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Signing Day Wrap-Up

DURHAM, N.C. -- It's been more than 48 hours since Randy Shannon and recruiting coordinator Clint Hurtt wrapped the 2009 Signing Class. And now that I've had time to get through my basketball assignments, I can reflect on what I learned, what I like and what I don't like about the 19 players UM inked (as well as the ones that got away).

> What the original goal was: Much to my surprise (after I went back and looked through the Eye On The U archives) Hurtt told me on National Signing Day last year the program was looking to sign between 19-21 recruits. Hurtt's exact breakdown? 1 QB, 2 RBs, 1 WR, 3-4 TEs, 4-5 OLs, 2 DEs, 2 DTs, 1 LB, 3 CBs, 1 S.

> What ended up happening: With the exception of falling a few tight ends short of the goal (blame the Robert Marve fiasco for UM not getting Orson Charles), Miami basically nailed exactly what Hurtt targeted a year ago. Yes, UM swung and missed on some big times. But in my opinion they set a goal to fill needs and accomplished it.

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AJ Highsmith Quarterback: With Robert Marve and Jacory Harris expected to be a part of the future for a long time, UM never made this position a priority. That's why you never saw the Canes really make an effort to go after Miramar's Eugene Smith (West Virginia). So, when A.J. Highsmith (6-0, 190) committed back in February, the Canes were content with taking a player who could potentially switch positions. Now, because of Marve's departure, Highsmith will come in as a quarterback. And he's not a bad one. Highsmith led his team to the Texas state championship. As a senior at Hightower High, he thrw for 2,192 yards, 28 touchdowns and four interceptions. I wouldn't be surprised if he never switches positions after all.

Overall grade: B+. By not scrambling at the last minute to take another QB after Marve left, UM kept itself in position to sign another top-tier quarterback this year and not have him be scared off by the depth chart.

Looking ahead: Central's Jeffrey Godfrey is obviously the local talent Miami could chase after and I expect the Hurricanes will (his former high school coach is Randy Shannon's right hand man, Corey Bell). But I suspect his size (6-feet, 190-pounds) could play a role. If Miami has a chance to get a taller quarterback with similar skills or better, they will.

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Running backs: With Javarris James and Graig Cooper close to seeing their careers end as Canes, Miami targeted two talented backs from the get-go -- the nation's top back Bryce Brown and Killian's Lamar Miller. That was supposed to be it. But when fears of possible academic problems for Miller were raised, Miami went out and got themselves something better than an insurance policy, 5-11, 220-pound running back Mike James from Davenport, Fla. Now, Miller and James are the two running backs who are signed and it's Brown (who committed way back in February) who is iffy.

Mike James Overall grade: A. Even if Brown decides not to come, I think Miami has scored huge with Miller and James. So, should Bryce decide he doesn't like UM's offense, the offensive line, the weather in January or the color of the tulips in June, don't worry, the Hurricanes will be just fine. Miller (5-11, 205) isn't another Bobby Washington, Charlie Jones or Tyrone Moss. He's a passionate kid who takes care of his body and runs hard every time he touches the football. And he proved it against not only a tough Dade County this year, but against the great Northwestern teams of the past few years. Ask Sean Spence about the blur he and his teammates couldn't catch when Miller was a sophomore and junior. In the end, he may not turn out to be another Willis McGahee or Frank Gore, but Miller will certainly be better than the other local guys who have come through here and were average at best.

As for James, I don't know a whole lot about him because I never watched him play in person. But from what I've heard from guys like Larry Blustein and Charles Fishbein is he's a better between the tackles runner than Miller, who is more of a hit the corner and see-you later guy. What I like about Mike and the conversations I've had with him over the phone is that he's an intelligent guy who is thoroughly excited to be playing at UM. Too bad Bryce isn't that way.

Looking ahead: There is certainly a wealth of talent available locally at this position. In Dade, you have Central's Brandon Gainer, Booker T.'s Eduardo Clements, Columbus' Jakhari Gore and Northwestern's Corvin Lamb. In Broward, you got Taravella's Devon Wright, St. Thomas' Giovanni Bernard and James White. Still worried about Bryce Brown not coming? My guess is UM will take between 2 or 3 RBs depending on whether or Brown comes.

