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Hurricanes National Signing Day blog

Good morning Canes fans. Today is National Signing Day. Or, as UM recruiting coordinator Clint Hurtt once told me, Report Card day for him and the University of Miami coaching staff. It's the day all the hard work they've put in chasing after high school seniors becomes official or unofficial.

As many of you know, the Hurricanes had a collection of 20 commitments before the final 48 hours before NSD began Monday morning. After last night, they still do. Several recruits out-of-state recruits who visited UM the past two weekends have already decided they are passing on the Canes. 

Last night, Jacksonville Parker linebacker Sam Barrington became the latest when he stunned friends and family by choosing the USF Bulls over the Canes and Illinois. Others did the same before Barrington. Cleveland offensive lineman Marcus Hall chose Ohio State. And more could end up doing the same. We just don't know yet.

Lamar Miller signed with the Canes Wednesday. Throughout the day, The Miami Herald will have reporters and correspondents following recruiting. I'll be on the road at Miami Killian for Lamar Miller's announcement at 10 a.m., Miami Pace for cornerback Kayvon Webster at noon and coach Randy Shannon's press conference at UM at 2 p.m. But reporters will be checking in with me to provide updates on other potential Canes and we will post stories online as soon as we get them. I will try to update the blog as much as I can while I'm on the road.

Here is a schedule of key recruits for you to follow with a few notes...

> OL Peter White, St. John's College Prep, Washington, D.C.: White is expected to announce his decision at around 8:45 a.m. There were rumblings late Tuesday night he had already told coaches at Maryland he was headed there. White visited UM last weekend and was also considering Tennessee. We'll have reporter there to send a story. UPDATED at 9:01 a.m.: White has chosen Maryland. Check for a story shortly.

> OL Andrew Tiller, Nassau Community College: The big 6-6, 330 pound tackle prospect is supposed to make a decision from his home around 9 a.m. I've got his phone number and will try to find out what happens shortly after he decides. UPDATED 12:01 p.m.: Rivals.com reports Tiller has chosen Syracuse.

> DL Luther Robinson, Fort Pierce Westwood: His coach Waides Ashmon told me to expect an announcement at 9:30 a.m. Robinson made a few visits to Florida and UCF, but is said to be expected to sign with the Canes. We'll find out soon enough. I'll call Ashmon for an update and interview if possible afterward. UPDATED at 9:58 a.m.: Robinson sticks with the Canes. I'll have an interview later today. 

> CB Kayvon Webster, Monsignor Pace: I'll be at Pace at noon when Webster makes his announcement. There have been reporters Webster is still not 100 percent convinced on UM and is still considering USF. I'm not buying. I think Webster picks UM in the end. UPDATED at 12:31 p.m.: Webster spurns the Canes and shock the world by picking USF. He told me he made his decision about an hour before coming in. He said early playing time was the biggest factor. I believe the fact two of his Pace teammates are a bigger reason -- WR Sterling Griffin and WR Derrick Hopkins. 

> TE/DT Sheldon Richardson, St. Louis Gateway High: Reporter Nate Latsch, a freelancer for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, will be there to provide us with a story from what could be Miami's biggest steal of this class. Richardson, a Missouri commitment, visited UM this past weekend. He's expected to make his decision at around 12:30 p.m. our time. UPDATED at 12:37 p.m.: Richardson has decided to stay home and stick with Missouri. 

> OL Quinton Washington, St. Stephen's Timberland, S.C.: All signs have pointed to the fact Washington, a UM visitor this past weekend, is not headed here. It's either going to be Michigan or South Carolina. But you never know if this becomes a stunner when the official announcement is made at 3 p.m.

I said earlier, continue to check back throughout the day for updates, notes, photos and quotes from players, coaches, recruits and recruiting analysts.


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so in your mind 1 of 3 is better than 2 of 3.

Well then.

Debose + UF gimmic offense = Arena Football Career

I guess choosing sub-level football is okay.

Good luck Debose

Miller is a better back anyway, so screw Brown.

Posted by: Canesjunkie

Bwahahaahaa.....OMG that was FUNNY. "SCREW BROWN"

why not, he's screwing U

While Bryce Brown, one of the top-recruited running backs in the country, vacations with his family on National Signing Day, Brian Butler, Brown’s “mentor,” handler (and some would call street agent), basks in the spotlight of the recruiting wars.

The New York Times has followed up CFT.com’s original report on Butler with an in-depth profile of the man in charge of Bryce Brown’s future. While we’ve already touched on the fact that Brown is charging money for recruiting, the excellent Times piece includes some of the following revelations:

The 5′8″ Butler, at 350 pounds, once rapped under the name “Big B” and claims to have opened for Ludacris. (The Times can’t confirm this.)

Butler quit a $65,000-a-year job working for T-Mobile to begin training Arthur and Bryce Brown, and about 30 other prospects from the Witchita area whom he charges for his services.

Brown’s high school coach Brian Byers accuses Brown and Butler of shutting down after racking up big stats. “We had supposedly the best football player in the country in high school, and we went 6-3. We didn’t have a team because of that.”

In 1997, Brown was arrested and pleaded guilty to a felony charge of forgery.

Butler leveraged his relationships with the Miami coaching staff to get fake offers for his “clients,” with hopes that it would build recruiting interest from other schools.

