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Canes recruiting: The Chase for a QB continues

With a little more than a week to go before National Signing Day, finding the Miami Hurricanes in the national recruiting rankings has become a little harder than usual.

UM, which had 12 publicly declared oral commitments as of Monday night, has the 47th-best class in the nation according to Rivals.com and the 52nd-best according to Scout.com. ESPN, which ranked the Hurricanes No. 1 in 2008, doesn't have UM anywhere near its Top 25.

Jacoby Brissett But where the Hurricanes are ranked come Feb. 2 -- when those fax machines start churning -- isn't how new coach Al Golden and his staff should be judged. It should be whether or not the team fulfilled its biggest needs, starting with quarterback.

"We are all going to judge him, but it's really unfair to," ESPN's Jamie Newberg said. "You're asking Al Golden to do in four, five, six weeks what other teams have been trying to do for the last year to three years in building this class.

"Regardless of what they do from here on out, what they've done is make this class a lot better. But again, it's about filling needs -- and that primary need is the quarterback position. They really need to make sure they get a couple arms. I know they're doing their best."

The Hurricanes, who once had Miami Northwestern's Teddy Bridgewater all set to be their quarterback of the future under former coach Randy Shannon, have worked hard over the last month and a half to put themselves in position to land three of the nation's best signal callers.

At the top of that list is Jacoby Brissett, a 6-4, 220-pound U.S. Army All-American from West Palm Beach Dwyer, who will likely take his last official visit to UM this coming weekend and decide between UM, Wisconsin and Florida according to his coach.

“They hammered him and sold him on a few things. It piqued his interest," Dwyer coach Jack Daniels told The Palm Beach Post last week. "To me, it seems like Jacoby’s the No. 1 player they target.”

The other two quarterbacks UM has offered scholarships to: St. Thomas Aquinas' Jake Rudock (a long-time Iowa commitment) and Orlando Lake Nona's Kevin Sousa, who visited UM last weekend and is committed to Wake Forest.

Rudock, a two-year starter at Aquinas, is expected to announce on Tuesday he will stick with Iowa. Sousa, who only began playing football as a sophomore, will host several in-home visitors next week (UM, USF and Wake) and will likely make his mind up by Saturday according to his position coach Anthony Paradiso. Wake Forest will visit Wednesday night Paradiso said. UM offensive coordinator Jedd Fisch will come either Tuesday or Wednesday. 

"He likes the tradition, being close to home, the opportunity with the depth chart and the chance to be part of something special," Paradiso said of why Sousa (rated the 42nd best quarterback in the country by Scout.com) likes UM.

"He's excited about Jedd Fisch and what he said. They broke down all of his highlights on his visit, talked about how he could get better. [Fisch] was impressed how much better Kevin looked as the year went on."

If neither of those three end up choosing the Canes, other options include: Land O'Lakes' Steve Weatherford; Marcus McDade out of Hargrave Military Academy (Va.); and Dustin Paonessa, a 6-5, 220-pound left-handed quarterback out of Fork Union (Va.) Military Academy. But the Hurricanes could also opt to not take any quarterbacks and use those scholarships elsewhere.

There is also a possibility former high school All-American quarterback Tom Savage will transfer in from Rutgers. His father is currently appealing a decision by the school to deny Savage permission to speak to Miami. His father said he's hoping the final decision of a three-person panel at Rutgers handling the appeal (according to him) will be reached in the next 10 days.

All-American defensive end Anthony Chickillo, UM's top recruit who re-affirmed his commitment over a weekend visit, said he's been trying to help the Hurricanes recruit Brissett and Rudock and several other top uncommitted players.

Jalen Grimble Among the others Chickillo has been talking to on his phone, texting and messaging on Facebook: ESPN Top 150 safety Marqise Lee of Junipero Serra High in Gardena, Calif; Lee's high school teammate, George Farmer, the nation's No. 1 receiver, who is expected to remain committed to USC; Las Vegas Bishop Gorman defensive end Jalen Grimble (also committed to USC but strongly considering UM according to his coach); and Miami Booker T. Washington defensive tackle Elkino Watson, who has thrown UM into the mix with Florida and Louisville.

"My goal is to bring a sixth national championship to The U," Chickillo said. "I'm telling you right now there are going to be a couple surprises, guys who are committed but will announce later. I'm not going to spoil it for them."

How many available scholarships the Hurricanes have left remains unclear, but Golden told reporters after the Sun Bowl UM would sign at least 16 players, if not more. 

The remaining spots UM would like to address outside of quarterback: receiver, defensive line and cornerback.

