« Jacory Harris readying for 'hulk' of a role | Main | Another surprise visitor in store? »

Big recruiting weekend on tap for Canes (updated)

It's going to be a big recruiting weekend for the University of Miami, an important one for the Hurricanes who are looking to impress some big-name recruits and fill some key needs. With a few late additions (and barring any last minute subtractions), it looks like Randy Shannon and his staff are going to host between 10 or 11 recruits. Six recruits are uncommitted and five have called themselves Canes' commitments for awhile. UM currently has 18 commitments. Shannon said his team could sign as many as 27 on National Signing Day Feb. 4.

The biggest new name added to the visitors' list and the news of the day? Tight end/defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson, who Sheldon Richardsonafter getting a visit earlier this week from recruiting coordinator Clint Hurtt, has agreed to make the trip down to Miami according to Scout.com. Richardson (6-4, 292) played in the U.S. Army All-American game and is considered one of the nation's best athletes. I confirmed with a source inside UM that Richardson is definitely considering Miami, a program he grew up admiring. It would be a huge steal if Miami were able to get him to decommit from Missouri, a program he has been committed to since the summer. But it could just end up being a joy trip for Richardson (update: Canesport reported late this afternoon Richardson will now be visiting the weekend of Jan. 30 and not the 23rd like Scout.com had reported). But you got to give Hurtt, who told me Tuesday he was in St. Louis, credit for at least bringing Richardson to town.

While Richardson's visit is good news for the Canes, the bigger story this weekend will involve the three nationally-rated offensive linemen scheduled to be here, too. They are 6-6, 320-pound Malcolm Bunche (a Rutgers commitment) of Newark, Del., 6-5, 325-pound Peter White (considering Miami, Maryland and Tennessee) of St. John's College Prep in Washington, D.C., and 6-5, 295-pound Marcus Hall of Cleveland Glenville High (who is coached by Dolphins receiver Ted Ginn's father and will be tough to convince from leaving behind nearby Ohio State).

BUNCHE UPDATE, 6 p.m.: I got a phone call back from Bunche's high school coach this evening, who gave me a little insight into Malcolm and the relationship he has with Miami. Newark High coach Butch Simpson told me Bunche (who orally committed to Rutgers earlier this year before decommitting) has establish a great relationship with UM offensive line coach Jeff Stoutland throughout the recruiting process. In fact, Simpson has history not only with UM, but Stoutland, too. Newark is where former Canes defensive tackle Orien Harris played. Stoutland tried to recruit Harris to Michigan State and developed a good relationship with Simpson then. Simpson said Bunche, whose father played in the NFL and CFL, had a good visit with Randy Shannon on Tuesday and said he will probably wait about a week after his visit to make his final choice between the Canes, Rutgers and Maryland (both of whom visited Bunche Thursday at school).

The Hurricanes currently have four offensive line commitments. Two former prep school standouts are already on campus in former Miami Northwestern standout Brandon Washington (6-5, 320) and former St. Thomas Aquinas player Jermaine Johnson (6-6, 330). The other two, Plantation American Heritage's Jared Wheeler (6-6, 310) and Fleming Island's Cory White (6-5, 250) will also visit this weekend. Coach Randy Shannon is looking to ink between 6 or 7 linemen in this signing class. The Hurricanes are expected to host 6-6, 350-pound junior college prospect Andrew Tiller on the final recruiting weekend of the year Jan. 30.

I caught up with White's high school coach, Neal Chipoletti, this afternoon, who told me Miami wants White to be 270 pounds by the time he arrives in the summer or he could end up being moved to tight end. He played left tackle all season for Fleming Island.

As for the other non-committed visitors, Miami will host three players who are considered more under the radar talents: 6-2 1/2, 218-pound outside inebacker Sam Barrington of Jacksonville Parker High, 6-3, 225-pound defensive end Shayon Green of Tift County, Ga., and 6-3, 202-pound linebacker Greg King of Memphis' Melrose High (the same school which produced current UM running back Graig Cooper). FYI, of the three, King is the only iffy arrival at this point (his coach called me later Wednesday and said he could also end up visiting the 30th. Tight end Terrell Mitchell, a 6-6, 230-pound prospect, from Powder Springs', Ga. will now visit January 30th (I was previously told it was going to be this weekend).

