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Dunbar just the start at Booker T?

Unless you forgot to pay your monthly subscription to InsideTheCanesportTimes or were out enjoying two days off on South Beach like I was this past weekend (leading my best friend's bachelor party), you probably know by now the Canes picked up their third football "commitment" of the 2010 class Sunday in Miami Booker T. Washington receiver Quinton Dunbar.

Booker T. Washington receiver Quinton Dunbar committed to UM on Sunday. Monday night, I caught up with Dunbar and Booker T. receivers coach Andre Brown (who handles most of the recruiting talk between colleges and the Tornadoes). Dunbar, a 6-3, 177-pound All-Dade First Team selection last season, is obviously a nice get for the Canes and a tremendous talent. But the bigger story is he might just be the first of a handful of talented Booker T. players in the 2010 class who decide to make their way down the road to UM from Overtown next February. 

"The first thing I thought when I got back this weekend and heard Quinton had committed was 'Alright, whose next?," said Brown, who coached current Canes Davon Johnson and Thearon Collier at receiver at Booker T. "It's obvious having Ice over there [former Booker T. coach Tim Harris] helps Miami a lot. They're very aware what we've got coming out in our next class."

What Booker T. has next season is arguably the best class in Miami-Dade County, which by all accounts is absolutely loaded with talent. Dunbar is rated the 13th best player in the county according to our Larry Blustein's Pre-Spring Top 30 list. Other Booker T. players included on the list: talented running back Eduardo Clements (7th), defensive end Lynden Trail (18th), receiver Ted Meline (20th) and offensive lineman Jose Jose (24th). Brown said UM has already offered all of them, except Meline. 

Clements, the MVP of the Class 4A state championship game in 2007, is the prized recruit. At 5-11, 175-pounds there isn't a more complete running back in South Florida in my opinion. I've been told UM considers him its No. 1 running back target for 2010 and another reason coach Randy Shannon doesn't feel so bad about losing out on Bryce Brown. "He's just as good a pass catcher, if not better than Bryce and has played against tougher competition his entire life," one recruiter told me. "Miami wants him badly."

The Canes were the first school to offer Clements and according to Brown, who is Clements brother-in-law, it means a lot. But the roadblock for UM appears to be Florida State, whom Clements grew up rooting for. According to Brown, the Seminoles decided to finally drop Clements an offer Monday. "He's a Florida State guy at heart," Brown said. "The situation is going to be real tough. We've had a lot of family gatherings to talk about everything, but we're allowing him to make up his own decision."

As for Dunbar, consider him about as sound and committed a Canes recruit as there can be. He grew up rooting for UM and living down the street from the Orange Bowl. He wears No. 5 because his favorite player, Andre Johnson, wore it (he said Shannon already promised it to him after Javarris James leaves). His second cousin is UM cornerback Chavez Grant. And, his best friend is Collier. Brown said he expects Dunbar, who has a 3.0, to be a full qualifier.

"The thing that makes Quinton special is that he has just a great knack for getting to the football," Brown said. "When that ball is in the air, he gets into attack mode. He might not run a 4.3, but he has great game speed. We're going to work a lot on catching the ball and knowing what to do in open space. He can get better at route running too. But it's utilizing head fakes, those hips so he can be more like Larry Fitzgerald after the catch."

THIS AND THAT

> Got to give some props to the UM baseball team for their series sweep of Florida this past weekend, especially the 16-2 pounding the Canes delivered on Sunday. It marked the first time under Jim Morris UM swept the Gators in Gainesville, and it helped move UM up in the polls. The Canes are now ranked as high as eighth in the ESPN/USA Today Coaches' poll (there are too many college baseball polls). David Gutierrez, by the way, earned ACC Pitcher of the Week honors for his seven scoreless innings in Saturday's 2-1 win.

> Among my many phone calls Monday, I caught up with one of the weekend's heroes in left fielder Jonathan Weislow. I don't want to give away too much about Weislow, but there might not be a player whose gone through more excruciating injuries than this guy. It's a good story I'll share with you later this week as UM kicks off a 12-game homestand against Rhode Island on Tuesday at 6.

> It turns out Jack McClinton will not have his jersey number retired this weekend after all. Coach Frank Haith said during his weekly ACC teleconference with media on Monday morning that UM wants to be bring Jack back next season and honor him during another game. It's a smart move. Saturday's noon tip-off against N.C. State is going to be emotional enough. Not only will it be senior day, but if UM beats Georgia Tech Wednesday then the Canes will have the opportunity of getting back to 8-8 in the ACC (likely what they need to reach the NCAA tournament). The last thing you want is an extra distraction at a time like this.

