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July 23, 2018

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roachcane77

Let's Go CANES!

ACC LOOK OUT! The U is set to DOMINATE for years to come!

Go Canes!!

Not winning the Coastal would be a cataclysmic failure.

58 Straight

Roach for the win!

58 Straight

I will call the UM ticket office tomorrow to see when they will be mailing the LSU game tickets. Update then. KYCane and TSully please send $$$ for tix by 8/1. Thanks!

Go Canes!!

At the end it will all come down to this game:

https://twitter.com/cfbhome/status/1010645473030483969?s=12

orange 'n green in the vein

Last year's preseason poll was not a great example of 2017 finish accuracy {bracket indicates actual finish};

ACC Championship

1. Florida State -- 118 {lol no}
2. Clemson -- 35 {1st}
3. Louisville -- 7 {lol no}
T4. Virginia Tech -- 3 {lol no}
T4. Miami -- 3 {2nd}
6. Duke -- 1 {lol no}

Atlantic Division (First place votes in parenthesis)

1. Florida State (121) -- 1,108 {6th}
2. Clemson (37) -- 1,007 {1st}
3. Louisville (9) -- 843 {three way Tie 5th}
4. NC State -- 658 {2nd}
5. Wake Forest -- 415 {T 5th}
6. Syracuse -- 362 {7th}
7. Boston College -- 283 {T 5th}

Coastal Division (First place votes in parenthesis)

1. Miami (103) -- 1,065 {1st}
2. Virginia Tech (40) -- 932 {2nd}
3. Georgia Tech (9) -- 708 {3rd)
4. Pittsburgh (7) -- 673 {three way T 6th}
5. North Carolina (4) -- 606 {7th}
6. Duke (4) -- 473 {T 6th}
7. Virginia -- 219 {T 6th}

One out of three is good for baseball but very bad for trying to show you know football.

58 Straight

OGV...did you crash my computer? It had been having issues with it and it was running slowly for a while now but stopped working altogether yesterday. I tried to reload the operating software and it said something like: "Nice try but now way Jose!"

BigWindyCane

Safety Jaquan Johnson, cornerback Michael Jackson, and linebacker Shaq Quarterman were nominated for prestigious awards on Monday.

Johnson and Jackson, both seniors, are on the watch list for the Jim Thorpe Award, given annually to college football’s best defensive back. Quarterman, a junior, landed on the watch list for the Butkus Award, given annually to the best college football linebacker.

Read more here: https://www.miamiherald.com/sports/college/acc/university-of-miami/article215350090.html#storylink=cpy

BigWindyCane

The Canes proved they are talented enough to win the Coastal with an inconsistent and inaccurate Rosier and and average OL play at times. For the Canes to win the ACC, the QB and the OL will need to play up to Hurricanes standards; that will determine if the Canes just win the Coastal and 10-12 wins, or if the Canes break through and win the ACC and make the college playoffs

BigWindyCane

The national media has been high on the Canes all offseason, projecting them in preseason magazines No. 6 (Athlon), No. 7 (Lindy’s) and No. 8 (Street & Smith).

Read more here: https://www.miamiherald.com/sports/college/acc/university-of-miami/article215359415.html#storylink=cpy

NativeCane

I gotta believe OGV's message would be much more entertaining than nice try and no way José!

58 Straight

Canes either finish top 5 or top 15. No way in between. Either way I'm cool. Unless the lose a STUPID azz game to Pitt or UVA. Then I go NUCLEAR!

They could lose to BC or FSU?

raizecane

Not winning the Coastal would be a cataclysmic failure.

Posted by: Go Canes!! | July 23, 2018 at 06:44 PM

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agree 1000 percent

Go Canes!!

SAVE THE DATES: The preseason Top 25 will be released on Monday, Aug. 20, at noon Eastern, four weeks from today.

The preseason AP All-America team will be released 24 hours later.

The final 2017-18 poll, just to whet your appetite: apne.ws/LrP86SD

Go Canes!!

Very interesting read. Curious about everyone's take on it

https://dawgpost.com/s/288/what-happened-at-uga-in-2015-part-one-the-vacuum-is-filled

Go Canes!!

Canes are an unbelievable value.

