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UM players disappointed by Collins; Canes recruiting update; Heat

With Alex Collins announcing Monday night that he's committing to Arkansas, UM badly needs Staten Island-based running back Augustus Edwards to choose the Hurricanes over FSU.

A few Canes reacted on Twitter to Collins choosing the Razorbacks over UM, UF and Wisconsin:

"Wow, man, really thought he was coming here - it could of been something special with him and Duke [Johnson]," Anthony Chickillo tweeted.

"That sucks - oh well," Deon Bush said. "No worries: We got Duke."

Then there was this amusing reaction from running back Dallas Crawford, who has a chance to play more than he did if Collins signed here: "So in other news, LeBron went 13 for 14 tonight."

With Wednesday's National Signing Day looming, here's an update on the status and announcement plans of several recruits in the mix for UM:

### Defensive tackle Jaynard Bostwick (announcing 8 a.m. Wednesday). His coach calls it a tossup among UM, UF and Alabama. His coaches say he's close with UF's defensive coaches, but he also liked his visit here.

### Offensive tackle Denver Kirkland (9 a.m. Wednesday, ESPNU). No, this is not a joke. Booker T. Washington coach Tim Harris told us that he believes Miami is back in the mix for Kirkland, as this soap opera continues. He’ll choose among UM, FSU and Arkansas.

### Linebacker Matthew Thomas (9 a.m. Wednesday, ESPNU). FSU has always been confident, but UM, Alabama, Georgia and Southern Cal remain in the mix, according to ESPN.

### Receiver Stacy Coley (11 a.m. Wednesday, ESPNU). FSU has pulled even with the Canes, according to Canesport.com. USF and Mississippi are behind them. This is the one receiver Miami really wants.

### Defensive tackle Keith Bryant (1 p.m. Wednesday, ESPNU). His coach said FSU has pulled ahead of South Carolina and UM, but there’s no final decision. FAU told him to go home during his visit a couple days ago because the coaches thought he wasn’t treating it seriously.

### Linebacker Jermaine Grace (2 p.m. Wednesday, ESPNU). Down to UM and Louisville. Grace once heavily favored the Hurricanes, but the Cardinals have made a strong late push.

### Running back Augustus Edwards (undetermined time Wednesday). He liked his Miami visit, and it’s considered a tossup between UM and FSU.

### Defensive tackle Terrell Brooks. The junior college All-American will choose among UM, Baylor and Kansas State sometime in the next 24 to 48 hours. He has been very complimentary of UM publicly.

### Also, ESPNU lists UM, Stanford and Vanderbilt as finalists for University School receiver Jordan Cunningham, who will announce at 10 a.m. Wednesday on ESPN.com. But his coach said UM hasn’t pursued him much recently.

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Couple historical footnotes on LeBron James' 13 for 14 shooting performance Monday:

### It's the best shooting game, percentage-wise, in James' career (topping a 9 for 11 game in March 2012 against New Jersey) and ties Alonzo Mourning for the second-best in Heat history (minimum 10 attempts), behind only Shaq's 15 for 16 against Seattle in 2006.

### James attempted only one shot outside the paint and didn't attempt a shot longer than 15 feet for the first time in his career.

### James said he was fouled on the one shot he missed, but it wasn't called. "I felt good all game," he said. "I didn't feel tired or jet lagged. I just had it going from the start."

### He's shooting a career-best 55.5 percent for the season.

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In sorting through the differences between individual Heat players’ performance at home and on the road, here’s one factoid that stands out:

Four Heat players are shooting significantly worse on the road than at AmericanAirlines Arena: Ray Allen, Udonis Haslem, Dwyane Wade and Mike Miller.

Allen’s disparity is particularly eye-opening: He is shooting 53.8 percent and averaging 13.0 points in Miami, compared with 39.5 percent and 9.0 outside South Florida.

Allen shot moderately better at home in each of his five seasons in Boston, but the difference was never this dramatic, and he always shot between 44 and 48 percent in road games those years.

After shooting better on the road the previous three seasons, Wade is shooting 55 percent at home, 46.4 on the road. And he’s scoring 22.4 at home, compared with 18.7 on the road.

Udonis Haslem (54.4 percent to 44.5) and Mike Miller (45.3 to 36.1) also are shooting much worse on the road. LeBron James is averaging more points on the road (27.1 to 26.1) but shooting better at home (56 to 53.9 percent).

And though Chris Bosh has played better offensively away from Miami, he rebounds worse on the road (6.9 to 7.5 boards per game).

The Heat entered Monday 18-3 at home, but just 12-11 away.

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Jo jo

REALITY BITES: Change YOUR brain and you win.What a whiny sissy trying to be a Cane.You got nothing.

TK SWAN!!

DON'T WORRY ABOUT ALL THIS 4STAR/5STAR CRAP BECAUSE ALL RECRUITS WILL BE JUDGED AFTER 2-3 YEARS. THE REASON THE CANES CAN BE EXCITED ABOUT THIS YEAR AND THE COMING YEARS IS THAT THIS TEAM PLAYED A LOT OF PLAYERS(FRESHMEN) LAST YEAR AND THEY PERFORMED WELL ENOUGH THAT THE TEAM EVEN WITH A TERRIBLE DEFENSE SHOULD HAVE EASILY WON 9 GAMES LAST YEAR(NC,VA)TEAM SHOULD HAVE EASILY WON BOTH GAMES. NOW EVERYONE IS BACK, ADDED TWO GOOD COACHES(MARIO/COLEY) AND TO IMPROVE ON DEFENSE HAVE SIGNED SOME GOOD JUCO DEFENSIVE PLAYERS. NOW ALL IS LEFT IS TO PUT IT TOGETHER AND GO GET YOUR CHAMPIONSHIP CANES!
LIKE IT OR NOT THE CANES ARE BUILT FOR 2013/2014!!!

sflafan

Way to go Dallas! Heck of a reply. I like your confidence. And I like your game. You played well when given the touches last year. If you get in the gym, have a great offseason and get a bit stronger, nobody will ever remember the name Alex Collins. Do your thing young man. You'll be given the opportunity this coming season. Make the best of it.

Marios

Hey reality Bites, recruiting classes are judged ultimately on production, not promise, so look at UMs last 3 classes and see how much better we have done than the highly overrated Gator classes. Look at last year's class, rated lower than the Gators, what they did in the field: Duke Johnson, Deon Bush, Tracy Howard, Tyrik McCord, Eddie Johnson, Malcolm Lewis, etc... they all played well, most started.Compare that to the overrated Gator classes who barely saw the field.

Yes, Reality does bite fool. 5 ring biatch, never ducked anybody like you ducked us in the 80's and 90's. You will never live hat down, ducking the U to avoid an automatic loss every year.
Oh, do you know that Gator meat tastes just like Chicken?

NJshoreCane

7 of them has us as a "toss up"...odds are we get 3 or 4 of them...

George

When the NCAA investigates the relationship between Gatewood and Shannon and their new head coach, they will find that Arkansas and their booster program has been paying recruits and now high school coaches. Can't wait.

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