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McCartney: "I can't wait until Wednesday"

Miramar High receiver Ivan McCartney has been hiding out since his trip to the University of Miami this past weekend, trying to avoid the pressure and the questions from people who want to know if he's decided between the team he grew up rooting for (Miami), the team with his former teammates (West Virginia) and the program he said he had secretly chosen (Florida) early in the recruiting process.

So which one will it be? "I don't even know yet," McCartney said. "The trip to UM definitely made it hard for me. It was awesome."

Ivan McCartney McCartney, a 6-3, 185-pound U.S. Army All-American, said he spent his two days hanging out with host and potential future quarterback Jacory Harris. "We started cooking from the moment we were in each other's presence," McCartney said. "He's real down to earth. We went to the Grove, walked the strip, ate a lot, the usual. We hung out with the players, played games. You can tell the University of Miami is just a big family."

Still, he left without making a commitment, rather a promise to coach Randy Shannon he would make a sound choice. "He said no matter where I go, he'll be happy for me," McCartney said. "He said just make sure wherever I chose to go make sure that's where I want to go, that it's the place for me. Coach Shannon is real cool like that."

McCartney said any rumors of him having picked a school already are false. He said people saying he'd choose West Virginia because of his academic situation "don't know what they are talking about."

"As far as I know, you need the same ACT or SAT score to get into Miami as you do as West Virginia. I think you need an 18," said McCartney, who has raised his GPA from a 2.1 to a 2.7 and scored a 15 on the ACT exam. "Regardless of which school I pick, I know I have more work to do in the class room. This decision will be based on the best fit for me."

So what are his family members and friends saying is the best fit? According to McCartney, his teammates would love for him to pick West Virginia, but are not pressuring him at all. And his mom, who would like for him to stay home, has told him the same.

"Believe it or not, Gino [West Virginia quarterback Eugene Smith] tell me to pick the best school for me," McCartney said. "My mom told me as long as I'm comfortable and able to do something after football with a degree, she's fine with wherever I go."

McCartney said that choice would have been the Gators at the start of the season. Florida's need for receivers and its rich recent history were attractive early on. But he said the way Miami and West Virginia have come at him this year have made it "a three horse race."

"To be honest, in the beginning of the football season Florida was the school I was going to go to," McCartney said. "But I kept it quiet. There's something about Florida I don't feel for the other schools, a very strong, loving feeling. The atmosphere is wild. The campus is outrageous. They have swagger. A lot of people thought Florida was going to drop when Billy Gonzalez, who recruited me, left. But I learned early on you can't go to a school off coaches. Any coach can leave at any given time. You success depends on how you work as a player. Florida is an awesome place with whoever is coaching there."

As for West Virginia, where former Miramar quarterback Eugene Smith is waiting to throw him passes, McCartney said he believes its only a matter of time before the Mountaineers win a national title. "They lack receiver depth, which is huge for me," McCartney said. "The coaches are very down to earth and cool. They have a family over there, just like Miami. One thing I noticed, though, is they lack the swagger. If I go up to West Virginia, I'd love to bring some of the swagger up there. Because to me, they have a chance to go to the national championship soon. With Eugene, Noel [Devine], they have a chance to do big things."

The Hurricanes, he feels, are also close to winning a national title. And if he had to sit out a season, redshirt and learn on the scout team, he said he'd have no problem with that. "There's nothing left to say about Miami, really," McCartney said. "It's The U. Miami is just a home away from home. Players are cool. Coaches are cool. Of all the schools I've visited, they are the most close in a family way. And nothing makes you feel better than a family."

McCartney will announce his decision Wednesday at 9:30 a.m. "I'm going to do it real big, maybe bring in 10 hats to confuse people," McCartney said. "Honestly, I just can't wait until Wednesday."

ANOTHER RECRUITING TIDBIT...

> UM lost out on defensive tackle Jeffrey Whitaker from Warner Robins, Ga. on Monday. The 6-3, 295-pound defensive tackle picked Auburn over Georgia and the Canes. 

Word is UM feels better about its chances with Virginia prep school defensive tackle Ego Ferguson, who will announce his college choice on CBS College Sports Network Wednesday morning at 11 a.m.

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If he comes Jacory deserves a meal from us all.

First!

Thanks Manny, it's going to get pretty crazy pretty soon!

He's going to WVU. All the best.

But what I want to know is why Manny didn't find out Cornelius is a UF legacy, sitting in UGA's backyard??

I guess that doesn't square to well with the idea that the walls around SoFl are being breached and that Team Shannon don't know what they're doing.

