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Recruiting Checklist

With exactly two weeks left until National Signing Day (Wednesday, Feb. 6) the nerves of internet recruiting junkies are at all an time high. Do a quick search of UM recruiting message boards and you'll find subject lines like these...

-- The B-Wash Saga... what's the deal? (Translation: What is happening with Northwestern offensive lineman Brandon Washington?)
-- Buchanon makes the switch (Translation: Melbourne Palm Bay linebacker Ramon Buchanon says he is now going to sign with the Gators)
-- The Heck With Streeter already (Translation: Frustrated UM fans are tired of waiting for Northwestern receiver Tommy Streeter to follow his teammates and pick the Hurricanes)

For those of you not so deeply connected to the insane world of recruiting but who suddenly got a bug to find out what Randy Shannon and crew are trying to do to build a better future for this 5-7 program, I've decided to compile a checklist if you will of what has happened, might happen, could happen and potentially happen in the next two weeks. Basically, here's what you need to know and what you need to follow over the final 14 days of recruiting insanity if you wear green and orange on Saturdays.

- There are between 32-34 scholarships Miami is trying to use by Feb. 6 to go toward this upcoming Randy_shannon_runsoutfootball season. So far, 26 scholarships are accounted for from kids who have given Shannon their word they'll sign scholarships (that number was higher before a few decommitments). Just so you know: Miami can use a maximum of 25 scholarships on national signing day. The rest of the commitments will either have to enroll early or wait until the following January to sign with UM. There's also the junior college route and prep school route, but it also means those players are open to being recruited again and possibly choosing other schools.

- Back to early enrollees, the kids that are trying to sign up early for the spring semester at UM so they can participate in spring practice. The deadline to enroll in those classes is today (Wednesday, Jan. 23). If any of those early enrollees are unable to begin classes by today (barring some new unforseen rule stretching), it means they'll have to take up one of the 25 scholarships used on NSD (National Signing Day) and begin taking classes in the fall. Or, go somewhere else.

- According to a previous count, 11 commitments were supposed to be enrolled by today. We already know that Boyd Anderson safety Joseph Wylie (short by a credit) Marcus_forstonwill have to wait until NSD to sign with the Hurricanes. As of Tuesday night, five other EE (early enrollees) remained in question -- Miami Northwestern quarterback Jacory Harris, defensive tackle Marcus Forston, linebacker Sean Spence and receiver Aldarius Johnson and Hollywood Chaminade linebacker Jordan Futch. *Despite an internet report that the Northwestern four would be allowed to enroll in classes by Wednesday because their transcripts from high school had cleared UM admissions, I was told by Jacory Harris' father Rodney Harris, the families of the players had yet to be informed of anything by UM late Tuesday night. "As soon as I hear something I'll let you know," he said. A family member from Futch's family said they too had yet to hear from UM as of late Tuesday night. Futch's family member said Futch was NCAA eligible and the hold-up was in the UM's admissions office. "Jordan is ready to go. He's anxious. But no matter what happens, whether he starts school in the fall or now, he wants to be a Hurricane. We're just not realy optimstic right now its going to happen tomorrow." We should find out by Wednesday night what finally happened.

- The other five early enrollees -- linebacker Arthur Brown, kicker Jake Wieclaw, quarterback Cannon Smith, fullback Patrick Hill and tight end John Calhoun -- are already said to be Arthur_browntaking classes at UM. The school is supposed to announce an official list later this week. If the other five scheduled early enrollees are unable to begin classes by today, it would likely leave UM with 21 commitments for NSD and only four open available scholarships (perhaps more if any of the current commitments do not qualify academically). The Hurricanes already hosted a large group of visitors this past weekend are set to host more than dozen over the span of the next two weeks.

Below is a list I compiled of who could end up choosing the Hurricanes on NSD or before then as well as an update on current "soft commitments" of players. Basically, its a whose-list-of-who could end up choosing the Hurricanes from now until NSD.

THE BIG TARGETS
OFFENSE
RB, Jamie Harper, Jacksonville Trinity Christian (6-0, 210, 4.4):
Rivals.com reports he will visit UM on Feb. 2. Clemson is said to be the front-runner although the return of James Davis to Clemson could make things more interesting. Harper is consider the fifth-best running back in the country by Scout.com. He is the only running back Miami has consistently recruited. His close friend, safety Daniel Andrews, is a Clemson commitment. He recently skipped a trip to the University of Florida. He is also said to be considering Florida State and will visit the Noles on Jan. 25.

