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TRR: Big Week for Bryce Brown

After a brief week off because I was buried in work last Monday, The Recruit Report returns this week with highlights on how the 11 verbal commitments in the Canes' 2009 signing class are doing in high school.

With the Canes taking a trip out to Texas A&M last week, two of UM's more prized recruits got a chance to watch the Canes in person -- five-star running back Bryce Brown (who made the nine hour drive from Kansas) and quarterback/athlete A.J. Highsmith. Both took in the game at Kyle Field and were impressed with the UM's explosive offense. Highsmith, whose family escaped the wrath of Hurricane Ike basically unscathed, has had two games canceled because of the storm. And he's anxious to get back on the field soon.

Bryce_brown > Bryce Brown, RB, 6-0, 215, Wichita East, Kan.: If you thought Ronnie Brown had a special day on Sunday against the Patriots -- you missed what Bryce Brown did for his high school team on Friday. In a 34-24 victory over Kapaun Mount Carmel, he ran for 263 yards on 20 carries and scored four times to lead his team to victory (VIDEO HIGHLIGHTS, STORY). The week before, Brown scored five touchdowns and ran for 109 yards on 27 carries with one catch for 13 yards in the Aces' 46-7 win over Dodge City according to The Wichita Eagle.

> A.J. Highsmith, QB, 6-0. 186, Fort Bend (TX) Hightower: After a bye week two weeks ago, Highsmith's second game of the season was washed out by Hurricane Ike. He was off last week and will finally get back on the field this Thursday against Willowridge.

> Mike James, RB, 5-11, 211, Davenport Ridge: James got a week off last week, but carried his team two weeks ago on offense in a 9-7 defensive struggle victory over Auburndale by rushing for 93 yards on 25 carries, including a 55-yard touchdown run. In three games (including the kickoff classic), he's rushed for a combined 353 yards on 59 carries and five TDs.

> Prince Kent, ATH, 6-3, 195, Norcross (GA): Prince had four catches for 32 yards in a tough 33-19 loss to North Gwinnett. That followed up a 2-catch for 20 yard performance in a 19-0 win over Mill Creek a week earlier. Kent is playing both ways for the Blue Devils and has 209 yards receiving on 17 catches this season.

> Brandon McGee, DB, 5-11, 186, Plantation High: It's been a rough start to the season for McGee and his team whichBrandon_mcgee  dropped its second straight game last week with a 47-13 loss to Miramar. After looking like he might be able to make the full-time switch to corner, McGee had to come in at quarterback l ate in the game agaisnt Western and then started against Miramar before leaving in the third quarter with a bit of slight concussion and a right knee injury. Before he left, he was 4-of-8 passing for 7 yards and 47 yards rushing on 12 carries.

Steven_plein> Stephen Plein, TE, 6-6, 240, Fort Myers High: As the team's starting defensive end, Plein has played well in the team's 2-1 start. He leads the Green Wave in tackles with 19 and sacks with 1½ on the season. Fort Myers beat Cypress Lake 42-14 last week.

> Curtis Porter, DT, 6-2, 334, Charlotte Victory Christian: I wasn't able to get a hold of the big fella in our first two installments of TRR, but I reached his coach Frank Crockett today. Crockett said Porter Curtis_porter  was a big factor in Victory Christian's 42-7 win last week against Eastern Randolph. "The ballgame Friday night was one for the ages for Curtis," Crockett said. "The last two games is one you look for in a Division I prospect. I don't have the stats in front of me right now, but he's setting the pace in tackles. It's been a great year so far for him. We also have him the backfield in the jumbo package in short yardage situation. He's playing the role of a big fullback for us. He's 6-2, 325. He's dropped 10 pounds. The work he's getting a the three-technique and the backfield is trimming him up." Crockett said Victory Christian has a big-time quarterback Miami is going to notice when they head back up to North Carolina. James Harbin, a 6-2, 175-pound junior quarterback, has thrown 7 TDs in his first two games at the school and averaged more than 300 yards passing in each. Virginia Tech and Wake Forest are already on him.

> Luther Robinson, DT, 6-3, 280, Fort Pierce Westwood: It's been a great start to the season for Robinson and the Panthers, who are 3-0 following a 21-7 over Centennial. He had five tackles and a sack in a season-opening win against Vero Beach according to the Prep Zone.

