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February 25, 2018

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86Cane

Finally, a win to be proud of!

Terrance Sullivan

86 Yes Sir Brotha. See you and KY on Friday. Raize are you in Brotha.

86Cane

Yes Sir TSully!

Terrance Sullivan

Boom. Can't wait.

raizecane

86 Yes Sir Brotha. See you and KY on Friday. Raize are you in Brotha.

Posted by: Terrance Sullivan | February 25, 2018 at 11:58 PM

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I now have to work this weekend :-(

Aerocane

Good morning
Any updates on DL coach? I know richt isn't in a rush but we need a good one who unlike the previous one to remain unnamed needs to be able to recruit.

Terrance Sullivan

Ugh. Totally understandable Raize. We will have fun in your honor brotha.

Tsully76

If any other Canespacers tha live in South Florida that would like join us for any of the events over this weekend. Come join us. Go Canes!

Aerocane

I'd love to - but in Jax and tax season!

Tsully76

Yes Aero. Totally understandable brotha. We will have fun in your honor as well.

86Cane

I now have to work this weekend :-(

Posted by: raizecane | February 26, 2018 at 06:53 AM

You should quit your job and go to Four Play. IJS

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#Miami coach Jon Richt traveled to Eugene five-straight Mondays to see his top 2019 QB target Michael Johnson Jr. Because of that, the #Hurricanes are a top contender for the touted prospect: 247sports.com/college/miami/… @Andrew_Ivins

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SEC offers for Miami commits the past few weeks:

OL/DL Renato Brown - Alabama, Georiga, UK and Missouri.

OL Kinglsey Eguakun - Tennessee and Auburn.

TE Larry Hodges - LSU.

DL Cam Williams - Missouri.

LB Jesiah Pierre & RB Marcus Crowley - Florida.

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This staff does an incredible job of identifying talented guys early, getting on them before everyone else, then getting them committed and keeping them.

Think about it, Richt flew five straight weekends to Oregon, including before THIS year’s signing day to recruit our number one target for NEXT year.

BigWindyCane1

This staff does an incredible job of identifying talented guys early, getting on them before everyone else, then getting them committed and keeping them.

Think about it, Richt flew five straight weekends to Oregon, including before THIS year’s signing day to recruit our number one target for NEXT year.

Posted by: Go Canes!! | February 26, 2018 at 11:41 AM

No doubt, CMR's staff are good talent evaluators. They identify good recruits early. As this season progresses, you will see these recruits rise up other school boards soon, and their rankings will be 4-5 star range across the board. Last year's class was the best since 2008, and IMO will become the most productive since the 2001 class. The 2019 class is also just as stellar.

I think it is smart to recruit one good QB a year. Its good to have competition at all positions, especially QB. High-level QBs tend to transfer at higher rates than any other position. Most QBs transfer after the first 1-2 seasons if they don't win the starting job. Still, you need someone ready to replace a starter if the starter gets hurt or doesn't play well. And the new transfer rules will likely lead to even more transfers. CMR needs a steady stream of recruits each year who want to come in and compete right away.

raizecane

You should quit your job and go to Four Play. IJS

Posted by: 86Cane | February 26, 2018 at 09:43 AM

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I should.... :-)

86Cane

People have quit their jobs for lesser/worse reasons. IJS

CGNC

86! Don't be such a bad influence on Raize...or is it the other way around?

Go Canes!!

Raize is the bad infuence in any relationship.

86Cane

I mean seriously when you have to choose between WORK and FOUR PLAY is that even a choice?

WWIN

Posted by: Go Canes!! | February 26, 2018 at 11:41 AM

Hate to break it to ya but... he's not our #1 target and CMRJR is wasting his time... IJS

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D Money at Caneinsight: I mentioned this on the podcast, but sometimes coaches' sons understand better than anybody that coaches move around. The smartest thing is to commit to a school, or a coach with unusual job security (Richt would fit that bill at this stage).

As an aside, Jon Richt might be the most underrated recruiter on staff. Jon flipped back N'Kosi Perry after he decommitted and declared his wish to play for a spread in the SEC. He locked down two highly recruited QBs last year (Sit and JW) and is leading the charge on Johnson, Jr.

The most telling quote from that interview is that Jon flew to Oregon every week of the past month. I remember him living in Ocala until Perry recommitted. These QBs love knowing they are the guy, and Jon plays that card.

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A six-pack of Canes notes on a Monday:

▪ Longtime recruiting analyst Tom Lemming said UM’s incoming offensive playmakers are among the top five in the country.

And coach Mark Richt made clear this past weekend that he has every expectation that several of those running backs/receivers/tight ends will be impact players right away.

That group includes elite tight end combo Brevin Jordan and Will Mallory, five-star running back Lorenzo Lingard, five-star receiver Mark Pope, plus four-star receivers Marquez Ezzard and Brian Hightower and top fullback Realus George, among others.

“Oh yeah,” Richt said when asked if it’s realistic to expect that group to be impact players immediately. “We expect those guys to have a huge impact on our team from an offensive standpoint. And there will be some defensive guys that will absolutely have to play and maybe start.”

