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Kent picks Canes

The Canes nabbed one of the best high school football players in Georgia Monday when All-American defensive back Prince Kent of Norcross High chose UM over Clemson and Alabama during a press conference.

Prince_kent_mugKent (6-3, 195) is rated the country's 21st best athlete by Rivals.com. He had 59 tackles and caught seven passes last season as a junior. He took an unofficial visit to UM in June and becomes the ninth commitment for coach Randy Shannon's 2009 class.

"He's very physical and a great tackler," Herald recruiting analyst Larry Blustein told me when I asked for an evaluation. "He's not blazing fast (about a 4.6), but from what I've seen in him in camps is that he's very athletic. I think he has a very good chance of coming in and working into the rotation at safety or corner right away and making an impact on special teams."

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woot woot!!!! Lets start building another top 5 class, starting with this dude.

1st - Yeah Booooyy

Oh well. EZ come - EZ go. Gotta be faster on the trigger next time around.

Safety written all over this recruit with a frame to become a linebacker. I am sure 4.6 can be lowered with lower body strengthening... He's got long levers to propel at a higher speed --- just need to increase lower body strength.

Glad to here were picking guys up, but im worried about his speed. Everything I hear is he will be a safety and I like our safeties to be in the 4.4 to 4.5 range. I can see him easily becoming a WR with our lack of proven depth there and the wealth of safties we have.

He will need to work on his speed badly...

Your speed is what it is. You can only "work" on it to a small degree.

Work on his speed?? What?? He is a 16-17 year old kid that is 6'3 (long legs) and about 200lbs....Come on guys if he ran a 4.3-4.4 he will be the #1 ranked Athlete in the nation and not the 21st..as long as he can make a tackle and catch the ball. Dam, do yall know anything about football? Obviously not!

He's 16 or 17 he has tuns of time, with some hard work he will be ok.

guys, he is a stud DB. i just watched his highlight film. and he dominated as a junior, just wait until he is a senior. he can hit hard as hell. i really see him staying at cb, he sticks on WR's so good because of his long legs and arms. he will definitely get some nickel time in when he gets to UM his first year

Maybe you wanna give us a link to that tape...

Dam, do yall know anything about football? Obviously not!

Posted by: quaybayjay | July 21, 2008 at 02:23 PM


Yes and speed Kills. All of Miamis NC teams won because they were faster. Speed is a trademark of southern football thats why the south wins the NC's year in and year out.

His forty time can be very deceptive. He only started playing football last season so he probably has been coached on straight line speed yet. Most of the kids running 4.4 or 4.3 are running track where they learn stride length and starting technique. That doesnt mean that his football speed is not where it needs to be.

Rivals list him with a 4.4 forty.

Good pickup....football speed and reaction is all that really matters. We had great 40 times last year, didn't translate on the field. Its depth at corner...if he can start, so be it...

Welcome to the U!

Rivals states 4.4 in the forty. Either way no matter what his time is he wouldn't be rated such a high athlete if he couldn't run people down. Welcome to the "U" Prince!

Atlanta Journal-Constitution -

An All-American basketball player from Norcross High School and two of his teammates are out of jail after being arrested on charges that they shot a woman in the stomach with a BB gun, authorities said.

Al-Farouq Aminu, a Parade Magazine and McDonald's All-American, and fellow basketball players Prince Kent and Quintin Square were arrested this week on charges of felony aggravated assault and misdemeanor criminal trespass, authorities said.

The incident happened March 14, a week after Aminu, a 6-foot 8-inch center who has signed to play basketball for Wake Forest, led the Blue Devils to a third consecutive state championship.

Aminu, 17, turned himself in to the Gwinnett County Sheriff's Office on Friday, two days after competing in the McDonald's All-American high school basketball game in Milwaukee.

Kent, who also is a Division I prospect on Norcross' football team, and Square had been arrested at Norcross High earlier in the week.

The victim in the case, 34-year-old Rebecca Baltich, suffered minor injuries in the incident, said her husband, Branden Baltich.

"I'll tell you, his shooting at my house was much better than his shooting at the McDonald's game," said Branden Baltich, referring to Aminu's 0-point performance Wednesday.

