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June 02, 2013




FINAL FROM CHAPEL HILL #FAU 3 #UNC 2. Owls force deciding game with upset victory vs. Tar Heels, the No. 1 overall seed in NCAA tournament


Damn we def need a young and enthusiastic coach with a different approach for the baseball team!!!



June 2nd Al Golden camp full report

**There was a lot of anticipation heading into the day about the potential quarterbacks on display. Miami commit Brad Kaaya and Malik Rosier (Miami offer) showed up as expected, but Alin Edouard was not in attendance. It’s looking less and less likely that Edouard will wind up in the class, but the ‘Canes got a stud in Kaaya. He threw a consistent spiral all day and his athleticism is apparent in drills. Rosier showed flashes of his ability, but was not as consistent as Kaaya. Rosier has a very live arm and is eerily similar to Russell Wilson in stature. James Coley was very vocal coaching the two of them, although he naturally showed more attention to Kaaya.

**One of the more interesting developments of the day was Dwyer’s Johnnie Dixon actually competing. He showed up and didn’t go through the first set of drills, but laced up and ran routes later in the day. Him and Kaaya showed a nice connection on the field and it’s interesting to see the two of them working together considering Kaaya told me on Friday that Dixon was one of the main people he was looking forward to meeting. Dixon’s mom was out there wearing a Miami hat and she was having a conversation with Kaaya’s mother. I also saw Kaaya’s mom chatting with Ermon Lane and his coaches.

**Brennan Carroll was showing a lot of love to Dixon and his mom. It looks like Miami has a very real chance with him. Dixon is a flat out stud and I don’t think the gap between him and Lane is as big as most people think. Dixon is the total package as far as size, speed, and hands. He is so smooth and catches the ball effortlessly.

**One of the bigger names out there was 2015 STA WR Devante Peete. He definitely pops out at you physically, but I was not blown away by his performance. He’s a step slow and doesn’t have consistent hands. He looked like a future tight end to me.
**American Heritage S Carter Jacobs had one of the better performances of the day. He showed good burst and feet in cone work and also held his own against the top receivers as well in 1-on-1s.

**In attendance, but did not participate: 2015 University School RB Jordan Scarlett, 2016 University School WR Sam Bruce, 2014 Champagnat Catholic DT Travonte Valentine, 2014 RB Joseph Yearby (Miami commit), 2014 WR Ermon Lane

**Immokalee ATH J.C. Jackson looked very good and the coaches were showing him a lot of attention throughout the day. It will be interesting to see if Miami can get into the mix because it was obvious today that the staff loves him.

**Recently offered DE Kevin Bronson of Village Academy was participating and he looked like a beast physically. Although he wasn’t as tall as I had hoped, he has a lot of muscle with room to grow.

**South Dade WR C.J. Worton was there during the early part of the day, but stopped before route running and one-on-ones. I was looking forward to seeing him compete.

**Champagnat Catholic S Michael Johnson (Louisville commit) sat out early, but ended up participating. Johnson has a great frame and projects well down the road with his long arms.

**2014 Cocoa DT Freddie Booth-Lloyd is a name that has popped up recently as a potential target, but I would be surprised if Miami offered. He’s listed at 6’3”, but he looked closer to 6’.

**2015 Tampa Hillsborough QB Dwayne Lawson looked like a basketball player at 6’5” with a lanky build, but he looked solid throwing the ball around. He needs some work with his mechanics, but he has a lot of potential. He holds a USF offer.

**Both Tavarus and Kendrell McFadden (no relation) were in attendance and competing. This was my first look at Kendrell in person and he was as good as advertised. Coach Paul Williams was showing him a lot of attention. Miami still hasn’t offered Tavarus and I’m guessing they have questions about his speed.

**2015 Saint Andrew’s TE Jake Bargas was dominating in one-on-ones, catching everything thrown his way. He isn’t the tallest, but he’s only a sophomore so he still has room to grow. He showed great body control and caught the balls away from his body.

**Cypress Bay ATH Marquese Dudley-Gordon was working with both the receivers and defensive backs. I’m not sure the camp setting is the best for him because he’s not the biggest or fastest, but I really like him with pads on.

**American Heritage ATH Isaiah McKenzie had one of the best showings of the day. He ran a 4.43 40 and was lockdown in one-on-ones. Miami should really take a hard look at him because he can affect the game in a number of ways.

