committed to Florida after the coaching change, but made his way back to Gainesville on March 30. A day after visiting the Gators, he made his way to Tallahassee, Fla., for an unofficial visit with Florida State. Louisville, Pittsburgh, Kentucky, Penn State, Wisconsin, Nebraska, Oklahoma, Kansas State and Central Florida have offered, too. The defensive lineman has no shortage of high-profile suitors.
A number of those teams had coaches in South Florida on Wednesday for the Lions’ scrimmage, including the Seminoles, Gators and Nittany Lions. Those three teams, Williams said, are the ones he hears from most, other than the Hurricanes.
Earlier in the spring, the Hurricanes looked as if they would only need to fend off Florida State and Florida. Williams said he’s not married to the idea of staying in Florida for college, though.
“It don’t matter,” Williams said. “I’m looking at everybody I can.”
Despite relatively limited opportunities Wednesday, Williams displayed why he’s so coveted. Even in pregame warm-ups, the defensive lineman moved as fluidly up and down the field as anyone. His mobility could even allow him to play some tight end this season, although he worked exclusively as at left end Wednesday.
Once the game began, Williams and the Chaminade-Madonna defensive line terrorized the Lions’ young quarterbacks. The No. 34 player at his position in the 247Sports composite rankings for the Class of 2019, Williams recorded 1 sack and 1 solo tackle, plus a number of gang tackles. Simpson was happy with the high-upside prospect’s performance.
“He said he loved the way I played today,” Williams said. “He can’t wait until I get to the U.”
Williams was generally happy with his spring, although he knows he has more work to put in before he arrives in Coral Gables, Fla., in 2019.
Williams is already a bit bigger than the typical lanky, promising high school edge rusher. He can still get bigger, though. That will be needed to ensure he can be multi-dimensional enough for the next level.
“My next step is probably more strength,” Williams said. “I’ve got to be working with 300 pounders and moving them around.”
Miami offers reigning Georgia sack champion
Miami continues to comb Georgia for talent along the defensive line. On Wednesday, it led the Hurricanes to the most prolific pass rusher in the Peach State.
Miami delivered a major offer Wednesday to Logan Cash, a 3-star strongside defensive end from Winder-Barrow High School. It was likely the highest profile offer yet for the player who led Georgia in sacks in 2017.
— Logan (@LoganCashhh) May 17, 2018
Cash, who racked up 23.5 sacks as a sophomore, claims more than 30 offers, but only a fraction are from Power 5 Conference schools. Virginia Tech, Wake Forest, North Carolina, Syracuse, Rutgers, Washington State, Central Florida and Memphis are some of the other notable programs to offer the 6-3, 256-pound defensive end. Clemson pulled the trigger Thursday, a day after Miami did.
With Cash’s size, the defensive lineman would like move to defensive tackle with the Hurricanes. He is, however, quick enough to also make occasional appearances at wide receiver for Winder-Barrow.
Interest picks up for Miami 2020 DT commit Willie Moise
Even though he missed most of the spring with an injury, Willie Moise has done enough to catch the eye of some major college programs. The 4-star defensive tackle, who committed to Miami on March 1, already had a long list of high-profile offers before pulling the trigger. Now, the teammate of Williams can add two more. The 6-4, 260-pound lineman from Chaminade-Madonna picked up an offer from Louisville on Wednesday and another from Mississippi on Thursday.
— Willie Moise (@Big_will91) May 16, 2018
— Willie Moise (@Big_will91) May 17, 2018
Moise was a two-way contributor for the Lions as a sophomore in 2017. He started at guard for Chaminade-Madonna and also chipped in as a defensive end. The 247Sports.com rankings, however, list him as the No. 18 defensive tackle in the Class of 2020.
Moise is in the double-digit range for offers. Syracuse, LSU, Kentucky, Tennessee, Oklahoma and Florida Atlantic are among those on his list.
Interest also continues to rise for 4-star athlete Marc Britt. The 6-2, 180-pound prospect from Champagnat Catholic High School in Hialeah, Fla., is the top wide receiver in the Hurricanes’ 2020 class after recent de-commitments from 5-star wide receiver Leonard Manuel and 4-star wide receiver Jermaine Burton. Two more suitors, however, have joined the lengthy list of offers. North Carolina offered Wednesday and Alabama-Birmingham followed suit Thursday.
Blessed to receive an offer from university of North Carolina 💎 @SleeperAthletes @PBFireFootball @iRepCoaches @JerryRecruiting @coachstubbs95 @Andrew_Ivins @Coach_Marroquin @coachmarroquin @CoachHB pic.twitter.com/O4AZI0MM0g
— Marc Britt(P6) (@marcbritt_P6) May 16, 2018
Blessed to receive an offer from University of Alabama Birmingham 🐉 @Andrew_Ivins @coachmarroquin @PBFireFootball @iRepCoaches @JerryRecruiting @coachstubbs95 @Andrew_Ivins @Coach_Marroquin @UAB_FB pic.twitter.com/IUYFiQ5Dqh
— Marc Britt(P6) (@marcbritt_P6) May 17, 2018
Britt, who could also play free safety, holds additional offers from North Carolina State, Louisville, Wake Forest, Syracuse, Florida, Alabama, Nebraska and Florida Atlantic.