Sounds like a wonderful guy to trust your son’s future with…

We's building depths

Kehoe debose never visited here and you know it. Randy went up to gaytor town and took back two players. kehoe you know that we are stacked at WR so Ray Ray was the most important out of the 3. 2>1 randy wins again

Thanks for comfirming what a loser you are "We's building depths".

I feel better about myself now.

No need to sweat Brown. This is just the first day the kids can sign. Let him have his time. If he signs his LOI with the U, great. If he doesn't we will be find. No one person makes a class.


Nuke is Gator Bait. Major Wright will knock him out on sept 19

Posted by: We's building depths | February 04, 2009 at 02:03 PM
.....and shouldn't you be posting this on you gayturd blog? You should, it would increase the number of comments (maybe someone who cares will read it).

Disappointed 'cane fan:

Gotta agree with AtlantaU.
Also, most schools get the commits they get for 1 of 3 reasons:

1. the kid is enamored with the school (hometown kid or big name school) - the U
2. the kid wants PT right away (doesn't want to compete for spot nor redshirt)- 2nd tier D1 schools
3. the kid isn't that good and has to settle for whoever takes him - 2nd tier D1 schools, D2 schools, etc

The U is example #1...we lockdown the local talent, get the kids that want to go to the U and then throw out some wildcard offers.
We got all the local talent we targeted except for Webster, but he didn't want to be patient like some other kids and wait for his turn, if it ever came, and I can't blame him.
Sure there was local talent that went elsewhere, but the U didn't target them because they didn't want to be here or because we didn't need them.

It's always going to be hard to steal guys like Marcus Hall, Sheldon Richardson and Jelani Jenkins away from a top school, and although this wasn't a star-studded, sexy position (QB, WR, LB) heavy class like last year...it's still a damn good class that fills a lot of holes on our team. And we got some good players from areas outside our recruiting "fence"...Ray Ray, Dyron Dye, Bunche, Curtis Porter, Luther Robinson...

And most importantly, we got the kids that WANT to be at the U!

Pull his scholi....save it for next year. There's too much talent in Miami-Dade to worry about this guy.


lores4m0, check the sports page instead of this blog for the other articles/updates. manny's coverage has been great!

any cane surprises this afternoon?

Glaring need for a scoreboard at BHL. Nice to know state tax money being put to good use at UF for a new scoreboard. Wonder what would happen if Miami could receive that type of funding from the state? Hmm

yall hear tommy tubb and the crew on espn u giving the props to randy and co. like the one of the announcers, "said it tells u alot about randy. how he still managed to have no decomits(except 1) with the no OC or DC". im ready for spring and the college season to see how we pan out. then get ready for a stacked class next yr.

New blog up, move to that one folks...

Friggin UF alumni!!

Posted by: CaliCanisFan | February 04, 2009 at 02:00 PM

He's not UF alum! Dude goes to Dade CC, when he's not delivering pizza's!


Go 'canes!


Hey Norm 4, Rivals has us at No. 9 ahead of UF. Means NOTHING though. Don't put too much into the rankings. Half the kids on ALL the teams won't work out anyway. We have a SOLID class with players who're COMMITTED to getting the U back where it belongs.

I would be interested in what would Manny's grades be for this recruiting class. I know you will never really know until 2-3 years down the line whether this is a great class, but so far I think it is a solid class based on what I read about the recruits in this blog. I would rate this class based on the needs stated at the outset of the recruiting season as reported by Manny on previous articles:
Offense: A-
QB - goal 1; committed 1
RB - goal 2; commmitted 2-3
OL - goal 6-7; committed 5-6
TE - goal 2; committed 1-2

Defense: A-/B+
DL - goal 4; committed 4
LB - goal 1-2; committed 1
CB - goal 2-3; committed 2
S - goal 2; committed 1-2
K/P - goal 1; commmitted 0

Overall scholarships 27; goal 23-25; committed 20-21

Overall, I would give this class an A-/B+ based on addressing needs and overall talent and depth. Any thoughts? Corrections?

Does Bryce Brown have a press conference scheduled? If so when?

He wont sign until march

shehoe, what miamiboisince85 said, "2>1 RANDY WINS AGAIN", HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA! shehoe, you loooooooooooooooooose, you looooooooser!

So does that mean that we only signed 20 or 21 recruits??? how many scholarships will the canes have next year??? Thank You Manny

Honestly at this point and from that NY Times article I read as shared by, I think it was JRod or something, sorry if I got that wrong... anyway, I would not be surprised and would support Randy if he decided to pull BB's scholly. We do not need to get ourselves into that kind of trouble. To me, the words of his HS coach tell all.

I saw Bryce play in the AA game and he is clearly talented, but I'd suspect that between Mike James and Miller both coming from the best football state in the country, one of them is going to beat him out anyway. I'd love to say we got the #1 recruit and to see Bryce in a UM uniform, but not if that means we're getting a player who's going to play only for himself and divide the lockeroom and possibly bring sanctions on the program.


anybody watchin this wake forest game??? up 19 with 9 minutes left to go?? gotta be like this consistently!

Great class. I think it's obvious the the boyz from Gayville R starting to sweat. Maybe they just know that when it becomes sooooooo obvious who's preping who best for the NFL then their meager recruiting efforts will really fall off the map and Urban Meyers name will be mud with big time recruits. Face it he's still living off the mystique created by the ole' ball coach. Oh and by the way Gators "YOU GUYS SUCK, YOUR TEAM SUCKS AND YOUR COACH REEEEEEAAAAALLLLLYYYYYY SUCKS, and U R DONE"


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