Bovada favorites to make the Playoff:

- Alabama -250
- Clemson -130
- Ohio State +150
- Georgia +190
- Washington +300
- Michigan +350
- Wisconsin +400
- Auburn +475
- Oklahoma +475
- Penn State +500
- Michigan State +600
- Miami/Notre Dame/Texas +650

TJL

#8

ESPN put Duke as the #23 overall pick in their 2015 Re-Draft. Duke's reputation around the league is pretty high. It just sucks that he's on a team that's won 1 game in the last 2 years.

23. Denver Broncos
Actual pick: Shane Ray, edge rusher, Missouri

New Pick: Duke Johnson Jr., RB, Miami

Ray has had his moments, though he has been banged up and inconsistent even when healthy. Johnson has been one of the most valuable players in the class, as he is a dynamic receiving weapon out of the backfield, grading at 90.9 as a receiver last season, good for second in the league.

CoCane

At least we'll know what we have at QB & OL early. LSU will stack the box and force Rosier to win passing.

What happens when these teams do the same?

FSU
VT
GT
BC
UNC

The results will determine the season

Go Canes!!

Posted by: CoCane | July 24, 2018 at 12:55 PM

They better have good DBs. Cause staying with Richards, Thomas and Harley for more than a second or two won’t be easy.

Not to mention Homer and Lingard out of the backfield.

Go Canes!!

Agree with you btw. Just pointing that out.

Terrance Sullivan

Preach CoCane!

WWIN

I see we still on the same thing... smh!

Didn't we already agree that we were forfeiting this season is Rosier starts???

We only EXPECTED to win 8 games at the most last season and ended up winning 10 which was a complete failure... it's definitely no hope this season!

Let's start counting the losses now like last year... nah scratch that... every team will stack the box and we'll lose every game... more reason to sit this year out!

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Terrance Sullivan

WWIN stop the nonsense most had us winning 9-11 games last year so we met expectations. Stop acting butt hurt bruh. It aint that damn serious. I expect us to win between 10-12 games this season.I had us winning between 9-11 games in 2016 and we met that threshold as well. Take a Chill pill bruh and actually bring something constructive to the damn blog or just carry on somewhere else. The act is tired. U used to really be an asset to the blog what happened. Find your way outta of the wilderness. Take a deep breath. Wax On, Wax Off, and come back to the blog bringing it like U used to and not this crap show U and others have been bringing over the last 3 or so years.

Go Canes!!

I must have been absent the day everyone was predicting 8 wins for a team that ended the season on a great winning streak, including its first bowl win in forever, all in dominant fashion.

WWIN

So let me get this straight... If I don't agree with you I'm "not bringing it"???

Just like I wasn't "bringing it" when Golden was here and you was licking his boots right???

You know damn well you didn't have us winning 9-11 games last year cut it out! You think teams didn't stack the box last year too... oh let me guess... they only stacked the box the last 3 games? 🤣🤣🤣

I'm outgrowing Canes fans... if you're willing to have an intelligent debate on any subject Canes related I'm game anytime!

WWIN

Posted by: Go Canes!! | July 24, 2018 at 02:20 PM

With you SAVIOR at QB remember... he left and you hate Malik!

See how y'all change the narrative... you NEVER thought Malik could fill Kaaya's shoes but here you are today acting like you knew Malik would pick up right where Kaaya left off???

You can't make this stuff up!!!

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thirstybuzzardcane

I agree with with WWIN! No one predicted the canes to do that well last year. I had them at winning 9 games.

This year they'll lose 1 and that loss will be at BC.

Go Canes!!

You can't make this stuff up!!!

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Posted by: WWIN | July 24, 2018 at 02:30 PM


Yet somehow you manage to, every single time you post something.

thirstybuzzardcane

What was everyone's expectations of Rosier? I bet he exceeded it by a mile!

raizecane

What was everyone's expectations of Rosier? I bet he exceeded it by a mile!

Posted by: thirstybuzzardcane | July 24, 2018 at 02:44 PM

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maybe 1/4 mile. A mile is pushing it. He got worse as the year went on so......

