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Heat loses recuit Monday; Updating UM's 2014 recruiting and local class; Dolphins, Marlins

Two quick notes:

1) Monday 3 p.m. Derrick Griffin, a top UM commitment as a wide receiver and as a basketball forward, told stateoftheu.com that he's enrolling at prep school for three months but plans to enroll at UM in December and play basketball this season.

But Griffin still needs to improve his ACT score, so the basketball staff can't be certain he will enroll in December. If Griffin gets into UM this winter, he plans to play football, as well, beginning in the 2014 season.

2) Rookie forward James Ennis, acquired by the Heat on draft night, and well-regarded point guard Myck Kabongo struggled in the Heat's 69-59 loss to Utah in Miami's opener at the Orlando Summer League on Sunday. Ennis (11 points) shot 2 for 7 and said he was nervous early - which was obvious when he shot an airball on a three-pointer to start the game. Kabongo (3 points) shot 0 for 4 but played well defensively.
Center Jarvis Varnado scored 10 points, on 4 for 11 shooting, making a 19-foot jumper but had difficulty finishing in the basket area at times. He added six rebounds and was a presence defensively, with four blocks. Former Belmont guard Ian Clark led Miami with 15 points, including three three-pointers, and will play for Golden State in the Las Vegas Summer League. The Heat next plays Brooklyn at 5 p.m. Monday on NBA TV.



With college coaches circling South Florida, hoping to snag gems from a talent-rich Miami-Dade/Broward 2014 recruiting class, here’s a request: No more absurd drama, please.

Whether it was Alex Collins’ mother taking his unsigned letter of intent and running away with it (briefly), or the Matthew Thomas fiasco, or Denver Kirkland stringing UM along, UM rescinding his offer and then making another one that was rejected, South Florida recruiting has served up more soap operas than daytime television this year.

The peculiar recruiting tale of Collins -- who signed with Arkansas against the wishes of his mother, who preferred he attend UM -- quietly ended for good recently, when the attorney hired by his mother to investigate Arkansas’ recruitment of her son was unable to find any wrongdoing.

“I have no evidence,” attorney Jack Paris said. He said the mother planned to file a complaint with the Broward School Board but decided against it.

Thomas, the nation’s No. 2 linebacker prospect, signed with FSU but said in April he would not report and wanted to attend Georgia or USC instead. But FSU coach Jimbo Fisher wouldn’t grant his release, USC’s calls went unreturned by FSU, and Thomas agreed to remain a Seminole.

A UM official said Thomas told UM he would sign with Miami on National Signing Day, so changing his mind was nothing new for him.

UM coach Al Golden said the 2014 South Florida recruiting class is outstanding, and UM is capitalizing: Ten of the Hurricanes' 20 oral commitments so far are from Miami-Dade and Broward.

Four of those 10 are especially highly rated: Central's Joseph Yearby (rivals.com's No. 7 running back); Central’s Trevor Darling (the No. 17 offensive tackle prospect); Hialeah Champgnat's Travonte Valentine (rated the fourth, 11th or 20th best defensive tackle, depending on whether you believe 347sports.com, ESPN or Rivals); and Northwestern’s Mike Smith (18 sacks last season/No. 21 ranked defensive end by rivals.com).

UM's other non-binding pledges from Dade or Broward: Hialeah three-star quarterback Alin Edouard (his coach said UM has told him it wants him, and he remains committed for now, but I wouldn't bet the mortgage)… St. Thomas Aquinas’ Nick Linder (brother of UM’s Brandon and the No. 10 center)…

Carol City’s Trayone Gray, who runs 4.4 in the 40 and figures to end up at receiver at UM, though he is set to play quarterback this season…. Booker T. Washington’s Demetrius Jackson, who has never played in a high-school football game (he was focusing on basketball) but had five sacks in a spring scrimmage and drew interest from Arkansas and others… And finally, two under-the-radar cornerbacks: Dillard’s Dennis Turner and Miami Northwestern’s Ryan Mayes (formerly of Krop).

So far, ESPN rates UM’s 2014 class 11th overall (FSU is fifth, UF 8th), and Miami’s top four commitments are from South Florida: Yearby (20th among all prospects), Wellington offensive tackle Kc McDermott (45th), Darling (133rd) and Valentine (150th). The UM class also has a few players that didn't receive offers from other major BCS-level schools, but the Canes coaching staff felt they were worth taking a chance on. Only time will tell whether those were good evaluations.

And there’s still work to be done for UM. Here’s the buzz on recruiting analyst Larry Blustein’s top half dozen Dade/Broward recruits – and others – and where UM stands:

1. Plantation American Heritage running back Sonny Michel. Picked Georgia over UM, but UM hasn’t given up on landing a player who spent considerable time around the Miami campus the past few years.

