Miami's first junior day for the 2018 class will be next Saturday, February 18th.
The Canes will be hosting Clemson in basketball on campus as well.
DB Gilbert Frierson (Coral Gables) (hudl) DB Josh Jobe (Columbus) (hudl) CB DJ Ivey (South Dade) (hudl) WR Daquris Wiggins (Southridge) (hudl)
WR Warren Thompson (Armwood) (hudl) WR Xavier Williams (Chaminade-Madonna) (hudl) WR Mark Pope (Southridge) (hudl) DE James Head, Jr. (Southridge) (Hudl) DE/LB Randy Charlton (Southridge) (hudl) RB James Cook (Miami Central) (hudl) DB Al Blades, Jr. (St Thomas Aquinas) (hudl) WR Elijah Moore (Saint Thomas) (hudl) DB Gurvan Hall (Palm Beach Lakes) (hudl) DL Davontae McCrae (Northwestern) (hudl) K/P Javan Rice (Belen Jesuit) (hudl) DE Andrew Chatfield (American Heritage) (hudl) DT Nesta Silvera (American Heritage) (hudl) DB Tyson Campbell (American Heritage) (hudl) DB Patrick Surtain, Jr. (American Heritage) (hudl) WR Anthony Schwartz (American Heritage) (hudl) QB Artur Sitkowski (IMG) (hudl) WR Joshua Moore (Yoakum, TX) (hudl) OL William Barnes (Apopka) (hudl) WR/FS Gregory Rousseau (Champagnat) (hudl) LB/WR Yasir Abdullah (Carol City) (hudl) DB Randy Russell (Carol City) (hudl) DB Maxwell Worship (Cardinal Gibbons) (hudl)
2019 WR Kalani Norris (Columbus) (hudl) 2019 DE Jeramy Passmore (Columbus) (hudl) 2019 DB Demetries Ford (Columbus) (hudl) 2019 WR Frank Ladson (Killian) (hudl) 2019 LB Mikel Jones (Mater Academy) (hudl) 2019 OL Evan Neal (IMG) (hudl) 2019 DE Nolan Smith (IMG) (hudl) 2020 RB Don Chaney, Jr. (Belen Jesuit) (hudl)
More than 330 supporters packed the Watsco Center Fieldhouse Sunday for the University of Miami’s third annual Celebration of Women’s Athletics.
The event, which sold out for the first time, honored current Miami female student-athletes from each of UM’s nine women’s programs for excellence on the playing field, as well as in the classroom and community.
The event raised $300,000 for the Edna Shalala Women’s Athletics Fund, which provides UM female student-athletes with first-class opportunities to compete, study and prepare themselves for life after athletics. Former UM President Donna Shalala pledged a major gift to the fund, matching all gifts up to $100,000 for the CWA.
Former Hurricanes women’s basketball standout and current Mayor of Dania Beach, Fla., Tamara James, was the event’s keynote speaker. James is the Hurricanes’ career scoring leader and was elected mayor of her hometown this past November.
The crowd was also treated to inspiring speeches from Shalala, UM President Dr. Julio Frenk, Director of Athletics Blake James, Deputy Director of Athletics/SWA Jennifer Strawley, women’s basketball head coach Katie Meier and women’s soccer student-athlete Gracie Lachowecki, who will graduate this spring with a degree in nursing. Hurricanes head football coach Mark Richt and men’s basketball coach Jim Larrañaga, as well as U.S. Women’s National Soccer Team Head Coach Jill Ellis, were also in attendance.
Get ready ladies and gentlemen, because here we go once again!
Over the last three years the Canespace blog has held our annual "Four Play" event in February. We have had a ridiculously good time and the events have been a resounding success each Winter.
So this year we have decided to do it again, but only do it bigger and better than ever. Although after our incredible trips over the last few years, I am not sure that it is even be possible to top it?
Now before we get too far off track, for all of you newbies and novices who aren't in the know, the Canespace "Four Play" event consists of attending at least four UM sports events in just four days or less.
And all of these events are held on the always warm and beautiful University of Miami campus in Coral Gables surrounded by lush palm trees, clear cool blue waters and some really hot women. Seriously, who could ask for more?
That's right every year from 2013 and henceforth we will be attending two basketball and two baseball games in Miami during the month of February.
In 2016 we went undefeated and ended with a perfect 4-0 record on the trip. We definitely hope to repeat that effort again this year!