I caught up with the coaches of Barrington and Green Thursday before lunch to get their insights into their players and their impending visits.

> Parker coach Jim Scrible, who has coached 45 Parade All-Americans in his near 40 years of coaching including former Florida running back Willie Green, said Barrington is as good as any he's ever coached. Barrington had more than 100 tackles on defense as a linebacker, but also ran for 1,250 yards with an 11-yard average as a running back.

Sam Barrington "Sam Barrington is a spectacular person. That’s where it all needs to start," Scrible said. "He has tremendous ability to elevate people around him as a person. There’s a lot of cats running around, Rivals 5-star, this that and whatever. Sam is a spectacular leader. He’ll make the locker room better for being there. Now, as a football player, got all the physical tools. He’s a hitter, got a good motor. I’ve had many Parade All-Americans in 45 years and he ranks up there with him. He’s projected in my mind to have a great career."

This will be Barrington's final recruiting trip. He's already made visits to Illinois and South Florida. Scrible said Barrington has a connection with an Illinois assistant coach, who is a Jacksonville native, but says Miami is definitely in the picture even though the Hurricanes got in a bit late. "He wouldn't be wasting their time if he wasn't serious," Scrible said. "That's not Sam."

> Green has been orally committed to Purdue, but appears to be seriously considering the Canes. His high school coach Jay Walls said Green has to be interested in the Canes because he's turned down other teams and visits before. The reason he likes Miami? A bond with UM defensive backs coach Wesley McGriff, a Tifton native himself. Green has played all over the field in high school, lining up as an interior defensive lineman as a sophomore, a weakside linebacker as a junior and most recently as defensive end. He had 67 solo tackles, 48 assisted tackles, 8 TFL, 1 quarterback sack and caused 1 fumble as a senior.

"Everybody has recruited him as a will linebacker or maybe a rush end kind of guy on passing situations and bring him off the edge," said Walls, who has his own Canes' connection having coached former cornerback Kelly Jennings and senior Bruce Johnson when he was a high school coach in the Florida Panhandle. "He does have a pretty good knack of getting off really well off the snap. I think you’ll see him play will linebacker or defensive end. He’s going to get bigger too. He’ll probably get close to 250 by the time he's a freshman."

> Of the commitment who will be visiting -- Wheeler, White, cornerback Jamal Reid, quarterback A.J. Highsmith and cornerback Kayvon Webster -- the trip will be most important for Webster. He has been a "soft commitment" and entertained thoughts of possibly switching to the University of South Florida, where a few other high school teammates could end up. 

> As for Terrell Mitchell (who I had previously included in this weekend's list of visitors) McEachern coach Kyle Hockman told me he is now coming on January 30th. Mitchell is visiting Michigan this weekend. Coach Micheal Barrow has been the one courting Mitchell for Miami (here's what Mitchell told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution about the Canes two days ago.)
 
“Miami didn’t start recruiting him until last weekend and they haven’t communicated with me a whole lot, but they know Terrell is talented,” Hockman said. “He’s an NFL player. He’s 6-6, 230, can run and catch and block. He’s a big time player. He had like eight touchdowns and 27 catches and blocked great for us all season. He’s got to get his test score up to be eligible up. He needs 60 more points. But we think he’ll get there. He’ll be visiting Michigan this weekend. He’s been to Kentucky, had offers from Arkansas and Georgia. Clemson and Kentucky are the only official visits. People are certainly interested.”

** Look for any other updates I might get (I'm waiting on a few phone calls) in this same blog or in our response section below.

Comments

Feed You can follow this conversation by subscribing to the comment feed for this post.

First

What happen to the real big time recruits?

Sure would be nice to have an OC to tell them about.

first!!bammmmmmmm

damn, thought i had it.

