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Canes Signing Day blog

Good morning, it's National Signing Day. Here is what's on tap:

> I will be on the move starting at 6 a.m. -- driving up and down Miami-Dade and Broward County -- to visit schools and talk to Canes recruits until coach Al Golden discusses his signing class in Coral Gables at around 4 p.m. Throughout the day, you can follow me and all updates regarding the Canes commitments on my Twitter page. The plan is to post as much content -- video, audio, stories -- as possible here and The Herald's website throughout the day. Be sure to check out our Recruiting page for stories. We've already contacted sports writers around the country to be on the scene when players considering UM make their announcements throughout the day (check the schedule below).

> Associate AD for Communications Chris Freet and his staff will announce on Hurricanesports' Twitter page when those signed Letters of Intent have officially arrived through the schools' fax machine.

> For those of you who want to hear from UM's coach, Al Golden's press conference will be carried live on Hurricanesports.com at 4 p.m. You can also see Golden and his assistants talk about those recruits after they their sign National Letters of Intent throughout the day on UM's site. Golden is also supposed to join ESPNU and CBSCollegeSports for interviews some time in the afternoon.

> Our Larry Blustein will host an interactive live blog starting at 9 a.m. on The Miami Herald's high school page. Blustein, who also hosts a radio show on WQAM, will be on the radio throughout the day providing analysis and thoughts.

So what else will this day bring?

Anthony Chickillo said there would be surprises. We'll see. One won't be Palm Beach Dwyer quarterback Jacoby Brissett. He's waiting to make his announcement on Friday night at halftime of his basketball game.

Here's a list of UM's 15 commitments heading into Wednesday (only Northeast defensive end BJ Dubose was thought to be considering switching out on the Canes for Louisville or Syracuse).

EARLY ENROLEES
DB Thomas Finnie, Miami Central, 5-10, 170 VIDEO LINK
DL Olsen Pierre, Fork Union Miltary Academy (Va.), 6-6, 280 VIDEO LINK

COMMITMENTS (Check Twitter updates for when they actually sign)
> Dalton Botts, Moorpark CC (Calif.), P, 6-3, 200 VIDEO LINK
> Anthony Chickillo, Tampa Alonso, DE, 6-4, 235 VIDEO LINK
> Dallas Crawford, South Fort Myers, CB, 5-10, 185 VIDEO LINK
> Phillip Dorsett, St. Thomas Aquinas, WR, 5-10, 170 VIDEO LINK
> Bryant Dubose, Northeast, DE, 6-4, 240 VIDEO LINK
> Taylor Gadbois, Dallas East Paulding (Ga.), OT, 6-8, 295 
> Matt Goudis, West Hills Chaminade (Calif.), K, 6-0, 165 VIDEO LINK
> Kevin Grooms, South Broward High, RB/CB, 5-10, 165 VIDEO LINK
> Antonio Kinard, Hargrave Military Academy (Va.), LB, 6-4, 215 VIDEO LINK
> Gionni Paul, Lakeland Kathleen, LB, 6-0, 227 VIDEO LINK
> Denzel Perryman, Coral Gables, LB, 5-11, 217 VIDEO LINK
> Rashawn Scott, Melbourne Central Catholic, WR, 6-2, 198 VIDEO LINK
> Ricardo Williams, Homestead, DE, 6-5, 210 VIDEO LINK

PLAYERS TO WATCH ON SIGNING DAY

OL Kaleb Johnson, Jacksonville Ed White, 6-5, 280
- Set to announce at 9 a.m. Rated 47th best offensive guard in the country by Scout.com. Met with UM offensive line coach Art Kehoe on Tuesday and hit it off. Other schools that remain in the picture are North Carolina, Louisville, Rutgers and Iowa State. MY PREDICTION: Hurricane.

DT Elkino Watson, Miami Booker T. Washington, 6-2, 265 VIDEO LINK
- Set to announce at 9 a.m. Rated 23rd best DT by Rivals.com; 97th best DT by Scout.com. Has UF, USF and Louisville in the mix. MY PREDICTION: Not a Cane, but will probably stay in-state.

