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Recruiting updates

I know many of you recruiting die-hards are on edge with less than 48 hours left before National Siging Day. I just wanted to let you know I made a few phone calls this afternoon and there will be a story up on Herald.com shortly giving you an update on some of the local kids.

Here's what I got.

* Northwestern receiver Tommy Streeter was supposed to come to a decision Sunday night during the Tommy_streeter Super Bowl. But phone calls got in the way of him and his father getting a chance to speak. Look for Streeter to possibly make his decision by the end of Monday night. I didn't talk to Tommy Jr., but his father told me this afternoon Tommy enjoyed his visit to UM this past weekend. Still, his dad has no idea where Tommy is going to end up -- just that he definitely doesn't want to wait until Wednesday to say where he's going. I think the fact the Canes got a visit from Streeter in the end definitely helps their chances. But I can tell you nobody -- not even his teammates at Northwestern -- know for sure if he's going to pick UM.

* Booker T. Washington cornerback Brandon Harris told me he is serious when he says UCF is top three finalist for him with UM and Ohio State. Brandon told me he loved his trip to the Golden Knights this weekend and said he really likes the fact its "not too far from home and not at home either." I've thought all along Harris is going to choose Miami and I'm not changing my opinion. I think UM is just the perfect fit with its need at cornerback.

* Cross Hialeah defensive lineman Corey Liuget and Booker T. Washington defensive end Jonathan Jackson off the Canes list of potential recruits. Liuget's high school coach Mark Berman said he told him he knows where he's going and UM isn't among the four hats -- Florida State, LSU, Illinois and South Florida -- he'll have on the table when he puts one on his head Wednesday morning at 9 a.m. As he told me last week, Booker T. Washington coach Tim Harris said Jackson is "more than happy with going to FIU." He said that is why Jackson didn't make it to his official visit to UM this weekend.

* Northwestern receiver Kendall Thompkins did skip out on his visit to UM over the weekend to take an official visit to Nebraska, one of three schools who offered him. I didn't speak to Kendall or his family, but one Northwestern assistant told me this afternoon: "If he didn't stick  with UM I'd be shocked. He's wanted to be a Cane for a long, long time."

JACORY HARRIS, CANE RECRUITS GET HIGH HONORS: UM freshman and former Miami Northwestern quarterback Jacory Harris received one of the nation's top honors Monday when was named The EA Sports National Player of the year. Harris passed for 3,445 yards and 49 touchdowns. He was only two short of the all-time Florida record for season touchdown passes and despite putting the ball up 333 times, he only threw six interceptions. He also rushed for 217 yards and scored three times. Harris is one of nine early enrollees at UM. His dad was ecstatic when I told him about it. Harris became the first player from South Florida to receive the honor and only the fourth player in state history, joining running backs Emmitt Smith (1986) and Travis Henry (1996) and linebacker Derrick Brooks (1990). Other guys of interest selected to the EA Sports All-American First Team: UM linebacker Arthur Brown, defensive tackle Marcus Forston, potential recruits Nick Perry (who visited UM this weekend) and cornerback Brandon Harris and former Cane commitment, now LSU's Patrick Johnson.

PROGRAMMING UPDATE: Just so you know I will be doing the live Q&A over on The Herald's Recruiting page tonight from 7 to 8 p.m. Then, Tuesday night I will be online live here at Eye On The U from 8 to 9 p.m. before switching over Canespace.com from 9 to 10 p.m.
* Also, be sure to check out my interview with Long Beach Poly safety and UM commitment Vaughn Telemaque. It will be posted online in the next hour. I'll provide a link once it is up.

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Word is that Jamie Harper silently selected the Canes, any confirmation from sources on that.

please show the link to The Herald's Recruiting page. Thanks.

Noticed you avoided "stealing the thunder" so to speak on some of the recruits. Maybe we can still offer Q taylor to sign with the U. Guy is undersized but can play. Remember Rohan Marley?

Really bummbed about Liuget not going to UM but such is life. That guy will play on Sundays, but then again, so will the majority of our recruits of this current class.

Hey Manny, what do you think about them Giant's huh? Dream of rotating Forston and Liuget and Perry in that line is over. That would have been a monstrous set of D line.

First...finally

Hey manny, good stuff with all the updates, any updates on hardin and herman davidson??

also, we're a bit short with the OL recruits, any gut feels that some big time OL recruit out there might sign with us at the last minute? and also, please update us on hardin, davidson and laron byrd?

i have a feeling herman davidson might sign with us, i think VT's commitment will sway him here

Thanks Manny,
I bet you will be glad when everyone is at school and you can catch your breath.

cav, has a good idea about having a direct link to your blog from Canespace.
I'll check with soup and try and get it over on the border.
peace

I really think TJ Bryant is coming here, just got a gut feeling...

Manny... good stuff as usual.

