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January 06, 2014


Go Canes

Ireland is out.

There is one I am thrilled about.

Guy was horrible.


They Have Messed This Up 2x Coincidence or Is It...




I attended an FSU watch party decked out from head to toe in Canes gear. Folks were pissed!


Since you weren't a candidate for that other blog, why did they interview you??? Lol
Posted by: Willie Will in Missouri | January 07, 2014 at 04:26 PM

In response to this probing question from WWIM, Nemo said that he “won’t talk about other blogs.” While not mentioning any other blog by name, Nemo did say that “obviously there are some blogs that have expressed interest [in me] the last couple of years. I’ve never addressed them; and I’m not going to start to do that now. “
Some purported insiders on Twitter and ESPN 4 (“The Quattro”) are reporting that Nemo was close to leaving Canespace for another UM sports blog. However, the deal fell through when Nemo learned that he would have to PAY for membership on the other site!


And to all who don't believe in the star recruiting system, FSU is loaded with 4- and 5-star talent. Sure, every now and then the system fails (e.g. Ed Reed) but by and large we need to be landing the big fish.

I like our incoming class but we haven't been landing too many 5-star players in a long time (even before the self imposed sanctions). Until that happens we won't have turned the ride and shouldn't even consider the possibility of winning a ship.


Posted by: RBLCane | January 07, 2014 at 11:31 AM

Simple mathematics. Without researching which of FSU's commitments did not make their team over the last four years or transferred, they had roughly 40 4-star players on their team. Very strong, but not quite as strong as Alabama. Collectively FSU had slightly more 4 and 5 star players than they did 3 star players.

Miami on the other hand - when you factor in players who transferred or did not qualify - had just 20 four star players on their team. The number of four star players has gone down all but one year since 2007 (Shannon had 40 four star players on opening day against Marshall). This year's seniors will pull 3 four star players from that total, bringing the team total down to just 17. However we should triple that number with the 2014 class, bringing our 4-star player total up to around 28-29.

Next year's senior class has just one 4-star player (Chikillo), assuming there are no early departures for the NFL or transfers. The 2015 class, if it's like this year's class, would bring the theoretical opening day lineup nearly 40 four star players.


And before anyone mentions it, yes the 40 four-star player 2007 Hurricanes only had 5 wins. Sometimes stars do not overcome, although in that case it was a badly depleted offense that had been hurt by years of whiffs on WRs and QBs. And bad luck...Marve likely would have played in '07 but for the car accident.

And to shed some more light on the counter-argument, the Florida Gators had more 4-star and 5-star players on their team than FSU did, and they only won four games. Coaching matters, as does depth at key positions and injuries.


That said, I still would prefer a fleshed out, balanced squad (three QBs for instance) with forty 40 star players when going up against FSU.


FWIW Zach Thomas was 5'11" and 230 lbs. (Probably big enough to be an NFL LB.)

VA Cane

You show em CS, I love it.....Al Pa got a lot of work to do in my opinion.....CGNC that's our new connection the big Al Pa!!!!!!


Good info TC


Thanks...by the way...missed out on the list of Canespace regulars who were signed up under the new administration. I volunteer my services, and for credentials I did win my dorm's Madden '94 football tournament!




Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/2014/01/07/3857195/miami-hurricanes-denzel-perryman.html#storylink=cpy

Canes underclassmen Denzel Perryman (third-round projection) and Anthony Chickillo (fourth-fifth) are contemplating whether to enter the NFL Draft.

Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/2014/01/07/3857195/miami-hurricanes-denzel-perryman.html#storylink=cpy


if chick leaves, its because of d'no


The Xanax is on me my ever depressive Cane brethren.

Posted by: Stanadrd Shriver | January 07, 2014 at 04:29 PM

Alprazolam is for anxiety (could make a case for sleep/insomnia, though not ideal). If the legion is depressed perhaps some SSRI, SNRIs, DNRIs are in our future.



Go Canes

So if Chik stays, is it because of D'no?


No, if (and when) chick stays it's because he is no where near NFL ready right now (would go undrafted IMO) and needs to work on just about every aspect of his game, most notably speed (or lack thereof).


We're severely lacking a big bodied, filthy, pizzed off creature up front.