He said top freshmen play at every program but “we’re at the position now where a lot of them will have to do it.”

Lingard and Travis Homer are favorites to be the top two running backs, in some order, this season, with DeeJay Dallas and incoming Cameron Davis also in line for playing time.

It would be surprising if Pope isn’t among UM’s top five receivers this season.

And Jordan and Mallory could be the top two tight ends if they hold off Michael Irvin Jr., with Brian Polendey the other other tight end on scholarship.

Richt called Pope “dynamic.” Offensive coordinator Thomas Brown said Lingard is “a slasher, a one-cut downhill-type guy’’ who “can make you miss” without a lot of wiggling.

Tight ends coach Todd Harley said Jordan “has unbelievable ball skills, just the ability to track a football and make the catch, body control in the air. Once he makes the catch, he’s such an athlete that he makes plays in space that most big men can’t make. And then he has the size and the girth to be able to break an arm tackle or run through a DB trying to tackle him... [Mallory] can run, he’s got great length. He really reminds you of a young David [Njoku].”

UM's Mark Richt talks about his latest recruiting class
Miami Hurricanes coach Mark Richt speaks to reporters about how his team did on National Signing Day at the University of Miami's Schwartz Center in Coral Gables on Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2018. Matias J. OcnerMiami Herald

▪ I asked Richt this Saturday: When he watched Alabama in the national title game (after having played Clemson without three of Miami’s key offensive weapons in early December), does he believe UM is still far away in matching the Crimson Tide’s talent or close to Alabama’s level.

He didn’t answer directly but said this: “We’re always trying to upgrade our talent. We played most of the season with only 72 on scholarship. Didn’t have a lot of guys behind some of our better players to play at the same level. That’s why we recruit. We did a really good job of getting ourselves closer, but we’re still probably at about 82 [which is three under the maximum permitted]. That’s about the max number we can get going into this year. We’re not quite to maximum numbers yet.

“But we’re getting the right guys in the program, guys we’ve evaluated and believe in. We’ve got to keep doing that. When we keep putting these recruiting classes back to back to back, then we’ll have that type of team.”

UM lost nine scholarships because of NCAA probation from the Nevin Shapiro scandal. UM came off probation more than a year ago.

▪ Richt said UM expects to open its indoor practice facility on Aug. 1. “The last piece of steel is going up on Tuesday,” he said. .... On the ongoing grueling mat drills for his players, Richt said: “Now I’ve got 85 percent of the team that really knows how to do it. When new guys come in, they know ‘I have to get to this level.’”

▪ One returning Canes player who isn’t permitted to speak on the record during this time of year said what’s impressive about Lingard, an early arrival, beyond his talent, is that he’s a very hard worker in the weight room. In other words, there’s no sense of entitlement there because of his five-star pedigree.

That player also been impressed by quarterback Jarren Williams’ skill set.

▪ At this point, UM isn’t aggressively pursuing another grad transfer (beyond the two already committed), but remains open to it if the right one emerges…

Four-star Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas cornerback Jaden Davis told Canesport’s Matt Shodell that “Miami’s in great shape” for him. “Just being the hometown team, I’m so comfortable with the program.” But he plans to visit Ohio State and Oklahoma and consider others, too.... St. Augustine Class of 2019 defensive back Kenny Logan told Canesport that UM is No. 1 on his list.

▪ The UM men’s basketball team, which plays at North Carolina at 9 p.m. on Tuesday, does not expect to get guard Bruce Brown back from foot surgery before next week’s Atlantic Coast Conference tournament.

“My own opinion is no, he’s not going to play in the ACC tournament,” coach Jim Larrañaga said on a conference call Monday. “But if the doctors change their evaluation — we’ll have to wait and see what the doctors say. Right now he is not going to be evaluated again until March 12.”

Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/sports/s...y-jackson/article202230539.html#storylink=cpy

BigWindyCane1

Lingard’s work ethic is encouraging. I saw him at a couple of camps. Good kid. Lingard is tall for a RB, and has room to gain muscle. He is also unusually fast and athletic. Perhaps, the best athlete the Canes have recruited at that position since Mcgahee

thirstybuzzardcane


Lingard’s work ethic is encouraging. I saw him at a couple of camps. Good kid. Lingard is tall for a RB, and has room to gain muscle. He is also unusually fast and athletic. Perhaps, the best athlete the Canes have recruited at that position since Mcgahee

Posted by: BigWindyCane1 | February 26, 2018 at 08:53 PM

His body and running style remind me of Adrian Petterson. Should be interesting to see him play next season.

thirstybuzzardcane

How's Lingard catching out of the backfield?

86Cane

I would love to see some McGahee 2.0!

BEERicane

Aero, you are in Jax? I’m moving there in June/July. Looking forward to it.

WWIN

Posted by: Go Canes!! | February 26, 2018 at 07:07 PM

Hope he's right... but I don't see it with this one

86Cane

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