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Grooms talks commitment to Canes

South Broward running back Kevin Grooms, one of the best all-around football players in the state, committed to the Hurricanes Monday morning during an in-home visit from coach Al Golden.

Kevin Grooms

Grooms, considered the 83rd best recruit in the country regardless of position by ESPN, rushed for 1,363 yards and 20 TDs last season and returned six punts for TDs. He is considered the second-best recruit in UM's class by ESPN, right behind Tampa Alonso defensive end Anthony Chickillo, considered the 82nd best player in the country.

"It was just a great visit over the weekend and I feel like I'm the type of player that has to be at Miami and try to help Coach Golden bring that swagger back," said Grooms, who said he had not been recruited by UM at all until former offensive line coach Jeff Stoutland came to visit him at school three weeks ago.

"God works in mysterious ways. That's why you have to honor him. He made this possible. Once I went on the visit, saw the small classrooms, the great academic system -- that got me. Plus, I know there are a lot of players at UM that enter the draft. I'm excited. I can't wait to get there."

Grooms said Golden told him he would get the opportunity to play running back first. But if it doesn't work out, the 5-9, 170-pound athlete said he'll be more than happy to move to cornerback or receiver -- which he has played plenty of in the past. "They definitely want me on special teams," Grooms said. "Coach said they need a lot of help there and I'm ready to start delivering. I told him 'Give me the ball, I want it.' I can play anywhere. I played corner my junior year and was strictly running back this year. But I'll do what I have to do to get on the field."

Grooms was scheduled to visit Virginia Tech next weekend and Florida State on Jan. 28. But he said he will cancel those visits. "I'm not going to take any more visits. I feel like I don't want to waste anybody else's time. I've got my mind made up."

Now, all that's left to do is some more work in the classroom. Grooms said he has a 2.5 GPA and scored a 22 on the ACT. But he has to make up 4.5 credits -- something he said he is in the midst of doing during his senior year with online classes. "I'll be fine and ready to go," Grooms said. "I'm taking school seriously."

Grooms is the 10th oral commitment for UM and seventh since Golden replaced Randy Shannon as coach. The Hurricanes have hosted big recruiting weekends over the last two weeks and are scheduled to have their largest this coming weekend.

> For more on Grooms, check out this feature story I wrote on him over the summer.

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Hey AL PLEASE GO AFTER GARY NOVA AND STAY WITH IT,NEXT CHOICE JAKE RUDDOCK WE NEED BOTH OF THEM.THEY CAN RUN A PRO OFFENSE.IF NOT WE WILL BE REMEMBERING THEIR NAMES DOWN THE ROAD,CANE FAN FAN SINCE 1970.WE NEED A BIG TIME QUATERBACK.

AL GET BACK WITH GARY NOVA,IF NOT WE WILL BE REMEMBERING HIS NAME,ALSO JAKE RUDDOCK TWO STUDS THAT CAN RUN A PRO OFFENSE.CANE FAN SINCE 1970

GARY NOVA GARY NOVA,HELP US AL

hotrodrunner- Not to burst your bubble but I believe Gary Nova committed to Rutgers.

Dom, Id start by saying this guy isnt even academically qualified yet. And IF he does qualify , guys like these have a high chance of having academic problems. ESPN 150 doesnt mean crap. Shannon knows players backgrounds inside and out, faimly members friends and what they've been doing since elementary school! He's a 3 star guy thats unqualified,a nd thats why Shannon didnt recruit him.

Some nice trends in recruiting with Grooms and a 3 star liebacker from Youngstown. Welcome to the U family guys! Great work Coach Golden and assistant coaches!

caneboss and cane4life and kenya- You all stop being Shannon apologists. We don't buy it anymore. I keep hearing, " Shannon left the program in better shape", or Shannon did well and did a lot for the university. Like what,

Losing to the most hated teams in the history of the U/ Florida and Ohio State?
Losing to South Florida at home?
Losing to Virginia twice?
Losing to FSU at home by a blow out?
Having the Number 1 intQB in D-1?

