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Canes ink 16 recruits; Brissett watch begins

At 4 p.m. UM coach Al Golden will meet with local reporters to talk about his signing class. You can watch it online at Hurricanesports.com

For all intent and purposes it feels like the Canes are done for today. There is still at least one possible addition out there:

> Encino Crespi (Calif.) receiver Devin Lucien could still end up picking UM when he announces his choice at 6 p.m. EST. But the expectation is he will stay out west at either Arizona State, Colorado, UCLA or Utah.

So, for now, it appears, the next big news will come from Palm Beach Dwyer quarterback Jacoby Brissett, who will make his announcement on Friday during halftime of his basketball game. Brissett is said to be deciding between UM and Wisconsin. 

"I'm hoping he's the last big surprise," said Tampa Alonso defensive end Anthony Chickillo, who signed with the Canes Wednesday. "Jalen Grimble was the one I knew about. I thought there might be a few others. Right now, I've got my fingers crossed for Jacoby."

NEW VIDEO: Coral Gables LB Denzel Perryman spoke with our Andre Fernandez this morning. Here is the interview.

DUBOSE SWITCHES: Northeast defensive end Bryant Dubose said he started having second thoughts the moment he left his official visit from the University of Miami last Sunday. Now we know he probably should have never committed to the Canes in the first place.

Dubose, an All-Broward First Team selection, switched his commitment to Louisville during a ceremony in front of his teammates, coach and mother. He's the first Canes commitment to flee the class. The 6-4, 245-pound recruit, rated the 24th best defensive end in the country by Rivals.com, said he just felt more comfortable with the Cardinals.

"We have a great recruiting class there," Dubose said. "I love the environment there, the coaching staff. I feel like that's where I will be best at in my future."

Dubose still needed to qualify academically at UM. I believe grades definitely played a factor.


Ricardo Williams was so jacked up about signing with the Miami Hurricanes on Wednesday he woke up eight minutes before his alarm clock was set to go off at 5:30 a.m.

The 6-6, 218-pound defensive end from Homestead High wanted to be the first player to fax his signed National Letter of Intent in to coach Al Golden. Unfortunately for Williams, who sent his fax through at 7 a.m., here was a slight glitch. He had forgotten to send his financial aid form in along with his signed letter of intent.

"Coach [Micheall] Barrow called and told me I had to resend it," Williams said. "I guess you can say we were a little too excited."

When UM finally received all of his necessary paperwork at 8:20 a.m., Williams was the sixth recruit to become an official new member of Golden's first recruiting class. Melbourne Central Catholic receiver Rashawn Scott was the first to get his letter in at 7:10 a.m.

As of 11 a.m., UM had recognized 14 signees as part of its 2011 class. The others: St. Thomas Aquinas receiver Phillip Dorsett; Coral Gables linebacker Denzel Perryman; Lakeland Kathleen linebacker Gianni Paul; Tampa Alonso defensive end Anthony Chickillo; Dallas, Ga. offensive tackle Taylor Gadbois; Hargrave Military Academy (Va.) linebacker Antonio Kinard; North Atlanta Ga. linebacker Eddie Johnson; South Fort Myers cornerback Dallas Crawford; South Broward running back Kevin Grooms; Las Vegas defensive end Jalen Grimble; West Hills, Calif. kicker Matt Goudis; and Taft, Calif. punter Dalton Botts.

The big surprise for UM: Grimble, a 6-2, 280-pounder from Bishop Gorman who was rated an ESPN Top 150 recruit and a four-star prospect by Rivals.com.

“It’s a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity,” Grimble told the Las Vegas Review Journal. “The coaching staff is great. The school’s in a nice area. The student-to-teacher ratio is 11-to-1. You could go across the country and that’s hard to find.”

The other surprise was Johnson, a player most Canes fans hadn't heard of until Wednesday. A three-star prospect according to ESPNU and Rivals.com, the 6-1, 230-pounder had originally committed to UCF. He had 90 tackles on defense and scored four touchdowns on offense.

Golden went after several other recruits -- and didn't land them all:
> Jacksonville Ed White offensive tackle Kaleb Johnson opted for Rutgers.
> Lake Butler Union County Lonnie Gosha took a late visit to UM, but opted to stick with his commitment to Arkansas.
> Osbourne (Va.) athlete Dominique Terrell decided to stay home and play at Virginia. He was set to choose between the Canes and West Virginia.
> Inglewood (Calif.) receiver Patrick Onwuasor chose Arizona over Miami, Arizona State, Washington and Hawaii.


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Golden & staff did an awesome job! This class would be a top 20 if we had as many schollarships to give like some other schools!
Golden got kids he wanted & kids that he thinks can only get better with hard work & good coaching. We got kids who want to be here!
Can't wait for spring ball!

