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Canes eyeing JUCOs for linemen

With the recruiting search for offensive linemen intensifying, UM officially entered the JUCO (junior college) ranks this week. Canesport.com reported Monday Miami offered Nassau Community College's Andrew Tiller, a 6-5, 350-pounder who also has offers from N.C. State and Rutgers. Rivals.com rates Tiller, nicknamed Baby Huey, as the nation's 57th-best overall junior college recruit.

Miami certainly could use a few quick fixes considering offensive line coach Jeff Stoutland likes to have a solid seven to nine man rotation and because the current rotation will take a big hit with losses to graduation after Jeff_stoutlandthis season. Miami needs to fill a starting center spot (likely AJ Trump or Tyler Horn) and at least two tackle spots next season. While the interior of the line looks to be in decent shape with sophomores Orlando Franklin, Joel Figueroa, Trump and current scout team redshirt freshman Harland Gunn available, it's the outside of UM's line which looks thin. Jason Fox will likely be back at left tackle, but who moves in at right tackle remains a mystery. Franklin has the size and talent to move outside. After that, there is seldom used junior Matt Pipho, who will be given a chance, 6-5, 345-pound junior Chris Barney (who was excelling before he suffered an injury in fall camp), big 6-9 sophomore Ian Symonnette (who has not played a down) and true freshman Ben Jones.

Of UM's 16 current commitments, four are counted as tight ends or linemen. Recruiting coordinator Clint Hurtt has said Miami wants to go after as many six to eight tight ends/lineman in this class (the thought is UM could convert a few tight ends into linemen, ala Jason Fox and Eric Winston). Only two of those commitments, though, appear to be legit linemen. Fleming Island's 6-4, 240-pound Cory White, who plays left tackle in high school and January prep school arrival and former Northwestern Bulls star Brandon Washington (the most likely newcomer out of the 2009 signees other than a JUCO player to be an instant impact player). Billy Sanders (6-4, 235) is playing tight end and defensive end at his Idaho high school. Fort Myers High's Stephen Plein, suspended by the FHSAA a few weeks ago for an altercation with a referee, has only been playing defensive end.

Miami has gone after plenty of high school targets including some of the nation's best available non-Malcolm_bunche
commitments: North Carolina's Xavier Nixon (6-6, 263), Utah's Xavier Su'a Filo (6-4, 285), Arizona's Taylor Lewan (6-7, 272) and Washington D.C.'s Peter White (6-4, 340) to name a few. But the guys UM has the best shot of landing are likely Delaware native Malcolm Bunche (6-6, 315), who recently decommitted from Rutgers and local product, Plantation American Heritage's Jared Wheeler (6-5, 310). UM is supposed to get an official visit from Alabama's Brandon Moore (6-3, 315) in January, but its looking more and more like he'll stay at home to play for the No. 1-ranked Crimson Tide. Miami also recently entered the chase for Henry Conway, an under the radar 6-6, 300-pound lineman from Ohio.

> For those of you who like recruiting rankings, Randy Shannon's 2009 recruiting class currently ranks 10th overall according to ESPN.com, which updates its rankings on a monthly basis. Last year, Miami landed ESPN's No. 1 class. With 8 different freshman having scored touchdowns this year, it's quite obvious ESPN picked the right team. By the way, Rivals.com has UM 10th. Scout.com has UM ranked 17th.

> While UM could hear something soon on highly-touted New York City guard Durand Scott (who is said to be choosing between the Canes and UConn), the nation's No. 1 player, North Carolina point guard John Wall told Scout.com's Dave Telep Tuesday night he's interested in officially visiting the Canes before making a decision. Wall also wants to visit Baylor (where he has an AAU connection). Wall is supposed to be visiting Memphis this weekend and stopping by Duke next week.

John_wallTelep said in a recent article he thinks local standout Kenny Boynton, who recently committed to the Gators, will be the best college basketball player of the 2009 class. He pegged Wall as the best pro player. Scout.com's Evan Daniels picked Scott as the most improved player in the '09 class. As far as 2010 is concerned, UM is already involved with Pine Crest guard Brandon Knight, who could emerge as the nation's top overall recruit. UM is also in the running for Atlanta 6-6 swingman Jelan Kendrick and 6-7, 210-pound Long Island power forward Tobias Harris and three other highly-touted instate players.

> Could former Canes coach Butch Davis be leaving North Carolina for Tennessee after this season? Davis has been a hot target for Tennessee fans, who are looking for a star to fill the shoes of the soon-to-be departed Phillip Fullmer. But in Wednesday's ACC teleconference, Davis said he doesn't plan on leaving North Carolina. He said his agent hasn't been contacted -- as far as he knows -- either.

