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What I'm Hearing

Covering recruiting in the weeks leading up to National Signing Day is absolutely crazy. Getting confirmation on anything -- visits, where a recruit kid may be leaning -- is next to impossible because so many things change from one moment to the next. You basically make hundreds of phone calls to ask questions and write about things recruits and the colleges they are considering are not only tired of talking about, but really prefer to keep quiet.

Alas, I've decided to preface all of the info I provide from here on out on recruiting with this little intro ... What I'm hearing ... in other words, it might change.

LIUGET UPDATE: I spoke to Hialeah coach Mark Berman this afternoon regarding highly-touted defensive tackle Corey Liuget, who recently told several recruiting websites Miami was in his final three. Turns out, Berman said Liuget was busy hosting several visitors Thursday at school including two coaches from LSU, the entire defensive staff at South Florida, Bobby Bowden and several defensive coaches from Florida State and a few coaches from Rutgers. All four of those schools are scheduled for in-home visits today. Illinois and Ron Zook are schedueld to visit Liuget tomorrow. I asked Berman when UM was planning a visit and he said he hadn't heard from UM since Tuesday. Berman told me earlier this week Liuget recently had a close friend who was shot and killed in the parking lot outside of a 7-on-7 flag football tournament and said it could be a sign for Liuget to leave town. When I asked Berman if he thought Miami still had a chance to get him, he said "I don't know. I think so." Berman said he told Liuget to spend time this weekend jotting down positives and negatives about the schools he's considering and to get back to him with an answer by Sunday. "I feel bad for Corey, he's in la-la land right now," Berman said. "He's got so much on his mind. This is going to be a real difficult decision." Berman said thinks Liuget will wait until NSD to announce his decision at school at 9 a.m.

WILL ICE FOLLOW BRANDON?: There's been a rumor floating out there for a long time that Booker T. Washington coach Ice Harris could end up following his son, highly-touted cornerback Brandon Harris, to the school he ends up choosing. Harris (who is still set to visit the University of Central Florida this weekend) told me Sunday night his leaders were UM and Ohio State. Back to the Ice rumor... I spoke to Ice Harris Thursday afternoon about the rumor of him following his son and he said while it would be "a blessing" if he could end up getting a college job "anywhere," it could be difficult for him to find one because he still does not have his college degree (a requirement for assistant coaching positions). Ice Harris is still taking online courses with the University of Phoenix and could finish within a year. Ice said Randy Shannon and UM are supposed to visit with the Harris home tonight.

JONATHAN JACKSON SITUATION: Harris isn't the only player at Booker T. Washington the Canes are after. Defensive end Jonathan Jackson, who had 3 1/2 sacks in the Class 4A state championship game for the Tornadoes, is a kid the Hurricanes made a push for late in the game. Apparently, though it was too late. Ice Harris expects the 6-3, 215-pound defensive end to stick with FIU, who has been recruiting Jackson all season. "I think he's going to be set with FIU," Harris said. "He's not visiting UM. I think once he went on his recruiting trop to FIU and established that relationship with Coach Cristobal, he feels like he fits them better and what they're looking for. He's the type of kid that he knows he can come in as a freshman and provide leadership and start from the get-go."

WEST COAST RECRUITS: As many of you know the Canes are in the running for a pair of Long Beach Poly California defensive backs Vaughn Telemaque and Herman Davidson. I spoke to Poly coach Raul Lara Thursday afternoon who told me Telemaque is supposed to have his announcement broadcast regionally on TV tonight at 1:30 a.m. (EST). Telemaque's finalists are UM, USC and Oregon -- and the Trojans are expected to come out the big winners. Lara said Davidson, who will choose between UM and North Carolina, will wait until 5 p.m. (EST) on NSD to announce his college choice.

HERE'S SOME VIDEO OF HERMAN DAVIDSON I FOUND YOUTUBE...

