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Previewing Signing Day for the Canes

WIth less than 24 hours before National Signing Day, the Miami Hurricanes are at 15 commitments (two players have already enrolled) as part of their 2011 signing class.

So what will transpire when fax machines start spitting out signed National Letters of Intent on Wednesday? Nobody is really sure. But I caught up with Canesport.com's Matt Shodell, who has covered UM recruiting since the 18th century, to get the latest in what turned out to be a half-hour podcast. If you love recruiting or don't know anything about it, Matt did a great job breaking things down position by position with me. Not only did he review the players UM already has committed, but he gave us some quality info on who they might add and are considering.

PREVIEWING SIGNING DAY WITH CANESPORT'S MATT SHODELL

If you don't care to listen, here is an abbreviated/written version of what Matt and I talked about (FYI, National Signing Day is just the start of the signing period. Players have until April 1st to sign with schools):

QUICK POSITION BY POSITION BREAKDOWN

OFFENSE

Jacoby Brissett > At quarterback, the Hurricanes don't have any commitments yet, but are obviously hot on the trail of Palm Beach Dwyer's Jacoby Brissett (who may end up waiting until halftime of his basketball game Friday to announce his choice between UM, Wisconsin and Florida). Former Rutgers quarterback Tom Savage remains an option as a transfer. Matt thinks if UM doesn't end up with Brissett or Savage, UM could end up offering Steve Weatherford (committed to Cincinnati) or end up with another option.

> At running back, UM has only one commitment in South Broward's Kevin Grooms and they are fine with it -- especially with 2012 standout Duke Johnson of Miami Norland already committed. Grooms could end up switching to cornerback, an area where UM may not end up signing enough players in this class.

> At receiver, an obvious area of need, the commitments remain St. Thomas Aquinas' Phillip Dorsett and Melbourne Central Catholic's Rashawn Scott. The Canes could end up adding California's Devin Lucien (he will announce at 6 p.m. EST Wednesday) or Patrick Onwaussor (6 p.m. EST Wednesday). But Matt thinks the fact those kids didn't commit on their visits probably hurts UM. Former Aquinas and Ohio State Duron Carter, the son of ESPN analyst Cris Carter, who is attending Palm Beach Community College, also remains an option if he can get his academics in order.

> At tight end, UM already has USC transfer Blake Ayles on campus. Barring a major surprise, he will be the only tight end in this class. Northeast defensive end Bryant Dubose, one of UM's commitments, could end up switching to tight end. He could also end up not being a part of this class at all. Matt said Dubose could be having second thoughts with heavy pressure from Syracuse and Louisville.

> On the offensive line, the Hurricanes have big Taylor Gadbois (6-8, 295), a player Matt compares favorably with former Canes offensive tackle Jason Fox. The Hurricanes are expected to land two players on the offensive line -- Jacksonville Ed White's Kaleb Johnson (6-5, 280) will likely be the other. Matt said Johnson (will announce at 9 a.m. Wednesday) hit it off with Art Kehoe during his in-home visit last week. Johnson is also considering North Carolina, where a family member is currently employed.

DEFENSE

Lonnie Gosha > On the defensive line, the Canes have four commitments -- all at defensive end. We told you about Dubose, the others are Tampa Alonso and Under Armour All-American Anthony Chickillo, Fork Union Military Academy (Va.)'s Olsen Pierre (a former Temple commitment already enrolled) and Homestead's Ricardo Williams.

If the Canes add any linemen at this point it will be defensive tackles. UM's best shot according to Matt is Lake Butler Union County's Lonnie Gosha (an Arkansas commitment and ESPN Top150 player). Gosha will announce at 12:15 p.m. at his high school. Las Vegas Bishop Gorman's Jalen Grimble, who was a USC commitment, could also be a big surprise addition. He will decide between UM and UCLA (5 p.m. Wednesday). The Hurricanes are also still after Miami Booker T. Washington's Elkino Watson (9 a.m. Wednesday). But we both think Watson will end up going elsewhere. The Hurricanes have invited a couple recruits to hold off on making a decision and taking a possible visit -- Bradenton Manatee's Quinton Pompey being one of them.

> At linebacker, the Canes seemed to be settled with their three commitments: Coral Gables' Denzel Perryman, Hargrave Miltary Academy (Va.)'s Antonio Kinard and Lakeland Kathleen's Gionni Paul. Matt likes Perryman the best of the bunch.

