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UM recruiting news; Eye-opening Tannehill numbers; Fins notes; Local radio update

Some Canes, Dolphins and local radio notes:

The UM recruiting class keeps getting stronger. Sunday night’s oral commitment from four-star New Jersey-based safety Kiy Hester gives Miami 14 oral commitments in ESPNU’s top 200, as well as 14 in the top 300.

ESPN rates Hester 196th among all prospects, and he’ll be the best safety prospect in UM’s class. Hester, who de-committed from Rutgers last month, had more than 20 offers, including Michigan State, Missouri and Arkansas.

UM has now picked up two safety commitments over three days. The other was three-star Palm Beach-based prospect Marques Gayot, who flipped from Louisville on UM on Friday.

And UM remains in the running for several others, including four-star receivers Johnnie Dixon (leaning toward Ohio State, according to his coach) and Travis Rudolph; four-star Immokalee cornerback J.C. Jackson (a UF oral commitment who visited Miami this past weekend and told Canesport.com that Miami is “still in it"); and New Jersey-based three-star receiver David Njoku, among others.

Central running back Dalvin Cook, a UF oral commitment who’s ranked 20th among all prospects by ESPN, also hasn’t publicly ruled out UM.

Meanwhile, Fort Lauderdale Dillard’s Dennis Turner is no longer a UM oral commitment. UM wanted him as a defensive back, and Turner wants to play receiver. Turner had been the only two-star recruit in Miami’s class. Everyone else, according to rivals.com's ranking system, is a three- or four-star recruit or five-star (in the case of Booker T. Washington defensive end Chad Thomas).

Here are the 14 UM oral commitments rated in ESPN’s top 300:

No. 19: Miami Central running back Joseph Yearby

No. 44: Palm Beach Central offensive tackle KC McDermott

No. 70: Thomas

No. 115: Miami Central offensive tackle Trevor Darling

No. 128: California-based quarterback Brad Kaaya

No. 131: Winter Park defensive end Trent Harris

No. 170: Hialeah Champagnat defensive tackle Travonte Valentine (now considering Alabama and LSU as well as Miami)

No. 176: St. Thomas Aquinas DT Anthony Moten

No. 196: Hester

No. 233: Booker T. Washington cornerback Nigel Bethel

No. 246: St. Petersburg-based OT Reilly Gibbons

No. 264: Lantana Santaluces WR Darrell Langham

No. 272: Deerfield Beach athlete Brandon Powell (told rivals.com he hasn’t made a final decision but will this week).

No. 287: OrangePark safety Darrion Owens 

UM has 28 oral commitments overall; some of them (perhaps 10 or so) are expected to enroll in January.



To appreciate how well Ryan Tannehill has played, consider:

### He’s the first Dolphin other than Dan Marino with at least 23 touchdown passes in a season.

### In three December games, he has completed 73 of 113 passes for 843 yards, 8 touchdowns, two picks and 103.2 rating.

### He has risen to ninth in the league in yards passing, is tied with Tom Brady for ninth in touchdown passes and ranks 13th in completion percentage (62.4). His 86.6 overall passer rating is 20th.

### For the season, Tannehill’s and Brady’s numbers are comparable, even beyond having the same number of TD passes. Brady has the slightly higher rating (88.1 to 86.6). Brady has thrown four fewer picks (10 to 14). Tannehill has the higher completion percentage (62.4 to 60.9). Both are averaging 7.0 yards per attempt.

### On Sunday, Tannehill had a 139.6 passer rating when blitzed (6 for 9, 1 TD). His 120.6 rating Sunday was the second-highest of his career, behind the 123 in the Jacksonville game last year. "He made some really nice throws, big-time throws," offensive coordinator Mike Sherman said Monday.

### Tannehill has led his team on 17 scoring drives in the final five minutes of a half, and 8 in the final two minutes. Both lead the NFL.


### Because of injuries Sunday, Nolan Carroll ended up playing only 32 of Miami’s 81 defensive snaps, and Brent Grimes played 59.

Rookie Will Davis played 51 snaps and allowed 7 of 9 passes thrown against him to be completed, for 90 yards. Jimmy Wilson, playing boundary corner for the first time all year, allowed 4 of 6 passes to be completed for 35 yards.

Michael Thomas, plucked off the 49ers practice squad last week, played 16 snaps and made two enormous plays in the final minute (including the pick to end New England’s late drive.)

### Linebacker Jelani Jenkins played 29 snaps, and both passes thrown against him were incomplete.

### An ankle injury limited Paul Soliai to seven snaps and required Jared Odrick to play 75 snaps, more than usual. Cam Wake played 71,

Dion Jordan played 27, including 17 as a pass rusher; he didn’t have a sack or pressure.

### Offensively, Marcus Thigpen played only three snaps and caught two passes – including what proved to be the game-winning touchdown.

### Please see the last post for an explanation of why the Dolphins now don’t need help to make the playoffs IF they win their last two games. 


With Andy Slater moving from WMEN-640 to WINZ-940, WMEN-640 will audition several former NFL players in the noon to 3 p.m. slot this week: Adewale Ogunleye, former UM standout Brett Romberg, Plaxico Burress and Bryant McFadden. All are candidates for the permanent role, GM Steve Lapa said.