About 10 p.m., March 14, Branden Baltich and his wife had just returned to their home on Jones Bridge Circle from a church function. The husband had stepped inside the front door when he heard his wife scream. He went outside to find her upset, and the back window of his Nissan pickup truck broken.

"She was crying," Baltich said. "She said,'My stomach hurts. They shot me with something. Go get them.'"

Baltich said three young men were sitting in a white car on the street in front of his house, about 45 feet away. His wife had been getting some items out of their car in the driveway.

The car sped off when the husband ran toward his own vehicle, Baltich said. He caught up to the car at a red light about two miles away and yelled at the vehicle's occupants, but they drove off again. He continued the pursuit, calling 911 and getting the other car's license plate number.

Two miles later, after the suspects had run another traffic light and two or three stop signs to get away from him, Baltich said he stopped the chase.

Police eventually linked the trio to the crime after a school resource officer found the car parked at Norcross High, Baltich said.

A corporate attorney, Baltich said neither he nor his wife knew of Aminu or his athletic exploits. But he said he has heard the three teens were good kids with good reputations, and he asked a police detective to pass along a message to prosecutors: Go easy on them.

"People make mistakes. People do dumb things, particularly high-schoolers," Baltich said. "My wife is a very forgiving person, and that side of her feels awful for the boys, too."

The three teens have been released on $3,500 bond.

It is not clear how the criminal charges will affect Aminu's future, which some have predicted includes the National Basketball Association.

Wake Forest coach Dino Gaudio said the school would not comment on the charges, saying in a prepared statement Saturday: "We are in the process of gathering all of the information on this incident and it would not be fair to make any statement or judgment until we collect all of the facts."

What is wrong with these kids? They obviously are talented and have worked hard to become athletes worthy of D-1A scholarships and they risk it all with stupid decisions/actions? This kid has the opportunity to go to college on scholarship, to a top ranked school nonetheless and earn a degree worth $200,0000, and he does stupid stuff like this?

And for Shannon, he knows full well the microscope Miami is under. Almost any other school could recruit a kid like this and it wouldn't be a big deal. Miami doesn't have that kind of levity, when this news comes out it'll be "Thug U" recruits thugs. W. Williams, Zach Kane, and now Kent...

I'm a UM alumnus, Hurricane Club member, and fan.

Dam, do yall know anything about football? Obviously not!

Posted by: quaybayjay | July 21, 2008 at 02:23 PM


Yes and speed Kills. All of Miamis NC teams won because they were faster. Speed is a trademark of southern football thats why the south wins the NC's year in and year out.

Posted by: Cane Since 1982 | July 21, 2008 at 03:34 PM

All the great UM teams had speed and speed and speed...

He is a stud DB and at 16 or 17 he can only improve...Let's go prince! Welcome aboard!!!

monty williams, i'm sure you made stupid decisions before in your lifetime cause I have but never got caught. Who are you to judge, keep your comments to yourself, no body cares. we just wanna see the canes make the return to greatness.

PICTURE IS WORTH A THOUSAND WORDS!
CHECK FRESH PRINCE....KENT OUT

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GO CANES

monty williams, i'm sure you made stupid decisions before in your lifetime cause I have but never got caught. Who are you to judge, keep your comments to yourself, no body cares. we just wanna see the canes make the return to greatness.

Posted by: lvcanes | July 21, 2008 at 06:40 PM

Of course I've made poor decisions, stupid even, most of which I've gotten away with, thankfully. Unfortunately my wife points out all of the one's I continue to make, but that's another story.

I didn't intend to bejudgemental, but maybe I was. My point was that these kids have alot on the line, as the reputation of UM. Coming to Miami means they are under the microscope and they just need to be aware that the sports world is watching and anyone who is not a Canes fan is just waiting to bring the hammer down on any UM athlete who even remotely makes a mistake, no matter how minor.

Further, my opinion is just as valid as anyone elses and I'll post my comments when I please. As an alumnus and a Coaches level Hurricane Club member, I've paid for and earned that right, thank you. I want the Canes to return to greatness as much as anyone, but I also want them to do it with class and without discrediting the University. As sports fans we all to often forget that first and foremost the University of Miami is an institution of higher education, it's not just a football team.

monty williams, i'm sure you made stupid decisions before in your lifetime cause I have but never got caught. Who are you to judge, keep your comments to yourself, no body cares. we just wanna see the canes make the return to greatness.

