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Graham giving football a shot

Jimmy Graham hasn't played football since the ninth grade. But he's not letting it stop him from giving it another shot. 

Jimmy Graham Around lunchtime Wednesday, University of Miami coach Randy Shannon confirmed the rumors we'd all been hearing for weeks when he told reporters during his 10-minute ACC teleconference that the 6-8, 260-pound Canes power forward will indeed be trying out at tight end.

"We will give him a chance if he wants to do that," Shannon said. "I told Jimmy he has an opportunity to come back to school, enjoy the dream of playing football. He's been around, been with the players, Jacory Harris some... with his size and speed he may help us."

The Hurricanes could definitely use the help. UM is not only thin on experience at tight end, they don't have any proven talent aside from Dedrick Epps. Seniors Richard Gordon and Tervaris Johnson and redshirt sophomore Daniel Adderley took the majority of the snaps the spring and looked average at best. Stephen Plein and Billy Sanders will likely not be ready to help as true freshmen. 

Wednesday, Shannon provided some good news when he told reporters Epps, coming off knee surgery in December, was ahead of schedule. "He should be ready for camp, should be running full speed in July," Shannon said. "He should be full speed and ready to go." 

But it's Graham who could be the most intriguing prospect at the position considering his size and athletic ability. Some of the NFL's best tight ends -- Antonio Gates, Tony Gonzalez -- have come from the basketball court. Graham, who is declining interviews according to UM sports information director Margaret Belch, could be the next one. 

Wednesday, after Shannon's press conference, I caught up with Carlos Peralta, Graham's old basketball coach at Charis Prep in N.C. Peralta, who has talked to Graham at least once a week since he's been at UM, told me the football team approached Graham about giving tight end a try. Peralta said Graham wrestled with the decision for weeks, praying on it for days before finally telling Shannon recently he would give football a shot. 

"First and foremost what swayed him was that he's enjoyed his time at UM," Peralta said. "And he saw this as an opportunity to extend his experience a little bit. He talked about going to graduate school, how he'll be able to be a double major [marketing and business] by the time he graduates. Jimmy always loved football. It was his first love really. The way he and I see this is he gets to let go of more unleashed aggression -- without the fouls."

According to Peralta, Graham explored all of his basketball opportunities before deciding to give football a try. He looked into potential agents and contemplated offers from overseas -- as far East as Russia.

"Options were available to him," Peralta said. "I think the bottomline is he felt like it was a bit of an unknown in terms of environment. Although the money looks good on paper, he didn't know if he'd enjoy living for six months in Russia. That's what it really came down to."

> Shannon discussed a few other topics during his teleconference including his new coordinators, UM's NFL First Round Draft Streak coming to an end and how Taylor Cook will enter the fall as the team's No. 2 quarterback (which we expected). Nothing was earth shattering. FYI, it's likely the last time we'll hear from Shannon until fall practice begins.

> While I realize many of you might have been miffed by my last blog on recruiting becoming a little more challenging locally for the Canes, I want you to know I had several interesting conversations with several UM staff members behind the scenes about it this week. 

One person told me the reason it is getting harder is because of the emergence of more "mentors" locally. These people could be trying to earn "favors" with outside schools. I'm not going to point any fingers (just know I don't write blogs to stir up controversy or to get hits). I've had my finger on the pulse of recruiting here in South Florida for years. Something isn't right. With severe budget cuts happening on the high school level in Miami-Dade and Broward, assistants and people around programs are losing their jobs. Understand there might be a few desperate guys out there trying to find "help." They are beginning to point kids toward a particular school for that reason. UM knows it and they're trying to fight it. It's just not so easy when some schools have something to offer and The U does not want to get involved in that at all. 

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Miami-Florida has snared its fifth Class of
Manny, the GAtors are struggling to keep their recruits....things are changing up there....give me that article now!!!. Just messing you man.

2010 commitment in Tavadis Glenn, a 6-foot-5, 270-pound lineman from Terry Parker (Jacksonville, Fla.).

He also considered offers from Georgia, Florida State, Arkansas, Clemson and LSU. Among many others were South Carolina, Southern California, Florida and Kentucky.