Butch"I have absolutely no interest whatsoever in the University of Tennessee job. It's a great job, but I have no interest in it. Like I've said for the last couple of weeks I love being here, my family loves being at Carolina, we're building it with the administration. We're doing everything we can every single day to build a championship football program here."

Of course, Davis sure sounded a lot like that before he left UM for the Cleveland Browns too.

> Here's an official reminder to check out our audio page for interviews with players from this week as Miami prepares to take on the Virginia Tech Hokies Thursday night.

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Uno?!

Hell yeah! Where's my shirt?

I really hope miami gets some of the ol recruits. This team has a chance to go 10-2 or better next year if they can protect harris and marve. If there ol struggles next year though that could spell trouble .

good stuff... It sure looks like we have our eyes on some good O-Lineman... Haith is really doing something with the B-Ball program, to bad continued success will mean many schools will come a calling very soon if not already... I hope not!!

Lastly, I hope Spurrier shuts those Gator pie-holes on Saturday... I am getting a little sick of those pricks...

Aint gonna happen JROD. I know its going to be tough for you to swallow but National Championship number 3 is coming for the Gators. I know, I know you have 5 and we have 2, but you guys are going backwards and we are going forward so we will get number 4 within the next two years. Don't worry we won't miss Tebow one bit, reload instead of rebuild, that is what you guys used to do.

Last time I checked, Miami has more wins that last year. I think that's called moving forward. Gators win national championship and lose 4 the next year. Some call that moving backwards. Gators still have to play a much improved FL State team and then a pretty solid 'Bama team. JRod, don't count your chickens before they've hatched.

Great to see Miami going after some O-linemen. I especially like to see them going after guys who aren't necessarily the best (4 and 5 star) recruits. It's not always about recruiting talent on the o-line; it's about recruiting guys who are going to work hard. In my opinion, those are the smart guys that protect the QB, so some brains may be better than all brawn.

It's exciting to see the basketball team being talked about this way on the national level. I'm about to call my bookie and put down a few bucks on those 100-1 odds. Might as well, right?! Would be great to see Miami land some of those top recruits in basketball. True freshman basketball players can have even more of an affect right away than any other major sport I know of.

oops, aimed at MiamiGator. Sorry Jrod.

There is no way UF will win a NC this year. This year is your only shot and I can't see UF getting past the SEC Championship game. The winner will be a Big 12 school and after this year, it's all down hill for the gayturds. You see, South Florida is locked down now, it's Cane country.

DRESS CODE FOR TOMORROW GAME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
FATIGUES WITH ORANGE, GREEN, OR BLACK UM SHIRTS!!!!


TRIBUTE TO THE 80S..............

PASS It on!!!!!!!

Aint gonna happen JROD. I know its going to be tough for you to swallow but National Championship number 3 is coming for the Gators. I know, I know you have 5 and we have 2, but you guys are going backwards and we are going forward so we will get number 4 within the next two years. Don't worry we won't miss Tebow one bit, reload instead of rebuild, that is what you guys used to do.

Posted by: MiamiGator | November 12, 2008 at 03:39 PM

You're not winning the title this year. You are not even close to being the best 1-loss team.

Locking down South Florida mattered in the past, other regions are catching up, look I don't like the Canes but I do like South Florida high school football, its not what its used to be when 3 major South Florida football high school lose this year to out state schools: Booker T lost to a school from Georgia, Northwestern lost to a team from California and Pahokee lost to a team from South Carolina, build that fence, lol!!!

I just came back for the chain store...Steve & Barrys, who are going out of business...They have all UM sportswear...2 for $5.00.....shirs, jackets...everything!

Great job, Manny! Thanks.

MiamiGator,

It's because all their good players are in college right now (a ton of them at UM). High schools don't have the luxury of recruiting whole teams. Okay, maybe they can coax a few players to play there instead of some other place, but that's hush-hush stuff. Florida is a tough state to stay on top of for more than a couple years at a time at the high school level. That's why Miami is recruiting elsewhere this year. Last year, the talent that came out of South Florida was ridiculous. There's still a lot of talent, but not restricted to a couple of top-notch schools like last year.

M.H.,

Good call! I hit up a Steve & Barry's not too long ago out here and found a couple of Miami shirts. Pretty sweet store. Wish they had more Miami stuff, but it is Tucson.

Herbal Mind Scouting Report- VA tech

VA Tech plays well coached hardnosed football every week. To win this game Miami needs to start fast and finish strong. 12 days since The Canes last game Miami can’t start the game with any rust.

