« Hurricane Flashback: DE Kevin Patrick | Main | Hurricane Club Is Busy Building Champions »

July 08, 2013

Comments

Sinistercane

First

Sinistercane

It's T-shirt time lol

LB

"Ohio..you are right about the overall number of recruits helping boost our ranking, but its still a good sign to have this many this early."

It's all about the momentum at this point. Buzz. It's going well.

UGoCane

Exceptional Quarterbacks are the key to Winning Teams!!!!!!.

Any of the Miami teams that were Champions had Stud Quarterbacks.

Would you consider this a fact, or are there any other players on the team that could be considered in the same for impact?.

All 'Canes RB's who were outstanding played with QB's that paced their performance.
Good combination for 2013.
Go 'Canes

SOUP

From 247 sports:

JC Shurburtt ‏@jcshurburtt 23m

Recruiting Insider @Perroni247 at 71.9% with a whopping 25.37 days in advance #CrystalBall

JC Shurburtt ‏@jcshurburtt 24m

National analyst @bartonsimmons 82.3% with an average of 11.46 days in advance #CrystalBall

JC Shurburtt ‏@jcshurburtt 26m

My #CrystalBall is showing signs of life. 81.3 percent with an average of 17.43 days in advance.

Account Deleted

Ah....back in the top ten again....

Account Deleted

I'd agree, winning teams have exceptional QB's......

Championship teams have exceptional Defense as well....

At least we've got Morris!!

canezilla

Posted by: SOUP | July 08, 2013 at 11:46 AM

HUH?

SOUP

Zilla...the 247 Sprots recruiting experts who make predictions for a living on which recruit will go where are batting around 70-80% so far for 2014.

UMike

Im not posting my stuff from last blog lol

Ohio_Cane

Im not posting my stuff from last blog lol

Posted by: UMike | July 08, 2013 at 01:19 PM
-----------------------------------------

Meither. Lol

^ Misspelling on purpose. I combined them. Haha

UMike

Exceptional Quarterbacks are the key to Winning Teams!!!!!!.

Any of the Miami teams that were Champions had Stud Quarterbacks.

Would you consider this a fact, or are there any other players on the team that could be considered in the same for impact?.

All 'Canes RB's who were outstanding played with QB's that paced their performance.
Good combination for 2013.
Go 'Canes

Posted by: UGoCane | July 08, 2013 at 11:39 AM

They also had stud defenses lol

j.w.

Happy Monday, Canes fans! 7 more Mondays until we have our first game week.

TJL

who was screaming about kiffin yesterday??

The five worst coaches (in alphabetical order)

Tim Beckman, Illinois. I may be jumping the gun here, but Beckman -- hired at Illinois following a pair of eight-win seasons at Toledo -- has done little to inspire confidence either on the field (2-10 in 2012) or on the recruiting trail with the Illini.

Ron English, Eastern Michigan. Patience is a virtue in Ypsilanti, Mich., where the Eagles have gone 10-38 (7-25 in the MAC) in four seasons under the former Michigan and Louisville defensive coordinator.

Kirk Ferentz, Iowa. The 2009 Orange Bowl proved an aberration in Ferentz's otherwise unimpressive recent tenure. Take away that one 11-2 season and the Hawkeyes are 47-41 since 2005 under their $3.6 million-per-year coach.

Lane Kiffin, USC. Any confidence inspired by a breakthrough 10-2 campaign in 2011 was shattered by last year's 7-6 implosion, when Kiffin's USC squad -- without question -- finished as the biggest underachiever in the country.


Read More: http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/college-football/news/20130708/best-worst-college-football-coaches/#ixzz2YTh63r4v

LB

"who was screaming about kiffin yesterday??"

No comment.

Though there were at least four of us who didn't take into account Kiffin's legendary suckfest of 5 stars.

SOUP

Uze guyz are funny! Not funny like a clown, but funny ha-ha.

Ohio_Cane

Uze guyz are funny! Not funny like a clown, but funny ha-ha.

