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Saturday notes: Coley on UM recruiting class; Dolphins, Canes

Canes offensive coordinator James Coley, who has been a great asset in UM’s recruiting efforts, wasn't available to the general media on National Signing Day but shared some thoughts on this recruiting class with UM’s web site (hurricanesports.com):

### On quarterback additions Brad Kaaya and Malik Rosier: "Neither one of them ever said, ‘Well, the other guy is coming.’ And you get that a lot," Coley said. ‘Tell me about the other guy that’s coming.’ That says a lot about the guy that’s coming. Those guys never said that.”

Coley said "Kaaya is a guy early who didn’t have a lot of offers but we knew he was going to be a guy that would be the best in the country and would get a lot of attention.

"We went into Mobile and went after Malik Rosier. I know he was a special player. He had a lot of toughness and understands the game. He has the ability to run and be a threat running but he can throw the ball.

"Two tough guys who are big-time competitors,... who are extremely smart. You want them to come here as freshmen and walk in with a little swagger, a feeling of, 'I can play here.'  I think we did that."

 ### On offensive linemen KC Dermott, Trevor Darling and Nick Linder: "We felt those three are guys that can come in and not only play right away,… but they can go from being guards to tackles and smart enough to play center. They are flexible. We went into Dade and felt we got the best, went into Broward and felt we got the best, went into Palm Beach and felt we got the best."

### On the new receivers: "It just happened to fit that they all play three different positions. Rarely do you have the luxury to take the guys you feel are the best at those positions.

"We took a big X in Darrell Langham, 6-5. He came to our camp… and was moving and playing fast. We took a Z in Tyre Brady. At 6-3, a big Z. We feel he can do a lot of different things, great change of direction, great burst.

"Braxton Berrios… can play the slot. But he’s so smart,… he’s not limited to the slot. He can be an outside guy and hold his own. He’s got enough savviness to understand how to play against different players and how to play a little possum. We filled our need. It’s going to be fun watching those guys compete."

### He said four-star running back Joseph Yearby "is built similar to Duke Johnson, very versatile just like Duke. When he’s out there, he’s got a different look in his eye."

Coley said “Duke looks great coming out of his injury.” Al Golden said neither Johnson nor Yearby is healthy enough to participate in spring football following their leg injuries.

### By the way, UM slid to 12th in Rivals.com’s final recruiting rankings, compared with 10th for ESPN. Both are very good but would have been better if Travonte Valentine, Nigel Bethel, Brandon Powell and Reilly Gibbons hadn’t bolted.

What hurt UM in the rivals.com rankings was lack of four-star recruits (eight), compared with teams ahead of them, including FSU (13) and Florida (12). In Rivals.com’s top 18, only Clemson had fewer four-star recruits. UM had one five star recruit (Chad Thomas).

Overall, UM finished behind FSU (fourth) and UF (8th) in the Rivals rankings. But Miami was fifth among non-SEC schools, behind only Florida State, Ohio State, USC and Notre Dame, which is pretty impressive.

### CBS’ Jason LaCanfora posted a generally negative piece on the state of the Dolphins this week, aside from pointing out the team’s enviable cap position. (As we’ve reported, Miami will have between $30 million and $34 million in space, depending on tenders to some bottom-of-the-roster players. But Brent Grimes could take up another $11 million of cap space if he’s franchised.)

LaCanfora offered one news nugget in the piece, noting that Joe Philbin was “professing his belief in Matt Moore to several of the GM candidates and demanding more from Ryan Tannehill."

"He definitely wants to push Tannehill more," one source who has spoken to Philbin about the quarterbacks told LaCanfora. "And if he doesn't see improvement he said he might go to Moore at some point. He definitely has a lot of faith in Moore, and they're paying him a lot of money."

Moore will make $4 million this season, with a $5.5 million cap hit.

The view here: Unless Tannehill is awful and the Dolphins are losing a lot partly or largely because of him, it’s short-sighted (many would say downright foolish) to bench him next season considering: 1) Tannehill has more upside than Moore; 2) Tannehill made considerable progress this season (10th in yards, 11th in completions) despite a dreadful offensive line; and 3) The Dolphins must determine this year if he’s their quarterback of the future, which they remain hopeful about.

