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OK, I'm here at Booker T. Washington for the Brandon Harris announcement. I'll keep you posted.

12:32 p.m. - Harris is wearing a suit and tie and is sitting in the center of the auditorium floor. He is set to announce on ESPN and in front of us at 1:05 p.m.
12:56 p.m. - Got to love Ice Harris. He's got the crowd here on edge talking up a storm about his players. His best quote about the two Booker T. receivers headed to UM: "Randy Shannon is getting it done folks. You want to talk about excitement. You want to talk about thrills. The U is coming back strong with these two cats."
12:58 p.m. - Brandon Harris is starting to speak... "I just want to thank my teammates, my assistant coaches, my brother, everybody for putting me in this position."
1:00 p.m. - Brandon Harris... "I'm nervous right now. I'm nervous. I'd like to thank all the schools who offered me scholarships."
1:05 p.m. - Brandon Harris is going to The U! "It's been a long decision and growing up. My heart... I'm a Cane!"

* The big news from this afternoon is obviously the switch pulled by Melbourne Palm Bay linebacker Ramon Buchanon, who was once a Cane, then a Gator and a Cane in the end.
* Canesport.com reported Palm Beach Lakes defensive tackle Jeremy Lewis is sticking with the Canes even after making his five visits.
* According to internet reports, Miami has lost out on defensive end Nick Perry (USC), cornerback T.J. Bryant (USC) and Jamie Harper (Clemson). But all in all, the Canes have to be happy with what they've been able to pull off today. Getting Harris in a few minutes -- as I expect -- will be a great topping to this class. I expect him to be the last player UM picks up today.

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OK I'm here at The West on the third floor in the school library. I'll give you the updates as they unfold.

9 a.m. - So far, Brandon Washington, Kendal Thompkins Ben Jones are here. I haven't seen Tommy Streeter yet. Andre Fernandez tells me all he sees are four UM caps on the table in front of the players.
9:05 a.m. - The players are now seated at the table with caps set out in front of them. Coach Billy Rolle is going to address the crowd of family members, students and media before it all begins.
9:07 a.m. - Tommy Streeter has arrived from nearby Turner Tech wearing a suit and tie.
9:10 a.m. - Actually, Kendal Thompkins still has not arrived. Streeter is sitting in the middle between Washington and Jones. And Jones just playfully put a UM cap on his head and told him "stop playing."
9:13 a.m. - Kendal Thompkins has arrived and is now taking a seat by his teammates. He doesn't have any cap on.
9:18 a.m. - We've got a bit of a hold up here. Not sure what they are waiting for. But I'll keep you posted.
9:21 a.m. - Just spoke to a Northwestern assistant and I asked him what the deal with Thompkins and Streeter was. His response: "Man, they ain't going nowhere. They're staying home." We'll still have to wait and see for sure.
9:23 a.m. - Billy Rolle just told me the hold-up is linebacker Quavon Taylor, who is headed to South Florida. Taylor still hasn't arrived.
9:24 a.m. - Athletic director Earl Allick has now started the ceremony with the pledge of allegiance and the national anthem.
9:27 a.m. - Principal Charles Hankerson is speaking. Maybe this is a good sign. There are four UM caps on the table mixed between a bunch of other caps. That's one for each of the guys the Canes want.
9:30 a.m. - Coach Billy Rolle is now at the podium and he's introducing his coaching staff. How about some kids!
9:31 a.m. - Kendal Thompkins has now placed a Nebraska cap on his head.
9:35 a.m. - We're still going through player introductions. Thompkins, Washington, Streeter and Jones will announce in that order.
9:41 a.m. - We're about to hear we're they're going... Ben Jones is going to... UM.
9:42 a.m. - Tommy Streeter is going to ... Miami.
9:43 a.m. - Brandon Washington is going to ... Miami.
9:45 a.m. - Kendal Thompkins is going to ...  Miami. Call it a clean sweep for the Canes!

STREETER'S DECISION: I just spoke to Streeter about why it ultimately was he picked the Canes. Turns out, his visit to UM this past weekend helped a lot. Streeter, who attends Turner Tech and wants to be a Broadcast Journalism major, said the equipment he saw at UM on his visit was more up to date than anything he'd seen on any of his other visits.