**A name to watch out for is 2015 STA WR Damon Arnette. Arnette played last season at North Broward Prep and will be apart of a great trio of receivers between himself, Corey Holmes, and Devante Peete at Aquinas. Arnette ran a 4.5 and stands at 6’1” with room to grow.

**Travis Rudolph had a great day. He beat Mike Johnson one and Johnson had to grab Rudolph's shorts to prevent a catch. Rudolph is the real deal and gets better each time I see him.


Damn we def need a young and enthusiastic coach with a different approach for the baseball team!!!

Posted by: UpNorthCane | June 02, 2013 at 09:23 PM

Yes sir!


Aldarius Johnson


Just don't bring in Jeff Loria to shake things up.


Any new recruits/commits?


From Tito @ CIS...

2014 Dwyer Receiver Johhnie Dixon was one of the top receivers at Sunday’s Al Golden Football camp as he displayed his talents and competed versus numerous prospects.

“It was a good experience. I didn’t do all the drills but I did the route running. It was fun.”

Dixon was working with other big time prospects including receiver Travis Rudolph and Miami QB Committ Brad Kaaya.

“It was fun working with those guys, I work with Travis a lot so thats the usual, but it was a new experience working with Brad (Kaaya) and all the other quarterbacks.”

The speedy receiver was talking to both receivers coach Brennan Carroll and Head Coach Al Golden and enjoyed the different conversations they had.

“They were telling me that I was running good routes and that they want me to be apart of the family there.”

The Dwyer product seems to have built a great relationships with both coaches including one outside of football.

“I love coach Carroll, not only as a coach but as a person also. I love coach Golden too, he is a great guy.”

One aspect that Dixon appreciates about coach Carroll is his sense of humor.

“Coach Carroll is funny, he brings a good sense of humor into everything which is good for anything especially recruiting.”

One prospect that was consistently chatting up with the Boca native was Miami commit Brad Kaaya

“He was just telling me they want me to come with him to Miami and he is a good quarterback he has a good arm.”

Dixon still claims no leaders but does admit Miami is a main school of interest.

While Dixon is still planning to take his visits, he is looking to make a decision in the near future.

“I wanna make it as soon as I can.”

Dixon is planning on visiting Miami during the summer again.

*Dixon rated the camp a "10 out of 10"
* Looking for early playing time and somewhere his parents are comfortable with


I think this kid ends up a Cane...

From Pete Ariz..

2015 St. Thomas Aquinas WR Damon Arnette (6’1”, 175) was one of the most impressive receivers at today’s Al Golden Football Camp and he had some positive feedback from the experience.

“It was good because it was really one of the first camps I ever went to. It was just good experience. I learned I have to keep my hands moving while I’m breaking in and out of my routes,” said Arnette.

Arnette recently transferred over to STA from North Broward Prep, where he played his first two seasons of high school. The rising junior spoke about the transition to a new environment.

“It went well. I started at the slot position and was able to get balls thrown to me. I got used to it pretty quick because my mindset really didn’t change. I was just a different type of player and didn’t think I fit in at North Broward so I thought the change would be good. Everybody here is about winning and we have the same goal.”

The wide receiver group consisting of Arnette, 2015 Devante Peete, 2015 Jonathan Washington, and 2014 Corey Holmes is going to be nearly impossible for opposing defensive backfields to stop.

“It is gonna be scary. There’s also another receiver named Jonathan Washington to look out for. We’re gonna shock people because everyone is saying we graduated so many people, but were working hard and I feel like we’ve been getting better every day.”

One change that Arnette will need to make at St. Thomas is playing the slot.

“At North Broward I played the Z. I’m adjusting to slot fine, it’s just shorter routes than I’m used to running.”

**Arnette plans to attend FSU and Alabama camps this summer
**Here are his sophomore highlights:


Malik Rosier Interview on CS

- Met with Coley, Golden & Kehoe for 3 hrs after camp with his dad.
- Golden will allow him to also play baseball
- Really likes Coley
- Miami is his leader
- Will visit Bama, Miss, & Miss St. will commit sometime mid July
- Felt comfortable on campus
- Had good rivalry with Kaaya but got along well
- Was impressed by the amount of talent that Miami brought to camp


Kaaya Wins QB MVP - Canesport Interview


His commitment is a 100% solid and UM has the best coaching staff in the nation.

Hung out with Coach Coley on Saturday and took his mom around campus.

It means a lot that he won the QB MVP.


For those who it matters to DT Dalvon Stuckey is now a 4-Star on Rivals..pushing Miami back up to 13th in team Rankings


6 of Miami's 8 commitments are 4-Stars according to Rivals... a couple of them are 5-Stars according to Scout.