Posted by: SOUP | July 08, 2013 at 02:34 PM
--------------------------------------

Way to switch that quote up for blogging purposes. LOL

Ohio_Cane

• Miami should be credited for discovering what may be the biggest steal in the 2014 recruiting class in quarterback Brad Kaaya. Miami offensive coordinator James Coley was by far the first school to extend Kaaya an offer. Coley offered Kaaya in March and his second offer came from San Diego State one month later. Kaaya, who is from West Hills, California, never received interest from any other major BCS programs and committed to Miami in May. During last week’s Elite 11 competition, which included the 7-on-7 portion of The Opening, Kaaya emerged as one of the top quarterbacks in the country. Kaaya is a prospect that has a ton of potential with all the tools to succeed as a starting quarterback on the next level. Kaaya has great size with a big arm and good accuracy. The Elite 11 coaches also raved about Kaaya’s coachability, his competitiveness, and his mental approach to the game. The 2012 season was Kaaya’s first as a starting quarterback in high school and with the way he has progressed this offseason, he should only continue to get better and have a huge senior season.

• It became clear during the week that Miami is the favorite to land Palm Beach Dwyer receiver Johnnie Dixon with six months until National Signing Day. At The Opening, Dixon named a top two of Miami and Ohio State. He was wearing Miami wristbands during the week and was also seen wearing an Al Golden Football Camp shirt. Miami has made Dixon a top recruiting priority for more than a year now and that attention is paying off. The Hurricanes have been the most consistent team in the recruiting process for Dixon. At The Opening, Dixon got better with each day. He worked out of the slot for his team and was the most utilized receiver on his team while running the short and intermediate routes. At Miami, Dixon would line up on the outside most of the time in a similar role that Phillip Dorsett plays. Miami likes Dixon’s deep speed.

• Miami is also in strong position for cornerback Chris Lammons. His recruitment will likely come down to a Miami-Florida battle. Lammons is very intrigued by the Gators and many of UF’s recruits out at the opening were recruiting him hard for Florida. Anthony Moten, Khairi Clark, and Dalvin Cook in particular were recruiting Lammons hardest. With that said, Miami is showing the most interest at the moment. Lammons is confident he can go to Miami and receive early playing time. Florida is also in very good position for some of the top cornerback prospects in the country in Adoree’ Jackson and Jalen Tabor. The Gators also have commitments from J.C. Jackson and Duke Dawson, who they project as cornerbacks.

• One of the big surprises of the week was DE Chad Thomas, who had the best performance of any defensive end during the linemen drills. Thomas turned his game up against the top competition that The Opening provided and showed quickness and power during the one-on-one drills. His highlight of the week was when he matched up against massive offensive lineman Damien Mama. Thomas bull-rushed the nimble 370 pound offensive lineman and knocked him on his back as he got to the quarterback. Thomas measured in at 6-feet-5 and 240 pounds. He still has plenty of room to put on 20 or 30 pounds at the college level. His recruitment will likely come down to Miami and Florida State and at the moment Miami has the edge. Thomas has been very impressed by the recruiting job Miami has done in their pursuit of him.

• At this point in the recruiting process, there are strong indications that Homestead wide receiver Ermon Lane is leaning toward the University of Florida. Lane received the full court press from all of the Florida commits that were out at The Opening last week, with Dalvin Cook leading the charge. Lane was also on the same team as 2014 Florida commit Will Grier during The Opening and the two had a strong connection on the field. Lane is well aware of Florida’s big need at wide receiver for the 2014 class. He is very confident he can come in and play right away. Lane may make a commitment before or during the 2013 season, but that won’t stop the UM coaching staff from making him a top priority if he doesn’t choose Miami. Lane will be a top priority for the Hurricanes until national signing day.

