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TRR: Canes chasing o-linemen

With the high school football season now past the halfway point in most parts of the country, the recruiting scene is starting to tighten up. The number of remaining scholarship offers are being narrowed down for the Class of 2009 as the nation's future college football stars decided earlier and earlier and make National Signing Day irrelevant. At The U, the story is the same. In the past month, the Canes have picked up a trio of verbal in-state commitments, two defensive backs in Kayvon Webster and Jamal Reid and a third running back in Miami-Dade's top recruit, Lamar Miller.

A collection of 16 verbal commitments have been put together for a class that I was told on last National Signing Day by UM recruiting coordinator Clint Hurtt shouldn't exceed 20. So, what does Offensive_linemen that mean? UM has maybe five scholarships left to put to use (give or take one depending on whether or not defensive end Olivier Vernon sticks) before February 4th. And by all accounts, the Canes' primary focus to fill those spots will be made on the offensive line, where UM is set to lose its starting center in Xavier Shannon and three tackles to graduation after this season.

So, who are the Canes courting? A solid collection of highly-touted names. Canesport.com reported last week one of them is 6-7, 270-pound Arizona tackle Taylor Lewan, considered 47th best at his position by Rivals. Consider him the newest guy UM is chasing. The others are Fayetteville, N.C.'s Xavier Nixon (6-6, 263 pounds and No. 2 according to Rivals at tackle), Utah native Xavier Su'a Filo (6-4, 285, No. 12 among tackles), Ohio native Chris Freeman (6-7, 325, No. 49), Washington D.C. product Peter White (6-5, 340, No. 4 guard) and local product Jared Wheeler (6-5, 31, No. 19 guard). Miami also recently received news it will get a visit from one of the nation's top defensive tackles in Detroit's William Campbell (6-5, 317). Campbell could play offensive line at the next level.

The Canes have two legit offensive line commitments including one from 2008 signee Brandon Washington, who is now in prep school in New York. The other is Cory White of Fleming Island, Fla., who starts at left tackle for his team.

> This week, in bringing back The Recruit Report, I caught up with a few of UM's current commitments including Reid, who told me he's been getting a lot more attention from the nearby Florida Gators since he made his commitment to UM late last month.

‘‘They always were recruiting me, but since I pledged, they've really pushed hard," he said. "I still feel like I'll be a Hurricane no matter what. I gave them my word."

Jamal_reidReid (6-1, 175) is a statistical machine and a player Gainesville Sun writer John Patton has said could be the best receiver to come out of his coverage area in the 10 years he's been covering high schools there. Reid had 10 catches for 221 yards and 2 touchdowns and an interception a 35-0 win over Branford last week. In a 46-28 win over Dixie County earlier this year, Reid caught six passes for 223 yards and scored three touchdowns. Lafayette is 6-0 this season.

Reid said he's playing safety and corner, but Canes coaches want him to come in as a corner. He said he can't wait to come down and visit UM at the end of his season and to check out South Beach. For the last two years, Reid has two younger sisters have lived with his aunt and uncle. His father was sent to jail two years ago and is expected to be released in August.

‘‘I'm from a town of 4,000 people," Reid said with a laugh. "I know Miami has a really nice campus. People always talk about Miami and the beaches, the rap stars, the movie stars. I guess it must be real interesting down there."

> I also caught up this week with a few other players including cornerback Brandon McGee (who is finally only playing defense), defensive end Olivier Vernon (who has his other trips to Alabama and FSU booked), and the coach of defensive tackle Curtis Porter. Enjoy the rest of the recruiting updates.

THE OTHER COMMITMENTS...
Offense
> Bryce Brown, RB, 6-0, 215, Wichita East, Kan.:
Bryce, who was elevated into the Rivals.com Top 5 rankings this week, is tearing things up in Kansas. Brown ran for 274 yards on 13 carries and scored six touchdowns as Wichita East rolled over rival Wichita West 54-0. He scored on runs of 24, 47, 69, and 14 yards and his last score came on a 46-yard catch. He now has 1,266 yards on 134 carries with 23 touchdowns in six games. His team is 5-1.

