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Canes land tight end, miss on 3 others

CORAL GABLES -- At 1 p.m. University of Miami coach Randy Shannon will meet reporters in the Edgerrin James room at the Hecht Athletic Center to discuss his 2010 recruiting class. 

Astante Cleveland Among the new players Shannon will be able to talk about is Sacramento Christian Brothers tight end Asante Cleveland, who picked the Canes over Washington State this morning. Cleveland (6-5, 245) becomes the third tight end in this class for UM, which is also bringing in Texas Junior College recruit Chase Ford and Belle Glade Glades Central basketball star Clive Walford.

Cleveland sort of carries the theme of this Canes class: he's another big, athletic body at a position of need. At 6-5, 230 pounds, he is considered the 15th best tight end in the country by Rivals.com. He combined to catch 45 passes for 674 yards and 11 touchdowns his final two seasons of high school. He also played some defensive end. 

Cleveland, a three-sport star (basketball, track), was committed to Washington State until he took a visit to UM two weeks ago.

"He's a great kid," his coach Andre Johansen said. "His dad played a little bit with the Dallas Cowboys back in the day. He was a defensive end. Asante has a little bit of that pedigree."

UM still has a shot at two more nationally-ranked recruits: Seantrel Henderson, a 6-8, 340-pound mammoth offensive tackle from St. Paul, Minn. who was named Parade Magazine's National Player of the Year and Fontana (Calif.) linebacker Josh Shirley, a 6-2, 225-pound All-American. Henderson will announce his decision on CBS College Sports Network at 3 p.m. 

Miami struckout on three other players they had a chance at landing Wednesday morning. 

Miramar High receiver Ivan McCartney, a U.S. Army All-American, went to the podium with a UM hat in hand. But right before he made his announcement in the school auditorium, his younger sister, Tanika, ran on stage and handed him a Mountaineers cap, which he promptly put on his head.

McCartney said while he had developed a strong relationship with UM quarterback Jacory Harris on his visit, ultimately, his relationship with former Miramar quarterback Eugene Smith, a freshman on the Mountaineers, and his belief in the quarterback West Virginia is bringing in this year swayed him. 

"I'm just looking to bring some Florida swagger up there," McCartney said. "I just chose what was best for me. I made my decision last night. After talking with coach, we did a little quiz and it really opened my eyes. I'm real happy with it. I told Gino last night. He's probably up in his dorm room bouncing around right now."

The Hurricanes were thought to be the favorite to land Chatham (Va.) Hargrave Military Academy defensive end Ego Ferguson. But the 6-3, 275-pounder who grew up in South Florida and whose father played at Miami Edison surprisingly chose LSU over the Canes, Florida State and a handful of other schools.

Olive Branch (Miss.) offensive tackle Shon Coleman, considered a long shot for UM, picked Auburn as most expect.


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the U would have been a better choice when his parents want to move to see him play .when they see what a house costs in LA they may have second thoughts.

Posted by: rhardy5 | February 03, 2010 at 08:52 PM

Snoop Dog bought them a house and will sign Seantrel's Dad to a nice record contract... It was set up from the beginning.

Disappointing. Randy Shannon appears to not have the closing skills necessary for convincing these young men that the best route for the NFL is through the University of Miami.

Ivan good luck at WVU you should start right away and that is why you did not choose the U....

Hey, was anyone surprised with sticks going to WVU? C'mon, his coach and teammates went or are going to Hillbilly Land. No surprise. They have their "connection" with the tubby head coach at Miramar.

By the way you turds on here. You had a good class today but as everyone knows, well everyone but you turds, there are ups and downs. You silly turds are going to crash hard. Urban "I need my Lithium" Meyer is not going to stay. You have your scapegoat in place and Timmy is gone to be a HB in the league. It will be a nice soap opera to watch.

Predictions of FU player arrests this year? Anyone?

My prediction......at least 5.

Something tells me Seantrel's parents are already being offered jobs and probably money by a USC alum since they said they were moving where ever he went. This stinks of Reggie Bush

Colacane -- nice tip of the hat to Butch Davis' hurculean effort in the late '90's. The same Butch Davis that will own you for a loooong time.

Manny -
ESPN's CFB rumors section has an article on Henderson having Miami as his 2nd choice, which I realize in recruiting does not count for anything. However with the pending NCAA sanctions against USC, Henderson has not signed officially and, if severe enough, look elsewhere.

Biggest disappointments: Georgia and Miami. .