> In the secondary, UM took a bit of hit late Monday night when Los Angeles-area JUCO cornerback Byron Moore opted for Tennessee instead of the Canes. Matt said UM was expecting to land Moore, but it didn't happen. As it stands, the Canes have two commitments -- Miami Central cornerback Thomas Finnie (who is already enrolled) and South Fort Myers' Dallas Crawford. California's Marqise Lee visited UM, but is expected to remain on the West Coast. Virginia's Dominique Terrell (11:15 a.m. Wednesday) remains a possiblity after his visit, but isn't likely. But who knows, there might be another late surprise.

SPECIAL TEAMS

> On special teams, the Canes have landed two highly regarded prospects in kicker Matt Goudis and punter Dalton Botts. Both should do a good job replacing the departed Matt Bosher.

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All of that sounds pretty good. The numbers still don't add up to me. We have 15 commitments, plan on signing 16, but you mentioned about 8 guys they might add on top of a possible QB.

This class was never going to be big enough to fill all the needs, but it's turning into a good class nonetheless. Most of the guys playing next year are already on campus, and next year we'll have a lot of scholarships to give. We're getting a lot of dynamic players in this class and that's good.

Very discouraging.

Duron Carter is the last kid I want here. Chris Carter is a big-mouth idiot who thinks he knows more than he actually does. Keep this people away from the program.

Does Chris Carter really think we forgot about the picture of him with the upside down U?!?!


I keep reading where some members of this blog are contending that UCLA didn't offer Coach Shannon the defensive coordinator position or he didn't get the job.

That being said, would those who are sharing that information kindly direct me to where you are reading said information.

Thank you!

Where's all these surprises Chickillo was talking about??? Its going to be an average class...maybe less than average if dubose leaves..Louisville should never have a better class than Miami...plus UL got all of its players from Miamis back yard

In less than 2 months Coach Golden has done an extrordinary job in recruiting. Especially when you consider the other programs have been recruiting these kids for 2 years and in some instances longer.

Of course that is only a portion of his onslaught to return the Canes to the top of the college football world. He's embraced the unmatched 30 year history of the Canes football progarm and invited back with open arms those great Canes that made it all possible...tradition! At the top of my list is the off season conditioning and training program is no longer going to be a "badmiton" session and returned it to a daily challenge to get better. Art Kehoe...enough said!

The above is just a sampling of what this man has accomplished in the blink of an eye. Given time I believe that our program will in fact be back to dominating college football and I dare say Might even better than ever.

PS: Ignore the negative posts as the vast majority of them is by the one gator who uses a variety of aliases to promote hate. But, I have to give him credit, as his panic to bash the program makes it clear that even he knows...THE CANES ARE BACK!!!

Louisville, is getting all of these kids because we did not have a chance to recruit them until late Dec. I think the staff has done an excellent job with the amount of time they've had. Forget about getting a big time recruit they have been recruited by programs all year, we are trying to establish a relationship. The biggest disappointed was Bridgewater he never was truly a Cane, him and Eli Rogers bailed as soon as the ship started sinking. I'm wondering if the bulls on the Canes had something to do with it since there was rumors that a couple of them were thinking about transfering.

I think Coach Golden and his staff have done a pretty good job considering the amount of time he had. You also have to consider that Coach Shannon burned some bridges in the Florida High Schools that had to be mended.

I'm highly disappointed we couldn't land Byron Moore. He would've been huge for us. Also I'm a little surprised were not getting any ESPN 150 offensive lineman. Considering we have Seantrel Henderson you would think Other recruits would want to play along side of him.

Read this. It should clear up the we only have 16 spots availible.
http://www.usatoday.com/sports/college/football/2011-01-31-recruiting-schools-oversigning_N.htm

Eli bailed in early Oct. because he did not have the grades to get in. Academically, Louisville is a joke. Almost as bad as UFelony.

Golden has had 4 wks to put a class together, while Meyer and Fisher had over a year. All and all it's a pretty good class for having 4 wks. Next yrs will be much better, especially if we don't go 7-6 on the field like we did with our wonderful ex coach. By the way, its very telling that no one has offerred him a job.

