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Northwestern 2011 duo "commits" to Canes

NEW YORK -- I'm covering the Marlins-Mets up here at CitiField, but felt compelled to pass along the news that a source at UM has confirmed reports that Miami Northwestern quarterback Teddy Bridgewater and receiver Eli Rogers have committed to the Canes.

Teddy Bridgewater.JPG Bridgewater, the No. 1 recruit in 2010 in Miami-Dade County, hasn't returned phone calls from The Miami Herald since Canesport first quoted Rogers saying both he and his star quarterback had called Hurricanes coaches to inform them of their decision. Rogers hasn't returned phone calls either. 

But he did tell Canesport.com: "Me and Teddy just committed. We just decided we wanted to do it and let the world know. Since me and Teddy are so close we decided to go on the same day. Today Teddy said, `Let's make it official and do it,' so that's what we did."

Northwestern coach Billy Rolle said he hasn't spoken to Bridgewater or Rogers "lately," and has only heard reports they've committed. "I always let my kids handle their commitments," Rolle told The Miami Herald. "If they've committed, I don't know about it. But when I do talk to them, I'll ask."

Bridgewater, considered a four-star recruit by Rivals.com, completed 165 of his 262 attempts for 2,546 yards, 32 TDs and 12 INTs as a junior and ran for 379 yards and five scores as a junior. He was clearly the Hurricanes' No. 1 recruiting priority in the 2011 class.

Rogers, unranked by Rivals, finished third on the team at Northwestern as a junior with 35 catches for 551 yards and 11 touchdowns. 

The question now becomes how firm both commitments really are. Both players told me in March that regardless of whom they committed to, they would still take their five recruiting trips. UM coach Randy Shannon has said he takes commitments from players who still take visits with a grain of salt.

Northwestern has been a longtime pipeline to UM. They sent seven players there in 2008 including quarterback Jacory Harris. But I wouldn't consider this a done deal.