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TRR: Highsmith coming to play QB

Since the day he committed to Miami back in February -- just days after the Canes brought in Jacory Harris to share the quarterback duties with Robert Marve -- A.J. Highsmith has maintained he'll come in and play whatever position coach Randy Shannon wants him to. But it's looking more and more to Highsmith like that position will be quarterback, even though the Hurricanes currently have two freshmen who are sharing the job and two more on the scout team.


"Everybody thinks I'm going to play safety at UM, but Miami says they're going to keep me at quarterback. The more I talk to the coaches, the more I really believe quarterback is where they want me," Highsmith, the son of former Canes running back Alonzo Highsmith said Wednesday. "You never know what can happen. I just want to go in, learn everything I need to and be ready if they call on me."

Highsmith (6-0, 186) has played nothing but quarterback for Fort Bend Hightower High in Houston this season. He's led his Hurricanes to a 7-0 start and 4-0 record in district play. Highsmith had a huge game two weeks ago in a 35-14 win over Kempner, going 8-of-15 for 189 yards and three touchdowns. His season statistics are 58 of 117 passing for 1,035 yards, 14 touchdowns and two interceptions. He also run for 104 yards and two touchdowns. Aside from Harris and Marve, UM has Cannon Smith and Taylor Cook -- who are being redshirted this season -- on its roster of available quarterbacks. In 2005 and 2006, UM failed to sign a quarterback. But since inking Marve in 2007, the Canes have managed to bring in four more including Highsmith.

Houston, Texas A&M and Oklahoma State are still chasing after him, but he says he's still 100 percent committed to UM. He says because Miami has been televised only on regional TV, he's tried to keep up by watching highlights on the weekends. "I haven't talked to Jacory or Robert in a while, but I'm sure I will once my season is over," Highsmith. "They're good guys."

> Highsmith said he won't be enrolling at UM until the summer. But the Canes could potentially have nine players who are looking to enroll early. Of the team's 16 commitments, defensive tackle Luther Robinson, cornerback Brandon McGee, linebacker Antonio Harper, running back Mike James, running back Bryce Brown, tight end Billy Sanders, tight end Stephen Plein, linebacker offensive tackle Brandon Washington and defensive end Olivier Vernon have all said they are planning on enrolling by January.

> Brandon Washington, who is finishing up his prep school season at Milford Prep in N.Y., will definitely be at UM by January. And the 6-5, 330-pound former Northwestern standout is all set to come down and make an immediate impact according coach Bill Chaplick.


"He had a great year. I started him at left tackle and he started every game. He was the pillar of our offensive line and he's played pretty good," Chaplick said by phone Wednesday night. "He's definitely going to Miami -- there is doubt about that. For him to get down there and with the workouts for the winter time is going to be huge. The benefit of going to prep school is you get there a semester before anybody else. He's already played 11 JV college games here. He's been away from home. He's more mature. He's ready."

Chaplick said Washington is in good physical shape saying "he's not sloppy, he's just as big as a house." Washington has one more game this season -- against Navy -- and will return home to Miami in December.

Miami could definitely use Washington right away. With Jason Fox expected back at left tackle, Washington could move over to right tackle and help with the losses of Chris Rutledge and Reggie Youngblood to graduation next year. Potentially, Orlando Franklin could also move outside to tackle (he has the size for it and hinted at it when I spoke to him last week). Miami will be think on experience at tackle next year. Freshman Ben Jones could potentially play there as well along with scout team regulars Tyler Horn and Ian Symonnette.

> With the regular season coming to an end for a lot of high school recruits, I decided to catch up in this installment of The Recruit Report with as many guys as I could to find out how their seasons were going and who was making the playoffs. I made a ton of phone calls, but only got to talk to a handful of guys. Here's the update on the Canes' 16 oral commitments and how they are doing right now based on local newspaper reports and more.