Virginia Tech on Offense-
Miami has to prepare for 3 QB’s.
Glennon; the likely starter is a classic drop pack passer with limited mobility before he had a bum ankle. The key to shutting down Glennon; like most drop back passers is pressure; with the front four and with Young’s blitz schemes.

Taylor who didn’t play last week against Maryland, but is still a possibility to play this Thursday night. VA Tech is far more explosive on O when he is the signal caller. FSU’s QB Ponder ran all over the Miami D, if Taylor is healthy Coach Young has hopefully found a solution to the running QB. The most frequent defensive adjustment to a running QB is to spy him with a LB. Spence comes to mind with his speed. However, when spying a QB the secondary is left with bigger passing lanes.

Tech also runs their version of the wildcat. The put in 291LB TE Boone in at QB, he is an athlete probably their best. They will run straight ahead, reverses and the option out of this formation. However, don’t sleep on Boone he can throw the ball too. Miami can’t over pursue and give up any big plays when Tech lines up this formation. When Boone runs he HAS to be tackled low with many hats gang tackling.

Tech’s best weapon is the running game. Mainly Evans; he set a school record last week against Maryland. He has great vision hits the hole quick and low. Tech will run out of all formations; but they are most successful out of the shotgun and out of double tight. The OL plays well as a unit opening holes for Evans. Tech looks to the play action pass for the big play especially out of 2 TE set.

VA Tech WR’s are weak. They have not scored a TD ALL year. This should free up The Miami Front 7 to run blitz. Miami’s secondary has improved recently with Hill in at Safety. The corners need to be prepared to play one on one to free up the LB’s for run support.


Virginia Tech on Defense-

They run the basic 4-3 D, very similar to North Carolina. They like to play cover 2 and cover 3 and don’t blitz much. When they blitz they show it. It will be up to Miami’s QB to recognize the blitz on their pre-snap read. Screens work well against the blitz. Throwing where the D is blitzing from is usually the first read for any QB. Tech has the tendency to blitz more when their opponent crosses their 40 yard line.
Tech’s D is a bend but don’t break defense. They try to keep everything in-front of them to force the offense to make a mistake. If balls are forced downfield be prepared for a couple picks.
Miami’s RT needs to come to play. Techs left DE #6 is a beast of a pass rusher, but is a little suspect against the run. Tech is solid all around on D; but Miami WR’s should be able to get open.

Like all football whoever wins the battle up front and doesn’t turnover the ball will get the W.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_fYQ6nm_l5o

DRESS CODE FOR TOMORROW GAME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
FATIGUES WITH ORANGE, GREEN, OR BLACK UM SHIRTS!!!!


TRIBUTE TO THE 80S..............

PASS It on!!!!!!!

Nice scouting report, HM. Thanks!

3:26 p.m. There's a great story brewing out of Middle Creek. In addition to Miami signee Garrius Adams, we give you Tom Tankelewicz. No schoolie last fall, winter or spring. Charleston Southern offers in the summer and he's got college paid for. (DT)



http://www.zagsblog.com/2008/11/12/latest-on-durand-scott-john-wall
Today is the first day of the NCAA early signing period and Rice guard Durand Scott is not expected to make an announcement on this day.
-- adam zagoria

v-tech has NEVER had the talent we have but they always beat us. it has got to be our coaching.

Northwestern lost to a team from California and Pahokee lost to a team from South Carolina, build that fence, lol!!!

Posted by: MiamiGator | November 12, 2008 at 04:41 PM

HEY GAYTURD, NORTHWESTERNs ONLY LOSS WAS TO(Miami Central 25 - 27 ) ONE LOSS IN 3 YEARS!!!

http://blogs.sun-sentinel.com/sports_college_hurricanes/2008/11/10-questions-ab.html

Caught up with Darryl Slater of the Richmond (Va.) Times-Dispatch this week. He’s covered the Hokies for nearly three years, and is one of the most informative writers in the ACC. Today, he answers 10 questions about Virginia Tech and its game against Miami Thursday at Dolphin Stadium.

Good post norm. Very informative

Herbal Mind Scouting Report- VA tech

VA Tech plays well coached hardnosed football every week. To win this game Miami needs to start fast and finish strong. 12 days since The Canes last game Miami can’t start the game with any rust.

Virginia Tech on Offense-
Miami has to prepare for 3 QB’s.
Glennon; the likely starter is a classic drop pack passer with limited mobility before he had a bum ankle. The key to shutting down Glennon; like most drop back passers is pressure; with the front four and with Young’s blitz schemes.