Aj_highsmith> A.J. Highsmith, QB, 6-0. 186, Fort Bend (TX) Hightower: After picking up play three weeks ago following Hurricane Ike, Highsmith has led his team to three straight blowout wins. It was last week in a 40-7 win against Clements he threw for 191 yards and three touchdowns. Highsmith is now 32 of 62 on the season with 612 yards passsing, 8 TDs and 2 INTs according to the Houston Chronicle.

> Mike James, RB, 5-11, 211, Davenport Ridge: James has led Ridge to three Mike_jamesconsecutive victories since our last report. He returned a kickoff 90 yards for a touchdown and piled up 202 yards rushing on 33 attempts and a 45-yard touchdown run a 14-0 win over Bartow High. A week later in a 13-10 overtime win against Lake Region, James went down with a shoulder injury after just rushing for 41 yards on 10 carries. But he returned last week and led Ridge to a stirring 14-13 victory against Lakeland Kathleen that featured an 81-yard touchdown run. He finished with 101 yards on 22 carries.

Lamar_miller> Lamar Miller, RB, 5-11, 205, Miami Killian: The newest commitment for the University of Miami has been having quite the season for the Cougars. He leads Miami-Dade in rushing and has Killian at 5-1 with 12 touchdowns and 892 yards rushing on 115 attempts. Against Miami Southridge last week, he ran for 150 yards on 20 carries and had the game-clinching 20-yard TD run in the fourth quarter. Against nationally-ranked Lakeland two weeks ago, had 152 yards on 25 carries including two touchdown runs in a 27-22 loss on the road.

Steven_plein> Stephen Plein, TE/DE, 6-6, 240, Fort Myers High:
As the team's starting defensive end, Plein has played well in the team's 3-3 start. He is fourth on the team in tackles with 31 and leads the Green Wave in sacks with 3½ on the season. He had two sacks and nine tackles in a 35-28 loss to Baker and hasn't played since.

> Billy Sanders, TE, 6-4, 240, Lake City Coueru d'Alene, Idaho:
Sanders had three catches in his first two games, but had three for 28 yards in a a 34-33 win against Del Oro late last month. Sanders' team is 3-3 on the season. Canesport.com reported Monday Sanders is being courted heavily by UCLA.

> Brandon Washington, OL, 6-5, 315, Milford Prep, N.Y.:
According to Rivals.com, Washington is still headed to The U next year. Rivals lists him as the No. 2 prep school recruit in the country. Milford Prep coach Bill Chaplick was quoted as saying recently Washington has dropped down to about 315 pounds. "He's so mobile and very physical. He just wants to punish players out there. As good as Charles Deas was for us, Washington is better," Chaplick said.

> Cory White, OL, 6-4, 240, Fleming Island:
As the starting left tackle and anchor for the offensive line, White has helped the Golden Eagles off to a 6-0 start. The offense is averaging 32.3 points and 415 yards a game and has only given up six sacks alls season.

Defense
> Antonio Harper, LB, 6-4, 230, Hargrave Military Academy:
Playing on the most loaded prep school team in the country -- with an estimated 21 Top 50 recruits by Rivals, Harper has played well for Hargrave. He is ranked 17th overall among prep school recruits.
> Prince Kent, ATH, 6-3, 195, Norcross (GA): Kent scored on two long touchdown passes in a 38-7 win against Chattahoochee on Sept. 27, finishing with three catches for 136 yards. Then, in a 45-0 blowout of Northview, he totaled 122 yards receiving on three catches. Kent is playing both ways for the Blue Devils and six games has 23 catches for 467 yards and two touchdowns. His team is 4-2.

Brandon_mcgee> Brandon McGee, DB, 5-11, 186, Plantation High: Since his team's blowout loss to Miramar, McGee has gotten his team back on the right track with three straight wins. And he's no longer playing offense -- except in spot duty. In fact, he's not even playing corner anymore. "I'm at safety now," McGee said. "I think I'm doing pretty good. In our last game [a 30-13 win over Piper] I had seven solo tackles, a sack, a forced fumble, and a fumble recovery. Coach Davis thought it would be best to move to safety because of my ability to make plays. I like it. But my bread and butter is corner."
McGee said he'll likely play safety the rest of the season with teammate Vladimir Emiellen out for the year. He had an inteception two weeks ago in a win against Ely playing corner. He said he's been to every single Hurricanes home game this season, rooting his future teammates on. "I can't wait to get there," McGee said. "I talk to coach Shannon, coach Hurtt, coach McGriff every other day. They know I'm hungry to come in and help."