As a junior, Glenn had 40 tackles with 17 for a loss and five sacks.

Thanks JR Reed. This helps keep us Canes fans informed. That is five good Florida commits, and I see a lot more coming down the pike from South Florida. UM will have a banner year, and its sounds as if UM has sewed up the best DT recruits in the state, and can now focus on other positions.

I am concerned about what Manny reported with the handlers phenomenon (ala Bryce Brown) taking over South Florida. I think the NCAA has to crack down on that if they are going to keep programs (and college football) clean and honest and preserve some integrity for the sport in the eyes of the fans.

With Todd Chandler, Louis Nix and now Tavadis Glenn that's a solid rotation. Each player brings different aspects to the game, along with players from the 09 class like Curtis Porter and Luther Robinson that a solid rotation for the future.

With defensive ends like Oliver Vernon and Dyron Dye Coach Shannon is building a formidable defensive line. I cant wait to see that rotation playing as one for the U.

This USE to be a good site. In the last day, not one mention or talk about recruits, current memebers, or even the ACC, just all this BS.....Manny, take control of your Blog!
Posted by: DA U N Houston | April 17, 2009 at 04:30 PM

This USE to be a good site. In the last day, not one mention or talk about recruits, current memebers, or even the ACC, just all this BS.....Manny, take control of your Blog!
Posted by: DA U N Houston | April 17, 2009 at 04:30 PM

This USE to be a good site. In the last day, not one mention or talk about recruits, current memebers, or even the ACC, just all this BS.....Manny, take control of your Blog!
Posted by: DA U N Houston | April 17, 2009 at 04:30 PM

This USE to be a good site. In the last day, not one mention or talk about recruits, current memebers, or even the ACC, just all this BS.....Manny, take control of your Blog!
Posted by: DA U N Houston | April 17, 2009 at 04:30 PM

I love Randy Shannon ... And U will too when he's finally gone .

Please Donna n Kirby, start drafting that Loooonnng term contract for that wonderful, fine, articulate African-American gentleman.

FLORIDA GATORS: KING OF THE STATE

If we want Glenn we'll get glenn, if we want nix we'll get nix. we own the state now....

So, U find anymore potential football players hanging around the Track Meet this week ???

U might wanna try to scout the intramural football and basketball leagues ...

I dont care how you put a spin on it..or who used to call it what and what show used it..And no I wont lighten up when you go way back and try to justify using that term..Its 2009 and that term doesnt belong in todays world at least im my humble opinion..This is a Cane sports blog for Cane fans to chat about Cane thangs..Not to come in and be interupted by some tool that can say and do whatever he wants while we try to post that name to show you used it and how you wrote it and it gets blocked..Ive said before this isnt really a Cane blog anymore with you on here..And nothing being done about it..They might as well close the blog down and just post articles to read

Besides the fact that you didnt spell it that way either..but hey if you need that to justify being a racist then its your life..you`re the one that stays anonymous so i guess its ok with you

I agree with Ibis- MAnny, and Herald editors. One thing is free speech. But this Kehoe guys and the loser (if there are more than one) that keeps posting that racist stuff have no place on this cane blog.

For example- the gator that said gators of kings of the state. I mean he is dead wrong, but ok, that's a clean statement. I'm ok with that.

But the garbage being spewed by the like of the above do not belonghere.

Classifed (I know you are kehoe): By the way since you are ill-informed, I'll give you na example of a basketball player turned TE: Tony Gonzalez. I'll give you an example of a track star tuned footballer: Walter Dix.
An example of a player who could play both sports: Randy Moss. I don't know if Graham will pan out. But at 6-8 260, and if he allegedly has good hands, and if he learns to block and run routes, hey,why not? Rihard Gordon-beware.

Jacksonville (FL) Terry Parker High School lineman Tavadis Glenn has never stepped foot on the University of Miami's campus.

But he says he decided to commit to UM two days ago because "They made me feel at home."

Glenn says Cane coache stuck by him after he suffered a hip injury in a car accident a month ago. He says he was run down by a car and hit.