Good luck U and nice write up Manny!

It's a competitive world, but I like Shannon's approach. Not talking kids into coming to a situation they don't really fit in makes sense. If the player isn't a good match, nobody ultimately benefits--no matter how many "stars".

Manny--En Fuego!

damn. he cant come to miami cuz his grades arent good enough. so it doesnt even matter.

Hey manny: what's your take? I think he's a cane. I'm hopin anyway.

If he needs an 18 on the ACT to get into either school and only has a 15, he better bring prep school hats to the table. lol

Nice work, Manny.

UM is doing fine. All you "the sky is falling" folks will see.

Hey Manny why are we taking so many this year.

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Thanks Manny good luck Imac wherever you decide to play... remember, you either go to the U or get beat by the U

IMO, if he wants to dangle that gimmick offense of WVU in front of Miami, let him go. We had 2 former receivers in the pro bowl yesterday, WVU has never even produced a first round pick out of any of their receivers.

Fact is if I-Mac goes to WVU, in 2 years he will leave the program because of the lack of passes coming his way. No receiver wants to spend 90% of their plays blocking. WVU does not have a pass oriented offense. Stay home my friend, that is your best chance to get to the next level...

I think he's going to Florida. I don't think much has changed for him. Big loss for us, we really could have used him and he couldve possibly been another great cane wr In the NFL

I hate to say this, but this guy thinks he deserves to play now. Which he might, who knows? But, with grades like that, he'll have to go to prep school to get into Miami, wait another year and then maybe sit a year. I seriously doubt he picks Miami. My money is on the school with the lowest academic requirements.

I'm not sure if these are different for Football players. I imagine they are, but for what its worth:

West Virginia:
Nonresidents ACT score of 21.

UF -ACT score of 19.

With those grades, he probably should go to FSU. I think they read and teach more on his level.

I think he's gaytur bound...

It dosent really matter how good or bad this years recruiting class is, becuz next years class will be #1. Teddy Bridgewater, Rakeem Cato, Charles Gaines j.r., Tommy Shuler, Eli Rodgers, Kevin Benjamin, Miles Pace, Denzle Perryman, Tacoi Sumler, Andre Davis, Nick Waisome, Jermey Cash, Dwight Jackson, Corey Maggit, Chickillio, Lyons, Baxter, Lyndon Edwards, Marquis Wade. And much more!!!!!

He isn't coming here. He knows our depth chart and at best he red-shirts next year & 2011 he is on the special teams and 2012 he starts as a red-shirt soph. He ain't waiting that long. Ferguson may be the only guy we get on Signing Day. Not a great year but with the players we have coming back, which are mainly soph. & Jr's, we couldn't expect the big dogs to come and red-shirt. The only thing we need next year is one more good O-Lineman, One D.Tackle to rise up and someone in the secondary that can cover a T.E. and the ship will be ours.

Lyricane- yeah thats whatthey said about Leggett, ryan Moore and Kendall Thopmk.

Why dont we just see how things pan out. In the last 2 years I've been fed up with hyped players.

My take---Prove it.

I think he will go with Florida too.. It's been a good push though

GREAT JOB BY HANDI SHANNON, HE LOST OUT ON WHITAKER AND I MAC , JUST TODAY, WELL OFFICIALLY ANYWAYS, S HENDERSON HAS RULED OUT MIAMI ACCORDING TO THE LOCAL MINNEAPOLIS PAPER, HANDI SHANNON, A TERRIBLE COACH ,A TERRIBLE RECRUITER, BUT HE WOULD MAKE A GREAT SOCIAL WORKER, PROVIDED HE COULD GET KIDS ATTENTION, WHICH IT APPEARS HE CAN'T, BUT HEY LOOK ON THE BRIGHT SIDE, AT LEAST CANE PLAYERS DON'T USE CELL PHONES ON CAMPUS, WHAT A JOKE, WWW.FIRECOACHSHANNON.COM. ONE MORE TIME SINCE THERE ARE SO MANY MORONS HERE, IT IS NOT WHAT RIVALS SAYS THAT CONCERNS PEOPLE WITH A BRAIN, IT IS THE FACT: NO OTHER TOP PROGRAM IN THE NATION WAS GOING AFTER ANY OF THESE SLEEPERS, SO YOU ARE ASSUMING THAT HANDI SHANNON JUST KNOWS MORE THAN ALL THE WINNING COACHES IN THE NATION, SOMETHING HE IS NOT, AGAIN, WWW.FIRECOACHSHANNON.COM!

