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May 03, 2013

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Old Skool

again

SOUP

Gone fishin...

Old Skool

Looks like a good morning.

LB

It looks like we're going to attempt to sign two QB's in the 2014 class, per Caneinsight. I like the call as it'll increase competition when Morris graduates.

The defensive talent is extremely good this year, and UM seems to be in the mix of all of the relevant ones. Not only does the defense need more depth, but it will need more due to graduation.

Check this out:

DL: Cain, Green, Dye, Porter, and Robinson all graduate.

LB: Cornelius and Gaines are both seniors, and Perryman a possible early entrant to the NFL (but I think he would become a first rounder if he stays all four years).

We have two linebackers (Grace, Bond), one defensive end (Muhammad), and one defensive tackle (Kamalu) coming in.

Does anyone have enough information to tell if any of these guys can soundly contribute immediately?

Also, what's up with moving Fentress to the secondary?

LB

This is hilarious. Per Papa Cane, the following link is presumably of Maria Perez (Shapiro's attorney) on her birthday.

Check out the shirt.

http://t.co/3joApBF7zU

LB

Per 2014 NFL Draft Scout, here are some prospects. Hint: they look better than previous years.

Susan's man: #5 T.
Stephen Morris: #10 QB (a touch low).
Allen Hurns: #11 WR (a touch high).
Asante Cleveland: #12 TE (too high).
Brandon Linder: #16 G (way too low).

But yet:
Pat O'Donnell (our new foot): #1 P.

Is O'Donnell really that good? If so, that'll certainly help the field position battle and could swing a few games our way.

SOMETHING VERY COOL:

My wife's family is from Cincy, and I've heard more than a few different people tell me about Alex Gall. Most of which are football nerds like us, especially in the trenches.

He's all-world manbeast, and it wouldn't shock anyone if he entered the starting lineup by the end of the year. He's that good, and he's playing against excellent competition. Good head on his shoulders, nasty, good eyes, pulls well.

UMike

LB...I think Miami is in the mix and leading for a lot of defensive talent. People like Mike Smith, Valentine, Clark, Patten etc all have Miami out in front. Im sure there are people Im missing.

I think Muhammad might be able to contribute, or at least add some depth. It would be nice if none of them had to contribute and could redshirt, but with the lack of depth, especially at LB, that seems unlikely.

UMike

LB..I think that second QB could be Brad Kaaya. CaneSport reporting there is a good chance he ends up at Miami..

http://rivals.yahoo.com/miami/football/recruiting/player-Brad-Kaaya-145345

Also..it appears Chase Litton wants to be a Cane..but no offer yet..

http://rivals.yahoo.com/miami/football/recruiting/player-Chase-Litton-123448

UMike

There is also interest in Sean White from University School..but no Miami offer

UMike

From Pete Ariz...


Quick hitters 5-2

Nothing groundbreaking here, but just some info to pass along.

**2015 TE Devonaire Clarington has transferred from Southridge to Westminster. Clarington is a 6'5", 230-lb prospect who is still developing as a player. I'm interested to see how he improves this season. Holds offers from Miami, Alabama, and Florida State.

**I had a story with NY DT Thomas Holley last week and he told me that Miami would be visiting him the next day. I caught up with him today and he told me that Coach Jethro Franklin was at his school and spoke to his coach. The meeting seems to have gone well.

**Two days ago, I mentioned Fort Lauderdale HS LB Jaboree Williams as a prospect to keep an eye on through the spring and summer. Today, UNC offered the rising senior. He will camp at Miami and that could be the deciding factor on whether or not he gets offered.

UMike

From CanesInsight...


Brad Kaaya

West Hills (CA) Chaminade High School QB Brad Kaaya says the Hurricanes remain atop his list of favorites.

How far in front is Miami?

"They're pretty far ahead," Kaaya said. "They were my first offer, and coach (James) Coley, coach (Al) Golden are great. It's a team that fits me. It's a school that I've watched since I was little."