OT, Ben Jones, Miami Northwestern (6-6, 280): The starting right tackle on Northwestern’s state championship team, Jones took a trip out to Clemson on the weekend of Jan. 11. He is said to have whittled his choices down to the Hurricanes and the Tigers. The Hurricanes have felt strongly they'll get Jones in the end. Canesport.com reported Shannon visited Jones' home Tuesday night but didn't come away with a commitment.

WR, Tommy Streeter, Miami Northwestern (6-5, 200, 4.5): One of the top Tommy_streeterremaining high profile recruits from Northwestern who has maintained an open stance toward his recruitment. Streeter recently visited South Carolina and went to Boston College and Oregon earlier this year. Scout.com reports he will visit Mississippi the weekend of Feb. 2. Despite what many people perceive as a cooling off between Streeter and the Hurricanes, the fact remains four of his teammates are already at UM including quarterback Jacory Harris and fellow receiver Aldarius Johnson. That alone leaves the Hurricanes in the mix for what is expected to be some signing day drama.

WR, Martavious Odoms, Pahokee (5-8, 175, 4.5): The Hurricanes will supposedly get a visit from Odoms on the weekend of Jan. 25 and are one of five teams with a shot at him. South Florida, Auburn and West Virginia are also in the running. Odoms is considered a four-star recruit by Rivals.com.

WR, Laron Byrd, (6-4, 205, 4.5): Rated the 69th best receiver prospect in the nation by Scout, Byrd has been busy making trips over the past month. He recently visited Mississippi State and supposedly will hit Nebraska before coming to UM on the weekend of Feb. 2. He had 50 catches for over 630 yards and 13 touchdowns his senior season. He also picked off three passes from his safety spot.

DEFENSE
DE, Nicholas Perry, Detroit Martin Luther King (6-4, 235, 4.7):
Perry was a menace and tallied more than 30 sacks his senior year in Michigan. Considered the fifth-best defensive end in the nation by Scout.com. He recently made a trip out to USC and loved it. He is set to visit nearby Michigan this weekend before making his final trip to Miami on the weekend of Feb. 2. Perry said he has no front-runner, but would like to be a part of a talented incoming class. He is said to have hung out with Northwestern defensive tackle and UM commitment Marcus Forston at the U.S. Army All-American game in San Antonio.

DT, Corey Liuget, Hialeah (6-3, 270, 4.7): Liuget committed to Illinois in October but has since said opened up his recruitment, including the Hurricanes with Florida State and LSU. The Hurricanes have made an in-home visit to Liuget, but are not likely to receive a visit from him. Word on the street is his family would like Liuget to leave South Florida.

LB, Gavin Hardin, Jackson Central, TN (6-4, 240, 4.7): Hardin has been an oral commitment to Mississippi since before the football season began, but after a coaching change he opened things back up and visited UM the weekend of Jan. 18. He told Scout.com he loved the trip and was blown away. He is still set to visit Mississippi the weekend of Jan. 25. The Hurricanes have a strong shot of landing him.

CB, Brandon Harris, Miami Booker T. Washington (5-10, 185, 4.4): Will visit UM Brandon_harris_2on Jan. 25 with high school teammates and current Hurricane commitments Thearon Collier and Davon Johnson. Harris is the top remaining available local player and considered one of the country’s five best cornerbacks -- and a must get for Miami by most experts. Miami will not be his final visit. He could end up going to visit South Florida on the final recruiting weekend. Herald High School Writer Andre Fernandez thinks Harris is going to choose either Ohio State or Miami. Harris' announcement is expected to come on national signing day, likely to a live TV audience.

S, Vaughn Telemaque, Long Beach Poly, Calif. (6-2, 187, 4.5): Telemaque has come out of nowhere to become one of the best defensive backs in the country. He visited UM on the weekend of Jan. 18-20 with several friends from California and said he came away impressed. He lists UM in the top three with Oregon and USC, who he is supposed to visit on Jan. 25. Telemaque told Scout.com he will announce his decision on FSN on Jan. 30.