> ESPN's Joe Lunardi has the Canes still in his bracketology report. Right now, Lunardi (who hit on all 65 invitees last season) has UM seeded 12th and facing UCLA in the first round. I think the highest seed UM will get if it wins out this week and wins at least one ACC Tournament game is 10th. But I'd like to ask Lunardi, who is supposed to have a teleconference with the media Wednesday, what he thinks the best case scenario for Haith and the Canes is if they accomplish that or better to get in.

> Since some of you have been asking, I finally got around to uploading several audio bites from spring practice, baseball and basketball from the last two weeks. Just visit the usual place to find them.

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Numero uno!

We are going to be sooooo good..soooo soon!

I believe we will still get Eduardo Clements! Brandon Mcgee was a Deion Sanders & Seminoles fan and he still still became a Cane! Shannon, Hurtt, & Barrow will do their magic!!!

great news we shall see what plays out until NSD but till then 5 more months till the season starts

Who are the top targets next year by position?

How fast is this kid?

We got extra ships this year so why not offer his WR buddy? We need more OL and another QB and more LB and DB we got to keep reloading and with our 08 class going to be JR's heading into these guys freshman campain this is the class that "reloads" our 08 class.

HASSAN- I couod care less how fast thiskid is. We have Sam Shields who runs a 4-3 and couldnt ctach a ball to save his life. We need receivers who get open and catch balls. If we look for burners, make them return punts.

Manny- I couldnt believe you were the only writer who posted, blogged or wrote ANYTHING on the weekend THRASHING of the gaturds in gainesville and the sweep. What the....? That should have ben front page on the UM section or sports section even. Can I sense a bias? Instead there WAS a mention on sunday about UF's loss t Tennessee in basketball. Again, What the ?????

It seems that Manny is the only connection the readers and the fans have with the canes via the MHerald.

Manny,

Thanks for your little blurb on the CANES SWEEP of the Gators in baseball this passt weekend. Aparrently, most of the sports media types at the Herald were not so happy with the outcome and did not want it.

Gators had suce a terrible weekend with losing to the CANES and then getting beat by the VOLS in basketball.

Someone made a comment that Bruce Pearl should pay property taxes in Florida because he owns the arena in Gainsville. 7-1 record since he arrived at Tennessee.

Reload ????? Dude, get off the Kool-aid. Reload is what U do when U have actual depth. Let me explain to clueless cane fan that depth means players who have experience on the field AND HAVE PRODUCED ! Struggling freshmen(s) with no production and lots of stars by their name IS NOT DEPTH U FOOLS.

Successful programs with real depth laugh at U. Hassan, U should be banned for even USING the word reload. U are clueless.

New OC
New DC
bumbling HC
.500

OU will quickly show U that U are NOWHERE near being competitive. I guess 08 didn't teach U that lesson as U are forgetting the BEATDOWNS U suffered a few short games ago. But it's all fixed now??? PLEASE ! U will need half the season to show any semblance of everyone being on the same page. 2-2 in your first four will be VERY good.

I'll drop back by the day after U play the Sooners. Fools like Dom and Hassan will still be banging some imaginary drum. College football has passed UM by. U just don't get it.

Sounds like a disgruntled Gayturd fan....Don't worry, you still have a whole year to lick tht NC Waterford crystal ball....Move on!

Hey (I'm paying attention to the U), apparently you show how old you are by even WORRYING about the U. If we mean so little to you, then why do you bother even posting. That tells me one thing, number one, you're an IDIOT, number 2, you ARE WORRIED about the Canes. Do you HONESTLY think a TRADITION RICH school like the U, who puts MORE players in the NFL for you on Sundays than ANY other school, is going to stay down long? Yeah, you keep right on PAYING ATTENTION to the U. Now get the F off the computer, and get your little @ss out to the bus stop.

We need to get Ralph williams Line backer from guveril perp he was a lot better then frank terforlt

keehoe is back and now he is using my name. get of my jock strap buddy and get a life.

Thanks Manny.

BIG CANES EVENT BEING HELD AFTER THE SPRING GAME!!! CURRENT AND EX-PLAYERS TO ATTEND. FOR FANS ALSO.

This article was taken from canesport.com

The football alumni group Canes 4 Life, CaneSport.com, Radio Station 790 The Ticket, and Miami Prime Grill are teaming to present the first annual Hurricanes Spring Game After Party, which will be held Saturday March 28 from 1 p.m.-6 p.m. at Miami Prime.

