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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.


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Gotcha, Manny, mixup on Oregon versus Oregon State. Got it now.

Dude we still have kids committed we still have kids intrested! we still have kids visiting.Wow wait until we get a great coaching staff. WOW this is unheard off.

Shannon is working his tail off!!

IM a believer now!

Q: Miami.rivals.com is reporting that the U will play. Oklahoma - Oct 3, FAMU- 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. Posted by: tro | January 22, 2009 at 03:49 PM

A: Yes we all got the email. Barry Jackson actually had it a few days ago in his buzz column. TV has been dying to get UM-FSU back on labor day. Big bucks.

Q: Gotcha, Manny, mixup on Oregon versus Oregon State. Got it now. Posted by: Ray Liotta | January 22, 2009 at 03:55 PM

A: It's cool Ray. You are one of the best posters on here. Thanks for being a loyal, respectful regular.

...so I gather. That was my mistake.

No worries, google does wonders!

Manny, do you see Miami getting any of the following offensive linemen???

M. Bunche
D. Campbell
B. Massie
P. White
Q. Washington
A. Tiller

Jacquizz Rodgers has been succesful under Oregon State's OC Danny Langsdorf. Rodgers is even considered a sleeper for next year's Heisman even though he was a Rivals 3-star recruit coming out of HS. So hiring Langsdorf should definitely please Bryce Brown.

Langsdorf is also a QB coach, and OSU has ranked in the top 10 in the nation for passing yardage each season he's coached. So landing him could be good for Cory and Cook as well.

So if Langsdorf was indeed interviewed, hopefully he accepts and hopefully we land Brown as well. Langsdorf has been successful overall so imagine what he could do with the talent at The U (Oregon State hasn't had a top-25 recruiting class in the past five years, at least, according to my research).

Don't know about you but I'M HYPED!

THANKS MANNY! Your articles breathe life into us!



P.S. - Scout.com has an article on the Oregon State page linking Langsdorf and Miami!

P.S.S. - Would be nice if the new OC could bring a recruit or two with him, especially OL.

marve enrolls at Penn State

Q: Manny tell them Marve is enrolling at Penn State.

Does Langsdorf have any NFL experince?

Oh no, Griggsy is back. NO ONE CARES!

More importantly, OSU does have one highly regarded OL recruit. Getting Langsdorf and the guard (Michael Philipp), would be a big huge turn of events!

"Rumors started about Danny Langsdorf, the Oregon State football team’s offensive coordinator, being courted by Miami coach Randy Shannon."



The U is all about family. Marve chose to leave the family, now he's nothing. Stop bringing him up already. Or you could just post your crap on a Penn State blog.

My name is CANEIAC and i live in my moms basement

MARVE WAS IMPORTANT NEWS FOR I DONT KNOW ( THE LAST MONTH) but not now, people want to know!!!!

DA U N Houston -
Langsdorf coached in the Canadian Football League and for the New Orleans Saints before coming to Oregon State.


I won't even dignify that.

As CaliCanesFan pointed out: engage in a conversation other people are interested in or go elsewhere and stop diluting this blog.

Real good stuff Manny!! Let's lock up a few of these stud lineman and let's ride! I think it's good that the Okalahoma got pushed back for a few reasons. 1) It will allow us to have a big game under our belt (FSU opening weekend). If you look back to this year, we went to UF with the 2nd game of the season and the offense was not in sync. 2) OU should be ranked in the top 3 which will create big upset possibilities and the game will be picked up by ESPN or ABC for their Primetime 8pm game. 3) Our offense and defense should be used to playing together by then and I think we will give them a good game. Manny, what are your thoughts on my points above?



Langsdorf looks like a great up and comer, and with the Pac-10 pedigree, I'd be more than happy to have him at Randy's side. A downfield, 15-20 yard up the seams, passing game would do wonders working with a power running attack.

Manny, great job as usual. You never stop getting us info....if I see you at a Canes B-ball game, the beer afterward is on me man.