BY THE WAY THERE IS A POSTER WHO CALLS HIMSELF OOSTER, WHO ANALYZES POSTS BY OTHERS, I MUST SAY I THINK FOR THE MOST PART HE IS DEAD ON, WITH HIS ASSESMENTS, AND IF YOU GO BACK, YOU CAN SEE OOSTER, WAS CRITICAL OF ONE OF MY POSTS, BUT I FEEL HE WAS FAIR, ANYWAYS, WWW.FIRECOACHSHANNON.COM, HEY IT IS'NT ALL BAD, AT LEAST, WE KNOW SHANNON WILL NOT HESITATE TO SUSPEND A PLAYER IF HE WEARS A HAT ON CAMPUS, WHAT A JOKE! WE NEED A COACH NOT A WANNABE DRILL SARGEANT!WWW.FIRECOACHSHANNON.COM

You guys are so right. Miami takes 2 stars and puts them in the NFL. I mean look:

Beason-- 4 star
Olsen --- 5 star
Hester --- 5 star
Gooden --- 4 star
Atkins --- 4 star
Kareem Brown --- 4 star
Winston --- 4 star
Campbell --- 4 star
Adkins --- 4 star
B Johnson --- 4 star.

Remember stars dont matter. Remember 2 stars Mabry, Cedric Hill, Romeo Davis, Josh Kerr, Jonathan St. Pierre, George Timmons were all NFL greats.

Send him our way and he'll get a chance at 4-5 jump passes and drop off's a game. Key question is...can he cry gaytor tears on demand?

forget catchin' the ball...can he cry crocodile tears on demand and request Ambien refills in a complete sentence? If so, he may have found his 'family'.

This whole recruiting thing is a joke, a huge expense, and a waste of a lot of peoples time and money .... The NCAA needs to find a better solution

Wherever you decide to go Ivan, know that the U family is behind you. Good kid. Keep those grades up though.

I HAVE TO ADMIT, THIS IS MY FAVORITE "PERSON" OF ALL THE POSSIBLE UM RECRUITS, BUT OUR CLASS IS STILL PRETTY GOOD WITHOUT HIM.. IT'S ALWAYS EASIER TO CHEER FOR THE GUYS IKE HIM AND HARRIS THAT BRING SOMETHING EXTRA TO THE TABLE. TWO BIGGEST CATCHES WOULD BE HIM AND HENDERSON.

juan you tell em my friend. www.firecoachshannon.com

hi #1phinsfan how about getting loose and staying loose until COACH RANDY SHANNON get fired then come back can't you see the kid can't compete academically but that doesn't matter to you if the kid comes here plays football and doesn't prepare for life after football u're not a CANE FAN u r a*&%":?

Ivan and other recruits should read this:

http://sports.espn.go.com/ncaa/recruiting/football/notebook?page=notebook/signingdaypreview2010

Scroll to the bottom of the page and see why Miami is the best choice.

Florida, texas, alabama, usc and lsu place in top 5 in recruiting every year. They are the ones playing for, or winning national titles!! Don't try to feed me this garbage that Shannon and his staff can develope all these 2 star players! Don't mind some "under the radar" type guys on the committ list, but not an entire recruiting class of "sleepers"!! Face it, 9-4 this year was our ceiling!

I am a little concerned about history repeating itself with Miami and the wide receiver position. The depth that we have in the position is fantastic right now, but it is top heavy in juniors. What happens if Travis Benjamin, Aladrius Johnson, and Theoron Collier decide to leave early in 2011? And/or if we have a transfer from one of the sophmores? We'll be left in a similar position as to what we had at the beginning of Shannon's tenure. Miami has to get three wide receivers in this class.

Look at the pattern:
2002: (3) R Moore, A Jolla, S Moss
2003: (1) D Jenkins
2004: (2) L Leggett, K Jones
2005: None
2006: (2) S Shields, G Robinson
2007: (3) J McKenzie, L Hankerson, D Adderly
2008: (6) Benjamin, Byrd, Collier, Johnson, Streeter, Thompkins
2009: None
2010: (2) J Davis, A Hurns

Ivan McCartney is one year away from a decent shot at a starting role with a senior quarterback who could showcase him. Make the best choice for yourself, but don't let the current depth disuade you!

Once again, Randy Shannon lends his mighty touch and we gain 0 recruits. Ww will not even make the top 20 in Rivals (not top 20).Great job Randy and all of your super coaches. If the UM brass does not fire you next year then they have no intestinal fortitude. Win 11 or 12, the ACC, and play in a BCS Bowl would be the only way that you keep your job. By the way, get a replacement for Whipple because he will be gone too next year.