Kaaya has one other offer right now, from San Diego State, and he says several other schools appear close to offering. He's taken visits to Stanford, Arizona State, Oklahoma State and UCLA and all are showing him serious interest.

Asked if he thinks any of those programs are close to offering, Kaaya said, "Yeah, they're close. I just like Miami so much because they knew what they wanted and offered me first. A lot of other schools are playing games right now. It's confusing, but Miami's been straightforward."

Kaaya says while UM is across the country that "I'm completely fine with that. Distance isn't really a factor."

He says he could announce a final decision as soon as next month - he has what he calls a "final visit" set up to San Diego State next week. He says the goal is to decide before his season regardless.

"I want to decide pretty early, but then again it's a huge decision," Kaaya said. "I'll take some time to think about it."

Kaaya says he's made it clear to Cane coaches that UM is his clear frontrunner. "Coach Coley, he's excited," Kaaya said. "Every single day I'm calling him on the phone, he's asking when I'll be a Cane, saying Miami is the place for me."

Of what UM likes about him, Kaaya said, "Coach Coley says I'd fit in his system well. I'm 6-4, 218. He likes how I can throw the ball downfield, play in a pro style offense. He said I remind him a lot of EJ Manuel when he was recruiting him."

UMike

From CanesInsider


University School (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) running back Jordan Scarlett (6’0/200) is only a sophomore in high school but holds scholarships from almost every top school in the nation. Those schools include Miami, Alabama, LSU, Florida State and many more. This past season he helped lead University School to a 3A Florida State Championship, rushing a total of 1,357 yards and 22 touchdowns on the year.

“It was a great experience,” Scarlett said when asked about the state title. “best feeling of my life. Now I wear that ring everywhere I go. Hard work and dedication is all you need to win another state ring, and I think we can get two more we have a really talented team.”

He also listed a few factors that will come into play when he makes a decision on where he wants to play college football. “The coaches, how the love is at the school, playing time and staying close to home.”

While he is working hard in spring football right now, he has a couple summer plans. “I might visit FSU,” Scarlett said. “Also may be attending Al Golden Football Camp in June.”

Ohio_Cane

We have two linebackers (Grace, Bond), one defensive end (Muhammad), and one defensive tackle (Kamalu) coming in.

Does anyone have enough information to tell if any of these guys can soundly contribute immediately?

Also, what's up with moving Fentress to the secondary?

Posted by: LB | May 03, 2013 at 08:34 AM
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IMO, don't be surprised if AQM and Kamalu contribute this year.

Grace possibly on 3rd down and ST. Haven't heard enough about Bond to know about him for this season. We'll all have a clearer view after Summer and Fall camp.

Ohio_Cane

Jermaine Grace now follows Canespace on Twitter.

LB

"LB..I think that second QB could be Brad Kaaya. CaneSport reporting there is a good chance he ends up at Miami..

http://rivals.yahoo.com/miami/football/recruiting/player-Brad-Kaaya-145345

Also..it appears Chase Litton wants to be a Cane..but no offer yet..

http://rivals.yahoo.com/miami/football/recruiting/player-Chase-Litton-123448"

I agree. Uneducated guess? I say that Alin decommits, and Kaaya signs.

Key words:
"He likes how I can throw the ball downfield, play in a pro style offense. He said I remind him a lot of EJ Manuel when he was recruiting him."

Pro style offense. I'm glad that we're not going towards the spread.
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"It would be nice if none of them had to contribute and could redshirt, but with the lack of depth, especially at LB, that seems unlikely."

You bet. I don't think Golden's plan of redshirting is going to work (at least on defense) until at least 2015 when the linebacker hex goes away.

Oh, and I heard that Lewis is going to play both ways. Maybe he compliments the tailback depth?

Canesteeler

Scarlett is a BEAST. The young man is power and speed. I heard he did not get into weightlifting until late and the first time he walked into the gym he popped out 15 reps at 225lbs on the bench. The unfortunate thing is SEC schools will throw big money at him. Sapp is one of the biggest ass clowns to ever wear a Canes uniform but the man could play.