LaCanfora does generally good work and breaks stories, but in assessing the Tannehill report, we should note that he was both right and wrong in covering the Dolphins’ machinations of the past month, incorrectly reporting that one of the finalists (Lake Dawson) was no longer under consideration and that Stephen Ross’s upcoming trip to London and possibly China could sidetrack the GM search for a week. (The Dolphins insist Ross already had gone to London by that point, never went to China, and the three days didn’t sidetrack the search.) None of this is noted to rip the hard-working LaCanfora, but perspective is needed on these types of eyebrow-raising reports.

### Please check back later for the Sunday buzz column, with lots of Dolphins and Canes, plus Heat.... Twitter: @flasportsbuzz          

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Dashi

Barry is the Best the Herald has. Don't listen to the Trolls. Barry has all of Florida covered. Specifically Sfla since he works for "Miami Herald" and Most Major Sports Team are down here. At least the Important ones.

It is funny though when a Troll gets put in his place for talking nonsense. They disappear quick.

We all know buddy was never a season ticket holder. Just another Internet tough guy.

again,  u  are  u ... rinse n repeat

### By the way, UM slid to 12th in Rivals.com’s final recruiting rankings, compared with 10th for ESPN. Both are very good but would have been better if Travonte Valentine, Nigel Bethel, Brandon Powell and Reilly Gibbons hadn’t bolted.

What hurt UM in the rivals.com rankings was lack of four-star recruits (eight), compared with teams ahead of them, including FSU (13) and Florida (12). In Rivals.com’s top 18, only Clemson had fewer four-star recruits. UM had one five star recruit (Chad Thomas).

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The pure definition of Quantity over Quality...

It was a "decent" oversigned class, but when combined with all the unranked, 2 and barely 3 star filled 2011, 2012 and 2013 classes, Ur roster is more than 1 third loaded with project type kids that Top-Programs don't even offer. And when more classes in the future have 12-14 of those types in them, over a 4-5 YEAR RECRUITING CYCLE, that's exactly why Ur mediocrity will continue as an 8-4/7-5 program that lingers outside the Top-25 year in and year out which Shalalala loves and Golden knows he can get away with without any pressure or accountabilty to keep he and his BFF in business. Then come mid Seasons, just like the last 10, when injuries, attrition and adversity arrives, you'll know the reason why U continue to have to ask, "Why don't we have any DEPTH", is because U had to play all these average players way to early before being even close to developed is the exact reason why. But, U in Ur in denial and delusional ways still won't get it. Because U Cane fans only see the uniforms, jerseys and helmets with that silly []_[] on it, instead of the level of talent and personel inside of them... Case in point, the idiots on Canespace have an ongoing debate as to wheather the U should go back to the Black shoes n Socks of the 2000 season as it will bring back the old Cane swag while others argue that the white socks n shoes of the 80's is better and more traditional.

But, that is Cane fan mentality at work at it's best ...

And why, u, are still u.

Former Season Tckt Holder

The Hell with all your ignorance if you listen to sports radio or read the Sports Buzz it's 90% about football

Barry Jackson

Thanks, Dashi.
Season Ticket Holder: You're entitled to your opinion, but the column is naturally going to be slanted toward football during football season and during the immediate aftermath. That is far from the case during other parts of the year.

Former Season Tckt Holder

Slanted towards Football? It's Basketball AND Hockey season, That's my point!!! Like I said it's the Joe Rose mentality

Former Season Tckt Holder

But by the way, Hockey in South Florida??? That's a f-ing joke, how many NHL players are out of this area?? Strong believer that there should be no teams in the Sun Belt, Southern Cal maybe, at least they produce some NHLers

Barry Jackson

Rest assured FSTH, you will see a lot from me about the Heat and Marlins between Feb. and July, just as you did last year when nearly all of my columns were about the Heat during the playoffs. By the way, when I have a newspaper column running the day after a Heat night game (like Sunday), it's limiting because column must be turned in before game. Keep that in mind. That is all from me. But you're free to post any thoughts you want; I have not deleted any of them.

Harleyray

Sad day when Barry Jackson has to explain his column to a true troll.

Rat Basstid

Former Season Tckt Holder:

"""The Hell with all your ignorance if you listen to sports radio or read the Sports Buzz it's 90% about football"""

Don't like whats on the menu? Well then just go find another place to eat!

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