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'09 Recruit Report

One weekly feature I'd like to add to the blog is an update on how the Canes' next recruiting class is doing in high school. This isn't an original idea. Plenty of newspapers have done this in the past. But with how important the future is at UM, I figured this would be a perfect way for you the fans to keep up with what will be coming through the door soon at The U. And, since we usually don't get access on Mondays with the team, what better way to keep the blog alive than a report on the future.

As many of you know, high school football season has already gotten off to a start in different parts of the country. Last week, locally, several preseason classics took place. What I plan to include in each weekly report is whatever I can dig up on how the Canes' commitments fared. In some cases, I may not have more than a score. It just depends on what's available on the internet, what is being written about them in other places and who actually answers their phone when I call them. Enjoy.

> Bryce Brown, RB, 6-0, 215, Wichita East, Kan.: Brown, UM's most prized recruit in the '09 Class, still hasn't started his senior season yet. But Jonathan Long of the Wichita Eagle tells us "Don’t be surprised if you don’t see No. 5 in the backfield for East this season. Bryce_brown Instead of rocking that, Bryce Brown will rock the No. 11 jersey this year. The change came as a tribute to his older brother Arthur who will wear that number at Miami this season. The switch to 1-1 is a year premature actually. Bryce was going to wear No. 32 this season, the number Arthur wore at East, but the Aces ordered new uniforms and don’t have a number 32. They both plan to wear No. 11 at Miami, which is legal because one is on offense and one is on defense.".

> A.J. Highsmith, QB, 6-0. 186, Fort Bend (TX) Hightower: Highsmith, the son of former Cane Alonzo Highsmith, got off to a great start this season. He led Hightower to a 35-21 win over Eisenhower. He finished 12 of 23 for 246 yards, 2 TDs and 1 INT according to the Houston Chronicle. Visit The Houston Chronicle and check out video highlights of the game.

> Mike James, RB, 5-11, 211, Davenport Ridge: James ran for 144 yards on 18 carries and scored on a 64-yard touchdown run to lead Ridge Community School to a 26-14 win over Winter Haven in a kickoff classic. The Lakeland Ledger reported on the game and also listed James as the No. 1 recruit in Polk County this season.

>Prince Kent, ATH, 6-3, 195, Norcross (GA): Kent's Blue Devils evened their record at 1-1 with a 24-17 win over South Gwinnett. Problem is, I couldn't find anything on the game in the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, which only listed a score.

> Brandon McGee, DB, 5-11, 186, Plantation High: McGee threw a 62-yard touchdown pass and had a key interception at cornerback in Plantation's 20-13 preseason win over Ely. Herald freelancer Rudy Rodriguez-Chomat covered the game for The Miami Herald up in Broward.

> Stephen Plein, TE, 6-6, 240, Fort Myers High: I couldn't find much onPlein. But I did read plenty from the Fort Myers News-Press about Jeremy Davis, the younger brother of former Canes cornerback Phillip Buchanon, who starred in the team's 16-10 jamboree win over Cape Coral Mariner. Davis, a junior, returned a kickoff 91 yards for a score and hauled in a 69-yard TD pass in the win.

> Curtis Porter, DT, 6-2, 334, Charlotte Victory Christian: Porter's high school team fell to 0-2 according to the Charlotte Observer, losing to Providence Day 27-12. There wasn't much to find on the game other than the score.

> Luther Robinson, DT, 6-3, 280, Fort Pierce Westwood: Robinson is set to start his senior season next week when the Panthers open the season at Vero Beach according to the Palm Beach Post.

> Billy Sanders, TE, 6-4, 235, Lake City Coueru d'Alene, Idaho: Billy Sanders, who once starred at Phoenix Brophy Prep has moved to Lake City, Idaho where he plays for Coueru d'Alene High. The 6-4, 235-pounder rated the 19th-best tight end in the country by Rivals.com opened the season with a 30-26 win over Sandpoint. There were no details on the game in his local paper.

> Olivier Vernon, DE, 6-3, 239, Hialeah American: The Patriots picked up a preseason victory over Flanagan 13-7. We didn't staff the game and have no details. Vernon didn't answer his phone when I called him this morning.