LB

"The unfortunate thing is SEC schools will throw big money at him."

Wins cure all ills. :)

Ohio_Cane

Top LB Greg Miclisse from Palm Bay Bayside will visit Miami on Friday, article by @Jon_Bastian http://acc.xofan.com/Miami/top-rated-lb-greg-miclisse-names-top-schools/

Ohio_Cane

Poor Jedd Fisch is short-handed for the first 4 games this coming season already. Blackmon suspended for substance abuse.

http://sports.yahoo.com/news/jaguars-wr-blackmon-suspended-substance-abuse-205809820.html

UMike

Is it me..or do a whole lot of these local kids have TN right up there as their favorites? Seems like a lot of kids lately mentioning TN

CaneRock

Barry Jackson:

ESPN’s Trey Wingo cracked during the third round of the NFL draft that “two of the last three picks have been from Connecticut and we’re still waiting for one pick from the University of Michigan or Miami. Things are changing.”

The fact Miami had only two draft picks (Rams fifth-rounder Brandon McGee, Buccaneers sixth-rounder Mike James) was primarily a result of its small senior class and the previous year’s early departures. Still, UM now has gone five years in a row without a first-rounder after having one every year from 1995 to 2008.

And though the Hurricanes might not have one next year, evaluators see encouraging signs. “Things are changing with the talent level there, especially offensively,” said one NFL scout who studies UM a lot. “They can have at least five kids drafted next year.”

CBS’ Rob Rang lists defensive end Anthony Chickillo as the 45th-best overall prospect in next year’s draft (should he turn pro early) and Seantrel Henderson 49th.

CBS also lists Henderson the No. 5 senior tackle, Stephen Morris the No. 10 quarterback, Allen Hurns the No. 11 receiver, Asante Cleveland the No. 12 tight end and Brandon Linder the No. 16 guard. An NFC scout said he’s intrigued by tight end Clive Walford – “very talented” – and that Henderson can be a first-rounder if he plays to his potential.

Though he’s not there yet, the NFC scout said Morris could make himself a second-rounder if he keeps improving: “He will have the strongest arm in the draft next year.” And “he can move,” another scout said of his mobility. “He wins games.”

Morris will be part of a deep quarterback class, headlined by Louisville’s Teddy Bridgewater, Alabama’s A.J. McCarron, Georgia’s Aaron Murray and Clemson’s Tajh Boyd. UM’s most electrifying player, running back Duke Johnson, will not be eligible for next year’s draft.

CaneRock

More Barry:

### Besides newly-signed 17-year-old Belgian Emmanuel LeComte, UM’s other only natural point guard who will definitely be eligible next season is three-star Corn Elder, who is on football scholarship and will play either running back or receiver. Elder was recruited for basketball by Purdue but not by UM, but UM will allow him to play both sports. Considering LeComte needs time to adapt, Elder might end up being more of a factor in basketball than UM expected.

Ohio_Cane

NFL scout on #Miami QB Stephen Morris: "He will have the strongest arm in the draft next year. And he can move": http://miamiherald.typepad.com/sports-buzz/2013/05/nfl-encouraged-by-ums-talent-dolphins-heat-marlins-chatter.html

The Dude

R.I.P. Jeff Hanneman.

Ohio_Cane

Canes visited 2014 ATH Terry Googer today. 6'4, 210 from College Park, GA.

http://rivals.yahoo.com/ncaa/football/recruiting/player-Terry-Googer-140118

Ohio_Cane

R.I.P. Jeff Hanneman.

Posted by: The Dude | May 03, 2013 at 01:21 PM
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This.

Freakin spider bite... Wow.

SOUP

Jermaine Grace now follows Canespace on Twitter.