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Canes need some Big uglies to join the family. Fins great win yesterday...said it all yr...this yrs Fins are fighters...got to learn how to win....Balt...bills...panthers...could jave all been wins....hopefully yestetdays game shows them they can do it...God bless


Imagine what Ryan Tannehill could accomplish with a good offensive line. When the Dolphins greatest need during last year's draft was O-Line, Jeff Ireland chose a defensive end instead. As we know, Dion Jordan is only a part-time, mediocre player. It defies logic. He could have easily moved down in the 1st round and selected DJ Fluker, now a starting OT for the San Diego Chargers or when he moved up to the 3rd pick, he could have selected Lane Johnson, now a starting OT for the Eagles. The real problem is that Ireland believes he's smarter than all the other GM's and experts, and, as a result, reaches for players that would have been available in later rounds of the draft.


all these recruits, all the commits and no defensive tackles


Johnny - of the top 14 2 are DT. Just shows how illiterate you are.

D-No Must Go !

Travonte Valentine is gone and Moten is a Strong Side D-End that will be forced inside and get his brains beat in. The two other DT commits are an unranked JUCO kid and a scrub from the Northeast that nobody wants or offered, except us of course. We then have 3 LB's that not one top-30 program offered to make up for it. But isn't it just great that we will have 15 safties, 15 Corners and 15 WR's to make up more than half our entire roster.

And QB ? Mark my words, we are going to miss Morris badly... But we'll be young and talented though I'm sure.


Ohio state was coming after the DT from jersey that went to school with Hester.


Jeff...go kill yourself.


Agreed, if the Dolphins make the playoffs and Jeff Ireland keeps his job this season will have been a failure.

Georgia Cane

Cook will go to FSU and join the band wagon. Powell and Yearby are good enough. DEFENSE is paramount especially D-Line. Golden must use his magic to keep the ones he has.


Do you guys have anything better to do with your lives than follow 17 and 18 year old high school kids?


MNCane, travonte valentine is a defensive end, don't know why they're listing him as a tackle.


Do you guys have anything better to do with your lives than follow 17 and 18 year old high school kids?

Posted by: meger | 12/17/2013 at 07:12 AM

Not only that, some get mad when they decide to go else where? Why? That is so damn dumb!

keeping it real always

Once Al decides to make a change at DC the D linemen will start coming to the program.They d rather go to LSU or Alabama nowdays because they jump right into the NFL for those big paychecks.Golden has continued to play ostrich but one day he ll wise up.One year it will smack him in the face.The U on the defensive staff simply have no magnets that attract D linemen.It s a Coaches weakness/achilles heel that Golden steadfastly REFUSES and has REFUSED to address.Cane Nation is well aware of Golden s ineptness in this very sore spot.


Part of me wishes Bridgewater gashes the Canes so bad that Golden has no choice but to can his buddy DC Onofrio.
But then again if with the 15 bowl practices the guys are able to get the system down for once and shine, that would be even better.
Unfortunately they'll probably give up 500 yards, be in it at the end and Golden(who is a great HC and recruiter) will say it wasn't the DC's fault.
What we need as much as a new DC and DTs are linebackers who can cover the RBs and TEs and get sideline to sideline.
People all talk about DTs but the real problem is LB in my view.
But it is undeniable, we are on the right path in general.


Tannehill may well become a great NFL QB despite Jeff ireland's efforts.


202 fake cane fan....If you d ont like recruiting & An what other fans think then dont come on this message board .....


WE have 14 in the espn 300 and theres like 5 or 6 DT's in the class. That list is the top 300 players in the US not the entire recruiting list FYI people. Goldie has 14, do you know how good that is/ Thats the best 300 in the US, not just FL. The great urban only has 8 I believe espn 300 players.

Give it a rest. The Clark DT kid is supposed to be putting UM back in it(Hollywood Chaminade), and we are in on some 4-5 star late players. THIS IS THE CLASS THAT PUTS US BACK UP THERE


UM has a month to prepare for Louisville. I bet the Defense doesn't change and we do get gashed. I like Al Golden, but I really don't understand why our defense is so bad. If they get crushed, the No D Onofrio must Go. No creativity what so ever. It drives me nuts how scrub teams have their best games of the season against us.


johnnie dixon is a little freakn monkey and there coach needs to get hit by a truck,


Feel much better about Valentine's decision having Moten as a solid commit.

Those two could completely transform this defense, as much flack as N'oD gets, he is at a huge disadvantage trying to run that 3-4 without big linemen.

Not to excuse the defense's performance (or his inability to adapt to personnel...) but you look at what he did at Temple, that defense was completely different once they recruited some big bodies.

Rand Stevens

Our D is bad because our DL sucks. No talent. Period. Bear Bryant and Nick Saban couldnt get pressure with those guys.

Ship shape

Jeff Ireland has to dig through a great deal of squirrel squeeze to find his acorns. He is currently working to trade up in the next draft to acquire an injured long snapper from Upper Western Central North Dakota Technical College.

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