• Good to see that WR Braxton Berrios received an offer from Miami, which was the school he grew up a big fan of. Berrios is a pesky slot receiver at 5-feet-9 and 180 pounds and is one of the quickest players in the country. Berrios tests off the charts with a 4.48 laser timed 40, a 41-inch vertical jump, and a blazing fast 3.81 short shuttle--which measures quickness. Berrios camped at Miami in late June and won the wide receiver MVP for his performance at the camp. Miami decided to extend an offer to him over the weekend. Miami is now one of the top schools to beat for Berrios along with Kentucky and Clemson. Right now Berrios is crystal balled to Miami by 67 percent. Because of his short area quickness, Berrios is a matchup nightmare for opposing defensive backs. He is always a threat to get open. Miami is looking to fill one slot receiver spot in the 2014 class. Berrios is planning to enroll early in the spring of 2014.

• RB commit Joseph Yearby had a quiet week due to turf toe issues he was dealing with. Yearby is quiet by nature, but he has been recruiting South Florida players to join him at UM. During the week, Yearby had his sights set on Ermon Lane, Chad Thomas, Treon Harris, and teammate Dalvin Cook. Yearby is excited to watch the Hurricanes in 2013 and he expects a very productive attack by the offense.

• OL commit Trevor Darling had a solid week of work overall. He worked at right tackle for much of the week and held his own. Darling will likely move inside to guard at the next level because he lacks the athleticism required to play tackle in college. Darling is big, strong, and plays with a mean streak. You can’t really ask for more in a guard prospect.


http://miami.247sports.com/Board/92/...ing-19762664/1

4-Real

How is HATING on Lane Kiffin gonna make Miami any better?

UMike

Treon Harris to FSU.. The BTW is alive and well... For FSU lol

4-Real

Miami vs FSU 2008 on CSS.

SOUP

Miami Hurricanes third baseman David Thompson was recognized Monday with second-team Freshman All-America honors from Perfect Game.

Thompson, who made 51 starts on the season, led Miami in several offensive categories. The Miami, Fla., native paced the Hurricanes with six home runs, 46 runs batted in, 84 total bases, a .462 slugging percentage and 14 multi-RBI games. He was ranked second in batting average (.286), doubles (14) and multi-hit games (17), and reached base in Miami’s final 28 games of the season.

Thompson, who opened his freshman campaign at first base before moving across the diamond midseason, went 6-for-20 (.300) with four RBI in six postseason starts. He was named to the 2013 Louisville Regional All-Tournament team and was also named the team’s Rookie of the Year.

The former Westminster Christian standout is Miami’s first Freshman All-American since Bryan Radziewski garnered Baseball America second-team honors in 2011. Thompson was one of seven from the Atlantic Coast Conference recognized.

SOUP

How is HATING on Lane Kiffin gonna make Miami any better?

Posted by: 4-Real | July 08, 2013 at 05:04 PM

I am confused? Were we hatin on Kiffin, or 4-Real, or was it both? LOL

Montreal-Cane

Any big time South Florida recruit should be proud to stay home to represent the University of Miami a world class University, the no.1 institution in the state of Florida on one of the most beautiful campus in North America.

A university with the best football program in the last 30 years and on the rise once again with a great coaching staff under one of the classiest coach in America Al Golden.

Unless you don't have acceptable grades or you prefer to learn how to go to prison at UF with the trailor park boys or attend FSU to learn how to cheat on your next exam(an FSU diploma...even a cave man can do it!), you have no reason not to play for your world class city at Miami...

Duke Johnson knew that all the way but Duke is an intelligent man proud of his city and where he is coming from. A very humble superstar who knew all the way that the U is the best fit...No BS...no recruiting drama, good maturity and the man is in a class by himself.

Home for my city...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DbxbK5MzmVw

CaneRock

Barry Jackson:

1) Monday 3 p.m. Derrick Griffin, a top UM commitment as a wide receiver and as a basketball forward, told stateoftheu.com that he's enrolling at prep school for three months but plans to enroll at UM in December and play basketball this season.

But Griffin still needs to improve his ACT score, so the basketball staff can't be certain he will enroll in December. If Griffin gets into UM this winter, he plans to play football, as well, beginning in the 2014 season.

TriangleCane

So what's the chances of the btw commit-decommitting closer to signing day and chad going else where as well?

I guess I would be salty also if I went from close to six figures to not so close. Oh well that's life. Get over it, this is about the U.

