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July 08, 2013

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Sinistercane

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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
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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
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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.

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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?

Canesfan_1


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

Posted by: UMike | July 09, 2013 at 06:37 AM

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Don't get me wrong, I'm extremely encouraged by what Golden & co. have been doing, but putting in major work is what they're supposed to be doing. To have ANY hope of succeeding, extraordinary work should be the minimum standard, each and every day.

Even with all the NCAA BS, coach Golden has been handed the keys to a Lamborghini. I love all the hype, but it means NOTHING until he translates into on field success.

The days of making excuses are over. It's time to put up. The only strike I see is on defense. The excuse we have trouble recruiting there will no longer be valid. We sure haven't had a problem recruiting an offense full of studs, have we?

I love everything coach has done, but now I MUST see big results over the next two years. NO EXCUSES.

LB

"Even with all the NCAA BS, coach Golden has been handed the keys to a Lamborghini."

Please remember Randy Shannon traded in the Lamborghini for a bicycle. This program was skyrocketing towards FBS levels.

"I love all the hype, but it means NOTHING until he translates into on field success."

Agreed. Yet if not for suspensions and a bad defense, he would have had a nine win team LAST YEAR.

"The excuse we have trouble recruiting there will no longer be valid. We sure haven't had a problem recruiting an offense full of studs, have we?"

I don't see any issues in recruiting at all.

"I love everything coach has done, but now I MUST see big results over the next two years. NO EXCUSES."

I'm with you. There's no excuse not to win 9 games and outright claim the Coastal. Zero. And losing a non-BCS bowl game is an absolute failure. This team hasn't won a bowl game since 2006 (a one point win vs. the mighty Nevada Wolfpack).

UMike

Canefan..I didnt mean to imply that the staff doest do work every year, it just SEEMS they were a little late on some guys last year, but even last year they went hard after all those top local guys, they just decided to go elsewhere. I do agree its time to show it on the field..I just hope that Golden has the guts to fire D-No if there is no improvement. That is the ONLY area that concerns me with Golden.

UMike

if you look at the guys we "lost", we were in it to the very end and in a couple cases were told players were silents. Kirkland, Collins, Thomas etc...But the staff learned a lot from last year it seems. They are hitting south florida hard and early

LB

I repeat: we were on way to becoming Kent State and Eastern Michigan before Al Golden.

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"I just hope that Golden has the guts to fire D-No if there is no improvement. That is the ONLY area that concerns me with Golden."

I had that concern, too. Had. Past tense.

LB

"if you look at the guys we "lost", we were in it to the very end and in a couple cases were told players were silents. Kirkland, Collins, Thomas etc...But the staff learned a lot from last year it seems. They are hitting south florida hard and early"

Eff 'em.

Seriously.

I'd rather take somebody like Corn Elder who's dying to have an opportunity here than a primadonna who'd rather play for a deflating program like USC.

LB

Speaking of the beloved USC, those motherscratchers play seven teams with winning records this year. They also lost their QB.

Ouch. Way to have a bad break in a conference with Stanford, Oregon, and rapidly improving teams (UCLA, Washington, Arizona).

Kiffin is done.

But it's okay... because they have a team full of five stars. :)

LB

Meanwhile, UM plays FOUR teams with winning records (Va. Tech, Florida, FSU, North Carolina).

How about that?

Ohio_Cane

While I agree we will have some EE's, Berrios is NOT a current commit.

Posted by: UMike | July 09, 2013 at 06:04 AM
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Lol, no kidding. I was including him and Kaaya into the other 2-3 or so that I believe we have already committed.

In my eyes, Berrios is a Cane until he decides to go somewhere else. He's one I'll consider myself "shocked" if he goes elsewhere.

Canesfan_1

Mike - no problem with what you said at all.

Even with what Golden was handed, the analogy still remains, LB. I don't apologize for what we have, it was a Lamborghini that needed work, but it's still a stud car.

My major criticism is that we've been a little lenient accepting the defensive excuses. Again we have an offense full of studs. We have not done as well on defense, both on the field and in recruiting, and that falls on this staff, not the last one. Golden's into his third year, now. I'm letting the past go, but I'm expecting results in the future.

LB

Oh, and before anyone starts lauding Va. Tech...

- The current three game winning streak they're on? Boston College, Virginia, and Rutgers. Two of those games were overtime wins.

- A gutted offensive staff.

- A program without a big win since 2010.

The time is now to grab this sucky conference by the nads and SQUEEZE.

Ohio_Cane

Here's ESPN talking about Golden and this recruiting class:

http://espn.go.com/video/clip?id=9460349

UMike

Canesfan...I'm going to disagree with you about one thing. No way was Golden handed the keys to a Lamborghini lol

Ohio_Cane

I don't apologize for what we have, it was a Lamborghini that needed work, but it's still a stud car.

