Blake Ayles, considered the nation's second-best tight end coming out of high school in 2008, enrolled at UM Friday afternoon -- ending about two weeks of speculation he would be transferring in from USC.
Ayles spent three years at USC as a backup where he caught 14 passes in three seasons. Last season, he had one catch in 10 games. Former USC tight ends coach and recruiting coordinator Brennan Carroll was recently named to the same position at UM. Carroll recruited Ayles out of Orange (Ca.) Lutheran High.
Ayles (6-5, 245) joins a relatively young group at tight end at UM. Last season, UM's tight ends combined to catch 21 passes for 246 yards and one touchdown. Freshman Asante Cleveland led all tight ends with eight catches for 110 yards. Junior Chase Ford had seven catches for 96 yards and a touchdown.
> As of 3 p.m. Friday, there has been no official word regarding the Hurricanes' offensive line coaching position. We know former UM longtime assistant Art Kehoe interviewed with Golden Thursday in Mississippi. I've heard from several sources the interview went well. So what's the hold up? Nobody is sure.
But I've also heard for some time now the Hurricanes are also interested in Pat Ruel, 60, who played at Coral Gables High and played two seasons at UM before embarking on a long coaching career at the college and pro level. Ruel coached with offensive coordinator Jedd Fisch in Seattle this past season and was an assistant at USC when Brennan Carroll was there as well. Ruel was recently replaced by Tom Cable as the offensive line coach of the Seahawks. Maybe Fisch and Carroll would prefer for Ruel to get the job instead.