Here is the schedule as it currently stands:
Wednesday 2/15: UM Basketball vs Georgia Tech at 8 PM.
Thursday 2/16: Florida Keys Road Trip.
Friday 2/17: UM Baseball at 7 PM vs Rutgers.
Saturday 2/18: UM Basketball vs Clemson at 12 noon.
Saturday 2/18: UM Basketball at 7 PM vs Rutgers.
Now, if you wanted to be part of this Canespace extravaganza you still can. We are locked and loaded and ready to roll. Of course, you can always meet us at the Titanic Brewery before all games if you want for a tasty beverage.
Wish us luck, and remember...Nothing beats Four Play!
The University of Miami baseball program welcomed back more than 60 alumni for its annual Alumni Game exhibition Saturday at Mark Light Field, signaling the beginning of Hurricanes baseball season.
Thanks to five solid innings from junior lefthander Michael Mediavilla, Miami topped the Alumni 9-2 on a perfect February evening for baseball. An All-American last season, Mediavilla allowed four hits and one earned run with four strikeouts and four walks.
“He got out of his jams and we played good defense,” head coach Jim Morris said. “Tonight, the biggest thing to me was we played really good defense behind the guys…we know Mike can pitch. He’s got good stuff, he’s healthy, and he’s a proven winner.”
The Hurricanes plated three runs in the third, including a two-run home run from redshirt senior Edgar Michelangeli, and added three more in the fourth to take a commanding early lead. Michelangeli finished with a game-high three hits and four RBI.
“We need some veterans to step up, and [Edgar] is one of them,” Morris said. “He improved a lot last year. If he can improve like that again, it’s really going to help us as a team.”
Leading 6-1 in the eighth, senior Barry Buchowski ripped a two-run triple and Michelangeli connected on a sacrifice fly to push the lead to 9-1.
All Hurricanes alumni were introduced in pregame ceremonies, including Larry Adams, who was celebrating his 90th birthday Saturday. The Alumni lineup was comprised of several professional baseball players, including Ricky Eusebio (Seattle), Dale Carey (Washington), Willie Abreu (Colorado), David Thompson (New York Mets), Chantz Mack (Seattle), Jacob Heyward (San Francisco), Brandon Lopez (Minnesota) and Garrett Kennedy (Los Angeles Dodgers).
Eusebio’s solo home run in the fifth inning was the only run allowed by Mediavilla. Mack hit a solo shot off redshirt sophomore Keven Pimentel in the ninth.
Lefthander Danny Garcia, who plays in the Mariners organization, started the game for the Alumni and threw one scoreless inning.
The Hurricanes open the 2017 season on Fri., Feb. 17 against Rutgers. First pitch for the contest, slated for broadcast on ACC Network Extra and WVUM 90.5 FM, is set for 7 p.m.
University of Miami head coach Mark Richt announced Friday that Craig Kuligowski has been promoted to Assistant Head Coach/Defensive Line.
Kuligowski, who joined the Hurricanes’ staff last season after 15 years at the University of Missouri, will continue to coach Miami’s defensive line.
“Craig did an outstanding job last season working with our defensive line,” Richt said. “He’s a terrific motivator and a great teacher.”
Miami’s defensive line showed vast improvement under Kuligowski’s guidance in 2016. The Hurricanes ranked 20th nationally in total defense, fifth in tackles for loss and 22nd in sacks.
In addition, Kuligowski’s defensive line scheme helped limit opponents to just 4.75 yards per play, a figure which ranked ninth in the nation. Miami ranked 86th in the country in yards per play allowed in 2015.
Joe Jackson ranked second among true freshmen nationwide with 8.5 sacks, while sophomore Kendrick Norton registered 10 tackles for loss and earned third-team All-Atlantic Coast Conference honors.
Kuligowski is entering his 26th year of coaching. He played offensive tackle at Toledo, where he earned his bachelor’s of business administration degree. He and his wife, Mary, have three children.
Festivities are set to begin at 4 p.m., and admission to the event is free. The team autograph session is set for 4-5 p.m. The concession stands, including the famous Mark Light Shake stand, will be open, while representatives from the bookstore will be on hand selling the newest baseball apparel.
Other activities for kids include locker room tours (during autograph session), running the bases after the game, inflatable baseball toss, a "Dress Like a Cane" station, photos with the Miami Maniac, a face tattoo station, and more, while representatives from the Miami ticket office will also be on hand for a Select-A-Seat event.
