On Sunday we posted the University of Miami's top 15 recruits of 2011 as selected by Twitter guru "SaveUMFootball" (Papa Cane).
But with all due respect we have some differences with his rankings. So today we are posting the Canespace rankings of the 2011 recruits.
Here is our list and a few comments about each player:
#15: DT Corey King:A wide-bodied (6-1, 270) space eater who will be called on to provide depth along the DL behind expected starters Forston and Regis. King is also living a dream. This class of 2011 prospect had committed to FIU a week before national signing day, but the Panthers had to back off because King needed to receive a qualifying score on his ACT. He took the test again and scored an 18 which was good enough to get an offer from the Miami Hurricanes, his dream school since the sixth grade. Put that in your pipe and smoke it Super Mario!
#14: DE Olsen Pierre:An New Jersey native who became the first recruit ever signed by Golden at UM. He is an early enrollee who was recruited by Golden while he was still at Temple. Pierre found his way to Coral Gables this Spring where he has managed to get himself acclimated to his new coaches, teammates and surroundings. In spite of his head start on the rest of his 2011 classmates we think Pierre may redshirt this season due to the solid depth at DE at UM in 2011.
#13: ATH/LB Eddie Johnson: A three star recruit who played his high school football in Alabama and Georgia. Played both RB and LB in high school. Another candidate for the MLB spot even though it has been rumored that Golden may give him a shot at RB. He will likely redshirt this season.
#12: LB Antonio Kinard: Another three star prospect from Ohio who arrived at UM by way of Hargrave Military Academy. This big boy (6-3, 215) is a tackling machine that runs a 4.6 40 yard dash. Will provide much needed depth at LB for Miami in 2011.
#11: DE/LB Ricardo Williams:A local talent and versatile player who was the all-time sack leader at UM LB coach Michael Barrow's high school: Homestead in South Dade. Williams fits the 3-4 scheme that D'Onofio and Golden are rumored to want to implement at least on a part-time basis at UM. He gave a strong "Butch" slap to North Carolina head coach Butch Davis when he chose Miami over ACC rival UNC. We like that!
#10: WR Rashawn Scott: Another early enrollee at Miami who in our opinion will turn out to be the "sleeper" of this class. Big, tall WR with excellent hands who we strongly believe will impress beyond many fans' expectations. Somebody write that down, OK? No seriously, write it down!
#9: OL Taylor Gadbois:What's a kid with a hockey name like this doing playing football in Georgia? Well we like his name and we love the impressive size of this big, burly Peach State product. We are counting on Swasey and Kehoe to turn this physical offensive lineman into a road grader. The Canes are solid along the OL so a red shirt is likely in 2011 for this North of the (Florida) border player.
#8 WR Phillip Dorsett:This St. Thomas Aquinas product was another huge "get" for the Miami this year. Some say that Dorsett reminds them of Roscoe Parrish. I say he reminds me of former Hurricane Reggie Wayne. Dorsett has great hands, excellent technique and above average speed to go along with those gifts. Suddenly, with Miami's WR depth now in question Dorsett could see some playing time this season.
#7: DB/S Dallas Crawford: Not quite as as fast as Grooms but has excellent footwork, is very quick in and out of breaks and has excellent cover skills. Will be looked at to provide depth at the glaringly thin and unsettled CB spot for Miami in 2011. Will be counted on to push the starters and either Crawford or converted RB Eduardo Clements may even work their way into a starting role by the end of the season if one of the upperclassmen (Chambers, McGee, etc.) falters or stumbles.
#6: DT/DE Jalen Grimble:A five-star signing day steal for Golden, Carroll and company. Two words: Unlimited Potential. Some think he will get some playing time this season and may even be the he next Warren Sapp. I think he has an excellent chance to be a great player for the Hurricanes but am not ready to anoint him the next anything until I see him make a spectacular play while wearing "The U" on his helmet. We will all be eagerly watching his progress this Fall as he bulks up under Swasey and gets coached up under D'Onofrio.
#5: LB Gionni Paul:OK, OK I know what you are probably thinking: "That is way to high a ranking for this player!" My response is: "Wanna bet?" Another one of the early enrollees for 2011 who has UM defensive coaches openly admitting that they have a man crush on and are salivating over. Insiders that have seen him at practice tell me that he is not only among the fastest and most athletic LBs in this class but also that they have see in Coral Gables in severalyears. It will be hard to keep him off of the field at WLB and we predict that he will play early and often in 2011.
#4: RB/PR/KR Kevin Grooms: If speed kills then Kevin Grooms is a lethal weapon. We think that Grooms plays this year primarily on special teams as a kick off or punt returner. He is a game breaker and a difference-maker type of talent that is as elusive as he is fast. Blink and you will miss him. We think opposing defenses will blink.
#3: DB Thomas Finnie: An early enrollee at UM from Miami Central HS that was headed out of town to attend college before Golden re-programmed and changed the trajectory on this Rocket. Everyone has to love a player that Golden recently claimed was "The hardest working Hurricane." We like that, yeah we like that a LOT! That and the fact that he plays CB, a position at UM that needs all of the "hard workers" it can find in 2011.
#2: LB Denzel Perryman:This Coral Gables high product will wear #52 at Miami but reminds me of a player who wore #51 at The U: Jonathan Vilma. Either way many insiders believe that he will become the type of impact player at MLB that the Canes have been searching for over the last several years. I look forward to seeing #52 live up to the number he will wear and give me several reasons to agree with those "in the know", and soon!
#1 DE Anthony Chickillo:What else can we say about 3G that hasn't already been said? Beyond his obvious talent on the field he appears to have many of the intangibles to also be a leader in the locker room. Even if he plays up to only half of the hype he received coming out of HS Hurricane fans will be in for a treat watching "Chick" wreak havoc in opposing team's backfields for the next few years. Chickillo is the surest bet of any of the players in this class to play early and often in 2011 and be a starter in 2012.