Alienating all of the high school coaches in Dade and Broward?

Hey- good academics is not exclusive of UM- Look at Stanford... and Notre Dame. Nuf said.

Cane4Life,

Amen to you! I appreciate your last comments. Coach Shanon is a Cane for life, now matter what happened.

Now, let's get us 2 QBs and some CBs. This is critical!

Go Coach Golden! Keep up the good work!!!

Cane4Life & BigDaddyCaneLXA,

I appreciate your comments. Coach Shanon is a Cane for life!

Now, let's get 2 QBs & some CBs.

Also, keep doing a great job Coach Golden!

Cane4Life & BigDaddyCaneLXA,

I appreciate your comments. Coach Shanon is a Cane for life!

Now, let's get 2 QBs & some CBs.

Also, keep doing a great job Coach Golden!!!!

Cane4Life & BigDaddyCaneLXA,

I appreciate your comments. Coach Shanon is a Cane for life!

Now, let's get 2 QBs & some CBs.

Also, keep doing a great job Coach Golden!!

The Golden Age is Here,
You make some very valid points. The lose to UF and OSU were tough losses. The young team that played up at UF, was in no way, shape or form, going to beat a seasoned UF team. The loss to OSU was tough to swallow due to us really throwing the game away. None the less, they were still losses. The rest of the losses that you state were really bad and did cost Coach Shannon his job. As I stated, it was time for a change and one was made. The only issue I have is that RS is gone and people are continually dragging his name through the mud when this man has done more for UM (and has been an integral part of 3 of the 5 NC that we all brag about) than myself or any of the posters on this blog. He cared about the young men in the program more than all of us. Most of us do not care about the young men, we care about the players. RS made many mistakes and again, a change was needed. I understand the frustration of lots of guys who really dislike Randy and I can it is to be expected, but to continually bash on a man that is UM, is just ignorant to me. He is gone and it's time to move on and let Coach Golden finish the job that Coach Shannon was not able to. Guys, Randy could have left the program on probation, he could have left the program with numerous arrest or players continually getting into trouble and he could have left the program with no talent whatsoever. We have talent, but Coach Shannon IMHO did not develop it. RS did not win and had bad losses, that is why he is no longer the coach. Lets move on with the Golden era and get the program back to where we all want it to be. Coach Shannon is gone and believe it or not, he did what he thought was best for the program and kids. It just did not work out. That is no need for all the mud slinging aimed at a man that help make UM what we have all come to love.

Cane4Life & BigDaddyCaneLXA,

I appreciate your comments. Coach Shanon is a Cane for life!

Now, let's get 2 QBs & some CBs.

Also, keep doing a great job Coach Golden!

Welcome to the party!

Some of these randy bashers havent probably contributed a penny to the program. I'm not the believer in getting hyped over commits. Grooms and the kinard kid seems nice, but I don't see a impact player yet. Not trying to say dat rankings matter, but the kids dat decommited seem to be way more thought of than the new commits we have got. The grooms kid was not recruited at en depth in a year where the class is small. He might end up at cb, but I'm not knocking a coach for believing in prototyping corners. Kinard is a nice fit. All golden's other commits are decent at best. I'm not the type of guy dat drinks the kool aid first. The Dallas Crawford kid is a good get if possible. A middle linebacker would impress me. I believe the kids at the u playing de will end playing rush end. Vernon, Robinson, dye, and ojomo will be playing their pro positions. So one more dt, one qb, a mlb, a wr, and one more pure cb. Not a risk like grooms who seems to be a fill in guy. Hope my team does well in the next two weeks

This Kid is serious, he has gone thru a rough childhood... Got focus and grew up quick. Just to be able to get a chance for college, He's Bless. This is a LEADER the U just got!
Great pick up...