TriangleCane

Al has proven that he will stck his neck out for those who work. He with cut you off after you have proven to not be up to the challenge.

He treats you like a man.

Ohio_Cane

Treon to play QB for FSWho... LOL! Wait till next year when they move him to DB and he's pissed.

Ohio_Cane

Texas DT Daylon Mack got offer from Canes!

Oh, and:

@NashSports: Enjoy this video of 2015 Gladewater (TX) DT Daylon Mack squatting 605 LBS TEN TIMES. http://t.co/X91cPUWDX0

SOUP

Luv me some @NashSports

herbieibis

It's good to see some things never change, with the BTW boys or should I say FSU's feeder school. The Herb has been away on a much needed hiatus, since retirement but he did see where FEB. 14TH came early to the "U". Now that's what makes the Herb smile 6'3 286 kilos and a Dam DT to boot. That's the size I'm talking about. Saw where we got our 15th qb or so it seems, with all the verbs. A couple of years ago we couldn't get one now we have stacked 10 deep.
Tell the Herb, with still 6 months to, how we are going to have room, for the quality to come. The Herb sees where we've been passing ships out like cotton candy at a fair. In the Herb's humble opinion, we've dipped a little from the quality, that we started out with. I don't see the difference makers at DB & LB yet. The Herb sees the under the radar dudes and we still need another RB and a couple of WR's. I see a couple of ship pulls later or thanks but no thanks, we just got caught up in the moment.
Not down on the class but know we are still short in the above mentioned areas. Our ranking is nothing more than sheer numbers, but don't get The Herb wrong, he is somewhat happy, Uh at the moment.

Ohio_Cane

Herb, we're taking 30-32 again. Plenty of room. At least 2 current commits are EE, including Berrios and maybe Kaaya

Hassan

I tweeted Alonzo Highsmith who is the most underated cane of all time he says Stephen McGuire

Fastest all time, Hester with the ball in his hands, your thoughts?

The Dude

Stephen Morris has got some Aaron Rodgers in his game. Our offense shouldn't be good next year, it should be deadly. Oline should be ELITE. Morris has a WR core that will test you deep and Sandland will be a baller at TE. If you put a safety on Dorsett, Lewis, Waters or Coley, you are done, we are about to scorch you for a ton of yards. Hurns is solid and Scott is reliable also. Duke is Duke. There will be no excuse for this unit not to exceed expectation. Not with that Oline. We should be freaky good up front. Odogwu = Next Erik Flowers.

On D, I feel like we have enough playmakers. I fully expect Perryman to be an All-American. Chickillo will have 9 sacks and be all ACC. Bush will pop some balls out. If Howard or Gunter can develop into an Elite shutdown corner, the sky is the limit. I think we can make a BCS game.

The Dude

Watch out for Olsen Pierre also. At times he showed flashes of really great play last year. For a big man he is pretty athletic. No reason we shouldn't win a lot of games next year.

The Dude

LB Core will be a good unit after about 4 games barring injury. WLB Perryman MLB Kirby and SLB McCord. It needs depth though.

What's up with J. Hamilton? Is he going to make a name for himself next year? With our Dline woes that guy should be pushing for it.

UMike

Its 6;00 am...where is UMike...WORKIN DA SPACE!!!!!..Lets get it...

UMike

Herb, we're taking 30-32 again. Plenty of room. At least 2 current commits are EE, including Berrios and maybe Kaaya

Posted by: Ohio_Cane | July 08, 2013 at 11:45 PM

While I agree we will have some EE's, Berrios is NOT a current commit. I also think we will have 1-3 de-commits before NSD which opens the door for a couple more recruits

UMike

Treon to play QB for FSWho... LOL! Wait till next year when they move him to DB and he's pissed.

Posted by: Ohio_Cane | July 08, 2013 at 10:29 PM

My thoughts exactly. FSU will tell him anything to get him there just like taking a 2-Star ATH last year just to get to his teammate lol

UMike

Nash Workin...