Terrance Sullivan

TBC you need to stop the dumb crap as y. I guess reading is not fundamental. So far in the Mark Richt era here at Miami expectations have been met between 9-11 wins accomplished in 2016 with 9-4 and again in 2017 with 10-3. Expectations this year is somewhere in the 10-12 win range so anywhere from 10-4 on the bad side to 12-2 on the good side. I expect Our Canes to reach that level again. The End.

WWIN

Posted by: Go Canes!! | July 24, 2018 at 02:42 PM

LMAO!!!

So if I told you before the season started... a real hurricane will cause us to miss 3 weeks of practice and 1 game and force us to play 10 weeks in a row with NO BYES along with the fact that we are breaking in a 1st year QB with a injury to his throwing shoulder towards the end of the year, no Mark Walton for half the year, No AR for most of the year, no Herndon to finish the year, with a bad O-Line... and y'all would expect 10-1 11-0???

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thirstybuzzardcane

maybe 1/4 mile. A mile is pushing it. He got worse as the year went on so......

Posted by: raizecane | July 24, 2018 at 02:50 PM

Good point!!!

WWIN

Posted by: Terrance Sullivan | July 24, 2018 at 02:51 PM

So even if we have to start Sherriffs and lose key offensive and defensive weapons the expectations will still be 10-12 wins???

thirstybuzzardcane

If Sherriffs started we wouldve been lucky to be a .500 ball club!

Go Canes!!

Posted by: WWIN | July 24, 2018 at 02:54 PM

I would have been really impressed with the fact you perfectly predicted a hurricane hitting South Florida.

But since you didn’t do that, no one would have used it as criteria when predicting our record.

Again, you are making stuff up.

Go Canes!!

Evan Sherreffs never should have been here.

Using him to make your point is the dumbest argument ever.

No we don’t win 10 games with him. Yes we struggle all season if he’s starting.

Rosier is better than him. So what? No one is saying otherwise.

That doesn’t change the fact Malik only completed half his passes in conference play and became a player we had to win in spite of down the stretch.

WWIN

The whole point is...

We caught a lot of bad breaks last year and fans are still ungrateful as if we were predicted to go undefeated when most people picked us to go 8-4 9-3!

UMike

Richards, Thomas and Harley for more than a second or two won’t be easy.

Not to mention Homer and Lingard out of the backfield.

Posted by: Go Canes!! | July 24, 2018 at 01:19 PM

It won't matter if the QB can't get them the ball.

CoCane

Reading is fundamental...

I never said we will lose if those teams stack the box.

I said...

(Read carefully)

How Rosier AND THE OL handle the stacked boxes will determine the success of the season.

I didn't say they would or would not succeed.

The OL has yet to prove they can block consistently. Rosier has yet to prove he can pass accurately consistently.

They're also the least talented positions on the team. Opponents will obviously try to exploit this. Duh...

WWIN

They're also the least talented positions on the team. Opponents will obviously try to exploit this. Duh...

Posted by: CoCane | July 24, 2018 at 05:29 PM

You think teams didn't know that at the start of the season last year? Did it help em? Duh lol...

Bud Foster

Posted by: WWIN | July 24, 2018 at 05:39 PM

We were in prevent the whole time.

Go Canes!!

Posted by: Bud Foster | July 24, 2018 at 06:01 PM


Have another beer, Bud.

TonyCane

We won’t lose. The talent disparity between us and the rest of the Coastal is probably as wide this season as it has been in 20 years. Yes, we’ve always been more talented over the last two decades, but not since Butch left have we had this level of talent and this level of coaching. The Dukes, UNCs, and other filter feeders of the Coastal can no longer match up.

BigWindyCane

TC,
I agree that the talent disparity in favor of the Canes in the Coastal Division is glaring. Canes should really trounce most of its opponents. But Rosier needs to show people that you can’t stack the box and dare him to throw into tight windows. Rosier has to make those throws when they are there. Rosier has to make the simple D-1 QB reads and throws, and the Canes playmakers will do the rest.