You Guys Cry For EVERYTHING. Relax. We Can't Have It All. Its Obvious That The Program Was In A Very Dismal State Since Golden Took Over. Between The Staff He Is Assembling, Changes To The Culture & Essence Of the Program..We're Well On Our Way Back Up To The Top. Forget Moore. Who Cares! Don't Let One Kid Dictate The Problem. Its Obvious That It Doesn't Matter How Many 5 Star Kids We Have And Don't Have. Its All About Development. Kids Can Get Faster, Bigger & Stronger. Trust In Golden. And You'll See. And FORGET MOORE. Why GET SALTY about a Kid who doesn't want to be a part of the Tradition. It up to him. We Have 5 Rings and the MOST PRO Bowl PLAYERS EVERY YEAR. He'll Realize It Eventually... GO U!!

Matt Bosher is irreplaceable Manny.

i hope all these kids listen to Kehoe's press conference. The energy and tradition is back!

5, 4, 3 Stars - we are looking for football players. Players who are playmakers and most importantly who want to make plays here.

I hope our new kickers can tackle...

Manny, thought I read somewhere we also got a walk on k/p who was highly ranked named Alex something or other? Can anyone confirm?

Alright Cane fans i'm ready to "rock and roll" this year. Im ready to see what Golden have up his sleeve. I hope Golden don't get the program on probabtion like Butch did lol. They say that's who Golden remind alot of people of but then again that also means that he's a good coach so "beware of him". It's fine that Moore didn't join the team but it just like "Art Kehoe" tell his guys that he recruits "when you play the U remember that we're going to kick ur ass". You can't get no better than that folks. So Welcome aboard new recruits you all will do just fine.

"Probation" bad english sorry Fans. But I'm ready for the surprises that we're getting. We have less than 20hrs to find out.

Manny, thought I read somewhere we also got a walk on k/p who was highly ranked named Alex something or other? Can anyone confirm?

Posted by: NorCalCane6 | February 01, 2011 at 11:25 AM

They are. He's a kicker who used to go to Columbus. He will walk-on and try to make the team, too. Golden talked extensively about getting more walk-ons to try and make the program better as a whole. He wants competition.

Matt Bosher is irreplaceable Manny.
Posted by: MRA | February 01, 2011 at 11:00 AM

You're right. The only man Chuck Norris was afraid of in the open field was Matt Bosher. =)

When I said very discouraging, was speaking about the possibility of getting the recruits that haven't committed yet.

2007 "THE CANES ARE BACK"
2008 "THE CANES ARE BACK"
2009 "THE CANES ARE BACK"
2010 "THE SWAGGER IS BACK"
And so far for 2011 as seen on this blogs:
"THE CANES ARE BACK"

Uhm....

Very sad.

"I hope our new kickers can tackle..."

Posted by: GoCanes | February 01, 2011 at 11:20 AM

THIS IS FUNNY DUDE!

LMAO!!!!!

ISN'T THIS A GREAT TIME OF YEAR!!??!!
TWO MONTHS AGO WE WERE DROWNING IN A SEA OF DISAPPOINTMENT, ILL WILL AND EMBARRASSMENT FROM THE TOP TO THE BOTTOM OF THE PROGRAM AT OUR BELOVED "U"
YET HERE WE ARE NOW AWASH WITH THE GLORY OF REBIRTH, OPTIMISM, AND POSSIBILITIES AWAITING THEIR DETERMINATION!!!
AS FOR THOSE WHO THINK THIS RECRUITING CLASS IS NOT AS STRONG AS THEY WOULD LIKE, I ASK HOW OUR RECENT TOP 10 CLASSES HAVE WORKED OUT. IT'S ABOUT COMMITTMENT,CHEMISTRY, TEAMWORK AND LEAVING EVERYTHING ON THE FIELD, BE IT PRACTICE OR GAME DAY, EVERY TIME. I SEE IT FROM OUR NEW COACHING STAFF, AND FEEL CONFIDENT THESE KIDS FEEL IT TOO. IF IT TRANSLATES TO THESE PLAYERS, WE ARE IN FOR GREAT THINGS ONCE AGAIN AT UM!!!
ISN'T THIS A GREAT TIME OF YEAR!!??!!

If anyone had listen to Moore's comments in the last week, he stated that he already knew where he was going before he visited. He had already visited Tenn.so it came as no surprise that he went to Tenn. They'll suck the 2 years he's their. I'll have to admit though, he's the one recruit we really needed because of our depth problem in the secondary. Will now have only one player at CB, that stepped foot on the field last year in the secondary.