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Receivers: Considering the number of receivers Miami signed in its last class, the Hurricanes were simply swinging for the fences with the 2009 class. They took two real cuts -- going after Bastrop, Louisiana's Reuben Randle and Sanford Seminole's Andre Debose.

Overall grade: B. How do you get a grade when you don't sign a receiver? You get graded on everything all the time. And the Canes get a good grade here for being smart. Even though they didn't get Randle or Debose, they didn't waste a scholarship on some other receivers just to say they did. That being said, while Jamal Reid will probably be used as a cornerback, don't rule out the possibility he becomes the one receiver Miami has in this class. And if that's the case, I think Reid will be really, really good. Of what I saw of him this season, I really liked.

Looking ahead: The Hurricanes are going to need to go out and sign at least two in this class if they're smart because there is a real possibility Aldarius Johnson and LaRon Byrd could be heading to the NFL after the 2010 season. Locally, there are some good products to choose from -- Booker T. Washington has two in Ted Meline (6-2, 170) and Quinton Dunbar (6-3, 177). But my favorites are Northwestern's Michael Lee Harris (6-1, 175), Central's Joshua Reese (5-10, 170) and Miramar's Ivan McCartney (6-2, 175). If I had to pick two, I'd take McCartney and Harris.

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Tight ends: Of all the positions UM recruited, this is the one area I think Shannon and his assistants could have done much better. While it's obviously hard to recruit tight ends in South Florida, UM had the opportunity to go after St. Thomas' Gabe Holmes (signed with Purdue) and didn't. Instead, they put all their eggs into two baskets -- Tampa Plant's Orson Charles (Georgia) and Billy Sanders. Then, they got desperate and went all out after Sheldon Richardson (Missouri). Miami ended up getting Sanders back in the end, but it would have been disastrous had they not. Stephen Plein (6-6, 250) is listed as a tight end, but I doubt he ever catches a ball.

Orson Charles Overall grade: D. Sanders could turn out to be a good tight end. But I don't envision him being a superstar. When I spoke to his mother she told me part of the reason he was turned off by UCLA was because they talked to him about playing defensive end. If the Bruins are thinking that how good could Sanders, who played in Idaho, really be? The good news is he has some good genes. His father Bill played in the NFL with the New York Jets.

Looking ahead: With two seniors slated to leave after next season in Dedrick Epps and Richard Gordon, Miami obviously is going to have to make this position a priority. Locally, Miami has a chance to go after Monsignor Pace's Charles' Fashaw (6-5, 210) or Palm Beach Dwyer's Gerald Christian (6-3, 230). But the emphasis is probably going to have to be put on places like Texas, Georgia and California.

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Offensive line: For a school that hardly ever reels in high-caliber offensive linemen, I have to give the Canes credit for at least being in the game late for several of the nation's best. From my conversation with coaches, they really believed they had a great shot at getting not only Marcus Hall (who signed with Ohio State) but also Peter White (Maryland). Both would have been the home runs Miami was looking for. Instead, the Canes kept Brandon Washington (2008 signee) and flat out snook in Jermaine Johsnon (6-6, 304), who by the way is two years removed from high school and very good. Both should instantly find their way into coach Jeff Stoutland's rotation, if not the starting lineup by season's end.

Malcolm Bunche As for the others, Malcolm Bunche (6-5, 315) is a player I really like. The fact he is not some big, flabby kid, but a real muscle, moving athlete tells me the Canes got themselves a heck of a player. He's going to need time to adjust to the speed as his coach told me, but I think it Bunche is the type of kid you will be able to count on as a two-year starter. Next up are Plantation American Heritage's Jared Wheeler (6-6, 305) and Fleming Island's Cory White (6-5, 250). Wheeler is a good player, who has the ability to play anywhere on the line right now. But he's going to take time and I envision him being sort of an A.J. Trump type talent, who will flourish late in his career. The same figures to happen for White, who started at left tackle all season in high school. White some thought he might be at tight end, Canes coaches fully expect White to put on weight.

Overall grade: B. The Canes had a chance to really finally land the big-name out of state lineman they needed. But they missed. In the end, though, they fixed their immediate problems.