The game of football is unforgiving sport. If you show your opponent any weakness, your opponent will go to it and exploit it over and over. At the end of the season, Rosier didn’t make the throws and UNC, Pitt, Clemson and Wisconsin all exploited it. It’s up to Rosier to put in the work over the summer. The coaches will also have to monitor him closelyx, design a game plan and run plays Rosier feels comfortable executing.

thirstybuzzardcane

That doesn’t change the fact Malik only completed half his passes in conference play and became a player we had to win in spite of down the stretch.

Posted by: Go Canes!! | July 24, 2018 at 03:25 PM

I was watching the FSU game the other night and the announcers made a comment about Jimbo saying completion percentage doesn't mean squat!

thirstybuzzardcane

It won't matter if the QB can't get them the ball.

Posted by: UMike | July 24, 2018 at 03:58 PM

If I remember correctly, didn't Richards drop 3 would be touchdown passes last year?

BigWindyCane

Ohio State Buckeyes coach Urban Meyer fired assistant Zach Smith on Monday, days after an Ohio judge deemed him an imminent danger to his ex-wife.

Smith coached with Meyer at UF and OSU. Smith was OSU’s recruiting coordinator.

CoCane

Yes he did thirsty. How many would be TD passes did Rosier miss? I bet you can't count them off of the top of your head...

CoCane

Nosier has concussed Silly Willie 1 too many times

CoCane

If Nosier ever goes to jail. When he has to squat and cough, Willie will fall from Malik's azzhole like bird droppings...

Go Canes!!

I was watching the FSU game the other night and the announcers made a comment about Jimbo saying completion percentage doesn't mean squat!

Posted by: thirstybuzzardcane | July 24, 2018 at 09:32 PM

Then every college coach I've ever heard, besides Jimbo, is wrong.

And even if true, what other measuring tool would you like to use to measure?

Last six games, as the teams, as a whole, got better:

9 TD passes and 8 INTS

Passing yards: 202, 137, 210, 187, 110, 203

Wins 3 losses 3.

Above average games? Honestly, zero.


I'm hoping some of it was due to the shoulder injury, but you could see many of the same issues in games we were winning early.

Overall, I'm torn on what I want for next season at QB. Would love to see Malik get past his many inconsistencies and be the Senior leader this team leads. But I'd also love to see a young guy blow up in fall camp and take hold of this offense for the next four years.

So far Perry appears to be disappointing and Williams excelling. We will all see soon enough who the #2 guy will be coming in, now that there are no redshirt fears.

One thing I do know for sure is if the level of QB stays as it was at season's end, we are still good enough to perhaps win the Coastal, but we will be little threat to Clemson and have no chance of being a Final Four team.

We need good to be great and great to get beyond Charoltte.

WWIN

GoCane Jr... did teams stack the box last season and try to force Rosier to beat em? So what the hell are you talking about for this year???

Outgrowing Canes fan by the post... SMH

Go Canes!!

Outgrowing Canes fan by the post... SMH

Posted by: WWIN | July 25, 2018 at 01:38 AM


Lmao.

raizecane

Smith coached with Meyer at UF and OSU. Smith was OSU’s recruiting coordinator.

Posted by: BigWindyCane | July 24, 2018 at 09:51 PM

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Urban runs a dirty program and its just a matter of time before it catches up to OSU.

TruCane81

If I remember correctly, didn't Richards drop 3 would be touchdown passes last year?

Posted by: thirstybuzzardcane | July 24, 2018 at 09:35 PM

Yes and he was not the only one. There were many beautiful passes dropped by receivers.

Malik was not the same after he took that hit against UNC. If he is healthy this year, he will be an even better version of early season Malik last year. We can go a LONG way with that.

TruCane81

as it was at season's end, we are still good enough to perhaps win the Coastal, but we will be little threat to Clemson and have no chance of being a Final Four team.

We need good to be great and great to get beyond Charoltte.

Posted by: Go Canes!! | July 24, 2018 at 11:21 PM

It won’t.

We will be much better regardless of who wins the job. This is the season we see Searles do his traditional work in the run game. Interior line play will be better. There will be longer, more consistent drives.

We just have to make Dj our Percy Harvin and we will have enough to squeeze out the yards, points, and t.o.p. we need to take the next step and at least COMPETE with Clemson.

58 Straight

12-0.

U are with us or against us.

Who is on the 12% bus this year?

