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Canes nab Gulliver linebacker

Gulliver Prep linebacker Brandon Marti has decided to switch his commitment from Wisconsin to the University of Miami. Marti, 6-foot, 196-pounds, called linebackers coach Michael Barrow moments ago to inform him of the news.

"I always said that if the Canes came around, I'd always have to give them a shot," Marti said. "I've always wanted to stay home and play for Miami. So, today, was just the day I made it official."

Marti becomes the sixth linebacker to commit to the Hurricanes, joining Dunnellon High's Lerentee McCray, Memphis' Antonio Harper, Homestead's Marcus Robinson, Northwestern's Sean Spence and Chaminade linebacker Jordan Futch. He is considered a two-star athlete by Rivals.com. This season, he led Gulliver in tackles and to the first round of the playoffs.

He said he would like to play weakside linebacker, a spot he played in Gulliver's final few games this season.

"I know a lot of those guys and I'm not afraid of coming in and competing," said Marti, who said he plans to enroll at UM in January and compete for playing in the spring. "I played with Marcus at Hammocks. I feel its going to be a great class and I'm definitely excited about joining it.

"My plan is to come in and get in the rotation and definitely start on special teams."

Marti is the 22nd player to commit to the program since last summer. The Hurricanes will also be receiving visits from highly-touted linebackers Arthur Brown and current N.C. State commitment Colby Jackson in the near future. Miami is looking to sign between 6 to 7 linebackers this fall.

McCray, 6-2, 200, and a 4-star rivals recruit, is the one linebacker many recruiting experts expect to Miami to lose before National Signing Day in February.


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Not-A-Happy-Cane: Jeff Merk replaced Pete Garcia. Coach Shannon replaced Merk with Corey Bell & Clint Hurtt.

um, who had the last record this badly? Howard who?the god of canes football, did we give up on him after one year? and what did he do? only start an empire at the U. any Canes fan who has been here long enough know that its time to rebuild, which is what Randy Shannon is doing. and you haters, thank him since he gives you something to whine about while the rest of us still remain strong in our support.

Nice try! When Howard coached it was a different era. Now with the internet, recruiting has changed. Plus at the end of the day Randy gets out schemed every week. That is football talk for being out-smarted. That isn't weird RS was out-smarted.

Chan Gailey is fired and his OC works at UM. Go figure! Nice hire RS but then again after you were turned down by every good OC in the country you had no choice. At least UM is consistant a bad HC, a bad OC and a bad DC and just think the top recruiting class can be ruined....

(clarification) Corey Bell & Clint Hurtt (Randy) replaced Jeff Merk (Larry) who replaced Pete Garcia (Butch) ...

What I'm reading in a lot of the comments above is that the facts don't add up. College Football News ranks the U's last five recruiting classes no lower than 14th and as high as 3rd.

This is a highly talented football team that can't play.

It could be that Coker recruited players who don't have that "edge" or "attitude" that set previous teams apart from all others. It could be that Coker's uncompetitive "school-not-sports" philosophy still prevails among team members. In that, Shannon is right on target with his plans to change the team's "culture."

It could be something bigger: something that's making the U and other highly talented teams, like Notre Dame and FSU, unable to play.

That's right: it's the ETs.

Whatever: I've dramatically revised my expectations. The mentality created by Schnellenberger (who's still around, by the way) and carried on by Johnson, Erikson and Davis is gone: simply gone. If anything distinguishes the University of Miami's football team from others now, it's that they've somehow managed to lose to the underdogs so often that now they're the underdogs. The aspired to new lows: snatched defeat from the jaws of victory. Poised to join college football's elite with a sixth national championship--an accomplishment as noteworthy as any--the 'Canes turn their smiling faces to the sun, hug each other, and sing "koom-bah-yah."

I swear, if I see Shannon or any other coach on that team applauding and congratulating the players after they screw up . . ..

the facts don't add up. College Football News ranks the U's last five recruiting classes no lower than 14th and as high as 3rd. This is a highly talented football team that can't play.

Posted by: Lake Worth Cane | November 27, 2007 at 09:28 AM
you confuse fact with opinion ...

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