Looking ahead: There isn't a player Miami needs to land more in its 2010 class than St. Thomas Aquinas' Brandon Linder. This kid has been the best offensive linemen in the state since he was sophomore. Miami offered him on the first day they could -- along with Florida and Notre Dame. He will be Broward's No. 1 recruit this year and quite possibly the best overall player in South Florida. After Linder, look for Miami to lock up Northwestern left tackle Torrian Wilson (6-3, 315). The kid is a quality prospect. If Miami gets those two, everything else will be gravy. Booker T. Washington's Jose Jose (6-0, 340) and Monsignor Pace's John Ragoo (6-6, 340) are nice fall back plans for now. I also like Cypress Bay's Joe McNamara (6-2, 275). I consider him this year's Stephen Jacques (USF).

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Dyron Dye Defensive line: Considering Miami was able to get talents like Marcus Forston, Micanor Regis and Jeremy Lewis, the fact Miami didn't grab one of the nation's best at defensive tackle doesn't both me one bit. As it stands with Luther Robinson (6-3, 280), and Curtis Porter, a clone of Antonio Dixon at 6-2, 334, what the Canes got was more than enough. Defensive end was the bigger need and I thought Miami did as good a job as they could there, yanking Dyron Dye down and holding onto the best defensive player in South Florida this year in Olivier Vernon. If Vernon can get healthy, he will be another great pass rusher alongside Marcus Robinson.

Overall grade: A. Miami tried to get Richardson, Gary Brown (Florida), William Campbell (Michigan), Arby Jones (Georgia) and Nick Kasa (Colorado). They just weren't going to win the battle playing on the road. Although, it will be upsetting if South Dade's Ed Stinson (Alabama) turns out to be a stud. Miami never really went after him.

Looking ahead: You can tell who the best recruiters are in the business when you've already got kids locked in for the next signing class before the current one is finished. Both of UM's 2010 commitments are defensive tackles. And both are studs. Louis Nix (Jacksonville Raines) and Todd Chandler (Miami Northwestern) are going to be Top 100 players nationally and both are already committed to the Canes. Tip your cap to Mr. Hurtt. The next player UM needs to lock down is Hialeah defensive end Corey Lemonier (6-4, 240). Get him and keep him and you are set for 2010. FYI, should Nix skip out on the Canes, look for Ricky Joseph (6-2, 300) at Miami Northwestern or Delvin Jones (6-6, 235) from Miami Palmetto to jump into the picture.

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Linebackers: After tight end, I'd consider linebacker the next biggest disappointment in terms of recruiting in the '09 Class. Yes, Miami signed seven linebackers last season. But two will never play here -- Zach Kane and Antonio Harper -- and another, Brandon Marti, needs to overcome some off the field issues. While UM should be in good shape with Sean Spence, Jordan Futch, Ramon Buchanon and Arthur Brown for the next few years, they would have been smart to get at least two linebackers in this class. They tried to get Jacksonville's Sam Barrington, but he passed and went to South Florida. They did, however, get 6-2, 235-pound Shayon Green from Tift, Ga. Green could sprout into the big middle linebacker Miami needs down the road. But right now he looks a lot like another Spencer Adkins to me.

Overall grade: C. There were two really good local players Miami didn't really go after hard enough -- Gulliver Prep's Frankie Telfort (USC) and St. Thomas' Conner O'Neil (Wisconsin). Either one of those two guys should have been part of this class. Hopefully, the Canes won't regret it down the road.

Looking ahead: Coach Randy Shannon said in his press conference linebacker is going to be one of his priorities next season. I'm not sure the guy he wants is in his backyard. Gulliver Prep's Ralph Williams (6-1, 215), Hallandale's Rashad Gaitor (6-2, 205) and St. Thomas' Bincent Mauro (6-2, 210) are nice options, but not game breakers.

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Defensive backs: Here's where Miami signed their most talented playmakers -- and in the area where it needed it sorely. No, the Canes didn't go out and get the natural corner, but who is these days? Most kids in high school do not play in very complex coverage schemes. 

