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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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Sheldon's mom does not fly. The Canes have Zero percent chance of winning him over. Still it is nice to have the top recruits in our house.

FYI... according to Canesport, who spoke to Sheldon Richardson this afternoon, he is now coming on Jan. 30 and not Jan. 23 like Scout.com had reported. Should make it 11 weekend visitors instead of 12.

Also, just got off the phone with Malcolm Bunche's high school coach. I'll post what I got in a few.

I would think that any of the above 3 would be a very good hire. I have heard that McNulty is out of the running. McNulty also would want to bring in another coach with him (probably OL coach from Rutgers). I think that could disrupt the continuity of the current coaches that we have and Jeff Stoutland is a good OL coach and also a very good recruiter.

after i saw that ed reed speech from the 2001 fsu game, i realized how important the leadership and personality qualities of the recruits are. i think Barrington would be a great pick up. not to mention the O line guys. I love the schedule change! My dad and I and maybe my mom and sisters are gonna go up there wearing our orange and green. I know its gonna be mad hostile but its gonna be so much fun! especially if we dominate.

So, Shannon is back from the west coast? It must have been serious this late.


I hope he came back with an OC!

Man its a rough world out there in the recruiting wars. The U needs to close strong.

the potential is there, and usually the U does close pretty well...but this seems like a particularly important year. as though the turning point is just in front of us, so getting good coaches and players now is all the more important...especially b/c a few mis-steps at this point could wreak short term havoc given recent times. dlu, i really hope we throw the hammer down this year and close strong!


Has there been any hints as to who the Canes might be eyeing for DC? I know that there has been plenty of rumors about W. Martinez at UGA and his ties with the Canes? Any traction to that at all or no? Thanks for all the hard work!

Great job Manny keep em' commin'!!

Thanks manny you are the undisputed canes king right now,Any info from the shannon trips is greatly appreciated, why do you think this is all so hush hush, its a little over the top or is it just me... also do you put any merit in this taj boyd QB thing

anyways, Great work man!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Langsdorf on Miami short list?
Coach Danny Langsdorf
Coach Danny Langsdorf

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.

Ok....UT has hired EVERYONE for a BZillion $.
Now, Bama is step up too.
Willis, a Huntsville native, said Saban is "one of the best defensive coaches in the game, and this is a chance to gain some great experience and learn from the best."

"You don't get many chances like that in the coaching business. When you combine that opportunity with the history and tradition at Alabama, it was a decision that was best for me," he said.

I do not hear coaches or asst. coaches talking that way about the U. Every team in the country is hiring someone. And they do not seem to have to take FOREVER to get it done.
LET GO RS. Get a staff in place and get a fire lite! The time is NOW! At some point trust your instincts and pull the trigger!

Manny, who is your personal prediction for OC and DC? Step out on the limb!

Miami: We hear head coach Randy Shannon has interest in 2 coaches to replace defensive coordinator Bill Young, who accepted a position at Oklahoma State yesterday. Shannon will likely talk with Notre Dame head defensive coach Jon Tenuta and Dallas Cowboys linebackers coach Reggie Herring. If Shannon can’t get the right guy, don’t be surprised to see the head coach take on the role of defensive coordinator next season.

Q. Manny please explain to me if Miami is looking for linebackers, then why didnt they go after Frank Teilfort hard? He is compared to Sean Spence, could you imagine 2 of them on the field???? Please clarify because that baffles me!!!


Your on top of it! Thank for the info bro! I hope we can land Richardson. Kid is a beast. Im out here in st louis now and talked to a local football camp coach who said Richardson has dont nothing but work on his speed. He should be able to get down to about 265 lbs and run a 4.65 40. THINK ANTONIO GATES!!!

No Cs at the U,

Yes, it can be frustrating.

It's not like everyone is waiting for "RS to make the decision," - he must wait for others involved "to make their decision," like the OC candidate(s).

So, just because he seems "cool" (I like that, it's a great negotiating tool) and thoughtful - doesn't mean he lacks urgency.

Again, remember "all parties to an agreement" are all decision makers. Not just RS.

Dallas Cowboys linebackers coach Reggie Herring likes south florida

Herring said he spent the past week vacationing in Key West, Florida, and returned to see reports out of Oklahoma that he was indeed offered the job. Herring said he is currently working on preparing for the offseason with the Cowboys.

This isn't the first time this offseason Herring's name has come up. He was supposedly signed, sealed and delivered to Auburn as their defensive coordinator. "I don't even know Gene Chizik," Herring said. But that's how it goes in the coaching profession. Things could change in an instant.

With the schedule change, what games are we going to play in Sept.? Great stuff Manny!! GO CANES!!

You the man Manny. Good info on the coaching scene. Getting more interesting by the moment. I can't believe the quality of our recruits again. We just need to stay patient and let RS do his thing.

Thanks Manny!

Seems like a lot of blogs went down, I think the U is about to make an announcement on the OC.


With all due respect, I don't know who Willis is or what his talents, strengths and weaknesses are - or if they match anything we need in a DC. And you don't either.

"Saban - one of the best defensive coaches in the game." Yea, and RS is too.

Please, look at RS defensive stats as a DC. As well as his recruits. Saban doesn't come close.