Former Miami Central cornerback Thomas Finnie enrolled at UM last week and South Fort Myers cornerback Dallas Crawford, considered the 27th best at his position by Rivals.com, is locked in. Los Angeles Harbor College's Byron Moore, considered the top Junior College cornerback, will likely be the third cornerback the Canes bring in.

At receiver, where UM will have three seniors next season, St. Thomas Aquinas' Phillip Dorsett remains the only commitment. UM is hoping to sway 6-1, 190-pound Devin Lucien of Crespi Carmelita in Encino, Calif. (rated 44th best WR by Scout.com) and/or 6-2, 194-pound Patrick Onwuasor of Inglewood, Calif. Aquinas' Rashad Greene, a longtime Florida State commitment, isn't expected to switch to UM.

On the defensive, the Hurricanes are looking to get Watson and or Grimble. Both are likely signing day announcements. David Moala (6-0, 285) visited UM with his friends from Juniperro Serra (Gardena, Calif.), but still has yet to land a Canes offer.

UM could also end up adding Jacksonville Ed White's Kaleb Johnson (rated 47th best offensive guard by Scout.com); Lakeland (Fla.) Kathleen's Gionni Paul (rated 33rd best outside linebacker by Rivals) an Arizona State commitment  who visited UM over the weekend; and Winton Woods (Ohio) outside linebacker Antonio Poole, who doesn't have an offer from UM yet, but has UM in his final three with Kentucky and Purdue.

There is also one more recruiting weekend on tap. Oakland Park Northeast defensive end B.J. Dubose (6-4, 245) is among a little more than handful of visitors expected to check out UM. Louisville is Dubose's other finalist.

Which of the current commitments could make the most immediate impact?

"It's kind of hard to say who can make the big splash," Newberg said. "I think guys like Kevin Grooms (who didn't visit Virginia Tech this weekend) and Dallas Crawford can help out in other ways with special teams.

"I think Phillip Dorsett could be a guy that is a spark to the offense because he's dynamite with the ball. It's hard to say because you don't know how a kid is going to transition. I think they're all big time gets."

The recruit who will surprise fans most? "I think [Homestead defensive end] Ricardo Williams has a chance to be big time for them," Newberg said. "He's a kid on the edge, kind of flown under the radar screen a little.

"[Offensive tackle Taylor Gadbois] is starting to blow up, a big offensive linemen. Georgia just offered him."

Newberg thinks in the end UM could end up "somewhere between 20 and 30" in most national rankings.

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sounds great go canes

The Sun Sentinel reported that Byron Moore has already committed to the Canes.

if that is true, why isn't he listed on any of the commitment lists for the University of Miami?

#1 Priority is to get 2 QBs, 1 WR, 1 DT, and 1 more DB!!

I believe UM will sign 18 players this year. I also hope that none of the current players under scholarship leave the program. We need them all!!!

About the B.Moore question

Because one of the WR recruits fron the cali visit said that he committed over the weekend. He did not say it for himself. So no one wants to take the blame if that change. Yuo remember the Gary Freeman fiasco.

About the B.Moore question

Because one of the WR recruits fron the cali visit said that he committed over the weekend. He did not say it for himself. So no one wants to take the blame if that change. Yuo remember the Gary Freeman fiasco.

Great article, keep it coming.

Thanks for the update, Manny! Great work.

Recruiting rankings mean nothing. We were #1 in 2008 and that class was a bust. It's not the players that commit, it's what you do with them AFTER they commit.

As to Moore, I understand there are issues about his JUCO credits being accepted at Miami.

If Rudock truly wants to go to Iowa then fine good luck to him but if his coach at St.Thomas is forcing him to honor his verbal commitment like some are suggesting then I have a real problem with that. These kids are 17 and 18 years old and have the right to change their minds if they want to. True it is important to keep your word but in this case Coach Golden didn't have a chance to recruit this kid from the beginning. Shannon should have done that but he is a loser and that is why he isn't the coach anymore. Either way we are going to close strong and next year we will have a top five class. The U will be back under Golden!!!

He's a loser because he didn't recruit a player? Wow! Go tell him then tough guy

That is not true about his Moore credits.

Stand by my comment about Moore but would be more than happy to be proven wrong and the kid gets in.

@ Don, Shannon didnt recruit Rudock b/c he had a higher ranked QB in Bridgewater already committed, along with a few other higher ranked players that decomitted. Loser?

You will see Feb 2 or not before.

You can tell all the U haters are running scared.

Their worst nightmare is happening right before their eye's in broad day light!

Day after day week after week Coach Golden is putting significant piece after significant piece in place to bring The U, the Greatest Brand in College Football back to it's rightful place at the top of college football.

GO CANES!