Great news on Jac, he deserves it!
Sorry to hear about Corey Liuget and Jonathan Jackson, and wish them well.
We need T Streeter and K Thompkins as bookends and would solitify the wr's positions and as for... B Harris... without question a keeper and a must have to be great on offense, as he fills many gaps.

Cat Five

manny what do you think of brandon harris if he does sign with miami do you see him starting by the end of the year?

I just had this thought of see us set in the spread... Jac receives the rock and hands it to coop for a sweep but coop tosses it brandon on a reverse and then brandon passes to a streaking streeter down the line for a 70 yard TD... Go Canes.

It's going to be sweet to watch

hey manny thanks for the update and all your hard work!

Matavious Odoms is coming to play football and run track , on a track scholarship!!!!

Shandel from sun-sentinel is making fun of UM fans!!!!

http://blogs.sun-sentinel.com/sports_college_hurricanes/2008/02/inside-the-mind.html

My Giants won the Super Bowl yesterday...now I have to get up for signing day!!!! Hope we will all be celebrating on Wednesday. I got a feeling we are going to get some plesant surprises.

Thanks manny...

Breaking News:
Choosing a college can be a difficult decision and Marcus Robinson realizes that. He visited Miami officially on Jan. 25th and then on the 29th he said he was solid to the Canes. LSU made one last push for Scout.com’s 8th ranked weak side linebacker shortly before the dead period went into effect but was it enough to keep the Tigers in the mix? i hope Marcus Robinson stay with the U.

Marcus... if your on this?
I never thought it was ever an issue... He's on the team.
Go canes!

Manny, I don't know if anyone in your department tells you this, but you are doing an absolutely terrific job. Your blog is hands-down the best on the Hurricanes' beat; it has become my go-to source for info on the team, especially now during recruiting season. Your paper's collective staff that covers the Dolphins should be half as good as you are individually. Thanks for your work!

Did you call?

Manny...thanks for the update. Couldn't make the LIVE chat for tonight but I will be here tomorrow night for the 8 PM start time. I'm going to check the recruiting page. Thanks for all U do!

FYI guys... still nobody answering the phone at Tommy Streeter's home or his father's cell. If there is any news tonight, I'll post it. If not, looks like we'll have to wait until the morning at the earliest.

I am not worried about Streeter...we have a very good receiver class and with last year's class we are solid at WR.. I am more concerned about the O-line.... any word on the O-line prospects? Brandon Harris will come to see the light and choose UM...he is a perfect fit for Canes and the Canes fit him perfectly....it will be his ticket to the NFL.....regarding Liuget- his mother never wanted him to stay in Miami so we wish him luck at whatever school he chooses...finally, Jackson must not want to play in the NFL....how many FIU players are in the NFL? FIU does not play on national TV and plays in a soft conference.... he wants to lay low and stay out of the limelight...that is not the path to the NFL/ but I wish him luck at FIU.

My guess is that Streeter doesn't want to be in Aldarius Johnsons shadow anymore and goes and plays with the old ball coach in S.C.. As bad as I want Streeter to sign with the U, I think he wants to go somewhere else and stand out for a change. Just my guess.

look at Canes fan's exhaustive list. U can't take 'em all. sometimes, recruits fib to save face. let's see if Jonathan Jackson visits U.
TELLTALE

Posted by: green | January 29, 2008 at 08:58 AM

(jonathan jackson) not visiting UM

-- booker t's tim "ice" harris

no visit = no interest = no offer

without talking to the kid, his father or Coach Shannon, manny navarro (florida filth international alum) divined jonathan jackson's decision making ... leaving the reader with a false inference ...
LAZY JOURNALISM

per jonathan jackson's father, the University of Miami ran out of scholarships ... plan B ...
THE SKINNY

Great news guys LaRon Byrd just signed to miami and wants the U to brin gon the competition...... another great, long, rangey receiver added to the already awesome corps..... and marcus robinsons coach told canesports this morning that marcus robinson will be a CANE........ now if we can get TJ bryant, Nick perry, Brandon harris, Benjamin jones,J'Marcus Webb, Herman Davidson, and maybe Tommy Streeter and we will be all set.... and Ramon Buchanan might switch back after an amazing visit to UM...... how good would it be if all this happened and then Patrick ?Johnson realized the mistake he made and swtiches back..... would rank as the best recruiting class ever no matter the school.... bad ass

oh yeah and TE Brandon Moore might actually sign with Miami, he told canesports that the U puts the TE's into the sunday games.... gonna be an crazy wednesday ..... and i forgot another guy i hope we get and that is jamie harper cause the kid has heart and will work for shannon and the U... kind of kids we need right now

BYRD IS NOW A UM COMMITT...AWESOME. But...how many are left for the positions we're really in need of right now?? CB?? OL??

lilcane, I live in Orlando and saw MNW destroy Boone for the title. It didn't seem like Aldarius Johnson did too much that game, seemed like Streeter's name was being called left and right. But judging from the stars I guess thats not the usual. Another aspect of that game was that Harris threw it to the flat 90% of the time, very few balls went down hell. Not sure if that was typical but he'll have to throw the ball down field to beat out Marve next year.

