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Will Forcier be a good fit for the Canes?

Tate Forcier agreed to be a Miami Hurricane Wednesday when he put his signature on a financial aid agreement, setting the stage for his transfer from Michigan to Coral Gables later this summer.

Tate_Forcier Forcier won't be eligible to play in 2011. But in 2012, the 6-1, 192-pound quarterback from San Diego is expected to give current sophomore Stephen Morris a fight for the starting job. Will Forcier -- a quarterback who has only run the spread in college and high school -- fit UM's pro style offense?

National recruiting guru Tom Lemming said Forcier definitely can and expects him to be successful. "They obviously needed a quarterback and Tate gives them that," Lemming said.

"But this kid is also a polished veteran of the college football and has always looked pretty good when he's been on the field against good competition to me. He's not real tall, but he has a good arm and can run. He's confident, athletic and you'll be surprised with what a good arm he has. Yes, he's only played in a spread offense before. But he can throw the ball from under center, too. I really like him."

Lemming rated Forcier the ninth best quarterback in the country in 2009 -- two spots ahead of former Rutgers' quarterback Tom Savage, who was also interested in transferring to UM. It's unknown if the Hurricanes still have interest in bringing Savage in, too. But it only makes sense he's helded elsewhere now Forcier that is bound for Coral Gables. 

The big question for UM moving forward is if Forcier will be bringing any of his baggage from Michigan down with him. After starting 12 games and playing well as a freshman, Forcier lost his starting job this past season to former Deerfield Beach High star Denard Robinson. A few teammates accused Forcier of not working hard enough in the off-season because he missed voluntary workouts. Forcier ended up playing in eight games a sophomore before being ruled academically ineligible for the Gator Bowl. 

Lemming, however, believes Forcier has learned from his issues at Michigan. And his father Mike Forcier said living closer to campus (Forcier was living off campus at Michigan) and being around Al Golden's coaching staff will make a difference.

"Coach Golden has a lot of attributes that we really like," Mike Forcier said. "He came from the [Joe] Paterno coaching staff. Tate originally had Penn State at the top of his list [coming out of high school]. It was them, Michigan, Oregon, Texas A&M. When he took that first trip to Michigan he just saw too much of an opportunity. But we really liked the coaching staff of Paterno, the discipline, structual organization. I think it had a lot to do with why he picked Miami now.

"Golden brings that structure. He wants the players to be players, but he also wants discipline, structure and respect to the program, the school and each player back to each other."


> Mike Forcier said even if Palm Beach Dwyer quarterback Jacoby Brissett had opted to sign with the Hurricanes last week, Forcier would have still probably chosen the Hurricanes.

"I think he was coming here no matter what," Mike Forcier said. "He told me he didn't care who they signed. Last time this happened, he was at MIchigan and [Greg] Paulus was talking about coming to Michigan. [Rich] Rodriguez had a prior relationship with Paulus. It looked like it was going to happen. Tate put on his Facebook, he said 'It's fine if he wants to come here and be my backup.' That's part of people misunderstanding Tate's cockiness. He was just confident he was going to beat Paulus out."

> ESPN named former Hurricane defensive line coach and recruiting coordinator Clint Hurtt the No. 1 recruiter in the country for 2011. Hurtt, who parted ways with UM after the 2009 season, cleaned up in South Florida -- signing Miami Northwestern quarterback Teddy Bridgewater (a former UM commitment) among a group of 10 players from South Florida. 

> In case you don't believe following recruiting is for crazy people: Gulliver Prep defensive back AJ Leggett, one of the top local players in 2012, switched his commitment back to UM on Wednesday. Leggett was committed to UM last season before Randy Shannon was fired. Then, he switched to Florida State and is now back with UM. He's not even a senior yet. We'll let you know where he's really, really going on National Signing Day 2012.


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Outstanding comments dbc. There are a few intelligent ones in the hurricane fan group.

All the bashing of Tate Forcier is misplaced. I mean, some of you hatred act as if he was John Brantley. Then I would say yes, the guy is dog crap. But have some confidence.

You still suck, Pig.

This is why the U is family and the UFelony is, like Urban said, garbage:

Vikings offensive tackle Bryant McKinnie, a 6-foot-8, 350-pound University of Miami alumnus, plans to work with 6-8, 350-pound Hurricanes freshman offensive tackle Seantrel Henderson of St. Paul this offseason.

and now, the dry spell begins. the long wait between signing day and the beginning of fall workouts. spring training is whatever. nba, march madness, mlb...bleh. spring break, summer break, fathers day, fourth of july, mothers day... smeh. i just want college football....

The U with two commitments today QB Gary Crow and DB Daniel Gray!

And how good is NR'd QB Grey Crow?

And NR'd CB Daniel Gray? He's fast at a 4.37 40.

Of course rating players in their junior year does put rating validity in the Gray zone, so perhaps the fact that both new 2012 "commits" are not ranked shouldn't be taken too seriously. So, a big welcome to Grey and Gray.

espn has crow top 150 in the country.

Chippy promised two kwadduhbaks.

He landed one cast off who is a dual threat runt joining a pro set offense.

Swing and a miss Chippy.

Let's go 'Canes men's basketball team, rally back and beat Duke!! Boyd Anderson produces some good athelets players. It is were Asante Samuel and former NBA star Mitch Richmond went to school. We also had recruited Joe Wiley (safety who transferred) from their. It is always good to gets guys from schools who once every 2 to 3 years put out a star, it keeps the relationship going. Daniel Gray and Gray Crow are both 4-star recruits, per Rivals.com. They are both a great pick up for UM!! CAG is doing his thing! Welcome to the "U" family both of you guys!! We all look forward to cheering for you in the coming years.


Could be a Jeff Garcia type QB, probably the most effective rolling outside the pocket. I would like to get some more insight on what kind of offense we will be running. Hopefully the O cordinator will provide us a spark. if we can put up 35pts a game we wont lose many games.

Until proven wrong or beaten out in practice, Morris provides the best chance for the canes to be successful. Tate and Jacory both lost their starting jobs to underclassmen and both are extremely over hyped.


if you dont sign forcier who is going compete against morris . no one competing makea an average qb a freshmen in a pro style not a chance

T this point in time..It's a positive move...But must sign Blue Chip QB in the near future....

I like it and I can't believe at all. :D

Lols re-reading your comments.

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