Posted by: lvcanes | July 21, 2008 at 06:40 PM

Of course I've made poor decisions, stupid even, most of which I've gotten away with, thankfully. Unfortunately my wife points out all of the one's I continue to make, but that's another story.

I didn't intend to bejudgemental, but maybe I was. My point was that these kids have alot on the line, as the reputation of UM. Coming to Miami means they are under the microscope and they just need to be aware that the sports world is watching and anyone who is not a Canes fan is just waiting to bring the hammer down on any UM athlete who even remotely makes a mistake, no matter how minor.

Further, my opinion is just as valid as anyone elses and I'll post my comments when I please. As an alumnus and a Coaches level Hurricane Club member, I've paid for and earned that right, thank you. I want the Canes to return to greatness as much as anyone, but I also want them to do it with class and without discrediting the University. As sports fans we all to often forget that first and foremost the University of Miami is an institution of higher education, it's not just a football team.

I doubt that a CB/WR who runs a 4.6 is a 4 star, this kid runs a 4.4 according to several sites including Canesport/Rivals (thus he is a 4 star). Come on Larry, check that stopwatch i think you're short changing the kid. Check it 4.4!!!!

The U is looking real good Brice Brown, Prince Kent already a year after the no. 1 class!

Bluestein, get a clue, he ran a 4.4 in camp. If he'd commited to the Gaturd's, Bluestein would have him running a wind aided 4.2.

I'D TAKE A 4.6 OVER A 4.4 ANYTIME. WHEN YOU CROSS THAT GOAL-LINE IF'S 4 6 POINTS NOT 4 4 POINTS, DON'T YOU GET IT PEOPLE.

I'D TAKE A 4.6 OVER A 4.4 ANYTIME. WHEN YOU CROSS THAT GOAL-LINE, IT'S 4 6 POINTS, NOT 4 4 POINTS. DON'T YOU GET IT PEOPLE...DO THE MAAAAAAAAAATH.

Man, some of you guys are sure sensitive over .2 of a second. First of all, 4.3 kids in high school are a VERY rare commodity. Those times you see listed on those sites are BOGUS!

4.6 for a 16-17 year old kid is real good. You get him in a good college conditioning program , and couple that with a good DB coach that can teach a few tricks to help his reaction time, and you have the makings of a stud. It all really depends on how much desire the kid has to be great and how much work he's willing to put in.

Safey without a doubt, look at he current roster.. nothing but seniors, CB you got Van dyke, Grant, and Harris. little play time and with a frame like that he'll fit perfect,, if he runs track his senior year in HS he'll get to a 4.5 4.4, and thru- out college ge would get faster... Kenny Phillips ran a 4.6 comin out of Carol City, NFL combine what he ran a 4.4

The best running back in the history of the game ran a 4.7 coming out of high school and at the University of Florida. Why would it ire you that someone said that the kid ran a 4.6? That is flying!

UM fans worry too much about what people say. Obviously this man saw him play and didn't rely on another person's word. Take it and move on. What I read is that he said that Kent is a big time prospect. As a 'Cane fan, I'm loving that quote..

The best running back in the history of the game ran a 4.7 coming out of high school and at the University of Florida. Why would it ire you that someone said that the kid ran a 4.6? That is flying!

Jim Brown, Walter Payton, and Barry Sanders went to the University of Florida? How weird.

By end of freshman year, they will have him running track like all the other greats in the past did. That will help elevate his form and speed. 6-3 DB, who is knocking this pick up? With that height and wingspan, it will make up for lack of speed...

Norcross standouts pick Maryland, Miami

D.J. Adams and Prince Kent have differing histories in football. What they share is talent.

By Robert Haddocks
The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Published on: 07/22/08

D.J. Adams has been playing football since he was 6. Prince Kent put on pads for the first time only three years ago. They took different paths, and one will head north and one will head south, but both Norcross football players will end up at ACC schools in 2009.

During a news conference at school Monday, Adams, a running back, committed to attend Maryland while Kent, a defensive back, chose Miami.