Everyone is praising what a great job of recruiting Golden is doing, but the reality is the kids we are getting with two exceptions are three star guys. When this team was great, go back and look what those guys were rated they were 4 and 5 star guys. This is not a knock on Golden, but the reality is these guys are not the guys that will get you to an ACC championship forget about a Natl one. Golden did a great job in sparking interest in a number of great players, but he landed ZERO this far. Brissett will be the last straw if we do not pull him in, as Harris and Morris will get us nowhere for 2011. We also have huge holes at LB, CB's and DL. Why did we not offer Antonio Poole (4 star) with a great GPA? His dad lives down here, that would have been a slam dunk. Did we ever go after Sammy Watkins, with Crawford here we might have had a shot. Look a the fl. top 100 guys, they ended up all over the country. Miami is still putting guys into the NFL, i.e. Pro bowl- Miami has 10 guys in the pro bowl, the next school had three and there are not any conferences that have 10 guys in the Pro bowl. I for one am very disappointed we could not convince better talent to come here. Being second choice truly does not say much at this point, and dont get me wrong Miami came right down to the wire with a number of talented people, but they could not push them over the edge to be a Hurricane!

Posted by: BRIAN DUPREE

Yes we win our 6th national title every time in February.

It's a process people. We will be back in 2012-2013 I think. If not, 2014 is when it will all come together pending any weather issues.

^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^

The trolls are on full tilt...

Manny, can you do something about this jerk f$u fan ?

2007 "THE CANES ARE BACK"
2008 "THE CANES ARE BACK"
2009 "THE CANES ARE BACK"
2010 "THE SWAGGER IS BACK"
And so far for 2011 as seen on this blogs:
"THE CANES ARE BACK"

Uhm....

Very sad.

Posted by: TheTruthHurt

Read more: http://miamiherald.typepad.com/umiami/2011/02/previewing-signing-day-for-the-canes.html#ixzz1CjBoIiqx

I want to thank the miami coaches for the vacation down in Miami. The other top reruits you invited had a good time too. Sorry they also decided not to go to miami. Cant blame us, the coaches were handing out OV's like skittles. I just had to taste the rainbow!


"Where's all these surprises Chickillo was talking about??? "

Some kids get pumped and excited and get caught up in the moment, maybe a few told Chick they'd be joining him at the U but after getting home and thinking it over they decided that they didn't want to win a national championship and didn't really want to make it to the league so they decided to go elsewhere....


Canes are heading back to the top, everyone says don't get causght up in the star hype, its true: Clay Mathews finished 2nd in Defensive player of the year voting, has 23 sacks in 2 years and was a no star walk-on.. I like the group the staff has put together on short notice

So which young lady vol did Byron Moore sleep with? Or was it a house bought for him? The NCAA is a joke.

When determining how good this class will be it should not be done looking at each kid individually. it should to be based on position-by-position, needs, and the whole, when compared to FSU; VT; Clemson; NC. How we doing so far?

I want to thank the miami coaches for the vacation down in Miami. The other top reruits you invited had a good time too. Sorry they also decided not to go to miami. Cant blame us, the coaches were handing out OV's like skittles. I just had to taste the rainbow!

Posted by: Marqise Lee | February 01, 2011 at 12:18 PM
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So the U is the only school where kids take advantage of the free trips? Go sit your lame ass down somewhere.


So which young lady vol did Byron Moore sleep with? Or was it a house bought for him? The NCAA is a joke.

Posted by: Jacob | February 01, 2011 at 12:26 PM
*****
Talking about sour grapes. Hey, the kid decided to go elsewhere for whatever reason, so unless you have proof about why he is going to TN, why even say that crap?

Were going to be back on top! College football is a better place when the "U" is winning championships! These kids are going to wish they were part of the tradition.

What i cant understand is how delusional our fans are? where is this great class that everyone is talking about. we got players that were coming to the U anyway and lost some more players that could have really helped us. its fine to support the new regime but again be realistic.

National Championships are not won on signing day...And Rome was not built in a day...Let's let the coaches do what they do and us FANS fill the Damn seats and the rest will take care of it's self...

it should not matter how long they had to recruit these players.The U is the U no matter who is coaching. if u cant sell that then there is a problem.kids switch commitments all the time why couldn't we get some of the elite players to switch. its great to see art back and hopefully we will run run run and run the ball some more. once we start winning again the recruits will come.

i aint gone lie...louisville raided miamis backyard and they will be in florida every year to snag our recruits

Golden has done a great job given the amount of time he's been given. I like the way the class is looking and a lot of needs are getting addressed.