TonyCane

Against. 12-0 is not success. 15-0 is.

orange 'n green in the vein

"Posted by: NativeCane | July 23, 2018 at 09:50 PM"

Finally, someone who can follow a plot around this space! It's like you know me too well, Wally.

"Posted by: 58 Straight | July 25, 2018 at 08:46 AM"

Just talk about the playoffs, coincidentally, the only thing that matters now.

Herbieibis

Don't know what smart is selling at Georgia but they just got their 4th 5 star verbal for 2019. If they keep them that's 10 and counting in a year. Georgia has always had good High school football but they've never had this type of success.

raizecane

Georgia has always had good High school football but they've never had this type of success.


Posted by: Herbieibis | July 25, 2018 at 11:37 AM

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a back-handed insult about CMR? lol

roachcane77

15-0! ALL ABOARD! Let's get this bus ROLLING!

5 star, shmive star... We got some ATHLETES coming to the U!

(If we JUST get more beast LINEMEN, I'll be happy, and could care LESS about other schools and their recruiting.)

Let's GO CANES!

thirstybuzzardcane

Homer will have a huge year!! Heck, he had a huge year last year...1,200 total yards is unbelievable if you consider he didn't start the first 4 games.

Go Canes!!

We can do 12-0 if we fix our QB situation.

WWIN

Posted by: Go Canes!! | July 25, 2018 at 06:44 AM

You've been outgrown since the Golden era by everyone... kicker is... you still don't even know it! Sad

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WWIN

We can do 12-0 if we fix our QB situation.

Posted by: Go Canes!! | July 25, 2018 at 01:07 PM

Example this post ^^^

If we need Tom Brady to go 12-0 with this schedule we need to be fixing some COACHING SITUATIONS!!!

Go Canes!!

Posted by: WWIN | July 25, 2018 at 01:23 PM

Yes you have to be a football guru to know you need a dominant QB to go. The distance.

Why don’t you sink your vast knowledge of he game down to Canes fan level and tell me who, outside of Bama, has won it without a great QB in the last 10-15 years?

thirstybuzzardcane

If we need Tom Brady to go 12-0 with this schedule we need to be fixing some COACHING SITUATIONS!!!

Posted by: WWIN | July 25, 2018 at 01:23 PM

Yup!

CaneFanKB

Coastal is a mess and Miami is easily the most talented/experienced team in the division so it's expected that they win. Pending how the QB and OL play, I firmly believe Miami can win the ACC championship and have a shot at the playoffs. The team has to make up for the dismal 3 points scored in last year's ACCCG, which embarrassingly, is the lowest amount scored in the history of the game.

CaneRock

#KellyTough:

"Scans performed Wednesday by doctors in New York showed no evidence of oral cancer in Pro Football Hall of Fame quarterback Jim Kelly.

The scans came almost four months after Kelly underwent a 12-hour surgery March 28 to remove the cancer and reconstruct his upper jaw. Kelly announced March 1 that doctors had found evidence of oral cancer after he had been cancer-free for more than three years."

http://www.sportingnews.com/ca/nfl/news

thirstybuzzardcane

We play in the best stadium!

https://twitter.com/TomGarfinkel/status/1022191233924562944?s=19

CaneFanKB

Good news about Jim Kelly

Terrance Sullivan

Continued Prayers and Good Vibes For Jim Machine Gun Kelly!

CoCane

Players to trust

M. Jackson
J. Johnson
Pinckney
Quarterman
D. Jackson
J. Jackson
Bandy
Gauthier
Richards
Homer
Dallas
J. Thomas

Every other player in the 2 deep has to prove they can take their game to another level.

So the Nosier slobbers can relax. He ain't the only one.

Now show your true colors and defend the rest of the players that still have to prove they can bring it every Saturday...


Terrance Sullivan

LOL CoCane the Rosier Slobbers are like Lebron Slobbers when the Team wins he gets all the credit when we lose it's everyone else fault lol. They are a cult. Gotta love them tho lol.