FIRST

Great job with the info Manny.

1st

It would be nice to have AT LEAST an OC named by this weekend to help with recruiting. Smoke and mirrors can only get you so far.

so what are our chances on the ones not committed already manny?

No C's at the U

We still have one day left to name, and all reports claim tomorrow which would be perfect timing... yalll meannn

Manny any news on greg reid?

They had better get an OC before the weekend.

1st!

Great info Manny. Would love for Randy to wow Richardson this weekend. I know a lot of recruits report being blown away after they visit, so it seems like the the real key is just getting them to visit. From there Hurtt, Barrow, and Randy can work their magic.

I am a supporter of RS and I have no doubt that he will make the right decision regarding both OC and DC. However, what concerns me about Randy is that he seems to lack a sense of urgency. He is very deliberate and thoughtful about things and I respect him for that; however, there are times when he needs to speed up his thought processes so he makes decisions in an appropriate time frame. I think his decisions regarding Walton, Nix, Marve and the time-out at the end of the bowl game are all examples of this, as I think he made the right decision in each instance but all these decisions would have been more helpful if made sooner. I hope he can improve on this because it is going to end up costing him in the long-run.

Awesome report Manny still the best out there.

GO CANES!!!

Another great article, Manny. The under-the-radar guys, especially Barrington and some of these lineman (historical note: The U was built on under-the-radar recruits, as well as the 5-star guys, e.g., Ray Lewis and Clinton Portis were under-the-radar recruits, and W. Sapp was recruited as a tight end).

Manny, Do you know how many scholarships the Canes have to give out to this year's class, and how many current commitments that they have? I have seen some sites list LB Antonio Harper has a commitment, while rivals and scout do not.

FYI guys... I updated the article a little bit. Terrell Mitchell, the tight end from Georgia, is now supposedly coming on Jan. 30 according to his coach.

Miami wants to sign 27 in its next class.

Scout said that Marcus Hall mentioned a 5-star DL secretly choosing Miami at the All-American game... Could it be he was talking about Sheldon Richardson? He's the only 5-star DL on Miami's radar so it has to be him!

Real fans now it the time to show your support for the program.

Let the people who are involved in the program RUN it. They definitely know more about whats going on than any of us. I am very excited to see what Miami pulls off in the next couple of weeks and who the coordinator will be.

I have faith the kinds of kids like Jacory Harris, Aldarius Johnson and the other young kids who have come in and done everything they have been asked to do and have produced while learning the college game, because they have the right attitude and are going to be fine talents.

I can't wait for the 2009 season to start so I can come back home for the games I have tickets for and see what happens with this young team with a year of experience under their belt.

Go Canes, Stay Focused...

Jacory readying for "HULK" of a role???

More like Zit-U-Lon

Get that kid off the juice. His liver is shriveling

Manny what is the story behind Tevnin McCaskill the safety from Northwestern? If we lose Kayvon Webster to USF he can replace him in the secondary.

Manny - Any word on Greg Reid?

InsideTheU had an article mentioning Miami going after him. Do you know anything about this? I think plenty of Canes fans have been aching for him since the Under-Armour game and since it became known that Canes commit Jamal Reid was his cousin.

THANKS!

Harper is not listed on some b/c he is not expected to qualify due to academic reasons or test scores. From what I have read, I wouldn't expect him to join the team with this class. Maybe next year (or Semester?).

Q: Manny - Any word on Greg Reid? InsideTheU had an article mentioning Miami going after him. Do you know anything about this? I think plenty of Canes fans have been aching for him since the Under-Armour game and since it became known that Canes commit Jamal Reid was his cousin. THANKS! Posted by: CanesFanStuckInNYC | January 22, 2009 at 02:47 PM

A: I haven't spoken to Reid or any of his coaches, but I've read in multiple publications and websites he won't make a trip to Miami because he simply doesn't have the time. He's supposed to hit Alabama and Georgia the next two weekends. Canes simply might have run out of time. But I'm thinking now the consolation prize is he won't end up at Florida.