CB/WR Dominique Terrell, Osbourne (Va.), 5-10, 165 VIDEO LINK
- Supposed to announce at 11:30 a.m. Finished as his area’s leading rusher (272 att., 2,077 yards, 30 touchdowns) and leading scorer (192 points) and second-leading passer with 1,430 yards and 15 touchdown passes. Will decide between UM, West Virginia and Virginia. MY PREDICTION: He's a Hurricane. Golden's relationship with his family, knowing older brother pays off.

DT Lonnie Gosha, Lake Butler Union County, 6-2, 260 
- Set to announce at 12:15 p.m. ESPN Top 150 player committed to Arkansas but visited UM and liked it a lot. Former FSU commitment, Rivals.com ranks him as the nation's 169th-overall prospect. PREDICTION: Arkansas. But wouldn't be surprised if he also chose the Canes.

DT Jalen Grimble, Las Vegas Bishop Gorman, 6-3, 255
- Set to announce at 5 p.m. EST. Considered 7th best DT in country by Scout.com. A long-time USC commitment, he will decide between the Canes and UCLA. Cousin, Xavier Grimble, signed with USC last year. Family grew close to Brennan Carroll and Jethro Franklin. PREDICTION: Hurricane. This is the guy I believe Chickillo was talking about when he said a surprise was in store.

WR Devin Lucien, Encino Crespi (Calif.), 6-1, 189 VIDEO LINK
- Set to announce at 6 p.m. EST. Rated 44th best WR in country by Scout.com. As a senior, Lucien caught 71 passes for 1,259 yards and 17 touchdowns. Will choose from Arizona State, Colorado, Miami, UCLA and Utah. MY PREDICTION: Not a Cane. He's staying out West.

WR Patrick Onwuasor, Inglewood (Calif.), 6-2, 190 VIDEO LINK
- Set to announce at 6 p.m. EST. Rated 56th best safety in country by Scout.com. Caught 37 passes for 745 yards and 7 touchdowns as a senior and had 46 tackles and 6 interceptions from his safety spot. Will choose between Miami, Arizona, Arizona State, Washington and Hawaii. MY PREDICTION: Not a Cane. Will end up somewhere in Arizona.

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Thanks Manny. U R the hardest working man in the blogosphere!

Great work Manny. Good to know we have you on the ground!

U ready for Ur new Season of false hope Cane fan ?

let Ur 2011 delUsion begin …

Great work Manny!

We got some Canes over here! Woosh Woosh

I am a gaytor. Yay, UF's recruiting classes have been in the top 3 the last 3 yrs. Yet, we finished 8-5 last year. Awesome right?

No need to panic. signing day goes until April 1st. Tom Savage is probably going to end up at Miami. But we still need a Qb or two.

Ready to go

Reports are out Jalen Grimble will sign with the U good start to the day

I am so excited we are going to have a new number 1 recruiting class and wins national championship 2011the golden age is here.

For every 1 who does not choose the u WE DIDNT WANT YOU!

NC #6 in 2011!!!!!!!

just read on las vegas review journal jalen grimble committed to miami

Wow! "The Golden Age is here" is a gaytor that is civil.

Scott and Dorsett have signed!!!!! Go Canes!!!!

Great coverage here if you don't already know....

http://hurricanesports.cstv.com/signingday/takeover.html

If the reports are true regarding Jalen Grimble then that is a huge get.

Go Canes!

Just like in 2008, next year we'll find ourselves in a situation where we have to sign at least 4 wide receivers to rebuild roster depth.

2008: 6 (Byrd, Benjamin, Collier, A. Johnson, Streeter, Thompkins)
2009: none
2010: 2 (Davis, Hurns)
2011: 2 (Dorsett, Scott)

After the conclusion of the 2011 season we will have just 6 receivers on the roster.

Comparable to what Randy Shannon inherited, where we had only 5 returning receivers.

Chickillo just sent in his LOI along with Ricardo Williams

amazing job by golden, they didnt have much time once they got here. getting grimble is hugeeeeeeee

nice. he'll help plug up the middle!

hurricanesports Welcome to the "U" Eddie Johnson! It's official! 21 minutes ago · reply

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Who is this????????

Who's Eddie Johnson? I know he's rated as an Athlete, but what position is he expected to fill at the U? He came out of nowhere!!

I wish him the best at UM!!

LB from atlanta, GA
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oX8wnv2Mk6g

Gosha to ARK.

Kaleb Johnson to rutgers.