Miami now the leader for QB Malik Rosier


Defense, por favor.


LB...some of the main defensive targets either didn't go or didn't compete..although S Michael Johnson (currently a Louisville commit) did compete in the second half of the day and got attention from the coaches.


although Nick Linder is only a 3-Star, he is the 10th ranked C in the nation bu Rivals. There is only 1 4-Star C..so don't expect him to rise above a 3-Star lol


DT Thomas Holley is also now a 4-Star and ranked the 4th best DT in the nation...Golden and staff were on him early before he blew up..hopefully that work pays off.


Tony Barnhart

Miami case will get resolved this year

The school goes before the NCAA's Committee on Infractions on June 13. I'm not going to rehash what a black eye this investigation has been for the NCAA and for Miami. It needs to be over for all parties involved. Miami has already self-imposed a postseason ban for the past two years, which kept the Hurricanes out of the ACC championship game last December. After all of the issues with the NCAA investigation, some of which caused the Director of Enforcement (Julie Roe Lach) to be fired, it's hard to see Miami getting additional penalties.

But I will say this: If Miami gets additional penalties, the infractions committee had better have it damned well documented with reliable, verifiable sources. One more slipup in this investigation will land the whole thing in court and nobody needs that.




### One UM football player said the team finally has purged itself of players who can’t be counted on and don’t buy in.

“It’s a very mature group,” Al Golden said. Former UM running back “Mike James spoke to the team after the NFL Combine about why these things we preach every day are so important."

But with the defense’s problems last year, there’s disappointment about the decision to part ways with Gabe Terry, Eddie Johnson and Gionni Paul after multiple team violations (and Thomas Finnie for his arrest). “Terribly frustrating,” Golden said of the missteps he hopes are now over. “To lose a kid because of poor choices off the field is disappointing.”

### Former Canes point guard Shane Larkin declined to work out for the Knicks, who pick 24th, because his agent now feels he will not be on the board when New York picks. Most expect him to go in the teens or low 20s at worst.

Read more here: http://miamiherald.typepad.com/sports-buzz/#storylink=cpy


Brad Kaaya was touring around Miami on Saturday with his mom when he got a call from Trent Dilfer and the crew from the Elite 11 inviting him to the national finals for the quarterback-challenge event.

Kaaya, the West Hills (Calif.) Chaminade Prep quarterback, who is committed to the University of Miami, is in South Florida this weekend visiting the school with his mother and taking part in the Al Golden Camp on Sunday.

“I’m definitely excited. It’s been a fun week,” Kaaya said Saturday night, when reached at his hotel in Coral Gables. “I just got to Miami and got a call from the Elite 11 staff and I’m pretty pumped about it. It’s something that I’ve always wanted to be a part of.”

Kaaya said it was his mom’s first time on campus in Coral Gables.

“We had a good visit today and then we’ll be going to the camp tomorrow,” he said. “I’ve already seen most of the stuff but I wanted to take my mom around and she’s loving it. … she bought some Hurricanes merchandise.”

Kaaya has also been invited to The Opening, which his sponsored by Nike and ESPN and takes place in Beaverton, Ore., June 30-July 3. The event features the top 150 prospects in the country for various competitions. The Elite 11 finals also take place in Oregon after The Opening.


Got to give this staff props for Kaaya..his only other offer was from San Diego State...not he is blowing up and were on him first and he is 100% solid. A nice steal from the West Coast


I hope them being early on Ricky town pays off in the same way.


Although i don't think Edouard, I am glad it wouldn't be a "stain" on Miami like the Kirkland situation. (not that Miami was wrong, but the perception is they were)...it was been widely reported that Miami coaches visited him and reiterated they want him and his offer stands. Miami was on him early, and still want him..so if he backs off because we are also recruiting other QB's, that is on him.


Although i don't think Edouard will end up in this class****


"Although i don't think Edouard will end up in this class"

That's been the feeling for a couple of months, no? His loss or inclusion is irrelevant. As long as we get Town in 2015, we're set up for success in a while. Wins on the field precludes all, and that's predicated on our defense.

I'm reading tons of positive things over the past weekend. Apparently Laz and his ilk bought tickets to proms all over South Florida. Remember, stargazers and high school emailers... your actions are one step away from being this:


Happy Monday.