MLAlumni1970

Hi Canespacers
Do any of you know where I can buy 2 tickets to the Miami vs. Toledo game? As many of you know, I live north of Detroit, and my boyfriend Richard can easily drive the distance. Otherwise, it may be years before I see my beloved CANES play again. Just had my 70th birthday, and who knows when the Bon Deux (good Lord) knocks. Not before I move to Florida this winter.
GO CANES

Terrance Sullivan

MLAlumni1970 I would suggest Calling Toledo Ticket Office or Stubhub.

Terrance Sullivan

MLAlumni1970 U can Call The Toledo ticket Office at 1-419-530-4653 on next Wednesday August 1st. Go Canes!

Herbieibis

Oh,The Herb says the Coastal is ours, no doubt But we ain't:t their yet when it comes to getting by Clemson. Their front 4 on defense, is basically nothing but 1st rounders. Whom ever is qbing us by that time would have to have the game of their life passing for us to win.

58 Straight

Whom ever is qbing us by that time would have to have the game of their life passing for us to win.

Posted by: Herbieibis | July 25, 2018 at 07:13 PM

So your game plan is???

Go Canes!!

Keep building until we have a roster like Clemson’s.

58 Straight

Keep building until we have a roster like Clemson’s.

Posted by: Go Canes!! | July 25, 2018 at 08:54 PM

Epic Fail.

Go Canes!!

Posted by: 58 Straight | July 25, 2018 at 08:58 PM

We aren’t there yet.

CMR’s real second class hasn’t played a down yet.

We’ll be there soon enough.

Go Canes!!

ESPN has released an early Top 10:

1. Alabama
2. Clemson
3. Ohio St
4. Oklahoma
5. Georgia
6. Wisconsin
7. Miami (FL)
8. Washington
9. Michigan St
10. West Virginia

Go Canes!!

Clemson has a freshman who’s never played a down, at 15-1 to win the heisman:


Current Favorites to win the Heisman Trophy:

Bryce Love (Stanford) 5-1
Jonathan Taylor (Wisconsin) 8-1
Tua Tagovailoa (Alabama) 10-1
Jake Fromm (Georgia) 15-1
Trevor Lawrence (Clemson) 15-1
Khalil Tate (Arizona) 15-1
Justin Herbert (Oregon) 15-1
Trace McSorley (Penn St) 18-1

BigWindyCane


ESPN has released an early Top 10:

1. Alabama
2. Clemson
3. Ohio St
4. Oklahoma
5. Georgia
6. Wisconsin
7. Miami (FL)
8. Washington
9. Michigan St
10. West Virginia

Posted by: Go Canes!! | July 25, 2018 at 10:41 PM

Not surprised GC. This means the Canes are a legitimate threat to make the college football playoffs

Terrance Sullivan

Pretty much the consensus of polls have Us between 6-10. We average around being Preseason #8. Need to play up to that ranking or even better. Basically 12-2 season.

Go Canes!!

Posted by: Terrance Sullivan | July 26, 2018 at 07:30 AM

Agree.

Though it likely won't matter at the end, the LSU game will probably affect our ranking for the majority of the season.

A loss to them gives every SEC homer the excuse to rank a 3-4 loss team in that conference above a 1-2 loss Canes team.

Go Canes!!

From CIS.

This kid may be the most important recruit in our upcoming class and is a must get:

5-Star T Evan Neal Still Taking Time With Decision As Mom Pushes For Miami

David Wilson


BRADENTON -- Evan Neal knows it's not exactly a secret where most of his family would like to see him wind up at the next level. The 5-star tackle grew up a Miami fan, has family which has played for the Hurricanes and grew up closer to Coral Gables than either of the other Big 3 Florida schools.

And, of course, his mother is a factor, too. Even from IMG Academy in Bradenton, Neal talks to his parents every night about his potential college decision. Almost very night, his mother makes her voice heard.

"If it was up to her," Neal said Wednesday at IMG's media day in Bradenton, "I'd already be committed to Miami."

This isn't exactly new news. Neal first mentioned his mother's fixation on the Hurricanes almost a year ago after he visited Hard Rock Stadium for Miami's home finale against Virginia in November. A few months later, the offensive lineman told reporters ahead of the Under Armour All-America Game's Future 50 combine in January that the Hurricanes were doing the best job of recruiting his parents.

But months later, Neal still doesn't foresee an impending decision.

