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March 14, 2014

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hassan

http://www.nationalfootballpost.com/Which-colleges-produce-the-most-NFL-talent.html

Rand Stevens

I can say I really miss that fact we aren't in the tourney this year. Damn. Miami needs to participate in this tourney every year......there's nothing like it in college sports.

Rand Stevens

The Tiger fans are already running out of patience with Haith. He's getting similar lackluster results and shows all the signs of turning Mizzou into his Miami teams of old.

Lurker

Don't know what this means, but...

Tim Reynolds

by Safid_Deen:

Manchester United fans now blaming Mark D'Onofrio, which makes no sense, but they saw it on Twitter and rolled with it.

Posted by: CaneRock | March 16, 2014 at 07:50 PM

It means he's made another typical smartass comment where he thinks his readers are know nothing idiots and he's the smartest guy in the room.

4-Real

One minute Lurker is down wit da Golden boyz, next minute.....

4-Real

No need 2 hate on Haith.....

SOUP

U took interest and pics of his t shirt which had all 5 Championship years with the 6th being 2002 and under it said Robbed!

Dem Canes!!!

Posted by: NativeCane | March 16, 2014 at 06:53 PM

YES, I have posted that pic here a few times. It is a pink shirt embroidered with the 5 'ships and 2002: ROBBED! That Spring Game was at Lockhart Stadium in FLL and it was one of the best I have ever attended. Access was incredible.

Lurker

4-real, I'm frustrated just like everybody else, but the criticism of Golden and his buddy goes overboard many times. But I also do believe that fair criticism on several levels is justified. First of all, they are paid professionals and paid employees of the university, not students working through a scholarship. Therefore, their performance not only can and should be scrutinized, but criticism, some it harsh, should be expected.

I'm just not in favor of beating a dead horse a million times over and I also believe that there is always hope and that it's possible that the natural talent deficit on the d side of the ball has had an impact. Now whether the defensive philosophy and the DC will improve remains to be seen, but there is a lot less room for error and major improvements need to be seen over the next year or two, or there will probably be major changes made in coaching personnel

4-Real

Damn!....I actually agree with u Lurk.

UMike

Ariz...

**This edition of The Work will center around today’s Nike Football Training Combine, which is arguably the top event of its kind in the country.

Position MVPs
QB – Maurice Alexander (2015 Booker T. Washington)
RB – Zander Bernard (2015 Park Vista)
WR – Da’Vante Phillips (2015 Central)
OL – Christian Strachan (2015 Chaminade)
DL – Jarred McGahee (2015 Coral Gables)
LB – Tevon Coney (Palm Beach Gardens 2015)
DB – Tyrek Cole (Miramar 2015)
SPARQ MVP – Robert Burns (2017 Gulliver)

**It’s a shame that Brandon Boyce is only about 5-10 because if he was 3 inches taller he would have offers from every school in the country. Anyone who watched a University School game over the past two years would tell you that Boyce was in the backfield on nearly every play and is just an extremely disruptive force at defensive tackle. Now at St. Thomas Aquinas, Boyce continued to show his explosive ability today in OL-DL drills where he was unblockable. There was a stretch of three plays in a row where he abused Miami commit Leeward Brown. Boyce is currently committed to Duke.

**Another defensive tackle who caught my eye was Coral Gables’ Jarred McGahee, who won MVP for his position on the day. McGahee is a 2015 kid who recently transferred to Gables from Northwestern and has been a relative unknown up to this point. I expect that to change. McGahee has a quick first step and has a hunter’s mentality at the position. Here are McGahee’s junior season highlights - http://www.hudl.com/athlete/2688518/jarred-mcgahee

**Christian Strachan continues to make the strides that many had hoped he would in this offseason, as he won MVP for his position today and looked very impressive doing so. Strachan is headed to Miramar for his senior year, so the rich get richer. That should be a fun line to watch with Strachan and Leeward Brown on the inside. I would be very surprised if Strachan does not have a Miami offer by the end of spring.

