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Ayles enrolls, adds depth at tight end for UM

Blake Ayles 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.

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Did Ayles red shirt any of those three years? Does he have 1 or 2 years left of eligibility?

Ayles is going to be a senior. He didn't redshirt any of those seasons. He was just a backup tight end for each.

I hope Kehoe gets it.

He is a true Cane & has 5 Naitonal Championship rings to show potential recruits.

I hope Ruel gets the job. He has a rapport with the OC and the TE coach. Chemistry is a big deal.

We got USC backup TE and we MAY hire an old O-line Coach!!!!

NUMBER SIX IS COMING!!!!

Depth at Tight End is always a good thing. Depth anywhere is always a good thing, for that matter.

As for the OL coaching position, I hope Kehoe gets it. That man eats, sleeps, and breathes orange and green. He can also inject some much needed fire and intensity into the program. Give them a good kick in the rear end.

@ SharkDaddy I would prefer them to give the job to "Art Kehoe". I wish that Don Soldinger could of joined the team this year. But I don't think Art is going to get the job. It's going to be Ruel watch what I tell you.

Big recruiting weekend is upon us. Glad to have an OC on board to meet these recruits. To have the OL in the same time would be nice, but should not be a deal breaker for anyone who is sincerely interested.

I don't care what colors a guy breathes, I just care what his credentials and skills are. Hell Shannon probably had orange and green blood and you all saw how his coaching was. Not saying Kehoe is a bad pick but at least lets talk about why he should get the job over other candidates.

MiamiMoe,

Art Kehoe was the OL Coach during our 5 NCs. I would say that's an excellent starter for qualifications!!!

LETS GO CANES!!!!

However, I agree also with Canesfan81. Pat Ruehl will probably end with the job if he wants it.

REASON: Coach Golden & Fisch know him better than Art.

I would personally prefer Art Kehoe, but if I have to settle for Pat Ruehl then I'm OK with it.

Our addition of Ayles means we don't think we're getting Oleary or Fulse, both of which I'd prefer. But he can be a nice stopgap while Cleveland grows a bit bigger, and then we can see to some depth next year. No worried here.

Some posts on InsidetheU have shared a bunch of tweets from UM players saying how brutal the workouts with Swasey have been so far this year. Lots of tweets about sore arms and the not having worked out this hard before. Music to my ears. Things have definitely changed.

Go Canes!

By the way, any word on the reason for Ayles being a backup? Was he behind more senior TE's (i.e. a senior was playing while he was a junior this year, and so forth) or is he getting beat by underclassmen now?

By the way, any word on the reason for Ayles being a backup? Was he behind more senior TE's (i.e. a senior was playing while he was a junior this year, and so forth) or is he getting beat by underclassmen now?

Posted by: ChicagoCane | January 21, 2011 at 05:39 PM

Chicago he was been banged up his entire career at SC. Here's to hoping he is healthy and ready to uphold the U TE tradition for a season!

Both guys are nice options but I agree with the guy who posted earlier about credentials over orange n green blood. I want the guy who is going to understand the concept of building a relationship with recruits and the guy who is a teacher.

Two excellent O-line coaches. All in all a very nice quandary to be in. A win either way though Kehoe does have those 5 rings...

Ayles was a backup because he was injured. That begs the questions: What kind of injury? Is he completely healed? He played little last season, why couldn't it be determined a red shirt year?

I'd like Kehoe. He produced some of the best O-Lines in college football, often with less talented guys who over acheived, thanks to Art's expertise and enthusiasm.
I just hope the Carroll/Fisch thing to get Ruel isn't the same sort of thing Dolphins fans are dealing with...the so called "Dallas Cowboy connection."
Fat(Tuna0 lot of good that's done us. Way too many ex Cowboy rejects, no stars, and 2nd level administrators.
Just because Carroll has a talented dad, doesn't give him the right to dictate to the HC what OL coach would be best. certainly Fisch would know if Ruel would be compatible, but as these guys were all replaced (or about to be), I'm not so sure I'd hang my hat on their credibility.
Seattle's offense was only a bit better than Cleveland's.
Just my take.

