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Wade chats with Leno; UM on lookout for receivers; Dolphins, Canes, Heat notes

A relaxed and engaging Dwyane Wade spoke on a few issues on an appearance a little while ago on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno on NBC. Some highlights: 

### On Game 6 of the Finals: "We were only down five with 20 seconds left. That’s what we do. We practice that all day."

### On free agency next summer: “There’s a lot of media probably watching this in Miami, so I can’t give them nothing.” (Wade said earlier this summer that he wants to stay with the Heat beyond next summer and is optimistic the Big Three will stay together.)

### On the possibility of a three-peat: “We hope. We're trying to get like the Lakers and Bulls. It’s going to be tough."  

### On LeBron James’ wedding last weekend: “It’s a beautiful, beautiful wedding. Without giving away details, we had an unebelievable time. And I can’t tell you guys nothing else.” He said no phones were allowed and “no phones nowadays is unbelievable. You go nowhere without your phones.”

### On his relationship with actress Gabrielle Union: “I’m going to tell you something personal. Celebrity relationships is very hard. This was a big year for us in our relationship from the standpoint of she was shooting her show… I was dealing with my injuries, trying to win a championship. We kind of took a step back. We supported each other, but we took a step back for a little while. At the end of the day, we came back together and said, ‘Listen, we want to continue this. We want to try to continue to get better each day. She’s been with me and I’ve been with her all summer long. We’re going strong now.”

### On his vacation with his sons this summer to Turks and Caicos: “I’m a punk when it comes to anything in the water. My kids say, "Let’s go parasailing.' I say, 'In my Heat contract, it says,'.... I want to be a cool dad, but also I want my kids to respect the rules [I] lay down. I've got good kids."

Wade also discussed his new line of socks and his charity Fashion Show next week in Miami.


### Twice this week, Al Golden has expressed serious concern that the Hurricanes “have six scholarship receivers” – actually seven, counting injured Rashawn Scott, who Golden expects back before or after the Oct. 17 North Carolina game.

“That’s a scary number,” Golden said. “Most have 11, 12. We badly need to add receivers.”

Of those seven, Allen Hurns is a senior; Phillip Dorsett and Scott juniors; Herb Waters and Malcolm Lewis sophomores, Stacy Coley a freshman and D'Mauri Jones a redshirt freshman. UM could always move Corn Elder to slot receiver in a pinch, but coaches like his development at cornerback.

What’s clear is this: Adding at least a couple more receivers is a priority in the remaining months of recruiting.

Three that UM remains firmly in the mix for: four-star Johnnie Dixon of Dwyer in West Palm Beach (rated 16th among receivers nationally, by rivals.com), Raleigh-N.C. based Braxton Berrios (rated 39th but gaining momentum) and South Dade’s Tyre Brady (a three-star prospect who has generated some buzz).

Berrios, who projects as a high-caliber slot receiver, told me today: “I’m deciding in 3ish weeks. So really figuring things out right now. But just know Miami will be in the mix ‘til the end, for sure.”

Berrios, who visited UM a couple of weeks ago, has many offers, including from Oregon, South Carolina, Clemson and Virginia Tech.

Dixon’s coach, Jack Daniels, told me earlier this month that UM is a slight favorite, but that Alabama is close behind. And Dixon reportedly was impressed by Arkansas during his visit last weekend.

Brady, a former Kentucky oral commitment, told Canesport.com that “there’s a great chance I’ll wind up a Cane.” But he’s also strongly considering USC, Mississippi and Mississippi State.

UM has three oral commitments who project as potential receivers: Carol City’s Trayone Gray (who has been playing quarterback), Norcross, Ga.’s  Christopher Herndon (who also can play tight end or H-back) and Lantana’s Darrell Langham. All are three-star prospects, with Langham probably the most polished of the three. Herndon has 10 catches for 175 yards in three games, Langham 5 for 115 in two.

UM also continues to recruit Miami Northwestern’s JoJo Robinson, rivals.com’s No. 50 receiver and an FSU oral commitment.

UM has heavily recruited Palm Beach Cardinal Newman four-star receiver Travis Rudolph, but he said recently that Miami isn't in his top five.

UM remains uncertain whether elite receiver prospect Derrick Griffin will be admitted eventually, though football and basketball coaches remain hopeful he will clear academic hurdles.

### Good to see Jon Gruden give a shout-out to Dolphins linebacker Philip Wheeler at halftime of the Monday night game this week. Wheeler has been highly active through two weeks, and his sack to squash the Colts’ final drive was obviously one of the biggest plays in the game.

But also keep this in mind: Wheeler has allowed 9 of the 10 passes thrown against him to be completed (for 84 yards) after allowing 54 of 64 to be completed against him as a member of the Raiders last season.