> Bryce Brown, RB, 6-0, 215, Wichita East, Kan.: Bryce Brown isn't going to the playoffs. His season came to a disappointing finish when the East Aces dropped their final two team games of the year to finish 6-3. Brown scored all three touchdowns in his team's 38-18 loss to undefeated Derby on Oct. 24. Then, he scored once and ran for 192 yards as the Aces' season came to an end with a 44-26 loss to rival Southeast on Halloween night. Bryce finished his nine-game season with 1,872 yards rushing -- breaking his own league record. Brown capped his career with 6,809 yards rushing according to The Wichita Eagle.

> Antonio Harper, LB, 6-4, 230, Hargrave Military Academy: Nothing new to report on Harper, who is still expected to come to UM. There isn't a whole lot of information available on the internet for Prep School football results.

> Mike James, RB, 5-11, 211, Davenport Ridge: For the first time this year, James Mike_james couldn't break the century mark last week against an opponent. Lakeland, the state's No. 2-ranked 5A school, got the better of him and Ridge, dropping the Bolts to their first loss of the season. Ridge finished with 71 yards on 21 carries. A week earlier, though, he helped Ridge capture its first district title in school history with a stirring 45-31 upset of Lake Wales. James ran for 131 yards on 28 carries and scored the final two touchdowns of the game. James now has 980 yards and eight touchdowns on the season.


> Prince Kent, ATH, 6-3, 195, Norcross (GA): Kent hauled in a 61-yard touchdown pass and caught five passes for 94 yards last Saturday, but it wasn't enough to lift his team past Peachtree Ridge last weekend. Norcross will be going to the playoffs, but will not be seeded very high. Kent has 29 catches for 611 yards and four touchdowns this season for Norccross, which is 6-3, 5-2 in Region 7-5A.

> Brandon McGee, DB, 5-11, 186, Plantation High: Brandon has a big district Brandon_mcgee showdown this week with rival South Plantation to decide who makes the playoffs as the runner-up behind Boyd Anderson. McGee, who has stopped playing quarterback and played solely in the secondary since late September, was honores this week by being selected as U.S. Army Bowl All-American. He'll join Bryce Brown as UM's two commitments playing in the All-Star game Jan. 3 in San Antonio.

> Lamar Miller, RB, 5-11, 205, Miami Killian: He told he would do it and now he's on Lamar_miller the verge of accomplishing it. With two regular season games left, Miller is on his way to the coveted Miami-Dade rushing title with 1,175 yards and 16 touchdowns on 140 carries. That's an 8.4 yard average. He only leads Central junior Brandon Gainer by two yards. but Gainer only has one game left to play. In Killian's 34-0 win over South Dade, Miller ran for 161 yards on 13 carries and two touchdowns. This week, Miller gets rival Palmetto High. But he likely will not be going head-to-head with Dade's other top senior running back Jamaal Berry, who is Ohio State-bound. Berry hasn't played since going down with an ankle injury on Oct. 10. He suffered a wrist injury in the preseason and had been playing with a broken bone.

> Stephen Plein, TE, 6-6, 240, Fort Myers High: Plein was suspended on Oct. 24 by Steven_plein the Florida High School Athletic Association for gross unsportsmanlike conduct. Plein reportedly hit an official in the arm with his helmet and directed an expletive at him as the official was trying to leave the field according to the Fort Myers News-Press. Plein told InsideTheU.com this week, though, his suspension might be lifted in time for him to return for the team's final games of the season. He also said UM coaches are being supportive of him. Plein, who committed to UM in June, had 49 tackles, 3.5 sacks and one fumble recovery for Fort Myers, which is now 5-4 and still eligible for the playoffs.

> Curtis Porter, DT, 6-2, 334, Charlotte Victory Christian: Porter's season came to an end last week and although his team didn't finish with the record he wanted to, he's excited. Because now, he can focus on being a Cane. Porter said he will take an official visit to UM on Dec. 12 and plans on enrolling in January. He says he feels like he's i n the best shape of his life after having dropped from 335 before the season to 320. He said UM defensive line coach Clint Hurtt has already given up an idea what to work on as he prepares to arrive and start taking classes. "I definitely want to come in and compete right away," Porter said. "It looks like those guys are having a lot fun. I want to be a part of it."