IMAWriter: There is no comparison with the Dolphins. Why do you assume Carroll is dictating anything to Golden? Known compatibility of a OL coach with the OC and coach Golden is a critical success factor - not saying that Kehoe wouldn't also have the same - but going in, knowing through actual experience together, and agreeing with the same strategic direction, has got to be a positive. There would be no unhappy surprises.

Regarding credibility - what has Kehoe done lately - not that he would be a bad selection for the team - but Ruel would make a more obvious choice with all things considered. Of course, who knows what lies beneath the surface that will determine the ultimate selection? Both Ruel and Kehoe might have other options, or not be made the offer, and an unknown candidate might be tomorrow's headline.

The way things are going I have confidence that Golden will make the best available choice for the team.

IMAretard please stop plucking stuff outta the air and posting it on here. About to be replaced? They were considering promoting Fisch to OC.

On all the USC msg sites they were saying good riddance to Ayles. Says he was a overhyped recruit that never lived up to hispotential and were happy to see him go. They even had a report that went on to say we have a good TE in Cleveland and he wouldnt play here either.

It sounds like Ayles will be another Jimmy Graham one year starter to try to get into the NFL.

Does he get to play right away because USC on on probation?

Lesson here for all you star chasers. Ayles was rated the second T end out of High School and he never became a starter. Stars are nice, but until they get on the field and convert it to results they are just nice shiny decorations. But he should be a nice piece. to have.

Yes, has the opportunity to play right away. Hopefully he can be as productive as Jimmy was.

is this um or usc

art kehoe ftw

what a cowinkydink shannon took names off jerseys his first year and we get whooped by notre dame his last year i knew rs was not the right guy then and there no name canes maybe golden will take the names off to penn st style and take the U off the helmets and make them plain white rip canes its over never be back

does that mean he got a scholarship?

golden wouldnt even talk to soldinger and speculation is because of his age. reul is 60 - close to soldingers age which i would think would favor kehoe. if golden doesnt mind reul being 60 then its curious why he wouldnt even talk to soldinger and respond to his inquiries. id love to see kehoe get the job although i am dubious about golden and what he is gonna do and wouldnt want art to be a part of that. perhaps golden will surprise but his OC hire and not even talking to one of the best coaches in his own backyard leaves me skeptical.

wow

Just to clear things up for some of you. Kehoe was only the OL coach from 1995-2005. That includes only one Nat'Champ.

Jimmy..Speculation is? Like you know something. You sound like a scorned lover already.

golden wouldnt even talk to soldinger and speculation is because of his age. reul is 60 - close to soldingers age which i would think would favor kehoe. if golden doesnt mind reul being 60 then its curious why he wouldnt even talk to soldinger and respond to his inquiries. id love to see kehoe get the job although i am dubious about golden and what he is gonna do and wouldnt want art to be a part of that. perhaps golden will surprise but his OC hire and not even talking to one of the best coaches in his own backyard leaves me skeptical.

Posted by: jimmy | January 21, 2011 at 11:22 PM

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How the hell are you fools still hating on Golden? The word is out. We hit a hone run. Players say it, coaches say it and now the "analysts" are jumping on his dick too. But god forbid he wanted to hire his own RB coach and not Solindger and you people think you people instantly don't like him.

Just to clear something up to you NC_Idiot. Kehoe played at UM 79-81. Became a graduate assistant in 81. Became a full time coach in 84. Worked his way up to OLine coach through the years in 95 and we all know the rest. So lets see here.....hmmmm yeah that's 25 years and 5 'Ships. Know your shot before acting a fool on here.

Ayles is a great get. UM gets one year (hopefully productive) from a formerly highly recruitd and now veteran TE. He has played in a pro-style offense, and knows about big time football. I'm sure he will do well. Seems like Golden loooves the TE position! That will free up WRs and will also help the runninggame. Miami was always strong at TE: Bubba Franks, Shockey, KWII, Greg Olsen. Then they basically stopped using the TE Don't know why. Hopefully Ayles will give UM a good 1 yr.