Miami Hurricanes baseball alumni will take batting practice on the field before being introduced at 5:30 p.m. The alumni will then take on the 2017 Hurricanes in the annual exhibition game slated to begin at 6 p.m.
Season tickets to the Miami Hurricanes’ 2017 baseball season at Alex Rodriguez Park at Mark Light Field are available for as little as $109. Call (305) 284-2263 for more information.
Opening Statement… “I’m very excited to announce our class today, our 2017 recruiting class. Before I do that, there’s a lot of people I want to thank, so if you could bear with me, I wrote down a few names and have a few groups of people that have made this thing work. It’s just amazing how many people that get involved in this recruiting process. I want to start with President Frenk and the leadership that he has given this university and the strength of our university, our academics – it’s a very easy sell when you bring student-athletes on our campus and just get to see the beauty of the campus, and also get to see the way our university is ranked among other universities across America in so many different areas, and overall. For just a great job of leadership of this university, I want to thank Dr. Frenk. Then Blake James, our athletic director, and the rest of his administrative staff - I can’t tell you how much cooperation I’ve had with him, and just to be able to pick up the phone or go by his office and talk to him about things we might need, or ways we can become better, and his willingness to do everything that he possibly can to help be great, I want to thank him.
“Our assistant coaches obviously – they’re the ones that get on the road and do the pounding the pavement, so to speak. Maybe even more so, their wives - our coaches’ wives - in just trying to hold down the fort while everybody is out there doing their job and taking care of business. I want to thank the coaches’ wives as well. Our graduate assistants, our quality control coaches – it’s kind of like all hands on deck in every area of our program, and recruiting is a part of that as well. Our recruiting and player personnel department, headed up by Matt Doherty - just a great job by them. Just their title lets you know that they’re in the heart of all of our recruiting. Football operations, Don Corzine and his group. David Case and our equipment staff. I know you saw pictures of the players that have come on our campus and put on the gear and got a chance to see all the other things we had. But when they put that uniform on, you can just about tell who’s coming. They don’t want to take it off. It’s an awesome job that they do. Gus Felder and our strength & conditioning staff, and also Kyle Bellamy, who heads up our nutrition – those guys do such a great job of obviously developing our players, but obviously in the recruiting process, letting young men know what’s going to happen once they get here. Vinny Scavo and our athletic training staff. So many questions that parents have about, ‘what’s going to happen to my son if he gets hurt? What about the physicals? What about if something happens with dental work?’ Whatever t might be, there’s just so many things Vinny and his staff take care of for our players, and they do such a great job of explaining that to our recruits and their parents. That’s awesome. You can add the Lennar Hospital and its staff. That new hospital is beautiful, it’s fantastic just to know your student-athlete or your son, when they get here, has that hospital right across the street from us, it gives people peace of mind and they’ve been very gracious to host some of our events. It’s been wonderful there. Dave Wyman, Demetrius Darden and our academic support staff. They do a great job explaining everything academically to our student-athletes, our recruits and their families. Shirelle Jackson and the student-athlete development office. “What’s my son going to do besides play football and academics? Is there anything else?” We have life skills, we have community service and all the things we do that really enhances the holistic approach to these student-athletes that we bring here at Miami.
“Our professors, the University of Miami faculty, the deans of schools – I can’t tell how many times professors have sat down with families and young men to just take an afternoon or breakfast time out of their life to sit there and talk to our student-athletes and prospective student-athletes…I can’t thank them enough. We have such an intimate group of professors and deans and all that. We’re not a huge university – we’re a small private institution. Because of that, our student-athletes and our prospective student-athletes understand how easy it is to get to know your professor, where in other places, there’s so many kids in class you can’t even see your professor half the time. We love that. Drew Rossetti and the video department, there’s so many things that he has done to help us prepare for our weekends. Leo Ramos and our graphic design. Our compliance staff - Craig Anderson and his group.