Adams, a "homegrown product" of Norcross, is known for making moves on the football field. He made some moves at the news conference, too. After loving, emotional speeches by his parents, Adams tossed aside a Notre Dame hat. Next, he shucked the LSU lid, leaving Maryland and Clemson on the table, two schools he loved. After taking a deep breath, he exhaled and said, "I'll be going to the University of Maryland."

Adams, who rushed for more than 1,400 yards last season, said coaches told him that he could play right away.

"That definitely was a big factor, early playing time," he said. "That's one of the reasons I picked them. And it just felt good when I got there. It was a different feeling than the other schools." Growing up, Kent, now 6-foot-3 and 190 pounds, considered himself a basketball player. His mother, Bernetta Walker, was in the military, and the family moved from Hawaii to Virginia to Atlanta —- compromising her son's success, she said. The young Kent always understood and told her that he would one day get his turn. "Duty called. I had to go," said Walker, who served 16 months in Iraq.

But when they moved to Norcross, she said she was going to let her son do what he needed to do.

"Now, I believe this is his time," Walker said. "This is his time, and I'm not going to compromise that. Son, it is your time."

Fighting back tears, Kent, a standout defensive back, said he was making four commitments: first to his family, to be a better son, nephew and brother.

Second, to his coaches to be a better player. Third, to his teammates, to lead them to a state championship. And last to Miami, which is minutes away from Fort Lauderdale, where Kent spent time growing up and still has relatives. "The first day I stepped on the campus, I felt like I was home," Kent said. "I felt like that's where I needed to be. They have a tradition of winning national championships and getting players to the next level."

Kent, who was offered a scholarship from Boston College before ever playing a varsity game, said the final decision came down to Miami and Clemson. Georgia, Florida, South Carolina and others also were in the running.

Adams said he felt at home at Maryland. Coaches there took a personal interest in the powerful 5-10, 212-pound running back.

"We knew he'd be special," Norcross coach Keith Maloof said. "He's made tremendous strides. He's a physical specimen. He's not tall, but he is big. He is a man."

Adams' mother, Karen Lawrence, remembered when her son was 6 and wanted to play football, but she didn't have the money.

Like Kent, Adams also was understanding, telling his mother that he didn't have to play.

But Lawrence's parents helped pay for equipment, and Adams has been running wild ever since. Off the field, he's been steady as a rock for his mother and a solid, church-going citizen.

"I couldn't have asked for a better son," an emotional Lawrence said. "I love him so much. And to see him get to this level, there's just no words."

I posted that last article in response to the Monty Williams’s information and comment to show that just as quick as the media will report bad news that they'll report good news; one such as Atlanta Journal Constitution by whom I believe both articles were written. It's there job whether true or false, complete or incomplete or due to lack of information or whole truths. Nevertheless, you made a good point. Thank God for the freedom of speech we have here in the USA, so I am not mad at ya. However I do question your intentions for posting that article. I notice that unlike the others your gossip isn't just information or a conformation but possibly a defamation. Maybe you can tell us that. I am sure that the Gwinnett county Court system does need your help to judge this case. Furthermore, know one can tell you like I can that Prince is a very humble young man from birth, a dedicated sport, hardworking and determine young man who until then had never given me any serious problems. Therefore, I prophetically declare that not only will he represent God, his family, Norcross and Miami but that he will represent himself well on and off the field. I have faith in him and his abilities. To God be the Glory! Thanks everyone for your wonderful comments.

big canes fan, its ok to pick up blue chips but do remember we have to coach them not sold on this coaching staff. Hope they prove me wrong. By the end of the year we are going to need on offensive cordinator. If we can get our coaching game right expect big things in a few years. GO CANES

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CANES FANS JUST DONT KNOW HOW LUCKY THEY ARE TO GET THIS PROSPECT. TO BE HONEST YOUR NOT GOING TO HAVE HIM LONG HE'S GOING PRO EARLY WATCH. HELL DOMINATE AT THE HIGH SCHOOL LEVEL THIS YEAR THEN IN COLLEGE. I WISH I WAS HIS MOM CHA CHING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