> Billy Sanders, TE, 6-4, 235, Lake City Coueru d'Alene, Idaho: Sanders, a star at Brophy Prep in Arizona, has gotten off to a good 2-1 start with his new team in Idaho. I'm hoping to hear from his coach in the coming days to find out how he's doing statistically.

> Olivier Vernon, DE, 6-3, 239, Hialeah American: After spraining his ankle in his Olivier_vernonteam's season-opening loss to Coral Reef, Vernon hasn't been able to play since. His team missed him in a 15-13 loss to Norland or a 35-0 loss to Carol City last week. When I reached Vernon by phone this afternoon he told me "I'm at the doctors right now. I'm trying to rehab it right now. I'm trying to play this week. But if not, I should be 100 percent next week." Vernon said he's decided to take official trips to Florida State, South Florida, Alabama and Miami. "I'm just going to check them out, see what they have to offer."

> Cory White, TE, 6-4, 225, Fleming Island: According to assistant Joel Brighton, White has been a standout in the Golden Eagles' 3-0 start. "He's been our left tackle for the early part of the season. He's about 240 pounds right now. It's the same Cory White, agressive and nasty Cory. He'll be either tight end or a tackle at the next level. But I know Miami really wants an athletic. He's that guy." Fleming Island beat Lake City Columbia 17-16 in a thrilling game last Friday and is averaging 370 yards of offense a game. Here's a highlight reel of Cory.

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GREAT INFO MANNY... WHERE ARE THE O-LINEMAN??

Our backfield is going to be the PREMIER backfield in the nation once Gore, Brown, and Cooper, James, and Hill are there together. Wow. Just nasty!

Canes need help at OLine and CB.

Go Shannon, Go Canes!!!

Hey Manny,

Thanks for the updates. What's with Randy Phillips? Heard he had surgery. Is it Vaughn Telemaque time?

How are the injuries looking? Is Randy's surgery season ending? How's James, Forston, and the O-line guys looking?

Sapp on Dancing with the Stars....lmao

Some talk about Lamar Miller still being contacted by the canes - can you shed some light on this? Would he still come if offered a scholy?

I'm going to egg Manny's car...Its a ____________ with dubs with a ____ personalized tag.

Posted by: Quijote | September 22, 2008 at 09:25 AM

Friends of FIU,

I just completed an e-mail conversation with Manny’s boss, Mr. Jorge Rojas. I will not reveal the contents of our conversation as to respect the privacy of our discussion. Suffice is to say that Mr. Rojas also apologized and has taken the necessary measures to ensure that moving forward, a similar “slip of the pen” does not recur. I made it clear that FIU is no one’s push over and every single time any of the FIU faithful uncover an instance of media coverage we find out of bounds, we’re going to call the media on it swiftly and with the backing of every FIU student, alumni and friend who will listen

Posted by: gpantera | September 22, 2008 at 01:47 AM

it is exactly because of FIU alum like you, Manny Navarro. If the Herald didn't send you, you certainly wouldn't have paid the small sum and shown your Panther "pride." FIU alum who fervently follow the Hurricanes and ignore the Golden Panthers are the WORST kind of fans.

Posted by: SouthPaw | September 21, 2008 at 11:44 PM

I made a formal inquiry to the Herald and took this up with FIU...

osted by: FIUBlueandGold | September 22, 2008 at 10:05 AM

Manny Navaro is the worst kind of Liar! ... I am disgusted to have this guy as a fellow alumnus

Posted by: FIUFan | September 22, 2008 at 10:18 AM

Manuel,(Manny), what a shame, no wonder you're always bitter. You remind me of Quasimodo

Posted by: seiscervezas | September 22, 2008 at 11:17 AM

I was watching Sports Final last night with Joe Rose and after panning across 3-4 shots of empty stands he said, and I paraphrase "Wow, if they can't get their stadium full for the opener how are they going to fill it up for other games? Not a good sign at all".

Are you guys taking it to him too? Time for the FIU mob to call for him to be fired as well.