“And our current Miami players. How many times do young men come on campus and they see everything that we show them, but then they spend time with their player host and the player hosts are our current players. It takes a sacrifice. You may give up your Friday night or your Saturday night or sometimes we have player panels where kids will come in the afternoon, they might help us demonstrate strength and conditioning. Our current players are really bought in to helping us be great. I want to thank our current players for that. Our fans. You can’t create excitement without fans. Our fans are very rabid. They love this university, they love this team and they create a lot of excitement around recruiting. They create a lot of excitement at our ballgames, when recruits come to a ballgame and see our fans respond to players, it’s just paramount. Just a lot of people to thank, even our custodial staff who keeps the building clean when we bring our prospects on recruiting weekends. Almost every weekend is a recruiting weekend. There’s official visits and unofficial visits. Almost weekly, there’s somebody coming onto our campus to spend time.
“With that, I guess I’ll just open it up to questions. I know you all know the list of people, of our players. I’ll just say this. We have 24, I think it is, in the house right now, counting the guys that are already here at midyear. I think it’s 16 out of 24 are from the state of Florida. One of our junior college kids, Jhavonte Dean, didn’t play junior college ball in the state, but he’s a local kid. He’s an in-state guy and actually a south Florida guy. If you count him in the 16, two-thirds of our [class] is from the state. Because of our national brand, and because of popularity of our program, we can attract great plyers outside the state. I’ll say one more thing before I open it up: we really hit, across the board, all the position needs we have. There’s at least one guy at every single position across the board. We feel real comfortable that we hit the number. There’s a couple spots we may look into the possibility of graduate transfers or someone who might transfer before it’s over, so there are a couple spots available, which I think is a smart thing to do, the way recruiting goes nowadays. We do have a space or two left for that type of thing. Other than that, I thought we nailed it and we’re very excited about this class. With that, I’ll open it up.”
On adding speed at the wide receiver position in Mike Harley, Jr. and Jeff Thomas… “As you mentioned - Harley and Jeff Thomas, we also have Evidence Njoku. He’s pretty fast too. As of right this second, Deejay Dallas, we believe, will start at the receiver position. There’s always a chance - he’s so versatile, he can really probably play three different positions for this team. We did need speed. We know Ahmmon [Richards] can really run on the edge, and we have some other guys in the program that run well. If you have a superfast guy on this side of the field and you don’t have much speed to balance it, then guess what? The defenses starts to tilt towards the speed and all of a sudden you get guys double-covered and all that. But if you have speed on each side, you have speed in the slot, you have speed at tailback, it’s hard to just sit there defensively and try to shut a guy down. We’re excited about that. But not only are they fast, they’re very skilled, they can make people miss. I think they’re very legitimate receivers. They’re not just fast guys that happen to play football. They’re football players who happened to be fast.”
On if there is added boost when players make their commitments on national television… “These guys pick their own timetables as far as when they announce. We don’t. We don’t say, ‘Hey, do it signing day for extra good drama’ and all that kind of thing. When you have good news like that, on a day like today, when fans aren’t 100-percent sure – and I’ll be honest with you, we’re never 100-percent sure until the fax or I guess nowadays email or even a picture of the NLI come through - it’s good to have that positive momentum on signing day.”
On putting a fence around south Florida in his first full recruiting cycle… “Everybody talks about putting a fence around south Florida, but if you put a fence around it, there might be 120 guys that are going major Division I - guess what? You can only take 15 or 20 a year, on average. You can’t get every great player in the tri-county area. It’s impossible. The goal is to get the ones you want or at least a high percentage of those. Some kids want to stay at home. Some kids want to leave. There’s a lot of different dynamics to the whole thing. But when you have that many great players in your backyard, you have to make sure you are creating those relationships with those kids as early as possible. People will say, ‘you had a whole year to recruit those guys.’ That’s true, but guess what? You start recruiting kids in the eighth grade, ninth grade, 10th grade, 11th grade…it’s not like we had a full year. You really need a recruiting cycle, nowadays, [which] is three or four years long. There’s a lot of seeds that have been planted with young kids. I probably went to close to 20 youth parks, maybe up to the eighth grade, maybe, and just trying to spread the love right away because it takes a lot of time to create those relationships. Because we’re close to so many, it’s easy for them to come on campus - come watch a basketball game, come watch practice, come hang out for no good reason. It’s not that hard to get in the car and come see us. Because of that, we want to continue to get all the young great talent in this area to feel comfortable around us.”
