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I know there is a lot of interest in recruiting after the Canes hosted their first big weekend of visitors. Unfortunately, there are no new commitments to report as of yet.

The Hurricanes welcomed seven players in all -- including five commitments, running back Mike James, cornerback Brandon McGee, tight end Stephen Plein, defensive tackle Curtis Porter and defensive end Olivier Vernon. The two big targets, however, were Hargrave Military Academy prep school offensive linemen Daniel Campbell (6-5, 320) and 6-8, 335-pound Bobby Massie (the No. 1 prep school player in the country according to Rivals.com).

Massie would be the prize and the Canes have a fair shot at him. Offensive line is obviously a huge priority for the Canes. As of now, only Brandon Washington (who will begin taking classes in January) and Fleming Island's Cory White are the only commitments expected to play on the offensive line at UM. James told me he and McGee were trying hard this weekend to get Campbell or Massie to commit.

Mike_james"We were really trying to get the big guys," James said. "We're talking to them about trying to win the championship and talked about winning. I think we sold the school hard. They sounded really excited about it. I got Massie's number, called him after the visit. He hasn't called me back yet. But I'm sure he'll call me back. I know they had fun. Miami really does have a chance with those guys."

As for his own impression of his visit, James said he had a blast. The 5-11, 211-pounder from Davenport, Fla. who ran for more than 1,200 yards and 12 touchdowns for a team that finished 10-2 this season, said he spent most of the weekend with Javarris James, a player he refers to as a big brother even though the two aren't related. He said they toured South Beach and Coconut Grove and talked plenty of football.

"The trip was awesome. It was probably the best time I had in my life," James said. "I can't wait to get back down there. We went out on the town, with Baby J most of the weekend, talked football and about school."

> The only player on the visit who you can't exactly consider a 100 percent lock to choose UM is Vernon, who I've been trying to reach since Sunday. The 6-3, 239-pound defensive end is a kid UM was trying to sure up after he made visits to Florida State and Alabama. He and his coach have yet to return phone calls.

> By the way, what looked like the entire Northwestern Bulls starting unit visited UM's practice Saturday. I forgot to mention it before. But 2010 commitment and defensive tackle Todd Chandler was there. If UM was smart, they'd already start working on two other Bulls -- junior receiver Michael Lee Harris and sophomore quarterback Teddy Bridgewater. Harris impressed me with his smarts and speed. Bridgewater is just starting to figure out the quarterback position. But he already beat one of the country's best in Miramar quarterback Eugene Smith last weekend.

Later this week, I'll be in Orlando to watch Northwestern play Sanford Seminole for the state title. And yes, I am hoping to get a chance to meet up with the three kids of interest from Seminole -- defensive end Dyron Dye, receiver Andre Debose and Ray Ray Armstrong.

> From the how do you explain this department: The University of Miami men's basketball team completely fell out of the rankings this week despite going 2-0 with wins over FIU and Robert Morris. Miami had been ranked No. 25 in the Coach's Poll. Now, Clemson, UM's next opponent, is ranked 25th after starting its season 10-0.

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2009 commitments of the future!!
Qb- Aj highsmith
Rb- Bryce Brown/Lamar Miller/Mike James
WR- Reuben Randle/ Andre debose
TE- Charles Orson/ Billy Sanders/ Stephein Pein/ Dion Sims/ Ray Ray Armstrong
OL- Cory White/ Brandon Washington/ Bobbie Massie/ Jermanie Johnson/ Roy Watts/ Malcolm Bunche
DE-Oliver Vernon/Dyron Dye
DL-Curtis Porter/Luther Robinson/ Sheldon Richardson/ William Campbell/Antwan Lowery
LB- Antonio Harper/ Jon Bostic
DB- Brandon McGee/Prince Kent/Michael Carter
S- Kayvon Webster/ Jamal Reid/Tevin McCaskill..
32 of the best athletes in the country and the #1 class back to back years!!! okay I have been drinking a lot of ego nog for the holidays but someone can dream. What a great recruting class that would be with last years we would have a pethora of talent for the future...Then we fire NIX for CHUD and dominate football for years to come. GO SHANNON!!!