Must gets:

Chikillo. Pull all the stops to seal the deal.
Jake Rudock (Haven't heard much about this kid)- Is he already basically sold on Iowa? Does he know that its like 20 below there RIGHT NOW?

This recruiting class Golden is putting together is awesome. There are a lot of kids who who would want nothing more than be canes. Inject some excitement, better conditioning, better play calling and we are there.


Is it me though, or does anyone not realize that the NUMBER#1 factor for a cfb program to be any good is the QB? A team is as successful as theQB (or v/v). Even a sorry a&& program as NC state does ok with a talented QB like Russell Wilson. Look at mediocre Auburn with Cam. Look how bad UF looks. Look at Texas. I mean. Seriously. we need to push HARD to get to quality QBs in the next 1 1/2 weeks!!!

Kehoe's the KING of making NFL O-Linemen! Art's O-Line's Produced 5 NC's, out of 9 NC Games.

Art's put more 1st round O-Linemen in the NFL than anybody EVER!

Didn't Kehoe sue the U after he was let go? Will that play a part in him getting rehired.

I could care less if Kehoe was here for 20 years, I wouldn't whomever is best for the job. If Ruel has more cohesion with the rest of the staff, then he may be the best fit overall. I don't think that the difference between one OL coach who's coached for 20 years and another is that drastic. In the years that Kehoe was here, I would argue that we didn't win because we had great great O-lines. We just had great talent at the skill positions and on D. His best line was the Dorsey years and it ended crappy with OSU dominating our line in the Fiesta. This is not to say he wasn't a good coach. But again, I just want whatever is the best fit overall, not necessarily Kehoe JUST cause he was here a long time.

Kehoe is the man.

Golden is quietly putting together a great recruiting class.

I'm surprised he interviewed Kehoe. Don't forget he sued the school...tough to bring someone back after that.

FYI FROM SCOUT.COM–VISIT LIST THIS WEEKEND

WR (5 Star) George Farmer (Junipero Serra HS)
Gardena, CA 6-2.5/210/4.38
Low Interest Offer-Yes

DE (5 Star) Anthony Chickillo (Alonso HS) Tampa, FL 6-4/235/4.70
Soft Verbal Committ Offer-Yes Miami (Fl)

S (4 Star) Marqise Lee
(Junipero Serra HS) Gardena, CA 6-1/185/4.62 Med interest Offer-Yes

OLB (4 Star) Antonio Poole
(Winton Woods HS) Cincinnati, OH 6-1/225 Med Interest Offer- No

MLB (4 Star) Denzel Perryman
(Coral Gables Senior HS) Coral Gables, FL 5-11/220 Med Offer-Yes

JC (4 Star) Byron Moore
(Los Angeles Harbor) Wilmington, CA 6-1/205 Med Interest Offer-Yes

TE (3 Star) Chris Barnett
(Bell HS) Hurst, TX 6-6/249/ Med Interest Offer-Yes

QB (3 Star) Kevin Sousa
(Lake Nona HS) Orlando, FL 6-4/235 Med Interest Offer-Yes

OLB (3 Star) Gionni Paul
(Kathleen Senior HS) Lakeland, FL 6-0/223/4.47 Med Interest Offer-Yes

OG (3 Star) Kaleb Johnson
(Edward H. White HS)Jacksonville, FL 6-4/285 Med Interest Offer-No

WR (3 Star) Patrick Onwuasor
(Inglewood HS) Inglewood, CA 6-0/175 Med Interest Offer-Yes

DT (3 Star David Moala
(Junipero Serra HS)Gardena, CA 6-0/280 Med Interest Offer- No

DT (3 Star) Elkino Watson
(Booker T. Washington HS) Miami, FL 6-2/265 Med Interest Offer- No

P JC (2 Star) Dalton Botts
(Moorpark) Moorpark, CA 6-3/200 Verbal Commit

canesport reports a LB just committed. Perryman?

Coach Golden has already shown his awesome energy and commitment to the U....whoever he adds to the coaching staff and roster is 'my pick' too! NO need to second guess Coach G. I think we are in for some 'Golden' years! whoooosh, whoooosh!

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