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Canes land Bahamian defensive tackle recruit

You won't find Delmar Taylor on any national recruiting lists. And unless you attended one of the five high school football games he played in at Miami Beach High this past fall, you probably have never seen him. 

Delmar Taylor But assuming all goes well over the next month, the 6-5, 260-pound Bahamian born defensive tackle will be one of the recruits who is a part of the University of Miami's 2010 signing class. Taylor is about as raw and unknown a player as there is in South Florida. But according to our recruiting coordinator Larry Blustein, who saw Taylor play twice, he is very, very talented.

"I came away very impressed with his quickness and strength," Blustein said. "This is an athlete who never takes plays off, which is something any college coach notices right away. This is an athlete who has a real chance to do some big things at the next level."

According to Miami Beach coach Ralph Jimenez, FIU coach Mario Cristobal was the first to spot Taylor and offer him a scholarship. Bowling Green and Western Michigan followed. Memphis was about to offer. But according to Jimenez, when UM assistant coach Wesley McGriff came in a day before students went on vacation for Christmas break and watched film of Taylor, it was love at first sight on both sides.

"If he stays injury free and stays hungry and shows me the way he has shown me since he showed up in January, he could definitely play in the NFL one day," said Jimenez, who has been at Miami Beach High for two seasons. "He has to stay coachable and watch a lot of film. All the things he's done with us, he has to continue to do. But once you meet the kid, you fall in love with him. He didn't even know how to get into a three-point stance when we got him last January. But he's got a lot of talent and a lot of hunger."

Taylor first came to South Florida, according to his uncle Tony Hamilton, when he was 14 and enrolled at Miramar High. But after his mom was involved in a bad car accident, he was forced to return home and work to financially support his mom and now eight-year old brother Malik.

"His mom is better now, which is why he was able to come back," Hamilton said. "But when he went back, he was working with his uncle in plumbing, learning the trade and making whatever money he could to take care of his mom and brother. It was pretty tough. He sacrificed himself."

According to Hamilton, Taylor returned to South Florida his junior year and went out for football at Miramar, where Taylor lives. But he never saw the field because he was still learning how to play. In January 2009, Taylor enrolled him at Miami Beach High, not far from where he works at a nearby Publix. Unfortunately, do to some eligibility issues, the Florida High School Athletic Association only allowed him to play in five games at Miami Beach. Still, Jimenez said, Taylor made his presence felt. He earned best rusher award at the Down & Dirty Camp and played well in his five games.

"One thing he's done is gotten a lot stronger," Jimenez said. "When he first got here he was 6-4, 225. Now, he's 6-5, 260. He was benching 185 and now he's up to 260. He was power cleaning 125 and is at 225. We really pushed himself in the weight room. He was one of the guys who broke records. Now, he's squating 385 pounds. He's a great story."

Jimenez said Taylor has the grades to get into UM. "He's got like a 2.8 GPA and an 18 on his ACT score," Jimenez said. "Believe me, UM wouldn't have offered if they didn't think he could make it into school. He's a qualifier."

Taylor isn't the only good recruiting news for the Canes in the last 24 hours. Monsignor Pace quarterback Stephen Morris said he's a full-go to begin classes next week at UM and participate in spring football. Morris had been waiting on clearance from his school's principal on graduating early. He got it. Pace usually doesn't let students graduate in January. 

It looks like Morris will be joined by running backs Eduardo Clements and Storm Johnson, linebacker Tyrone Cornileus, center Shane McDermott and offensive tackle Malcolm Bunche as early entrants. UM is still waiting on word regarding JUCO tight end Chase Ford, who needs approval on a class he took at another school to begin this spring.

> Two current Cane commitments and cornerbacks -- Devont'a Davis from Gainesville High and Jeremy Davis from Cape Coral -- will take visits to other schools this weekend. Jeremy Davis is visiting North Carolina and Devont'a Davis is headed to Arkansas. 

> Don't hold your breath on the top offensive tackle in the country, Seantrel Henderson, visiting UM on Jan. 29. The Hurricanes weren't probably going to land him anyway.

Here are some clips on Delmar Taylor...

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Delmar reminds me of the "Blind Side" story. Give him a redshirt year and add on a few pounds and he can improve in the gym. By Soph year this athletic, motivated young man will be a beast either at OT or DL. BTW I used to live on the beach. I believe that the Publix he works at would be on Alton Rd.?

for the people commenting negative towards our recruiting class are pretty much morons ...you forget randy shannon has played with the best, coached the best, and recruited some of the best athletes in the league today..so to say anything about this class coming in is like questioning trump about business he has been around talent for years i mean years..so all you suppose to be miami fans think before you type idiots

Why does the top talent want to play at UF? They've been in the national championship spotlight for the past 3 years and they're sending players to the pros. Four juniors declared for the draft and they'll all be high draft picks - zero for the Canes this year (and if the decent juniors did go, they would have been mid-rounders at best). So of course all the 4 and 5 stars want to go Gator. Case closed.

but he hasnt COACHED the best--moron

and those athletes are producing mediocre results

whipple to USF?