Posted by: canezilla | June 03, 2013 at 07:21 AM


orange 'n green in the vein

"Posted by: UMike | June 03, 2013 at 06:15 AM"

He is definitely transferring to UM and will be attempting to apply for a immediate playing time waiver that he probably won't get this year? So count his against the schooly count as of now?


Matt Porter ‏@mattyports 13m

Miami Central (2), Booker T. Washington (9), St. Thomas Aquinas (16), Apopka (17), University (24) are in MaxPreps preseason nat'l top 25.


Is football season here yet???


"Posted by: UMike | June 03, 2013 at 06:15 AM"

He is definitely transferring to UM and will be attempting to apply for a immediate playing time waiver that he probably won't get this year? So count his against the schooly count as of now?

Posted by: orange 'n green in the vein | June 03, 2013 at 08:35 AM

OGV..IDK to be honest..I assumed he was simply part of the 2014 class and can play and will count against the 2014 class. I didn't think JUCO kids needed a waiver.


Is football season here yet???

Posted by: raizecane | June 03, 2013 at 08:40 AM

Can't get here soon enough



Should the couple name Seansun or Sutrel serve as the moniker going forward? I want votes, people. It's a Hollywood romance with a possible messy conclusion... graduation.
Be sure to thank Al Golden and Three Penny Films for giving all of us some awesome work. No joke. Pass it on to Freet and tell him good job.
Phil Steele's preseason all-ACC is old hat by now, but the wind is something new. Can an Al Golden team handle upgraded expectations? With a FSU-like schedule and an experienced senior QB at the helm, I don't see why not.
Seriously, though. This madness of worshipping recruits has got to stop. Very, very few deserve such hype (Town the exception). It is absolutely perpetuated by media and gives folks something to do from February through August. Do you realize how many sites are dedicated to such? ESPN, CBS, Rivals, Scout, 247, OPP...

...it's a small wonder that 5-star divas act like they own a program before they've even played a down. These are not the folks you should be rooting for, Cane Fans.

You should be rooting for the RECRUITERS in a cycle. The diehards. You know who they are. Recruiters know they have something to prove and want to get the very best to come with them in order to bring UM back to its proper health. This is the only exception about giving attention to high schoolers pre-NSD.

In short, if you're not media, family, friends, or coaches and sending emails, adding Twitter followers, or taking pictures with juveniles...

...get some help. No joke. Sign up for a shrink. You've reached "lotion in the basket" territory. Put that nonsense on ice before it gets out of hand.
On a completely related subject, I'm searching for things to watch in respect to researching writing a web series.

Can anyone recommend Boardwalk Empire to me?


LB...first..I can recommend Boardwalk Empire..good show...second..you saying I need a shrink? lol

orange 'n green in the vein

UMike, I think I'm mixing up the potential TTech transfer with a HS prospect perhaps?


OGV..Maybe..I know who your talking about, but cant remember his name..former 5-Star DT, right?


OGV..I think you mean Delvon Simmons



Congratulations goes to our Ryan Crozier on earning the MVP at The University of Miami Camp this weekend. Ryan has been training like a beast all year.


"LB...first..I can recommend Boardwalk Empire..good show...second..you saying I need a shrink? lol"

I wholeheartedly believe you are sane.


lol LB


TTech Delvon Simmons transfer will have to sit out if he picks UM and will have 2 years of eligibility starting in 2014.


What is up with "The U Reloaded"..did they only make a trailer? I would assume if you had a trailer, it is because you already made the video lol...Why are they hitting people up for donations? Not trying to sound like an a$$, but I don't get why they need money when it looks like it has already been made lol


UMike...it is nonsense. They made ONLY a trailer and now want $$$ for the movie.


UMike...it is nonsense. They made ONLY a trailer and now want $$$ for the movie.

Posted by: SOUP | June 03, 2013 at 09:34 AM

That doesn't even make sense lol..so you have all the players/actors there to make a trailer...and thats it lol..and should Najah have some cash lol


"UMike...it is nonsense. They made ONLY a trailer and now want $$$ for the movie."

It's not by Rakontur. Screw 'em.


Debuting after the 2009 Heisman Trophy presentation, ESPN’s 30-for-30 documentary “The U” was an instant smash.

The 2.3 million viewers broke a record for a sports documentary on cable. Naturally, director Billy Corben suggested a sequel that expanded the story of Miami football rise to power in the 1980s. But ESPN passed and the idea faded.

Enter Najeh Davenport and skip ahead three years.