CANEBOSS, you are WRONG to defend Randy on this one. Randy let Bridgewater mandate that UM signed him as the ONLY QB in this class. So that in 2 years or next year with injuries we would have no depth. And if he did not come as is what happened look where we are now trying to get enough QB's on the squad.

The whole culture of entitlement and no accountability was in full swing before kids even got here with them dictating to the U that we had to limit their competition once they got here!

Bridgewater was the only QB Randy had for this class. Golden wants 2 which will give us 4 QB's competing to earn the starting job in the Spring. Exactly like when we dominated in the 80's and 90's.

Thank God we got Golden!

The biggest reason this class is not rated higher is the lack of quantity, not quality. With less than 20 scholarships to give, there is no way it becomes a top 25 class. Conversely, what made the 2008 class ranking so high was the fact it contained over 30 kids.

I packed my suitcase and threw it away.

Chickillo is going to get the same type of player who is willing to do what it takes to get the job done. Unfinished business and only great things to come.

I think Jacorby will commit to the "U"..

CANEBOSS, you are WRONG to defend Randy on this one. Randy let Bridgewater mandate that UM signed him as the ONLY QB in this class. So that in 2 years or next year with injuries we would have no depth. And if he did not come as is what happened look where we are now trying to get enough QB's on the squad.

The whole culture of entitlement and no accountability was in full swing before kids even got here with them dictating to the U that we had to limit their competition once they got here!

Bridgewater was the only QB Randy had for this class. Golden wants 2 which will give us 4 QB's competing to earn the starting job in the Spring. Exactly like when we dominated in the 80's and 90's.

Thank God we got Golden!

Posted by: ocean1023 | January 24, 2011 at 10:15 PM

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Where is your proof ?

Cane boss- there yougo again defending Shannon. Sometimes I wonder whether you are actually Shannon.

Rudock is head over heels better thanBridgewater. he is a billion light years better and more of what Um needs. Miami has had enough of spread option skinny QBs.

Rudock is the real deal. I watched him play. he has a gun, excellent decison making, reads offenses well. I would venture to say he is even better than a certain #12 that Um currently has on roster.



CANEBOSS, you are WRONG to defend Randy on this one. Randy let Bridgewater mandate that UM signed him as the ONLY QB in this class. So that in 2 years or next year with injuries we would have no depth. And if he did not come as is what happened look where we are now trying to get enough QB's on the squad.

The whole culture of entitlement and no accountability was in full swing before kids even got here with them dictating to the U that we had to limit their competition once they got here!

Bridgewater was the only QB Randy had for this class. Golden wants 2 which will give us 4 QB's competing to earn the starting job in the Spring. Exactly like when we dominated in the 80's and 90's.

Thank God we got Golden!

Posted by: ocean1023 | January 24, 2011 at 10:15 PM

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More internet BS...no kid is going to dictate anything to Randy Shannon...your statement is complete nonsense at best and a lie at worst.

Randy's biggest mistake was in some ways out of his control and was due to fate as he took the job almost immediately after the FIU fiasco and Shalala demanded that she didn't want to see a kid get so much as a parking ticket. It was made clear that if Randy won every game and there was even a minor dust-up or any on field antics by the players his job would be in jeporady. This forced him into a corner as far as recruiting and he spent an inordinate amount of his time trying to covert these kids into choir boys--not football players with a mean streak.

Randy's going to be signed by UCLA as their Defensive Coordinator and I guarantee you the Bruins will become known for having a ferocious defense.

Randy was lazy and too dumb to coach the team period. That is why he was canned. He could not develop players with exceptional raw talent or motivate them. IF UCLA does hire him and that is a big IF, maybe he will do well and learn from his mistakes.

Rudock told all coaches tonite that he is staying committed to the Iowa team.

Hey Manny have you heard any news regarding the U and Duron Carter(Chris Carter's boy)? I heard he's mad interested in joining but there might be issues with grades. Could you possibly dig that up?

only one thing scares me about this. what if miami lands four or five commits before the end of the week and before national signing day? then we get more commits. will golden take the best prospects or what? maybe he is recruiting so well that he screws himself over. dont think it will happen but it could. and gadbois isnt gonna leave miami. the kid painted his room orange and green as a kid. almost committed as soon as he landed an offer. and not to mention the great Kehoe is back in coral gables.

Too bad if that is Rudock's decision. He would have had an excellent chance to battle for the starting position. If that is his choice then good luck to him but I cannot for the life of me figure out why he would want to freeze up there 5 to 6 months a year when he can be down here where its warm year round and with all the women in South Beach. In any event good luck to him.