Today, the Miami Hurricanes dipped into east Texas to offer 2015 standout defensive tackle Daylon Mack of Gladewater, Texas.

The six-foot-two 310-pounder released his top five today moments just before the 'Canes offered him. Along with Miami, Mack's list included Texas A&M, Texas, Clemson and Texas Tech.

Mack then tweeted: "Miami just offered and I am a happy camper. #Thankful #Blessed" (@DaylonMack)

"I got a call from my high school coach saying call coach Hurlie Brown and he extended the offer to me," Mack told me.

Mack, who is known for his strength and dominance on the field said, "It means a good deal to me. I already had Miami in my top five because of the relationship I had with coach Hurlie Brown. Now that they offered I am definitely considering them."

Miami obviously has a great deal of history with defensive tackles such as Cortez Kennedy, Warren Sapp and Vince Wilfork, to name a few, and Mack says that is one of the biggest things he likes about Miami.

"I love the tradition they had and all the DT's they had come out back in the day," said Mack.

Although, Daylon has yet to visit Coral Gables.

"I plan on visiting though. If not in the summer, I plan to visit sometime for their games," said Mack.

*Daylon has no highlights that I could find atleast, but enjoy this video of him squatting 605 pounds TEN TIMES. http://youtu.be/PD6iLfs-inw

*You can follow me on Twitter @NashSports

UMike

Ariz Workin...

Miami's 2014 recruiting class has filled up at an accelerated rate recently, which leaves a limited number of spots remaining. I usually don't get caught up in the number of commits/signees in a class because the numbers always seem to work themselves out, but here I attempted to break down the number of signees expected at each position and who might fill these remaining spots. Expected number of signees for each position is in parentheses.

QB (2)
Commits: Brad Kaaya, Alin Edouard, Malik Rosier
Targets: None
James Coley locked up his quarterback class early by jumping on all three of the current commits before any other big-time programs. Kaaya isn’t going anywhere, but it would be a huge surprise to see Edouard wind up in the class. I expect him to wind up at West Virginia, Marshall, or Louisville. Rosier is solid for now, but if another big program offers then it could get interesting. Edouard de-committing would probably solidify Rosier.

RB (1-2)
Commits: Joseph Yearby
Targets: Dalvin Cook
Yearby is solid and is confident that he can handle the load if ends up being the only running back in the class. His teammate Dalvin Cook is trying to get Yearby to UF with him and vice-versa with Yearby and Miami. I’ve posted this before, but Miami’s best shot with Cook will be during basketball season when he will be on campus a lot for his brother, DeAndre Burnett, who is a freshman on the Miami basketball team. Cook has not been to Miami for a while so going to see his brother will be a good excuse for him to do so. A late run at Sony Michel is not completely out of the question, but it is extremely unlikely that materializes into anything.

WR (3)
Commits: Darrell Langham
Targets: Johnnie Dixon, Travis Rudolph, Ermon Lane, Braxton Berrios, JoJo Robinson
The picture at receiver is beginning to clear up. Langham is locked in and the ‘Canes lead for Dixon right now. Rudolph and Lane are very high on UF and the Gators have a huge need for playmakers at the position so that is an advantage for them. The projected class right now would be Langham, Dixon, and Berrios, which I would consider to be a great pull. It would have been tough to imagine a scenario a few months back where a receiver class without Lane could be considered a success, but it looks like that could happen. Current commit Trayone Gray from Carol City could play receiver, but I see his future on the defensive side of the ball.

TE (2)
Commits: Chris Herndon
Targets: Ravian Pierce, Bryce Dixon
Herndon is the lone commit and Pierce is the best prospect at the position in the area and one of the top in the country. He would be a great snag, but he has been very quiet with his recruitment. Dixon has stated in the past that Miami has always been a school he liked, but he recently told CanesInSight's Tito Benach that he was looking to stay on the West Coast. With Derrick Griffin enrolling in January in all likelihood, that might affect the number that the staff is looking to take.