Posted by: Canesfan_1 | July 09, 2013 at 09:14 AM
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Golden was handed a Lamborghini? Maybe one that'd been wrecked 5 times and then left out in the rain with the windows down and the doors up for a year or two...

When he got here in December/January of 2010(?), we had 2 commits. TWO. It's July and we have 20 with a couple real close to committing.

Canesfan_1

I disagree with you - back at you.

The []_[] is always a Lamborghini. It may have needed a little body work, an overhaul, and a tune up, but it's still a beaut.

I'm never ashamed of dis []_[]. I'm a soldier.

UMike

Canesfan..I understand in our minds as fans the U will always be a "Lamborghini"..but in reality we have been far from a sports car for about 7 years now lol....Golden did get a job in a top University in a recruiting hotbed..BUT..that recruiting hotbed was corrupted by RS and neglected by Coker. The majority of the players he inherited were lazy and out of shape thanks to Shannons favoritism. Oh..and that whole NCAA thing lol

LB

"Even with what Golden was handed, the analogy still remains, LB. I don't apologize for what we have, it was a Lamborghini that needed work, but it's still a stud car."

Not when Randy Shannon was coaching. Not at all.

Shannon's record? 28-23. Bowl record? 0-2 vs. a bad California team and a transitioning Notre Dame.

His record vs. the ACC opponents that matter (FSU, Va. Tech, Ga. Tech, North Carolina)? 4-8. He didn't have a winning record vs. any of them.

He never won more than three games in a row. He ended every year with a loss. Three of those years were on losing streaks of three games or more (one year four).

Golden, however?

In two years rebuilding Shannon's mess and with hordes of issues (injuries, suspensions, the NCAA, a partridge and a pear tree)?

He had a three game losing streak, but was preceded by a three game winning streak. The same year, last year, he had a two game winning streak to end the year. This with probably one of the worst defense in football, if not in UM history. Oh, and he also faced THREE teams that appeared in BCS games(FSU, Notre Dame, Kansas State).

Now he's got a good team with an excellent schedule. Al Golden hasn't had an opportunity to go to a bowl game.

This is the year where we find out how well he can do.

If this team fails to:
- Win the coastal
- Win 8 games
- Lose a non-BCS bowl game

I'm with you. But I don't think these things will happen. There's too much talent on a team with a senior QB.

Ohio_Cane

The []_[] is always a Lamborghini. It may have needed a little body work, an overhaul, and a tune up, but it's still a beaut.

Posted by: Canesfan_1 | July 09, 2013 at 09:28 AM
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No doubt. The base is there. The engine is ready to haul a$$. Granted U can make the argument a Lamborghini is a Lamborghini regardless of it's condition, but this one was in a junk yard, not a show-room floor.

canezilla



Canesfan...I'm going to disagree with you about one thing. No way was Golden handed the keys to a Lamborghini lol

Posted by: UMike | July 09, 2013 at 09:23 AM
WITH A LOCKED UP MOTOR

Ohio_Cane

If this team fails to:
- Win the coastal
- Win 8 games
- Lose a non-BCS bowl game

I'm with you. But I don't think these things will happen. There's too much talent on a team with a senior QB.

Posted by: LB | July 09, 2013 at 09:33 AM
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Freakin' THIS.

Anything less than those this year is failure.

UMike

Florida Atlantic
Savannah State
South Florida
GT
North Carolina
Wake Forest
Duke
Virgina
Pitt

SHOULD all be wins, even if our D is only a little improved. We should win at LEAST one out of..

Florida
FSU
VT

No excuses AT ALL to not win 8 games or more, even with last years D

Canesfan_1

Sorry guys. With our schedule, wining only 8 games is SEVERE UNDERPERFORMANCE. Get out of here with that mess. 9 wins is barely acceptable. 10 wins is what I expect.

Also, I was no Shannon fan, but lets stop with using that as an excuse. I'll buy it for years one and two, but not year 3. This is is Golden's deal now. No more excuses. 8 wins? Which is just one more than last year? That's a joke.

10 wins or bust. Lets not be coddling this staff, either. Perform or else.

trianglecane

UNC and Pitt are shakey to me. Not because we can't win, but we have been inconsistent for 9 years. I would switch VT and UNC. UNC will be a black out game on thursday and it should be fun.

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Here we go with the Shannon Killers hey Guess what SmartyPantses....IT IS WELL KNOWN THE CANES QUIT ON SHANNON NOT VICE VERSA..
Are U Guys Blind or Dumb...Stop Blaming a man who is the ONLY name to remain clean and NOT have to answer anything at all about Nevin Shapiro...Stop Blamiing the man that made the kids go to class because before Shannon we WERE NOT the tops in Graduating kids and giving them MORE than football...Stop blaming the man that said he is NOT allowing his kids to take checks from Nevin and Punished them if he found they did..U guys are jaded I swear always wanna finger point at the wrong ppl...