As of this moment we are undefeated in 2009. personally I will wait until next year. I believe that we will show remarkable improvement, and that should translate into more victories. The last game, 19 freshmen played significant playing time. To have a winning seaon with that is amazing. note to the coach bashers: When you are playing freshmen, you do not want them to lose a game, so your game plan is going to be simple. Nix is doing the best he can with the also rans that Coker left him with-remember we all got Cokered.

Canefantasy, I'll eat my hat if we land all those recruits, especially since I think the Canes only have about 23 or 24 scholarships to offer. I'd be happy with a top 15 recruiting class. As long as RS and the other coaches can get a well-rounded class in for next year, things will be looking good.

Murray, I agree with you about winning with freshmen. It's not an easy thing to do. RS vowed last year to build up his classes so that down the road the Junior and Senior (or upper classmen) classes will be loaded. Patience is something that CaneNation has a difficult time comprehending.

Yea I doubt we get all of those recruits but man what a great looking christmas list that is. It makes me all warm and fuzzy just thinking about it. TALENT TALENT TALENT and NIX gone wins championships.

sybil if it is true who are they?

High expectations for next year are natural given that most of these freshmen will be sophomores, and there will be a few juniors and seniors to contribute. I think that Oklahoma game will determine where UM is early. I think BCS is possible


Wow elliott almost makes Canesrule sound rational.

What a grade A moron.


Ha I was in a bad mood yesterday so say what U want but I only speak the truth.

I WAS FEELIN MOST OF WHAT ELLIOT WAS SAYING, SPECIALLY BOUT NOT FINDING A GOOD SACK

what kind of offense does CAL use, 50/50, mostly run, sneaky?

Yeah its hard to find the tree in North Carolina must be a drought or something. O well it will pick up eventually until then I will be living the High Life. I still do not understand why Marijuana is illegal, hopefully Obama will decriminalize Marijuana because it is sad to see people go to prison for a bag of doobie grass.Anyway ITS ALL ABOUT THE U!!!

elliot, check my page... www.myspace.com/herbal_minded

Manny,

Do you know how hard, if at all, we're recruiting Tevin McCaskill? He looks to have great speed and seems to have a nose for the ball. The scouting report of him on espn said he had the potential to be great. Are we still recruiting in the secondary or what?

UM 7 players in the probowl:

- Ed Reed
-Ray Lewis
-Jeff feagles
-Reggie Wayne
-Andre Johnson
-Clinton Portis
-Jon Beason

What other school has more?
Unfortunately some of these are in their last leg (Ray Ray, Feagles). Proof of the drop off in talent last few yrs.

Does anyone know what's going on with Edgerrin James and Mcgahee? Are they injured? Have they just been overtaken due to poor performance?

Does anyone think UM will put ANY players in the draft this year? Certainly not first round!

Nix: If you like this job, you open it up atthe Emerald bowl. I mean open it up: pass it 50 times or more. An athletes: step up for God's sakes. walk the walk. I'm tired of hearing how good you are. Prove it! (Coop, Benjamin, Harris, Spence, Javarris, etc etc).

Jaime, I think Edge has been benched mostly because he doesn't fit into a Mike Martz type offense (not that Hightower or Arrington do either), which is basically what Whisenhunt is running out here. Edge doesn't really catch the ball out of the backfield. I also think that Whisenhunt and James have a flawed relationship. It's frustrating that the Cardinals didn't let him go 5 games ago to seek out other options. But that's the name of the game. He should get a chance next year with someone else. I have no idea what's going on with Willis, but I would like to know. Having to bench him all year on my fantasy team kept me out of the playoffs!