UM Fan,
Thanks and don't worry. I have confidence in Coach Golden and his staff. We will get those QB's and CB's. As a matter of fact, the recent commitment Kevin Grooms has played CB and he stated that he will play where ever Coach Golden needs him, so hey, we may already have one of our CB's. I really believe that Coach Golden will get us to were we need to be in short order.

Oh yea. Some of u have bad memory. Randy moved shields to corner when everybody thought dat was dumb. By the end of the season, he was draftable after everyone thought he was going to be special teams player at best. Randy didn't get it done here but don't give me he couldn't coach crap. Players make coaches look good. When u have the best talent and attitude, u usually win. When u have mediocre talent and great attitude, ur mediocre. When u have great talent and decent attitude, u end up having a season like last year. Show me a national championship dat didn't send off guys to the pros without a top pick or a bunch of good pick(usually in the 1st to 2nd rounds). The talent is here. Watch next year how many of randy's recruits get drafted. N they would of got drafted regardless of what coach was here.

Shannon blew it big time. In the next 2 years the Shannon apologists will turn silent .He was a lazy head coach and had poor communication skills. Asthe facts come out it was clear Shannon and his quirks were slowly ruinin gthis football program.

Steve U speak the truth my man.

I reckon some will get drafted, they'll be seniors. There is truth that U have to have talent to win but U must also have a good coach to bring it out in them. Attitude is relayed down to the players from the head coach. And that fell on Shannon. Just take a look at Duke's basketball team. Every year they are ranked in the top 10 at least. The one year that Coach K was not on the sideline they sucked big time. And year in and year out they're are many more teams more talented than them and every year they win 20 to 30 games. Take the coach away and they are lucky to win 15 to 20 games. Oh and Randy could not coach football but he could be a great counselor.

I kno duh nothing-

You're an idiot. A wannabe talent evaluator. Grooms wasn't recruited? VT and FSU have been all over that ass. He is an ESPN 150 player. The only player that comes close to him that decommited was Eli Rogers. Watching Teddy B in that game did not impress me. This kid can be a Roscoe Parrish or Devin Hester type player.

Here's what sums up Shannon for me-Jayron Hosley. Not the mismanagement of talent, not the playing favorites, not the horrible FBI style program he ran. It's the simple fact he had a kid under his own nose who wanted to be here. Who came from a school KNOWN for it's DBs and talent it's put in the college and NFL(the U's own Orlando Franklin). Who very obviously had the talent to be a stud. But nah he was too short for Shannon. Didn't think he could make it. And now Golden is getting those kids. And he will develop them. Brandon McGee Tweeted today that Bobby Williams had taught him something about playing DB in the first day, that he had never known before. And he was excited about this year. Something we never heard while Shannon was here.

I'm not impressed with his clips. That team he was playing against was awful. He won't see that kind of poor tackling again. Plus he' awful small. But they say he has a nice frame, the strength coach better fill him out.

Cane fanes...picture if you will...a meeting of the minds after Coker was yanked...Shalala, Hoccut, Shannon and Golden...what's up with them you ask? Shannon would take the program for 4 years, and see to it that players at the U were more than prepared to build a life in America if their dreams of NFL were thwarted...meanwhile Golden would prove at Temple that he could do the impossible...then Shannon would except a nice Thank You gift from the U and turn his attention to other pursuits and Golden would be so psyched up
that he would do the improbable at the U.

@ sickofthefans. Did you know not one coach in the NCAA has a cant miss recruit,and a 100% record of an athlete they didnt miss on. Do you know VT academic requirements vs. Miami's. What do you know? You know That you dont think Shannon was a good coach and a bunch of idiotic reasons to support that claim. Did you know that Shannon wasnt DB's coach, and the University only gave him enough $$ to pay 1 assistant well. (Bill younf firsta nd then Whipple when Young left) Shut your pie hole and hope for a good year and improvement like the rest of us.

