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Dolphins bringing in another high-end receiver; UM loses out on a top target

Quick Saturday evening update:

### If there was one position you would think the Dolphins wouldn’t have to spend much time or resources on this offseason, it’s receiver.

With Mike Wallace, Brian Hartline, Brandon Gibson, Rishard Matthews and Armon Binns, it would seem to be among Miami's strongest positions.

But the Dolphins continue to express interest in several of the draft’s high-end receivers, raising questions about their longterm plans with their current receivers.

A source confirmed today that the Dolphins are using one of their 30 permitted non-local visits on LSU receiver Odell Beckham, who many analysts believe could be selected in the top 20.

Beckham told Sirius Satellite Radio today that he plans to meet with Miami, and a league source confirmed he's visiting Davie this coming week.

That means the Dolphins are using at least four (and possibly more) of their maximum 30 permitted visits on high-end receivers. USC’s Marqise Lee, projected to go in Miami’s range, visited this past week. Mississippi’s Donte Moncrief and Clemson's Martavis Bryant, two potential second-rounders, also have booked a visit.

And Miami also has been linked to two other receivers expected to go in the late teens or early 20s: Oregon State’s Brandin Cooks and FSU’s Kelvin Benjamin.

Which all raises the question: If the Dolphins are perfectly content with their receiver group, why are they summoning several potential first- and second-round receivers to Davie?

Due diligence? Perhaps.

But having the receivers travel to team headquarters and meet with the coaches and front office suggests more than simple due diligence, especially because the Dolphins already have met with all these receivers at the Combine.

The Dolphins consistently have denied Jason LaCanfora’s report that they’re shopping Wallace, and Wallace is also under the impression that the story is not accurate.

But if the Dolphins do add a receiver in the first three rounds, it will raise questions about their intentions with Wallace in 2015 and beyond.

Beckham, by the way, caught 59 passes for 1152 yards and eight touchdowns last season. Mel Kiper projects him to go 15th in his latest mock draft, four spots before Miami picks. “He can run by defenders and does a great job of creating space underneath,” Kiper said.

He displays "remarkable vision, agility and acceleration," according to NFLDraftScout.com analyst Rob Rang.

Hartline, Gibson and Binns are all coming off knee injuries, but the Dolphins have said all will be back for the start of the season. And Miami recently signed former Tennessee Titans receiver Damian Williams to compete for the team's fourth or fifth receiver job.

UM NOTE

UM today lost out on two of its top targets in the 2015 recruiting class when Coconut Creek Monarch’s Shawn-Burgess Becker and his teammate, receiver Calvin Ridley, orally committed to Alabama.

Burgess-Becker and Ridley are visiting Alabama this weekend. Former UM assistant Mario Cristobal has been recruiting both of them for Alabama.

Burgess-Becker, a four-star prospect, is rated the nation’s No. 6 athlete by rivals.com and the 73rd-best prospect overall.

Ridley, a five-star recruit, is rated the No. 1 receiver and 11th best prospect overall.

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Georgia Cane

We can't keep losing kids from our back yard and expect to get back on top. The sanctions are over, no more excuses!

bond, david bond

We definitely need another 4.2 guy to pair with Wallace and Hartline. This setup will overwhelm all defenses. This Beckham kid looks good on youtube. He reminds me of O.J McDuffie in his catching ability; and his route running is already at the pro level. However, we still need a qb who can throw the deep ball accurately. If this is not done, we are DOOMED!!!!!!!!!! If there is a fair competition this offseason, the starting signal caller will not be Tannehill. Only a team where FOOLISHNESS is embraced, will a coach allow a qb to CONTINUE to be the starter when he cannot throw an accurate deep ball in his 3rd season! This would be a shameful to the organization and a waste of Mike Wallace's unique ability to get behind any defense for the homerun ball, to keep trying a qb who cannot deliver. No one dislikes Tannehill. He simply cannot throw the deep ball, that's all.

rboud

UM will get the top flight kids from. S. Fla. and other areas when they are more successful on the field. No other factor will matter until the Canes start winning regularly. This is not an excuse. It's a fact.

candy cane reality

UM loses out on a top target...

Always the new cane thang "rule rather than exception." So if ur going to continue to go with the "rule" rather than the exception, future headlines out to read, "UM wins out with a low target unranked, 2 or barely 3 star commit that NO Top teams targeted." At least that way it seems like a positive note as Golden continues to load the Canes up with a majority of mediocre talent with a very few strong 3 and 4 star kids sprinkled in.

More than half of the Canes roster are now filled with these mediocre types that Top-25 teams don't want and are the majority of starters and all the 2nd. team depth. And u still axe over n over again the last decade why ur team has never won an acc and continues to lose games to average teams every year that they used to steamroll... That's why. But they'll all turn out to be Ed Reeds riiieeet? And u all will eat up Goldys pressers with how they are all getting BIGGER n STRONGER and BETTER !!!