CB, T.J. Bryant, Tallahassee Lincoln (6-0, 185, 4.4): Bryant is considered the prototypical cornerback. He has kept his recruiting quiet for the most part and is said to be down to six schools along with Miami, Alabama, Florida, LSU, USC and Florida State. Scout.com reported he is visiting UM this week. Bryant is rated a top five recruit in the state.

CB, Alonzo Lawrence, George County, MS (6-0, 180, 4.5): Being recruited by special teams coach Joe Pannunzio, Lawrence is rated the nation’s 11th-best cornerback by Scout.com. He’s visited Alabama and Ole Miss and recently added UM after an in-home visit. He’s supposed to visit UM Jan. 25. He had 30 catches for 772 yards and 11 touchdowns his senior season. He also returned five kickoffs for touchdowns. On defense, he had 91 tackles, two touchdowns, and two picks.

DB, Herman Davidson, Long Beach Poly, Calif (6-2, 216, 4.6): Davidson made the trip down to Miami with teammate Telemaque on the weekend of Jan. 18 and told Scout.com UM opened up his eyes. He lists UM with Cal and North Carolina. He finished the 2007 season with 71 tackles and six interceptions and two fumble recoveries. He is rated the 19th-best safety prospect in the country by Scout.com.

- There are a number of other low-profile recruits Miami could end up extending scholarships to if the Hurricanes strike out with the big boys -- especially locals like Archbishop Carroll cornerback George Baker or Booker T. Washington defensive end Jonathan Jackson. But for right now, those are the big names to worry about.

- As for those soft commitments (those would be kids who are committed, but are still taking trips or looking elsewhere)... Palm Beach Lakes defensive tackle Jeremy Lewis, who has visited four Brandon_washingtonother schools, is expected to solidify his commitment this weekend when he visits Miami... Northwestern offensive lineman Brandon Washington told me Tuesday night his trips to other potential suitors have been ruined by the fact he has yet to receive his ACT scores. Washington had planned to visit North Carolina (Jan. 11), LSU (Jan. 18) and South Florida (Jan. 25) before hitting Miami on Feb. 2, but he says those plans are now on hold. When asked who he would pick in the end, he said "The team who recruits me the hardest." Washington, who played left tackle this season for the state champion Bulls, also said he has no problem playing guard in college if it is in the best interest of the team.

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QUIT RECRUITING THESE CALI KIDS THAT HAVE COMMITTED ELSEWHERE...UNLESS THEY ARE INTERESTED ALL WE DID WAS WASTE TIME AND MONEY ON THESE KIDS.

OFFER THE TALENT DOWN HERE SCHOLARSHIPS, I WAS LOOKING AT SOME OF THESE KIDS BEING RECRUITED BY OTHER SCHOOLS WAITING FOR THE U TO MAKE AN OFFER.....WE NEED OL AND CB HELP BUT HAVE NOT OFFERD SHAW OR GEORGE SHIPS.....

SOUTH FLORIDA BY HAS THE BEST ATHLETES IN THE COUNTRY OUR 90 PERCENT OF OUR OFFERS SHOULD BE FOR THE LOCALS.


LAST NOTE, NCAA NEEDS TO CHECK FL AND NOT LET THEM POLICE THEMSELVES.

No way should Miami's class be ranked in the top 10 right now. They lost two kids committed (Buchanon and McCray) and have once again staggered their recruiting class. Yes Rivals and Scout will make you believe that their class is great. What they have no told you is how bad some of the kids in their class are. Brandon Marti is barley a D1 prospect. Joe Wylie and Andrew Smith will never do much at Miami. CJ Odom....PLEASE. Take away the few kids from Miami Northwestern and Arthur Brown and this class is basically a piece of cake covered in s**t.

What is real funny is those thinking that Miami is going to land kids like Alonzo Lawrence. Alabama has been on this kid since the start of recruiting and Miami just gets on him and will land Lawrence. I will tell you this...Tommy Streeter, he wont be a cane. Neither will Jamie Harper. Miami better hope they land Ben Jones because he committed to Clemson on his visit. Where are the running backs in this class, the tight ends, the defensive ends, the safeties and cornerbacks. Miami missed on so many positions its not even funny.

notindenialcane AKA Dumb A**

U forgot, we have the #1 recruiting class in the ESPN poll! I'm sure U know more about FB than them, band boy! U were the guy I beat up in HS! Stick to reading your "How to Improve myself books" and leave FB to the real men. The 305!

