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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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Randy was going for a homerun class if we had a great 2010 season. Unfortunately, that didn't work out. With a team full of veterans for next year, ebony needed to fill in certain spots. I hope the kids from this class work out even though I don't see the impact players. Hopefully a few gems were hidden.

damn, we really needed byron moore

Guys cool it with the star ranking, which means nothing...Do you all remember 5 stars Willie Williams, Authur Brown of UM and Brice Brown of Tennessee, where are they now? Do you remember lowly ranked guy from the 80's and 90's Canes teams that won national championships. Our players just needed to be coached up i.e. Sam Shields and others.

the surprise would be jadeveon clowney...


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

Stay tuned and you'll have your answer tomorrow!

Arthur Brown...the greatest prospect out of Kansas since Barry Sanders.

5 star, can't miss prospect, jewel of UM recruiting class.

I for one wish all of these kids well and hope that these young men understand the value of a legacy held by all of the U alumni.

There hasn't been a moment traveling around the world where another alumni or fan didn't say hello or strike up a conversation and the camaraderie that exists amongst fellow athletes and peers is unmatched. In fact, the only way to really understand is to join the family.

The UM football program flourished under the leadership of men who continually strived for excellence and understood what it took to get there and Golden fits that mold all too well.

Some of these other programs are recruiting players under the guise of false hopes and promises when the fundamentals are the key to success: academic support, sound technical coaching, family, and a leader. Good luck to all of these young men signing scholarships tomorrow, but be aware that one day you may want to trade all of the chest bumps in the world for each of those fundamentals. Most importantly, welcome to the U.

I for one wish all of these kids well and hope that these young men understand the value of a legacy held by all of the U alumni.

There hasn't been a moment traveling around the world where another alumni or fan didn't say hello or strike up a conversation and the camaraderie that exists amongst fellow athletes and peers is unmatched. In fact, the only way to really understand is to join the family.

The UM football program flourished under the leadership of men who continually strived for excellence and understood what it took to get there and Golden fits that mold all too well.

Some of these other programs are recruiting players under the guise of false hopes and promises when the fundamentals are the key to success: academic support, sound technical coaching, family, and a leader. Good luck to all of these young men signing scholarships tomorrow, but be aware that one day you may want to trade all of the chest bumps in the world for each of those fundamentals. Most importantly, welcome to the U.

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.

Posted by: tallycane | February 01, 2011 at 12:46 PM


thank you tallycane! this class is average. solid at best if we land a few big surprises. with only a month on the job i guess its to be expected from golden though. CANES FAN, we know you work for the canes PR department, but we are NOT back. why would u even add fuel to the trolls fire?

I think this class is not as bad as people think. Though we dont have 5 star recruits but L.Hankerson was a 3 star and if I am not mistaken, Santana Moss was also a 3 star player. As we saw Hankerson #85 action in the senior bowl, he is mad nice. On the other hand, R.Moore and L.Legette were 5 star recruits and their performances on the field really did not live up to the 5 star tag. Ryan and Lence were nice though in their freshman year.... I think we will be good.

Heck Yeah MIAMI STYLE. Orange n Green for life!!!!

The most important issue for the U is stability in coaching, which it appears Golden has a stranglehold on. Under Shannon, there were 3 different defensive coordinators and 2-3 offensive coordinators, each with their own respective scheme. Our players had to learn many different schemes and terminologies, which means they were never 100% sure what to do. Hell, 28-22 was a good record, considering.

If Golden can keep the same coaching staff there to coach an athlete from Freshman through Senior year, there will be at least 1 national championship in there somewhere. If he can keep his staff together like Paterno does and Bowden did, he will have 5 national championships of his own.

Elkino Watson: You want to make an immediate impact, and a lasting one, go to the U. They need U. They want U. They will do good by U. Make your dreams growing up come true at the U.

come to THE []_[] elkino!!!

Why are people now starting to doubt Golden because he didn't grab a few recruits? This class to be honest has been phenomenal when considering the limited time and scholarships he had to offer. Please just let Golden do his thing.

Also, to just be blunt about this, please do not get your hopes up to much to win a national title this year. People on these blogs are chanting "Miami Hurricanes 2011 National Champions!" It will not happen overnight and you are just dooming yourselves to be disappointed. With a new coaching staff in place, it will take time to get to that level.

Let us all be fans of the Hurricanes by filling the stands and offering encouragement. Give Golden a few years to get settled in because we will win national championships. I have total confidence in Golden and the new coaching staff.

F$U ate our lunch.

"Miami Hurricanes 2011 National Champions!"

It's the Golden Age - have faith. #6 is coming, I can feel it.

The SWAG is back@!!!!!!!! Chickillo promised and I believe it!!!

Go Canes!

Like said before, it is always not the star rating but player development. Under Shannon I haven't seen many players get better as the years progress. It is a shame, but now things will change.

What's with Marcus Roberson. He's now decommitted from Auburn. We sure can use him. Don't understand why so many in the local area show no interest in the U.

"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.... 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: Larry | February 01, 2011 at 11:58 AM

So, Larry the gator, Schnelly won with 5 star felons, no? ND beat us with a superstar cast, right?

Your comments are plain ridiculous. You must not be a cane fan. There's a name for people like you. It rhymes with the word "Sitter."