12%RCCF...Shannon Supporter/TeamGoldenKool-Aid

4-Real

A 7 win team with the #22 overall defense might not be a Lamborghini but it SURE IS HELL WASN'T A DODGE NEON EITHER!!!

SOUP

"A late run at Sony Michel is not completely out of the question, but it is extremely unlikely that materializes into anything."

I agree with this, have for a while now.

BUT, we have our sites on more than Just Dalvin Cook to go with Yearby. As more time goes by and IF it looks more and more like Cook will stick with UF, then UM will move on to another of the many RB recruits to pair up with Yearby next year.

I don't have specific names but will research it to find out. If somebody knows what other RBs we have offered that would help.

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and how HORRIBLE was our offense under Shannon was that his fault too????


RCCF12%

State Facts Not Opinions...

SOUP

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

Posted by: UMike | July 09, 2013 at 06:03 AM

I LUV U MAN!!!

trianglecane

Shannon got the UM job too early. hindsight being 20/20.

SOUP

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

Posted by: UMike | July 09, 2013 at 06:37 AM

Can I get an AMEN from the congregation?

UMike

For the record I was not blaming RS for our situation right now..I was talking about some of the mess he left Golden. I applaud Shannon for a lot of stuff. He got the kids in class and the arrest were down etc, but he made bad hires and hurt a lot of relationships with local coaches/schools. Also, IF the players quit on RS, there was a reason. If the players quit that is on Shannon. RS is a Cane and did some good, but he doesnt get a pass and he at least deserves SOME of the blame for the last couple years.

SOUP

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

Posted by: LB | July 09, 2013 at 08:29 AM

There IT is right there.

SOUP

10 wins or bust. Lets not be coddling this staff, either. Perform or else.

Posted by: Canesfan_1 | July 09, 2013 at 10:29 AM

Well, well, well...look who going BIG this AM? LOL

SOUP

State Facts Not Opinions...

Posted by: www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000117339359 | July 09, 2013 at 10:55 AM

Clearly U can't handle the truth, so why bother with facts? When it comes to Shannon U have blinders on and U can't see anything clearly even with the facts staring you right in the face.

But let's end the Shannon talk here and now. Those days are over. This is Golden's team and as Canesfan_1 has said our CURRENT coach and HIS players have to win and win BIG over the next two years and then beyond.

NO EXCUSES.

UpNorthCane27

Im in that small pool of believers that we are going 12-0 with a big BCS bowl win!!!!

Canes allday everyday!!!

UMike

UpNorth..i do not think 12-0 is beyond reach. With Duke full time at RB and Morris we can score with anyone on our schedule. If our D improves and a few things go our way, we could be 12-0. FSU is breaking in a new QB and coordinator and is always overrated. VT is down some at the moment and Florida is at home. So yea..it could happen lol

CoCane

FAU, Savanna St, USF, Wake, Duke, Virginia & Ga Tech SHOULD be 7 automic wins... Florida, @FSU & VT will be the most losable games... @UNC & @PITT are the wildcard games. Games we should win but we'll lose if we play sub par or dont bring it... I say 9-3 or 10-2.

UpNorthCane27

UMike im telling you man its going to happen this year we are gonna be the greatest show on grass. Highpowered offense with a crazy running game to go with it. Our Defense will shock the nation

UMike

I honestly cant remember the last time our D was good..2004 maybe?

LB

"Are U Guys Blind or Dumb...Stop Blaming a man who is the ONLY name to remain clean and NOT have to answer anything at all about Nevin Shapiro...Stop Blamiing the man that made the kids go to class because before Shannon we WERE NOT the tops in Graduating kids and giving them MORE than football...Stop blaming the man that said he is NOT allowing his kids to take checks from Nevin and Punished them if he found they did..U guys are jaded I swear always wanna finger point at the wrong ppl..."

Try again.

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Honestly, our defense doesn't have to improve that much to have an outstanding year. I'd consider double digits wins in that vein.

j.w.

He wad handed the keys to a rusted Alfa Romeo with 300k miles on it, a broken door handle and a cracked windshield. The fact he kept that fractured, flawed team together for 2 years when they had no depth, selfish leadership with very few exceptions and no recruits in year 1 is frankly amazing.

LB

"I honestly cant remember the last time our D was good..2004 maybe?"

Actually, 2006.

Here's a look at points allowed from 2004-since:

Coker
2004: 17 (1 shutout, 4 games allowed 24+ pts.)
2005: 14.25 (0 shutouts, 2 games allowed 24+ pts.)
2006: 15.08 (1 shutout, 2 games allowed 24+ pts.)

