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Canes land JUCO tight end

According to Canesport.com and InsideTheU, the University of Miami landed a commitment from Kilgore Texas Junior College tight end Chase Ford Monday night. According to both websites, Ford committed to UM after an in home visit from Randy Shannon.

Chase Ford  Ford (6-6, 245) is rated a three-star recruit by Rivals.com and was also being recruited by Arizona. Ford finished his sophomore season with 32 catches for 545 yards and was named the Southwest Junior College Football Conference's Most Valuable Player, as voted on by the league's coaches.

Ford is supposed to enroll at UM in January and be available for spring football. He'll be classified as a junior. 

His recruitment is a big win for the Canes, who obviously need tight end help with the loss of Dedrick Epps, Jimmy Graham and Tervaris Johnson after this season. Aside from Ford, UM is hoping to have senior Richard Gordon (assuming he's granted a medical redshirt), redshirt freshman Billy Sanders and Belle Glades Glades Central senior Clive Walford (6-6, 225) available at the tight end position.

The Hurricanes are also still currently recruiting Will Tye, a 6-3, 230-pound senior at Salisbury Prep School in Connecticut. Tye, a three-star recruit according to Rivals, has offers from UM, Florida State and N.C. State among others. 

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I can't believe jimmy graham wasn't awarded the newcomer of the year award

you dont build a program through JUCO's. this seems desperate and tells me they dont have a chance at landing younger and more talented TE prospects.

Posted by: ooster | December 09, 2009 at 01:41 AM

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Desparate? Shockey was a JUCO pick-up to replace Bubba Franks dude!

We stole a big-time TE recruit last year from California, he'll be a Redshirt Freshman this year; which will give him additional time to fill out and develop.

Landing a big-time true freshman TE this year doesn't equate to an immediate impact right Now!

Anytime a position like TE going to be in the trenches, in which they'll be asked to block some seasoned DE's and Pass-rushing OLB's; you need to have strength and some experience.

Huge Pick-up... We have Gordon back, of whom is a great blocker down there, with this kid, he'll come in and get in the weight room, and will also help in being a bail-out target at 6'6 for Jacory; in the same way J. Graham was this season.

With Shannon now on the prowl making in-home visits, look out for more need position recruits to land shortly! Shannon is one of the best closer's in the business.

Let's Go Canes !!

here is another cane fan hoping, this kid develops into a j shockey type. now on to other recruiting news, take it for what it's worth, at OL it seems linder is not coming, but Torrian wilson who had been a shocking stanford commit, is said to be a cane lock and will join his MNW friends anf romer teammates, cory lemonier is another player miami is prettt certain to get, especially since his mom wants him to be a cane, which is the opposite of the cory luiget situation froma couple years back, LB christian Jones will end up at miami unless something unexpected comes up, and i hear a lot of people optimistic while it is not a lock, that JR Ferguson DE/DT n.c. ends up at the U, and finally i hear ivan mcartney and michaelee harris will both be Canes. lets hope they become canes and play up to projections,by the way i told you guys 2 weeks prior that louis nix would not be a cane! go canesssssss!!!!!!!!!

on another note, Darion Hall rb out of lely hs in naples,seems less and lees likely to end up in miami, as some character issues have surfaced and miami having a glut at the rb position, m hagens, e clements, and storm johnson in this class, plus Lamar miller waiting in the wings, a comment on a player already committed to miami, David Perry DE seems , like a future dominator and way underrated by the star system on recruiting sites, he may be the best defensive player currently commited to miami along with DB devonta davis and LB kevin nelson both from gainesville! goooo canessssssss!!!!!!!! thanks manny and i hope to hear m ore on recruiting from you soon, and i have seen mutliple posters inquire about linder with no reply from you, i hope i am wrong and my sources are wrong but if he is in fact not going to be a cane, do you agree that torrian wilson is a better player? ty

This is a good catch by The U. Nothing wrong with JUCO transfers if they come from a good program. Patrick Hill and Shockey were both JUCO transfers. I would not build my program around JUCO players but they are good to fill in the gaps, as most of them are ready to play right away. I'd like to see a good JUCO QB on the roster too, to help add depth at that position.

That's the same juco Kevin Everett transferred from. Hopefully he can at least be as productive for us as Kevin was! Go CANES!

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