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July 10, 2013



What, what?


BCS Bowl win... (small potatoes... )

Nothing short of NC #6 will do!


Rusty Medaris!


What's the best way to get tickets for the USF game? Thinking about taking the family and hitting up bush gardens too..

Terrance Sullivan

Awesome Soup i was wondering when the Hurricane Club Pre Game Tailgate Parties would be sweet. Looking forward to it. Another great article. Go Canes.


Yeah buddy!


Yes....national championship #7 is the minimal goal! And a few blowout victories of such crushing nature that they send the opponent into a decade long tailspin, like Washington and Syracuse.


Sorry for the all CAPS but:


Thank U again and lets get ready for the 2013 season. Go Canes!

The Management



Greatest Cane site EVER!

Terrance Sullivan

Thank U Soup. See ya August 30th mane.


For those who care, here's a few updated rankings.

@CANEINSIDER: QB Commit Brad Kaaya moves up 139 spots in the 247 Sports rankings to 96th best prospect in country after his performance at The Opening

@CANEINSIDER: OT Commit Trevor Darling moves up 50 spots in the latest 247 Sports ranking to 104th in Nation. #Canes

@CANEINSIDER: DE target Chad Thomas of Booker T Washington moves up 311 spots in the latest 247 Sports ranking to 165th prospect in country. #canes

@CANEINSIDER: OLB Commit Darrion Owens moves up 39 spots in 247 Sports rankings to 214th in country #canes


Tito Benach:

2014 DE Olajuwon Tucker has big goals for his Junipero Serra football team, but is focusing on getting better with them this offseason.

“Actually on mondays, wednesdays, thursdays and fridays we are working out with the team and then on sundays I’m working out by myself. I’m trying to get better everyday with the team as well.”

Tucker is actually going to be moving positions for his team, going from the defensive end to the outside linebacker position. He is working on several parts of his game to become more versatile.

“Right now, I’m working on my pass coverage and my drops since I’m moving to outside linebacker. I originally played outside linebacker in Pop Warner so it’s an easier transition.”

The 6’4 225 pound rush end has high expectations for his team this year and is working very hard to achieve them.

“This season were trying to get a state title under our belts and try to go undefeated as well.”

The California native is currently hearing from a fair number of schools and is truly cherishing the recruiting process.

“It’s going great. It’s slowed down lately, but it;s been great.”

Tucker doesn’t mind the consistent calling from coaches and values the opportunity to hear from them.

“I enjoy it because you have to really cherish every moment of it.”

The Junipero Serra product has been hearing from a few schools lately such as Miami, Utah, San Jose State and Washington State.

Tucker is heavily interested in the Hurricanes with the both the athletic side of the school as well as the academic.

“Definitely the football program, the school and the academic program as well. It’s great place to be out there, I just feel like I could be out there. I’m gonna try and make it out there soon and see how it really is.”

Tucker’s first offer happens to be from the ‘Canes which is very important to him.

“You know it’s really important. That’s why it’s gonna be one of my first trips as well.”

Receivers coach Brennan Caroll is Tucker’s main recruiter and likes his California attitude.

“He is a cool, funny guy. He is a Cali guy too.”

The California product has no timeline for a decision but does have a idea of when it could happen.

“I’m not sure yet. If it’s not before the season it will be after.”


Thank U Soup. See ya August 30th mane.

Posted by: Terrance Sullivan | July 10, 2013 at 11:17 PM

U know it!


### Linebacker Devante Bond – a key piece of this UM recruiting class – will not know until after Aug. 2 whether he will qualify for UM, his coach at Sierra Community College said today. Bond is waiting on results of two classes he’s taking.

Coach Jeff Tisdale said he didn’t know Bond’s chances of qualifying but called him “as good a pass rusher as I’ve ever seen.” Bond had 17 sacks last season, and defensive coordinator Mark D’Onofrio has said he will be an immediate factor, should he qualify.

Read more here: http://miamiherald.typepad.com/sports-buzz/2013/07/dolphins-players-address-fans-canes-heat-marlins-radio-tidbits.html#storylink=cpy


"Bond is waiting on results of two classes he’s taking."

C'mooooooon 2 classes! LMAO!


Rock...if this was Auburn or Miss or SC or The Ville he would have been IN months ago.

I'm jus sayin.


Tito workin...

There was plenty of South Florida athletes that made the trip to The Opening in hopes of putting their skills on display. One of the few Miami receivers there was Dwyer’s Johnnie Dixon.