Posted by: Ohio_Cane | May 03, 2013 at 10:04 AM

;-)

SOUP

Skool...three decent bass at Lake Walk-In-Water, but really had to work for it. Not as productive as your lake. Saw a huge Gator first thing this AM about 30 yards away in the sawgrass from my sit-on-top kayak. I paddled the other way nice and calmly, well maybe NOT so calmly? LOL

herbieibis

The Herb thinks Grace should redshirt next year to put on much needed weight but since we are thin as blinny pan-cakes at that position, he will, probably have to play. I'd like them to R.S. Mohammed too, to put on weight and Kamula, the Nigerian Nightmare, will probably have to play, even though the Herb thinks he would benefit greatly in R.S. He's a raw bone. The Herb would like to see this take place the next recruiting cycle. 5 DL'S, 3 of which are DT'S, at least 3 LB'S and 3 CB's & 2 safties. I believe that comes to 11 on that side of the ball and we have one so far. Need to play more bump and run and let the chips fall where they may. Have to gamble with this defense. What have we got to lose, nothing else worked last year.

Dude on a Pale Horse

The only 2 things I miss about Florida:

1. Proximity to Canes.
2. Fishing capital of the world.

Idaho has salmon though. Catch and release trout. Florida doesn't have the big game we have either. I guess you can't have it all.

Dude on a Pale Horse

Herb, we are getting there with the RS slowly on D. Golden is like Butch that he believes in depth and competition. We would have more depth at DT but he couldn't get committs. LB has had such attrition that I think Grace plays WSLB.

Dude on a Pale Horse

Totally agree we have to gamble more. Bad Ds have to. Better to go out swinging than just getting punched around.

SOUP


Better to go out swinging than just getting punched around.

Posted by: The Dude | May 03, 2013 at 02:31 PM

There IT is right there.

Now, if we can only get D'No to believe that.

SOUP

Read this the next time BEFORE U want to criticize a DC, ANY DC:

http://www.cbssports.com/collegefootball/blog/jeremy-fowler/22189577/big-12-defensive-coordinators-describe-difficult-job

CGNC

LOL at that picture of Sapp at the bottom. Been a long time

LB

The defensive guys will probably have to play, especially Grace.

LB

Question:

Which of the players (besides Lewis) arrive in Summer Session I?

Old Skool

Sounds like a good time nonetheless Soup.
Never fished Walk in Water.

Old Skool

Canerock
I believe the transfer from KSU is a point guard as well

CGNC

Ohio - I did not think this was possible but I was able to get Cornbread to cheer for the Pens (this round anyway) LOL

CaneRock

Canerock
I believe the transfer from KSU is a point guard as well

Posted by: Old Skool | May 03, 2013 at 03:54 PM

Skool, Angel Rodriguez has to sit out a year. But don't sleep on Corn though, He seems like a pretty good baller from what I've seen...we'll see.

And per Barry Jackson, UM is also pursuing a transfer from Texas:

"The transfer guard that UM is hoping to lure from Texas – Sheldon McClellan – averaged a team-high 13.5 points last season but also drew the ire of coach Rick Barnes because of lack of intensity and effort at times. Others – including Illinois, Marquette and Oregon – are also in the mix."

Dude on a Pale Horse

Good article on defense SOUP. That's why I fully support moving to a 3-4 defense. First, we are always talking about our pro style offense. Well 3-4 is the pro style defense. 2nd, I think its easier to find talent that can get pressure from the outside rather than the inside. McCord should play LB for his future. That's where he'll fit best in the NFL. He needs to be an OLB in a 3-4 coming off the edge like Mathews from GB, and jamming up TEs at the LOS. Plus the 3-4 gives you more speed on the field, especially with the fast LBs in SoFL. With a 3-4 you can create all kinds of looks for blitzing annd get after the QB. I remember when I was coaching OL in FL, the D switched to a 3-5-3. They would blitz like crazy with all those LBs it was hard to pick up. We did it mostly of of necessity. We only had 2 guys we could really play at DT and only 4 DBs. But it ended up being a really fun D for our guys. I think it was '04 and Mickey Andrews ran a clinic on it in Tampa. Good times.

herbieibis

It would be nice to switch to a 3-4 but we seemly can't get LB's to come here for what ever reason. Every season we struggle to get one or 2. Speaking about dee-cordinators having a tough job defending the spread, Bama doesn't seem to have a problem, using 300 lb linemen and 240 lb's to shut it down. You have to have a smart gutsy coordiantor and the personel to stop it more often than not. Using smaller, faster guys doesn't seem to help either, they just run it down your throat.