KICKOFF CLASSIC: Lara and Harris both confirmed Thursday that their teams will be participating in one heck of a preseason high school kickoff classic Saturday, August 30th at FIU. According to both coaches, their teams will be part of a three-game showcase presented by Nike at FIU's new stadium. Long Beach Poly is supposed to take on defending national champion Miami Northwestern. Booker T. will play Odessa Periman (Tex.) -- the school the show Friday Night Lights was based on. And Pahokee, the Class 2B state champions, are supposed to take on a team from Tennessee. "It was supposed to be us against Northwestern and St. Thomas against Booker T.," Pahokee coach Blaze Thompson said. "But St. Thomas already had another game scheduled. We're still not sure who we are playing, but its going to be a great night for high school football."

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Nemo's in the house.

Nemo's in the house.

Thanks Manny.

Sounds like if we get 2 out of these 5, we're doing ok.

Overall seems a little bleak for UM. We could only wait and see what happens....This recruiting talk frustrates me!

Thanks Manny for what you do!

Great info Manny. I hope Luiget sees the headlines at LSU about the murdered MD students. You could get jacked anywhere, even on nice sleepy campuses.

I hope we get Tele and Davidson. Davidon is ready to go right now but Tele might need some muscle before he really gets in.

Besides, I love to beat Butch.

We appreciate it!!

canesport boards saying Tele and Herm are going to the U.

Manny, you need to call Matt Patchan Sr. he is PISSED at your coworker Joe about the one sided article (hatchet job on the canes) he wrote. Would be a layup for you to do a story from the perspective of the dad and tell the WHOLE story behind the recruiting.

Thanks for the info Manny!

i think we're going to get telemaque

Many's info in regards to Telemaque is the complete opposite of Gary Ferman's on Canesport. He is saying that Vaughn is likely a Hurricane.

Vaughn Telemaque is a Hurricane and Herman Davidson is going to UNC.

Thanks for all the info Manny. Can you do us all a favor and post a schedule on Tuesday the 5th letting us know what time of the day these kids are supposed to announce. We better make a bowl next year, over two months of non-stop recruiting talk is driving me mad.

Huge weekend for visiting CANES...
We welcome you and understand y'all got a LOT on your minds right now...try to enjoy your weekend with Coach Shannon and his staff...

Please remember, the University of Miami is a private school that can really nurture you academically. A place where you can play at the highest level, compete for the National Championship, AND get the development you need for the next level, be it in business or in the National Football League.

You certainlu can choose a different school that will use you more...

But you CANNOT attend a school that will work WITH you more...

Listen to the Professional Football Players who will be on campus at the same time with you this weekend...working out...sharing...giving back to their school.

It really is...
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Nice post, Navarro...
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Canes, baaby

Thanks for all the info Manny. Can you do us all a favor and post a schedule on Tuesday the 5th letting us know what time of the day these kids are supposed to announce. We better make a bowl next year, over two months of non-stop recruiting talk is driving me mad.

Posted by: DZ8 | January 31, 2008 at 05:25 PM

U are 100% correct. I think as Canes fans we have had WAY TOO MUCH time on our hands. If there was a bowl game to look forward to we would (well I can only can speak for myself) not be so burnt out as towards recruiting. I wish that I could just find everything out 2 days after NSD and all the dust has settled. I know I won't do that, but I wish I would.

i heard ramon buchannon also might be taking a trip to the U. maybe he'll change back

Yeah get your floss and toothpaste ready. 86, Super Cooper and I are getting ready to drop loads on our teeth.

Forget about any of these guys...they are being recruited by the best of the best salesmen in the business..FSU, Florida, Rutgers, LSU, USC, Ohio State...Randy will have a hard time competing with that field and these kids that have waited this long to make up their minds are easily sold...as are their parents.... I doubt the U will get more than one of these kids..if we are lucky....it is what it is.

The battle I am looking forward to is seeing who is right about VT and HD...Manny or Ferman! One is going to have to eat crow b/c its complete opposite ends of the spectrum on this one and someone's sources will clearly be better than the others. Stay tuned!!

I was so confident we were going to get Patchman & Johnson who by the way ACT score was flagged... But anyways I think we will get most of the kids mentioned. As for Jackson, I think his feelings are hurt because he felt like The U should have been on his tail since forever...