Dress warm Ivan ...

The Virginia Mountains will serve U well ...

Oh...for the record...James Wilder (RB from Florida) is projected to be the #1 Rivals recruit next year (5 stars)...he is already saying Miami is his top choice at this time...so....relax with the negative comments people...

I can see that some of the Shannon groupies are out in full force today. The bottom line is that this isn't about Shannon and it's not about Shalala. This is about the U and ensuring that the people who are in charge are capable and willing to keep us at the top at all costs. I contribute to the university athletic programs so I have the right to speak out on what I feel the direction of the football program should be as do all the proud donors. My questions regarding Shalala are does she really care about football and even if she doesn't will she interfere with the Athletic Director, Coaches and Staff in terms of bringing in players and making the necessary upgrades to some of our facilities. As long as she doesn't interfere in that process then I am fine with her. In terms of Shannon let the man earn his new contract. Why are so many people protecting him and willing to reward him now when his record is mediocre and he has proven to be an extremely poor gameday coach misusing timeouts and demonstrating an overall lack of organization as a whole. The fact is that he needs to close strong here in the next two days of recruiting. He needs to land a Henderson, or a Ferguson, or McCartney to at the very least prove that he can land the best of the best. Beating out Portland State and Illinois State for sleeper prospects isn't going to cut it. I'm sorry he has not proven anything in terms of evaluating and developing players so far to give him the benefit of the doubt. Look at a guy like Daniel Adderley out of South Carolina he was a sleeper prospect Shannon recruited and he turned out to be a bust and please don't mention players recruited by Butch Davis and Jimmy Johnson. They are proven talent evaluators Shannon is not. So until a Cain or Gaines prove that they were true sleepers and make significant contributions Shannon must indeed be questioned as to why he is giving valuable scholarships to these type of players. Bottom line Shannon wins the ACC this year or he's gone end of story. If some of you are so blindly loyal to Shannon that you are not willing to see both sides of the argument regarding him then please if he fails this season kindly follow him out the door as well.

Posted by: Tim | February 01, 2010 at 11:55 AM


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makes for easier reading

2011 ... 2013 ?

I watched eugene Smith come in for Jarrett Brown in the bowl against FSU. He isnt very good. He isnt even close. Sure I MAc, go to West Ginny, where you willget lost in the shuffle n that pseudo-gator spread option offense that is heavy on the run. Or... do you not think Noel Devine is goingto carry the ball 25 times a game to try for a Heisman?

boca moron, y do u even bother to post? no one reads past the 1st line of your jibrish anymore. just go away.

Take it for what it is worth but nobody on the Florida side has felt good about landing McCartney in a very long time.

I've heard the kid likes Miami best but could well end up in West Virginia instead. I'd love for Sticks to be a Gator but most who follow this sfuff would be shocked by that.

1. Miami (2008)
12 ESPN 150 prospects
Coach Randy Shannon did an outstanding job landing top-tier defensive talent in his first full recruiting class. The Canes boast five of the top seven outside linebackers, led by the top three -- Arthur Brown (Wichita, Kan./East), Sean Spence (Miami/Northwestern) and signing day recommit Ramon Buchanan (Melbourne, Fla./Palm Bay). The talent continues up front with Marcus Fortson (Miami/ Northwestern), the country's No. 1-rated defensive tackle. Taylor Cook (Eagle Lake, Texas/Rice) and Jacory Harris (Miami/Northwestern) have different types of games but are both quality quarterback prospects. ESPN 150 receivers Aldarius Johnson (Miami/Northwestern) and Davon Johnson (Miami/Booker T. Washington) both project to haul in a bunch of balls in their careers.


We landed 5 of the top 7 LB, none made an impact last year. Look at the names mentioned, half work out, half don't. Its a numbers game, if we only get 4 top 150 players this year, then most likely half will work out.

BTW, I love looking at ratings coming out of high school. I wish Manny would pull the ratings from 3-4 years ago and see how accurate the ratings were for the Canes, and then the top 150.