SOUP

Plus the 3-4 gives you more speed on the field, especially with the fast LBs in SoFL. With a 3-4 you can create all kinds of looks for blitzing annd get after the QB.

Posted by: The Dude | May 03, 2013 at 04:18 PM

The Dude...I would abide with a 3-4 alignment some or even most of the time IF we had four healthy, experienced LBs who could play it! LOL

Here's a little secret for U, if U promise not to tell: Golden wants to go to the 3-4 WAY more than D'No does.

The SOUP abides.

SOUP

The 2013 ACC Champion Miami Hurricanes women’s tennis team will be honored at Saturday night’s baseball game vs. St. John’s.

Members of the tennis team, in addition to the Hurricanes’ eight student-athlete award winners, will be honored prior to the game. Head coach Paige Yaroshuk-Tews will throw out the first pitch, slated for 7 p.m.

The Hurricanes, a No. 6 national seed, will host an NCAA Regional for the ninth consecutive year. Miami (20-5) will face North Florida (16-4) at 2 p.m. Friday, while South Carolina (13-11) and Purdue (17-5) will square off at 11 a.m. The regional final is slated for 1 p.m. Saturday.

CaneRock

Speaking about dee-cordinators having a tough job defending the spread, Bama doesn't seem to have a problem, using 300 lb linemen and 240 lb's to shut it down.

Posted by: herbieibis | May 03, 2013 at 04:29 PM

That's because Saban's specialty is coaching DBs. And Saban coaches the spread version of defense.

CaneRock

I remember when I was coaching OL in FL, the D switched to a 3-5-3. They would blitz like crazy with all those LBs it was hard to pick up. We did it mostly of of necessity. We only had 2 guys we could really play at DT and only 4 DBs. But it ended up being a really fun D for our guys. I think it was '04 and Mickey Andrews ran a clinic on it in Tampa. Good times.

Posted by: The Dude | May 03, 2013 at 04:18 PM

From what I could tell, Miami actually played some 3-5-3 against FSU last season. Seems like they were using it as some sort of "NICKEL", or "DIME" package.

nemo2002

The legislature rejects the Dolphins stadium bill.

The Dude

Posted by: SOUP | May 03, 2013 at 05:01 PM

My lips are sealed. Golden is in charge. He should just do it.

orange 'n green in the vein

The Dude, Jimmy Chamberlin, James Iha, and D'Arcy are all out of Smashing Pumpkins now, but honestly, I thought the new members were fantastic and even a torrential rain (which was pouring on the band and the crowd and led to a mid-song blowout of Corgan's guitar at a key moment of playing X.Y.U. which could have been fatal for the night's presentation but luckily was fixed as fast as possible with minimal disruption) couldn't dampen an awesome show last night. It's great to see Billy Corgan really embrace his inner leading-drop-acid-and-come-see-the-show-tendencies of all the big acts from the 90's because the Oceana Suite they did in the middle of the concert was trippy as all hell in its production and the new album's sounds suit that kind of technological interpretation of that old counter culture rock show event very well. I took a certified and vocal non-fan of the band with me last night but when it was over they said they see them in concert again with no hesitation, which has to be about the highest recommendation of a group you can get I think. My only complaint, no 1979, which is the first suggestion on youtube when you type Smashing Pumkins into the search bar, so I couldn't be the only member of the crowd wondering why it wasn't in the set.

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