Posted by: Fomenter | September 22, 2008 at 11:51 AM

nobody is going after joe rose because he does not blog for UM

Posted by: scUMsanitzer | September 22, 2008 at 01:30 PM

GREATEST HITS

Posted by: gpantera Posted by: SouthPaw Posted by: FIUFan Posted by: FIUBlueandGold... Posted by: seiscervezas Posted by: scUMsanitzer

YALL NEED TO SHUT UP AND STOP WHINING.. GET A HOBBY OR SOMETHING.. THIS BLOG IS ABOUT UM AND OUR RECRUITING CLASS.. ADMIT IT, U H0EZ ARE JUST MAD THAT U CANT HOLD THE CANES JOCKSTRAP.. U WONT EVEN GET THE U'S LEFTOVERS, THEY GO TO THE SEMINHOES AND FAU.. FAU NOW THATS A CLASSY NEW FOOTBALL PROGRAM.. WHAT UR RECORD AGAINST FAU?

SHUT UP AND LEAVE THE EYE ON THE U!!

DO YOU GUYS THINK BRYCE BROWN WOULD HAVE STATS LIKE THAT IF HE PLAYED BALL DOWN HERE?

are any of these TE converting to OL?

People, don't expect BB to come in and rule immediateley. Also, don't be surprised if MJ gets off to a better start.

Yes, Bryce Brown is the real deal! He is a back that will end up being 6 1, 225 pounds and runs a 4.5. He played on ESPN last year against another K team, and he stood out from his brother. His stats might not be the same in S Fla but he would still be a great back. He is just the type of back we need, large and powerful. He doesn't need a hole he will make his own.

Just an FYI - The best RB in pro history is Barry Sanders, he's a native of Kansas.

To: A Realisst.

I was asking myself that same question while watching the lemming report last night. No doubt the kid looks like a stud out there but we wont know until he gets on campus. He reminds me a bit of McGahee. Powerful runner. Not sure what kind of competition he has from the scrubs out of kansas but we'll see soon enough.

Gerbile Minded = PURE SCUM !!!!

Ooops, I meant Herbal Minded.

Herbal Mind,

Florida GATORS 24
miami outerbands 3

Urban Meyer NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
RS 7-8

TIM TEBOW - 1-0 AGAINST YOU FLUNKIES (OVER 255 YARDS), HEISMAN TROPHY WINNER. WORLD KNOWN PERSONALITY. HAS NEVER BEEN ARRESTED

robert marve - 55 yards, 0-1 against a REAL TEAM, nobody knows him except the Miami,(Coconut Grove incident)and campus police.

SEC - 3 teams TOP 5
acc - Weak Forest Gump 16

Could we agree the acc (All Crying Conference) is a joke?

BTW, how is the 7 years football eligibility program going? I know Cook graduated from the 6 years.

Remember that hurricanes can't reach GAINESVILLE and GATORS rule miami. You're all invited,(To work as waiters), to our GALA FUNCTION at Merrick Park in October and to the University of Florida football camp at Coral Gables High this coming January.


http://miamiherald.typepad.com/umiami/2008/09/canes-lead-ag-1.html#comments
Sitting here at a half-empty and embarrassing scene at FIU Stadium where the 12th-ranked South Florida Bulls are playing the Golden Panthers. But my heart is in Texas
-- manny navarro (9/20)

Sitting here at FIU Stadium where the 12th-ranked South Florida Bulls are playing the Golden Panthers. But I'm still keeping an ear out to hear what's going on with the Canes.
-- manny navarro (9/22)

SUGARCOATED

powerless, undersized, contemptible ...
the florida international comunistas throw rocks to control the coverage ...
if you value free speech, email our guy's editor ...
jrojas@miamiherald.com
punish terrorism ...
CHILLING EFFECT

BigD:I watched some tape on Cory White TE/OL 6'5 245,he has a nasty attitude as a offensive linemen,particuly at left tackle.He's a great athletic power tight-end or could become the dominate-agile left tackle.He does have the frame to pack on 40 to 50 lbs,he would be somewhat small for a left tackle,but a "natural" one who would match-up with the fast-athletic DE's and power d-ends.....Steven Plein TE 6'6 250 don't know anything about him. sound like another project,which we don't need at o-line,we need all the true-natural o-linemen we can get.I'm expecting 4-5 o-linemen in this class;if we get Orson Charles imo White and Plein moves to the o-line;Orson Charles and Billy Sanders are the tight-ends...although billy is productive as a tight-end,tapes show he's even more impressive as a DE.

Manny... Thanks for the great up-date on recruits.

To all of you FIU bloggers... You're right, Manny probably shouldn't have said it aloud, but he is now, a homer of the U,... and I'm guessing, that when he was told that he couldn't travel to the aTm game, he was up-set and responded,... Like any Miami Fan would... Who wants to go to an FIU game when Miami is playing!