**I already wrote a story on 2015 BTW DE Ronique Robinson today, which you can read here - http://www.canesinsight.com/threads/...ited-potential - but I would like to give some more thoughts about him here. Miami knows about Robinson and has already offered him. This would be a kid where the Ice Harris addition helps with just because he already got a look at him and could tip the Miami staff off to him early. He wouldn’t have an offer if Ice didn’t think he was a legitimate prospect. Robinson ran a very respectable 4.8 and had a 28-inch vertical today at the combine at 6-7, 235. For as freaky as Demetrius Jackson’s frame is, Robinson might top that. I need to see a lot more of him in pads and even just on the field before he can be dubbed the next Demetrius, but he passing the eye test with flying colors. The Booker T coaching staff has shown once that they can get the most out of a talent like this, so I have high hopes they can do it again.

**2016 Champagnat Catholic OL Chiki Valentine has a world of untapped potential. Valentine is a kid who was at Champagnat last year, but did not play because it was his first year in the United States from Africa. Champagnat brought Valentine in under the same program as current Miami basketball player Tonye Jekiri a few years back. He got beat a couple times, but showed flashes of just brutally dominating people. Once he is able to harness his aggression and play with better balance, you are looking at a 4-star type prospect.

**One of the most impressive prospects today in my eyes was 2016 Naples CB Tyler Byrd. He is a “freak” corner in every sense of the word. Long arms, great speed, attitude, and size.

**2016 Gulliver Prep WR Dionte Mullins continues to put on shows in these camp/7-on-7 settings. I want to see him perform more in pads before putting him in the same category of football players as Ridley and Phillips, but he has the same type of talent as those two.

**I spoke with Hallandale LB Sh’mar Kilby-Lane and he has limited interested in Miami at this point and to say it is “limited” is being generous. Miami likes Kilby-Lane, but he is a heavy Ohio State lean right now and also has Alabama in the mix. Miami does not seem to have any shot here.

**Tarvarus McFadden was offered by Miami a couple months back and they are still in the picture, but he seemed disappointed that the staff has not been keeping in contact with him much lately. He told me that he is way past any hard feelings about the “late” offer and that Miami shows “major love” when they do talk to him, but he wants that contact to be more frequent.

**I was talking to an individual who is very close to the recruitment of both Shawn Burgess-Becker and Calvin Ridley, who basically told me that everything is up in the air with those two right now. Burgess-Becker legitimately has Alabama on top with Miami still definitely right there with them and Ridley is playing things close to the vest. Don’t expect a decision from either one anytime soon, but there could be a potential wildcard in this equation. Both SBB and Ridley really want to play with CB teammate Ronnie Hoggins at the next level and this person told me that if Miami offered Hoggins, that would go a long way to securing their commitment and they might have committed at their original date if Hoggins had an offer. In my opinion, if offering Hoggins meant landing those two, it is a slam-dunk no-brainer. Hoggins is a very good player in his own right and is a superb slot-corner prospect. I don’t see Miami offering though, because this staff has shown they like size at the defensive back position and Tim Irvin already fills the potential spot that Hoggins could play.

**Mark Walton told me that he is still working hard to reclassify to the 2015 class. He did not go into details about the number of credits he needed, but he said he will be taking classes over the summer and potentially night classes as well in order to try to get this done. Walton said he will know by the beginning of next school year if this is a legitimate possibility. For what it’s worth, I have been told that this scenario is extremely unlikely and that it would take a near miracle. Either way, it is good to know that Walton is at least attempting to make it happen and would most likely be on pace to graduate early in 2016 if he still goes through with putting in the work now. Remember, Walton is naturally a 2015 kid by age.

http://www.canesinsight.com/content/2339-The-Work-3-16-%28NFTC-Edition%29

UMike

More Ariz..