"It's not bad," Glenn said. "I'll be good in six weeks.

"But with me being injured some schools took offers off the table. Miami coaches, they were straight up with me, said the offer is still on the table."

The 6-foot-5, 265-pounder called up Cane coach Clint Hurtt on Wednesday to give him the news.

"He said the offer was still on the table, to take it," Glenn said. "I told him `I want to commit right now.'"

Asked what schools he chose UM over, Glenn says, "There are no other schools. I'm done considering other schools."

Among his 15 scholarship offers were LSU, Florida, South Carolina, USC and LSU.

"I'm not considering anyone else - it's solid," he says.

Glenn also has a relationship with another committed lineman - Louis Nix.

"(We) have a close relationship," Glenn said. "We've been rivals since 8th grade. We play the same position, but that's a good thing. We're the same type of athlete."

Nix told CaneSport Friday night that the new commitment firms up his commitment to Miami, which he previously said was very soft.

"Yes it does," Nix says. "I just got off the phone with him. We're real good friends. I'm real excited about it. He's going to school with me. We'll play together."

Glenn's goal at Miami?

"To graduate with a business degree and go to the NFL," he says.

Glenn says he is being recruited on both sides of the ball by Miami - as a defensive tackle and offensive lineman. He plays both ways in high school. Last year he finished with 40 tackles, 17 for losses, with six sacks and a field goal block.

He's started since his freshman year.

"I'll play whichever position works out, but I do prefer defense," Glenn says.

Great news about Glenn! Keep the momentum going, we need to start racking some of these up from South Florda...

Sorry to hear about the Glenn news.
I'm so into giving out train to daddy's ballers, but apparently Glenn will miss out on my offering.

I agree with Ibis- MAnny, and Herald editors. One thing is free speech. But this Kehoe guys and the loser (if there are more than one) that keeps posting that racist stuff have no place on this cane blog.

Posted by: jaime | April 18, 2009 at 10:45 AM

Jaime,
You're over-reacting.
I'm not a racist at all.
I'm simply having fun.
If you personally knew me, you would know that I'm an easygoing gay man who gets on with folks
quite well.
Anyways, appreciate your grit and feistiness.
Actually kind of cute. :)

Kehoe,

Sounds we have many "things" in common.
Shoot me an e-mail, I love the cut of your gib!

yawn...

James Louis "I will be a gator soon" http://www.soflafootball.com/fan-forum/topic.php?id=483

James Louis..Let me break down what he`s saying..I cant get on the field at DAU but I will be able to score some hippy lettuce at trailorville and I dont have what it takes to play in a real offense and need to play in a hype offense then when done become nothing but a burger flipper at the local Burger King(No offense to you young kids out there doing that job)...Trailorville the biggest racists in the state

I love Graham and would love to see him on the field. He is a beast on the court and he will be beast on the field.

http://www.miamiherald.com/sports/columnists/barry_jackson/story/1006645.html
http://www.nytimes.com/2009/04/17/sports/basketball/17isiah.html?ref=basketball

FIU's Pete Garcia said since Isiah Thomas' hiring, more than 1,000 called … and 350 players contacted FIU.
-- barry jackson

to protest the hiring of a reprobate …

USED-CAR SALESMAN

http://www.miamiherald.com/sports/columnists/barry_jackson/story/1006645.html
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v446/Xeroc/UM/emptyOrangeBowl2.jpg

FIU averaged 693 spectators last season
-- barry jackson

mind you, that’s the “official” number …
in comparison, our 2008 ACC slate averaged 6,139 …
florida international …
by any definition, minor-league athletics …
yet deserving of front-page coverage in a major-league metropolis ; )
something’s rotten at 1 herald plaza .,.

STINK BOMB

4 years with a basketball coach to end up playin football proves how good coach haith is.......hahahaha

You can say 1 in 17 years or you can say its been 7 years or you can say 5 in 26 years. Fact is 3 < 5 so get your head out of your sisters butt you incestuous gayturd hick!

as far as recruiting concerns...Miami has had two great classes in a row! No one has inked yet and wont till signing day so theres no need to stress about this non-sense. If theres one thing im not concerned about its Miami's recruiting prowess under RS. We will get who and what we need, especially with the loaded 2010 class. Fact is wins=recruits, if we win they will come (just saw field of dreams). JUST WIN, PERIOD!

