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June 04, 2020


Old Skool

First in a long while


Second in a long time

Terrance Sullivan



Interesting article
I wonder if other teams have a sports psychologist on staff as welll

Old Skool

Boycott averted. Apparently the Noles team has reached some kind of accommodation. I presume Norvell has egg on his face and will be treading lightly.



Good article



Can't get the article.


From the herald:

The numbers — two UM commitments among the top 17 Miami-Dade/Broward/Palm Beach county Class of 2021 football prospects — do not sound particularly encouraging on the surface.

But look beyond that, and there’s reason for cautious optimism about the Miami Hurricanes’ current cycle of local recruiting.

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Of the 17 prospects from Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach county high schools who are listed in the Rivals.com ranking of the top 200 overall prospects for 2021, 10 remain uncommitted.

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Of the seven who are committed, only one school (UM) has a nonbinding pledge from more than one of them. Alabama, UF, Tennessee, Clemson and Mississippi have commitments from one player each.

And there’s this: The Canes are receiving strong consideration from several of those uncommitted 10, as well as a bunch of other well-regarded South Florida prospects who aren’t in the Rivals top 200.

If the Canes crack the top 20, make the Atlantic Coast Conference championship game, and are at least competitive against Clemson in that game, and win their bowl game, they will have every opportunity to flip at least one of these top South Florida prospects and lure several who aren’t committed.

Even after the disappointing 2019 season, this UM staff has displayed an ability to land some quality players — including the nation’s top safety prospect (incoming freshman Avantae Williams), blue-chip grad transfers D’Eriq King and Quincy Roche, and UF transfer/offensive tackle Issiah Walker, among others.

So Hurricanes fans shouldn’t give up hope about UM snagging more of the top local players in the 2021 class.

But it’s going to take a high-powered offense that will light up the scoreboard and excite recruits.

It’s going to take a genuine belief, among top recruits, that the Canes are legitimately on their way back to prominence, not something that feels like the 10-3 season of 2017, which in retrospect looks like an anomaly in this 15-year malaise.

And it’s going to take winning — and a lot of it.

“That’s huge; the Miami coaches know that,” Miami Palmetto coach Mike Manasco told me last week. “The product on the field is the biggest determining factor for a lot of top recruits. They want to see Miami do well. We all do.”

Manasco is in good position to know; he has five top recruits, including three players in the Rivals top 200. He said Miami remains in the mix for all five players (one of them, defensive tackle Savion Collins, is already committed to UM) but added that the Canes’ performance this season will factor into all of their decisions.

Here’s where things stand among the local players in Rivals’ top 200:

▪ Five-star Miami Palmetto safety Corey Collier, the No. 17 player on Rivals list, is uncommitted but has Miami in his top six. LSU, Clemson, Georgia, FSU and UF are formidable competitors.

“UM, UF, FSU all have a legit chance to get Corey,” Manasco said. “Corey will instantly change the locker room. He’s a great kid. He’s a tremendous man-cover guy. His ability to play the football is what separates him. Long kid, so his range is good. He can change the dynamic of your defense because he can do so much well.”

▪ Five-star Miami Booker T. Washington receiver Jacorey Brooks (No. 18) committed to Alabama on May 8.

▪ Five-star Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas defensive end Tyreak Sapp (No. 19) committed to UF on Christmas Eve in 2018.

▪ Four-star Plantation American Heritage safety James Williams (No. 20) is undecided. Georgia is considered the front-runner.

▪ Four-star Hollywood Chaminade-Madonna linebacker Terrence Lewis (No. 21) committed to Tennessee on April 30.

▪ Four-star Palmetto cornerback Jason Marshall (No. 63) is undecided. He announced a top three of Alabama, Clemson and UF, but Manasco said UM isn’t out of it.

“He’s more open to a lot more schools,” Manasco said. “Miami has a shot at all these guys. Marshall is the most sought-after cover corner in this class.”