Wheeler and SEVERAL others must do better work against Tony Gonzalez on Sunday and Jimmy Graham the following Monday than they have against tight ends the first two weeks of the season. Reshad Jones also must be more of a factor with tight ends; all three passes thrown against him have been completed, for 29 yards.

### The Dolphins are going week to week with Paul Soliai, whose injured knee will need time. How soon he returns depends on how quickly he heals, but associates remain insistent that it doesn’t threaten his season.

### Vaughn Martin, who played 484 snaps for San Diego last season, has logged only seven through two games but likely will play more in Soliai’s absence, as the primarily backup tackle behind Jared Odrick and Randy Starks.

Asked if he expected to play more when he signed here as a free agent, he said: “My only concern regarding playing time is to make my reps as impactful as possible. It’s a long season. Don’t count reps. Make reps count.”

### Practice squad receiver Brian Tyms said “there’s a lot more of the offense” that the Dolphins haven’t shown yet. And UM offensive coordinator James Coley made the same point about his offense this week.

### One lesson that everyone should take from the past month: Timetables for recovery from a sports hernia surgery can vary widely, and discomfort can linger for a while.

Dolphins cornerback Jamar Taylor had his surgery in May and still isn’t deemed healthy enough to play in a regular-season game, even though he practiced at the start of training camp. And UM safety Deon Bush, who had surgery in June, said this week that he continues to experience discomfort.

Taylor, who has had some setbacks, said this week he’s feeling a lot better and insists he will play this season. The Saints game is the newest target.

### With the Falcons boasting one of the league’s most dangerous passing games, this is not a good week for five Dolphins defensive backs to be nursing injuries: Dimitri Patterson, Chris Clemons, Jimmy Wilson, Taylor and Will Davis.

### Though the Heat liked what it saw of undrafted Marquette guard Vander Blue the past couple weeks, Yahoo reports that he signed today with Philadelphia, which gave him a partial guarantee. Blue, who helped oust UM from the NCAA Tournament, has said Dwyane Wade is like a big brother to him.


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Ermon lane

Barry Jackson

Lane seems pretty committed to Florida, but UM will keep trying.

Maybe He Loves Obese Coaches

We'll see how impressed Dixon is of Arkansas when they lose 7 or 8 in a row.

raymond roy

Where is Derrick Griffin? Is he going to a prep school? Is he currently playing football?

Ermon Lane

INside the U homer: UM is "stacked" at wr.

j jones

artavios scott #7 from eastlake high school, a clemson commit will be great for miami



Reality Bites

Lane is a Gator all the way
Arkansas is on the way up, Dixon will cherish playing in the best conference in the land just like Alex Collins and Denver Kirkland did
just because you finally beat a top 20 opponent in 3 years of trying doesn't mean you will land all the recruits.
Does anyone in Miami have any college football knowledge or are you all a bunch of delusional and blind homers?

Reality Bites indeed


This is the sports section of the Miami Herald, why not go comment on the Gainesville Times website?


Yes reality bites.....21-16....biatch....


Is there anyway we can get an update from D. Griffin on his status and how he's doing in prep?

Lt. Lois Einhorn

"UM remains uncertain whether elite receiver prospect Derrick Griffin will be admitted eventually, though football and basketball coaches remain hopeful he will clear academic hurdles."

Keepin it real always

Reality Bites needs to shut up.Didn t you learn your lesson while you remained in hiding the entire week after the Canes BEAT your beloved Gators?(That is wuss behavior).Too funny.You know nothing.You are still just a little Gator troll bashing Cane fans with your negative comments.Go get on your own blog where maybe someone might appreciate you.GO CANES.


The best conference in the land is 1-2 vs the SEC.

Gators have big mouths and very small brains, look it up.

Reality bites you in the ass sometimes.


Ooops, still partying and celebrating kicking Gator tail.

I meant the best conference in the land is 2-1 vs SEC.


247 Mia just had interview with griffin.hes not in prep school.however the one hurdle um had on getting him in was his act score.so he is taking an act preparation course.he is confident that he'll get in come December for basketball.all he needs is to score a 16 on his act to qualify.he scored a 15 the first time when all he did was nonsense.

Reality is biting you in the rear

Reality bites is thinking of a new excuse and a new name, anytime now? Still waiting...


Wade= ignorant thug

Longwood Cokey

Is Tannenhill hurt?

Barry Jackson

Nursing slight injury to throwing shoulder, but will play Sunday. Seemed fine today.

Lt. Lois Einhorn

Mr. Jackson - any updates, including an official "no update" from literally anyone at the NCAA would be much appreciated by we UM fans.

Just a reminder in press that we're continuing to be punished by their incompetence would be great.

I'm sure they're just champing at the bit to move on to investigate Tennessee after Arian Foster's comments, we all know how fair and balanced the NCAA is when it comes to their cash cow conference.


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