2. Homestead receiver Ermon Lane. He previously told rivals.com (which ranks him second among all receivers) that UM is his “dream school.” But he said last week: “It’s real frustrating. I don’t have a leader.” Alabama and UF are also major contenders for him.

3. Miami Central running back Dalvin Cook. Told rivals.com (which ranks him sixth among running backs) that his oral commitment to UF “is pretty solid – 90 percent - but I’ll let everyone recruit me.” UM is making a hard push; his brother is UM freshman basketball player DeAndre Burnett.

4. Central’s Yearby. He switched from FSU to UM in March and said a few weeks ago: “I’m pretty solid to Miami, but I’ll keep USF in mind” because his former high school coach, Telly Lockette, is now running backs coach there.

UM “tells me I’m not the only [running back] they’re bringing in,” Yearby said. “They always try to keep it straight. That’s what I like about Al Golden and his staff.”

Yearby is trying to get Cook to join him at UM, while Cook is trying to lure Yearby to UF. One associate told me he expects Yearby to end at UM. But asked recently by rivals.com how much he’s listening to other schools, Yearby said: “A lot.”

5. Hollywood Chaminade Madonna’s Khairi Clark -- ranked ninth among defensive tackles – orally committed to UF. And UF also beat out UM, so far, for St. Thomas Aquinas’ Anthony Moten, the nation’s No. 12 defensive tackle. But Moten said he hasn’t ruled out Miami, and UM will continue efforts to flip both. Valentine's commitment somewhat reduces UM's disappointment of losing out on Clark and Moten. But Valentine is no sure thing to qualify, so UM must keep pushing for high-end defensive tackles.

6. Booker T. Washington’s Treon Harris. UM has some interest in Harris as a defensive back (he’s rated the No. 4 athlete by rivals.com) but not as a quarterback. Harris, brother of former UM standout Brandon Harris, told rivals.com he wants to visit UM but prefers to play quarterback. He threw for 25 touchdowns and ran for 15 in 2012.

### Elsewhere: Booker T. Washington’s Chad Thomas, the nation’s No. 11 defensive end who held his own against McDermott at a recent camp, said UM has a “decent” shot…. Curiously, UM has not offered two four-star Fort Lauderdale University School players: cornerback Quincy Wilson (Gators, USC among 40-plus offers) and linebacker Richard Yeargin III (UF, Clemson among 30-plus offers). Wilson told me they’re very surprised by that.

### An associate expects the decision for Plantation’s Chris Lammons (the 26th ranked corner) to come down to UM, UF or South Carolina. “I know I could go [to UM] and start as a freshman, looking at the corners they have,” Lammons told rivals.com. “That’s a big thing I want.”… Booker T. cornerback Nigel Bethel II, the No. 28 cornerback, said he will pick soon from among UM, FSU, Tennessee, West Virginia, Kentucky and Texas Tech.

### Two Miami-Dade receivers that are orally committed to FSU say they haven’t ruled out UM: Northwestern’s JoJo Robinson and South Dade’s C.J. Worton. And North Miami Beach three-star receiver Steve Ishmael said he’s also considering UM.

### Here are UM’s 10 oral commitments that aren’t from Dade or Broward: Wellington’s McDermott (UM center Shane’s brother and the No. 5 offensive tackle prospect); St. Petersburg four-star offensive tackle Reilly Gibbons (rated 216th among all prospects by ESPN); California-based four-star quarterback Brad Kaaya (rated 253rd overall by ESPN); and Alabama three-star QB Malik Rosier

Georgia-based two-star tight end Christopher Herndon; Orange Park linebacker Darrion Owens (a rising prospect still being pursued by Georgia, Michigan and others); Georgia three-star linebacker Juwon Young (stops short of saying he's 100 percent committed to UM)...

Rangy 6-5 Lantana receiver Darrell Langham (rated 289th overall in ESPN's top 300); and defensive tackles Courtel Jenkins (11 sacks last season at a New Jersey high school; chose UM over Maryland and Pittsburgh) and Dalvon Stuckey, a former FSU commit who had 15 sacks at Pearl River Community College last season. Stuckey will arrive in January and should help immediately at a huge position of need. 


### During the holiday weekend, Golden told syndicated radio host Bill King that UM expects "closure" on the NCAA case "within a month." It could stretch many months longer if UM appeals its sanctions, which is possible if UM deems them unreasonable.... Golden said incoming freshman Corn Elder, who was Mr. Tennessee as a running back the past two years, will be used as a cornerback initially because of need but also will have the option of playing some at slot receiver and could end up there eventually if he chooses.