The event, created by former Miami Hurricane Gerard Daphnis in conjunction with 790 The Ticket's Saturday Sports Smack and CaneSport Radio host Bruce Warner and CaneSport.com Publisher Gary Ferman, will feature the appearance of more than 50 former Miami Hurricane players. The goal is to make it an annual celebration of the Hurricane family.

There will be food and beverages, music, autograph signings, a kids zone and more. Canes merchandise will also be available. Miami Prime Grill is located at 16395 Biscayne Blvd. in North Miami Beach. A special edition of the CaneSport Live Radio Show will be broadcast live from on-site from 4 p.m.-6 p.m.

"When Gerard Daphnis approached us about becoming involved in this event, my first thought was that it was a brilliant idea and the second was that it was way beyond time for us to create a public gathering where former Hurricane players can mingle with their fans in a fun environment," CaneSport Publisher Gary Ferman said. "Some of the NFL superstars who are the face of Hurricane football to the nation will certainly attend. But this event is also about all of the other guys who have spilled blood for the program but whose path in life took them in a direction other than the NFL. We will honor them and celebrate alongside them on this special day, which we hope to make an annual event."

The full player roster will be announced as the event approaches. Players already confirmed or expected to attend this year are Mike Adams (1975), OJ Anderson (1975), Jessie Armstead (1989), Andy Atrio (1995), Tolbert Bain (1984), Rudy Barber (1990), Robert Bass (1991) Coleman Bell (1990), Edgar Benes (1987), Donnell Bennett (1991), Kenny Berry (1987), Brian Blades (1984), Bennie Blades (1985), Dominic Brandy (1967), Melvin Bratton (1984), Kevin Brinkworth (1991), Nate Brooks (1995), Freeman Brown (1994), Hurlie Brown (1988), James Burgess (1993), Dinavin Bythwood (1992), Mark Caesar (1989), Lamont Cain (1994), Larry Cain (1973), Kenny Calhoun (1981), Carlos Callejas (1996), Marcus Carey (1990), Jermaine Chambers (1992), Bernard Clark (1986), Ryan Clement (1993), Wesley Carroll (1989), Tony Coley (1992), Ryan Collins (1991), Horace Copeland (1990), Mike Crissy (1993), Marvin Davis (1992), Pat Del Vecchio (1996), Otis Fowler (1989), Corwin Francis (1991), Jammi German (1993), Chris Gibson (1992), Frank Glover (1974), Derrick Golden (1988), Yatil Green (1994), Casey Greer (1989), Derrick Ham (1995), Bobby Harden (1986), Kelvin Harris (1987), Terris Harris (1991), Jonathan Harris (1991), Derrick Harris (1991), J Ina (1992), Cliff Jackson (1993), Carlos Jones (1992), Chris T. Jones (1991), Chris C. Jones (1993), Trent Jones (1993), K.C. Jones (1992), Carlo Joseph (1995), Kenard Lang (1993), Mike Lawson (1993), Earl Little (1992), Kenny Lopez (1990), Nick Luchey (1995), Zev Lumelski (1991), Larry Luttrell (1994), Rohan Marley (1991), Jason Marucci (1990), Russell Maryland (1986), Ryan McNeil (1989), Damond Neely (1994), Chad Pegues (1995), Malcolm Pearson (1991), Booker Pickett (1992), Eugene Ridgley (1994), Nelson Rodriguez (1996), Omar Rolle (1995), Robert Sampson (1997), Eric Schnupp (1997), Leon Searcy (1988), Al Shipman (1992), Baraka Short (1991), Darrin Smith (1989), Michael Smith (1996), Roland Smith (1987), Darryl Spencer (1988), Duane Starks (1996), Brian Stinson (1998), Alan Symonette (1991), A.C. Tellison (1991), Syii Tucker (1991), Chad Wilson (1991) and Marcus Wimberly (1992).

"What will make this an even more special event is that each year we will also honor one of the longstanding Hurricane greats for their lifetime contribution to the program," Daphnis said. "We soon will announce this year's honoree."

Stay tuned to CaneSport.com in the coming days for updates on new additions to the party player line-up.

I was really starting to wonder who the baseball team p*ssed off at the Herald to be totally ignored after the beatdown on Sunday which completed the sweep.