> Curtis Porter, DT, 6-2, 334, Charlotte Victory Christian: The Kings improved to 4-3 last week with a 52-8 win in which Porter had about eight tackles and a sack according to coach Frank Crockett. He said Porter has been invited to play in the Shrine Bowl, a local All-Star game played on Thanksigiving weekend in the Charlotte area. This weekend, Porter plans on attending the UM-Duke game along with teammate Justin Fox, adefensive end and Duke commitment. Crockett said Porter has six sacks on the season and is getting leaner. He said Porter is around 320 now and is even being used in a fullback role on offense.

> Luther Robinson, DT, 6-3, 280, Fort Pierce Westwood: Robinson had helped the Panthers get off to a 5-1 start this season. He had a breakout game against Jensen Beach on Sept. 26, piling up six tackles, three sacks and interception. He's got 26 tackles and six sacks this season through five games.

> Olivier Vernon, DE, 6-3, 239, Hialeah American:
Vernon hasn't been on the playing field since he Olivier_vernon sprained his ankle against Coral Reef last month and he's not sure when he'll be back this season. He said he's been rehabbing for two weeks now, but still feels pain when he makes cuts. He has, however, been busy making plans for official visits. He told me Monday night he plans on starting his college tour Nov. 8 at Florida State, followed by a trip to Alabama on Dec. 5. and UM on Dec. 12. He also wants to make a trip to USF "To me, they're all level in my eyes," Vernon said. "They all could win the championship in the next few years. I want to be a part of that."
Vernon said he attended the UM-FSU game and it was "fun." "I really like what UM does as far as rotating guys and keeping them fresh," Vernon said. "I can be a part of that."

Kayvon_webster> Kayvon Webster, DB, 5-11, 181, Monsignor Pace: The two-way standout has 16 catches for 128 yards and a touchdown on offense for the 4-2 Spartans this season and has set the tone on defense as the team's leading tackler this. He's come up with huge defensive plays -- including a sack and forced fumble late in the game in a win at Naples.

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Duke will tool the hapless Hurricanes.

As UM"s season crumbles Jamal Reid will see what he would be stepping into. It's gonna be hilarious to watch Urban snatch this kid right out from under DuhU.

All Reid talks about is South Beach. South Beach is a joke. Overrated, overpriced, inaccessible, bunch of starving wannabe models, rap losers, and talent scouts. If you don't go out at ( those of us in the real world with jobs don't party at this hour) 3a.m. you don't see anything but a huge traffic jam and fake t i t s.

Reid will shortly see that UF's team is a family and he'll want to be part of that during college. And oh yeah, he'll want to play for a team that is actually relevant. UF is building a power secondary. Major Wright and Janoris Jenkins are nasty players. UM's secondary on the other hand is a bunch of soft pantywaists.

Do the right thing Reid.

What a loser you must be to be scanning blogs just to post such a comment.

UM's available scholarships will drop off by 33% next year. Don't think for one second that the enormous amount of schollies available last year didn't boost UM's recruiting rank. combine the drop off in schollies with recruits seeing what a fraud Randy is and UM's next recruiting class wont sniff the top 10. But go ahead and talk about what a recruiting magician King Randy is. He is a mirage. The honeymoon is about to GRIND TO A HALT.

Wow. Great job Manny. Stepping up your game with all the good info lately. Much appreciated.

Hey canesgirlskank. Stay over on Lamespace with all your homer pals who don't have the onions to tell you how bad your hair looks. I wonder how long your pal waited under light post 4382B for me to show up?

DuhU,

U seem jealous of MIami the city and the UNiversity. Too bad after TEA-BAG leaves U all will go back to GEEK status. HILLBILLY Gainseville is better than MIAMI.... man take a hike!

