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The Hot Stove: New WR recruit, McClinton and the Northwestern loss

AdderleyAs the search for a football coach continues and rumors run rampant, I've got to say I was a bit surprised this morning to find out the Hurricanes landed what looks like a diamond in the rough in 6-6, 215-pound South Carolina receiver Daniel Adderley. I spoke to Adderley's coach, former Clemson standout Dexter Davis this morning, who says Adderley is the real deal and is currently working on his speed at the D-I camp in Greenville, S.C., a camp Peyton Manning help setup. Davis compares Adderley, who had zero offers before UM came along, to Dwayne Jarrett from USC. Big comparison for a guy with zero offers. But then again, 6-6, 215 with 4.5 speed, I'm not sure you can teach that. (To hear the interview just check out our audio interview section. The link is the logo of the microphone on the UM homepage).

Anyway, what's encouraging about a guy like Adderley, who by the way has only been playing football since he first arrived in the U.S. from the Bahamas as a sophomore, is that he seems to be the type of under the radar star the Hurricanes used to get all the time -- the guy who is ranked nowhere in the Rivals.com Top 2,000. Assistant coach Marquis Mosely had himself a rough season this past year. There were more big drops than big catches. But if Adderley turns out to be a stud, consider it a huge victory for Mosely, who had a tough job to do to begin with. People forget UM lost Darnell Jenkins after only three games, Ryan Moore for most of the season and had to convert two DBs Ryan Hill and Rashaun Jones to receivers.

McclintonOn the basketball front: How about Jack McClinton? His 30 points in Tuesday's 61-59 loss to Northwestern was impressive. He was fearless and took good shots for most of the game -- all except the last one really, which clanked off the rim from about 22-23 feet out. McClinton has clearly become the best player on the team and after seven games really looks to be of the same mold -- if not better -- than what Rob Hite and Guillermo Diaz provided for UM the last two seasons.

The biggest problem, though, is the rest of the team -- especially Anthony Harris and Anthony King -- looks like they haven't broken the spell of deferring to the star player. Harris, who was 2 of 8 from the field Tuesday and is now shooting 31 percent from the field, looks flat out uncomfortable. King, who has always been a great rebounder and defender, hasn't become more offensive this season. He has some range, but he's not playing like the beast he should underneath. Miami had 19 offensive rebounds and took 18 more shots than Northwestern, but didn't convert enough underneath. When you can't do that against a Wildcats team that really isn't that good down low to begin with -- that's bad.

In the end, the three losses to Buffalo, Cleveland State and now Northwestern, a team that barely beat North Florida 40-39 a few days ago, aren't good and will prove to loom large if UM improves and becomes NCAA or NIT competitive by the end of this season.

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I love the signing of Adderley. You are right, he is like many of the recruits we used to sign. Remember Santana Moss wasn't the most highly ranked WR out of high school. He was a track star with no hands. Now look at him. The U made him what he is. If this kid works as hard as him and the other WR greats he can be a huge addition.

I like to hear about signings like this. No five star- allworld- premadonna player. A player coming in off the radar loving the U and willing to put in the blood sweat and tears to represent it. Even though he had zero offers, I guarantee that he will have at least ten by the time the news spread across recruiting circles. There will be several schools on him now that UM has offered. Why? Well, because it's tha U! They will no doubt try to fill his head with the "thug U" image and the turmoil of this season no doubt.

AOL Sports has now put Randy Shannon as the #4 best prospect for a position of Head Coach:

http://sports.aol.com/ncaafb/housemeeting/hot-coaching-candidates

If Miami doesn't put him in charge now, we'll be losing to his team for years. No more donations to the Almuni Assoc. from this Cane if this happens.

the last under the radar guy with this combo of size and speed we got was none other than Kellen Winslow....hope he brings the same type of attitude.

kellen winslow II under the radar? He was recruited heavily by Washington and a couple of other PAC-10 schools. Regardless I like the direction of getting guys that WANT to be here, not the 5 star guys who expect to get offers here and then coast while they are on scholarship.

i just like hearing that we got a commitment i think besides him we only got 8 others... and if im not mistaken we should have a total of 25 scholarships. kinda short changed if ya ask me i hope they start getting more guys that want to be here

CJ I believe they only have 17-18 scholarships to offer this year due to the small size of the senior class. Which also means if no one bolts early for the NFL we are getting 19 returning starters.

... thats good though wouldnt mind having 19 returning starters

what the canes have to do is give dwayne collins more playing time!!