"She’s on me about it, man, but it’s a decision that I’m going to have to make. I’m going to take my time. I don’t want to jump the gun on any type of decision because I only get one," Neal said. "It'll either happen throughout the course of the season or right after the season because I'm early enrolling."

Right now, Neal is most concerned with preparing for his senior season with the Ascenders. IMG won't even let players loose this weekend ahead of fall camp's official start Monday. This means Neal won't be at Paradise Camp on Saturday, nor will he check out Florida State or Alabama. If he were able to take a visit this weekend, Neal said he'd most likely see either the Seminoles or Crimson Tide.

Neal's focus on football rather than the recruiting process is paying off so far. The senior earned a bump to 5-star status in the 247Sports composite rankings after a strong performance at The Opening finals. He continues to reshape his body, as well, as he's down about 30 pounds from the 385 pounds he played his junior season at.

It's still a work in progress for Neal, who realized how much weight he needed to cut in the spring. Packers tackle Bryan Bulaga, as many professional athletes do, spent part of the spring training at IMG. As good as Neal is, Bulaga still wasn't sold on the elite prospect. The offensive lineman told an Ascenders trainer he wouldn't draft Neal if he was a general manager.

"Because I was too fat," Neal said. "That kind of resonated with me. If he’s someone who’s already there and one of the best in the business, and he said he wouldn’t draft me, obviously I’ve got to get with it. I’ve got to get right."

Neal is targeting 320-325 pounds by the time he's eligible to be drafted. He still has a little way to go.

His focus on football, however, means the Hurricanes will have the final impression on Neal as he heads into his senior season. The Okeechobee native visited Miami on June 6 with his father, two cousins and an uncle. While he'd visited a number of times in the past -- most recently for junior day March 24 -- this visit was a chance to have significant one-on-one time with coach Mark Richt and the rest of his staff.

"It was a really, really good visit. They threw everything and the kitchen sink at me, man. I even got to see the new indoor facility," Neal said. "They’ve got something special going on there."

Neal doesn't currently have any visits planned -- and no official visits locked in -- but expects to take a handful during IMG's bye week and after the season. He could also get creative and use the Ascenders' jet-setting schedule to check out some of his top schools. IMG, for example, wraps up the regular season with a road game against Hoover (Ala.) High School on Nov. 2, so he would like to visit Alabama the same weekend.

Terrance Sullivan

Indeed Go Canes!

thirstybuzzardcane

Neal will sign with Bama.

58 Straight

Been through this"My momma wants me to go to Miami" thing before. It usually backfires. I agree Neal goes to Bama.

Go Canes!!

Sounds like the kid is trying to make a well thought out decision.

No idea what it will be but he’s a kid we desperately need, for multiple reasons.

orange 'n green in the vein

GD slurping an underage teen boy while trying to slip the jock over his face for total sniff-age?

What a surprise, no really, this is my surprise typing font . . .

http://www.espn.com/college-football/story/_/id/24198508/college-football-national-champions-20-years-ranked

Prepare to be very upset at the results Hurricane fans!

TJL

Go gators!! frying pans????

https://www.firstcoastnews.com/article/sports/college/florida-gators/report-uf-players-armed-with-frying-pan-rocks-airsoft-rifles-during-on-campus-confrontation/77-577447200

Go Canes!!

Posted by: orange 'n green in the vein | July 26, 2018 at 12:47 PM

Ever notice OCD only posts at the end of the month?

Must be when hey award computer time at the institution he’s at “voluntarily”.

Must have felt a hell of a release for you, stalking your obsession and getting to talk about your other favorite things...your equally bizarre tics about jock straps and the rest.

Hurry, get another one in quick before you lose your privileges again.

Gin & Tonic

Are Canes Kings Of The Coastal?

The probability of them winning the Coastal is 14.3%.

raizecane


Prepare to be very upset at the results Hurricane fans!

Posted by: orange 'n green in the vein | July 26, 2018 at 12:47 PM

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For a second there I got worried. Then I saw the source of the ranking. ESPN sucks and that is all I have to say about that...

TonyCane

TJL, it would have been funnier if it had been laser tag weapons. Or pillows.

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