My apologies Griggsy, Marve is tranferring to Penn State. Im sorry!!!

If Randy gets Langsford it would be a HUGE coup! Consider this, which I pulled from his OSU bio:

"Langsford donated a kidney to Laurie Cavanaugh, offensive line coach Mike Cavanaugh's wife, in May of 2007."

This guy obviously has strong ties to OSU. Lucky for us, Cavanaugh is also being interviewed by other schools and is expected to exit OSU. So this is a story about two close friends who have both decided to leave OSU to pursue futures elsewhere.


I agree with taking a look at T. Cook, definately a upgrade over Harris

Nice try Griggsy, I spell my handle differently. You couldn't even get that right, haha! Pay a little more attention next time. You are pathetic...

CanesFanStuckInNYC, great digging. Certainly would be a coup!

Griggsy is usually right on the money with his comments. Great Blogger

Great work Manny working the lines for hot new information...

I think the focus with Randy is to get some more meat on the offensive line...

This year I think we have enough DT's considering the buch we have committed and already on the team.

The lost of Harper is no biggie, as we have plenty of 6'3-6'4 & 230-245lb guys that I'm impressed already with currently on the squad and on our committed list to date as well. X'ing Harper simply makes more room for another OL or specific need to fill the list.

........Just a note...it would be nice to see some of our 6'3 240lbs DE's at LB instead of the DL for a change. A Marcus Robinson type head banger at that position would discourage some of our opponents for running top speed through the D-line everytime. Spence is great, because he's smart, but we can't have undersized LB's across the board.

The need for CB's is immediate and taken care of; but it's hard to find a freshman that's going to stick consistiently. However, I can see Ray-Ray and some other Saftey starting as a freshman or RSF, and playing well at that position; it's wide open at Safety.

All said and done, Offensive Line is where it's at, I would be satisfied if Shannon fills all of the last spots with OL, and I think that's whats going to happen...

And maybe a few more Corners just for trial and error to see who sticks....

MARVE WAS IMPORTANT NEWS FOR I DONT KNOW ( THE LAST MONTH) but not now, people want to know!!!!

Posted by: Griggsy | January 22, 2009 at 04:19 PM

Nobody cares. We only care about players on the team. Why can't you get that through your thick skull? Are you that much of a loser that you have to post this 50 times a day just to say you were the 1st to say it? Nice life you d*ckf*ck.

Those are some big boys coming to visit, hope we can land them all. These are the bigtime recruits, we need linemen.

Bryce Brown is starting to make me sick...Arthur Brown committed here and there was no drama. The kid played special teams all year and the only drama was the massive hits he layed on people. What is Bryce's problem?

More OC info, http://oregonstate.scout.com/2/832504.html



Langsdorf on Miami short list?

Coach Danny Langsdorf By DAN NORZ
BF.C Associate Editor
Posted Jan 22, 2009

THE PAST THREE seasons at Oregon State have been some of the best in the Beaver football annals. Indeed, the last three Beaver squads have compiled a 28-12 (.700) record. Not surprisingly, the success has coincided with Mike Riley's return to Orange and Black and offensive coordinator Danny Langsdorf has played a key role.

The last three seasons at Oregon State have been like manna from heaven. The 28-12 (.700) record, the Beavs finishing in the Top 25 all three seasons.

And over this three year stretch, Oregon State is the second winningest program in the Pac-10 behind USC.

But with success comes greater exposure, which means other college football programs eventually come calling for position coaches. The latest rumor is that Langsdorf is one of the finalists for Miami's offensive coordinator position.

The 36-year old is an attractive option because he has a history of developing good quarterbacks -- a surging Matt Moore was all but unstoppable his senior year -- has NFL experience with three seasons spent with the New Orleans Saints and he's been an offensive coordinator in the college ranks for four seasons.

Under Langsdorf, the Beaver offense has set numerous all-time marks -- the 2005 unit set a school record for total offense for an 11-game season with 4,605 yards, including an 11-game record for passing yardage with 3,621 hashes. Five offensive players earned postseason honors and WR Mike Hass captured the Biletnikoff Award and was named a first team All-American.