▪ Four-star Palmetto defensive tackle Leonard Taylor (No. 116) is undecided. Miami is in his top five, and UM badly wants Taylor because defensive tackle remains a priority, and Taylor is one of the best in the country at that position.

Taylor had a Zoom call with UM coaches on May 22 and he “said it went well,” Manasco said. “Miami is in the picture with him. He likes the hometown thing. He wants to see Miami play well this year. He’s a specimen, one of those kids you look at and say he will play on Sunday.”

▪ Four-star Davie University School offensive tackle Marcus Tate (No. 121) committed to Clemson last September.

▪ Four-star Fort Lauderdale Cardinal Gibbons receiver Troy Stellato (No. 124) is undecided. UM has offered. Clemson is considered the favorite.

▪ Four-star St. Thomas Aquinas safety Bralon Brown (No. 127) committed to Mississippi on April 21.

▪ Four-star Miami Central guard Laurence Seymore (No. 130) has been committed to UM since March 2018 but hasn’t shut down his recruitment.

“I’m still committed, but I’m just keeping my options open because you never know what’ll happen,” Seymore — who plans to visit UF, FSU, Georgia and LSU — told Canesport in mid-May.

▪ Four-star St. Thomas Aquinas linebacker Dallas Turner (No. 135) is uncommitted, but Georgia is reportedly the favorite.

▪ Four-star Miami Northwestern receiver Romello Brinson (No. 147) is uncommitted and plans to announce June 13.

He decommitted from UM after last November’s loss to FIU, but Miami has a strong chance to get him back in this class. The competition is stiff (Alabama, LSU, FSU, Texas A&M).

▪ Four-star Northwestern safety Kamren Kinchens (No. 168) is undecided. He plans to announce July 11 and told Inside The U that his finalists are Miami, Auburn, Texas A&M and Nebraska. Auburn is viewed as Miami’s biggest challenger.

▪ Four-star Central receiver Yukeilth Brown Jr. (No. 169) is undecided. UM offered at one point, but the level of interest from either party is unclear.

▪ Four-star Plantation High receiver Jacolby George (No. 174) announced Wednesday that he’s committing to Miami for a second time. George, who decommitted from Miami after the loss to FIU last season, has said in multiple interviews that he has a good feeling about Miami’s new offense.

▪ Four-star Miami Columbus High defensive end Jabari Ismael (No. 196) is undecided.

UM’s third-highest-rated South Florida commitment is four-star Chaminade-Madonna running back Thaddius Franklin, who’s No. 213 on the Rivals list.

Manasco said Collins — who has been a UM commitment since September 2018 — “is a guy that has gotten exponentially better. He was our most-improved defensive player throughout the year. He’s 6-4, 315 pounds, extremely agile, quick athlete, explosive hands. He likes Miami; his family likes Miami but it’s still early in the process.”

UF is viewed as UM’s biggest challenger for Collins.

Meanwhile, UM cracked the top five for Palmetto four-star receiver Brashard Smith.

“If you look up all-purpose athlete in the dictionary, it’s Smith,” Manasco said. “He can play in the backfield, can play receiver. [UM offensive coordinator] Rhett Lashlee and the staff have done a tremendous job recruiting Brashard. He decommited from Florida.”

Lashlee, new receivers coach Rob Likens and new offensive line coach Garin Justice are working diligently to develop a rapport with local high school coaching staffs and players. They already know some of these coaches from their previous college coaching jobs.

Manasco said Lashlee “knows his stuff, has great energy. Players are drawn to coaches with energy. The offense he runs will score points.”

And in the past month, UM coaches held a two-hour Zoom call with Palmetto coaches, which Manasco appreciated.

“We started out as a whole staff, then broke up into offense, defense,” he said, adding that his assistants could ask UM coaches anything they wanted.

He said they discussed “philosophy” and “how they do things” with drills and preparation.

“It was nice to make it personal,” Manasco said.

UM hopes all of this will translate into better success recruiting South Florida after watching several of the top local players opt for Alabama, Georgia, LSU, UF, Clemson and Ohio State in the past decade.