Who has Al flipped?

the u is back fellas. we have a coach finally.

watson went to s.fla, he will regret that one

great job. the u should finish with a top 40 class. and with better coaching this team will make huge strides this season. cant wait for the ohio st game

USF?!! huh? Good luck to him.

According to rivals we sit at 33 at this moment.

Gimble was a huge get.

It would be interesting to know how Watson got to a place in his mind to sign with USF over the Canes. A real head scratcher. I hope he finds success with the Bulls.

have we lost any expected commits??

i dont understand the appeal... USF? really? over MIAMI? your favorite school since u were a little kid? u obviously didnt like THE U that much if u bailed on them for... USF!?!?!? of all the teams, that one made the least sense.

yea we got jalen. but are we getting xavier too? if so, our TE's are beast and just became a huge strength for this team.

anyone have an updated list on who has signed?

maybe USF found a place in his wallet... lol seriously though, what could USF possibly offer that is better than miami? ABSOLUTELY NOTHING.

Watson went with USF because he will see more playing time faster there....he wouldn't have seen squat for the next 2 years at least here...

Gotta love the swamp lizard fans getting up early to show their love and interest in all things Miami. WE LIVE IN YOUR HEAD CHUMPS!

Great get by GOLDEN AL with Grimble. KEEP EM COMING! The train is leaving the station folks, get with it or get lost!

[]_[] GO CANES []_[]

what could the U po$$ibly offer that i$ better than "$traight cash homie"? AB$OLUTELY NOTHING

These kids, for the most part, weigh out their priorities ... is it childhood love for a program, family atmosphere, coaches, academics, or what will get me to the nfl the fastest? To those that choose the U, welcome to those who choose to go elsewhere, we should wish them the best of luck. These are just teenagers after all ... living out a dream.

All in all, looking very good for Golden and Staff ... though AK couldn't close on OL Johnson ...

Last note ... been watching RS on espn3 ... if there were ratings, I'd say he is out-performing Meyer in his analysis ... pretty good considering his performance with the media while HC here ...

No, Watson was being recruited by USF for a while. Randy was betting on having a great year and just stopped recruiting because he was concentrating on the season. End result was bad season, fired and recruits wavering and decomitting. The fact that Golden got Watson to even consider the U was a great job, we did a horrible job before Golden to show alot recruits that we were interested.

I thought this was a blog? Why no posts since 6 am?

Watson will be lost in that den of mediocrity called USF. Ok so they beat us last yr, FSu the yr before. They had their last and only chance to be someone. Be something, in 2008 when they were temporarily ranked # 2 in the BCS and all they had todo was beat Rutgers. Yes Rutgers. And they choked the big porter house (notice the "Bull" reference).

QBs? Why is there absolutely no talk or coments on QBs? Not here, not canesport, not anywhere?

This class is heavy on DEnds and OLBS (needed LBs). I'd like to know why.

We need a QB
We need a QB
We need a QB
We need a QB.

Jake Rudock: It's not to late ( I hope). It's f--ggin 10 below in Iowa. 10 inches of snow. No honeys walking around in short shorts to class. Why Iowa when you can come to paradise before you get ready for the 6th NC?

Shannon looks classy! Good luck to you, coach Shannon!

this live coverage is great!
http://hurricanesports.cstv.com/signingday/takeover.html

No, Watson was being recruited by USF for a while. Randy was betting on having a great year and just stopped recruiting because he was concentrating on the season. End result was bad season, fired and recruits wavering and decomitting. The fact that Golden got Watson to even consider the U was a great job, we did a horrible job before Golden to show alot recruits that we were interested.

Posted by: Canecern | February 02, 2011 at 11:04 AM
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When did you & Randy have this conversation?

I think its kind of simple on Watson. If the "U" beats USF last year then the "U" gets Watson. The "U" is fortunate to get what they have received so far. Gimble is a big get. But lets not forget that many recruits still have a 7-6 season, a loss to USF and a whooping by ND in the Sun Bowl fresh in their minds. Can't get passed that. Nonetheless, Goldy is doing a good job.

skip holtz isnt a good thing for miami, he can recruit. so sfla will take some from us now

fsu has the number one class so far, miamis at 43. but golden has done wonders.

If you guys read any articles on Watson, you would know his Momma wanted him to go away so he can see what its like to be a man and on his own. A notion that is understandable, so lets end the speculation and move on.

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