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UM assistants on recruiting tour

I still haven't gotten around to that interview with Derrick Crudup because the last 48 hours for me have been a whirlwind around Miami-Dade and Broward Counties. I've watched portions of five high school spring football games and checked out some of the top recruits in South Florida on 12 different teams to supplement my Spring Tour Diaries.

The good news for Canes fans is that I haven't been alone. Nestled among the 20 scouts at Hallandale_cb_ricardo_dixonWednesday night's spring game at Hallandale High that featured faces like FSU's Chuck Amato were three representatives wearing green and orange -- defensive backs coach Wesley McGriff, offensive coordinator Patrick Nix and the newest Canes' hire Tim "Ice" Harris. I'm sure UM's trio were there to watch highly touted Hallandale cornerback Ricardo Dixon, who made four pass breakups, a few other impressive plays and was dying for a Canes offer when I spoke to him last week. I'm pretty sure Dixon will be getting one soon if he hasn't already.

I left Hallandale right before halftime and stopped for gas before heading off to South Broward High. Apparently that gave Nix and McGriff too large of a head start. They were South_broward_steven_jaques_mugalready standing on the sidelines checking out big Bulldogs offensive tackle Steven Jacques (6-5, 280). I spoke to South Broward coach Allen Held this afternoon who told me Miami coaches told him they were extremely impressed with Jacques and Held expects the Canes to be offering him soon. Jacques, a state qualifier in wrestling, is probably the best lineman I've seen during my tour of 24 teams in the last two-plus weeks. Held said Jacques benches 405 pounds and squats over 600 and has offers from 12 to 15 schools, most from the SEC. He said Jacques had been waiting on UM to stop by and likes them.

Wednesday night, though, wasn't the only night I saw Canes coaches on the prowl. I spotted Palmetto_rb_jamaal_berry_mugmore assistants at Tropical Park for Monsingor Pace's showdown with highly-touted running back Jamaal Berry and Palmetto High. Berry was impressive and every bit as good as the combine reports made him out to be. He flashed speed, strength and moves. But I still kind of like Killian's Lamar Miller a little better. Miller, Miami-Dade's No. 1 recruit, will be on display Friday night at Tropical at 8 p.m. against American High and UM soft commitment and star defensive end Olivier Vernon.

By the way, I had conversations with both Plantation American Heritage offensive lineman Jared Wheeler (6-6, 305) and Plantation defensive back Brandon McGee (6-0, 180). Although both of Broward's two most highly-coveted recruits have made unofficial visits to UM in the last month, I get the sense Miami will have to overcome a lot to get either. Wheeler's older sister just finished her freshman year at Florida and helps visiting football recruits on tours at the school. McGee idolizes Deion Sanders and grew up a Florida State fan. Both would be huge gets for Miami in their '09 class -- especially since they would help fill the team's most glaring needs, corner and offensive line. What's could help the Canes in their battle? McGee is looking to play right away. Wheeler is looking for a school with a strong engineering program and small classes.

I'll have my two newest installments of my spring diaries up by this weekend. But if you want to check out my impressions and some of the photos I've shot at other schools (as well as mentions of some of the Canes' potential targets in 2010 and 2011) click on the link to my diaries above.

Hernandez_warms_upSobolewski_scoresUM BASEBALL 2-0 IN ACC TOURNEY: Ok, so I'm not in Jacksonville for the ACC Tournament. But 86Cane and the Canespace crew are. And they've gotten to enjoy two impressive Miami wins in person over the last few days.

On Wednesday, Miami got a pitching gem from freshman phenom Chris Hernandez (check out my Q&A with him from earlier this month) and then put their bats to work in a stellar come-from-behind win on Thursday over Georgia Tech. (86 sent me several photos from his afternoon and it would be a shame not to share some of his work).

SUGGESTED READING: For those of you wondering what Miami's head coach is up to these days be sure to check out Ivan Maisel's tour of the Middle East with a handful of college coaches that include Notre Dame's Charlie Weis, Georgia's Mark Richt and The U's very own Randy Shannon. Among the best stories Maisel has shared was Shannon meeting a soldier he supposedly recruited.


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Manny...thanks for posting the pics and the props! U know Canespace supports you and your work here at Eye On The U. See U soon on The Space.



Keep up the good work. How about some hints on BasketBall recruiting? We have 3 scholarships left. How about burning the Heralds phone bill and get some interviews?

If the Canes were to lose to NC State today ( big if ), would we still get a shot to play in the championship game Saturday?

cubancane, Miami will advance with either a UM win (obviously), or a Georgia Tech win. If there is a three way tie, the tie break goes to the team with the best ACC regular season record. So, the only way Miami doesn't advance is if they lose to NC State and Clemson beats GT. NC State would win the two way tie break because they beat Miami in the tourney, again that's an IF.

No shot against Manny here, he doesn't "cover" the baseball team. but, it would be nice if the illustrious Herald reporters would ask themselves these basic questions and find a way to answer them when writing up the dramatic game two win. This was the first question I asked as well, and having seen the game, the only reason I read today's piece by Jamie Givens.

Anyway, thanks for the coverage Herald and GO CANES!!

We need some better pitching if we're going to win the Series, though. Erickson was not impressive.

If its small classes Wheeler wants, he should stay away from UF. I started off as an engineering major and my classes were routinely in the hundreds. No personal time with the teacher and one on one meetings were usually held with an TA.

You're right Joe. 1) Looking to major in engineering (ie, has a brain). 2) Likes small class sizes. Sounds like Wheeler could benefit from a little visit with Shalala. As our new recruiting MVP, she would lock this guy up by showing him around our campus.

F$U lost to Virginia tonight. With UVA already having beat UNC last night, that means if UM makes it to the championship game, the UM-F$U or UM-UNC rematch may have to wait until Omaha. Ha!

So was Tim Harris just there as a "spectator" then? Supposedly he is not supposed to have anything to do with the football team. Is there any conflict of interest there? I realize if these are open scrimmages that anyone is allowed to view but still there seems to be possible iffy behavior in the "unofficial" manner.

Harris can represent the football team. He just can't meet with recruits, but at this time, no coaches can.

Finally in as registered. Great move to chop some of the great info in your Recruiting page. Manny, are you actually doing the Blustein military march? lol -- left and right to the high school games to observe the kids. You pack so much info into your articles I have to read it paragraph a time and compare notes with TOS. Very good info.

I love this registered only concept!!! All we need for this blog are a couple residents to take over.

Manny, that Ricardo Dixon kid seems like a Miami Cane shoo in but why are we so iffy in recruiting OL kids? I say just do what we do best and recruit all the DL kids and then convert some into the OL. I think the demographic is just the great OL prospects are just out of the Tri county that UM recruits from.

Best blog handle I have seen so far is g8r h8r. Which reads gaytor hater I thinks...LOL

That's great that Coach Harris is able to get out and see recruits. I had heard that he wasn't going to be able to go out and recruit because of some ncaa rule. He will really help us with local kids.

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how bout them canes! when do the rest of our 2008 football class enroll?

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