@ Steve B. Its funny how all the players felt he communicated wellto them, and even felt he was a father figure. Maybe you didnt feel comfortable with him. Maybe he didnt speak the lingo that you and your friends do or sound like Golden. He was a excellent communicator and evaluator of talent, its why all the comittments we had were filled with 4 stars and up and all were qualified academically and not filled with 3 stars shorties like we have now.

We do not need small players.
If um academic standards are this low, there is no wonder the team can not understand the complexities of college football.
I coached and played many years. This reminds me of a player who asked me where he should stood. I wanted to tell him to go stood by the bench.

Shannon is gone.. Lets look forward instead of backwards!!!!!

For the record Shannon did what the University asked him to do with the limited resources and tool's that were given to him...The University and alumni handicapped the man out of his job. He had 1 good DC the whole time he was here..
The OC speak for themselves Nix (horrible), Whipple (stubborn).

IMO: AUBREY HILL- GLAD HES GONE- 1 REASON HIS WR'S NEVER NEW WHAT WAS GOING ON, NOR FOUGHT FOR FOOTBALLS
STOUTLAND = GLAD HES GONE- 1 REASON HOW MANY TIMES THIS YEAR DID AN O-LINE JUMP OFFSIDES OR HOLD ON A BIG PLAY.. LACK OF FOCUS
WHIPPLE- ESTATIC HE IS GONE- HOW MANY TIMES WAS THE GUY GOING TO GET TO MIDFIELD PLAY ACTION PASS DEEP. NO SCREENS, AFTER HIS 1ST GAME CALLING FSU LAST YEAR EVERYONE IN THE COUNTRY KNEW WHAT HE WAS DOING CASUE IT NEVER CHANGED!!!LETS THROW IT UP AND PRAY!! AND IF YOUR QB KEEPS MAKING THE SAME BAD READS MAKE IT MORE SIMPLE CHANGE WHAT YOUR DOING STOP BEING SO DAMN STUBBORN AND THINKING YOUR SMARTEST THE GUY ON THE FIELD!!
THE DC= JUST A SOFT SCHEME EVERY GAME WITH NO STRATEGY TO PUT THE OFFENSE ON THEIR HEELS. WE WERE ALWAYS ON OUR HEELS. YOU CAN'T PLAY ANY SPORT ON YOUR HEELS AND BE SUCCESSFUL!!!

GUESS SHANNON'S FAULT HERE TOO!!


This is what happened to the U.. After 01 & 02 Winslow, Andre and Taylor left early for the NFL, and the majority of the kids that built the team back to prominence was gone. There was a gap in player teaching player what it takes to be succesful.. 1. WE GOT LAZY i.e.TYRONE MOSS could not out run a dt his sr year.
we had lance leggets, ryan moores who did not understand how to be a wr.

and the cupboard was filled with laziness and kids who thought that they could come to the U put a helemet on and be a 1st round draft pick..none of them knew what E.J. Wayne,Santana Moss, Vilma Bubba Franks Ed Reeds (2star kid) put into win and compete for championships at the U.
Shannon 1st real class is the junior class now these kids were brought in to stop the bleeding, try to change the culture and mentality and be the teachers to the kids coming behind them, however no players have taught them.. I.e EDDIE BROWN TAUGHT IRVIN, WHO TAUGHT LAMAR THOMAS, WHO TAUGHT HILL.ETC.

This jr. class is struggling find their way cause IMO most of them are still living off their highschool success and not putting the hardwork in like champions do!!! However, there is talent but change was needed someone not close to the kids to come in and push them. they need a tough love no nonsense coach and not a father figure..
For all the R.S. hater;s he didn't win enough games. however he had the better talent on the field everygame this year so be HAPPY!! i.E. UF ZOOK mediocre season his last year Meyer came in and won a NC the following year.

Always remeber its up to the kids to make themselves a special player and want it bad enough!!!!! coaches can only do so much!!!

TO THE PLAYERS @ THE U
it takes a dynamic player and leader on each side of the ball to win a NC!!
08 tebow, spikes
09 ingram, cody
10 newton,fairley
WHO IS GOING TO STEP UP AND RAISE THE BAR?
WHOOOOOOOOOOOOO?