Dixon had a great time learning from NFL rookies and veterans such as EJ Manuel, Tavon Austin and Demaryius Thomas.

“It was very cool being around a lot of the guys, getting to listen to Bo Jackson, Tavon Austin and guys like that.”

The 6’0 190 pound receiver noted that the competition levels were very high with both the Sparq testing and the 7 on 7’s.

“The Sparq testing was really competitive, but I wasn’t really concerned with that because that doesn’t define a football player. The 7 on 7 was fun, the first two games I did well, but after that I didn’t play much, but it was definitely fun.”

While The Opening gives an opportunity for players to show off their talents, it’s also time for current commits to help their schools out by doing a little recruiting of their own.

Dixon said he spoke with multiple other prospects who were trying to sway him to their school.

“(David) Cornwell from Alabama, I talked to Brad (Kaaya). A lot of Ohio state corner backs and receivers.”

Kaaya is one of the many Hurricane commits who is doing his part to make this class better and the Dwyer playmaker enjoys speaking to him.

“He is a cool kid, we talked a lot over twitter. He is cool, he doesn’t pressure me a lot about the recruiting stuff. He is just a good friend to have.”

However, it doesn’t seem like Kaaya is the only Miami pledge trying to recruit the speedy receiver.

“Joseph Yearby got to me too a little bit at The Opening. He’s a quiet kid, pretty good too, I can’t take away that from him.”

One prospect that really surprised Dixon was North Carolina receiver Braxton Berrios, who he gave credit to on Twitter.

“We just started contacting each other over twitter. The dude is a freak, no matter of his size, he is pretty good.”

Dixon’s announced that his top two schools are Miami and Ohio State and originally had plans of trying to commit in the near future, but it seems like he has put those plans off.

“I’m not gonna make a decision before the season. I’ll probably make a decision before signing day, somewhere in the middle of my season.”

The Hurricanes remain as one of his top schools due to their consistent recruiting efforts dating back to when he was a junior.

“I have a great relationship with Miami, they’ve been coming hard since day one and they’re still coming hard.”

When asked if the recruiting by other prospects such as Brad Kaaya, Joseph Yearby and KC McDermott will affect Dixon’s decision, he did admit it’s helping.

“They’re making an effect on me. I mean ultimately I have to make a decision by myself, but those guys right there I love them.”


Seems like 2015 Miami Central wide receiver Da’Vante Phillips committed to the Turds


Miami dropped from 3rd to 6th in 247 team rankings....oh no!!! lol


Man this is the slooooooooooow time...no info out there lol


This guy is such a loser..and he isnt even THAT good...

Dwight Howard's distaste for the offense and approach of coach Mike D'Antoni is widely cited as the biggest trigger in his decision to leave the Los Angeles Lakers. But another key factor that led the All-Star center to the Houston Rockets was the Lakers' refusal to establish a clear timetable for moving on from the Kobe Bryant era, according to sources with knowledge of Howard's thinking.

Sources told ESPN.com that Howard and his representatives -- in a handful of meetings with Lakers officials before he became a free agent July 1 -- strongly suggested the center would have a difficult time re-signing with the team if Bryant stayed with the franchise beyond the 2013-14 season, the final year of his contract.



Former Florida State offensive lineman Menelik Watson received his ACC championship ring on Wednesday with one major glitch: The ring reads "2012 SEC Champions."


What is worse to me about the Q. Wilson "situation', is that his dad who is a former player allows him to do it. He also DOESNT have an offer from FSU or Alabama, but he isn't bashing them. If he think he deserves an offer (which he doesnt even seem to want) then go the the $60 camp and show the coaches they are wrong and you can play CB. But isn't a parent supposed to step in and say something, especially if it is about a school that gave you an opportunity? Oh well..can't please every kid. Wilson will go down as another one of those payers in 2 or 3 years when we go "hey remember Q. Wilson", and we will talk about how he is a nobody lol


Oh well..can't please every kid. Wilson will go down as another one of those payers in 2 or 3 years when we go "hey remember Q. Wilson", and we will talk about how he is a nobody lol

Posted by: UMike | July 11, 2013 at 06:53 AM


canezilla...that is always a possibility lol


From DMoney at CIS...