Earlier in the year, Kiper didn't have a single UM guy going in the draft this coming April. I think somebody will take a chance on Cook though. Also, Eric Moncur could be a day 2 guy. There are a couple of guys who could have good workouts and maybe get into the draft (Armour Ponder, Farquharson). I wouldn't think any of them will be on day 1 though.

Jaime, do you seriously suggest passing it that many times? With Coop and James going into the game healthier, I think Nix needs to cut the shotgun and run the ball more. A good running game opens up the passing game (I suppose you could argue the opposite, but they do work hand-in-hand).

THERE IS A DEFENSIVE BACK (SAFETY) AT MIAMI EDISON NAME PHILLIP THOMAS(BROTHER PLAYED AT FLORIDA STATE). HE IS 6'0 AND HAD 9 INTERCEPTIONS, 1 RETURNED FOR A TOUCHDOWN, AND 80 TACKLES. I HAD THE PRIVELEDGE OF WATCHING HIM PLAY AGAINST CENTRAL, BOOKER T AND CAROL CITY. I BELIEVE "THE U" IS MAKING A BIG MISTAKE BY NOT RECRUITING HIM. GREAT BALL INSTINCTS AND HAS THE ED REED/SEAN TAYLOR KNACK OF JUST BEING AROUND THE BALL.

NOW THE SAFETIES WE HAVE AT UM NOW THEY ALL PASS THE EYEBALL TEST BUT THEY DO NOT MAKE PLAYS. THEY HAVE GREAT 40 TIMES, THEY LOOK GOOD IN THERE UNIFORMS AT 6'1 AND 6'2 BUT WE NEED "FOOTBALL PLAYERS" THAT MAKE PLAYS WHEN THEY ARE ON THE FIELD NOT POTENTIAL...

FLORIDA WHO HAS BEEN IN THE BUSINESS OF WINNING LATELY IS RECRUITNG HIM ALONG WITH OHIO STATE. LAST I HEARD UM TOLD HIM HE WAS TOO SLOW. BY THE WAY HE RUNS A 4.5. (THAT KID WHO RUNS A 4.4 IS REALLY GOING TO RUN PAST HIM OR THAT RUNNING BACK FROM GEORGIA TECH WHO RUNS A 4.6 IS GOING TO RUN PAST HIM TOO. WHERE WAS ALL THAT SPEED THEN.) ALL I AM SAYING IS GET FOOTBALL PLAYERS AND NOT POTENTIAL.

WHO DOES BRYCE BROWN PLAY AGAINST? ALL OF HIS HIGHLIGHTS ARE AGAINST TEAMS WHERE HE IS BY FAR THE BIGGEST THING ON THE FIELD...LAMAR MILLER BY FAR SHOULD BE OUR PRIORITY ALONG WITH LINEMEN. WE NEED NASTY LINEMEN AND NOT THESE NICE GUYS...GO FIND OUT WHERE IOWA GET THERE LINEMEN OR FIND OUT WHO THE COACH IS. THEY ALWAYS SEEM TO HAVE A TOP RUSHER IN COLLEGE FOOTBALL.

WE ARE FALLING OFF IN EVERY POSITION AND WE ARE LOSING IF WE HAVE NOT ALREADY LOST THAT EDGE ON OPPONETS OF INSTILLING FEAR WHEN OUR NAME SHOWS UP ON THE SCHEDULE.

LAST THING, GO BACK TO THE THROWBACK UNIFORMS. THE OLD ORANGE JERSES AND WHITE PANTS SAYS "UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI" IT SAYS WERE GOING TO HANG 45 POINTS ON YOUR SCOREBOARD. THESE NEW UNIFORMS LOOKS "NICE" NO FEAR, NO RUGGEDNESS. WE NEED A SPARK PLUG...