The 2006 squad featured seven postseason honor candidates, including first teamers RB Yvenson Bernard and OG Jeremy Perry, while ranking in the top half of the conference in scoring, passing, pass efficiency, first downs, redzone offense and time of possession.

Success continued in 2007 with three players earning first or second team All-Pac-10 honors. Langsdorf coached in the Hula Bowl after the conclusion of the season.

And finally in 2008, four players earned All-Pac-10 honors, including Offensive Player of the Year and true freshman RB Jacquizz Rodgers. The Beaver offense ranked in the top half for scoring, total offense, first downs, third and fourth down conversions and time of possession.

The Sun Sentinel reported that Miami head coach Randy Shannon is rumored to be on the West Coast this week and will be interviewing Langsdorf. Reports state that the hire could be done by Friday.

If Langsdorf does leave for the warm weather of Florida, it would seem more than a little likely assistant head coach/wide receivers coach Jay Locey would be promoted to offensive coordinator, while probably keeping his receiver coaching duties.

That would open up the quarterback position.

And here's a thought -- Riley could bring in current Idaho quarterbacks coach and former Beaver great Jonathan Smith to fill the empty spot.

But none of this matters if Langsdorf stays put. The number of reports of various coaches, Oregon State's included, who were rumored to be departing, and who never left, is a lengthy one. Stay tuned.

Manny - what happened to your sessions with Larry Bluestein? I think you did more on recruiting last year than you've done this year - is it because we had a top 5 class last year and a 14th ranked class this year, which could drop out of the top 20 altogether is Bryce does not come to the U? How can anyone sell a top recruit on a program without any coordinators? You can bet that the other schools are using the Marve fiasco and the fact that we do not have coordinators to get some of the top recruits to take Miami off their list. If you were a top recruit being courted to come to Miami why would you when you don't even know what style of offense or defense they will be playing in? This is very bad for recruiting and it seems that RS has problems with time management beyond the field.


Cane-ex you beat me to the punch!!!


Why are you being a retard and posting under my name? Your mom is going to take her computer back if she finds out you're lying. She might even make you sleep in your OWN room tonight instead of next to her.

Now you spelled it right, but no one believes you Griggsy. Born and raised a Cane...forever!

Thnx for the backup Canes2002.

Sheldon't mom does not fly. We got ZERO % of landing him.

Great job as always, Manny. I'm eating up all this info.

Great job as usual Manny, but FYI... Tifton, Ga. High-School Coach, Jay Walls previously coached Kelly Jennings and Bruce Johnson at Suwannee High-School in Live Oak, Fl.
Live Oak is not in the Panhandle of Florida, but is in North Florida. Live Oak is an hour north of Gainesville and an hour and a half east of Tallahassee. UM recruit Jamal Ried is from Mayo, 20 minutes southwest of Live Oak.
I realize most of you could care less, but now U know. Go 'Canes!!!



is Shannon talking to any candidates for the DC ? I think it's too much for him to handle to take on the DC job.

Thanks Manny. That was a quick turnaround. U R the MAN!

Who's better than Manny??!!


Randy actually talked on the phone with Tommy Tuberville for the DC spot last week. Take a look:



That was funny!

I know that it is all speculation as regards who the new OC will be. All TRUE Canes fans want is someone who will be innovative and develop all the young talent that we have amassed. Personally, in your opinion, if you had a choice betweeen John McNulty at Rutgers, Chuck Long (former SDSU HC) or Danny Langsford Oregon St. OC, who would you choose? I know the guy who gets the job may not be any of these gentlemen and I know that whoever it is you will have to work with them in the future, so if you would rather not answer the question, for those purposes, no problem. They all seem like good candidates and I was just wondering what you thought. In the long run, I know that Coach Shannon will do whats best for the team and the UM program. Keep up the good work Manny and Go Canes!!

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