The trend of basketball players moving over to the gridiron continues to gain traction. Just last year at this time, a little-known recruit named Demetrius Jackson had decided to give football a try. In less than a year, Jackson blossomed into one of the top prospects in the country and became a consensus 4-star recruit who is on his way to Miami.

One of the major reasons Jackson was able to progress so quickly was because of the help of his coaches at Booker T. Washington. The same program that molded Jackson has taken on another project, Ronique Robinson. Robinson (2015) is a 6-7, 240-pound defensive end who recently transferred from La Salle, where he focused almost exclusively on basketball.

“Last year was my first year playing in high school. I had played little league, but then in like 6th grade I got too big so I just switched to basketball,” Robinson explained.

Robinson said that the football coaches at La Salle encouraged him to take up football, so he did so. He explained his move to Booker T.

“It was my home school plus I was tired of losing. I am committed to football now,” said Robinson. “As soon as I got to Booker T, coaches have been coming and seeing my size and are immediately interested. It feels good knowing that being at a different school can give me more opportunities.”

Due to his size and athleticism, Robinson has some versatility on the field.

“I can stand up or play D-End. I will probably play both defensive end and a little bit of goal-line tight end too.”

Robinson is sure to have multiple offers as spring football carries on, but for now there is a select group who has reached out.

“I know Miami is very interested and so is Florida State and Minnesota. It’s all a surprise to me because when I was at La Salle, this wasn’t happening at all.”

I spoke to Booker T. Washington Head Coach, Tim Harris, Jr. about his team’s newest toy.

“He has that look, but we just need to get the dog out of him,” said Harris, Jr. “Demetrius looked the same way last year.”

Robinson also listed Oregon, Alabama, and UF as schools he is interested in.

http://www.canesinsight.com/content/2338-BTW-DE-Ronique-Robinson-has-unlimited-potential

UMike

Mike Farrell ‏@rivalsmike 1m
4 star DB Shawn Burgess-Becker tells me #Alabama is his leader and #Miami is No. 2 right now. He'll be at #RivalsCamp in Miami

UMike

Ariz..

Burgess-Becker tells Tito that Alabama, Miami, FSU are his top 3 FWIW

UMike

BTW... I doubt many of us had Phillips on our list, but if you did you might as well take him off now.... kid will be a Nole. We NEED to cut off or slow down the Miami Central-FSU pipeline

SOUP

UMike...show me the $$$!

UMike

Golden needs to show the wins

Ohio_Cane

SBB will have a different leader every month or 2 until signing day.

UMike

Ohio.. Im not worried about SBB right now... but we need to win games.

Ohio_Cane

Miami Track/XC ‏@MiamiTrack 5m

Congrats to Artie Burns on being named one of SI’s “Faces in the Crowd” for the week of March 17, 2014 http://gocan.es/NngFuH

Ohio_Cane

I read where Ariz said if we offered Hoggins it would get SBB and Ridley to commit. We SHOULD, but he's saying it's likely we won't because that's Tim Irvin's spot.

UMike

Yea... it was in Ariz's "The Work".... even if they have a spot for Irvin, you still offer Hoggins. This is where using spots for project players can hurt you. Besides, Im not a huge fan of assuming one playing will A, commit, and B, be a good player.

UMike

Although I dont think SBB and Ridley coming to Miami hinges on Hoggins, IF that will seal the deal, and since Hoggins is talented, you do it imo. And if/when you get Irvin, you are just deeper a that spot. Its a win-win.

Ohio_Cane

Warren Buffet is about to owe me a Billion $$$! Just filled out my bracket. Time to beat the ridiculous odds so I can retire myself, wife, kids, grandkids, etc.

Terrance Sullivan

It just sucks my Canes are not in the tournament. Next year my Canes will be back in it. So I will just hope an ACC team wins it in Arlington.

SOUP

Although I dont think SBB and Ridley coming to Miami hinges on Hoggins, IF that will seal the deal, and since Hoggins is talented, you do it imo. And if/when you get Irvin, you are just deeper a that spot. Its a win-win.