The kids from poly might be a package deal honestly. They both wanna play early and they both will have The U in their cards later tonight.

I hope Ice gets that online degree so he can join Brandon next spring. There is no better person to recruit Dade like a true down south G. Well I mean Coach...

I think we have been on the edge of our seats since Kirby went 1-7. I'm ready just like the rest of you to return to BCS form.
NSD will be orange and green with a top 3 finish just watch.

Q: The battle I am looking forward to is seeing who is right about VT and HD...Manny or Ferman! One is going to have to eat crow b/c its complete opposite ends of the spectrum on this one and someone's sources will clearly be better than the others. Stay tuned!! Posted by: Matt in LA | January 31, 2008 at 09:06 PM

A: For the record, I hope Ferman is right. Telemaque is a stud.

Will Ramon Buchanon pull a DVD out on the Gators ...aka will he switch back to the CANES?

WE ARE NOT GETTING THESE CALI BOYS AND HAD NO BUSINESS RECRUITING THEM. SHANNON WE SHOULD HAVE RECRUITED JACKSON, I MEAN HOW COULD WE HAVE MISSED HIM, BUT HAVE OUR NOSE ALL UP CALI WHERE DONT HAVE A CHANCE AGAINST USC.

I dont know, but he has gator nation on fire...Maybe Goodman could write an article of how Miami is allowed to have o a gator commit come in for a secret visti, with his Mom...That fagget!!!

we'll see what happens later tonight samyd with the cali guys. davidson has already eliminated usc and ucla actually has the better class at this point. i hope we can get telemaque though

HM has the potential to be a Sean Taylor-esque player...seen a few vids on the kid knocking the piss out of opposing players..would deff be a catch for the canes..

manny you're awesome

HD i mean..lol.

WE ARE NOT GETTING THESE CALI BOYS AND HAD NO BUSINESS RECRUITING THEM. SHANNON WE SHOULD HAVE RECRUITED JACKSON, I MEAN HOW COULD WE HAVE MISSED HIM, BUT HAVE OUR NOSE ALL UP CALI WHERE DONT HAVE A CHANCE AGAINST USC.

Posted by: samyd | January 31, 2008 at 10:36 PM

Had no business recruiting them? Have no chance against USC, huh? Telemaque is a Cane, you jackass.

Vaughn Telemaque is a cane S /wr 6/2 187 long beach california

Manny thanks for all of your coverage over here and at the 'space. looking forward to your next blog. Cant wait to see what you have to say on Vaughn, the lastest member of DB U.

Landing Vaughn Telemaque is a huge and unexpected bonus. Things are looking good for Brandon Haris and Ben Jones (its sick how much talent MNW put on the field this year). Add to that the odds are Shannon and company will pull in at least one recruit they weren't "supposed" to land. This could be looking like a top 5 class in ESPN-Scour-Rivals...and with talent like this coming in these 5-7 season will soon be a distant memory.

manny thought he was going to usc? on rivals they reported that miami had as good of a chance as any one just hours before he announced.

WE ARE NOT GETTING THESE CALI BOYS AND HAD NO BUSINESS RECRUITING THEM. SHANNON WE SHOULD HAVE RECRUITED JACKSON, I MEAN HOW COULD WE HAVE MISSED HIM, BUT HAVE OUR NOSE ALL UP CALI WHERE DONT HAVE A CHANCE AGAINST USC.

Posted by: samyd | January 31, 2008 at 10:36 PM
We got Telemaque and may even get his teammate Herman Davidson. Leave the recruiting to Coach Shannon and U can continue to be in charge of the 2nd guessing and negativity (U are doing a great job). RS can recriut anywhere he wants, he is not only able to recruit here in South Florida. It is a great sign that he WAS able to pull this guy out of USC's backyard. Keep up the good work RS (being able to recruit like this, even though we went 5-7, can you imagine when we become competitive again!!). I believe we have a couple of surprises (in a good way) from now leading up to national signing day and that we will finish strong.

Manny...great work as usual. Keep us informed about NSD happenings.

I'm lookin forward to those HS games. It's about time Cali came down to dade to see what real football's all about

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