Good post "Get it done"

I'd stress the point that the U has not had leaders on the field since Kenny Phillips and even... yes I will say it, Brock Berlin. Despite a lot of the hate that he got, Berlin had a fire in his belly and he never gave up. He brought UM back from the brink several times- West Va, Florida, etc. He was a vocal leader. Kyle Wright was an overrated overhyped joke. And on the D side, maybe Bryan pata and Baracka Atkins, but Kenny Phillips was the true leader. That leadership fizzled after 2006. It showed when the whole team, talentless or not, laid down and quit against UVA at the OB's last game. Even the talentless teams of the late 90s sanction years put up a fight like in 1997, when UM played FSU to a 14-14 tie in the first half (or something like that), or how they fought and fought and scratched and clawed to pull the win out against UCLA in 1998. The last 3 yrs, there has been absolutely no vocal leader. No fire. No internal order. No self-regulating No self-policeing amongst the players. It was like you go one way I 'll go the other way.

As for the post who said we should get middle linebackers, believe me Golden is. Some are unheralded. But they coming. You will see.

This kid will be a cornerback at the U. He wants to play early, he's projected there by scouts, and the depth there is favorable. Sounds like he'll be great too.

Saw Miami got a another recruit. I am just curious I was looking at last years signing class we had a 4-star linebacker from VA name is Travis Wiliams, does anyone know what happen to him? he wasn't on the roster.

I'm hoping we land John Jenkins and Marquise Wright also. Lonnie Gosha would be a huge bonus and set us for years with a very strong D-Front like those of old. Add another CB,Safety, Rashard Greene and Jake Ruddock and we're ready to begin Spring preperations. Remember we may get some transfers and some scholies mt not be renewed (guys who just can't cut it and walkons that were given scholies, but will never play) ALL ABOUT THE [_]

I am excited for any recruit we get. Whether he is a no star or a 5 star. Because I know that the coaching staff will get every they can out of that player. Something I never saw the past 4 years.

Good work Golden! I am very excited for next season. I am very excited to step into the Golden Era. This energy is amazing. If you coach with the same fearless intensity as you recruit, Miami will dominate again. I have no doubt.

Just got Crawford. "I know duh nothing" can suck it!

We just got Crawford!!!!

Al Golden is the man...

The 5-foot-11, 189-pound Dallas Crawford turned in a dominant defensive season for South Fort Myers.


The senior defensive back led all area defenders with nine interceptions, returning one for a touchdown. He also had 76 tackles (53 solo) and three forced fumbles.


A two-way standout, Crawford wrapped up a record-setting career at quarterback, completing 127 of 183 passes (69 percent) for 2,374 yards and 26 touchdowns, with just six interceptions.


He also rushed for 462 yards and 14 touchdowns. He is Lee County’s all-time record-holder in passing yards (8,451) — one of just five quarterbacks in Florida history to surpass the 8,000-yard mark — total offensive yards (9,501) and passing touchdowns (83).


Crawford is the fourth player in the 44-year history of The News-Press All-Area Football team to be honored twice, joining Johnny Long (North Fort Myers, 1972-73), Jammi German (Fort Myers, 1991-92) and Brian Rolle (Immokalee, 2005-06).

Golden is doing a superior job so far with the amount of time he has to work with.. I can't wait to see them play next year and watch him lock down S.fla recruting all over again..

I hope the kickers are as aggressive as Bosher the Basher.

As signing day nears, Will Muschamp and his staff find themselves trying to make up ground in the recruiting race. That got even tougher on Monday as lineman Chase Hounshell switched his commitment to Notre Dame.

Hounshell, who was once supposed to be an early enrollee at Florida, received visits from Muschamp and offensive line coach Frank Verducci on Sunday. But, a Notre Dame coach made a visit on Monday, and Hounshell changed his mind.