On the addition of quarterbacks Cade Weldon and N’Kosi Perry and how the race will unfold… “The quarterback position, talking about having two that we’ve signed, one is already here in Cade Weldon and N’Kosi [Perry] on the way - both of these guys are very talented guys. They’re quality quarterbacks that are athletic. Sometimes you have quarterbacks who can run, but they’re a runner who can throw decent. These guys are true quarterbacks who happen to be able to run well, which is a nice dynamic to have. It doesn’t mean you have to have a guy that can run like a deer to be great, because it’s has been happening for years without it. But I do like the fact that they can move. Like you mentioned, Cade is in town and he’ll get a chance to compete this spring. He’ll be in practice, he’ll be in the meetings, he’ll do all those things - he’ll get about as many reps as everyone else on scholarship this spring. It’s a wide open competition. I absolutely don’t have a front runner, in my mind. You would think I would after being here a year, but it’s as wide open as it can possibly be and my guess is it’ll go well into the summer and fall camp before we figure out who it is.”
On the difference in recruiting student-athletes to a small, private school like Miami… “When you have a private school institution, a private school education, people pay a lot of money to get a lot of value. When you’re at a private school, just like if you go to a private school in high school, you tend to have certain things you might not get at a public university or public high school. One of the things, I think, that people pay for and the value of education is the number of students in the class. If you average 18 to 24 students in a class, that’s a great ratio. It’s just like our strength program - if you lift 60 guys a time with five coaches, that’s about 11 guys per coach. But if you lift 20 guys with five coaches, that’s four guys per coach…hat’s a great ratio. The same thing is true educationally. If you have a small classroom setting, you have a chance to actually get to know your professor. You might ask your professor for help and not just rely on a tutor in a certain class. Of course, the beauty of the campus and the fact that we’re in south Florida, I call it ‘paradise.’ It’s a beautiful place. Beautiful weather. That’s why everyone wants to live down here.”
On keeping spots open for potential additions to the class, including high school or grad transfers… “Sure. If a high school player hasn’t signed at this point…no one has to sign on signing day. They can sign tomorrow, they can sign a week from now, they can enroll in school in August if they want do. We have space if there are guys still out there who have interest in Miami, we would entertain that and we welcome the opportunity to have them join our team. I think it’s healthy to have one or two at the end of your class, because things do happen. Sometimes the ability to have space for another guy to join your team - whether it’s a high school kid who didn’t sign or a graduate transfer or whatever it may be, even a walk-on you might be able to put on aid and those types of things.”
On the addition of local offensive linemen Navaughn Donaldson, Corey Gaynor and Kai-Leon Herbert… “We thought we did great with our offensive line. The whole class we’re excited about, but we just felt there was a tremendous need to get our numbers up at that position, but also bringing in guys we really thought could help us be great. All three of those guys are guys that will compete for playing time right now. I say right now, [I mean] this season coming up. There’s no doubt in our minds they have the skillset eventually become a starter and be great before this thing is over. It’s hard to be a really great offensive football team if you can’t provide space for your runners and time and space for your quarterback. I feel like we’re well on our way to having that group be special for us in the near future.”
On the difference between recruiting in a time crunch last year to a full first year…. “A year ago, we were just trying to see who was committed, trying to see who was still on the board as far as the previous staff. Of course the recruiting staff was still here, and they were holding things together. There were some assistant coaches that were still here and they were working. They were continue to recruit these kids. I gave credit a year ago, I’ll give credit again - they did a very nice job of recruiting that class last year. Some guys fell by the wayside in the transition, and we added a couple here and there, but there were some tremendous football players already committed, that when we made our evaluation, we agreed that they could help us win and we continued to recruit those kids. Some of them just had a true love for the university, some felt like they were excited about the possibility of what we might be able to bring as a staff. It was very good.
“This year, obviously having a lot more time to get into the high schools, spend times with the high school coaches in our tri-county area and in the state, and all the other places we went to, just try to help them understand what we’re about, and getting faith in confidence that if they send their young men to our school, they’re going to get everything they need. And a chance to get to know these players more. There were some NCAA restrictions on guys being able to come to your campus. A year ago, a kid could only go to one event – one football game, basketball, baseball, track…if they wanted to come to a sporting event, they could come to one. That was it. After that got lifted, that allowed us to bring guys to every home game if they wanted to come, come to basketball games, come to baseball games. Getting them on your campus is huge. The previous staff was fighting with one hand tied behind their back. This is the first year we’ve had 85 scholarships. We were at 80 a year ago. There’s a huge difference.”
