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NFL letters rolling in for Ray Ray Armstrong

Rob Vite, football coach at Sanford Seminole High School, usually gets a ton of mail from colleges interested in his players. But most of the letters he's been getting this summer are coming from somewhere else -- the NFL.

Ray Ray Armstrong Teams and scouts across the league have been mailing Vite questionnaires for him to fill out, all concerning former star quarterback and current University of Miami safety Ray Ray Armstrong.

"It's kind of been the same process as when colleges came to recruit high school kids," Vite said. "Except, they're digging a little bit. What kind of kid is he, character, everything about him. I'm sure Coach Golden is getting a lot of them too."

If his junior season pans out the way most hope, Armstrong may not be in college much longer. ESPN draft guru Mel Kiper recently rated Armstrong (6-4, 215) the No. 1 junior safety in the country. Armstrong, an All-ACC Second Team pick as a sophomore, has also been named to the Bednarik, Nagurski and Jim Thorpe award watch lists.

Big expectations? Vite said Armstrong, who led Seminole to the Class 6A state title in 2008, will exceed them all.

"It's going to be a great year for him," said Vite, who talks to Armstrong once a month and recently saw him when he returned home the last weekend in May. "He just has to go out there and be Ray and he'll be okay. He's a monster man. I don't know how much bigger he is, but he has more muscle, ripped. He's excited for the season and for the [coaching] changes. He knows its going to be a big year for Miami football."

Last season, Armstrong registered a team-high tying three interceptions and ranked third on the team with 76 tackles. He returned one of those interceptions 22 yards for a touchdown against Florida A&M, and racked up a season-high nine tackles against both Ohio State and Florida State.

Vite said Armstrong will be returning home to Sanford the final weekend in July -- a week before UM opens training camp -- for the city's second annual "Ray Ray Day." Last year, his father Albert organized the event to give back to the community. The event included free food, music and entertainment (jump houses) for kids and fans got an opportunity to catch up with Armstrong and wish he and his teammates well on their season.

"He's huge in the community," Vite said. "He did a little youth camp in the community [in May], came out and showed his face, watched a little alumni football game. The kids loved it.

"We all believe in him. Not a lot of guys are going to go to UM and take No. 26 and really fill that number and the pressures that go along with that number. But he has and he will."


> Senior Tyler Horn was named to the preseason watch list for the Rimington Trophy, given annually to the most outstanding center. Horn had 39 pancake blocks and seven lumberjacks, both third-best on the team in 2010 and started all 13 games. He was named Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) Offensive Lineman of the Week following the Hurricanes' win over North Carolina on Oct. 23.

> Season Ticket sales representatives will be at Sun Life Stadium from today through Saturday for Select-A-Seat Week. You can purchase your tickets or schedule an appointment by calling 1-800-GO-CANES or by emailing canestix@miami.edu.

Club Level prices have been reduced across all sections. 400 Level seats start at $110. 100 Level seats start at $215. Season Ticket benefits include: Payment plans, discount season parking passes, opportunity to purchase individual home game tickets prior to general public, priority access to away game tickets and Hurricane Club membership (included with purchase of select tickets).


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j-12 is still a senior at northwestern. how in gods name do you spend 4 years at um and still have the arm strenght of a 12 yr old. your stupid lolipop passes wont work anywhere but high school. try hitting the gym and throwing the ball more than 17 mph. you can no longer throw the ball up and hope your reciever will bail you out. try accuracy or go to a d-2 school where you may complete a 20 yd pass or 2

since my original comment was deleted as long as j-12 is qb the U will suck and it breaks my heart. j-12 has proven over and over that he has the arm strength of a 12 yr old. if you cant throw a slant pass without lobbing it you are not a college qb

let's be fair to the kid. first, what made sean taylor so unique-again,unique-was the fact that never before had there been a safety with that size with the range of a much smaller player. that was why he was the highest drafted safety ever. had he lived he probably would have revolutionized the position as lebron james has his. unfortunately he,like former 49er jeff fuller,was never afforded the opportunity to fully blossom,impose his will or have his full impact felt

Ray Ray has filled the #26 jersey and all the pressures that come with it? Really???? I mean, I hope he finally lives up to some of the hype that he came in with...but comparing him to Sean? Wow!!

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