Over the past two years, I’ve been lucky enough to see Dade and Broward’s best compete on the gridiron, at camps and at 7-on-7s. The list below is my personal opinion, and I don’t speak for Peter, Tito, Cam or Nash. All forty times are verified by SPARQ. NOTE: I did not include Travonte Valentine as a Dade/Broward prospect because he hasn't played a real game down here yet. If you include him in the mix, he is likely a Top 10 prospect.

10. Sean White, QB, University (6’1, 195, 5.05)- The champion of the off-season is even better when the pads come on. White put up big numbers last fall for Chaminade (3,300 yards, 40 TDs, 6) and now joins a U-School offense brimming with D-1 talent. He is not a runner but has excellent mobility and is not afraid to take a hit.


9. Quinton Flowers, ATH, Jackson, (6’0, 203, 4.72)- Consummate football player who throws, runs, tackles and punts for the Generals. Cemented his legend in the American Heritage game- he threw a TD, ran for a TD and returned an INT for a TD in the biggest upset of the playoffs. Although Flowers is undersized for a QB, he is a good-sized athlete who measured bigger than Mike Smith and Trayone Gray at the SPARQ combine. Can play spread QB but projects best as a safety.


8. Ravian Pierce, TE, Plantation (6’4, 215)- A Butch Davis-style recruit: Big, athletic and aggressive. Physical to the point of dirty. Will seek out crackbacks away from the play. Still raw as a pass-catcher but possesses huge upside as an everydown tight end or even a defensive end.


7. Trevor Darling, OL, Central (6’4.5, 327, 5.73)- The centerpiece of the most talented offensive line in the state. Darling combines a huge frame with flexibility and a mean streak. Nowhere near his ceiling and should blossom in a college strength and condition program.


6. Chad Thomas, DE, Booker T (6’5, 240, 4.85)- The best defensive end to come out of Miami since Corey Lemonier. Attends New World School of the Arts where he specializes in an instrument called the Euphonium. Thomas is a high motor player who was named DL MVP of the Miami NFTC and the Opening.



Fire, Express Battle for Best in South Florida
Corey Long, FUEL Recruiting| July 10, 2013| Florida, News
BRADENTON, Fla. – As the clock winded down on the South Florida Express Elite’s quarterfinal victory over the Florida Fire at the IMG 7v7 national championships the victorious Elite team wanted to send a final salvo to their rivals.

After Travis Rudolph scored his third touchdown of the game and the 47-14 thrashing was complete, members of Elite team mocked the Fire’s “bomb” celebration as one player threw the football in the air and when it touched the turf the team fell in unison as if a bomb exploded.

It was a little payback for the Fire doing it to the Express in the regional championships two months earlier.

And although the Express got the last laugh in the back-and-forth feud with the Fire, the battles will continue in 2014 and for the near future.

Brett Goetz is the man in charge of the South Florida Express program. In many ways he’s one of the pioneers behind the major growth of 7-on-7 football in the country. Under Goetz’s leadership the Express have become the equivalent of the New York Yankees of the 7-on-7 circuit.

The players are equipped with Under Armour warm up apparel and for this tournament Goetz had enlisted the assistance of trainers from the Fast Twitch Performance Center out of Miami. Other programs snicker at the amenities provided to the Express but don’t expect Goetz to notice it.

“We are always trying to get better and trying to provide the best for our athletes,” Goetz said. “That’s how the Under Armour thing came about and why we have Fast Twitch with us here. I’m not going to apologize for wanting my guys to have the best things that are available. I’m very proud of the Express being a top-notch program.”

Despite circling the same fertile talent ground of Miami-Dade and Broward County the Express and the Fire couldn’t be much different.

Whereas Goetz has worked to gain sponsorships for the Express, the man behind the Fire, Dennis Marroquin likes his group to be the complete opposite. He sums it up as come as you are and take what you want.

“Our guys are perceived as the underdogs but that’s because we don’t want anything to be given to us,” Marroquin said. “We are going to scrap and fight for everything we get. I have a lot of respect for those guys though. They are really good as you can see.”

The Express brought a star-studded team to Bradenton last month. From Elite 11 champion Sean White to top-tier wide receivers Ermon Lane and Travis Rudolph to the great running back Sony Michel, there was no doubt this team was built to win.

The Fire, which finished second in regionals, lost a couple of guys after regionals but brought a quality team with top recruits like Louisville commitment Michael Johnson and top 2015 prospect Shawn Becker-Burgess. But Marroquin says one of the reasons the Fire has been successful is because his guys are “hungry.”