Posted by: Wyld-boi-4U | January 22, 2009 at 02:44 PM
Ay kehoe another name.


Manny,

When is greg reid set to visit miami this weekend or next weekend or is he at all.

sorry manny just got ur answer.

Q: Harper is not listed on some b/c he is not expected to qualify due to academic reasons or test scores. From what I have read, I wouldn't expect him to join the team with this class. Maybe next year (or Semester?). Posted by: Caneiac | January 22, 2009 at 02:48 PM

A: I'm trying to reach his coach at Hargrave Military Academy to find out what exactly happened and to talk to him about the other two linemen Miami have been chasing -- Bobbie Massie and Daniel Campbell.

THANKS MANNY!!!

hey miamiboi. you busy later? You sound like fun.......boi.

You have to give Randy Shannon a break on the OC hiring. One of the biggest reasons he hired Nix was because we needed an OC to grab Marve, remember? Look how that turned out. He ended up getting a better QB the next year (probably 2 better QB's if what we're hearing about Taylor Cook's play for the scout team is true) but was stuck with a bu OC. If he'd waited and had some patience, we'd have a better OC now and we'd be in the exact same spot as far as our QB's are concerned.

For all Shannon's faults, he's going to be a great head coach because he learns from his mistakes. With all of the RB and OL prospects coming in the next class (2010), he is not going to rush a decision on an OC just to get Bryce Brown or one of the OL's. There are 4 5-star RB's in South Florida alone next year, and we have Lamar Miller already on board this year!

All is well, people. Don't overestimate the importance of 1 recruit. There's always another gamebreaker in the next class.

Great job Manny (par 4 da course). Just a little update for the rest of you guys, in case you did not already know, the Oklahoma game, scheduled for Sept. 12th has been moved back to October 3rd.. The UCF road game was moved from OCt. 3rd to OCt. 17th. The season opener against FAMU at home has been moved to Oct. 10th..More than likely, the FSU game will be the season opener on Labor Day or Labor Day weekend. I got the info. from Shandel @ the SS.

Scout said that Marcus Hall mentioned a 5-star DL secretly choosing Miami at the All-American game... Could it be he was talking about Sheldon Richardson? He's the only 5-star DL on Miami's radar so it has to be him!

Posted by: CanesFanStuckInNYC | January 22, 2009 at 02:43 PM


William Campbell, he will choose the canes on signing day!

Just got off the phone with Memphis Melrose coach Hubbard Alexander, who talked to me about Antonio Harper and Greg King.

He said Miami pulled the scholarship away from him because of academic issues. King, who is still scheduled to visit, hasn't heard from UM coaches lately. Here is what else he said...

"We had coach [Butch] Davis from UNC, the head coach from Albany, Brooks from Kentucky, Tennessee's Monte Kiffin was in here a couple days ago to talk to Greg," Hubbard said. "He’s a good one now.

"As far as Miami goes, I don’t know if he's going to Miami for his visit or not. They said they were recruiting him. I asked him today and he said he hadn’t heard from them. He had it lined up for this weekend.

"He’s an outstanding football player, he’s got the size and he can run. And he’s a hitter. When you got that you can play. He’s got to get into a system with expert coaching to be successful. But, he has the right attitude. He’s still got to take the ACT, but he’s an honors student and I think he'll be fine academically."

Manny- I heard that Coach Shannon flew out to the West Coast last night (more than likely in regard to hiring an OC). Any truth to the rumor that it maybe be the current Oregon State OC? I know that this is a shot in the dark, but do you think we may have an OC in place by tomorrow and have the OC be on campus for the recruiting visit this weekend? Either way, I have faith in Coach Shannon and the other coaches that they will finish strong in recruiting.