In response to notindenialcane's comments, yeah you're sure NOT IN DENIAL are you? First off recruiting 'rankings' don't mean s-it. Those kids who de-committed, did for a reason, they want LESS COMPETITION. Miami is recruiting alot of DB's, and we still have some on the team now, so they're taking the easy road. We want guys who want to compete, and who want to EARN their spot, and also it makes the whole squad better, when they know they have to fight to start. That's ONE of the reasons the U puts ANIMALS in the NFL, not just players. So why don't you just jump ship or something man, because you're jinxing the team before the season starts.

Your right colacane...Those two kids dont mean squat...I guess Brandon Marti will fill their spot. That kid would have a hard time getting on the field for FIU. Did you watch that kid at the dade/broward game...He sucked. One other thing Joe Wylie and Andrew Smith were no better. You have bought into the recruiting hype. Outside of the kids from NW and Arthur Brown this class is overratted. I guess not landing players at key positions is not important.

i have to agree with notindenialcane on most of his points. we have alot of 2 star recruits. pj and rb were huge losses. we haven't signed a major recruit in weeks. probably since brown and benjamin signed did we make a splash with big time recruits. everyone justifies the low rankings saying these guys are true canes and not afraid of competition. i don't want to be negative, but if you are a 2 star kid and a top univ. like miami wants you, these kids sign on immediately while they can still get a roster spot. they don't have the options on a major college level like the 4-5 star guys due. i'm sure a. smith, marti, and wylie didn't have lsu, florida, and usc beatin down their doors. they can have the true cane attitude, but do they have the true cane ability?

Notindenial,

Uh...have you checked the star ratings on people like Dorsey, Wayne, Reed, Vilma etc...they were not that high at all. Only time will tell. Not landing RB or PJ, yeah it's a loss, but not going to shake things up that much.

notindenialcane, shut the FLUCK UP. You probably not even a real cane fan, just some lame trying to come here and discredit the recruits. The very same kids you say suck now could very well be All Americans tomorrow. Did not say they will but who knows they could be. Look at the Wideouts, D Linemen, linebackers, and the safeties Miami's bringing in. The D in the next couple of years will be sick, if not next year. Miami's already have running backs, and next year will bring at least three more. Looks to me like we're filling needs.

notindenialcane, shut the FLUCK UP. You probably not even a real cane fan, just some lame trying to come here and discredit the recruits. The very same kids you say suck now could very well be All Americans tomorrow. Did not say they will but who knows they could be. Look at the Wideouts, D Linemen, linebackers, and the safeties Miami's bringing in. The D in the next couple of years will be sick, if not next year. Miami's already have running backs, and next year will bring at least three more. Looks to me like we're filling needs.

On one hand these kids decommitted because they want less competition and are not true canes, yet many have committed to miami because the program is down and there are ample opportunities to get on the field right away because the competition isn't there with some of the older guys. Are these commits true canes?

Just to be clear I'm very excited about this class, I never thought a 5-7 team could pull in this kind of talent. However as far as the two star recruits...that doesn't look good to me. The only 2 star recruits we signed since 2002 that did anything at all were Romeo Davis and Teraz McCray...and they didn't exactly turn out to be super stars. Does anybody know how these scholarships work? I know we have a limited number of scholarships but do unused scholarships carry over to the next year? If so why not hold out on a few of these 2 star guys and try and land bigger recruits the following year? Perhaps if we have more scholarships than we do 3-5 star recruits that are willing to sign?

With the addition of new DC bill young our defence has improved instantly, the old man knows how to coach. As far as recruits I feel we landed some big names. Remember Willie Williams Rivals 5 star dud. Big names don't mean nothin! We compete in Miami, only the best will play. Alot of kids don't like to here that. They all want promises they'll get playing time. In Miami only the best will play. That's why we're NFL"U". We're going to land all 5 Northwest kids and some others. We'll be on top. Watch for QB Marve he's a beast. He did break all of T-Bow's records in Tampa.

Lets see....

RB--None
TE-None
OL-1
DE-Really none...Andrew Smith (Grades) and he is not very good.
S-CJ Odom (wont make it in), Wylie Stinks and CJ Holton (wont make the grades)
CB-All hope is on Bryant who will be a nole. Brandon Harris is a MUST or this class is not very good.