Read more here: https://www.miamiherald.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/barry-jackson/article242069131.html#storylink=cpy

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Posted by: Old Skool | June 04, 2020 at 04:01 PM



If those players mentioned above had to decide tomorrow, we might get get 3 but since they got 6 months and a season to watch the product on the field that number could double.
Lewis, Stelleto, Turner, Edwards and Tate are out of the picture, in the Herbs humble opinion.
Brown is like 4th or a 5th option at wr. Maybe higher as a db.
To keep or get William's, Taylor, Marshall and Collins the product on the field better be real good.
I think we get one or both, Kinchens and Brinson.
Better not flame out or we are in trouble at DT for this cycle after not getting no one in 2020.

DallasTX Cane

Happy to see Da ‘Space back for at least another month! Hope U all are staying safe and healthy. Sports will back soon. It’ll be a long road. It won’t be the same, at first. But it’ll be better than nothing and in time we’ll move past coronavirus.

Go Canes!


A mock draft for next week:

The World Series champion Washington Nationals were the first to jump on a Miami player in Mayo’s mock draft, selecting Miami sophomore right-handed pitcher Slade Cecconi with the 22nd overall pick.

A few picks later, Mayo has the Oakland A’s snagging right handed pitcher Chris McMahon with the 26th pick.


What's the portal dude from Houston waiting on?


Herb - I hope him waiting is us trying to figure out how to get him in
I still think he is a huge and critical piece for this year


Fascinating article. Its interesting to see how gaming surged, but now some are sick of it.


First and only on June 7


Jarrid Williams
Supposedly was going to choose Miami last week and something happened and he didn’t
It’s (again supposedly) between us and Baylor

Old Skool

Goodbye Jarren. Hello Jarid. Williams is transferring to Miami. I pray he's no Tommy Kennedy.


Great news and no he’s not t Kennedy
He will be a wonderful asset to the OL


Well, I mentioned the other day what was taking so long!
Good addition. Hopefully he has recovered from his knee injury. Maybe we can now redshirt Nelson. Not fair what was asked of him last year.
If I'm not mistaken, we had to cough up a ship in this year, 2021 class to get him. If that is correct, that barfs but hey we need all the help we can get up front to keep King alive.


If I'm not mistaken, we had to cough up a ship in this year, 2021 class to get him. If that is correct, that barfs but hey we need all the help we can get up front to keep King alive.

Posted by: HerbieIbis | June 07, 2020 at 09:44 PM

Diaz knows that he HAS to win NOW. He ain't got three more years to show he is the man, he is going ALL IN! I like it.


Per ‘Inside the United

Garin Justice continues to make his unit better

ByGABY URRUTIA 12 hours ago

An argument could be made that Miami offensive line coach Garin Justice has been the most successful hire in Year 2 for Manny Diaz.

After inheriting an offensive line that gave up 51 sacks, the most in the Power Five, Justice has added impressive talent through the transfer portal and on the recruiting trail.

Since his arrival, Miami has picked up commitments from two of South Florida’s top offensive lineman in Parkland Marjory Stoneman Douglas Top247 lineman Michael McLaughlin and Miami Columbus three-star Ryan Rodriguez, who has jumped in both of 247Sports Player Ranking updates since his strong performance at the Under Armour All-American Camp back in March.

Not only has Justice landed impressive high school prospects on the recruiting trail, he’s also pulled two of the best offensive tackles out of the NCAA’s transfer portal in Houston graduate transfer Jarrid Williams and Florida transfer Issiah Walker.

That’s a massive win not only for Justice, but for the entire program for a few different reasons.

By adding Walker from UF, Miami landed a local blue-chip talent while depleting the roster of an in-state rival. FSU was also highly interested in adding Walker via the transfer portal.

Landing Williams was an impressive victory because he was also seriously considering rival Florida State. The Seminoles need just as much help on the offensive line as the ‘Canes do and Justice helped beat them a second time.

