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. 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.