2008 recruiting:

THE U: 22

UF: 6

@008 records:

THE U: 5-7

UF: 9-4 plus a bowl

ENOUGH SAID!!!

overcrowded, traffic choked, dirty, crime ridden, foreign language speaking, overpriced, blighted, FLAT BROKE Miami

Keep telling yourself that BIG DADDY. If you ever in your life left the 305 you would understand what a moron U are.

What kind of name is BIG DADDY?...no comment

Maybe I should have proof read my posts. Let me clarify, that's 22 kids from SoFlo to UF's 6 in the 2008 recruiting class.

ENOUGH SAID!!!

2008 records:

THE U: 5-7

ENOUGH SAID!!! - Cane 360


NO TRUER WORDS HAVE EVER BEEN SPOKEN

Maybe I should have proof read my posts. Let me clarify, that's 22 kids from SoFlo to UF's 6 in the 2008 recruiting class.

But you didn't and you look like an idiot

ENOUGH SAID!!!

no Zach Kane listed.

That's better than having Superman man handled by Meechigan.

LSwho (4-1)? Obviously overrated. Oh, I forgot, wins against App State, Troy, and North Texas should automatically give you a #3 ranking.

Ole Miss (3-3)? With losses to Wake Forest (4-1), Vandy (5-1) and USC (5-2). But they do have a win agianst UF (5-1).

SEC = Same Excuse Constantly

We are the best conference because we are the LOUDEST and MOST OBNOXIOUS!!!

Can't even go undefeated in this conference because we all suck!

Ok, that was fun. Back to business. Looks like we might have us another decent class. Can't wait for the LOIs though.

Lamar Miller did pretty good against Lakeland High School. 62 yard scamper on his first carry. Guess we know where UF will be loading up. Good to see our potentials run all over UF's potentials. Mike James is next to run all over LHS.

I hope we land some serious OLs or TEs with potential OL experience.

Why are Gators on our Site since U all are all world. Take your trailer, hillbilly self back to where U came from. Like I said once TEA-Bag leaves back to Geek Status U go. Harvey, Wright or you little MUNCHINS will not save your beloved Gators! AND OH YEAH PUT THESE BIG DADDYS NUTZZ IN YOUR MOUTH TRICK!

DOn't forget your REBEL flag eithier. I bet your behind wont even come close to MIAMI hoods talking that ying yang.

GOOD INFO ON THE UPCOMING RECRUITS...

2008 CANE VIDEO

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W2uXPHWpW6o

Wow this is the lamest thread I have read in a long time. The comments are supposed to be relevant to the original post.

To all the haters out there, give it a year or two and then you will have something special to hate on. For now, why don't you go get a life and stop trolling UM blogs.

Glad to see Brandon is still coming to Miami. We'll need the help at tackle.

Manny....awesome article man! Keep the info coming!

"PUT THESE BIG DADDYS NUTZZ IN YOUR MOUTH TRICK!"

Thats original BIG DADDY(housing project playa) I think you're the first person to ever say that and you should be congratulated on your originality.

YOUR LACK OF ANY INTELLIGENCE IS SHINING THROUGH

It seems to me that given the right system, Bryce Brown will be a devastating and frightening force in college football.

I certainly hope that UM is the system. We are fortunate to have him.

Thanks for the updates Manny! I see the loser gator fans are back now.... WOW, these kids have no lives. Shouldn't they be looking for a job instead of trolling our blogs? I guess since there isn't much to talk about on their recruiting front they need to feel a part of our "U Family." Poor gator fans.... LOL, we will pass on you guys but there's a shelter down the road for you bums.

Hold on to the chili peppers boys... it's going to be a Hot, I say HOT.... Recruiting class!!!

If JJ bolts, We have Bryce coming in at maybe 220 lbs come fall and Lamar at 210 entering the gate.... damn, that's allot of mojo power to compliment Cooper.

Kinda like the thought of a 300 plus pounder running fullback, when ya just gotta have it!!!
Hummm Nix, whatcha think? Brandon Washington or Curtis Porter? Hummmmmm .... TD, that's what I'm talk'n bout...