> Jamal Reid, ATH, 6-1, 175, Mayo Lafayette: Reid continues to make a strong case for Class 1A State Player of the Year honors. He caught four passes for 123 yards and two touchdowns as Lafayette cruised to a 41-0 district championship-clinching win over Hilliard last week. Reid has 38 catches for 973 yards and 15 touchdowns. His team is 8-0 and hoping to make a deep playoff run in the next couple of weeks.

> Luther Robinson, DT, 6-3, 280, Fort Pierce Westwood: Robinson helped his team lock up the District 13-4A title last week and improve to 8-1 with a 14-7 win over Sebastian River. A week earlier in a 27-14 win over Okeechobee, Robinson had 11 tackles and a sack. Robinson, who starts both ways on the offensive and defensive line, has 53 tackles, eight sacks, eight tackles for loss and one interception this season. Canesport.com reported Tuesday Robinson is planning on taking his full slate of visits -- including trips to Georgia and Florida.

> Billy Sanders, TE, 6-4, 235, Couer d'Alene Lake City, Idaho: Two weeks ago, Sanders helped his team to a playoff-clinching 20-17 win over Coeur d'Alene High by collecting two huge turnovers in the waning moments. Sanders caught three passes for 30 yards in that game. A week later, he hauled in a five-yard touchdown pass in a 28-21 loss to Lewiston. Sanders and Lake City will head to the playoffs with a 4-5 record.

> Olivier Vernon, DE, 6-3, 239, Hialeah American: Vernon, who suffered an ankle injury early in the season, still hasn't returned to action this season. He's scheduled to take an official visit to Florida State this coming weekend. He'll visit Alabama on Dec. 5 and then UM on Dec. 12.


> Kayvon Webster, DB, 5-11, 181, Monsignor Pace: Webster helped Pace lock up its third district title in a row and its 18th consecutive trip to the state playoffs (tied for the state record with St. Thomas Aquinas) with a 31-19 win over Edison last week. Webster caught three passes for 29 yards a week earlier in a 10-7 win against Belen.


> Cory White, TE, 6-4, 225, Fleming Island: After a 7-0 start to the season, White and his teammates were blown out 41-3 last week against district rival Orange Park and now must win this week at Gainesville Buchholz to make the playoffs. White was having a great season as the team's starting left tackle before the Eagles were dominated.

> The Hurricanes resumed practice Wednesday and will be available to the media starting following Thursday's practice. Here's a link to what Randy Shannon talked about during his ACC Teleconference Wednesday.


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The STORM is building...and getting STRONGER and, STRONGER.

Csnes fans...big UM event next Thursday. Induction into the Ring of Honor for FIVE new Canes:


Need some O-lineman!!

Here are some of the OL we are recruiting:

Xavier Nixon OT 6 6 263 Jack Britt Highschool N.C

Marcus Hall OT 6 5 290 Glenville Highschool Ohio

Quentin Washington OG 6 3 315 Timberlain Highschool SC

Taylor Lewan 6 6 270 Chapaaral Highschool Az,

William Campbell 6 4 320 DT/OT Cass Tech Highschool M.I

Peter White OG 6 5 340 Saint Johns D.C.

Andrew Crawford OG 6 6 272 Chantilly High Va,

Mike Lopez 6 5 315 OT Venice Fl

Billy Nagle 6 4 315 OT Venice Fl

Zach Atkins C 6 3 300 City of San Fransico C.C. CA

Morgan Moses 6 7 347 OT Richmond Va

Xavier Su fulio 6 4 285 OT Provo UT

J.K Kay 6 5 285 Greenville SC Clemson soft verbal

Malcom Bunche 6 5 315 Newark DE Rutgers soft verbal

Jared Wheeler OT 6 5 315 St. Thomas Aquinas High Fl.

Brandon Moore 6 5 315 OT Carver highschool Al

Good stuff Manny as usual. Do U know if the U are recruiting Javon Bell. He is regarded as one of the top receivers in North Fla.

buy space on miamiherald.com ...


documented liar, thief, plagiarist, parasite, megalomaniac, libeler, creep ...