But, u gots new uniforms ! The problem is what's in them clUcks.

sflafan

The Canes are getting plenty of the top tier local talent. Stop crying about how many get away. You can't land them all. Trevor Darling (Central 4 stars), Demetrius Jackson (Booker T - 4 stars), Anthoney Moten (St Thomas Aquinas - 4 stars), Chad Thomas (Booker T - 5 stars), Joe Yearby (Central - 5 stars), Artie Burns (Northwester - 4 stars), Jamal Carter (Southridge - 4 stars), Stacey Coley (Northeast - 4 stars), Jermain Grace (Miramar - 4 stars), Deon Bush (Columbus - 4 stars), Eric Flowers (Norland - 4 stars), Jeelani Hamilton - St Thomas Aquinas - 4 stars), Tracey Howard (Miramar - 5 stars), Angelo Jean Louis (West Palm - 4 stars), Duke Johnson (Norland - 5 stars), Malcolm Lewis (Miramar - 4 stars). ******** Those are the 4 and 5 star recruits from SOUTH FLORIDA in the past 3 years. From our backyard. 4 and 5 stars are ELITE recruits. There are a ton of really solid 3 star recruits from South Florida as well. Too many to mention. This coaching staff is doing a GREAT job recruiting South Florida. Like I said before, you can't land them all. And if you notice, most of these top level recruits are actually contributing and some are the stars of the team. You guys need to give credit where credit is due. If you want to critique the Cane staff for their coaching abilities, go right ahead. But stop whining about something that you're just plain WRONG about.

#1 FLORIDA GATORS !!!


GATOR GYMNASTICS NATIONAL CHAMPIONS !!!

BACK TO BACK !!!

THE 7th. GATOR SPORT TO GO BACK TO BACK FOR NATIONAL TITLES !!! THAT'S 12 NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIPS THE LAST 8 YEARS !!! 32 OVERALL !!! WAAAAYYYYY MORE THAN u !!!

Today in GATOR SPORTS ?

Gymnastics NATIONAL CHAMPS, Lacrosse ANOTHER Conference Title, Men Tennis reaches SEC final, Baseball Sweeps Georgia and Softball clobbers Texas A&M 17-4 !!!

I SAY IT'S GREAT TO BE A FLORIDA GATOR !!! I SAY IT'S GREAT TO BE A FLORIDA GATOR !!! I SAY IT'S GREAT TO BE A FLORIDA GATOR !!! I SAY IT'S GREAT TO BE A FLORIDA GATOR !!! I SAY IT'S GREAT TO BE A FLORIDA GATOR !!! I SAY IT'S GREAT TO BE A FLORIDA GATOR !!! I SAY IT'S GREAT TO BE A FLORIDA GATOR !!!

SEC !!! SEC !!! SEC !!! SEC !!! SEC !!! SEC !!! SEC !!! SEC !!! SEC !!! SEC !!! SEC !!! SEC !!! SEC !!! SEC !!! SEC !!! SEC !!! SEC !!! SEC !!! SEC !!! SEC !!! SEC !!! SEC !!! SEC !!! SEC !!! SEC !!! SEC !!! SEC !!! SEC !!! SEC !!! SEC !!! SEC !!! SEC !!! SEC !!! SEC !!! SEC !!! SEC !!!

so what's going on at that athletic 'ship dust bowl in coral gables ?

u were saying something about winning a baseball game u clUcks ?

ur last NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP in Anything ? qUe ? thought so.

how about just a little acc championship in anything ?

mmmmm hhhmmmmm ... go lady canes ... in anything ?

GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO GATORS !!! #1 AGAIN !!!

Lots of more SEC 'SHIPS and NATIONAL 'SHIPS to play for and WIN !!!

It's a GATOR thing that u couldn't understand... Ur dismissed.


billb

Candy Cane Reality:

Huskies just scored again.

21-16. The final statement.

S. Florida 305 Border Control... []_[] Gots A Problem u

The Canes are getting plenty of the top tier local talent.

Posted by: sflafan | 04/19/2014 at 09:47 PM

Still delUsional after ALL these years, like 12, of mediocrity...


How's that 305 FENCE doing cane clUcks... U starting to realize what these kids already know ? That Al "BE GONE" Golden would pull stakes and bolt Miami at the first decent offer he could drag his BFF along with him just like he would have if he was qualified and offered the Penn St. job. Also, the lame used car BS lines he's still pitching these homies they ain't buying... But u are still bUying riiieeet? And will continue to do so correctomUndo ? Si ?

Good luck with that giant expanding vacUUm HOLE pulling all the Top-Kids outta that 305 cesspool in ur imaginary fence. I would say it's big enough to drive a jUmbo-jet through, but let's go with, it's big enough to simulate the running lanes in between ur D-Ends...

