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UM gets another quarterback; Golden on local recruiting; Kiper on Fins, draft

Some Wednesday night news:

 

### On a day UM received a written commitment from Class of 2013 running back Cornelius Elder, the Hurricanes also picked up an oral commitment from Class of 2014 quarterback Alin Edouard from Hialeah High.

His coach, Mark Berman, told me Edouard called Mario Cristobal to commit this evening, after receiving UM’s offer earlier today.

He also received offers from Mississippi, Louisiana Lafayette, FIU and Appalachian State and on Wednesday picked up offers Penn State and Boston College. Berman said UM offered him as a quarterback. "He reminds me of Vince Young, the way he can run," Berman said.

He had nine touchdowns and nine interceptions last season, threw for 926 yards and ran for 559.

See our last post for a lot more on Elder.

### Al Golden, asked on Dan Le Batard’s show today about those who say UM should sign more players from Florida than the five it did this month: “They’re absolutely right.”

Golden said he would have “loved” to find a quarterback in Florida but “we got Greg Olsen’s little brother, Kevin [from New Jersey] and I wouldn’t trade him for the world.

“We got the best J.C. tight end in the country [Beau Sandland], who just happens to be in L.A.” and Standish Dobard, a highly-regarded tight end from New Orleans.

“There aren’t many tight ends down here who signed Division 1 scholarships,” Golden said.

Overall, “we had six or seven Florida kids that de-committed from us. When you’re signing 16 kids and six or seven de-commit because of all this [NCAA] nonsense going on, that’s a tough number to recover from.”

### Any day now, the NCAA will release results of the external investigation into what it did improperly in the UM case. When Golden found out about that three weeks ago, “I was angry. I was bitter.”

 

KIPER THOUGHTS

Among highlights from Mel Kiper’s conference call today:

### He continues to advocate the Dolphins drafting Tennessee receiver Cordarrelle Patterson at No. 12, even though “he did not have dominating performances in a number of games.”

### He said there might be only two, maybe three first-round receivers (Patterson, Cal’s Keenan Allen and West Virginia’s Tavon Austin or Louisiana Tech’s Quinton Patton) but “you could see as many as six, seven go in the second or by early in the third round.”

Among them: Clemson’s DeAndre Hopkins, West Virginia’s Stedman Bailey, Tennessee’s Justin Hunter, Baylor’s Terrance Williams, USC’s Robert Woods and Oregon State’s Markus Wheaton.

### He said UF defensive tackle Shariff Floyd “is skyrocketing up the board” and defensive tackle “is flat out loaded” in the draft.

### Kiper said Michigan quarterback and Deerfield Beach native Denard Robinson “looked raw” as a receiver at the Senior Bowl. “He could be a corner, a situational running back, a slot guy, a return man.

“If he runs a great 40, the second round is not out of the realm of possibility. I would rather take Robinson in the second than Pat White. White was a reach. He wasn’t used properly, because he didn’t want to be a receiver; he wanted to be a quarterback. Second or third round for Robinson.”

### Kiper has only two cornerbacks in the first round: Alabama’s Dee Milliner and Mississippi State’s Johnthan Banks, who presumably will buy a vowel after he gets his first NFL contract.

### UF safety Matt Elam “is deserving of being in the late first round discussion.”

### He rates no quarterback in his personal top 25 and projects West Virginia’s Geno Smith and USC’s Matt Barkley will go between 20 and 32.

But “Todd McShay thinks Geno Smith goes in the top 10,” Kiper said. “North Carolina State’s Mike Glennon would not be a stretch if you took him in the late first round.”

### Kiper believes North Carolina running back Giovani Bernard, from St. Thomas Aquinas, could go in the third round: “He can catch the ball, can light up the scoreboard in a variety of ways.”

 

 

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Eddie

Dolphins need to trade down. probably nobody at 12 worth it. if they get a low first and early second, they'll have 3 secondrounders and two in the third.