Shannon
2007: 26 (0 shutouts, 6 games allowed 24+ pts.)
2008: 24 (0 shutouts, 7 games allowed 24+ pts.)
2009: 20.33 (0 shutouts, 4 games allowed 24+ pts.)
2010: 19.67 (1 shutout, 5 games allowed 24+ pts.)

Golden
2011: 20.08 (0 shutouts, 6 games allowed 24+ pts.)
2012: 27.08 (0 shutouts, 7 games allowed 24+ pts.)

UpNorthCane27

Plain and simple people.....

WIN THE TURNOVERS MATCH AND UM WINS AND GOES 12-0!!!!

LB

Golden's numbers are most comparable to 2007 & 2008, when Shannon first took charge.

Defensive leaders (top three tacklers):
2007
T. Gooden (100 tackles, 1 Int), C. McCarthy (68 tackles, 2 sacks, 1 Int), C. Campbell (50 tackles, 6 sacks, 1 Int)

2008
G. Cook (76 tackles, 1 sack), D. Sharpton (58 tackles, 2 sacks), R. Davis (31 tackles)

2011
S. Spence (106 tackles, 3 sacks), D. Perryman (69 tackles, 1 sack), J. Nicolas (66 tackles, 2 Int)

2012
S. Green (67 tackles), D. Perryman (64 tackles, 1 Int), G. Paul (61 tackles)

SOUP

Miami Hurricanes junior center Shane McDermott is one of 44 players named to the 2013 Rimington Trophy Watch List, released Tuesday by the trophy’s selection committee. The award is presented annually to the nation’s top collegiate center in NCAA Division I FBS.

McDermott is one of five ACC centers on the list, joined by Russell Bodine (North Carolina), Jay Finch (Georgia Tech), Macky MacPherson (Syracuse) and Bryan Stork (Florida State).

An All-ACC honorable mention selection in 2012 by the league coaches, McDermott started all 12 games at center for the Hurricanes. He anchored the offensive line that paved the way for the ACC’s third-best passing offense (295.4) and fifth-best total offense (440.2). As a redshirt freshman in 2011, he saw action in 10 games, allowing no sacks and registering zero penalties on the season.

The Lake Worth, Fla., native was awarded the Walter Kichefski Endowed Football Scholarship at the 2013 UM Sports Hall of Fame Induction Banquet and he will graduate this summer with his bachelor’s degree.

Miami’s Brett Romberg won the Rimington Trophy in 2002 after contributing the Miami’s 34-game winning streak from 2000-2002. He never allowed a sack at center and led an offensive line that helped produce three 1,000-yard rushers – James Jackson, Clinton Portis and Willis McGahee.

SOUP

Some REALLY good blogging today peeps.

Especially LB and UMike doin work!

LB

Onto 2013, and our opponents offensively (Savannah St. doesn't count):

FIU 20.5, 107th
Florida 26.5, 78th
USF 20.6, 106th
Ga. Tech 33.6, 34th
North Carolina 40.6, 8th
Wake Forest 18.5, 116th
FSU 39.3, 10th
Va. Tech 25.1, 83rd
Duke 31.5, 44th
Virginia 22.8, 95th
Pittsburgh 26.6, 76th

How it really looks: we play opponents who score around 27.8 pts. a game, and average around 68th for offense.

Here's where it gets good:

We play the 76th, 78th, 83rd, 95th, 106th, 107th, and 116th ranked offenses. Again, I'm not including Savannah.

The others?
D'Onofrio's defenses have been historically quite good against Ga. Tech.

North Carolina lost their nasty little tailback.

FSU is going through QB transition.

The other team? Duke. All they did was lose their QB & top receiver.

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That's why anything less than 8 wins and an ACC title appearance is an absolute failutre.

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Agreed Soup No More Shannon Talk his Time is Up and We are Golden's Boys Now..

Way 2 Go UpNorth 12% it out buddy 12-0 is a Cane Thang..

Clearly U can't handle the truth, so why bother with facts? When it comes to Shannon U have blinders on and U can't see anything clearly even with the facts staring you right in the face.---Soup nothing typed was factually just all blaming so yea I can handle truth Actually love truth but seems U guys like mess at times too as opposed to truth...I have agreed 100x Shannon WAS NOT the best coach but for what he did he deserves applause...kids quitting on a coach is a direct reflection of Whipple putting bugs in kids ears because Whipple hated Shannon and Shannon's relationships with HS coaches is this "if your kid wants money or you the coach wants your palms greased go to the $EC because U wont get it from me"...did it cost daU definitely but did it save Randy Shannons face absolutely and if I am not truthing then why are we so proud of Randy Shannon's GOLDEN PICK Randy Duke Johnson(fact)so yea Soup U were saying about me accepting truth???? I rest my case....

Now Come on and 12% or watch the Bus Ride By Ya..
RCCF

Old Skool

Has there ever been any confirmation regarding Kevin Patrick joining the staff?

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