The 'Canes, meanwhile, "have got to be the biggest story nobody's talking about," said Newberg. "We had 28 players ranked four stars or higher in Dade or Broward Counties. How many [signed] with Miami? Two. It's a head-scratcher." Fourth-year coach Randy Shannon seemed to be reclaiming the school's backyard in recent years but took a major step backward, barely finishing among Rivals' Top 25 classes.

firerandynow.com or whatever its OVA

That might be the case Joe but how about the class of '08. We went out and grabbed almost every player off of the northwester team and now it seems like our recruiting is almost on a decline. Not saying anything bad about Shannon, I think he's come a long way from the coker era and will hopefully continue that

gators227: Sorry dude. You have 2 NCs since 1996, and you are 3-7 in the last 10 bowls.

UM has 1 NC since 2001, had another stolen, and is 6-4 in the last 10 bowls.

My point is- stop the bragadoccio attitude. UF doesnt impress UM fans. Win 5 and that will impress us. You threw in the 2 BB titles. Despite that, newsflash:

UM has 9 Ch in the 3 major sports

UF has 5


And to the negative cane fans:

What would be worse, having an overhyped class (thanks to ESPNs contract with the SEC) and not panning out and potentially being a major over hyped bust, or having a #13 class (ESPN)?

These kids should have that point hammered into them, so they play with a giant chip on their shoulder. Come 2013, Um will have a bunch of hungry p### off kids. UF, as usual, will have a bunch of soft pannzies playing in a gimmick offense.

Henderson not signed to USC just yet

USC's highly touted 2010 football recruiting class wasn't quite locked up as of late Wednesday night.

One of the gems of the class, offensive tackle Seantrel Henderson, will wait to sign his letter of intent until after USC appears before the NCAA infractions committee beginning Feb. 19, Henderson's father, Sean, told The New York Times.

Henderson (6 feet 7, 295 pounds) was considered the best offensive lineman in the country by several scouting services. He verbally committed to USC on Wednesday.

The NCAA and the Pacific 10 Conference are investigating reports that former USC tailback Reggie Bush accepted hundreds of thousands of dollars in improper benefits from would-be sports marketers in 2005.

Earlier Wednesday, the first day football recruits can sign letters of intent, USC coach Lane Kiffin said he would be surprised if any of his recruits waited beyond Wednesday night to sign. He said the shadow of NCAA sanctions was not a major obstacle in recruiting.

"Obviously it was something that came up at times," Kiffin said.

Recruits have until April 1 to sign their letters.


ok, now i don't get into the football recruiting that much but luv the canes.. i really have to say that with all the talent down this team should be a topm level team each year but too much talent is getting away... keep these kids home and get them on the field for UM... this doesn't look good and too many schools are taking too many good players away from this area.... the defense wasn't that good last year and last night i watched two solid defensive players go elsewhere, that's not good... get those kids to stay home, keep this talent here... with the talent coming back and some of the young guys that were coming into the college ranks this would have made this team a top level team, but by letting them get away, well i can't say this upcoming season is a lock for anything... i am going to keep an eye on this blog more often because i would like to see this team back on top and it just doesn't sense to let these kids go... really...

ColaCane - UF is what it is, a better football team now. When does it count now, not in the 80's. Your right about more $$$, chances are you didnt study there.

you kids grow up in miami and when its time to step up to the plate on signing day u pick uwv mexico fsu etc.its like a so call man calling him self a father that does not take care his kids. looser. know heart.know class. this is your home. this is your family home so you turn your back on it. very very sadd.

Shannon has his back against the wall!
Win or he is gone, he has 1 season left on his contract, recruits know it.
We all know Shannon lacks the game management & in game coaching abilities. Can Shannon improve as much as he has every year up to this point?
Time will tell.
I think numerous former hurricanes are waiting for the chance to be the next coach.
Whipple might be the next HC to show this team some direction it drastically needs!

Not a great class but a good class.

I am surprised Ivan can put complete sentences together. My dog could score a 15 on the ACT. You get points just for writing your name. Ivan Ive seen your film, and you are going to play on Sundays one day, but everyone is right about the hat game. Why would you want to play people out with that immature game. Good luck in hillbilly country. You should have picked the green and orange. Im sure you made the right choice for you. Miami's wide receiving class is probably the best Ive seen in about ten years. You would not have seen the field for at least a year. I think it is so good it is hard to get the ball to all those targets. Maybe they should play two or three and stick with them, but then the other great ones would leave.

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