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jaime,

looks like cooper might go pro and might be a first round pick.

kirby freeman is projected to go in the fourth round.

willie williams will be a late second round pick at the worst.

pat devlin is transfering to deleware

shawnbrey is going to tcu

arthur brown to lsu

86 Cane- you gotta be FRICKIN kidding me?

What in the world are you talking about with your last post?!?!?!

Kirby Freeman going to the NFL? and the rest of it...

WHAT?!?!!??!?!?!?!?!

Keep It 100:

I agree with most of your post, but do you honestly think the UNIFORMS make any difference in the outcome of a game?

They aren't even worth one point on the scoreboard after a 12 game season.. that I can promise you.

Randy Shannon doesn't have to worry about recruiting the Miami Northwestern team. We have Spence, Forsten and Co. for that.

WHAT?!?!!??!?!?!?!?!

Posted by: startJacoryharrisNow! | December 17, 2008 at 02:36 PM

hahah i doubt that was the real 86...

MANNY, WHERE'S THE NEW MOLLIE ROSE?

NFL(U) info:

http://canespace.typepad.com/canespace/2008/12/who-put-the-u-in-the-nflu.html

Roy Watts signed with Houston today. Seems like another case where he wanted to play here, but family trumped his personal desires. He said he almost signed during his visit and just last week said Miami was his new leader and he wanted to talk it over with his wife. Looks like wifey squashed the idea of moving and playing with the big boys.

Houston? Really??

Nixon--eliminated us

Lewan--signed with Michigan (although I knew he was never coming here).

The three from Hargrave?--we'll see. Not sure where any of them are leaning, but I don't hear much buzz about any of them leaning toward the U.

Not shaping up to be the offseason where we cement the OL for future years. Next year? We'd better do it soon. It would be a shame to see all that talent at the skill positions get wasted because we can't protect the QB long enough for the WRs to run their routes or open holes for the great backs we'll have. It normally takes at least a couple of years to develop OL talent and there are five positions to fill so there aren't quick fixes there like there can be at almost every other spot.

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takes cue from the herald ...
monkee see, monkee do ...

BLOODSUCKER

monkey (sp)

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

ONTO YOU

I'm on the outside looking in because of media credentials.

Posted by: 86Cane | June 02, 2008 at 08:35 PM

access denied …

UNCREDENTIALED

I offered Stock (ITU) and Richardson (SS) several invites to work with us at C___________, but they both declared, all of a sudden, that they are "too busy".

Posted by: 86Cane | August 02, 2008 at 01:07 AM

take a hint …

RADIOACTIVE

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

PERSONA NON GRATA

Manny...I'll be there late, but I'll be there. See U at the game and I'll call U when I get there.

Posted by: 86Cane | December 15, 2008 at 06:18 PM

Manny (and now Andre) from the MH, Shandel from the SS, and Chris from ITU and I all talk behind the scenes via emails.
We follow the strictest rules of confidentiality. We are good at keeping secrets. Sure, I will say I talk to them, but I will NOT say what we talk about unless they give approval.
Those guys are all close, I'm on the outside looking in because of media credentials. But C_________ would not be where it is today without them.
And some day soon, hopefully very soon, I'll be in the "club" and then well U know...

Posted by: 86Cane | June 02, 2008 at 08:35 PM

I wish 86cane would just stop posting on here. He's a bonafide idiot. First, he starts a website that makes the canefans look bad. Then, he comes on here sucking off manny on a regular basis. Now, he's talking as if he is having circle-jerks with manny and blu.
We all knew guys like this back in high school. The hall pass monitor that thought he was part of the faculty!!!!

Posted by: 86caneisanIDIOT | April 22, 2008 at 08:49 PM

INTERLOPER

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ALL-AROUND SCUMBAG

your niche aside …
reviled throughout the Hurricane blogosphere …

PARIAH

That has been the worst 2 minutes of coaching I have seen in my life!!!!!!
Fire Randy Shannon and all that coaching staff!!
AS long as Nix and Shannon are there UM won't win anything !!!!

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