So Miami signs studs at WR, DT and LB...I guess thats the entire team. Once again this class is top heavy at three positions.

ColaCane and the rest of U losers,

Competition at the U? Your team was 5-7 last year, beat winless Duke, 1 win FIU, 2 win Marshall, Texas A&M who fired there coach and Xavier Lee gave u the FSU win.. There is no competition at the U.. Oh wait you got a transfer from FIU WOW and a JC fullback, yeah Fullback's are so important... And last time I checked the U runs a 4-3 defense, you can't start 8 linebackers...

2005-Got beat down during and after the game to LSU...
2006-7-6 beat Nevada in a bowl game in Boise...
2007-Beat 3 teams with a combined 3 wins...

IMPRESSIVE keep living in the past... All UM fans are losers who never could attend Miami as a student so you cheer from your lawn maintenance trucks...

LSU played very few freshman but your gonna win next year with 15 freshman including either a runt at QB or a skinny ghetto kid... Nice

LOSERS

Suge, and the rest of U haters,

I'm willing to bet the U has more titles and had more overall success than the losers you cheer for, other wise you would'nt be posting on a Cane's blog. You know you have some serious issues when you are consumed with hatred over 18-19 yr. old kids playing football!

Suge,

Where would your team be...better yet, imagine how boring sports would be period without GHETTO KIDS!

The Urban Rule.

It seems that UF is allowed daily contact by a recruiting coach because he does not coach that athletes sport, aka Urban Meyer. Do any of our recruits fit? Do we offer woman's track or volleyball where a stud football player is being recruited? If so, Randy should pull an Urban and call her everyday, or as much as he thinks is wise. There apparently is no rule against doing so, according to UF.

You talking about Ghetto kids. Your school is always down here trying to steal our Ghetto kids. That's why the next five years your schools will have to settle for what ever we let yall have because there is a fence being built around south Florida. NO MORE CHERRY PICKING. The last owner was not a good stewart of the field and let all the wolves eat the sheep while they slept. Now we have a home grown watch dog that ready to bite the head off you thieves. Respect this U.

T, Randy is not turning this thing around. He has UM fans thinking he will turn it around.

Last year Miami signed 18 prospects. All of the UM fans where thinking what a great class it was.

Doug Wiggins--No longer with the team.
Chris Perry--No longer with the team.
Kayne Farquharson-Juco kid that played last year and was average at best. Will be passed on the depth chart in the spring.
Daniel Adderly--Will never play at UM.
Tyler Horn--This kid was average at best coming out of High School.
Lee Chambers--I am willing to bet this kid ends up leaving after next year.

So there you have it...Out of 18 guys six wont contribute at all. That is not good considering these guys just reached the end of their first year.

We better hope the rest of this class does something.

Hey notindenialcane, WHO CARES???? You're an IDIOT. If you don't like the Canes, hit the frickin bricks, if oyu're an LSU fan, then why aren't you on their blog with the rest of their fans. You came over here, and started running your mouth about how bad the Canes are, and how we'll always be down. That tells me you're just a punk kid, who KNOWS NOTHING about football, and has to look up stats on the internet. While you're lookin, look up how many NFL SUPERSTARS the U has put in the pro's and how many LSU has, and then come talk to me. Worry about your team, not ours. The Fab 4 are all in school, and more to follow.

Hey T Kayne F only had a few opportunities to play, and when he did, he made some freakish catches, reminded me of some of Sean Taylors interceptions. What I want to know is what happen to ALLEN BAILEY? He was supposed to be a stud, and eveybody wanted him, and he never played last year did he?

Hey (notindenialcane) my last rip was not meant for you, it was for Suge White, my bad.

Notindenial,

Uh...yeah, that's 18 recruits after a coach was fired and the repleacement not named until some time after. They did a great job to even pull those recruits in. Then we are going to have a better class then last year coming in after a 5 - 7 season. Calm the hell down because sh*t doesn't get cured over night. Relax and have patience the U can't be on top every year. College Football is a cycle...The U will have their day again. We had a great run that many teams wish they had...only one that has come close is USC. Miami will be back...believe it!

Suge,

You seriously have issues, big guy...

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