Signing that receiver should tell all the "recruit harder" moguls something. Manny is right. Adderly is the same kind of player as the guys on Schnellenberger's first team, who made the 'Canes what they are today: unkown guys with lots of talent and, moreover, a will to show the big-name recruits that they're not so special after all. A guy like Adderly is going to go into games thinking "Dwyane who? I don't know any Dwayne."

I believe the U has the talent already. They just need a coach who's ready to use it.

The more I read about Larry Coker, the more I'm convinced he had his own agenda, and it was not about winning football games. Considering that, maybe he's not such a nice guy after all. He was very politely screwing up the best college football program in the country.

One statistic about him that's very seldom bandied about is his record over the last three years: 23-12, and that's with the blue-chip talent the U has.

How's the UM baseball team looking for next season?

This is a decent signing, someone went out of there way to watch him play. i think the "U" still need to recruit DADE COUNTY the most. Any program around the country can come here and sign why can't we. Coker is Southwest west and mid-west recruiter. He knew nothing about Down South ball. i thinkm it is a shame they let Van Dyke get away and let Allen from HML get away. The "U" needs to put the brakes on teams coming out here. The only persons capable is Schiano, Shannon or Solinger? NOEL DEVINE should not go anywhere else the "U" is the best school for him. I watched the kid CADET from Central last week against NW and he is a spectacular guy we need to sign him and the RB. Easterling is a monster, the entire D from NW should get signed. if the "U" does not sign anyone from NW it would be a slap in the face of everyone to ever come out of that program. We need to sign all the Kids out of HOMESTEAD and sign the kid from Southridge Daniels.

As for Schiano, RUTGERS FOOTBALL IS A JOKE. THEY WILL BE LIKE ANY OTHER CINDERELLA'S FROM THE PAST. THE TIME IS NOW AND HE IS THE MAN AND HE KNOWS IT. SHA-NE NE NEEDS TO GET THE CHECK BOOK AND START WRITING AND KISSING ASS. IF THEY DON'T DO SOMETHING SOON ALL THE TOP RECRUITS WILL FIND OTHER HOMES.

ONE MOE THING THE KID PHELON JONES OUT OF ALABAMA IS THE TRUTH HE REMINDS ME OF A COUNTRY AS WIGGINS FROM NMB.

I THINK QB NOT ATH, WIGGINS CAN BE THE PLAYER TO DO THE MOST DAMAGE AT THE "U". WE MIGHT NEED THE HELP OF THE QUATERBACK CLUB TO SIGN THIS STUD.

ONE MORE THING, WHY IS THAT OTHER SCHOOL FORMER PLAYERS HELP AND THE FROM CANES SAY NOTHING. THESE GUYS NEED TO GET INVOLVED AND HELP WHATEVER COACH IS SIGNED. WHATEVER CITY YOU LIVE IN AND THERE IS A PROSPECT SAY SOMETHING IN THE LOCAL NEWS HE THE "U" OUT.

i agree w/ charvas, we need to mine out the talent down here. i dont think we have 1 anything from NW'ern this year.... and they are saying that this team is probably one of the best if not the best in the history of HS football.... tell me again Y THERE IS NO COMMITMENTS FROM THAT SCHOOL. we already lost 2 recruits to UF AND ND.... NORTE DAME... Y ARE OUR KIDS GOIN TO NOTRE DAME they should stay down here ... thats what the next coach has got to do keep them down here

I have seen Adderley play, he played for a small Christian school in Greenville. He has all the potential in the world but we are taking a huge chance. There is no way he currently weighs 215. I just saw him last week. There is a reason he didn't have any offers. He is rail thin and broke his collar bone this year and only played about 3 games. I know he took a visit to Liberty University and they didn't offer but they were still recruiting him waiting to see who else they could get. This will either be a real recruiting coup or a desperate grab.

Jack McClinton seems good, but hoisting a 30-footer without looking to pass and with ample time left just reeks of selfishness. Then again, considering UM's other options, I can't really blame the guy. Unless somebody steps up on offense, McClinton will be double-teamed and the Canes offense will be neutered.