El Loco

I'd rather have Geno Smith or Barkley than Tannebust.

Freddie

don't understand why sileo bashes golden for not recruiting more local. why would you take 50th ranked kid in country if he's from dade instead of, say, 15th ranked, from louisiana? makes no sense.

HAL20001963

Hey El Loco, last time the Phins drafted a QB from West Virginia in the second round was Pat White, how did that work out for the team? Another HOF Parcell's bust.

sflafan

Edouard is a very dynamic runner. He's got good size and a supreme, elite athlete. He does have Vince Young type skill. He needs alot of work in the passing game. He is nowhere near being a polished passer or QB. And at Hialeah High, he wont get the coaching needed to develope a top notch QB. The kid reminds me of Ethenic Sands of Carol City many, many years ago. A very good, athletic QB who ended up being a good WR for the Canes. Who knows, maybe with excellent coaching, the U staff can convert Edouard from the incredible athlete he is now, into an incredible athlete that is also a QB. But it'll likely take some time. He's not going to be anywhere near ready when he graduates. Teddy Bridgewater he is not. Way more athletic, but way less of a QB.

mike

El Loco, if you want those 2 rather than Tannehill you know very little about football, and you're pretty stupid. From Kiper to McShay say that Tannehill would be the 1st QB taken in this draft. Do you just post to hear yourself.

Al Goldens Cat

Welceom Alin.

He is just a jr. He has much more arm strength than Bridgewater or Jacory ever had and he is certainly the better athelete.

Looking forward to seeing him compete. And enough of the "you didn't get enough guys from Dade county" spiel. Golden has to go after the best talent that fills his needs. Besides you can't make a kid go to the U.

Keep up the good work Golden.

GMoney

I like the direction that Golden is taking this program. The fact of the matter is you take the best players period, and there is no way possible to sign all of Dade and Broward's best every single year.

Dom

Good luck to the kid, you do need a qb in each class. Remember he is class of 2014. meaning he will play high school this fall, and redshirt in fall of 2014. Kevin olsen is redshirting this year. SO he has 2 years to develop and still will be a redshirt freshman at Miami. IF Kevin Olsen is as good as they say he is, I am sure if he is a great athlete than we will find a role for him. .....

 UGoCane

Coach Golden is correct...how can you predict decomitts when you have a finite number to sign, and how can you dictate locations?..

Answer go for the Best athletes ( preferring SOFLa who produces excellent skilled players) but overiding everything, go for the Athletes that can help you win..
and WIN now...therefore throw in some JUCO's.

Considering schools who as part of their presentation
reference the NCAA cloud over the 'U' as an ongoing negative, it is to be expected that some players would rethink their commitment.

We cannot win recruiting battles with ALL our Coaches hands tied behind their back's by pending sanctions.
After the NCAA decision, it will be a much clearer path to selecting and holding the SOFLa players who want to attend the 'U'.
Don't blame the Messengers, blame the NCAA slow as molasses decision making that have taken years..7 of of 16 de-committed,(43.75%) almost half so how can we blame Coach Golden for this?..
Let's be supportive of the good job he is doin,g and not nitpick about players who make their OWN decisions. He has no control over their final picks.
Good questions Dan Le Batard.
Go 'Canes

Marios

If Golden bolts all the haters will get what they deserve, which is more mediocrity for our revered program. He has been incredibly loyal to the "U" as have the commits who stuck and I'm embarrassed for the people criticizing him for not getting more SoFla recruits. AG has done an excellent job and will bring us back to the top real soon.
As for the fins draft all depends on free agency which comes first, but at #12 only Chance Warmack if he drop looks good. I feel we should trade down to the 20's get one of the WRs or TEs and get an extra pick to combo with a 2nd move back up to the end of the 1st round and get one of each of the top WRs and TEs.
But it's all premature until free agency and combine.
Go Canes and awesome job Al Golden. We're very grateful to have you.