Posted by: Ohio_Cane | January 07, 2014 at 04:05 PM

Um, uh, is that, uh, well, what she, no that just couldn't be, could it?


Alprazolam is for anxiety (could make a case for sleep/insomnia, though not ideal). If the legion is depressed perhaps some SSRI, SNRIs, DNRIs are in our future.

Posted by: BEERicane | January 07, 2014 at 08:03 PM

Thanks for clearing that up. I was going to but U beat me to it.


I volunteer my services, and for credentials I did win my dorm's Madden '94 football tournament!

Posted by: TonyCane | January 07, 2014 at 07:50 PM

Don't feel bad we all got fired withing 48 hours as soon as Golden "came back" to UM.

I will keep your resume on file and keep U on the short list for any future openings should they become available. With all of your research skills you would make a good advance scout and quality control analyst.


86, you and I and the rest of the Canespace forces must feel like Pierce Brosnan did after he lost the James Bond role at literally the last possible second in 1986. About to be announced as Bond, and then finds out that the cancelled Remington Steel had been picked up by NBC.


No Go Canes. If chick stays, it's because it's the rational thing to do as he's not NFL ready yet.

Stanadrd Shriver

Canes Bball time. 2013...donezo.


From a purely objective perspective and valentines goal was to make the league would u choose lsu or um?


Um, uh, is that, uh, well, what she, no that just couldn't be, could it?

Posted by: 86Cane | January 07, 2014 at 09:05 PM

Yes she did!


Pete Ariz:

**Starting with some good news, there was talk recently that Miami commit suffered a torn ACL and would have to miss significant time. I spoke to Smith tonight and he told me the injury was just a sprain suffered late in his season. He is already working out and plans to arrive at UM at 100% in the summer. I feel like Smith is not talked about enough as an edge rusher and have high hopes for him at Miami. He has been as productive as any player on the defensive side of the ball in South Florida over the past two years, including Chad Thomas.

**As expected, Miami officially offered Chaminade (Ca.) TE/WR Brayden Lenius (6-5, 215). Lenius is very high on Miami and his teammate Brad Kaaya told me that he thinks the Canes have a good shot to land Lenius. He will visit in January most likely with Kaaya. I’ve posted the story before, but Lenius is a 16-year old senior who transferred in from Vancouver this season. He missed the team’s first 5 games this season. Here are his highlights: http://www.hudl.com/athlete/o/944546...ghts/111520400

**Barring something unexpected, it is a long shot that Derrick Griffin will enroll at Miami. ACT scores have been out and we still have not heard anything from his camp. Miami is not expecting him in the class either.

**Following his visit to Miami, the Canes felt good about their chances of landing J.C. Jackson, but the battle for him has trended in Florida State’s direction over the past two weeks. Miami is not out of it, but there is ground to make up. It will be a tough pull.

**A name to keep an eye on at receiver is George Rushing. The Cardinal Gibbons senior is currently a Louisville commit, but told me his options are open and he is willing to listen to Miami. Rushing had a strong senior season and has a very good frame at 6-1, 190. He reminds me a lot of Rashawn Scott coming out of high school. Here are his senior year highlights, which are impressive: http://www.hudl.com/athlete/669555/h...378?autoplay=1

**After speaking with Champagnat Catholic Head Coach Mike Tunsil tonight, I believe that Miami is still a top choice for Travonte Valentine. Tunsil told me “nearly the whole country has called” since Valentine decommitted from Miami, so the Canes will have to fight off the likes of LSU and Alabama. Tunsil said that Valentine was planning on sticking with Miami until the uncertainty of Al Golden’s status at Miami. Golden needs to explain to Valentine that he is committed to Miami for the long run in order to regain his commitment, according to Tunsil. That full story is coming tonight.


86, you and I and the rest of the Canespace forces must feel like Pierce Brosnan did after he lost the James Bond role at literally the last possible second in 1986. About to be announced as Bond, and then finds out that the cancelled Remington Steel had been picked up by NBC.

Posted by: TonyCane | January 07, 2014 at 09:12 PM


Jimbo is starting to think he's Bobby B now, "dadgum" it! This is a paragraph from ESPN re: his opinion on the new playoff format.