I'm on the outside looking in because of media credentials.
Posted by: 86Cane | June 02, 2008 at 08:35 PM


I have been playing nice because I had invited the UM athletic department and ticket office to snoop around here. I even offered FREE advertising, but they will not even return my emails.
Posted by: 86Cane | April 13, 2008 at 02:52 PM


pegged as an opportunist ...
using Eye on the U to recruit, advertise & leverage manny navarro for access ...


That's all we need more QBs and RBs. Do these coaches know what they are doing????????????

How about some OL, DL, and SECONDARY!!!!!

You win games on the line not by having 600 QBs and RBs.

Each day that passes I am becoming more and more skeptical of these coaches.

Green...U are hated by many, ignored by most and irrelevant to ALL. Nice work!

So, Highsmith coming in as a QB? Does that mean Miami is convinced that either Marve or Harris will transfer if they aren't named starter? We could surely use the help in the secondary. And who says that Taylor and Smith aren't good QB's? They haven't seen any playing time.

Thanks for the update on recruits. I'm glad the coaching staff has been positive towards Plein's actions on the field. If he can direct some of that anger into opponents rather than refs (who I know everyone on this board wished they could get a shot at too), he'll be just fine. Teenagers!!

Manny, any news coming out of practice about some of the banged up guys trying to suit up and get ready for next week's showdown? I'd love to see some guys get healthy and back on the field.

How does everyone feel about the BCS playoff discussions? I saw a poll today on ESPN that said only 5% of people like the system the way it is and 75% were in favor of an 8 team playoff (the other percentage points went elsewhere).

I like the 8 team idea. Actually, I would be in favor of a 9 team system where one team gets a play-in. That game would be like a tie-breaker for teams who don't play in a conference championship game. Oh yeah, and someone tell the Big-10, Pac-10, and Big East to get to 12 teams and have a conference championship.

who cares about the BCS or a playoff, we can barely make a bowl, if any, the past few years. Lets focus on winning our division first, then the ACC, and then we can talk about all this other nonsense.

Yeah I am beginning to wonder if Shannon is trying to recruit a QB and RB for every series. Maybe one series Marve, then next series Harris, then next series Cannon, then next series Highsmith. That would be great!!!

That's all we need more QBs and RBs. Do these coaches know what they are doing????????????

How about some OL, DL, and SECONDARY!!!!!

You win games on the line not by having 600 QBs and RBs.

Each day that passes I am becoming more and more skeptical of these coaches.

^^Seriously this S H I T is getting old.^^

Need help thinking up your own name? Just ask.

Will the real AtlantaCane please stand up?

The future is looking ever so bright.

Thanks Manny. Great work on the updates.



We made it into round #2.

Green...U are hated by many, ignored by most and irrelevant to ALL. Nice work!

Posted by: 86Cane | November 05, 2008 at 09:19 PM

to each his own ...


To others who think Green is bad at this blog, you haven't seen him in real action.
Actually, this around around, he has struck the perfect balance between bad and good. Sort of like ...er... purgatory!!
Good job! Always thought Manny needed a catalyst for his blog.
Posted by: Rubcatcane | July 10, 2008 at 11:47 AM

Guys..guys...If it wasn't for Green, the eye of the U would just be an extension of C_________ :::going back to SS:::
Posted by: M.H. | July 10, 2008 at 05:18 PM

Thanks green for all the awesome links!!!!
Posted by: SFCane | August 05, 2007 at 01:45 AM

I think you should try and get Green to post here, an extra hundred hits an hour would put you into ESPN's league.
Posted by: solarcane | October 01, 2007 at 05:16 PM

Hey Green,

Thanks for all the posts regarding the U.

Posted by: LilCane | November 01, 2007 at 01:34 PM

Green is comedy. I never know what to expect from his posts. lol

Posted by: Cavaleer | October 18, 2007 at 01:19 PM

That "green" is a trip though

Posted by: CanesgirlNC | October 18, 2007 at 01:09 PM

Thanks so much Green your awesome.