Don't fret though, Goldy will panic and again start offering all those unranked n 2-star nobody projects with great grades, potential, upside, football "acumen" (as the penn st. genius likes to say), easily developed and moters... ie, slow average football players that don't make up Championship Winning Football Teams. But u miiiiiiigght be able to get by ur new rival, DUKE 2 outta every 4 years and enjoy some more December Bowl games hoping for that win to finally finish in the Top-25 in over a Decade... But they ain't winning no games against end of the season ranked teams, and u know this... 0-10 under Godsend Goldy and will continue to grow...

bUt u still believe next year is the year after a DOZEN years... or the next year .... or the ... or ....
.

btw - Mario Cristobal C.A.N.E. !!! Once a CANE ALWAYS a CANE !!! u'll be begging for his return soon enough after banishing him less than a year ago. Or are u smart enough ? Naaaaaawwwwwwww, u be calling for JJ to return, Dorsey to be OC and Ray Lewis to be DC. silly silly cane clUck.

UMike

Mario Cristobol is like most Cubans...POND SCUM!

Swamp waste!

Cristobol is a low life, poor excuse for a player, and even poorer excuse for HAVING A LIFE...he makes a mockery of everything that it means to be a true Cane...but then again, what is one to expect from a third-world low life?

Mario Cristobol, you can never come back to Miami...you're dirt...you'd be better off to go to Cuba and adopt ELIAN GONZALEZ, another Commie MF'er!!

GO CANES....and Mario, you're not a CANE ANY LONGER!!

You're POND SCUM...you're the dirt under our shoes.

You're now HILLBILLY TRASH, along with Nick Saban, another scum bag!!

UMike

Hey, #1 Florida Gators: You're one F**KED UP hillbilly!

Women's gymnastics...wow, that's incredible.

Softball too? Wow...

You're talking about BASEBALL after UM went to Gaysville and took 2 of 3 from your crummy team?

Keep this in mind, sick hillbilly trash: In over 70 years of playing baseball, UFelony has ZERO, NADA, ZILCH national championships, while this TINY, PRIVATE UNIVERSITY called MIAMI has FOUR!!

I see it's gotten so bad UP THERE in SOUTHERN GEORGIA that you fans have resorted to bragging about women's gymnastics and softball...now, that's REALLY PRETTY SAD.

What, the 24 hour WalMart was closed today?

Trailor park trash.

GO CANES!!

THIS IS UM COUNTRY, no GAY-turds allowed.

Jon

You know what team in the state of Florida that has no issues with recruiting or attaining top recruits?

The 2013 National Champion Florida State Seminoles

;)

How bout them baseball canes 14 in a row and counting SEC/Gator loser.

CPH74

UMike,

I would pay EXCELLENT money to see you talk smack to Mario Cristobal's face, inside of a hexagon. 6'5", 270lbs and a ripped, athletic fighter, I think you wouldn't last more than two seconds.

Don't hate because he left scUM to join the country's best college football program.

Dub

21-16

Soldier Soldy

when's Kaaya flying in to save u fools ?

who the faaawk are []_[]r D-Tackles again ?


ja ja ja ja ja ja , ur so u

Not our rival

Posted by: Soldier Soldy | 04/20/2014 at 05:55 AM

Hush nerd, no one cares about your fake internet rivalry. In real life Miami crushed your team last season and we're not scheduled to play again. Go find an AOL chat room if you want to pathetically troll strangers on the internet for no reason.

sflafan

U Mike. You deserve to be the first story on the 6:00 pm news. A victim of what happens most every day up in the Miami Gardens and Liberty City part of town. I'd enjoy seeing that be your demise.

Reality Bites

UMike gets angry and shows his colors in a racist rant against Cubans and bad mouth citizens who reside north of the 305. Cristobal is a former cane whether you like it or not. Just like the 2 kids in the story who chose to commit to Bama, you cannot blame Cristobal for bolting for a much better football program. It works both ways, UM had no use for Lamar Thomas and he found a home in Louisville instead and now realizes he is in a much better place with real coaches who are knowledgeable and competent. As opposed to what you currently have at UM.

Blog policeman, come up with some new material you are one sorry cluck.

Reality Bites

UMike gets angry and shows his colors in a racist rant against Cubans and bad mouth citizens who reside north of the 305. Cristobal is a former cane whether you like it or not. Just like the 2 kids in the story who chose to commit to Bama, you cannot blame Cristobal for bolting for a much better football program. It works both ways, UM had no use for Lamar Thomas and he found a home in Louisville instead and now realizes he is in a much better place with real coaches who are knowledgeable and competent. As opposed to what you currently have at UM.

Blog policeman, come up with some new material you are one sorry cluck.

Reality Bites

UMike gets angry and shows his colors in a racist rant against Cubans and bad mouth citizens who reside north of the 305. Cristobal is a former cane whether you like it or not. Just like the 2 kids in the story who chose to commit to Bama, you cannot blame Cristobal for bolting for a much better football program. It works both ways, UM had no use for Lamar Thomas and he found a home in Louisville instead and now realizes he is in a much better place with real coaches who are knowledgeable and competent. As opposed to what you currently have at UM.

Blog policeman, come up with some new material you are one sorry cluck.

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