THOMPKINS TALKS: Thompkins tells me he was definitely scared down the stretch that UM might be signing too many receivers. He said he apologized to UM coaches for not telling him how he felt and for not warning him he was going to make a trip out to Nebraska instead of UM last weekend. But  in the end, after talking to his pastor, he decided UM was still the best place for him.

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Go Canes!

Brandon Harris? What is he doing at da West? Or was that a typo?

manny dont leave without signing streeter to the U

manny you are the best. ive never found myself refreshing a page so often. but brandon harris? is he making his decision early??

ok...it was a typo...as I suspected

streeter, streeter, streeter. tell marcus to make it happen

My name says it all...In Randy We Trust!!!

brandon washington, gotcha. i hope randy makes this a U sweep of nw!!!

Scout reports that there was some jitter going on that Streeter is headed to da U...I guess we're about to find out for sure...

if we get Streeter and lose KT...I'm happy...if we get both...I'm even happier...Its all about da U!!!

yeah palmettosports.com said so too, but i wont believe it until this blog says so.

keep up the great work Manny! go canes!

Buchanon back to Miami!!!
Announcing at 1pm!!!

Anyone know if Chuck Hillman signed with Illinois?

Really. I am not sure if I want Buchanon back!

Manny, these kids are killing me man, tell them to hurry up!

good work manny

GO DUCKS!! Choose UofO Tommy!

Actually, they may announce Buchanon sooner. The fax is already in.

Huge!!!!

Getting Buchanon out of gator country is really big....

we get streeter and thompkins and thats a hell of a start to the day...

Info's out, Canesport already announcing Buchanon.

Buchanon is a Cane!

come to Oregon, Streeter!

manny when this is over dig in on this ramon rumor

if we get buchanon, thomkins, streeter, washington and jones now, along with harris later, randy will have made a serious name for himself as a closer

here we go....

BUCHANON GOING TO MIAMI

Remember where you heard it first, DMC.

I'm glad we got Buchanon back...but why the hell would he have decommitted from us to begin with?

never refreshed a page so much in my life.... Bring 'em home Randy!!

Confirmed. Ramon Buchanan back at Miami.

Peace out to KT but I wish him da best

Just read on Bob Emanuel's story that Ely's Patrick Johnson might be chaning his mind? Could he still choose UM?

we lost thompkins....crap...

reggaebob . . . you are CORRRRRECT mon!!!

Pressure from friends and family. I guess he committed to them so that they would leave him in peace until he could sign the LOI and they can't f^ck with him...

can we have some text supporting Buchanon? I just heard it on 560 WQAM.

Buchannon decommited first, becasue of peer presure from his parents, friends, and mentors. In the end the kid followed his heart. GO Canes!

WE WANT TAYLOR!!!
WE WANT TAYLOR!!!
WE WANT TAYLOR!!!
WE WANT TAYLOR!!!
WE WANT TAYLOR!!!
WE WANT TAYLOR!!!
WE WANT TAYLOR!!!

Patrick Johnson Just on WQAM says he's going to LSU.

Just saw on Scout.com's live blog that Buchanan has changed his mind and will sign with Miami today.....

MRA, text?? He signed the LOI with UM, He is going to announce why he did at noon..

Buchanan pulls the double switch

Matt Shodell, CaneSport Magazine
CaneSport.com


You've heard of a decommitment? Well, Melbourne (FL) Palm Bay High School athlete Ramon Buchanan's recruitment begs for a new word: "Recommitment."

Manny dude, I need to go to class, what's the news????

Thanks guys!

The word is that Reggie Nelson and Joe Cohen were leaning on Buchanan. Palm Bay/UF Connection!

some footnote.... scout has last UM signee for Ramon buchanan after they had today earlier for gavin hardin from ole miss...

Losing Thompkins is no big deal with the group of receivers coming in. He would not even touch the field with Aldarius, Davon, Benjamin, and Byrd coming in and not forgetting about McKenzie, Hankerson, and Shields already on the team

Manny, You're THE MAN!!!

Harper to the U!!!!!

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