OL (4-5)
Commits: Kc McDermott, Reilly Gibbons, Trevor Darling, Nick Linder
Targets: Demetrius Knox, Isaiah Wynn
The coaches have to be thrilled with the haul at offensive line and all of them are solid commitments. It seems like the staff wants another interior lineman in the class, which is why they are still pursuing Knox and Wynn. Knox looks like a UCLA lean at the moment and Miami might have offered Wynn too late to be a serious contender. If they strike out on these two, it would be interesting to see if they make a run at two local studs in Raul Diaz (Central) and A’lique Terry (Hialeah).

UMike

### There was no surprise at UM on Monday when two-sport star Derrick Griffin announced he’s going to prep school for three months. UM was never very optimistic that he would qualify academically this year. He still hasn’t met the necessary ACT requirements.

Griffin told stateoftheu.com that he will enroll at UM in December and play basketball this season, then play football, as well, next season. But he still needs to qualify before any of that becomes a reality. Griffin is a receiver in football, a forward in basketball.

### UM never vigorously pursued Booker T. Washington quarterback Treon Harris and never had interest in him as a quarterback. So there was no great disappointment at UM when Harris announced Monday that he is orally committing to FSU. “That’s the school I’ve liked ever since I was a young kid,” he told rivals.com.

### Hialeah quarterback Alin Edouard’s commitment to UM remains shaky. He re-tweeted a 247sports.com story on Monday that said it seems only a matter of time before he de-commits. He said he plans to visit other schools and that Tennessee, Louisville, Arizona, Cincinnati and Marshall have been pursuing him the most aggressively.

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

UMike

At 6-3 and 323 pounds, Travonte Valentine isn’t what most AAU basketball coaches would consider a prototypical power forward.

But the way the 18-year-old University of Miami football recruit “moves all that weight around” is pretty rare, and why he has been selected to play in January’s U.S. Army All-American Game in San Antonio as one of the nation’s elite high school defensive tackles.

“Tray is a beast on the boards and at swatting shots,” said David Johnson, who has coached Valentine for the past 10 years on the Brevard Elite AAU basketball team in Central Florida and believes Valentine, a Hialeah Champagnat senior-to-be, could earn a college scholarship for basketball, as well.

“Back in February we were in a tournament in North Carolina. Kid had a fast break, went up for a layup and Tray came up behind him and blocked the ball off the backboard and into the stands. The ball was above rim above where the square starts on the backboard when he got his hand on it.”

Valentine isn’t sure what his vertical leap is, but he knows his athleticism is exactly why ESPN and 247Sports.com rank him among the top 150 players in the nation regardless of his position in the Class of 2014. Being big doesn’t necessarily mean being fat, Valentine said.

His daily morning workouts with his uncle include 25 100-yard sprints in the sand at the beach, 1,000 sit-ups and pushups, agility training ladder drills and then weight training. Valentine, who turns 19 in November, said he recently produced 15 reps of 315 pounds on the bench press. UM’s top offensive and defensive linemen bench press 225 pounds (the NFL testing standard) between 25 and 35 times.

“The first time I dunked was in the seventh grade,” said Valentine, who was 6-2, 288 pounds when he finally began taking football seriously as a freshman three years ago at Bayside High in Melbourne.

“But I won’t be doing any of that at Miami. I’ll sit down to watch those games. My goal [at UM] is to be a leader, get my degree [in sports medicine] and work hard every day to get to the NFL.”

Valentine still has a long way to go before he gets to Coral Gables — and most of it involves the classroom. Valentine said he needs to take five core courses (American Government, Math, English, Science and Reading) during the summer at Champagnat and online to make up for the courses he either didn’t take or struggled in before. Assuming he stays focused, his mother said, he will graduate a year from now and begin classes at UM soon after.

“That’s the reason I sent him down there to Miami to get away from the distractions up here, be in a smaller setting where he would focus on sports and school,” said Valentine’s mother, Darlene Samuel, who sent her eldest of six kids to live with her sister, whose husband is the brother of Champagnat coach Mike Tunsil.

“Travonte’s never been a bad kid, but he was always the big man on campus, felt like he could get away with anything like not turning in his homework or taking class seriously. Now he is.”