Ted Meline probably will go alabama they are recurit him hard we can get clements but we will have to work hard for him florida state is his top choice but we have his high school coach but watch out for brandon ganier from miami central he sleeper like wills mcghee was but we also need to go to ST thomas because they have two of the top conerbacks at there school. now with lamarcus joyner tranfer there from southwest miami high. Also Cody Riggs another St Thomas conerback seen this kids in the state game and he good.The hurricanes cant miss out on these two conerbacks and jahiar Gore is a sure lock for the hurricanes just keep him away from those gator who are trying to show Jahiar gore love and im wondering how were doing outside of the state because Georgia is the next state beside Florida that have a lot of top recurits especialy when it comes to line backer and conerbacks.

Ted Meline probably will go alabama they are recurit him hard we can get clements but we will have to work hard for him florida state is his top choice but we have his high school coach but watch out for brandon ganier from miami central he sleeper like wills mcghee was but we also need to go to ST thomas because they have two of the top conerbacks at there school. Now with Lamarcus Joyner tranfers to ST Thomas from miami southwest high and also ST Thomas already has Cody Riggs another top conerback he was very good in ST Thomas state game. So the Hurricanes need to get these two Two top conerbacks. I also think Jakhair Gore is a sure lock for the Hurricanes but the Hurricanes need to keep the Gators away from him becuase there started to show him some love now. I'm wondering how were doing outside the state of florida because Georgia is the next state beside florida that also have a lot of top recurits this year especialy when it comes to linebackers and conerbacks.

And of course you homer glasses honks don't even address the real problem. The real problem aint Kehoe and his lack of supplements. The real problem is a team with almost NO proven positions. Lots of stars and talk. A lot of schools get good recruiting and don't know what to do with it. UM is no exception.

New OC

New DC

bumbling mumbling stumbling HC

FIVE HUNDRED IS YOUR FRIEND FOOLS

did u like the whopping that the canes put on the gators.did someone say sweep

why do you keep insisting that miami lost brownn?!>? idiot

I have been hoping that UM didn't retire McClinton's jersey this year. We want to keep the team's focus on the game and nowhere else.

Manny, by "commitment" I assume you mean oral commitment?

Can't believe I had to go to the Gator site of the Herald to see if the U won on Sunday. Living in Charlotte I depend on the Herald for cane news. Congrats to the Gators for once again showing no class in their loss Sunday. Trying to injure on purpose Miami's shortstop, then plunking the 1st canes batter in the back after the incident. Florida's coach said "the wheels came off," but what really happened the gators showed what they really stand for,arrogance and no class.

Hey Cane60, the Sun Sentinel was all over the series. Unless it's Manny talking about the Canes, the Herald pretty much blows.

If Jakhari Gore is suppose to be a lock for us, why hasn't he committed yet? I hope he does soon.

Can't believe I had to go to the Gator website of the Herald to find results of the baseball game Sunday. Living in Charlotte I depend on the Herald for all cane news. After reading how the Gator baseball player tried to injure the canes shortstop then they plunked the 1st batter in the bottom of the inning,the Fl. coach said "the wheels came off". They didn't come off, they showed once again their arrogance and not being able to handle bad situations, the team acted just like their fans.

Thanks for the info colacane be looking there to from now on.

If you want to follow Canes baseball & get up to the minute news go to cstv.com during the games. They have a gametracker that gives you play by play.

I got to see every play of us whooping the gators on their diamond. SWEEP! They want to try & tell you it was a close series but the last game 16-2 was a complete take them out to the woodshed & beat that #$$!

I agree with all of the posting on the lack of baseball coverage, even today most of the UM news is days old..... this is really dissapointing, thanks Manny for at least being there for us..... hope you don't have another wedding soon so we don't lose coverage.

"WORRYING" about the U Cola Cane? Not a chance fool. NOBODY is "WORRIED" about Duh U. NOBODY worries about a team that can't even win the very average ACC. Seriously.

It's more of a case of kicking U while U are down FOOL.

Recruits..we's building depths...randy...blah blah blah...SHUT UP

You've fallen and U can't get up."

U are a JOKE. Just axe Georgia Tech FOOL. Who will be your next career coordinator that U hire for HC? Mr. Whipple? Melon Head? U R SCREWED so much more than U realize homer.

Its fun to kick U. Spare ALL football fans that talk about "WORRYING."

It's just laughable.

Be interesting to see if Dunbar keeps to his word of taking no visits and recruiting for the U. I think that he will stay focused on the U but you never know. I the U can get a couple of guys coming early and pushing other guys to get on the train, it will make a big difference.