“In reality we have a lot of guys without offers or with maybe one or two offers because we want guys that need to use this outlet to gain exposure,” Marroquin said. “And that’s a big reason why I love when we face the Express in a tournament.

“They have all these big names that people are writing about so when my guys go against them and play them hard it works out for our guys in gaining more attention in the recruiting world.”

Ironically the Fire program came from the success of the South Florida Express.

In 2011, Goetz held a South Florida Express tryout at Hallandale High School and the response was more than he could have imagined. Over 200 prospects showed up and it was like a who’s who of top Miami-Dade and Broward County prospects like Tracy Howard, Malcolm Lewis, Ricardo Lewis and Deon Bush.

“That was really unexpected,” Goetz said. “I thought we’d have 75-80 kids. I would have never expected 250 or whatever showed up.”

Out of the ground Goetz and his group of coaches chose 50 players from the workouts and cut the list again from there. Many of the players that didn’t make the first cut were hoping to find their way into other 7-on-7 groups and that’s where Marroquin stepped in.

“I was talking with Jimmy Smith, who is now a recruiting writer for the New Orleans Times-Picayune, and he wanted to put together a team,” Marroquin explained. “I told him I could win with whatever team he gave me. So we chose a lot of kids that tried out for the Express and didn’t make it. And we won.”

The Fire won the Badger Sports national tournament in the summer of 2011 and the rivalry began. Much of the back-and-forth barbs are good natured ribbings on social media. Marroquin and Goetz try to stay above the fray.

“I like Dennis, I think he’s a good guy and he’s never been anything but respectful to me,” Goetz said. “We’re both competitive guys. I know I’m super competitive. I hate losing, heck I hate when we play bad and we’re winning. I’m sure he’s the same way.

“As for the kids, most of them have known each other for a long time, probably from youth ball. And they want those bragging rights.”

And although the Fire got the best of the Express at the AIRO Regional tournament in Orlando, the Express defeated the Fire twice to win the IMG Southeast Regional and got them again in the national tournament.

“They got the final laugh but we’ll be back,” Marroquin said. “The Fire program is growing and we had like 100-plus kids for tryouts this year. The former Fire kids are starting to make noise in college football and we’re going to continue to grow.

“The whole Express-Fire thing is great for South Florida really. There is so much talent down there that you could have five or six more teams. Next year there will probably be a new group so we have to keep growing.”

The Express has been around a little longer and Goetz is not seeing his former guys, like quarterback Geno Smith, embark on NFL careers.

“It’s real cool to hear the name of a former Express guy being called in the NFL Draft,” Goetz added. “It’s been such a fun ride and we’ve built a strong base and a strong fraternity. I couldn’t be prouder of those guys and the success they’ve had.”

The Fire would finish fourth at the national championships, which Marroquin was happy with considering the team was missing some key talent. The Express, despite being huge favorites, finished second, runner up to Team Tampa, who won their second straight championship.

Goetz and Marroquin will soon go back to their other jobs. Goetz works in the financial field and spends most of his spare time with his wife and daughter. Marroquin is a teacher in Miami-Dade County and an assistant coach at Hialeah.

All the while both men will likely be figuring out ways to gain the advantage in the 7-on-7 circuit in 2014.

“This is fun, this is great competition,” Marroquin added. “I think the Express makes us work hard to get better and I’m pretty sure we motivate them as well. It’s like the battle to be the best in South Florida and in my world if you are the best in South Florida you are the best anywhere.”


It’s like the battle to be the best in South Florida and in my world if you are the best in South Florida you are the best anywhere.”

Posted by: UMike | July 11, 2013 at 09:41 AM


Great post by a CIS blogger..