Don't worry about Moore, one recruit doesn't make or break the class.

Interesting article PC711. I hope Miami doesn't join most of the SEC in terms of recruiting more players than they have scholarships to offer. I would like to see the U abide by their offers to these kids. The only exception to revoking a scholarship should be for class performance (not because there isn't a spot on the team).

The U just need playmakers on both sides of the ball. Defense hasn't had a dominate playmaker since Merriweather and Offense since Greg Olsen. The Randy Shannon era did not produce any playmakers and ended the streak of consecutive ist round picks.

Manny,
Great interview with Matt! Very informative.
Thanks for keeping all of us in the loop!
Go Canes!

How can anyone be disappointed with this class, considering the position Al Golden was in when he came on board? You guys want a #1 class? 2008 was a #1 class. Look what that has gotten us. Nothing. I'll take a bunch of 3* and 4*s that want to get coached up, get better, and play hard. Recruiting rankings be dammed. Ask Frank Beamer.

Whatever the number of commitments, the U is back!! I will be the first to admit that I thought Kirby was on crack bringing this "small time" coach into college football's version of titletown!! But the more I have been reading, and the more I see of Golden, and his personnel hiring, I say to myself, "This guy gets it!!" And about the "small time" remark: Golden is running this program as if he has been here for the past 30 years and we are the same perennial power we have been. I guess being under Paterno and Groh were such great learning experiences that he is not in awe of where he is.

Let's not place 100% emphasis on the number of recruits we get this year. We will get our share. But let's remember that we have at least 20-25 NFL caliber athletes already in uniform who just need to be coached up the way Golden & Co. are capable of coaching them up. And then in next year's recruiting, we bring back the age-old U saying: "Either come play with us or get beat by us!!"

UM has had far superior teams, having won many national championships in football and baseball. That means that there is more to write about. Far more fans, moreover, go to Hurricane games. The followers of the Hurricane blog at MiamiHerald.com outnumber those following the Golden Panthers one by about 10-1, sports editor Jorge Rojas says.

There is, in other words, much more readership demand for coverage of the Hurricanes than of the Golden Panthers.
-- miami herald ombudsman 8/1/10

UM does and should get the greater share of sports coverage ...
-- miami herald ombudsman 8/8/10

who investigates the miami herald for ... bribery?
how else do you explain splashing f-i-u-don't-matter on the front page day after day ...
front & center ...
the paper tells us they matter most when they matter least ...
lest you forget ...
minor-league college athletics with a make-believe fan base subsidized by the strong-arm of an unsuspecting student body warrants scant attention from a major-league metropolitan newspaper ...
something's rotten at 1 herald plaza ...

BIGGER FISH TO FRY

UM has had far superior teams, having won many national championships in football and baseball. That means that there is more to write about. Far more fans, moreover, go to Hurricane games. The followers of the Hurricane blog at MiamiHerald.com outnumber those following the Golden Panthers one by about 10-1, sports editor Jorge Rojas says.

There is, in other words, much more readership demand for coverage of the Hurricanes than of the Golden Panthers.
-- miami herald ombudsman 8/1/10

UM does and should get the greater share of sports coverage ...
-- miami herald ombudsman 8/8/10

who investigates the miami herald for ... bribery?
how else do you explain splashing f-i-u-don't-matter on the front page day after day ...
front & center ...
the paper tells us they matter most when they matter least ...
lest you forget ...
minor-league college athletics with a make-believe fan base subsidized by the strong-arm of an unsuspecting student body warrants scant attention from a major-league metropolitan newspaper ...
something's rotten at 1 herald plaza ...

BIGGER FISH TO FRY

The "U"s recruiting class for 2011 depended on how well the "U" finished 2010. I think we as Cane fans knew this. When a program, who many thought would finish in the top ten, ends the season the way the "U" did what did we expect? 7-6 record, spanked in the bowl game and a new coaching staff? If the "U" reaches the potential we think they have and finally win the ACC, then the recruiting class will be much better in 2012. If not USF, FSU and UF will continue to beat us not only in recruitng but on the field as well.

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