Posted by: jasonsyd2 | September 08, 2007 at 04:07 AM

Green, man you're one of the best posts on here. Way to keep people in line and tellin it like it is! I look forward to blogging in the next BCS Championship with you in 2010!

Posted by: DA U | March 14, 2008 at 10:47 PM

that is f'ing great
who is this green guy...he never posts over here right?
Posted by: James | August 07, 2008 at 08:06 PM

Nice to see the cryptic phrase dolt, Green, has returned with his three word nonsense
Posted by: canesrule | September 11, 2008 at 03:32 PM

GREEN! whats up my dude? glad you are here!
Posted by: NigerianCane | September 06, 2008 at 08:00 PM

Green is kicking Gaturd steamer arse. Keep up the good work.
Posted by: canesrule 9 'ships | October 12, 2008 at 12:57 PM

I think it's hilarious when UF fans come on here and get powned by green and whoever. Keep it up

Posted by: TLuv | October 17, 2008 at 01:58 PM

Green cracks me up! One of my favorite posters!

Posted by: Matt in LA | February 06, 2008 at 11:50 AM


Posted by: Cane-ster Nip | November 23, 2007 at 05:49 AM


I'm not, shut the F up!

Guess you should run for office. At least you do a good job praising yourself. What exactly do you do with your life?

got a new one for U...




^^^^ HATE IS WELCOME!!!^^^^^^

Ahoy Pards:
I love the 2 QB rotation. Just remember????????

Flynn & Periloux LSU Nat Champs

Leach & Teabow UF Nat Champs

Marve & Harris UM Future Nat Champs

Go Canes I am going to the Va Tech game, lets fill the stadium for our last home game

Go Canes


the problem is both of those National Champs didnt use the QBs like the Canes are using them. What the Canes are going is completely dirupting the progress and development of the players and the offense. They just randomly throw them in the game because of a PROMISE recruiting.
Go watch those games from the NC years of LSU and Florida and come back and tell me how they used the QBs as opposed to the Canes.

Randy Shannon was smart with one thing because he is tricking you Canes fans, which appears it isnt hard to do.

When playing freshman he now has allowed himself
1) Time
2) Excuses as to why the team isnt performing above a mediocore level
3) Can tell recruits he plays freshmen

There is really no negative except he isnt going to win right away (he wont later either but that is another story).

Lets break each one down:
TIME---if he played the senior and juniors you would find out that he really was a garbage head coach and he would be fired within a year or two.
EXCUSE---because that is the type of person he is. He is really the biggest baby out of all the head coaches in Divsion I. He has everyone making excuses about the team being young instead of question why they are struggling at home against one of the worst teams in college football---UCF
RECRUITING---he can tell recruits he plays young people however very few young people will see the field from here on out because all the young people are established. You think he is going to keep on playing young people??? That excuse only works for a year or two. He is going to have to start winning and getting this team on a National Level and playing a bunch of young people is not going to get you there.
Who is going to come in and replace the young people here???? NO ONE. That is why Bryce Brown probably wont come here and why some of these players will transfer. If they always played all these young people, everyone would stay.

Shannon is in deep trouble next year when everyone sees what kind of coach he really is and all the EXCUSES from COKER to YOUNG to BOBBY BOWDEN SCORED TOO MUCH ON US IN THE FIRST HALF and URBAN MEYER KICKED A FIELD GOAL and WAAAAAA WAAAAAAA WAAAAA are over!!!!

Highsmith dont you see we have like 10 QBs already??? why would we need a 3 star QB when we have several 4 stars? we dont need you!!

You must have inside info to all the transfers or Shannon must be at his lying again.

Fake canesrule,

Even Stevie Wonder can see that U are extremely worried and jealous about THE U's future, otherwise u would'nt be up this early on a Cane's blog running yo DICK SMOKER! Can't blame u for being worried though. Other than that, enjoy the rest of your pathetic, nothing to do but play on THE HERALD BLOG ALL DAY day.

WHAT??? He is coming to play QB??? This does not make any sense whatsoever. Manny, help clear this up! Does this mean he knows someone is transfering? Why do we continue to go after QB, a position we are set at for the next 4-5 years when we need linemen? Arghhhhhhh this is so irritating.