"I'm for it. Hey, playoffs -- if that's what you're going to do, we're going to line up and play them. But I just don't want to take the true history and tradition of those bowl games -- maybe you're 11-2, dadgum, that's a pretty good year. Now ... you act like somebody should get fired. It's a little bit ridiculous."


McCray Not Looking to Redshirt
2014 Blanche Ely (Fla.) Terry McCray was one of his teams best defensive prospects and proved his value this past season as he had a terrific senior year.

“This year I had to play a little bit of rusher and linebacker. I had 19 sacks and 110 tackles on the season. The season started off bad we went 1-4 but then finished 5-5 and made it to the second round of the playoffs and lost to Dwyer.”

McCray is now preparing for the next level of his athletic career which is set for the University of Miami, where he is excited to get there.

“I’m very excited; I wish I could’ve went in earlier, but I had to finish a few classes. I’m very excited though.”

The 6’2 195 pound linebacker is set to arrive in Coral Gables during the summer.

With all the commotion surrounding the ‘Canes and what Al Golden was going to do, McCray was relieved to hear he is staying.

“Kind of a relief because he’s a good coach and the scheme he’s got going on, he’s really starting to make all the south Florida players come to Miami. That’s the reason Miami isn’t what they used to be because all the out of state schools were coming in and taking all the kids. I think he’s been a great coach especially through the rough times and the scandals, he kept coaching and the players kept playing.”

The Blanche Ely product has been trying to stay in shape during the offseason by working out with a very high caliber professional football player.

“Yeah I’ve been working out; I’m actually working out with Patrick Peterson and he’s gonna bring a couple linebackers down and their gonna help me work on my game and I’ve been in the weight room too.”

The Miami commit plans to be a rush end linebacker for the Hurricanes and has no plans on redshirting.

“I’m basically going to be playing the Jarvis Jones type linebacker. I think I can use my speed to beat mostly anybody around the edge and I think I can play basic linebacker. I’m going to push to start and play my freshman year.”

McCray has been speaking with other Miami commits in his class and is excited to work with them next season.

“I talk to Brandon Powell from Deerfield, sometime I talk to Nigel Bethel and Chad Thomas. Just our class we have coming in and how we think it’s gonna be one of the best classes in a long time. We think we can bring a championship back to Miami.”


Tito from CIS ^^^^




Barry Jackson:


Five four-star recruits on offense are enrolling at UM in the next week, led by Miami Central running back Joseph Yearby. But as far as numbers, UM’s recruiting class (28 strong at the moment) is tilted more toward defense, with 16 players orally committed on that side of the ball, including three January arrivals: three-star linebackers Juwon Young and Trent Harris and defensive tackle Calvin Heurtelou.

With a month to go before National Signing Day, UM has assembled a defensive recruiting class with several high-quality defensive ends/outside linebackers, tackles and safeties, but questions at cornerback and uncertainty about a key tackle recruit who decommitted last weekend.

A look at UM's class on defense:
### Defensive tackle: UM’s biggest need, and the Canes are adding a solid group with four-star St. Thomas Aquinas standout Anthony Moten (rated the No. 6 defensive tackle), emerging three-star New Jersey based Courtel Jenkins (“great quickness for his size,” according to Rivals.com) and two junior college players who had other major offers and should help immediately: Michael Wyche (he has signed a letter of intent, but is awaiting an ACC decision on an obscure rule involving junior colleges before he’s cleared to enroll, as detailed in our last post); and Heurtelou, who had 14 tackles for loss and four sacks at Scottsdale, Ariz. Community College despite getting double- and triple-teamed a lot.

But this group needs Hialeah Champagnat four-star tackle Travonte Valentine to be considered exceptional. Valentine recently de-committed, but his coach, Mike Tunsil, told my colleague Manny Navarro on Tuesday that Valentine “loves UM” and might end up there but wants to meet with Al Golden to “make sure everyone is on the same page….

"For coach Golden to go interview for another job was unsettling. He wants to find out why [Golden] interviewed and if he is really planning to be there for the long haul.”

Valentine, who also plans to visit LSU, previously dropped oral commitments to Louisville and Florida.

