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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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Thanks Larry for keeping us informed.

I talked with PJ this morning, and he still plans on being in Baton Rouge in June. I will have an interview with him later tonight on WQAM.com and they will play it tonight and tomorrow. Are there any other players you want me to talk with? They cannot be enrolled in college, though!

ok now i do believe ramon is with us, rivals officially declared it, but any one of you guys out there have any news on herman davidson, seems as if everybody forgot about this kid, he is down to us and UNC, and i know every single sites think he is going to UNC being that we are already full in the safety position, but we did land tommy streeter with all them other receivers coming in, if we have space for him, he'll be a good one to get also, we could put him to corner or olb or something, assuming harris and tj don't pick us

larry we all appreciate you coming here to keep us updated!

hey Matt in LA, what's the word on Perry? And the for the updates from the left coast!

Are we out of Schollys?

Don't know if this has been answered, but Larry do you think we will miss out on the BTW receivers now that about five or six have already signed?

Canesjunkie....Being No. 1 is nice, but as Notre Dame found out for years being the top-rated class don't mean a thing.

Posted by: LarryB | February 06, 2008 at 11:09 AM
#1 means something ... STAMP OF APPROVAL

LarryB...have you spoken to or to anyone about BHarris? ESPN First Take this morning said that they cannot count out LSU for him. Is there any chance of that or for that matter anyone other than Miami getting him to sign?

Yeah Larry- what are your takes on Perry and Davon Johnson?

Larry,

How many scholarships are left for this years class? I have seen a range from 32-36, what is the actual number?

Posted by: LarryB | February 06, 2008 at 11:09 AM
#1 means something ... STAMP OF APPROVAL

Posted by: green | February 06, 2008 at 11:23 AM

Stamp of approval from who? The stamp of approval is turning this class into National Champions. Class rankings mean nothing unless it translates to winning on the field.

larryB, what's the scoop on herman davidson, nick perry? any chance we land a TE today, like brandon moore, or is he locked somewhere else, also do u see any slight chance we might get PJ, it has been a crazy surprising day and anything is possible? what's the word on Jamie Harper, he could be another surprise? last question, do u know if jeremy lewis and vaughn telemaque have signed there letter of intent yet? i would appreciate it if u answer atleast one question, thanks

Hiskers...nothing yet bro. Perry still has yet to announce.

I have talked to Brandon Harris about 5 timres, had him on the radio show twice, and to be honest, he has never tipped his hat...But I believe he wants to be a part of all this, so he will be a Cane..IMO..

Perry is a stud. Miami lands him and that is a huge bonus. Right now, D. Johnson is a very good player, but UM needs kids who catch the ball. Anyone in the spring and the summer who step up and make plays will be THE MAN...I say it's Aldarius and Byrd.

Thanks Matt for keeping us updated. Its great to have a west coast cane feeding us the live info!

thanks Matt, just getting a little jittery here hoping for the good news to keep rolling in

Miami is in trouble with TE's this year. The 'Canes need to start shaking some trees for 2009.

After talking with Vaughn Telemaque yesterday, he loves Herman and believes he will be a stud...

Vaugh, Futch and Holton will be on the show tomorrow night (9-10) on WQAM...Should be a great show...

Anyone planning on going to the A&M game? I live in Houston and will definitely be driving up there......

LarryB, isn't Davon a potential corner as well as wr? I thought he was one of those slash guys like Devin Hester?

Nick Perry picks USC over Miami and Michigan St.

perry is going USC

Stamp of approval from who?

Posted by: Robert | February 06, 2008 at 11:27 AM
1) from whom; 2) from media, blue chips & experts ...
MAGNETIC

larry,
im curious, have the new facilities (ie locker room and stadium) been mentioned by the recruits? has it been a positive moving out of the ob, or is it a non-issue?

Stamp of approval from who?

Posted by: Robert | February 06, 2008 at 11:27 AM
1) from whom; 2) from media, blue chips & experts ...
MAGNETIC

Media knows nothing. Recruiting sites know nothing. Green knows nothing...IDIOTS

LETS not get greedy is still an amazin day thus far

how come none of the 2 BTW boys are still unsigned, i would expect them to have signed with us by now, doesn't look good if we're trying to get b. harris, u need some of his buddies here

Huskers....Corner would be a nice fit for him and maybe another of the smaller kids at WR.

I had a hunch that Perry would go to UM. I was wrong, but USC is also a good fit for him...

This class is safety heavy...None of the S can play CB that I've seen.

Perry to USC...confirmed. Good luck dude!

I don't see the Perry news on Rivals...where'd you get the info from?

you know less than nothing ...
TOTAL F'in ASSHOLE

Chris....Believe me, having Dolphins/Hurricanes' Stadium is a huge recruiting tool. But there are other things involved as well.

The media certainly helps us...belive me!

http://footballrecruiting.rivals.com/content.asp?SID=880&CID=765305

scroll down to perry

for in randywetrust*

you know less than nothing ...
TOTAL F'in ASSHOLE

Posted by: green | February 06, 2008 at 11:41 AM

Good one.

Heard the Perry info on the radio link he was announcing from in Michigan.

How many schollies left?

ON TARGET

Nick Perry - DE - Detroit (Mich.) Martin Luther King
Signed with USC

Damn...can't win 'em all, huh?

Thanks reggaebob.

ON TARGET

Posted by: green | February 06, 2008 at 11:46 AM

My evaluation of your dumb@ss? Yeah, I know.

Green cracks me up! One of my favorite posters!

no prob trust. wish him the best at usc. bryant and harper coming up, hoping for a surprise!!!!

Yo Alex D. im on the South Side of Phoenix.

I am having a ball today no matter what happens. hit me up

chozcblack@gmail.com

So we can watch the road to the BCS every saturday.

Do anyone know if Harper or Bryant's annoucements will have a live feed over the web

Green cracks me up! One of my favorite posters!

Posted by: Matt in LA | February 06, 2008 at 11:50 AM
thanks, matt : ) GOOD TASTE

LarryB- Rivals has Buchanon listed as an athlete. With all of the linebacker talent coming in, do you think he'll stay at that position or do you see him moving somewhere else?

Kman- Rivals has a live announcement if you have an account, or if not that page i linked above updates nearly immediately, so check that.

Is it possible that all 3 BTW guys want to announce together, just like the MNW guys this morning. Could that be why johnson and collier haven't announced yet. They are waiting to do it all together with B Harris.

Harper to Clemson

thanks reggaebob.. FYI today is also Bob's b-day

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