Ray Ray Armstrong What UM got were talented, smart, heady kids. Nobody impresses me more in the group than Ray Ray Armstrong (6-4, 215). Here's a kid who has superstar written all over him. When I close my eyes and picture Ray Ray two images come to mind: The guy that took off from about the five yard line in the state championship game against Northwestern, leaped over two defenders and landed in the end zone. And when I visited him and he found out I was from a Miami newspaper before the Class 6A state champion game. Armstrong got angry because he thought I was there to scout for the Bulls and refused to talk to me. Got to love that if you bleed green and orange. He's that crazy and that competitive. Armstrong isn't the only special talent. Jamal Reid (6-1, 175), Brandon McGee (5-11, 180) and Prince Kent (6-3, 195) are all physically gifted to.

Overall grade: A. It was obviously disappointing to lose Kayvon Webster to USF on Signing Day. But it's not the end of the world. Webster was probably right. He'll have a better chance to play with the Bulls. He's a very good player, but probably just on par with the four Miami did get.

Looking ahead: With a few more seniors heading out the door after this coming season, UM once again has to bring in at least 2 to 3 more defensive backs. If that's the case, the Canes might just want to setup shop at St. Thomas where Cody Riggs (5-10, 165) and Brian Robinson (6-0, 195) are two of the best around. Or, they could try and do all they can to keep Southwest's Lamarcus Joyner (5-8, 160) from heading up the road to Tallahassee (he's an FSU fan). Personally, if they don't get Joyner, I'd settle for Gideon Ajagbe (6-2, 200) from Ransom Everglades or Devin Drane (5-11, 175) from Plantation. Both of those guys are very good. 

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Manny:

Excellent coverage as always. Keep up the great work.

I concur--a great piece, Manny. What a fantastic breakdown of the recruiting class.

After the relative disappointment of our secondary over the past couple of seasons, I'm really excited to see what these young DBs can do.

And you're absolutely right about Bryce. I think most people reading this feel like we don't need a player like him around, especially with the depth we seem to have in the backfield.

Well worth the wait, great job.

We're gonna have the best secondary in the nation in 2010. Ray Ray, B. Harris, DVD, McGee, VT, Prince. We'll shutdown any spread offense.

I hope Bryce Brown doesn't come here, the guy has trouble written all over him. We've got to keep Arthur though, great potential.

I hope we pull Bryce's scholarship so we could lock up Gore,Lamb and Bernard

Good job Manny, brotha i hope you read this but dude real talk you are the man im glad to have a man as passionate as i am about Da U. you never let us down and always be coming wit the 411. keep it up and dont slack like buddy from the other paper. we really appreciate what U do!!!

Wow, I was like almost first, now I feel so much better about my life.

Wish U were my teacher come grading time ...

Seriously, they're all *Incomplete* til the "Big Lights" come on ...

Hey Manny, how about a headline in the Herald that reads ....THE U DECOMMITS TO BROWN...

Lets reverse the trend and hit some of these pre-madonnas first...Who needs this kid? He's going to be nothing but problems. Oregon is a perfect fit for him and his "agent"..Quack, Quack!!!!

Save the scholarship for a dedicated local kid who wants to be a Cane.

Brown doesn't want to compete for the job anyway. That's why he's still not committed to the U. Miller is the real deal and Brown knows it...save face kid...go sign with Robert Marve..

I feel much better about this group. Can't wait for spring camp to start.

"Mike James is an intelligent guy who is thoroughly excited to be playing at UM. Too bad Bryce isn't that way."

Manny,
Don't you think that RS would have taken his time and gotten a better OC if Graig Cooper wanted to see who the OC would be before inking with UM? Kendall Thompkins was thoroughly excited about signing with the U. Yet, One can't say for sure that Bryce didn't ohave a hand in RS going for keen excellence with the best mind who's been in college ball and NFL play?

I know this is going to sound really weird, but something inside of me hopes Bryce Brown comes here and both Lamar Miller and Mike James beat him out straight up. Seeing him as a special teams specialist or just languishing on the bench after this primadonna act would give me some warm fuzzies inside. Sick isn't it?

question manny,is miami aware of a running back out of jacksonville bolles,jawan jamison?? this kid has around a 10-11 ypc last year and ran well over a thousand yards..also ran all over gulliver prep in state..is as quick with speed and power as they come..and wants to go to miami with a passion..