Ed, I live in Dallas, TX and went to watch the NW vs SLC game that was on ESPN, Aldarius was double almost the whole game but he looked very good. Reminds me of Andre Johnson. Harris looked great, he threw in the flat but also long. Hit Streeter for a 70 yard TD.Plus, this kid calls his own plays in High School!!!

Brandon Harris is killing me, and so is Streeter, commit SOMEWHERE please. This drama is like a freakin soap opera. We're on the verge of one of the best classes we've had since 2002. Congrats to Jacory Harris for becoming the EA SPorts Player of the Year. Hope he can do as well on the collegiate level.

hey manny, i'm pretty sure you're already ahead of me on this, but word just in, according to rivals.com miami commit list, we've just added laron byrd a 6'3 to 6'4 wideout 3 star recruit, apparently he just made his decision this morning or was it sunday morning? anyways to all the recruitniks waiting for our late pull-ins, this is one great news, now landing streeter jr. isn't even a big deal anymore, this guy is some serious stud! keep up with the updates, you're by far the most accurate from everyone elses i've read on recruiting.

Yes Byrd is the real deal. When a recruit says 'bring on the competition', that's what I want to hear. Alot of recruits go to where they can just walk in and start playing, instead of earning their spot. I'll take the guy earning his spot anyday over the latter. Guys like this bring fire to the team, and god knows we need that, lol. If we get Harris, and Jones, I'l be a happy camper.

Great news guys LaRon Byrd just signed to miami and wants the U to brin gon the competition...... another great, long, rangey receiver added to the already awesome corps..... and marcus robinsons coach told canesports this morning that marcus robinson will be a CANE........ now if we can get TJ bryant, Nick perry, Brandon harris, Benjamin jones,J'Marcus Webb, Herman Davidson, and maybe Tommy Streeter and we will be all set.... and Ramon Buchanan might switch back after an amazing visit to UM...... how good would it be if all this happened and then Patrick ?Johnson realized the mistake he made and swtiches back..... would rank as the best recruiting class ever no matter the school.... bad ass

Posted by: shivam | February 05, 2008 at 07:54 AM

oh yeah and TE Brandon Moore might actually sign with Miami, he told canesports that the U puts the TE's into the sunday games.... gonna be an crazy wednesday ..... and i forgot another guy i hope we get and that is jamie harper cause the kid has heart and will work for shannon and the U... kind of kids we need right now

Posted by: shivam | February 05, 2008 at 07:56 AM

Herman Davidson is going to UNC and Brandon Moore is going to Michigan.

with all these other guys coming in from different states coming here to play with us, nobody is a longshot, at the end of all these hoopla, we'll probably end up having most of them, TJ, nick perry, and jamie harper are the only ones possible not riding the bandwagon, regardless of what happens on wednesday, we're sure shot to end a top 10 in recruiting, and coach Shannon have already made an excellent job having all these kids attend our university in the future, it shows that u don't need to offer money or trick kids of promising playing time just to get them, (butcher davis, less miles, urban cryer and that dude with the red vest up in ohio could definitely learn a thing or two from coach Shannon)

Ok, got some info on Streeter, don't know how vallid it is, but a girl who is at school with him, texted her friend that Streeter stood up, and held up the U sign. the girl asked her friend if he was just kidding around, and she said he was serious.
This could be good news if it's true. I got people on the scene, Channel 3 update later, lol.

my thoughts on jacory harris, well first of all congrats to you for winning the EA player of the year award along with the rest of your accomplishments, and thank you for sticking to your commitment with miami, you will probably have the starting job eventually as our quarterback, anyways every recruiting site ranks you with 4 star, i do believe ur a five, but playing alongside some ridiculous talent in your high school northwestern, that kinda holds you to get that extra star u deserve, but in time you can prove yourself and show the world that you're the best out there in ur position, good luck on the next level . .

btw, manny you should have your own recruiting site, you're even more up to date than most recruiting sites i follow

Wide receiver Laron Byrd picks the Hurricanes. Laron Byrd, one of the top remaining wide receiver targets, has picked Miami-FL over Auburn, InsideTheU.com reports. He said of the decision, "Coach [Randy] Shannon sold me on Miami. It was a real good visit. I really enjoyed it, liked everything about it. When I talked to the coaches, everything broke down the way I liked it. It's a private school and I like that. There are not too many students enrolled." Byrd also mentioned that he's been a longtime of fan former Hurricanes and current Houston Texan WR Andre Johnson. Additionally, Byrd said he's open to the idea of redshirting.

UUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU!!!

Any late word on Jamie Harper?

colacane--

i hope you're right.

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

announcements

Food for thought. Anyone notice that Shannon is not recruiting any JUCO prospects? I think that is strong.

Pay attention, dccane! Patrick Hill is a JUCO who has already enrolled.

Rivals.com reports Gavin Hardin is a Cane

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