Just being real... so get over it! Maybe in another 10/15 years, when your grown up, we can talk about it!

FIU who? That program is insignificant. How can anyone take pride in loosing?

How did we go to Texas and not meet with any big O or D lineman? Great football games are won up-front - both on defense and offense. We have enough young talent at QB, RB, and WR. We need to big guys!!!

Florida GATORS 24
miami outerbands 3

Urban Meyer NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP
RS 7-8

TIM TEBOW - 1-0 AGAINST YOU FLUNKIES (OVER 255 YARDS), HEISMAN TROPHY WINNER. WORLD KNOWN PERSONALITY. HAS NEVER BEEN ARRESTED

robert marve - 55 yards, 0-1 against a REAL TEAM, nobody knows him except the Miami,(Coconut Grove incident)and campus police.

SEC - 3 teams TOP 5
acc - Weak Forest Gump 16

Could we agree the acc (All Crying Conference) is a joke?

BTW, how is the 7 years football eligibility program going? I know Cook graduated from the 6 years.

Remember that hurricanes can't reach GAINESVILLE and GATORS rule miami. You're all invited,(To work as waiters), to our GALA FUNCTION at Merrick Park in October and to the University of Florida football camp at Coral Gables High this coming January.


Posted by: GATOR NATION | September 23, 2008 at 10:39 AM

lol with all ur facts u forget to mention these

TOTAL WINS BETWEEN TWO TEAMS
UM 28
UF 26

UF GETS FIRST WIN OVER PROGRAM SINCE 1985.

UF TOOK 53 YEARS TO WIN FIRST SEC TITLE

OUT OF 7 GAMES SINCE 85 YOU ONLY WON ONE...

IN HUNDRED YEARS UF HAS TWO TITLES

WE HAVE FIVE SO I GUESS U GUYS WELL HAVE AT LEAST 4 IN 3016...... LOSERS.........

UF HAS NO I REPEAT NO UNDEFEATED SEASONS IN THE HISTORY OF THE PROGRAM

THE U HAS THREE.

TIM TEBAG IS NOT HAVING A HIESMAN YEAR AND ALL URBAN CRIER CAN DO IS WWWWWWHHINNNEE ABOUT THE PLAY CLOCK AND HAS IT DAWNED ON HIM THAT THE WHOLE COLLAGE LANDSCAPE HAS TO DEAL WITH THOSE RULES NOT JUST THE GAYTURDS

AND TO TOP IT ALL OFF
UM MORE PLAYERS THEN ANY AND I MEAN ANY COLLAGES ON NFL ROSTERS TODAY

UF JESSE PALMER IS THE YOUNGEST ANCHOR IN THE HISTORY OF ESPN REX GROSSMAN SITTING BENCH BEHIND WHO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

JABEER GAFFENY LOL THATS ALL I GOT TO SAY ABOUT THAT
DESHAN WYNN ( DONT KNOW HOW TO SPELL HIS NAME AND DONT REALLY CARE)
CHAD JACKSON CAN SOMEBODY TELL ME WHERE HE IS...
CHRIS LEAK HHHHHHHHHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA I THINK I SAW HIM DOWN HERE AT AIR IT OUT... LOSERS U LOOK UP TO THE U AND THATS WHY U CANT LET GO OF MONE MESSILY WIN... ONE WIN MAKES U.. ONE WIN MAKES U... ONE WIN MAKES U....

Manny,
I'm an FIU grad ('97) and I'm not the least bit offended by your FIU comment. I attended and loved Canes' football long before FIU ever dreamed of having a team. I want FIU to be successful but realistically, FIU can never compete with Miami. To the over-reacting FIU alums...enjoy the fact that we have a football team but when you write a UM blog (to UM fans) and UM is playing a HUGE game...you can't help but wonder how UM is doing in their 2nd big test of the year. Lighten up.

miamiboisince85
My flag football team the "misfits" beat chris leaks this year in let it fly. they couldnt match our speed in flag football. Pathetic!!

Mr. Rojas:
Manny is the heart and soul of this blog. Please start an FIU blog w/ some worthless writter so commuters can funnel to it and get out of this UM Blog. leave Maany to do his great work right where he is at.
Thanks !!!!
- Vlady

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