I think the Herald just took a long break over the weekend. News flash, it snowed in the northeast, not in south Florida. No excuse for the poor coverage all around. Thanks, Manny, for keeping us posted though.

It was a weekend to be on the road. Miami swept Florida in Gainesville and Georgia came out here to Tucson and walloped Arizona. Anyway, it's a long baseball season and I have a feeling coverage might be better once the conference play starts (e.g versus UNC, GT, FSU, etc.).

I retract all of my statements, this is what I really think
These Florida Gators are not an "elite" football program


The facts simply don't add up.

While three national titles puts you in some elite company, it just doesn't make you one of the elite—especially when zero of them have been undisputed.

Put simply, none of Florida's national titles came in a year where they ran the table. None of their titles came when they were the only one-loss team. None of their trips to the national title game came without some debate.

They have never won back-to-back titles.

When we look throughout history at all of the teams and programs who have won national titles, there are far too many that have done it by winning them all and putting together epic win streaks. These are the elite teams and, in the grand scheme of things, Florida has not earned the right on the field to be considered one of them.

ITS ALL ABOUT THE UUUUUUUUUUUUU BABY

Im glad to c u finally came around I'm paying attention to the U.. good stuff!!

get of my jock strap gayturd. U are another groupie, so borrow my name and yea it will go along way

and yea U are paying attention to the U buddy. y are u bashing whipple, when U claim he wasn't coming because he wanted to wait till monday to make his announcment ?U remember what u said back than? well its nice to see u back on the hearld i guess u like to go to every news paper site and bash the canes. wow the hurricane stalker U are too funny.

Gaytor fan,

I suggest you stay on your own blogs because this is the last year you're gonna have any real shot at any title for a long, long time. Just hop back on Teblow's pogo stick and ride it for the last time. The Canes are just one year away from dominating again.

GO CANES!!!

Good article, Manny. It seems that UM knows who they want, and they are going after those recruits early.

This is in line with your (Manny's) earlier description of the recruiting process, where UM devises its recruiting strategy years in advance and extends offers early. Again, this strategy has changed over the last decade, not just from Coker's lazy recruiting strategy, but also contrasts with the Butch Davis strategy of the late 1990s and early 2000s where UM often waited until after the Senior season to assess film and extend offers to certain players.

The strategy is paying off. The 2010 class is off to an excellent start, with the best recruit and DT in Miami-Dade (chandler) and the best DT in the state, perhaps the country (Nix), already committted. With all the talent in So. Fla. next year alone, UM should have a top 5 class. The key will be will they make the right choices as to who to recruit at RB, WR, LB, CB and the other positions that are loaded in the regions

if Shannon, who cant coach cant keep the top talent in Dade county can we please get rid of this joker, I could coach us to a 500 record. Hopefully Shannon can do it for a second time.

Nick your an idiot, shannon has built a fence around so fla... cant keep the talent ur dumb go canes

I just heard the RS is going to open the rest of spring practices to the media.

what about the fans? show us some love!!!!!

Why are we going after Clements so hard, he only had one 100 yard game and averaged 5.1 ypc as a junior. We need to be hard after Brandon Gainer, Jeffrey Godfrey, and Joshua Reese from Central.

BRYCE STILL PLANNING ON VISITING MIAMI?

Hey My Canes Brethren,

According to this article, Bryce's handler said yesterday that Bryce is still planning on visiting Miami. I thought we pulled out on Bryce? Any word Manny?

http://www.nola.com/timespic/stories/index.ssf?/base/sports-4/1236148253158690.xml&coll=1


Running back Bryce Brown Top prospect
still plans to visit Miami [] Wednesday, 03/04/09 By Mike StromStaff writer

Bryce Brown of Wichita, Kan., has delayed a scheduled trip to Miami, but the nation's top prospect still plans to make an unofficial visit to the school to which he committed, Brown's trainer and adviser said Tuesday.

A death in Brown's family necessitated the postponement of his trip to Miami, Brian Butler of potentialplayers.com said.

If the ESPN 360 schedule I saw was right the UM basketball game is not televised anywhere.

I just thought I would let everyone know that it is on the ACC.com website. You'll want to click on the ACCSelect link on the left side of the screen than scroll down to the schedule to watch the game.

So Eduardo's cousin, teamates, ex-coach is at UM and it's his hometown but his track all-american girlfriend Lanie Whittaker signed with UF, but he is a die hard Florida State Fan. This can get interesting folks.

I dunked on Quintin Dunbar. Congradulations kid

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