By Billy Tucker, Scouts Inc.
This week saw one of the most coveted defensive back prospects come off the board when ESPN 150 Watch List safety Prince Kent (Norcross, Ga.) announced he was headed to the University of Miami. As most prospects commonly use this public platform to boast and declare how their elite skills will make an immediate impact at their chosen institution, this 18-year-old surprised many with a different kind of commitment speech.
Prior to announcing his pledge to Miami, Kent didn't remind the packed house at Norcross High School about his rare combination of strong safety size and cover-corner speed. Instead, they heard a personal pledge, a promise of sorts, on how he planned to transform his life in an effort to become a better son, teammate and overall person.
On Monday, July 21, Kent made four important commitments: to his mother Bernetta Walker, to his Norcross teammates and coaches and finally to the University of Miami.
Commitment to his mother
In March 2008, Kent made some off-field noise -- but it wasn't about his soaring recruiting stock. The Georgia native told the audience he was in the wrong place at the wrong time, but "what happened, happened," and he couldn't do anything about his brush with the law now -- stemming from a BB gun incident -- except to try and learn from it and evolve as a person. Kent started off his news conference by making a heartfelt pledge to become a better son to a military mother who has served time in Iraq.
"I told my mom I was going to learn from my mistake, become a more positive person and show people that wasn't my real style," Kent said. "I made a commitment to do the little things for people that are not expected and just to become a better person and son. I made a commitment to my mother that one mistake was not going to bring me down, and that I would correct my image for her."
Commitment to his teammates
Kent attributed his current success to the hard work of his fellow teammates then vowed to become a better one himself. The 6-foot-3 defensive back acknowledged he was often touted as one of the nation's premier players during the summer camp circuit, but Kent said it deflated his ego more than pumping it.
"I told my teammates I knew I was personally ranked high on the scouting services, but realized the importance of teamwork this summer during camps," Kent said.
"I told them when I did one-on-one drills and was locked up on an island [covering faster wide receivers], the QBs had all the time to throw, and I didn't look as great without my D-line there to pressure the pass," Kent said.
Kent made a commitment to stress the importance of teamwork this fall and to become a better leader.

Commitment to his coaches
Kent gave appreciation to the Norcross coaching staff for molding him and then made a commitment to provide more than just big plays his senior season. The skilled athlete pledged to lead by example in an effort to bring the team further in the Georgia state playoffs.
"I let my coaches know that I was making a commitment to bringing it every day to practice and to being the leader that they need," Kent said. "I made a promise I would help our team win and take our program to the next level."
Commitment to Miami
Kent first told the audience he was blessed with opportunity to choose from his final three schools of Clemson, Alabama and Miami. He noted that they all offered the similar attributes he was looking for in a program; most importantly, great coaches and a solid education. Though in the end, he stated it was Miami's rich football history and his comfort level with the school that sold him.
"I committed to Miami because it just felt like home the moment I stepped on campus; I loved the atmosphere," Kent said. "I also like its great tradition and how their alumni come back to finish their degrees and support the program."
Kent added that Miami is doing great job of rebuilding the program; similar to the way this young man is transforming his own life. The future Miami Hurricane admitted he was pacing around the bathroom prior to his announcement with similar nerves he gets on game day. So why did he instill the added pressure instead of just the traditional donning of the college hat?
"I wanted to make it into something positive and send a good message," Kent said. "People called me after and said they really felt where I was coming from. A few even said they were crying at the press conference."
Prince Kent made a significant football commitment this week and perhaps a more important pledge to change his life in a positive way. It looks like he is off to a promising start.

WHAT, NO COMMENTS FROM MONTY WILLIAMS, I GUESS BERNETTA WALKER SHUT HIM UP. MR. UM ALUMNI, MR. I PAID MONEY SO I CAN HAVE FRIENDS AT UM. WORRYING ABOUT UM REPUTATION, THE SCHOOL REP. WILL DO JUST FINE, WE SHOULD WORRY ABOUT THESE YOUNG MEN AND THE PRESSURE THEY ARE UNDER AS BOTH AN ATHLETE AND A STUDENT. WELCOME TO THE HURRICANE FAMILY, KENT.

Listen, I am not going to stop butting in! Prince is my son! I believe in Prince even if no one else does and he deserves a chance to do what he always dreamed to do. For all the haters who think this is just a game; Prince reputation is just as important as yours. I ain't going no where. If anyone else know of any other sites guys like fish and moty are on please let me know!

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