On if he noticed any difference in recruiting with the addition of new coaches in the state of Florida… “Not really. I think we’re always going to be an exciting place for young men to go. I don’t think we’ll have any trouble attracting guys to our school. As I said before, there’s such a large talent base in this area, I think there’s enough talent for all of our state schools to have success. There will be battles, for sure, but I think if we do our job the way we should, the University of Miami will have great, great classes in the future.”
Robert Burns (Miami, Fla.) – Running Back – Gulliver Preparatory School Four-star running back prospect by ESPN... Three-star prospect by 247Sports, Rivals and Scout...Selected to 2017 Under Armour All-America Game... Rated No. 67 prospect nationwide regardless of position on ESPN300...Ranked No. 7 running back nationwide by ESPN...Rated No. 25 running back nationwide in 247Sports’ Composite Rankings...Rushed for over 1,200 yards in high school career with 15 rushing touchdowns...Had 265 yards junior year...Totaled 900 yards with 13 touchdowns in first two varsity seasons...Coached by Earl Sims at Gulliver Prep...Chose Miami over offers from Alabama, Clemson, Florida, Florida State and Ohio State, among others.
Amari Carter (Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.) – Safety – Palm Beach Gardens High School Four-star safety prospect by ESPN...Three-star prospect by 247Sports, Rivals and Scout...Ranked No. 238 player nationwide regardless of position in ESPN300...Ranked No.5 on Palm Beach Big Board and Super 11 pick by Palm Beach Post...Had 60 tackles and three interceptions during junior year at Palm Beach Gardens...Coached by Rob Freeman at Palm Beach Gardens...Chose Miami over offers from Auburn, Clemson, LSU, Michigan and Notre Dame, among others.
DeeJay Dallas (Brunswick, Ga.) – Athlete – Glynn Academy Consensus four-star prospect by 247Sports, ESPN, Rivals and Scout...Played quarterback, receiver, running back and defensive back at Glynn Academy...Also returned punts and kicks...Ranked No. 15 athlete nationwide by Rivals and No. 190 overall prospect regardless of position...Rated No. 230 prospect nationwide on ESPN300...Earned No. 259 ranking on 247Sports’ Composite Rankings...Rushed for 1,139 yards and 13 touchdowns during junior year at Glynn...Added 678 passing yards and seven passing touchdowns...Led Terrors to 11-2 record in final year...Rushed for 168 yards to go along with 135 passing yards in final game of high school career in state quarterfinals ...Chose Miami over offers from Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Florida State and Georgia, among others.
Navaughn Donaldson (Miami, Fla.) – Offensive Lineman - Miami Central High School Consensus four-star offensive line prospect by 247Sports, ESPN, Rivals and Scout...Selected to 2017 Under Armour All-America Game...Ranked No. 8 offensive tackle nationwide and No. 44 prospect regardless of position by Rivals...Rated 87 prospect nationwide on ESPN300...Ranked fifth-best player at position by ESPN...Rated No. 69 player nationwide on 247Sports Composite Rankings and No. 68 in Top247 rankings...Preseason All-America by USA TODAY entering senior season at Miami Central...Won state championship junior year with Rockets...High school teammate of fellow early enrollee Waynmon Steed...Coached by Roland Smith at Central...Chose Miami over offers from Florida, Florida State, Georgia and Louisville, among others.
Zach Dykstra (Spirit Lake, Iowa) – Offensive Line – Spirit Lake High School Consensus three-star offensive line prospect by 247Sports, ESPN, Rivals and Scout...Ranked top-50 offensive tackle nationwide by ESPN...Ranked No. 5 player in state of Iowa by ESPN...Rated No. 7 player in state by Rivals...Chose Miami over offers from Iowa, Iowa State and Vanderbilt, among others.
Jonathan Garvin (Lake Worth, Fla.) – Defensive Line – Lake Worth Community High School Four-star defensive end prospect by ESPN...Three-star prospect by 247Sports, Rivals and Scout...Ranked No. 279 player regardless of position on ESPN300 rankings...Ranked No. 22 defensive end by ESPN and No. 33 by Scout...Dominated in final year at Lake Worth, finishing with 97 tackles, 59 tackles for loss and school-record 18 sacks...Totaled 93 tackles, including 36 tackles for loss and nine sacks in junior year at Lake Worth...Added six forced fumbles and one interception for Trojans in 2015...Coached by Micah Mays at Lake Worth...Chose Miami over offers from Clemson, Florida State, Georgia, Oklahoma and Tennessee, among others.