Most importantly Saban's a despicable liar.

As far as time, when you are seeking "the best of the best" for YOUR Specific NEEDS - you just don't close a deal for the sake of satisfying LA or me or any of the rest of us.

Remember Nix. He was a very quick hire (no choice, no time). And look where that got us.

As you worry that all the "big names" are getting hired, maybe you don't remember "Jimmy Who". FYI that was Jimmy Johnson. He did all right.

Also, for years the U has brought in many "unknown" coaches that have produced quality on the field.

And don't forget, JJ is working on this as well, so all is well.

There is a story that says Sheldon Richardson grew up wanting to play for Miami, called the Hurricanes coaches to tell them he was interested and was offered a scholarship.

"I'm not gonna lie, I was really, really happy," Richardson told the website. "They're high on my list. I thought about de-committing right there. As much as I like Missouri ball, I like Miami ball better. I like Miami ball better than just about anyone else. I also found out what it's a private school and I never knew that. They have 13 kids per class. They offer both of the majors I'm interested in and they were number two in the nation in players who graduated. I always liked Miami but now I like them even more."

Rumblings, I hear Rumblings!

Is that . . . was that . . . WHO!

A sighting . . . where, who!

MIA . . . are U sure . . . I was on the same . . . from where, from where?

I think it is . . . could it be . . . Landsdorf

Where there's smoke usually there's fire.

Hey Manny,
Is the OC announcement coming tomorrow, as everyone speculates?

P.S. Love the hustle on this entry.

The Herald needs to give Manny a big raise!

I agree with some here that Shannon need to pick an OC and DC that are best for The U in the long run and not rush the decision. RS was hired late and need to complete his staff before signing day and made some rushed choices. Nix (after a few rejections) brought Marve and look how that turned out.

It's important to have C's for recruiting, but it's bad precedence to let one or two players dictate the school decisions. If they can stir it up this much before they get here, just think how big theirs or their parents' heads will get when they do get here. We don't need another Marve or Fortay family. Authority is top down.

Shannon has to be secretive with these searches. He has gotten burned in the past with all the second guessing about the choices and whinnying about the ones that turned him down. It's would be interesting to see him phone records and travel itinerary since the end of the season. He probably made the offer already. Like I-Must-Be-Nuts wrote, they have to make their decisions, too.

IMHO, if the results on the field being equal, I prefer Long over McNulty and Langsdorf. If McNulty turned us down before because of lack of offensive talents, then he might be soft, greedy, and/or lazy. Langsdorf is a great catch (donated a kidney to his friend's wife? beat USC with lesser talents 2 out of 3? Tebow got nothing on this guy), but that's the problem. If he does what he is supposed to do for us, then he will get a HC somewhere in 2 years. Long was Langsdorf as an OC before the disaster in SDSU. He will do a good job and probably not too quick to move on.

Did I mention Manny deserve a big raise?


Speedwrecks, he said that a long time ago...when he was first offered a scholarship.......since then he re-commited to Missouri. So i wouldn't count on him committing to us.

Manny, bottom line, you are underpaid. I hope Randy is throwing you a few coins in your direction for all the positive deliverables you provide for his program. We couldn't ask for a better embassador to the U. Thanks for your tireless, selfless efforts to keep us up to date on these items.

Been reading this blog for years, (never posted)and the competion. Got to say Manny. U Are The Man. Great stuff. Keep It coming

Great stuff Manny. My head is spinning with all this info. Nonetheless, this is a very big weekend!! Good luck to Coach Shannon and go Canes!!

Ps I know Randy will be up to the task!



I hate Saban. That was a quote from SI and Willis.

My point is Randy does not get that kind of pub or respect.

public announcement: mandingo is blazin!!! tight work bruh. listen-- shannon and his staff are to be commended. they are pulling off this recruiting bonanza without an oc or dc. not many schools or staffs that could pull it off the way the U is doing it. granted we have to close the deal on some of these recruits by getting them to sign on the dotted line. however this staff's work is not lost on me and other U fans i'm sure. i hope that all of this is real and these recruits aren't just trying to get a trip to warm weather in january on south beach.

go shannon. go manny. go canes!!!

Rumblings, I hear Rumblings!

Is that . . . was that . . . WHO!

A sighting . . . where, who!

MIA . . . are U sure . . . I was on the same . . . from where, from where?

I think it is . . . could it be . . . Landsdorf

Where there's smoke usually there's fire.

Posted by: Canes305 | January 22, 2009 at 08:10 PM

Was that...I think it is...could it be? Yes, it is. It's a f*cking jack@ss. Shut up, you corny @ss retard.

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

Posted by: PCola Cane | January 22, 2009 at 04:49 PM

Is it good with the kool-aid ?

Looks really good but until they spread that ink on signing day ...We will see !! I just hope we can get a good "OC" in here that will propel all this great talent !! Go Canes'

I just got this E-Mail from Manny...


No updates from the visits. We hear news on trips usually Sunday afternoon. I don't expect any OC news until Monday. But I'm still keeping my ears open and will update the blog if I hear anything of substance. Please post this on my blog for me. I'm about to go on local TV to talk recruiting. Thanks.

- Manny
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