I agree that the only real mystery in this year's recruiting season is Shannon's lack of interest in Telfort. He ended up going to USC for God sake. But it's not like we missed on him, we just never even tried. I guess there was something about him that the staff did not like...too small? grade issues? too much like LB's we have already? I guess we'll see what happens, but it's the only real disappointment for me. Seems to me when you have players that good in town, you're almost obligated to go after them just to have them around. But, for all the doubts I've had about Shannon so far, recruiting is not one of them, so I'll just relax and trust their decision not to pursue this kid.

Oh, and I doubt that Randy Shannon has ever made a hire or has been influenced in his decisions in any way because of a recruit.

Orson will propel UF into top 3 ESPn rankings. Where did U land in your beloved ESPN propaganda? 8th????

Posted by: We's building depths | February 05, 2009 at 01:15 PM

http://sports.espn.go.com/ncf/recruiting/classrankings?classyear=2009&classmonth=3

LUCKY 7

Green? Who cares about that phrase uttering moron. Dude couldn't put a sentence together to save his life.

This is the same guy that trumpets "Kohler toilets".

What an enormous tool.

How'd those toilets work out for U Greeeeeeeeeeen?? Were the $17 chicken sandwiches moist and delicious? Was watching Beanpole Harris run for his life in HD more enjoyable. Did Wayne lube you before he bent you over for $20 parking? Did you enjoy the ambiance of having 30k in a 75k stadium? Did you shed a tear of pride when you glanced upon the polyvinyl removable ring of honor?

WORLD CLASS

Posted by: Gator agent provocateur....great work detective greeeeeen | January 29, 2009 at 08:21 AM

http://www.palmbeachpost.com/blogs/content/shared-blogs/palmbeach/ufblog/entries/2009/01/21/new_video_boards_for_ben_hill.html

But it wasn’t until the Gators returned home from their BCS Championship Game at Dolphin Stadium - home of the world’s largest high-definition video screens - that the need for new scoreboards at BHG became glaringly obvious.
-- pb post

PENIS ENVY

Great job Manny, I am already getting pumped up for next season. Go canes!!!

Th Bryce Brown situation is interesting.

Let's say he come in on Monday and signs. Ok, Is the team going to welcome him with open arms after this posturing diva-ism? Will he fit in with the So Fl boys after all that drama? Then what, say he isnt the home run hitter we thought he would be, will he transfer and we go through the whole Marve crap again?

UM should just pull the offer. Save the scholi and give it to Jakhari Gore or a top LB or OL next year.

As for the question abot telfort-- I askedthe same question a while back and someone told me he is too undersized for the canes so they didnt recruit him.

Manny,

What's the status of Tevin McCaskill and Daniel Campbell? Will UM wind up signing them?

Manny, Nice job. What's the status of Daniel Campbell? Academics again? Also, Ref TE's you made a comment, "While it's obviously hard to recruit tight ends in South Florida....". Why is that?

Insightful article on Mark Whipple. The more I read about this guy, the more I like him.

http://antonazucar.wordpress.com/2009/01/28/todd-bankhead-interview-on-mark-whipple/

Manny,
excellent article ! With all the local talent you mentioned @ RB, I'm fine if Brown does not come to Miami. I'm not gong to hate on a kid who want's to take time to make up his mind but I'm not gonna sweat if he doesn't come.

I hope BB doesn't come to the U. The primadonna was the first one to committ last year now he needs God to tell him where to sign. What a farce this kid is. Take your personal trainer and go somewhere else ya fricking weirdo. Go to Oregon and eat granola...

Manny,

quick question...

If Jakarhi Gore bleeds Orange and Green as I heard he does, why hasn't he committed yet? Is he waiting to see if Bryce Brown does?

You know, RS does not seem like the type of person who worries about who is coming or not. He has been in this business for a long time and understand that kids change their minds. With that being said, whether BB comes to Miami or not is irrelevant. You go with what you got and teach them. If BB feels he needs this time to reflect on what to do, let him have it. Stop hating on him. With the OC that is now on board and the team that is in place, the U will do just FINE! You got to want to be a Miami Hurricane! GO CANES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

Wonderful, thoughful, analysis, great work.

Orson will propel UF into top 3 ESPn rankings. Where did U land in your beloved ESPN propaganda? 8th????

Posted by: We's building depths | February 05, 2009 at 01:15 PM

You can't always get what you want, but if you try sometimes, you just might find...you get what you need!