Manny- so now your blog has become a "gay dating service"? what is going on here? Youre losing your audience Manny

Yeah, 1 in 17 years.
Better than 3 in 137 years.

It's 1999. It's been 8 years since we last won the NC, actually about 5 years since we competed for one back in 1994. The year was marked by a blow out loss to Syracuse and a loss to East carolina. The probation years were coming to an end. The gators, 1996, the noles 1999 were dominating the state. We had a bona fide NFL RB. Still, it was a very mediocre 8-5 year, until UM played and beat No.3 ranked UCLA in a re-scheduled game-- A MARQUEE WIN! went to a bowl and won. This marked the re-birth of the canes.

It's 2009. Its been 8 years... About 5 since we last competed...

Dude, it's inevitable. It's coming. UM is recruiting again. The pieces are comingtogether. The gators WILL fall apart- teblow leaves, Urban Cryer leaves to ND. UF falls apart and then NCAA violations are disclosed. The end of the trailor!!!

that's my predictionand I am sticking by it.

I like Tommy Tubberville, but let's look at the facts. Tubbs was a 10-year coach at Auburn, one of the most prestigious programs in the country, and while there Auburn did not win a NC, and his last year Tubbs tried to copy Urban Meyer's spread offense (with OC Tony Franklin) and failed miserably. We don't need a spread offense at NFL-U.

Tubberville's final season at Auburn ended with a 36-0 loss to Alabama to finish off a disappointing 5-7 record (his recruits, his program for 10 years), and Auburn was picked to win the SEC West that year.

In all fairness, Tubbs is a good coach and I like him, but he has had his bumps and flaws too, and I don't think he will be able to recruit like RS and Hurt and put the program on the right track like RS has. With Whipple and Lovett (Tubbs old DC) the Canes will shock some people this year

NOTE TO ALL THE BLOGGERS AND READERS OF THIS BLOG: Keep contacting the so-called local newspaper and remind them what FIU means to the South Florida community.

Posted by: TheFIUfan | October 05, 2008 at 05:16 PM

Remember we are 37K students + over 130 K alumni.

Posted by: FIUxtreme | October 11, 2008 at 11:10 PM

PETE (pelegrin)!!!!! If UM loses on Saturday (which im sure they will) and FIU wins (which the might) can we please get more coverage in the Herald? There was one tiny article about FIU in Sunday's paper, but UM had about 4 or 5 people writing the same thing and making the same excuses for why UM cant win.

Posted by: alt7787 | October 08, 2008 at 12:50 AM

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v446/Xeroc/UM/emptyOrangeBowl2.jpg
let’s check today’s front page …
minor-league college baseball & who-cares soccer exhibition played in front of friendly ghosts at the blue elephant …
wow!
how low can you go begs the question …
if you swim with the fishes …
where’s the barry, st thomas, florida memorial … miami-dade coverage?
the county community college enrolls 50,000 students & graduated 1.5 million alumni …
where’s theirs?
more importantly, where’s ours?
you know, the team you love to hate since 1926 …
minor-league athletics warrant scant coverage in a major-league metropolis …
something’s rotten at 1 herald plaza ...

BIGGER FISH TO FRY

http://firethatguy.spreadshirt.com/us/US/Shop/Article/Index/article/RUN-RANDY-SHANNON-OUT-4245022

While Supplies Last!

All BS aside (meaning most of this blog), UM current "commitments" are coming along pretty good.
Five good linemen:
Todd Chandler - DT - 6-0/290
Johnathan Feliciano - OL - 6-4/283
Tavadia Glenn - DT - 6-5/265
Shane McDermott - OL - 6-3/266
Louis Nix - DT - 6-2/320

Couch Hurtt "We need linemen" they are working on that. Have 4-5 LB's that the U is shooting for....say what you may, Shannon has established a plan and they are sticking to it....granted I would love for the U to go any where from undefeated (true fan!) to 10-3, but I hope Shannon shows enough of improvement to get a another crack at it with his first class being Jr's.......