“Valentine is key because he’s a guy you would have to double-team, the first big guy who can move that they’ve had since Antonio Dixon,” local recruiting analyst Charles Fishbein said. “You really need him. People around him, his family, want him in Miami. [But] I like Moten, also. And I have a scout who works for me in New Jersey who loves Courtel Jenkins. He thinks he’s a big-time player.”

Said analyst Tom Lemming: “I love Moten: long arms, quick feet, can play end or tackle in college. He plays against the best competition in the country. Four-star player with five-star potential.”

Also, UM is among 22 schools that have offered Plantation American Heritage defensive tackle Edgar Cerenord, who had 75 tackles and five sacks last season. He has said UM has ground to make up.

### Defensive end/3-4 outside linebacker: Might be UM’s best position in this class presuming the Hurricanes can hold on to five-star Booker T. Washington end Chad Thomas (rated the No. 1 defensive end and 26th among all prospects, by Rivals.com); his teammate, four-star end Demetrius Jackson (14.5 sacks this past season); Miami Northwestern three-star defensive end Mike Smith (16 tackles for loss, 10 sacks); and Winter Park’s Harris, who had 39 tackles for loss, 16 sacks and four forced fumbles in 2013 and whose high-school coach who has compared him with former NFL great Michael Strahan.

Golden expects Harris to play linebacker. So will Young, who had 141 tackles last season for Albany (Ga.) High. “Both those kids are 6-2, 6-3, have range, length,” Golden said.

Thomas, who had eight sacks, has never wavered on his UM commitment. “Explosive, game-changing speed,” Lemming said. “But he needs to put on a lot of strength.”
Smith said he is planning a late-January visit to Louisville, which has five Northwestern players on its roster. Contrary to perception, Blustein insists Smith is the “most impactful defensive player they’ve got in this class,” even more than Thomas. “He’s like Tyriq McCord as a pass-rusher but faster and better.”

And Blustein said Jackson “has unlimited potential. Once he puts weight on, he’s going to be a beast. A pure pass rusher who plays off instincts. He’s just learning how to play the run.”

### Inside linebacker: A concern, with largely unproven players (Raphael Kirby, Jermaine Grace) expected to assume major roles.

Three-star Pompano Beach Ely inside linebacker Terry McCray has told Rivals.com that his UM oral commitment is “between solid and soft” and that LSU has piqued his interest. McCray had 25 tackles for loss, 16 sacks and blocked a punt for a touchdown.
“One of the most underrated players in this class,” Blustein said. “Great tackler, reads plays well, very quick.”

Lemming said McCray “has a high ceiling, can really run, but not a great player yet."

USC oral commitment Olajuwon Tucker, a four-star end/outside linebacker, from Gardena, Cal., plans to visit UM Jan. 25, but it will be difficult to get him to flip.

### Cornerback: How this group will be rated will hinge entirely on whether UM can lure Immokalee’s four-star J.C. Jackson (a soft UF oral commitment who is considering UM, UF and FSU) and whether it can hang on to oral commitment Nigel Bethel, the four-star Booker T. Washington cornerback who said he wants to see the Hurricanes change their defensive scheme.

But Bethel told me Monday he “more than likely” will end up at UM, though he earlier told others he will consider Georgia and Arkansas if they make him offers.

“The one thing about Bethel is he will challenge you, wants to go against the best guy across from him,” Fishbein said. “Miami needs more kids like that in their program, who are around successful programs.”

Three-star Miami Northwestern cornerback Ryan Mayes appears firmly committed, but “Ryan didn’t have the year Miami expected,” Fishbein said. “He will end up having to play safety." Carol City receiver Trayone Gray, a UM oral commitment, could play cornerback if needed.

### Safety: UM looks in good shape here after adding four-star New Jersey-based Kiy Hester (five interceptions in 2013 and rated by ESPN as the 196th-best player overall), Lake Worth Park Vista’s three-star Marques Goyat (32 career interceptions) and Orange Park Oakleaf High’s three-star Darrion Owens (three sacks, interception, forced fumble).

“Hester is a major catch,” Lemming said. “He can play corner, receiver, kick returner. I see him as a corner.”

Fishbein: “Gayot is more of strong safety, a will linebacker, can play the run, not as good in coverage as he is against the run… I like Darrion Owens. He may grow into a linebacker.”



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