Good call on Orson Kehoe! You did say he was a UGA lock, didn't you???

Remember this Troll, besides Tebow and Brantley, kid's do not grow up wanting to play for your racist school/conference! (Especially inner-city kid's!)

Kid's DREAM of playing for THE U! Meyer is already going after some of our So. Fla. boys for 2010! Wasted energy! He should be more concerned with holding on to the kid's Randy is going to "pluck" right out of your backyard next year!

Go 'canes!

It's curious that Tampa Plant's Charles hasn't signed yet... I am guessing He and R.Marve are using their "package deal" as leverage to go to the same school, or leverage to get Marve signed to a good school. Because at this point who REALLY wants to inherit Marve's off-the field issues?


Another point :

Canes need Fire and Swagger to overcome parity in college football... in this era everybody is good, everybody has great talent. Miami can no longer take the field and play football without the EMOTION of the 80's !! RShannon needs to let the dogs hunt !

Manny Navarro, that there is a brilliant piece of sports journalism. We thank the Lord for you keeping us on the inside track.
Sounds like we did a marvelous job, and that next year looks just as strong.
Let's take it to the house.

One guy that might be added is Dye , he is so quick that there are situations where he would do a great job. Finding the right spots to use these guys should be fun for the coaches

not signing a receiver will be a thorn in the side for years to come. last year, not one, i repeat, not one showed promise of even consistently catching the ball. how does a guy go through all the years and not learn to catch. its usually to late when they get to college. without consistency in coaches, the schemes are changing yearly. regardless, shannon better win something this year. no excuses of young, new coaches. its time to put up or get out. nix was shannons pick regardless of what JJ says. hes covering for shannon. the truth will show in about 8 months. goodbye randy 0-1 for 09 season--those are shannons words

"When I spoke to his mother she told me part of the reason he was turned off by UCLA was because they talked to him about playing defensive end. If the Bruins are thinking that how good could Sanders, who played in Idaho, really be?"
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Newsflash Manny, just because UCLA thinks he can't play tightend doesn't mean he won't be great.

Do you remember a guy named Jim Kelly, well JoPa wanted him as a linebacker, which is why he came to the U. I think he turned out OK. Or how about Clinton Portis, who everyone wanted as a DB because they thought he was too small. The list goes on...

Every year VT and BC don't seem to have a top 10 class and all they do is win the ACC. Coaching is the key along with depth to cover for injuries. I'd rather have a kid with a high motor and dedication than a superstar looking for all the glory(Bryce)?

Hey, UM blogaholics. Sober up. I got news for you. We aren't good enough YET to close the door on top-rated talent. Sure we appear to have a good recruiting class. But so does FSU and NC. And VT is not far behind.

Elite programs like USC, LSU, Alabama, UF, Texas, and Ohio St compete for the national championship because they successfully compete for top-rated recruits. UM isn't in the top-tier yet.

WE NEED BRYCE! Sure, Miller and James are fine prospects. (Where have I heard THAT before?) But injuries and academics can take a toll on running backs. And, sometimes, good RB prospects aren't good enough! Must I name names?

BB's brother likes it here. It would be very convenient for the Brown family, if the brothers played on the same team. I'm sure that is a big factor in Bryce's decision making process. Oregon is awefully far away from Miami.

BB is a good kid - who just happens to have special athletic talent. He comes from a good family. He's no Willie Williams; he's no Robert Marve. He's no thug. He's a good Christian. He's a good kid. We need to show our support - and we need to show some class!

UM FANS, STOP BAD MOUTHING BRYCE!

If we don't land Bryce, our 2009 recruiting class will be in the 11 - 20 range, nothing to brag about. If Bryce signs a LOI our 2009 recruiting class is something special.

DON'T think we DON'T need BRYCE. We do!

Besides, if Bryce Brown repudiates his commitment to Randy Shannon, it could trigger the beginning of the End of Days. And NOBODY wants THAT!

soooo....ACC champs? i think thats a fair assumption. great secondary plus great offense and great defensive line? It aint easy street but its doable. 7 months till football season!

and of course, amazing analysis. amazing. youre sooo ahead of the curve with the 2010 recruits and the specific breakdown and all the talks you've had with people in and around the program. this is the place to be for UM news. Thanks a whole bunch.