>Cory White, TE, 6-4, 225, Fleming Island: White, who is now listed at 6-4, 240 and playing offensive tackle, saw his team beat Jacksonville Bartram Trail 21-7 in a Kickoff Classic. First Coast News had a story.


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As always, great job Manny. Thanks for the updates. Can not wait for Saturday to get here.


Oh man - LA


That's a great idea! It'll definitely give us fans something to talk about in addition to what transpires on Saturday. It'll also give us an opportunity to keep a pulse on what's to come in the future for the Canes.


I have a quick question.... Say that Arthur Brown doesn't get to see the field this year, do you think that'll have an impact on Bryce Brown's decision to stay committed to the Hurricanes?

Q: I have a quick question.... Say that Arthur Brown doesn't get to see the field this year, do you think that'll have an impact on Bryce Brown's decision to stay committed to the Hurricanes? Posted by: canatic | September 01, 2008 at 12:12 PM

A: Not sure Canatic. I haven't had the chance yet of speaking to Bryce Brown to gauge that. But my feeling is Bryce is close to his big brother and would likely come to The U no matter what. Arthur is going to play at some point this year. He's too talented.

Q: Any LIVE chats planned for this week?


Hope you got my check, but if not tues. or Wed. Overnight mail, over here takes 3-4 days...if you know what I mean.

Posted by: M.H. | August 31, 2008 at 11:03 PM

Got it, your T-shirt will be in the mail tomorrow!

ChicagoCane...per your request from the last blog, here U go:

Chicago Alumni Club
Welcome to the home page of the University of Miami Chicago Alumni Club, serving greater Chicagoland, Southern Wisconsin, and Western Indiana! Chicago 'Canes are proud of having an active UM Alumni Club that participates in a variety of activities throughout the year. All alumni, parents and friends are welcome.

UM vs. Florida Game Watch Party
Mother Hubbard's 5 West Hubbard Street Chicago, IL 60610 312-828-0007
Date: 09/06/2008
Time: 8:00 p.m.

Join the Chicago Alumni Club in cheering on the 'Canes as they take on Florida!

RSVP to: Brian Kidder, B.S.E.E. '03, at 847-456-2440 or via e-mail at b.kidder@umiami.edu.

U can always email these two UMAA staff members to find out about game watch parties:

Tricia at pbrodeur@miami.edu

Andy at avittor@miami.edu

Q: Any LIVE chats planned for this week?

Posted by: 86Cane | September 01, 2008 at 12:24 PM
manny navarro can chat just fine without you ...
or your itty-bitty blog stolen from sunsentinel in the dead of night with a brand stolen from myspace ...



I rarely post but I'm always reading your posts. Bar none you are the best when it comes to keeping us 'Cane fanatics updated with everything and anything about the U. Its much appreciated.

Green...at least I contribute something to the blog (see UMAA game watch info above). All U contribute are your senseless attacks against me. Do U think anybody wants to read that nonsense? C'mon man get over yourself!

St. Thomas is on ESPN, anyone I should be watching?

Hightower HS is near my house I am looking toward to seeing the younger Highsmith.

Btw I will be at the UM vs TAMU game September 20th.

Send your prayers out to Eric Moncour and his family, his mother passed away on Sunday!!

Have a problem, will be out of the country for the game this weekend, I will have internet access, does anyone know a way for me to watch the game? I heard AT&T (my service provider) has a system, but wasn't sure, any ideas. (Would hate to read about Da U winning, would much rather watch it, but a win is a win!!!!!)

Thanks 86...I'll probably be at Hubbards this weekend. I'm glad the alum still go there, it's a great place. Unfortunatley, I've been there for 3 games and we've lost every one (2 FSU openers, Louisville). So maybe I'll just watch the UF game at home.

great post maay, just good to keep up with the future and on off weeks it keeps you comming

Chicago...anything I can do to help!


Q. Hey Manny, I haven't heard much about Ramon Buchanan, can you shed some light on him, did he even play on Thurs?

Let's do this. We're the Miami Hurricanes, no one steps in our way. No one.

Green, do you ever shut up!


I read this today and it just made me want to puke...simply because its so obvious, but not one news network will report it...however, if it was miami, it would be the leadoff.....