I think Golden has done a nice job, shanon must of seen the hand writing on the wall, he did nothing this year! Nice guy, and I am sure he still loves Miami, but it is the old Petter principal, good as a coordinator not as a head coach. You could see the kids had talent but he was always out coached. I think it will be different with the new coach. Old UM alumni Go Caines

The "U" fans have a short memory!! This team is 1 year removed from winning 9 games with the same players still in tact!! With this new coaching staff you will see what we all hoped for last season. One year does not make or break a team. yes, they had their problems/set-backs, however, they have the talent to win the ACC next season; Al Golden is a very smart man, and he took this job knowing that the cupboard is not bare as some are making it out to be. You win games up front and Miami has one of biggest O-line in the country, and they are all coming back with experience. Believe me, O. Franklin will not be missed!! Better coaching solves a lot of problems in a hurry. You saw what coach Saban did with Ala when Shula was fired. I see the same happening with this program. This team have talented players, and I hope you all stop selling them short!!! This class will add depth for the future. Isn't this is the reason why teams recruit every year????

Actually, dont worry about rankings people. Oregon, boise, TCU, ARkansas, So Carolina, UTAH, None of those schools SNIFF EVEN THE TOP 25. Oregon finally is br eaking thru this yr. And to the poster that said we were 4 and 5 stars, alot of our teams had rankings in the 20's back in the 80's and 90s. We recruited football players. LOOK, THESE SITES have 2-3 guys putting a star next to a kid. Yes the top 10 r usually great, BUUUUUUUTTTT< after that, a guy that played in Kansas as a 5 star might not be as good as the 3 star""dallas crawford" from ft myers. Catch what I am saying??? ITS COACHING and YES RECRUITING GOOD ATHLETES. go to espn.com recruiting click on canes. we have kids graded from a 77 to an 83,. those are solid kids we r getting. 1 guy grooms is a 4 star on scout, 3 on rivals and an ESPN 150 PLAYER ON ESPN. CATCH WHAT I AM SAYING????? ITS WHAT U DO WITH THE KIDS WHEN U GET THEM------- UF IS LOADED WITH 5 STAR KIDS RIGHT?? WELL, qb play was bad last yr and guess what, 5 losses. If you have talented 3 star kids, and a good qb and skilled wr's and rb, U WIN. WHY IS THE HEISMAN CEROMONY 5 FINALISTS ALWAYS THE PLAYERS IN THE BCS TITLE GAME OR A TOP BCS GAME???????????? U ONLY Need 1 difference maker--------- teabags, cam newton, and a good team. AUBURN LOSES 5 games or more this yr wo CAM

I wish there was some way I could play basketball outside in the rain and not get wet, wouldn't that be great?


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

If you knew now, then it wouldn't be a surpise tomorrow. Boy, it's beginning to feel like Christmas!

Can't wait. Can't wait for spring practice. Can't wait for U football!

I never drink a coach's kool aid. I like golden a lot but he was not going to hold on to Shannon's recruits or grab his own recruits. He got a couple of nice kids from nowhere, but nothing special that will impact next year's team.

Miami will always get ten kids automatically every year. It's the other ten guys u have to recruit hard to come in.

Just like I expected this team to win the access last year, I still have those expectations. The only problem is qb. A great season from that position means bcs. Mediocre season means what jh did in 09. A train wreck season means the same production from last year.

Considering how UF loaded up on coaches...Charlie Weis, for 1, if we are 9-4 (including bowl victory) and UF is 10-3 with their soft non conference schedule and 4 SEC patsies like Vandy, KY, I'd say Golden IS the man!.
I expect 9-4, with at least one close loss, where we played our butts off, but the ACC officials did it to us. (Coach Golden, welcome to the anti-UM ACC)

These recruits need our support, and a little time to get acclimated to big time college football. This ain't 6AA any more.

Coach Kehoe, not our OC will be the key. UM's great teams were ALWAYS run first to soften them up, then turn it loose.

DC coach D'Onofrio MUST find a way to eliminate the bad tackling endemic to the Canes the past 4-5 years, and to tighten up the middle of the field.
Thus, the reason Golden recruited FOUR DE's. Put the QB on his ass, the rest takes care of itself.

GO CANES!

BTW Manny/Susan, nice to see blogsters who participate in their own blog!

Back with another alias, Pig? It's easy to spot errrr smell your stench, ignorant Pig.

Great News

Clint Hurtt is the reason Louisville is doing so well. UM should have kept him as the dline coach and recruiting coordinator.

Hurtt and Strong are both recruiters, but Hurtt has left a breadcrumb trail of poorly developed defensive linemen that have gone on to successful NFL careers. Between comments made by their NFL coaches and the vast improvement under Petri, encouraging Hurtt to leave was the best thing that could've happened to U.

Golden isn't just mending fences, he is building the type of relationships that build dynasties. He understands it's a process. He gets it and he is the U.

Louisville got all these Miami kids, because Randy Shannon's recruiting coordinator/assistant coach (I forget his name) went to coach at Lousiville, he obviously had this long history of relationships established wit these kids prior to changing schools, and so he made the best of the situation and ended up with all these kids from Southridge, North Miami Beach, among other schools...

Let's not forget our other signees, 5-star coaches Golden, D'Onfrio, Kehoe, et al...

Man,"I LOVE THE CANES and I ALSO BLEED ORANGE & GREEN". I think Coach G has done the best he could do with the position he's in thus far and I like the approach and changes.He just has to back it up this year with more W'S than L'S and build relationships here in the great state of FL.to advance in 2012 recruits. yet I do see it coming... but time will only tell. Hopefully we can win and beat the better teams to show we can win and actually are on our way back to being contenders vs. a once was program. The future starts now.C-A-N-E-S !!!

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