LOL, HANDI CAN'T SPELL HIS OWN NAME, HE CALLS HIMSELF"RHARDY". DEAR RHARDY, AS MUCH AS I HAVE TRIED I CAN'T TRANSLATE WHAT YOU WROTE INTO ENGLISH, I SPEAK SPANISH AND FRENCH ALSO, AND TRIED TO TRANSLATE YOUR POST INTO MAYBE SPANGLISH MIXED WITH FRENCH OR CREOLE , BUT STILL COULD'NT DECIPHER MOST OF YOUR POST ,SORRY, THE 1 PART THAT WAS INTELLIGIBLE WAS SOMETHING ABOUT I DON'T CARE ABOUT THESE KIDS,AT LEAST I THINK THATS WHAT YOU SAID, I AM NOT FLUENT IN "PHUCKTARDESE", IF THAT IS WHAT YOU SAID, NEWSFLASH, THIS IS "NOT" A TEENS AT RISK CENTER, IT'S MIAMI FOOTBALL! WELL RECRUITING IS OVER, TIME TO CROSS OUR FINGERS EGO FERGUSON PICKS THE WRONG HAT AND PICKS THE U(BY WRONG HAT I MEAN, I DON'T THINK HANDI S, CONVINCES HIM, I AM IN NO WAY INSINUATING UM WOULD BE ANYTHING BUT THE BEST FIT FOR HIM), GO CANES, ACC TITLE AND 11 WINS IN 2010 OR WWW.FIRECOACHSHANNON.COM! OH AND P.S. TO THE GENIUS WHO SAID IT DID'NT MATTER THAT THIS RECRUITING CLASS MAY BE SUB PAR BECAUSE NEXT YEAR, WE HAVE THE #1 RECRUITING CLASS, PSSSST BETWEEN YOU AND ME, *whisper* where do you buy your herbal supplements? TY 4 THE LAUGH DUMB DUMB, AND TY FOR LETTING US KNOW NEXT YEARS RECRUITING CLASS IN ADVANCE!

DID KID JUST SAW THE GATORS HAVE SWAGGER?!?!?!?!?

IS THIS KID CRAZY?!?!?!?!?

HONESTLY, IF YOU HAVE TO EVEN THINK TWICE OR THREE TIMES ABOUT IT DONT EVEN WORRY. IF YOU DONT WANT NOTHING TO DO WITH A VERY "RICH" DYNASTY/LEGACY (PAST AND PRESENT)THEN WE DONT WANT YOU HERE.

WE ARE THE U.

WE PRODUCE NFL MONSTERS, IF THAT NOT WHAT YOU WANT THAN YOU CAN HEAD UP THE ROAD TO G'VILLE CUZ WE DONT NEED YOU.

P.S. NOOOOOOOOOOO ONE HAS SWAGGER LIKE "DA U"

Canes to the NFL is ancient history.

As far as I know, you need the same ACT or SAT score to get into Miami as you do as West Virginia. I think you need an 18," said McCartney, who has raised his GPA from a 2.1 to a 2.7 and scored a 15 on the ACT exam. "Regardless of which school I pick, I know I have more work to do in the class room. This decision will be based on the best fit for me

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2.1-2.7 the guy is an idiot...WVU is alot easier to get into...ask Devine,

Miami fans are a bunch of spoil brats who wants everything now!!! Every football program goes through ups and downs; Miami is no different. The young men who lives in Miami have more options than before. Most of these guys want to explore something different and you have to respect their decision. The U fans put too much pressure on the young men to perform on the field early, however, this is not the case if you go elsewhere. I don't blame these young men for not coming to Miami. Who want to play for sometimee fans and spoil brats!!!! Those winning years brought on some unrealistic expectations. Miami is a small private school competing with the big dogs and guest what, this school has held it own!!!! When you win, they will come, but the sad part, not many want to walk the walk, they want some one else to do it for them. Than they will ride on their success.

Just keeping it real!!!!

This article says it all, Miami is a great play to college football, but none of the highly touted recruits will wind up here. Great Job Randy!

http://sports.espn.go.com/ncaa/recruiting/football/notebook?page=notebook/signingdaypreview2010

NUMBERJUANPHINSFAN you are a complete loser. Leave and never come back. No-1 wants to read the garbage you are talking about! Go Canes - NO MATTER WHO THE COACH IS!

Well I guess he's not coming either. We lose Whitaker also. I am trying to stay positive but it seems this year the news coming out of the "U" has been who is not coming to the Canes rather than who is actualy coming to the Canes. It is becoming more apparent that 2010 will be a make it or break it year for the "U". BCS bowl game then recruiting comes back. No BCS bowl game means more 2 and 3 star guys and 7-6 seasons. Hope we get some last minute good news tomorrow. After the way Miami ended the season against Wisconsin many of the "U" faithful need some optimism going into next year. GOOOO! CANES!

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