We cane fans behave like we can recruit and run the team better than the coaches can. We look and sound like a bunch of ignorant idiots.

well, our blue chippers from shannons first 3 yrs have not worked out...we still have no passion, crazed dog hunger or force on the field...no jerome browns, jessie armsteads...so maybe these awful 2 star guys will work...arthur brown sure as sh*t hasnt! FIRE SHANNON, BUTCH HAD THESE GUYS ON THE WAY UP AFTER 3 YRS...9-4 AFTER 3 YEARS, ALTHOUGH COMPARABLE, ISNT THE SAME AT ALL...OUR DEFENSE WAS BETTER AND WE HAD STARS AND FUTURE NFL GUYS PALYING...IM SO SICK OF SHANNON!

MANNY WHATS THIS I HEAR THAT WHIPPLE WAS OFFERED THE HEAD COACHING JOB AT USF AND ITS 'IMMINENT'!?!!!???!?!?!?!?! IF WE LOSE WHIP, ITS BACK TO SQUARE ONE. A TEAM WILL NEVER GET ANYWHERE IF THE COORDINATORS KEEP CHANGING EVERY YEAR.................................................

Will it be one and done for Hurricanes’ OC Mark Whipple?

by Jorge Milian
Are Mark Whipple’s days numbers as UM’s offensive coordinator?

Citing unnamed sources, CaneSport is reporting that Whipple is the leading candidate to replace Jim Leavitt as coach at South Florida. According to the story, Whipple “has either been offered the job or will likely be offered it on Thursday.”

The St. Petersburg Times reported Thursday that East Carolina coach Skip Holtz “remained front and center of USF’s options” and added that a decision is expected by Friday.

Others vying for the USF job, vacated when Leavitt was fired last week, are former NFL quarterback Doug Williams, ex-Clemson coach Tommy Bowden, Michigan assistant coach Calvin McGee and Florida assistant coach Dan McCarney.

Suffice it to say that losing Whipple, who also holds the titles of assistant head coach and quarterbacks coach at UM, would be a major blow for the Hurricanes.

Hired last Jan. 24 to replace Patrick Nix as UM’s offensive architect, the Hurricanes scored 394 points in 2009, their highest total since 2002. He was also instrumental in the development of sophomore quarterback Jacory Harris, who threw for 3,352 yards and 24 touchdowns. The 3,352 passing yards by Harris ranks fourth all-time on UM’s single-season list.

Now we know why their are python in the everglades

Wayne still feeling "snake-bitten" by Reed
Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Reggie Wayne just wrapped up his session with the media at the Indiana Farm Bureau Football Center, and he re-told the story of how Ravens free safety Ed Reed killed Wayne's pet snake.

While Wayne was a rookie with the Colts in 2001, he left his nine-foot pet green Burmese python named "Law" with Reed, who was a senior at the University of Miami and Wayne's roommate. One day, according to Wayne, he got a text message from Reed, saying, "Law's dead."

"He let it go in the everglades" Wayne recalled. "He let my snake go."

This kid is Tall & he will fill out that frame ! What catch's my eye is "HE IS RELENTLESS & VERY QUICK OFF THE BALL " ! I'm happy we signed him & his high scholl coach said he will be in the "NFL" after his college career ! THAT'S FREAKIN' STRONG ! I like the fact he is RAW & VERY HUNGRY ,,,,, WELCOME TO THE "U" ! Go CANES

The team has improved each year under Shannon. How many of you guys that want Shannon gone after two years also wanted Coker gone after the 2003,2004 & 2005 seasons? That is when the decline started. How many of you also wanted to fire Butch Davis after the 1997 season? After 1997 is when the program started to ascend back to prominence. Give Shannon a chance to win. Fire a coach after improving each year??? Are you kidding?

Some of you would have been pissed when we signed Ed Reed too right. Would you rather have another Arthur Brown or Lance Leggett?

the roster today d-tackle. fortson 5 star injury prone doesnt work hard enough. regis same class lower grade more production on saturdays. jj top of the line rb in high school injury prone sr. year d.berry aka captn crunch Berry became the man. dont feed into the stars folks for every d.j. williams u have a jon vilma, dan morgan. i want production i dont care if he's a 10 star i want players thats going to make opponents see stars.

we need a great oline n a grt dline.period.recruit thos guys.

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