Barry Jackson

Where UM is looking after losing out on 2020 quarterback target

A six-pack of Hurricanes notes on a Monday:

In the wake of Carson Beck — UM’s top 2020 quarterback target — announcing a nonbinding commitment to Georgia on Sunday, where will the Hurricanes turn for a quarterback in the next recruiting cycle?

There are several on their radar.

UM has offers out to Santa Ana, California-based Bryce Young, a Southern California nonbinding commit; Connecticut-based four-star prospect Tyler Van Dyke and Georgia-based three-star prospect Tee Webb.

Young, a five-star prospect, remains a solid Southern Cal commit, and getting him to change his mind won’t be easy.

As a junior at Mater Dei High in California, Young completed 70 percent of his passes for 3,846 yards and threw 39 touchdowns and six interceptions. Other schools pursuing Young, including UM, might need coaching turnover at Southern Cal to get him to change his mind; coach Clay Helton enters this season on the hot seat.

Van Dyke will visit UM, according to 247sports. Rivals rates him the 13th-best pro style quarterback in the 2020 class.

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Wisconsin is considered among the favorites, but several schools are in pursuit.

Webb, a three-star prospect out of Cartersville, Georgia, threw for 2,800 yards and 36 touchdowns while helping his high school reach the state championship game.

Webb, 6-4, is rated by Rivals as the No. 28 pro-style quarterback in the 2020 class.

“Miami’s offer surprised me, but me and [UM offensive coordinator Dan] Enos started talking when he was at Alabama,” Webb told Rivals’ Chad Simmons. ”I am just going to trust the process and take my time. Some of the schools I am looking to visit are Colorado State, Appalachian State, Miami, Indiana [hasn’t offered] and Georgia Tech. There will be some more, but those are some of the ones on my list. I have been talking to Bowling Green the most, and I talk to Georgia Tech a lot too.”

UM already has landed one star tight end from Las Vegas a year ago in Brevin Jordan, and the Canes are among dozens of schools trying to land another.

Five-star Class of 2020 tight end Darnell Washington didn’t attend the same Vegas high school as Jordan, but Miami is on his radar. He’s rated the No. 1 tight end in this class.

“Everybody wants the 6-foot-7, 255-pound five-star prospect because he could be one one of the best tight ends in Rivals history,” according to Rivals. “There’s a chance he’s that special. Penn State just landed a commitment from his friend Micah Bowens, but Tennessee, Georgia, Clemson, Miami, Florida, Alabama, Auburn, Texas and Texas A&M are also high on the list.”

▪ Besides Miami Norland’s Issiah Walker (a South Carolina commit who is now strongly considering Miami), one of UM’s other top offensive line targets for 2020 is Orange Park-based four-star tackle Jalen Rivers, who has more than 30 offers. He plans to visit UM.

One twist to his recruiting: he wants to attend the same college as teammate Chantz Williams, a four-star defensive end who’s also being pursued by UM. The Canes badly want both players. UM would love four-star Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas offensive tackle Marcus Dumervil, but some expect him to go out of town for college, with Oklahoma among the front-runners.

Enos said he wants to use an H-back at times, and that could give a fresh opportunity to Realus George, who arrived as the nation’s No. 1 fullback last season who played sparingly last season. UM’s tight ends also will get a look at that spot.

UM announced that the annual UM Sports Hall of Fame induction ceremony will take place May 2 at the usual venue, Jungle Island. This year’s inductees: football players Vince Wilfork, Antrel Rolle, Stephen McGuire and Scott Nicolas; basketball player Constantin Popa; track standout Tabia Charles Collins and baseball’s Cesar Carrillo.

▪ UM basketball needs to find as many as four players for next year’s team, which might be difficult because all the top players are committed elsewhere. Expect the Canes to again pursue transfers to fill out the roster.

Even beyond those four, UM will have other new players: guard Kameron McGusty (who’s sitting out this year after transferring to UM from Oklahoma); center Rodney Miller (who is redshirting this season to work on his body and polish his game) and two recruits already signed — New Jersey-based shooting guard Isaiah Wong and New Hampshire-based power forward Anthony Walker.

Wong, 6-4, is averaging 23.2 points and 7.3 rebounds and shooting 60 percent from the field as a senior at Monsignor Bonner High in Trenton, N.J. So there could be as many as eight new players battling for rotation spots.

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