Bradley Jennings Jr. (Jacksonville, Fla.) – Linebacker – Sandalwood High School Consensus three-star linebacker prospect by 247Sports, ESPN, Rivals and Scout...Ranked No. 36 outside linebacker nationwide by Rivals...Had 146 tackles and 10 tackles for loss in junior season at Sandalwood...Added three forced fumbles and two sacks for Saints in 2015...Selected to 2015 Florida Times-Union All-First Coast Second Team...Coached by Adam Geis at Sandalwood...Chose Miami over offers from Florida State, Louisville, Michigan and North Carolina, among others.
Brian Polendey (Denton, Texas) – Tight End – Guyer Consensus three-star tight end prospect by 247Sports, ESPN, Rivals and Scout...Ranked No. 11 tight end nationwide by ESPN...Ranked No. 20 tight end in 247Sports’ Composite Rankings...Rated No. 24 tight end by Rivals and No. 25 tight end by Scout...Born in Eugene, Ore., and grew up in state of Washington...Finished junior year with nine receptions for 117 yards and two touchdowns...Coached by John Walsh at Guyer...Chose Miami over offers from Arkansas, Colorado, Houston and Michigan, among others.
Waynmon Steed (Miami, Fla.) – Linebacker - Miami Central High School Consensus-three-star linebacker prospect by 247Sports, ESPN, Rivals and Scout...Ranked No. 19 inside linebacker nationwide by Rivals...Rated No. 22 inside linebacker by 247Sports... Suffered torn ACL during senior year... Missed junior season with shoulder injury...Finished sophomore season at Central with 83 tackles, leading team to state championship...High school teammate of fellow early enrollee Navaughn Donaldson at Miami Central...Coached by Roland Smith at Central...Chose Miami over offers from Colorado, LSU and NC State, among others.
Cade Weldon (Tampa, Fla.) – Pro-style Quarterback – Thomas Jefferson High School Consensus three-star pro-style quarterback prospect by 247Sports, ESPN, Rivals and Scout...Ranked No. 19 pro-style quarterback nationwide by Rivals...Rated No. 23 pro-style quarterback by ESPN...Totaled 3,135 passing yards and 19 touchdowns in senior year...Completed 61 percent of passes in final campaign and rushed for 368 yards and one touchdown...Missed junior year due to knee injury...Threw for over 2,100 yards with 20 touchdowns in sophomore year at Jefferson...Father Casey was 1991 Heisman Trophy runner-up under then-Florida State offensive coordinator Mark Richt...Chose Miami over offers from Kentucky, South Carolina and Wake Forest, among others.
On a day of personal bests, led behind seven made 3-pointers and 26 points by senior guard Davon Reed, the University of Miami men’s basketball team edged out NC State, 84-79.
Looking for the series sweep, the Hurricanes fell behind early, trailing 21-11 at the halfway mark of the first half.
However, the Canes clawed their way back to even the score at 30 apiece, with less than five minutes to go in the half. Another run, sparked by a Dennis Smith Jr. 3-pointer, helped the Wolfpack enter the locker room leading 45-36.
Following two made free throws by Abdul-Malik Abu, Miami (15-7, 5-5 ACC) tallied a 15-5 run to take their first lead of the second half, 53-52.
With 8:30 left to play in the game, Miami trailed NC State, 61-58. Led by back-to-back 3-pointers, from sophomore Anthony Lawrence Jr. and Reed, the Hurricanes took the 64-61 lead that they refused to give up.
As Smith responded with a three of his own, freshman guard Bruce Brown knocked down his own shot from beyond the arc, while junior point guard Ja’Quan Newton nailed a jumper, to give the Canes a 69-64 lead.
With a pair of free throws, with 4:07 left to play, sophomore center Ebuka Izundu surpassed his career-high, hitting his 15th and 16th points of the game.
In the closing 30 seconds of the game, Lawrence set his own career high with a couple made free throws to give him 19 for the game. Following a made 3-pointer by Terry Henderson, Brown ended the game with an electrifying dunk.
NC State (14-10, 3-8 ACC) finished the night shooting 27-for-48 (56.3%) while Miami finished 31-for-62 (50.0%). The Hurricanes outscored the Wolfpack 48-34 in the second half. Four Hurricanes scored in double figures: Reed (26), Lawrence (19), Izundu (16) and Newton (13).