Adderly ... about time we recruit a WR over 6-feet. I'd love to see the same press about recruiting OLs, a position where genuine help is needed.

allen from hialeah verbaled to notre dame--top 5 rb in country out of dade gone? but-javarris is a fresh and we have a verbal from 5 star cooper so i guess he saw a log jam

a little off topic here..but does anyone not think that kirk herbstreit's commments in the bc game were on the money

i mean really 5 titles in 18 years, 6 game win streaks over fsu and florida, 4 straight bcs games from 2000-2003, AND NOTHING TO IMPROVE THE ATHLETIC FACILITIES

i think the inside of the ob is nice..and seeing downtown from your seat.....BUT PLEASE SHALALA PAINT THE OUTSIDE ORANGE & GREEN SO IT ISNT MIAMI DOLPHIIN FADED TEAL.

the team deserves it. they've given so much the last 25 years

Well we all have watched this program rise from the depths of anonymity to become a football powerhouse and we watched as it slipped on a banana peel and almost got the death penalty. Butch resurrected us and had our shelves stocked with talent. Our first year under Coker I was telling everyone who would listen that Coker was NOT a good coach. Believe me, not too many people wanted to hear what I was saying. We were winning and that was all that counted. Was it? We may have won that NC and did win a second one but for a corrupt officiating crew... but amidst the revelry most did not see the erosion and slippage that was taking place. Altho not much at first it soon started becoming more pronounced. Then recruits just flat out started going elsewhere mostly on the advice of their HS coaches and mentors who saw what our offense was and wasn't doing. WR's want to play on a team where the offense is geared toward scoring. When Cokers team got a lead he eased up. Good for the opponent but not for your players who need the game experience and the stats so the pro scouts will notice

The beef I have is that the AD, Paul Dee should have seen the tell tale signs that some of us saw way back. Instead he actually threw more money at this clown so he wouldn't get away.

Anyone should have been able to see he was winning with Butch's recruits while he was letting recruits from Dade and Broward run off with other programs. This team is impoverished at the QB and WR position and the reason juniors left early is because.....Well look at the way Coker did Devin Hester. Perfect example. Do you think potential recruits turn a blind eye to things like that? Coker ravaged this fb program and Paul Dee sat on his lard butt and watched him do it.

So what we now know is that the U is NOT COKER proof. I was right. I told you all so. I am also right when I say Paul Dee has to go also. He is the tumor at the very core of the cancer that almost killed this program (if allowed to stay he may yet)Get him out! NOW! How is it that an athletic director should be so corpulent? And he represents the Canes Athletic Department?
That is utterly ridiculous! He also is a Gator. Did you all know that? Fire Paul Dee!

There was a time when players recruited to play at the "U" were focused on making their statements on the field. Somewhere in the time since the "U" won it's first national championship and this most forgettable year, some players who come to the "U" feel that just by being recruited to play that they have already achieve the stardum that others created. I believe that the University of Miami needs a strong disaplinarian coach who understands the needs of young men coming together from a very diversified nation. He will need to communicate to his student atheletes that even though Miami sends more players to the NFL than most other top programs, that only a few of them will make it to the next level. He will need to explain and make his players understand that reputation does not make for great seasons as experieced by the current group of players. Most importantly, the new coach will need to inspire his players to be hard workers, good teammates, smart players and good citizens. These lessons if well learned will make other 6-6 seasons more acceptable.

Hey Navarro! How about crowing about Peacock now??? 6pts 2 Rebounds??? Guess GT shouldnt have been so hot for him either eh?? What a joke! Welcome to the ACC ROOKIE!!

Great artilce about Mike Leach from Texas Tech....the article is from the NY Times about this time last year....

http://www.nytimes.com/2005/12/04/magazine/04coach.html?ei=5090&en=c9f46201dc95f91d&ex=1291352400&partner=rssuserland&emc=rss&pagewanted=all

HEY TLUV I DONT THINK U KNOW WHAT U ARE TALKING ABOUT SANTANA MOSS CAME FROM CC AND WAS ONE OF THE TOP RECIEVERS IN HIGH SCHOOL HE WAS ON THE 95,96 CHIEF TEAM THAT WOULD HAVE WON STATE 95,96 AND 97 IF NOT FOR THE BULLS AND A LINEBACKER NAMED NATE WEBSTER HIS QB WAS ETHNIC SANDS AT CC SO UM DID NOT MAKE HIM THEY WERE JUST PART OF THE VEHICLE TO TAKE HIM THERE P.S YOU CAN COACH TECHNIQUE NOT TALENT U EITHER HAVE OR YOU DONT

I'm getting pretty psyched about next years Canes Football season. The signing of Adderley is key, he is tall and fast. Canes have a lot of talent. With good leadership they can really make use of that talent. I like the idea of Kosar being involved, I would really love to see the canes keep Shannon, if not promoting him to head coach at least paying him more. I don't want to see him go to FIU, that would be a huge loss. I also want to see former Canes that went Pro, play an active role in training camp as mentors. Most our alumni canes would be happy to come an mentor, our young guys. One key thing to making Canes athletic championship level again is the removal of Paul Dee, he's been there too long.

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