Manny-
I think you do an awesome job but........
I wish you would take the high road and stand out from oter writers by not referring to ex-players that were not as successful as "duds" or whatever.
These were players that typically gave everything they had and came up short. That is no crime and they deserve your respect as well.
Off my soapbox now\
Keep up the great work.!!!

Good points Nemo. But I hope Butler stays away.
Good point CC.

Manny,
You are the reporter of the year ,our favorite insider and fellow canemaniac.You are right about BB.We no longer need the drama,we had enough with Marve. Next question.

1- Is Lamar Miller qualified ?
2-Whats taking Miami so long to offer Jeff Luc ? He is beast and he bleeds orange and green.

Wow Byrd and Johnson to the NFL in 10. What is this guy smoking. Johnson dropped as many passes as he caught.

An "A" for the secondary. Did this guy watch any of the games last year? The corners were terrible and Miami only signs one true corner. Should have a "C".

Plus can people stop about the QB depth chart scaring people away. I mean Harris was ok. It doesnt seem the top QB prospects are scared to go USC, ND, UF and so on. Our depth chart is a 180 QB, a 6'7 guy most were saying was going to be moved to TE and two guys under 6'. Way to go Randy.

He looks like the next Spencer Adkins. Why would you insult someone like that. Adkins was a huge bust at Miami.

CC... excellent comment about former players. They came to the U because they loved the U. Whatever happened on or off the field shouldn't diminish how these former players felt about this great school. UM has both "exported and imported" players, sometimes it works out athletically, sometimes it doesn't, but IN LIFE we should always maintain respect for the players who gave the U a highly sought after commitment. Everybody can't be Taylors, Lewis, Reed, Winslow, Portis, Etc ... But everybody can maintain respect and love for the Univ. Of Miami. current and former players.

In this Blog, Let's all do that !!

One thing about Bryce: Every kid is different, he gave an early commit to the U, his brother plays here and has been a MODEL student athlete, and he is still seriously considering his options... From this day on, even if Bryce decided not to join the U, let's respect Arthur Brown who is one of our own, part of the U family, by not disrespecting his brother Bryce. In the end, it's just a game of football. That's why we have 1,000s of colleges in America. We need to always respect people for making decisions, win or lose.

A Few Quick Thoughts.....

Recruiting is done in numbers not one player is a solid lock at any position.

Out of Bryce Brown, Miller, and James one will be a superstar.

Local recruiting is not always the answer, local guys who are physically imposing and talented are more important than just any local player.

I am also confused on the whole Telfort recruitment??????

Finally, I believe in Randy and Clint all the way!!!!!

About BB,

STOP HATING!!!!

Would you have wanted an Adrian Peterson, Reggie Bush, Vince Young on this team a few years ago. OF Course. People who say WE DONT NEED HIM are full of arrogance and have no empathy. Yeah I agree 100% that his "advisor" is a farce but you have to look at it from BB's point of view. This decision is going to affect his life directly, NOT YOURS. Let him take the time to decide. Hating on him now is not helping only hurting the cause. We could use all the talent we can get. There is a reason why teams like OU UF USC TX are in the hunt year after year, they dont rebuild they reload. When you are on the verge of making it back to the top you need every playmaker you can get. Please let Bryce come here. I think he would make a great addition to the family.

Good comment by Jesse on Sanders. Besides what makes UCLA so smart? I mean what have they done lately? They are a distant 2nd tier team to USC in their own city. Fact is, Sanders is an excellent athlete who some are comparing to Shockey. If he stays healthy, I bet he develops into the next great TE at the U.

our defense will be unstoppable in 2 years thanks to two good recruting classes.our future looks bright on the d-line, no one will be able to run on us with fortson and luther robinson clogging up the middle then we could have spense, brown, and futch at linebacker.all three are talented and athletic.ray ray will have recievers scared to run routes once he lays a hit on them.at corner we could have brandon harris and brandon mcgee plus a little bit of jamal reid watch out miami theres a hurricane coming through

Manny, OUTSTANDING job!!!

Keep up the great work!

While he would be an great adddition to the U the waiting game is unnecessary for a high school that played football in Kanas. The speed and the level between Flordia high school and Kansa is something U cant compare. If he thinks that he is the God's gift to which ever program he sends with he is in for a schock. With Lamar Miller and Mike James I would rather text them cause of their wanting to be part of the U at this time. With all the talent in the state of Florida at running back in 2010 it wont be this that much of a less in the short and long term.