How about we see that Wild Cat offense that the Dolphins play... Cooper, JJ and Marve.

Lastly... With JJ coming in, it will boost the The offense greatly and give us that extra nudge that we have been missing in the games!

Go Canes

Cat5

Manny great updates. We definitely need to get the O and D line strengthened.

Duh U .. I see your a bit traumatized from getting denied entrance to the exclusive clubs we have down here on SoBe. LOL. Loser! I guess Gainesville is more a party town??? Your crappy clubs close at 2am.

We're a young team and our upperclassmen suck. We'll be light years ahead next year. It's not like Coker left the roster full of talent like Zook did for the Gay-tors.

Once Tebag and HArvin leave for the NFL your team will be garbage! Good luck recruiting the "next Percy HArvin"

to all the loser swamp lizards...get off this blog, you know randy is ten times a better recruiter than your loser coach...since he can't evaluate talent himself he goes after other schools players...miami is down now ( thanks to baldy coker )...you know is only a matter of time before the U rises again....then it will be like just like before ....the U first, fsu second and all you freaking loser GAY-TURDS last....get lost !!!!!!

Man, it never ceases to amaze me that Gator fans just love to come onto OUR site and talk smack. That tell me 2 things, first off, your YOUNGSTERS with NOTHING better to do, and I understand that, there are no pig-roasts, or turkey shoots yet in Gainesville and you're bored, there will be soon, lol. Secondly, for some odd reason you're just overly jealous of the U, and I can't understand why? We suck, like you said, and our team is going nowhere, like you said. So why waste your little pettiness on our blog. I'll tell you why, because you saw something in the UF/UM game, you saw us keep you down for 3 and half quarters, and you know if we had an inkling of O in that game, it could've been different story, and you know that we WILL be very dangerous again. That's why you come on OUR blog. When you mature a little more, you'll get the picture, and have to quit trying to JUSTIFY yourselves in Cane country. Poor babies, must really suuuck living in Gainesville, lol.

so with only about 5 available schollys, and all of them being designated to OL-men, does that mean we're out with debose, armstrong & dye, as well as michael carter?

Duh U is none other than CANESRULE!!!! He thinks he can sway the recruits by posting garbage on our site! They don't read this crap! When I go to the games, the recruits are not doing the Gaytor Chomp, they're throwing up the U!

These kids want to play fool! They want to be part of a REAL family, not that foster program Meyer has put together up in Canesville! You're on top loser, enjoy it while it lasts, cause it won't last long! You're not going undefeated (again), and you probably will not play for the title!

Same 'ol, same 'ol!

Go 'canes!

People: don't let these Gaytor morons get to you - they are all losers who have no life and that is why they end up reading our blogs. Envy is the root of all the hatred towards the "U" - if you had to live in a trailer park in a southern hick town like Gaynesville, with a bunch of drunk rednecks and go out to countryass hillbillie night clubs in Gaynesville to pick up chicks with no teeth - or better yet, have to go to family reunions to pick up chicks, then I guess we can understand their frustration. To compare South Beach to Gaynesville is like comparing the Ritz to Motel 6 ..... well there is no comparison. Tea-bag will not make it in the NFL - so I guess he will join the ranks of drafted gaytors who don't make it in the NFL - just compare the Canes' draft picks to the gaytors for the last 10 years and see where their careers have gone after entering the NFL- go ahead Gaytor fans look it up - that is why the best recruits come to Miami, cause they see the Canes' players making a huge impact in the NFL, and they see that we have more players in the NFL than any other college team, they also see that we are coming back for another championship and the gaytors are on the way out. Try winning the SEC and then talk crap you idiots. Stay off our blogs and go back to making love to your farm animals. I guess with a degree from Florida you could apply for a job at Burger King -

What's even more funny, is that those Gaytor fans come on here, talking about high crime, SoBe, etc, when it's actually THEIR players CONSTANTLY getting arrested, shooting people, stealing DEAD people's credit cards. Is that what kind of family you guys have in Gainesville? LMAO

UF fans are racist. I would never send my kids to play in GAYnesville

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