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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.

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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Going to be a heck of the day for the "U" and it has only just begun. Great job Randy!

Harper is a rumor....he is announcing at 1pm....That would be major! Still think Cooper will be No. 1.

dayum! we just landed all last 4 NW boys, KT, tommy jr., ben jones, and bwash, man we just cleaned that school up . . all i can say is wow, buchanon changing mind, and pj having been rumored to change his mind again, with jamie harper leaning towards us according to some source in rivals.com, then put some cherry on top with brandon harris, we're all set for the next 4 years! keep it coming Randy, and you the man manny!

How many scholarships are left?

Randy Shannon and staff are going to be partying tonight....Rumor is they are going to Booby Trap after Harris and Harper committ.

ON THE BOARD: Brandon Harris, Davon Johnson, Theron Collier, TJ Bryant, Nick Perry, Joe Wylie, Jamie Harper

Lawd have mercy, I am from Richmond Heights but I live in Phoenix now and this the happiest day in my week. Mannt keep em rolling I am about to cry with joy. Thugs do cry!!!!!

* Clever, one-word summations are copyright of GREEN.

Posted by: Canesjunkie | February 02, 2008 at 09:01 PM
thanks for the kind words, junkie

They cant be serious about Patrick Johnson are they?

wow clean sweep for the canes... congrats to all canes fans... hopefully FIU has some luck too again congrats to you guys

reality check RAMON COMMITS TO THA U ON A DOUBLE A CLASSIC DOUBLE SWITCH................................


Wishlist in order..
B Harris
J Harper
TJ Bryant
Nick Perry

Go CANES!!!! Thanks RS and NW. I'm hungry for some gator meat.

omission: Vaughn Telemaque

only left to complete the day is brandon harris, ramon b, tjbryant, harper kid ... the perfect storm

Nice work Manny, keep it coming. Charvas Coley where in Phoenix are you at? I'm in Ahwatukee.

OrangeNgreen, Ramon B is already a Cane...as I've been reporting since 9:17am. As for the rest, Harper and Perry would be bonus. Both Harris & Bryant would be monumental because we need at least one. And if PJ switches back too, we're talking nirvana! (Remember, PJ promised a NSD splash!)

number 1 class? very possible! go get harris, perry and harper

is there any truth to this?? according to recruiting sources, including scouts.com, apparently ramon buchanan have already signed letter of intent for the U??

Manny my man, you are the man!

Nick Perry is going to commit to USC. Oh well, cannot get them all.

Scout shows that Ramon has signed also. Rivals doesn't state that yet though.


Great job manny. Thanks for keeping us all up to date on the boyz from da west

can you confirm the Perry rumor?

yeah, well scouts is a reliable source since they have a reputation to take care of, so i'd say that's pretty much official about ramon, i'd take it

Signed LOI (Per Rivals): Defense
Marcus Robinson
Jeremy Lewis
Antonio Harper
Ramon Buchanan
Micanor Regis
CJ Holton
Zach Kane
Brandon Marti
Gavin Hardin
Andrew Smith
CJ Odom

Tyler Cook
Laron Byrd
Tommy Streeter
Brandon Washiongton
Ben Jones
Kendal Thompkins
Travis Benjamin

Ramon Buchanan was confirmed like 2 hours ago. Scroll up before you post.

hey... ur momma.... Just reaffirming your fact, don’t be grungy… by the way gary j: espn articulate that Buchanan signed with U; http://sports.espn.go.com/ncf/recruiting/briefingroom

ESPN will again demonstrate their hate for UM by not making us no.1 class. Buchanon's UF committ catapulted UF to no.1, if he switched back..UM is no.1, right? Makes sense to me....don't think it will happen. Alabama, ND, or Florida will have the no.1 class tonite.

We all know the truth though.

Although now I am reading we are still in it for Perry. It ain't over till he signs!

O&G, how can I be grumpy on a day like this?!!! Sorry if it sounded that way!

or grungy!

Man wouldn't it be nice Patrick johnson decide's that LSU was all a hoak's and that he know miami is the place to be.

Perry is supposwed to sign now (11 a.m)....Congrats to UM for a tremendous class....Buchanon was a true surprise. With no Palm Bay ties, the 'Canes pulled a true stunner on this one!

our class is climbing we are currently number 2 in scout number 6 in rivals...

how is it that rivals and inside the u and even manny haven't affirmed any of the ramon news?

is cool im happy myself for this day also...

Canesjunkie....Being No. 1 is nice, but as Notre Dame found out for years being the top-rated class don't mean a thing. You still need to have coaching and chemistry, although UM has a lot of local kids who know one another = chemistry!

Just got done talking with C.J. Holton. The kid did something that very few Tallahassee area studs get to do - escape FSU. He is excited, working hard on his scores and is anxious to get down to Coral Gables to start his career....

ro_ja15, the post I copied at 9:35 was from Rivals' Miami page.

Perry is in the room waiting to announce...stay tuned.


What is your opinion on Jamie Harper in comparison to a Lamar Miller or a Bryce Brown. Who is the best and who would the Canes be better of with?

LarryB...will TJ Bryant do the same thing? Rumors are everywhere he just might!

Hey Larry, thanks for being here and for your insight!

Since CJ was able to do it, any thoughts on TJ Bryant for us, Larry?

I agree LarryB, and the fact that these kids come in wanting to compete. The past couple of classes thought that the name, THE U, was all they needed to name.....

LarryB...And what the story w/ Patrick Johnson? Is what we are hearing true that he might switch again? This kid's head is spinning and as much as he is a great talent, he could end up being a head case for the program if he does come back to UM.

Harper is a different style back than Bryce or Lamar. He is more like Eddie George who can catch and dish out punishment before running away from you. All 3 are quality kids...

T.J. Bryant is a Lincoln kid. That is different than Wakulla. He would be a huge surprise to UM....But things are certainly changing all the time. I asked Holton about Bryant and he laughed....I still see it as FSU's to lose......

Thanks for the updates and news, Larry! U rock!

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