The former Hurricane and NFL running back revived the concept a few months ago and is currently producing the unofficial Part II. “The U Reloaded — The Rise for 5.” will look at Miami’s return to glory in the late 1990s and early 2000s. It culminates with the 2001 national title team on which Davenport was a captain.

The film is unaffiliated with Corben or his rakontur production company.

“I have nothing to say because I don’t know anything about it,” said Corben, whose work also includes 2006’s “Cocaine Cowboys” and the 30-for-30 film “Broke” that aired in 2012. “I don’t know anything about it other than what he’s told me and what I’ve seen online. I wish him the best of luck with it. I hope it’s good.”

Davenport and Corben spoke recently on the topic. The film veteran was able to talk Davenport through a few of the basics since he’d never produced a project for public consumption. Replicating the popularity of “The U” isn’t necessarily the goal.

“I wouldn’t say there’s pressure,” said Davenport, who played seven years in the NFL. “It highlights a different time.”

And the project still needs considerable help before it’s completed. Though interviews were filmed as far back as two years ago, the film has been funded completely by Davenport and his business partner Platon Alexandrakis.

The two launched a website (click here for that) Thursday with the goal of raising $36,000 to pay for improved production quality and licensing fees for game footage. Davenport said it’ll cost $60 for every second of game action they can use. As of Saturday evening, 14 donors contributed a total of $505.

A 10-minute preview posted on the site gives a taste of what the two-man team already has in the can. Interview subjects included former coach Butch Davis, players such as Clinton Portis, Jeremy Shockey, Ken Dorsey, Santana Moss, Jonathan Vilma and Bryant McKinnie.

(Click here for the preview. Warning: The language is of an adult nature at the end).

They also have raw locker room footage from a planned documentary on the 1999 Hurricanes that fell through.

Davenport hopes the current Miami football players can get a taste of what it was like back then. Like today, that group was rebounding from NCAA sanctions and negative publicity. But Davenport sees differences in the mindset of players today. Davenport said there was a true sense of accountability within the ranks when he was in Coral Gables from 1997-2001.

“If it’s school work or conditioning, we’re going to make you understand how important it is for you to get right,” Davenport said. “And I don’t think that’s going on now and that is just my personal opinion. But when I played, it was a little bit different because with our competition, we weren’t trying to get rid of, we were trying to beat as far as out-competing them. … Competition is what feeds the beast.”

As with the original, the school is unaffiliated with “Reloaded.” Davenport said he reached out to Miami athletics director Blake James to let him know the concept and give reassurance it’ll cast Miami in a positive light.

“‘The U’ sorta got a bad rap and the university didn’t like it because it showed the bad-boy image of the University of Miami’s past,” Alexandrakis said. “Whereas our documentary really takes you into the work ethic, the character that these couple of recruiting classes and guys brought to turn it around under the limited scholarships. So it’s kind of a different side.”

James only heard about the project Friday and said the school wouldn’t be involved in the production.

“I’ll reach out to Najeh now and talk to him about that project,” James said.

Distribution is another unanswered question. Davenport said they weren’t opposed to making it an online feature if it would have the largest audience.


Honestly, these are a group of filmmakers not contracted by ESPN.

Billy Corben stated that there were internal issues with the school (surprise). Such is already evident by removing the "U" logo from Michael Irvin's helmet by order of UM. See here: http://www.amazon.com/ESPN-Films-30-The/dp/B003X8CWBQ/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1370267709&sr=8-1&keywords=the+u Rakontur (Billy's group) wants to make another one, but their docket is honestly full. They were contracted by 30 for 30, and it did very well. UM probably doesn't want another one.

Hence, these new guys. You can absolutely tell the difference between "The U" and this... whatever it is. To cover the crappy sound quality, these guys put dramatic music over it. See Butch Davis here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=isu0DLOAnIA

I fell out of my chair when I found out the producers put a Kickstarter account for this and publicized it. My guess? They filmed the interviews and are now trying to package it in a professional way for release. So they'll hire a professional editor/animation. It's embarassing.

Unless Rakontur does the sequel, I could care less. Garbage.


That doesn't even make sense lol..so you have all the players/actors there to make a trailer...and thats it lol..and should Najah have some cash lol

Posted by: UMike | June 03, 2013 at 09:49 AM

Have U seen the trailer? Childish ish.


I like the IDEA, the "Rise to 5" theme. Obviously there is a story to tell there about a program hit hard by sanctions, but rose to become one of the best teams EVER in college football..but IDK if that is the best way to go about it

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