First of all you need to recruit at least one qb every single year in college football, prime example of this is look what happened to us in 03 when we didn't get one. Secondly we have the most talented young team in the country canesrule so why wouldn't the kids play? And last but not least it has always been at da u that the most talented player who works the hardest in practice is the one on the field on saturdays, regardless if your a true freshman or a 9th year senior and that is the way it should be.

when is the new Mollie Rose dropping?

Q: when is the new Mollie Rose dropping? Posted by: Herbal Minded | November 06, 2008 at 09:35 AM

A: Tonight we'll be interviewing somebody new. Might be Daryl Sharpton.

I don't think Randy Shannon has lied to any of the recruits about anything he's done. I think what he's doing this year with Marve and Harris is exactly what he planned to do. Basically, let whoever is better on that day finish the game. It's not about who starts anymore, it's about who finishes. And the bottom line is that he's picked correctly in the 2nd half 3 straight games (ugly wins, yes, but wins none-the-less). I strongly believe that Highsmith may come in and take some snaps with the QB's, but his primary role will not be QB. If he is as talented as some say, then he HAS to be on the field in some way, shape, or form. No worries. RS is doing exactly what Butch did years back - recruiting talent!! Coker recruited too heavily for position players and fell into the mistake of recruiting blue chip busts (4 and 5 star guys who ended up not being so great). In fact, I was looking back at recruiting, I think Coker's best recruit over his tenure may be Matt Bosher...haha.

I agree with 'thug life' that you need players at every position in every recruiting class. It builds depth and team strength. We missed out on Pat Devlin the year after KF came in and that hurt big time because we didn't have a decent QB come in to back up KW or KF. And we know how those guys did. RS getting all these RB's and DL-men is great for building team depth. I expect Miami to push harder on some of the OL-men they are recruiting. And the winning is certainly helping that.

Winning can be all the recruiting a team needs (ala USC, UF, and UTexas).

It's funny and sad (all at the same time) that someone would save past posts of themselves. They like me...they really like me.
Go Canes!!!

Posted by: green | November 06, 2008 at 07:16 AM

assumed identity ...


hey LatinCane, how does it feel to be an 86Cane Csucker?
"it's funny and sad"
simultaneously ...
worshipping at the devil's feet ...


Ahhhh. I don't think anything I wrote was inacccurate. How many bloggers do you know "save" conmments about themselves. You want to talk about sucker, you probably believe the sh't people talk about you. Usted no me gusta.

How many bloggers do you know "save" conmments about themselves.

Posted by: LatinCane | November 06, 2008 at 10:41 AM

actually, I took a moment to recall them ...


talk about sucker, you probably believe the sh't people talk about you.

Posted by: LatinCane | November 06, 2008 at 10:41 AM

I do ...


You're so right about Randy lying during recruiting Canesrule. Who cares? What, nobody else lies during recruiting? Big deal! Your just mad cause it's working. The Herald should be paying you because you spend more time on here than anybody. You're the biggest tool that has ever posted on here and all you do is talk smack which means.
1.You got picked on a lot when you were a kid.
2.You just have to be obsessed with the U to be on here talking so much about a team "U HATE".
3.You have no job.
4.Without a doubt you have no woman. If you do, trust me. She's cheating on you because all you do is post on the herald all day. No life.
Take 1 step back from your computer and realize. This is your sad, sad, life. It's funny and sad that somebody lives like you do. I'll pray for you tonight. Hey, if you wanna be a Cane, come on and jump on the wagon. It's ok, nobody will pick on like they did every day in High School little buddy. Envy, envy, envy. Canesrule, you do rule. You should give me your address so we can chill out.........GO CANESRULE!!!!


It’s a well known FACT that Jacory will transfer in the off season. He’s just waiting to make the announcement. Pay attention canes fan.


Thanks he's GONE! Your the one stop shop for valid information for all Hurricane fans. What a great source you are.. Thank god for you!


thanx lester

That was a nice article on Pata. I'll never forget!

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