### A critical summer for center Jarvis Varnado begins Sunday in the Orlando Summer League, with the NCAA’s all-time leading shot-blocker conceding he must show the Heat that he can shoot a 15-footer “consistently and be a Birdman, an energy guy. If I’m active, I’ll be in this league a long time.” As for the more pressing matter of Andersen, a decision is expected shortly; he has been weighing offers from the Heat and other teams.

### Dolphins No. 2 quarterback Matt Moore conceded during a quiet moment recently: “Some might think it’s shocking I didn’t leave for a starting job. A lot of people find that confusing. But I didn’t feel good with the situations” where he could have competed to start. Plus, “I have a nice home here, friends, a great organization. I believe I’m a key component here.”

### Odd story of the holiday weekend: Pictures of 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick wearing a Dolphins hat surfaced on the Internet, creating a minor stir. Kaepernick, irritated by the reaction, posted an Instragram picture of himself holding the Dolphins cap with this message: "This is the hat y'all mad at? I'm going to wear what I want regardless of what you think. All you need to worry about is that I grind for my teammates and the 49ers....#ridiculous #ya'll must be bored."

### The three pitching prospects that the Marlins got from the Dodgers for Ricky Nolasco are marginal: starter Angel Sanchez (2-7, 4.88 ERA but 70 strikeouts in 72 innings in low-level A ball); Triple A reliever Steve Ames (2-2, 3.67 ERA but .317 batting average against), and Triple A reliever Josh Wall (1-2, 5.60 ERA, three saves, .270 average against at Triple A). Wall has had two short stints with the Dodgers the past two years and allowed 17 runs in 12 2/3 innings. Yikes!

### Though his defense has been outstanding and his bat has picked up a bit recently, the Marlins expected shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria to hit better than this (.223), considering he batted .273 in the minors and .254 in 41 games for Toronto. “He can hit .250, but he has to make his swing shorter,” Marlins executive Andre Dawson said.

### Marlins officials were told that like FIU and Sun Life Stadium, Marlins Park also will be considered by David Beckham if he picks Miami for an MLS expansion team. Beckham has visited FIU and Sun Life but not Marlins Park and his people have not given the local contenders an update on this thinking.

### Twitter: @flasportsbuzz


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u dumb canes are stuck back in the 80's

Jimmie Johnson

I'm # 1 n # 48


Lead the new Cane bandwagon Barry ...


They need to keep Corn Ed at RB the kid is magic with the ball in his hands. Move someone else to CB.

seriously, 10 kids that weren't and will not be offered by Top-25 Programs

Four of those 10 are especially highly rated:

and Six outta those 10 and 10 out of the other 10 are average unranked and 2/ barely 3 non-star project reaches...

that's like more than half ... u gets dat ?

Sad times

Up at 4:00 in the morning to troll UM blogs on the Miami Herald.

Life must be going especially well for you.


2013- No we Cane fans are stuck in:

2000- Robbed of playing Oklahoma for the nc
2001- Best college football team of all time. no contest
2002- Robbed of a nat ch
2003- Finished #5 in the country OB champ
2004- Beatdown of the gators in the peach bowl

Losers like yourself think the canes only ruled the 80s. Read your history ( I bet you dont know who the first president of the US was do you?)- Heres a lesson:

UM dominated cfb from 1983- THROUGH 1994.

Then came back in 2000 and dominated THROUGH 2004

Reality Bites

Good synopsis on local recruiting Barry. However I believe it is too early in the cycle to start celebrating what you paint as a good 2014 class. If you are counting on recruits to field a team then you are in big trouble and you haven't been doing your job in the past few years.
A few things stand out, first some of these kids have already changed their minds at least 3 times, you can't count on them.
Then, some others seem to have trouble qualifying, can't count on those either. Look what happened to you with Muhammed a bunch of you dopes claimed he would come in and start right away and a big time sack master. Guess not.
Then you still have to hear from the NCAA. I know most of you think nothing will happen but harsh penalties would surely cause concern from the recruits.
Finally if this Corn Elder guy is such a heralded RB why would you switch him to DB or RB?
Also of the 3 big time local DT kids you got the one who changes his mind frequently AND may have trouble qualifying. Great job.

Reality Bites

meant to say DB or WR for Elder. Makes no sense.



I qualify but I'm playing basketball this year
I will be there December
-- Derrick Griffin ‏@DRABB23


Sad times

Posted by: Reality Bites | 07/07/2013 at 11:02 AM

Hey bud, thanks for your opinion, we're all super interested in what loser Gators trolls think about UM sports!

Barry Jackson

Regarding Derrick Griffin, UM says he has a lot of work to do to qualify. So we'll see if he can get it done to enter by mid-year. If he were already qualified, he would be enrolling this summer.