Hater please do not respond, Will get ignored!

Jaime,
You're over-reacting.
I'm not a racist at all.
I'm simply having fun.
If you personally knew me, you would know that I'm an easygoing gay man who gets on with folks
quite well.
Anyways, appreciate your grit and feistiness.
Actually kind of cute. :)


Posted by: The curse of Kehoe | April 18, 2009 at 04:42 PM

Kehoe,

Sounds we have many "things" in common.
Shoot me an e-mail, I love the cut of your gib!


Posted by: Pete Pelegrin | April 18, 2009 at 04:51 PM

LMAO

Yahoo!.com has a spread on Willie Williams- Man! That counteracts everything anyon eon these blogs have said about Coker's recruiting. This dude is a potential beast. he just didn't have it menatlly and he was given a chance, and Coker did recruit him: HE WAS THE NUMBER ONE DEFENSIVE PLAYER COMING OUT OF HS! THE 2004 D VERSION OF BRYCE BROWN! But... How will you ever know if you don't give a kid like this a chance? that kid had 2 more years of eligibilty at the U and had he not fallen to the common weakness of his street "posse" he would have been starting last year when we were so weak at lb. His impatience should be a lesson to kids and their "mentors":

BIDE YOUR TIME. WORK HARD. YOUR TIME WILL COME.

Gerald Christian is a Gator...I guess we'll recruit South Florida while Randy shannon recruits North Florida...Fine with me...

If you see a stack of money with eyeballs in the crowd of 22,000+ fans at any given Canes football game this season......

- That's the money DuhU saved by hiring Randy.

19-19

U get what U pay for!

Can U please explain why ANYONE would blog here with all this hatred, nonsense and GATOR loving going on?

This is completely ridiculous!!!

Posted by: 86Cane | April 20, 2009 at 10:47 PM

You don't have to be here. Just an FYI

Its because HE is allowed to post and ruin any Cane blog he hasnt been blocked from and until these places ban him these sites will lose more and more of us true U fans..I used to come here all the time to get info and see what other diehards had to say about DAU..After all we all wanted the same thing..To see DAU on top again..He`s the only one that doesnt get censored while others do..He is nothing more than a racist that can rant on here all he wants and stay anonymous and not be stopped..So its elsewhere I go for info..86Cane you are an informed Cane fan and I see you have gone your way as well..Trailorville biggot runs this place..Then again some find him funny and maybe thats what keeps him on here..I respect their opinion but i`m choosing to move to Cane blogs that are more informative then here now.. not some trailorville blog that he can vent all his `isms and be rewarded with a venue for them..DAU4LIFE!!!

Posted by: SebastianDaIbis | April 21, 2009 at 09:57 AM

It's not that difficult to ignore the turd boy. I AM pretty upset that this blog has fallen apart though. Manny is suppose to be covering the Marlins now? But where are his blogs / articles? I haven't seen anything from him. Couple the lack of interesting articles posted here recently, the a**clown that posts under 1000 different names to say the same regurgitated garbage, and the SOUP v green feud that just doesn't know how to "take it outside", I'd say this blog is crashing.

Manny seriously, you have to put something up. Anything at all. Even if it's a fun poll about the greatest Canes [college or pro]. Otherwise, I see myself heading back to the ESPN message boards and VLEsports.com.

If you don't like what is on here in the messages -- don't read what others have to say.

Posted by: Manny Navarro | May 08, 2008 at 07:15 PM

let the the gaturd be ...

LIVE & LET LIVE

Can some of you hardcore canes point me in the right direction for boards for those of us that are canes 4 life.

Posted by: CanesCanesCanes | April 21, 2009 at 11:32 AM

Canespace.com, AllCanes, there seems to be a lot of 'canes over at Gator Clause... (kidding).

R.I.P. Eye on the U, you will be missed!

Go 'canes!

Can some of you hardcore canes point me in the right direction for boards for those of us that are canes 4 life.