Taylor who didn’t play last week against Maryland, but is still a possibility to play this Thursday night. VA Tech is far more explosive on O when he is the signal caller. FSU’s QB Ponder ran all over the Miami D, if Taylor is healthy Coach Young has hopefully found a solution to the running QB. The most frequent defensive adjustment to a running QB is to spy him with a LB. Spence comes to mind with his speed. However, when spying a QB the secondary is left with bigger passing lanes.

Tech also runs their version of the wildcat. The put in 291LB TE Boone in at QB, he is an athlete probably their best. They will run straight ahead, reverses and the option out of this formation. However, don’t sleep on Boone he can throw the ball too. Miami can’t over pursue and give up any big plays when Tech lines up this formation. When Boone runs he HAS to be tackled low with many hats gang tackling.

Tech’s best weapon is the running game. Mainly Evans; he set a school record last week against Maryland. He has great vision hits the hole quick and low. Tech will run out of all formations; but they are most successful out of the shotgun and out of double tight. The OL plays well as a unit opening holes for Evans. Tech looks to the play action pass for the big play especially out of 2 TE set.

VA Tech WR’s are weak. They have not scored a TD ALL year. This should free up The Miami Front 7 to run blitz. Miami’s secondary has improved recently with Hill in at Safety. The corners need to be prepared to play one on one to free up the LB’s for run support.


Virginia Tech on Defense-

They run the basic 4-3 D, very similar to North Carolina. They like to play cover 2 and cover 3 and don’t blitz much. When they blitz they show it. It will be up to Miami’s QB to recognize the blitz on their pre-snap read. Screens work well against the blitz. Throwing where the D is blitzing from is usually the first read for any QB. Tech has the tendency to blitz more when their opponent crosses their 40 yard line.
Tech’s D is a bend but don’t break defense. They try to keep everything in-front of them to force the offense to make a mistake. If balls are forced downfield be prepared for a couple picks.
Miami’s RT needs to come to play. Techs left DE #6 is a beast of a pass rusher, but is a little suspect against the run. Tech is solid all around on D; but Miami WR’s should be able to get open.

Like all football whoever wins the battle up front and doesn’t turnover the ball will get the W.


Posted by: Herbal Minded aka HM | November 12, 2008 at 06:56 PM

Make sure you rush that scouting report to the Hurricanes immediately!!! How much time did you waste coming up with and researching that nonsense? Why don't you go hang yourself?

NOT BAD.

7-3,

Northwestern lost to a team from California

HEY GAYTURD, NORTHWESTERNs ONLY LOSS WAS TO(Miami Central 25 - 27 ) ONE LOSS IN 3 YEARS!!!


I'm a Cane fan 7-3 but I have to correct you.

The 2008 Kickoff Classic game doesn't count on the schedule, Northwestern lost to Cal Long Beach Poly 29-7.

and

v-tech has NEVER had the talent we have but they always beat us. it has got to be our coaching.

U sure your not the Gayturd fan? Our coaching is great!

Hey You're an idiot, thanx for reposting. an hour is all i needed, unlike u IDIOT i know football.

I LOVE ALL MY HATERS!!!

Hey Manny, heard we got a commitment from Cory White today.

Hey You're an idiot, thanx for reposting. an hour is all i needed, unlike u IDIOT i know football.

I LOVE ALL MY HATERS!!!

Posted by: HErbal Minded aka HM | November 13, 2008 at 01:14 PM

Haters are people that hate on someone that they envy. You have nothing to envy, so don't flatter yourself. You're just a jack@ss on a blog.

By the way, your football knowledge is so obvious. You should send your resume in to UM.
And I'm sure you did take an hour on that, you retard. Go call Joe Rose and tell him all about it...loser.

Your an idiot, pay attention and U might learn something... But i forget ur an idiot so u can't...

do u have the balls to give your real posting name?

Canes VILL LOSE TONIGHT...AT HOME...


BOOK IT!!!!!!!!!


GUARANTEED!!!!!!

Please sign me to a contract before this V-Tech game. I want a long term contract or else I may bolt to some high school after this year. Florida State and Florida are trying to give the Miami athletic department money so you can sign me to a long term extension. DO IT NOW!!!! Before this game I lose at home!!!
Keep me around forever!!!!

Your an idiot, pay attention and U might learn something... But i forget ur an idiot so u can't...

do u have the balls to give your real posting name?

Posted by: Herbal Minded aka HM | November 13, 2008 at 04:20 PM

Ummm...are you serious? I'll give you my name, my address, my phone #, and whatever hell else you want. What are you gonna do?

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