Small classrooms and academics are a big reason Samuel said she likes UM and why she encouraged her son to commit to the Hurricanes after they visited the campus unofficially last Wednesday. Valentine, who had previously orally committed to play for Louisville and Florida last year, said he’s done bouncing among college choices.

“I can’t see myself nowhere else but Miami,” said Valentine, who received his UM offer after attending Al Golden’s summer camp after his freshman year at Bayside. “Once my mom went with me last week and told me she wanted me to go to Miami, that’s when I pulled the trigger.”

Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/2013/07/09/3491048/d-line-recruit-travonte-robinson.html#storylink=cpy

UMike

FWIW, Lane tweeted that the guy in his AVI or profile pic would be his teammate on the next level..and Im pretty sure it was Quincy Wilson.

UMike

Valentine will turn 19 during he senior season..so he will be a o2yo freshman? lol

UMike

@Todd_Blackledge: Here is my random Monday night prediction: Miami, under Al Golden, will play for a National Championship BEFORE Florida State or Florida.

UMike

Definitely take the time and read this..

http://www.stateoftheu.com/2013/7/8/4457362/miami-hurricanes-recruiting-radar-pt-2-rants-and-rumors

UMike

I will say this...no matter who we do end up with or dont end up with..the staff has put in major work this recruiting cycle

LB

"I will say this...no matter who we do end up with or dont end up with..the staff has put in major work this recruiting cycle"

You bet. Sources have stated that Florida is EXTREMELY deep for talent this year, and the staff has jumped on it. If Coley can coach half as well as he can recruit targets... we'll be okay.

------------
Looking at the roster, I think we're in good shape in a lot of positions.

7 contributors in the secondary (Bush, Crawford, Gunter, Highsmith, Howard, Jenkins, Rodgers). At least two more should play this year (Burns, Dortch).

5 contributors at linebacker (Armbrister, Cornelius, Gaines, Kirby, Perryman). At least one more should contribute (Figeroua).

6 contributors on the defensive line (Cain, Chickillo, Green, McCord, Pierre, Porter, Robinson). At least two more (King, Moore) should contribute, maybe three if Hamilton is healthy.

One contributor for the specialists (O'Donnell). At least one more should contribute (Goudis).

7 contributors on the offensive line. (Bunche, Feliciano, Flowers, Henderson, Linder, McDermott, Wheeler). At least three more should contribute (Isidora, Odogwu, Gadbois).

3 contributors at running back (Crawford, Johnson, Hagens). At least one more should contribute (Dillard), maybe 2 (if Clements is healthy).

2 contributors at tight end (Cleveland, Walford). At least one more should contribute (Sandland), perhaps two (Dobard).

5 contributors at wide receiver (Dorsett, Hurns, Lewis, Scott, Waters). At least one more should contribute (Carter/Coley).

2 contributors at quarterback (Morris, Williams). Maybe one more should contribute (Crow/Dewey).

We're in great shape on the offensive line, secondary, running back, and wide receiver. I like our odds with the running backs and quarterback (as we've got a backup with starting experience).

Question marks on the placekicker and depth at linebacker. Concern is always the defensive line.

It looks to be a very good team. Barring injury to Morris, there's no excuse for an ACC title game appearance. None.

LB

The most underrated players on the team? Shayon Green and Maurice Hagens. One led the team in tackles while the other paved a way for a 2000 total yard back and a 3300 yard quarterback.

Respect to Green and Hagens. Seniors.

Speaking of seniors, we've got a strong senior class. I think the 2013 Canes will profit from having good players who played on bad Randy Shannon teams. Clements, Gaines, Green, Hagens, Susan's man, Highsmith, Hurns, Linder, Morris, Porter, Robinson, Rodgers, and Wheeler all played.

I still can't get over the sadness I feel for Sutrel. Unless the Dolphins draft #77, then the love affair may be over. Would Susan considering getting another job wherever her man lands? Is this the end?

The comments to this entry are closed.

My Photo
Blog powered by Typepad
Member since 06/2007