Thanks.

Posted by: CanesCanesCanes | April 21, 2009 at 11:32 AM

I like canespace.com, Allcanes.com, ESPN ACC football...there are a ton of 'cane sites! Gator Clause at the Miami Herald has a TON of 'canes fans posting (just kidding)!

R.I.P. Eye on the U! Gone, but not forgotten!

Go 'canes!

Sorry about the double post, I thought I deleted the 1st by mistake!

not some trailorville blog that he can vent all his `isms and be rewarded with a venue for them..DAU4LIFE!!!

Posted by: SebastianDaIbis | April 21, 2009 at 09:57 AM

To all diehard Canes fans,

I agree that one-toothed, trailer-dwelling, sister-f*ck*ng, third-grade dropouts, retrogrades and racists are allowed to post their vicious vile (especially the Randy comments) at will on this board.

Can some of you hardcore canes point me in the right direction for boards for those of us that are canes 4 life.

Thanks.

Posted by: CanesCanesCanes | April 21, 2009 at 11:32 AM

Racist, sexist and obscene ... Shame on U !!!

U dish, but U cannot take .

more power to bitter Gaytrs. It is comedy reading their hatred of all things Cane. It is a pretext for their desire to be respected for winning but they fail. No one respects Gaytrs even when they win.

This is my name...I dont need to hide behind a bunch of names and be anonymous you racist biggot..I dont give a crap what you say about the Canes until you spew your racism..As for the blogger that says to ignore you..well its pretty damn tough when trying to read other posts and this trash is posting his hate all over the place...I respect Manny and he did keep us informed..but its just not worth it anymore having to put up with trailorville scum...We all have our views and I respect everyones...I hope Manny or at least the Herald can straighten it out and bring back Cane flavor and remember this is a Cane blog...not a platform for something like that

This is driving me crazy. In the last 15 days there as been two stories posted on the eye of the U. While joesph goodman is writing new stories every day. If im not mistaken this is the Miami Herald right? Why ask the beat writer of the MIAMI HURRICANES do go write about the marlins instead of asking joesph goodman. I really dont understand this. I do not pay my monthly herald bill to be on here reading about the damn gators. Who do i have to email to get a answer to this question? thank you.

Maybe U should drop the Crocodylidae tears

and devolpe some gator skin ...

U pure uupussies


Its because HE is allowed to post and ruin any Cane blog he hasnt been blocked from and until these places ban him these sites will lose more and more of us true U fans..I used to come here all the time to get info and see what other diehards had to say about DAU..After all we all wanted the same thing..To see DAU on top again..He`s the only one that doesnt get censored while others do..He is nothing more than a racist that can rant on here all he wants and stay anonymous and not be stopped..So its elsewhere I go for info..86Cane you are an informed Cane fan and I see you have gone your way as well..Trailorville biggot runs this place..Then again some find him funny and maybe thats what keeps him on here..I respect their opinion but i`m choosing to move to Cane blogs that are more informative then here now.. not some trailorville blog that he can vent all his `isms and be rewarded with a venue for them..DAU4LIFE!!!

Posted by: SebastianDaIbis | April 21, 2009 at 09:57 AM

Ur precious blog is ruined because Ur a .500% irrelevant program. Period

Dooo Uuuuu Uuuunderstand ? Comprende ?

This blog is done, nice knowing you.

Gaytr fan be too aw-shucks stoopid to realize that if the U was irrelevant, he wouldn't be posting here. Speaks to the inconsistency of his UF edumacated mind. Kentucky football, for instance, is irrelevant, but Gaytr dope doesn't post there. He is hypocritical and not a little insecure about his team. That is clear.

UF turds and fans are a classic study in Pe_is envy. Pure and simple.

9 ships>5 ships now and forever.

And no, turds, girls softball doesn't count. Neither does bass fishing, cow-tipping, derbacky wad spitting, cow chip tossing, possum kickin' or barn burning.

The U named number party school

Party on, Miami
Hurricanes top Playboy magazine's college party ranking

http://www.charlotteobserver.com/605/story/678603.html

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