green

http://bcove.me/xhahkp0n

Eleven down, seven to go for Miami. #questfor18 #ACC
– david teel

KEEP ON STREAKING

green

http://OperationSellout.com

don’t look now, but the ‘Senior Day’ game (3/9) vs. Clemson is 563 tickets away from selling out.
– hurricanesports

30 DAYS IN THE HOLE

green

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TToU3eWz7iI

#Duke and #Miami remain on track for serious collision March 2 at Cameron. #ACC
– david teel

DAVID V. GOLIATH

green

http://twitter.com/ArmstrongWTVD/status/301827513984880640/photo/1

This is crazy! #RivalryWeek ->“@ArmstrongWTVD: The Duke Crazies cheersheet for UNC
– ESPNU

SCHEMATA

green

https://twitter.com/Wasserman

What about the possibility of an ACC TV network? Where do those talks stand right now?
– heather dinich

We’re having that conversation. We’re looking at it in a very strategic way to see if it is feasible and is the best route for us to go moving forward. We’re all in with ESPN in our contractual agreements. We’re having discussions on those moving forward with Notre Dame as a part of that, and then Louisville becoming a member of the league. We’re looking at the current structure, as well as the possibility of a channel. And those discussions all involve ESPN. The good news is that in terms of distribution, when you’re with ESPN and their commitment to the new technology that’s there and the ability to show content anywhere, anytime, anyplace, basically, as we look forward from a distribution standpoint, we’re in great shape. From a financial standpoint, we’re by far better off than we’ve ever been before as a league — quite competitive, generally speaking, with other leagues at our level. We’re analyzing that with the help of Wasserman Media Grp and ESPN. That will take a period of time to thoroughly evaluate and see what the possibilities are and if it’s in our best interest to go that route or not.
– ACC commissioner John Swofford

ROUTER BIT

ss1hit

El Loco: I guess Bob Griese, Drew Breese, John Elway, Eli Manning, Doug Williams all would have been busts and cut according to your brilliant philosophy of determining a QB a bust after one season. Oh, and with your smart football sense, you would have deemed Aaron Rogers a bust too because he did not even get off the bench his first 3 years. Brilliant!

TK SWAN!!

ALL THIS TALK OF RECRUITING SOUTH FLA. ATHLETES AS IF THERE ARE NO OTHER GREAT ATHLETES AROUND THE COUNTRY. I AGREE SOUTH FLA. IS GOLD BUT C'MON MAN ALL OVER FLA AND THE COUNTRY WE HAVE GOOD FOOTBALL PLAYERS AND IF THE SOUTH FLA ATHLETES DON'T WANT TO GO TO THE U LOOK ELSEWHERE. I GREW UP IN GAINESVILLE,FL AND THERE ARE PLENTY OF CANE AND SEMINOLE FANS THERE, IN FACT THE U HAVE ALWAYS RECRUITED SOME OF G-VILLE'S BEST(MARION,THOMAS,PORTER,JONES). SO LET GOLDEN DO HIS JOB,IF THE TEAM WINS 10/11 GAMES THIS YEAR ATHLETES FROM ALL OVER WILL COME RUNNING BACK TO THE U.

Reality Bites

Give Golden Boy a break. He gets whatever he can after Florida and Florida State are done.
Then comes the rest of the SEC.
Then other national powers, even some other ACC teams too.
Then comes Golden Boy and Miami.
He is doing the best he can considering he is way behind the big boys.

Quijote

Ah, you mentioned FIU.

Thanks for the coverage!

green

Ah, you mentioned FIU.

Thanks for the coverage!

Posted by: Quijote | 02/14/2013 at 10:58 PM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pnWsOx70TPY

until fiu starts to matter in a big way in a way that UM matters there will never be the same coverage at least not on the sports page.
-- fiu student media

TAKES ONE TO KNOW ONE

playthefreshmen

Is D corch still at UM??

NJshoreCane

"Any day now, the NCAA will release results of the external investigation into what it did improperly in the UM case"

...any day now...any day now...any day...

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