This is an omnious development when you consider the Gators top recruiters, led by new head coach Will Muschamp were beaten out by a Notre Dame assistant coach.

Hounshell’s switch leaves the Gators with only two offensive line commitment in the class of 2011 – Trip Thurman and Tommy Jordan, neither of which are highly regarded. It’s a position Florida is desperately thin at and will need to address immediately with the graduation of four starters.

DAllas Crawford is a beast. he is shifty, quick, an incredible athlete. Al Golden is thinkingoutside the box, and realizes that Lee and Collier counties (2 hrs max from Miami), are also recruiting hot beds that cannot be ignored! This is where Jammi German, Phil Buchanon, Deion Sanders, Greg Spires, Edge and Javarris came from, and now dallas and Sammy Watkins.

Also jewels in the rough: Unheralded MLB Jon Alvarez ( Bishop Verot-Fort Myers) is a preferred walk-on at the U. He led District 3A-12 in tackles 2 yrs in a row. Check out his highlight tape putting a pasting on Dallas Crawford himself!

Golden is stepping it up. I love it.

Dallas Crawford is on the bus folks.

Posted by: Miami Hurricanes

Just means we didn't get Chickalo. Damn man.

Great get wit Crawford! I love his athletic ability. The difference between grooms and him is he is a true impact player from anywhere on the field. I hope grooms finds his way here.


As for as the dumb cane fans out there who thinks everything is perfect now, I don't like kids who wait til the beginning of their senior year in high school to straighten out their grades. Then u get on a coach wit limited schollys to offer the kid. That's what partly got cover in trouble. Late qualifying gets schools in trouble. Randy did a poor job of communicating wit media, not kids. If u think he sucked as a coach, ask gooden, beason, sharpton, and the many kids dat he coached up while at dc or head coach. I want cane fans to be spirited, just not blind believers to everything. Players play n coaches coach. Change was needed and it has happened. Now we need results. Dis is a 10 win team. No excuses

Very few people know where Ray Drew is going to go to college, but John Jenkins claims he does.

The duo hit it off in Miami this past weekend. Drew, a five-star defensive end from Thomas County Central, and Jenkins, a 6-4, 340-pound noseguard at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, both just happened to be on official visits at the University of Miami this weekend.

Despite having not met previously, the two highly-sought-after prospects — who each have Auburn, Georgia and Miami among their finalists — ended up spending the majority of their time together in Coral Gables. Jenkins said they discussed at length the possibility of playing together in college.

“He and I really clicked,” said Jenkins, back at school in Gulfport, Miss., Monday. “He knew about me when I got down there and we just ended up hanging out together and talking a lot. He was just saying how he’d like to play where I play at. He said he wanted to be where I was playing nose so he can make some plays. We were talking about playing playing on the same line.”


could Al Golden really pull this off? Could he really land a 5-star DE and a big 340lb NT?

More quotes on Drew:


Don’t count out Miami as a possible destination. He said he was “blown away” by the Hurricanes on his visit.

“It was beautiful,” he said. “The hotel I was in had this big balcony. So when I woke up in the morning, I looked to right and there was the ocean, I looked to my left and there was the city and straight ahead was South Beach. Pretty nice.”

He was also impressed with new coach Al Golden. “He seems like a very driven, high-energy guy,” Drew said. “He wants to get Miami back to where they used to be.”

I asked Drew about his sudden interest in Miami, which he previously had not listed among his finalists.

“Miami has always been a school that I’ve looked at; I just never really said anything about it,” said the 6-foot-5, 250-pound U.S. Army All-American. “It’s been in the process for a while. The majority of my father’s family lives in the Miami area, so it’s a place where I feel like I could feel at home.”

I wonder why he was not recruited by Shannon? Also, I would like to hear from some former CANE PLAYERS on this choice, or at least from some who actually played the game.

Thank you, I've recently been searching for details about this topic for ages and yours is the best I've found so far.

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