While we don’t know whether Walker will receive a waiver to play in 2020, Williams (6-7, 305) is an immediate contributor to an offensive line which struggled mightily a season ago. The graduate transfer, who suffered a season-ending injury during the fourth game of last year, had his best campaign in 2018, when Miami quarterback D'Eriq King was the signal-caller for the Cougars.

The Lone Star State native started 13 games at right tackle that year and allowed just two sacks, according to Pro Football Focus. It’s likely that Williams is a plug-and-play guy at the position, given the fact that he is experienced and he’ll walk into the locker room in Coral Gables and have the most tackle-ready body on the team.

Another reason why it is impressive that Justice was able to land Walker and Williams in the NCAA transfer portal? Offensive tackle is arguably the toughest position to try and upgrade via the portal. There aren’t many quality tackles that enter the portal AND it is a position that a lot of teams would like to upgrade.
In other words, the supply is low and the demand is extremely high.

Justice managed to land arguably two of the best offensive tackles that have been available in the portal this offseason. Justice’s success thus far in the high school ranks, as well as the secondary recruiting market, can be considered nothing short of successful.


Manny and Co with the finishing touches on the best offseason in forever.

Massive upgrades across the board offensively on the field and on the sidelines.

There is NO REASON not to be in Charlotte.

That's all I got.

Old Skool

Cue the violin music.

(the following is from the Tampa Bay Times)

When Florida signee Johnnie Brown told Rivals’ Gators site late Sunday that he will attend a junior college instead of enrolling at UF, the four-star defensive lineman joined a mixed bag of Tampa Bay products in Gainesville and became part of a troublesome recruiting trend for Dan Mullen.

Brown is already the second member of Florida’s 2020 class to leave before preseason camp begins; four-star offensive tackle Issiah Walker enrolled at UF early but transferred to Miami last month. Walker’s departure can be at least partially explained by the COVID-19 pandemic — his mother told The Athletic she lost her job as a hostess because of the shutdown. But the two of them add to a growing list of Mullen signees who exited before their Gators careers ever officially began.

Mullen’s first full class, 2019, was riddled with defections. Receiver Arjei Henderson didn’t qualify academically and landed at Jacksonville State. Offensive lineman Wardrick Wilson had visa issues. Linebacker Diwun Black and offensive lineman Deyavie Hammond both enrolled at junior colleges. All were four-star recruits.

Two other blue-chip prospects left after enrolling early. Quarterback Jalon Jones entered the transfer portal after facing a pair of sexual battery complaints. He was not arrested or charged with a crime. UF’s top 2019 signee, defensive back Chris Steele, transferred to USC in the aftermath of the Jones allegations.

That’s eight signees from the past two classes who left before their first game.

Add in two similar stories from the 2018 class, four-star athlete Justin Watkins (who had multiple legal incidents) and three-star safety Randy Russell (who was medically disqualified), and that’s an unusually high attrition rate before a class gets to its first game.


Hope Collins, Marshall and Taylor read The Tampa Bay paper because as of right now they are Gator lovers and that's even though Collins is committed to us.
Great news for the Gators. The Herb couldn't be happier. They at least they got them to campus, they just decommit from us in a New York minute.


Nice article!


Has pegged, out of the clear blue some dude named Thomas Davis, a DE/LB to verb to us.
Just today decommitted from MSU. UH, that would be Miss St.
Manny filling slots up in a hurry.
Still have Brinson and Kinchins deciding in the next month, one of them this week.
If all 3 give us the thumbs up, that puts us at 18 or 19. 19, if we are counting William's forward.
Still have Ishmeal crystal balled to us but he wants to take visits. His pop works for the U. I'll go ahead and count him, that will leave us 5 ships.
They should go to one DT, one more WR, a QB, one CB and one athlete, wish would be James William's because who knows where he ends up playing but that would take us whipping some major azz on the field to pull him.
Their dream finish would be:
Taylor at DT
Marshall or Collier at CB.
William's as an athlete
Milroe or Garcia at QB, those we would have to IHOP them.
Alexis or Nabors at WR.
That's the tea leaves for today.

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