** Miami pulled the scholarship from Harper.

Q: Manny- I heard that Coach Shannon flew out to the West Coast last night (more than likely in regard to hiring an OC). Any truth to the rumor that it maybe be the current Oregon State OC? I know that this is a shot in the dark, but do you think we may have an OC in place by tomorrow and have the OC be on campus for the recruiting visit this weekend? Either way, I have faith in Coach Shannon and the other coaches that they will finish strong in recruiting. Posted by: Cane4Life | January 22, 2009 at 03:33 PM

A: We are trying to confirm with an Oregon State official that Shannon was there to speak with offensive coordinator Danny Langsdorf but haven't been able to. It is my understanding from a conversation with a source Langsdorf was probably interviewed last night.

Thanks for the update Canes4life. I hadn't gotten around to it because I've been on the phone all morning. This was the email UM sent us about two hours ago...

For Immediate Release
University of Miami Football
January 22, 2009

UM Football Announces Changes to 2009 Nonconference Schedule

Hurricanes to play Oklahoma, FAMU, UCF in October.

CORAL GABLES, Fla. – The University of Miami will now play three of its four 2009 nonconference football games in the month of October.

The Hurricanes will host defending Big 12 champion and Bowl Championship Series National Game participant Oklahoma on Oct. 3 at Dolphin Stadium. It will be the first time since 1986 that Miami has hosted the Sooners. Oklahoma and Miami last met during the 2007 season in Norman, Okla. The two teams met in the 1988 Orange Bowl in Miami, which resulted in a 20-14 UM win for the program’s second national title. The Sooners lead the all-time series, 4-3.

Miami will host Florida A&M on Oct. 10. The Hurricanes lead the all-time series, 6-1. UM won the last meeting between the teams in 2006, 51-10.

Miami will travel to UCF on Oct. 17 to face the Golden Knights. The Hurricanes won the first ever meeting between the two schools last season, 20-14, at Dolphin Stadium.

Three of the four game dates are changes. UM was originally scheduled to face Florida A&M on Sept.5, Oklahoma on Sept. 12 and UCF on Oct. 3.

UM’s season finale at USF will still be played on Nov. 28. That will be the second meeting all-time in the series. Miami won 27-7 in 2005 at the Orange Bowl.

hay manny was randy talking to chuck long on the west coast??

Good stuff! THANKS!

William Campbell already signed his letter of intent to play at Michigan. Good try starting rumors though.

Great stuff, Manny. If Shannon were to land this Langsdorf guy before signing day, might that have any influence on Bryce's decision? In other words, any idea if Langsdorf is involved in Bryce's recruiting process from Oregons' end? Thanks.

*Oregon's*

So will UM beat FSU on the 7th or are they beating them later in the season? The email doesn't mention a change for that game.

Miami.rivals.com is reporting that the U will play

Oklahoma - Oct 3
FAAMU- Oct 10
UCF- Oct 17
USF- Nov 28

With all of Miami's non conference games starting in October this obviusly means that Miami will play FSU again on Labor Day. I know many of you don't like that but I think that a Monday night football game on National television gives Miami an awsome edge on recruting.

Q: hay manny was randy talking to chuck long on the west coast?? Posted by: gocanes | January 22, 2009 at 03:46 PM

A: Could have been. But there was is so much smoke come out of Oregon State I'm of the belief it was Langsdorf.

321 Canes-

William Campbell is already enrolled at Michigan. Would've been a great steal though.

Q: Great stuff, Manny. If Shannon were to land this Langsdorf guy before signing day, might that have any influence on Bryce's decision? In other words, any idea if Langsdorf is involved in Bryce's recruiting process from Oregons' end? Thanks. Posted by: Ray Liotta | January 22, 2009 at 03:47 PM

A: Ray, Bryce's mistress is Oregon not Oregon State. It won't have any effect on him choosing UM or not. Personally, I think the kid is playing games now that he's the No. 1 recruit in the country.

Langsdorf is Oregon's OC (Ducks) or Oregon State's OC (Beavers)?

Manny is on fire!

Liotta, get your facts straight. Langsdorf coaches for Oregon State U (Beavers), not U of Oregeon (Ducks).

1 2 3 »

The comments to this entry are closed.