First time poster...have read and followed it for a long time though. Manny this is my favorite blog to read so thank you and do you do a great job.

I just want to say that I agree 110% with CC and Cane_Hopeful and their thoughts. I think the one thing that all of us, me included, seem to forget sometiems is that this is a game, nothing else.

But because of how we honor and admire this game so much, we should respect all of those that have been fortunate enough to play or even those who were offered to play at The "U" because it takes a lot to put yourself on a stage such as this where people will judge your play and your character.

Also let's not forget that these are young men that are being recruited. They just turned...or will turn...18 years old.

Now the situation is with Bryce Brown is a disturbing one in the sense of how we may be seeing questionable behavior by Mr. Butler and all of us are getting antcy with how Bryce has not made his decision. But it is his own decision and as Bryce told Susan in her piece...the coaches at UM are letting him make his own decision because they want him to do what is best for himself.

So even though it can be annoying and tiredsome with having to wait, as Cane_Hopeful said, we have to respect these young men regardless of what they do.

However, the other side of the coin says that this situation with Bryce can also be blamed on all of us for how we have allowed recruiting to become such a momentous occassion. The websites from rivals, to scout, to ESPN, and of course the greatest blog for anything Miami Hurricane related here on the Herald's site, has created a new dimension of college football. Young mens' names are being shouted forth across the country sooner and sooner each year. Some are being talked about even though they are only sophomores or just finished up their freshman year of high school.

We just have to come to grips with the idea that what Bryce is doing is going to probably be the norm for the number one recruit for years to come.

And if you are upset with the situation, do not blame the young man, instead, like most of us are, question the "mentor." But let's be honest, with the way recruiting is becoming these days with how every media outlet wants a piece of the action, a big name recruit may need someone to help him through the process who is familiar with it. I'm not saying that Mr. Butler is a good example, but I think this possibility may become a reality.

So let's not dwell on Bryce as he will decide when he wants to. In the meantime, let's enjoy the new group of "Baby Canes" who want to continue the proud tradition of football at this school.

The "U" - Defining Football Excellence for Over 25 Years

Oh and one more thing before I go. Can I just say that the SEC BLEW last year. Only 2 teams were good...Bama and the Gayturds...the rest were mediocre teams that always get overhyped because they are in the SEC. And don't tell me the ACC is mediocre. The ACC had teams that beat the snot out of each other. If there was a media bias towards the ACC like there is the SEC then there wouldn't have been that stupid talk of taking away automatic bids to BCS games this past year. The ACC had 3 good teams, GT, FSU, VT, and BC. The Canes came in and fouled everything up by playing as well as they did with the young kids.

The SEC had 2 count it 2 good teams and some could argue 3 because of Ole Miss. But, Tennessee, blew...Georgia, overrated blew...Gamecocks, blew...LSU blew more than Jenna Jamison on prom night with how overhyped they were...Auburn blew but Tubbs wasn't the reason...Arkansas blew...Missippi State blew. I mean the fact that Vanderbilt, VANDY!! was doing better than most of those teams listed is case in point.

And I can't stand how people say the ACC is not good because we hadn't won a BCS game in x-amount of years or didn't win that many bowl games...who cares?? If you use that logic, why not also look at how the ACC did in out of conference play during the regular season? To be honest an argument could be that the better indicator of who has the better team is to look at the beginning of the season when most out of conference games are played because there aren't as many injuries then. And big deal that we got beat by another team in a bowl...so we got beat by the other team, that's what happens in football, one person wins and the other loses. This isn't like baseball or basketball where there is a series to determine the better team...it's a one shot you're done deal.

The only other conference that is more overhyped than the SEC is the Big Ten and I'm gonna save its lambasting till later...man I can't stand how that conference is ran.

So all of you SEC lovers get over yourselves. Watch out next year for the ACC as we have the matured talent and experience to dominate college football.

The "U" - Defining Football Excellence for Over 25 Years

does anyone know who the best tight ends are in the 2010 class because we haven't had a real deal tight end since kellen winslow, greg olsen was pretty good though

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