Time to knuckle up and ignore the B.S

If you were starting a business and had to hire employees, would you hire the guy that was hungry, ambitious, and wanted to be there. Somebody that you got to see perform in person and bust their ass in order to get that job? Or would you hire a guy that comes highly recommended because someone put a 5-star rating next to his name, inflating his ego, and driving up his salary demands? The point is, Al is getting guys that want to be here and that's the way it should be. Why should the staff have to coddle and kiss these recruits asses? Either you want to be here or you don't. Its that simple. And when a guy spurns us for another school, good luck to him, and hopefully we see you on the other side of the field one day. There is no other coach in college football that I would want as the coach at the U. We as fans shouldn't act like little kids that didn't get the toys they wanted on Christmas, every time a guy picks FSU or Florida. Time to stop being afraid of who the other guys got, and instead being happy with the guys we got. Its shameful to have threads about guys committing elsewhere running 5-10 pages longer then threads about guys we get. Just like everything else in this world that involves money, there is always going to be corruption and shady business going on. Whether its high school coaches, street agents, or 7on7 coaches, there is always going to be someone using these kids for their own personal gains, steering them to the highest bidder. Oh well, so be it. It happens everywhere. When these kids see what is going to happen this year and going into the future, they will be begging for a spot. So let the salty, butt hurt haters hate. Let them try to think they are sabotaging our program. More fuel for the fire. So put the last 10 years behind you, along with the NCAA and prima donna recruits, and look forward to the future.


Great post by a CIS blogger..

Time to knuckle up and ignore the B.S.

Agree 1000%!

Thanks for sharing that UMike.


Is anyone in section 456 for the Florida game?


Cane commits and/or targets in the latest 247 rankings...

#19 - Lamont Gaillard
#20 - Dalvin Cook
#12 - Ermon Lane
#28 - Thomas Holley
#50 - Travonte Valentine
#52 - Kc McDermott
#65 - Sony Michel
#96 - Brad Kaaya (up 139 spots!!!!)
#100 - Elisha Shaw
#104 - Trevor Darling
#116 - Joseph Yearby
#135 - Demetrius Knox
#139 - Isaiah Wynn
#152 - Travis Rudolph
#155 - Johnnie Dixon
#159 - Kentavius Street
#165 - Chad Thomas (up 311 spots!!)
#193 - Juwon Young
#214 - Darrion Owens
#227 - Keyon Brown
#247 - Chris Lammons

All rated 4-Stars or higher

The Dude

50 days.


While I like the 247 rankings and think they are among the best at the evaluations, some times they can forget the kids that are solid commits. Example...McDermott dropped 20 spots and its all because he is a solid commit who doesnt need to go to all these camps, etc to gain attention.

The Dude

*off topic* anyone here ever watch the show The Colony? I don't usually watch reality shows, but I can't stop watching it on Netflix. I love post apocolyptic stuff.


I'm going to be doing a piece..or a series along with SOUP, and I got a quick question for you guys...If I name the top 5 (in no order) RB's in Miami history is it safe to sy the list should include Anderson, James, Portis, Mcgahee & Gore...would any of you change that?


Umike no DUKE lolll? i know he's beenw ith us for one year but he lit it up loll.. do a top 6 it'll make all of us happy to see duke there

The Dude

Well instead of Javarres James I would go with Edgerrin James, lol.


UpNorth..there really isnt a limit, it could be 8 lol...but your right, he can be included for sure, besides we are not making a "top" list so it doesnt hurt to include him

The Dude

I guess Highsmith cant be in that group?

The Dude

Cant talk about RBU without mentioning the guru. For that is the law of the jungle.


402 ROW 1


Got to add Highsmith..good one


Brad Kaaya is now the #6 Pro-style QB.

He'll go higher during/after this season


Got to add Highsmith..good one

Posted by: UMike | July 11, 2013 at 12:57 PM

Melvin Bratton, Stephen McGuire, James Jackson. Actually, U could add Chuck Foreman too.


Oh, add Don Bosseler if U have room. Lol


Bratton and Jackson will be added..this is why I asked..I know I would forget people lol


Scott Update..

Street says he talks a lot with Coach Scott via Twitter he does not know much about the U!! Really likes coach Scott... He has about 20 offers from ACC & SEC - He doesn't have official finalists yet, he is making his list soon.

Quote"I know some of my official visits though, Florida State, Miami, LSU also, and Clemson if I can’t get there this summer. I haven’t figured out my last one yet.”

Street's Quote 'They have both a good school atmosphere and a good football environment. Me going there would not only set up my time in college, but also make me part of a lifelong brotherhood.”

from blogger at CIS via 247


You guys see that new ish Alabama got......
SMDH i want that at my house



Believe it or not, I would pull Gore from that "original" list of 5 in favor of many of the others mentioned later. Frank didn't REALLY start producing HOF numbers until he got to the pros. JMHO... no disrespect intended.

Chuck Foreman's problem was he didn't get to play running back his entire college career. Fran Curci had the "brilliant" idea to make him a flanker for quite awhile...

OJ Anderson is ALWAYS on MY alltime Cane RB list!

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