Posted by: UMike | March 17, 2014 at 09:39 AM

I agree to a CERTAIN extent.

Can't get blackmailed but need to get big time commits locked up as early as possible to gain the BIG MO for the class.

UMike

SOUP.. thats why I added since he is talented... I mean, were offering project guys as it is lol

CaneRock

I mean, were offering project guys as it is lol

Posted by: UMike | March 17, 2014 at 11:40 AM

What project guy hurts us for next year?

By my count, with David Perry's possible defection, Gray's grades/and or test scores still in limbo, and maybe another defection or 2 in the Spring or Summer, that opens up 3-4 spots, doesn't it? And who knows, maybe we're still negotiatin with the NCAA on those schollie reductions...

UMike

Anyone added in the 2014 class will go towards the overall number so it effects the 2015 class... and we have offered 1 or 2 2015 procjects. Just saying... if were gonna offer project guys, might as well offer a talented local kid that will bring you 2 big fish... IF that is the case

UMike

I dont think there is any more negotiations going on

CaneRock

UMike, true dat...BUT!, Golden said we need OLinemen...though. LMAO!

UMike

Im sure a couple more spots will open up.. they always do.

UMike

Resisting.... the..... urge... to..... bash....

j.w.

No need 2 hate on Haith.....

Posted by: 4-Real | March 16, 2014 at 10:45 PM

Nah, none at all. Just forget about the years he was here and all the b.s. he caused and then I would agree, no need to blame him for anything.

Ohio_Cane

and we have offered 1 or 2 2015 procjects.

Posted by: UMike | March 17, 2014 at 11:52 AM
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Who are they?

Go Canes

This is truly sad.

@ByTimReynolds: ESPN reporter on Knight Commission panel says a former FSU nose guard, who tested as mentally retarded, still wound up getting a degree.

Ohio_Cane

Pete Ariz:


D'Mauri Jones and Corn Elder

I am hearing that football player D'Mauri Jones will be playing basketball next season.

Also, it is unlikely that Corn Elder will pursue basketball here.

UMike

Ohio... not that I have to prove anything, but Jeremiah Ledbetter is supposedly one lol

Ohio_Cane

UMike, wasn't asking U to "prove anything". Was asking who the projects are.

UMike

I mean, we have close to 200 offers out... obviously some of those are going to be reaches... so why not offer a local talented kid if it secures 2 big fish.... IF... IF... that is the case.

UMike

I didnt even know Jones played Bball

CaneRock

UMike, I thought Ledbetter was 2014...

UMike

no, that was the OL we just wasted a ship on... I mean gave a ship to

Go Canes

@joshdarrow: Miami has offered 2016 OL Chidi Okeke-Valentine of Champagnat. Kid was impressive in OL/DL drills at #NFTC. Big, strong, hard to get around

Ohio_Cane

@joshdarrow: Miami has offered 2016 OL Chidi Okeke-Valentine of Champagnat. Kid was impressive in OL/DL drills at #NFTC. Big, strong, hard to get around

Posted by: Go Canes | March 17, 2014 at 12:51 PM
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Same route as Tonye Jikiri

Ohio_Cane

Jekiri ^^^

CaneRock

Chidi Okeke-Valentine?...Is He some type of kin to Travonte?

Ohio_Cane

Lol, don't think so, CR.

Ohio_Cane

Jonesboro (Ga.) 2016 quarterback Zerrick Cooper says Miami has offered

CaneRock

But again on Ledbetter, I think He may be a gem. Somebody said it the other day, but His metrics are off the charts. The kid is 6'3"/270, and runs a 4.7!, oooooor, you can flip it and say He runs a 4.7, at 6'3"/270! You add 25-30 LBS to that 4.7, you gotta FREAK!

UMike

CR... all those awesome numbers.. and STILL no offers.... there is a reason lol.. and to be honest, IDK if Miami even offered, but i was rumored.

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