Tressel won't suspend starter
Posted: Friday August 29, 2008 08:04AM ET

Third-string quarterback Antonio Henton missed seven games last season while waiting for his case to play out following an arrest for soliciting a prostitute. Defensive tackle Doug Worthington, a major contributor on the defensive line, will play against Youngstown State on Saturday following a July DUI arrest, though his case was continued Monday and his pretrial hearing won't occur until Oct. 1. The athletic department policy at No. 1 Georgia, for instance, calls for a suspension for 10 percent of the season for first-time alcohol offenses. Under Ohio State's athletic department policy, mandatory two-game suspensions for drug and alcohol violations occur only with second offenses. (Defensive backs Donald Washington and Jamario O'Neal are serving two-game suspensions for unspecified violations of team rules.) The decisions in the cases of Worthington and Henton (a criminal offense not related to alcohol) were left to coach Jim Tressel, and different players and different circumstances led to different disciplines. This despite the fact that a DUI might be viewed as a potentially more dangerous offense than solicitation.

I love this feature!!! Can't wait til the new recruits are at the U!!! All other college programs want to be us!!!!!!

Q: I am getting a little nervous about our 2009 recruiting class. I notice other schools like FSU and OSU filling up with over 20 recruits already. It seems Miami is a little behind in the recruiting this year and I don't see a lot of south Florida boys left on the board for Miami to scoop up. Is there anyone out from Florida that made the commit to FSU or UF which might switch to UM? Do we still have a chance of pulling off a top 10 recruiting class, or do we have a something to worry about? Thanks Manny.

1st of all great username :-). Secondly, I guess you are either in Houston or the Greater Houston area, but I was just wondering how the folks in College Station are handling TAMU's loss. Are they all over Mike Sherman or are they giving him a chance?

Do you think that Coret Fleming will eventually be a O-lineman? Also, what do you think of Jared Wheeler out of American Heritage? What do you think are our chances of getting him? Thanks in advance.

They will give Sherman some time. That said you should never lose to a directional school at home. I know Arkansas State isn't a directional school per sey but you get my point.
TAMU has finished way behind UT (Texas) in recruiting for some time now.

UCLA - Tenn by far the best game of the weekend, at least the second half.

wow UCLA 24 - 21. This is a fun game.

Hard to type on my iPhone and watch this game.
My Internet has been down since Wednesday.

Sherman will be granted leeway if he beats Texas on a consistent basis. They fired RC Slocum for not beating Texas.

OT for Tenn - UCLA

SEC is short for second. The stage couldn't be set better than this for Miami to steal UCLA's thunder by beating another SEC team.

The thing that I like most about Jacory Harris is his composure. After watching UCLA's qb have his Brock Berlin moment the more I realized that we can win Saturday's game.

Lou Holtz said it best, "three plays to get 10 yards and eventually you'll score. Manage the game. React to what the defense is doing and sometimes make the defense react to the offense by being proactive and conservative.

I feel a lot better with Young as our Defensive Coordinator, and that was the biggest recruiting job Shannon did all last year. His hire is bigger than all the recruiting class, because defense wins championships.

Because Marve is ahead of Harris (no dis on Harris) and with the top 5 defense Miami we have this year gives me more reason to drink the Kool-Aid.


SEC is short for second. The stage couldn't be set better than this for Miami to steal UCLA's thunder by beating another SEC team.

The thing that I like most about Jacory Harris is his composure. After watching UCLA's qb have his Brock Berlin moment the more I realized that we can win Saturday's game.

UCLA is TWICE the team Duh U is and TENN. is HALF the team the GATORS are...

Relax, take some deep breathes and come back down to reality EK ...

"NO EXCUSES" Saturday right ? U keep drinking

Weather Channel has Hanna above Fla. by Fri.,but rain for N. Fla....[Gainesville]
Advantage to Miami...imo

Game plan: Run, run, run, the Gators DL is weak so we need to cram it down their throat.

And stop Tebow from running and make him pass the rock.

txcane what part of Texas do you live? I live in sw houston.

You wanna see the difference between this year's Northwestern recruiting class picking the Gators and last years picking the Canes?
Several National Titles more vs a team that wont even win the ACC
Top tier coaching vs a coach that will be fired during their time at Miami
Better stadium
Better college and football atmosphere
Better women
Better facilities
Better conference and way more exposure

Miami is on a downward spiral!

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