And all the other big time Florida papers are also hiding the "terrible" evidence against Meyer and UF.
Not a cop out, more like wishful thinking by jealous cane retards like rboud.
They won't report what is not there.

Posted by: Reality Bites | 07/01/2013 at 04:04 PM


In recent years, though, another number has been affixed to the Urban Meyer era. That number is 31, as in, at least 31 arrests of Florida’s football players from 2005 to 2010.

Many of the charges were typical of college campuses: under-age drinking, disorderly conduct, violations of open-container laws. But other, more serious charges included aggravated stalking, domestic violence by strangulation, aggravated assault, burglary, larceny and fraudulent use of credit cards, according to criminal record databases. Most of the cases never went to trial, the charges having been dropped or pleaded down.

The unsavory underbelly of the Gators’ football dominance
-- nytimes


Keepin it real always

Talk is cheap.Until the NCAA is in Miami s rear view mirror....no one knows how quickly they can head back to the top Nationally.Until then......it s all guessing games.



Miami fans hit Siesta Key. The best beach in America!
-- Dick Vitale ‏@DickieV



While we are in our stupor of Jack & Coke DREAMS flash before my eyes: "read between the lines" comments have become a harbinger of the future. Whispers are getting louder! The "read between the lines" are acutally getting morphed by capitalization and punctuation marks. The ACC is no longer being that quiet southern gentleman or that proper but inviting librarian.

Rather, the ACC has put it all out on the line.....

1. An ACC Network will happen and it will be available by late "15 or '16
--interestingly, bball-lax-baseball will be a primary reason for the ACC Network to be delivered
--the Network will follow the design of the SEC--perhaps even piggy-backing with the SEC (not determined finally--providing both conferences a broader distribution than its own footprint)

2. ACC tournament bball will see the flash bulbs of NYC...within the next three years
--venues determining how to become available, and the ACC looking at tournament scheduling
-- A-10 and Big EAST already been approached by venues
-- ACC considering if all or ONLY final two days of BBall tournament to be played in NYC

3. TV contracts among the POWER 5 will be relatively the same....project each conference to be rolling in $30,000,000 per school (+-10%)
--The ACC will not be the Power 5 conference with least $$$ coming in

We have labeled Swofford the Ninja..the quiet man that gets things done without shouting and letting it out of the bag prior to happening...
...do you recall 'Cuse/Pitt to ACC.....Notre Dame to ACC--well for 5 football games scheduled by the ACC..and of course
...the GOR....
Did you see it in print prior to it happening...was all this UNEXPECTED?

Now the Ninja has gathered his minions...become stronger...and the ACC is prognosticating through interviews, press releases, and actions....that all is well....the Network is around the corner...the bball tournament will bounce the floor in NYC....and the pay day is coming...all really soon!
-- arbitragegls


Reality Bites

Posted by: Sad times

Glad to know you are very interested in what I have to say "bud" otherwise there would be no purpose in life.

Keepin it real always

Geez this troll just can t shut up.


No Kabangos from three point land today.

Ennis is a project but way too early to form opinion.

Entire team looked very disjointed however just first game.

Miami Penguin

We are lucky to have Matt Moore! Super gracious person.

Steve B

There are some deeply disturbed Cane haters on this site and they will soon have alot more to disturb them as Al Golden resurrects the U back to greatness. They are afraid of the fact that the U has great talent in its recruiting backyard and its is by far the highest ranked academically in the state.

AS UF is getting nationally bashed and its reputation stained UM is on its way back to its rightful place of #1 in the state.

Bobby Luie

Canes are of archaeological interest only.

The past was great....I was there....season tix....Kelly to Eddie Brown....Kosar over Nebraska.....Ken Dorsey working his magic....Ed Reed intercept for TD....Schockey & the comeback.....the bomb on 3rd or 4th down to Irvin...ND, Okla, UofH, FSU wide rights & left...Flutie, you name it.

It's gone & it ain't coming back.
Deal with It.

Reality Bites

"as Al Golden resurrects the U back to greatness."
First he needs to resurrect his defense from the pit he put it in
"the U has great talent in its recruiting backyard"
Talent that so far is going to FSU, UF, Bama and others instead of the U

" its is by far the highest ranked academically in the state."
Not true

"AS UF is getting nationally bashed and its reputation stained"
Maybe Meyer is but that is not UF's problem

Living in denial and delusion Stevie?


Reality bite me:

I guess the farther and farther we gaytor v-ginas get from 2008 the more and more jittery we are getting and the more we will project our feelings of insecuirity-- so why dont we just go on UM blogs and say weally weally nasty stuff to put them down


you all are pathetic.

Bite yourself loser

Johngoode@johnnybfit.com sweet1968

Hey was just playing scrable and needed a word for sorry ass loser. My result was reality bites;-)

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