Good job coach Golden. Now.......no one write anything else on UM blows everywhere except this.......Brissett, Brissett, Brissett, Brissett, Brissett, Brissett,........or Jacoby, Jacoby, Jacoby, Jacoby, Jacoby,.....which ever []__[] like!!!! We can do our part by showing this kid how much we want him here. You know he is reading the blows so let's show our FAN support.

Blogs not blows......sorry this cursed spelling corrector has its own mind.

thetruthhurts. Get yourself a life and go back to gator land. THIS IS A CANES THANG.
Good solid class coming in. Like I said before, give us 3 and 4 stars and while the 5's go brushing their hair and pouting cause they are not starting, we'll be hitting with hungry players. Yes sir 3-4 defense, use that nasty stuff!

Go Canes!

The Canes turn 5 star recruits like Marcus Forston into 2 star college players.

Cant wait to see this class full of 2 and 3 star kids transform into going pro in something other than athletics.

Agreed. Jacoby, come on to the U. Your family can watch you. You will be on the ground floor of a program with tradition that is on the way up. You will receive a fine education for later in life, and not from a state school, large classes, diploma mill We will welcome you and your loved ones into the Canes Family for life. Hope you choose the U! Go Canes!

LMAO -- Shannon had ring too -- look how far that got him.

Those kids weren't smarter for not going to U.M., Louisville's academic standards are much lower.

God: Guide that QB our way & lets get Don Sooldinger back....Man o man our dreams would come true!! We have a kid up here who will be a Senior this year, and he plays for Southeast H.S.., here in Sarasota County...His last name is LANZI and he is 6'5' over 300+, offensive lineman, and does their long snaps! He wants Miami....Need to know more, buzz me at 941 275 0399 cell phone, e-mail thedudefromdade@hotmail.com

Coaches have everything to do with player development once they get here. Forston, yes 5 star, but who was he coached and developed by? Coaches also teach being in position for any situation. We have been out of position and non disiplined for so many years now, that it really did not matter what star number you were coming here. I believe Golden and his staff are going to make big waves again down here in The Gables. Hungry beats complacency everyday! Go Canes!


Al Golden's record as a head coach...in the MAC

Cane since birth..... keep wishing. When your team can beat VA, ND, and FSU than maybe you can get excited about the candycanes.

I love it when people hate on the canes. We've always been hated by jealous schools. Fsu seems to forget they had a crappy season last year and we beat em. Keep on hatin. Talk to me when you win a national championship.

Let's not discount our current class. This was a top ranked recruiting class with tlent. And storm is a beast. Welcome to the U. It only gets better.

I'm calling it now. Jacoby picks Miami. His mom is a canes fan. He wants to play multiple sports and I think he's making a big deal cause he's in a pick Miami. West palm area is gator country and since it's down to Miami and wisconsin I think it's a no brained if you wanna play basketball also. I'd be surprised If he went to wisconsin over uf. Just sayin

We have no body at QB if Jacoby doesn't come to Miami. Weatherford and Mcdade already signed LOIs, so we'll have no QB come in this class. A transfer won't be able to play until next year.

TRUTH HURTS, disappeared when called out.

Typical ignorant Gator Troll, desperate for attention since NOBODY is talking about the Gator recruiting class, even real Gator fans see it is a joke.

Over 100 posts here, 15 on their brownnosing blog.

Still waiting for the address to send that money, TRUTH HURTS. Do trailers get mail delivery? LMAO!

To GO CANES, LOL about TRUTH HURTS! Been a Cane since 1977. Seen a few NC's here, seen a few tough years as well. But I always stayed with The U. I look at how quick Golden is moving, not flapping his mouth on TV or sportscenter, but workin' baby. Getting hungry, nasty players that yes, will pass exams. One goes to louisville. Who Cares? College football is all about keeping focus, being mentally tough, building young guns into beasts, and bringin' the A game each week. This is Canes Ball Ya'll! For what Golden has done to now, I am really looking forward to spring camp. You wanna be a Cane? Then do it with pride! We will be in the NC hunt, BIG TIME in 2 years, mark it down! Golden has something to prove and his staff is young and hungry as well. Mr Barrow is very, VERY, happy with our Defensive haul so far and very impressed with Golden. Nuff said! Go Canes!

I am a Canes fan BIGTIME! and I also support any kids right to change schools. Coaches do it all the time folks. These are teenagers along with parents and coaches, trying to make a good decision. The kid decides to go to Louisville and suddenly he is dumb! Really???
Coach Golden and staff, work with what you have and not what you could have had. I still Think that Morris should be the starting qb, I have seen enough of Jacory to know that his upside has a low ceiling. He is a Junior and still floating passess.

Now let's win some games, GO CANES!!

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