ESPN ANALYSIS-----------------------------------------------------------------------------
Miami Hurricanes
Commits: 13 | ESPNU 150: 3


Overview: New coach Al Golden is not going to have a large class, with 16 to 17 signees at most, but it looks as if his aggressive approach is paying immediate dividends. For example, ESPNU 150 prospects Kevin Grooms (Hollywood, Fla./South Broward) and Dallas Crawford (Fort Myers, Fla./South Fort Myers) weren't even on the board before he arrived.

Top prospect: DE Anthony Chickillo (Tampa, Fla./Alonso) was named MVP of the Under Armour All-America Game and showed the advanced abilities you would expect from a player with three generations of high-level football in his family.

Don't be surprised if: Miami closes with a top-25 class and ends up with an out-of-nowhere shocker as a signing. Chickillo said he was going to be in the ear of QB Jacoby Brissett (Palm Beach Gardens, Fla./Dwyer), who hasn't had Miami listed in his top group. The Hurricanes desperately need a quality arm and stranger things have happened.

Randy did a great job recruiting. Some of u hate the guy so much dat u refuse to give him credit on anything he did right. When UR team was a top ten defense, who was coaching the guys up? The idiot u guys love to blame for our failures. He has three rings from this school and if I'm correct, only art kehoe has more. So for all the kool aid drinkers out there, al golden has great media skills. Way better than randy, but don't take dat for anything. Teddy is a dynamic qb and way more sought after than Rudock. When al got here, without names, he said he was going after teddy. He failed. Of course he had no other choice but to look for other and. The reason why bridgewater is the only qb, is dat with a small class, randy was hoping wit a great season, he would hit homeruns at certain positions. That's y kids wit bad grades weren't offered. That's y 200lb de weren't offered unless other guys didn't come. Check out how many top guys early in the season had um on their radar. Give credit when credit is due. I hope we do well, but I bet fsu, uf, and all the other big boy schools aren't screaming their losing recruits to us. The truth is this is a average to below average class to our standards wit the hope of a few gems maybe blossoming.

Who f**king cares what and who Shannon recruited. It's over he is gone. Plus they would have gotten here and nothing would have been done with their talent. No development. Also Shannon did recruit kids with bad grades Latwan Anderson, Jeremy Davis. Coop, Washington and Malcome Bunche all went to prep school. And also recruited 200 lb DE's. Marcus Robinson. Suck it.

A ferocious defense, UCLA? Oh yea, because Miami had a ferocious defense the past several years. They got run on almost evry game, that's not ferocious.

Canesbaebae please learn how type/ spell or at least put spell checker on. when your arguing and you type "y, dat, and wit" just makes you look stupid.Then you say "we" like your part of the team or something. You mean Miami right? your worried about class rankings, go check out Virginia Tech's, or Oregon's last 5 years of recruiting tell me what there top class was? RS problem was he invested to much into Jacory Harris. Sorry but throwing 40 int's in 3 season's is pretty awful.

What about highly-ranked pro-style QB Tate Forcier who just left Michigan>

This is shaping up to be a good class, all things considered (small class, coaching change).

There are always a few surprises on NSD, so it will be difficult to evaluate this class before then. As stated by several other posters above, the number of stars (and team class ranks) awarded by national recruiting services has not been an accurate measure of the quality of past Canes recruiting classes.

However, you have to like the organization and effort that Golden and his staff have shown under faily difficult circumstances. By all accounts, he is an expert recruiter.

Manny and Susan
Great article! It really helps clear up some things and puts them in perspective.
Also, the hiring of Kehoe will renuite the Cane Nation and really help with recruiting.
Anthony Chickillo is a true cane and is doing a great job talking to other potential recruits! He is a leader and reopening the Cane Pipeline!
Thanks again for all you do for the Canes!

Read more: http://miamiherald.typepad.com/umiami/2011/01/does-canes-have-surprises-on-tap-for-signing-day.html#ixzz1C403PboY

Coach Golden can do no wrong....am so stoked about the upcoming season...remember though, these guys are just 18-21 yrs. of age...and we expect so much from them...plus they are in a MAJOR private institution that has ramped up grade requirements....no more SunTan U. It's the Stanford of the South...you gotta love 'em win or lose....the only difference is with Coach Golden the effort and preparation is going to be to the highest level we could expect or hope for.

Randy Shannon was piece an incompetent piece of sh*t of a head coach. If you don't think so, you're stupid and should seriously stop watching football and go hang yourself.

* Randy Shannon was an incompetent piece of sh*t of a head coach. If you don't think so, you're stupid and should seriously stop watching football and go hang yourself.

Great job with these recruiting articles. Thanks Manny.

Look, Shannon did a great job recruiting. There can be little debate of that. Where he and his assistants did a poor job is in the development his players.

Canesblabla, that would be Schiano, then Shannon living off of Schiano's previous coaching of the players.

R, I'm with U, Shannon sucked.

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