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Collins no longer committed to Canes; plus injury updates from Wednesday

South Plantation star running back Alex Collins -- the leading rusher in Broward County -- told University of Miami coaches on Wednesday he's no longer committed to signing with the program.

Considered the 11th best running back in the country by Rivals.com, Collins said UM remains in the mix to sign him, but he's reopened his recruiting and is strongly considering Florida State and Wisconsin. Collins leads all rushers in Miami-Dade and Broward Counties this season with 1,253 yards and 14 touchdowns on 140 attempts.

UM, which now has 10 commitments as part of its 2013 signing class including Lake Mary Prep tailback Ray Lewis III, will lose senior Mike James at the end of the season and are expected to have four scholarship running backs back next season. They are: Duke Johnson, Eduardo Clements, Dallas Crawford and Danny Dillard.

Plantation American Heritage junior Sony Michel, considered one of the best running backs in the country in 2014, remains a high priority on UM's recruiting list.

Coach Al Golden cannot comment on recruits, but was asked Wednesday about the perception of his program in the eyes of local recruits.

"The perception is we're looking for young men to join our program and put Miami back where it belongs in the national scene," Golden said. "I keep saying it, but I confront the facts, know where we are as a program. It's not where we want to be. It's really important we address the facts, not gloss over anything, understand what we're looking for and what we need to do both here in this program and in recruiting to achieve our goals and get us back to where we want to be."

> Delray Beach Atlantic defensive tackle Keith Bryant, a Hurricanes commitment, has been named to the U.S. Army All-American team. He's told reporters he remains committed to UM, but plans official visits to LSU, Oklahoma and South Carolina after the season. The Palm Beach Post says it's going to be a battle between UM and Florida State for Bryant.

> Golden said Wednesday he expects safety Deon Bush (stinger) to miss Saturday's game and that linebacker Denzel Perryman "is somewhere between probable and doubtful. If I was going to guess it would be doubtful right now." Perryman was not wearing a boot Wednesday on his injured right ankle, but was still in a yellow non-contact jersey.

> Golden said freshman receiver Malcolm Lewis, who broke his ankle at Georgia Tech, has been granted a medical redshirt for this season.

> Receiver Robert Lockhart suffered an undisclosed injury Tuesday and could be out this week. “I don’t know if [he’ll play this week]," Golden said. " He has an injury we have to be careful with."

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jim gallo has an elevated opinion of himself. Bet he is ultra wealthy and the beautiful women love him.

Reminds me of the ol' BLog Pig. A coincidence?

I would like golden to get one or two olineman a dt one ore two linebackers and a full back that takes paise in mauling a defender. We have to get some big bodied blue collar players in here. The state I Florida has a lot of flash and dash so that shouldn't be a problem to recruit even with sanctions.golden just has to make sure he can deliver on the players who want to be a hurricane. What we really need if he will use them is tow running backs that can give us 3 to 5 yards a play and some mauling lineman to go with that. We have or can get what ever we need after that. It would be also nice if he can get some bbal players at wr te and maybe at qb. Having that kind if versatility is a blue print for having good playmakers on our squad if they are out there. Those kind of players can fall three the cracks we just have to look hard for them. I don't care who wins tonight I just hope vtech comes out and plays physical and take a plug out of state. We need this game badly in Charlottesville.

Jim Gallo, I love you man. Can we meet like we did last year when these teams played. That was the best sex i ever had. Since I like to pitch, and you catch, we get along real well. We both like the same teams, walks by the lake, and see our gay tors win. Please call me.

I love you too, Urban. Can Timmy come out to play today.

Again...Jim Gallo = dumb dumb

Never really posted on Miami Herald Canes blog before but read it often. Have most of the Canes fans not figured out that The Curse is Jim Gallo, Canesfan72, and multiple other names on here? LOL!

GD people are stupid...

Golden isn't going anywhere and the Canes are lucky to have him. Anyone with half a brain can see that. He's putting the bite back into this team. Jimbo is garbage is comparison. FSU should have ran through that joke of a schedule and he lost to an NC State that even these young Canes beat? LOL! GTFOOH!

Jimbo has had complete control of that FSwho offense for six seasons and they are mediocre at best with a 5th year senior? LOL! I hope Jimbo stays for a long long time at FSwho. Golden will be bending them over soon enough. That's just how it is. FSwho is Miami's biotch...

To be honest I don't know why anyone would commit to us right now. Not with possible major sanctions on the way. If I had a son I would rather he go to a clean program. You only get one college career, you have to go where you can make the most of it.

could it be that Collins knows that playing head to head with Duke J. that he would be second banana. If he doesn't want to be a Cane and compete then let him go to where ever he wants. This present team does not have an "I" in its spelling.

@Golden Age I truely think deep in my heart that FSU is going to get a good fight tonight. VT should of put up more points against us. 2 missed field goals and a couple of fumbles on our gola line. It was rough and I can say this glad that it made us look good lol. But Logan Thomas hasn't upsetted anyone this year yet. Maybe it's FSU he's going to make look bad we will see @ 7:30 tonight, I can't wait!
Posted by: 850 tallycane | November 08, 2012 at 11:57 AM
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Good call tallycane! They needed a defensive breakdown AND a dumb QB INT at the end of the game to rescue their BCS hopes. Miami is getting better, FSU is getting worse, and that ACC title game will be a fun rematch.

Stop criticizing 12th graders for changing their minds. Most remain committed and only a few top notch recruits change their minds. You gotta remember savy recruiters from powerhouse schools need only sell their programs future vs Miami's. Our fortunes on the field could change dramatically if we brought in a pro DC and OC who know how to evaluate recruits, train, develop them and are exceedingly good strategists. Kids will then see coaching and on fields results and feel more positive about the program. But given potential violations and lack of any evidence that the OC and DC can scheme prior and during games its tough for kids that can go anywhere to commit.

By the way! Jimbo and Co. are no better. They just don't have probation noose wating in town square.

"It just appears that they are trying to build the program like it was still Temple," he said. "Offering kids late -- or only if they go to their camps -- isn't the right way. "They are looking for good, clean, coachable kids that are more 'yes, coach' kids than playmakers and freelancers. It is almost the exact opposite of what you typically find in this area. You can eliminate the big plays against you with that type of recruiting but you also can eliminate the spectacular plays that go your way."

This is interesting reading and somewhat true based on Al's recruiting record at both Temple and more importantly UVA. As a parent, I recall our son being recruited by VA as a DB / RB and was 1st Team All-State Virginia) for both positions. On our visits, I always thought that the players visiting the school with us were good players, but never would add value to the team in terms of winning championships. Al Groh was the headcoach, but the teams being established were always average and never could beat a great team. There was so much talent in VA high school football during the 2000-2008 seasons, with loads of players going onto D1 football and making a difference. UVA under Groh, AL, and other coaches never got the most talented players in the state - they went to VT, UNC, Penn State, UF, FSU, ND, and other major programs. One super star player I do recall going to VA in 2002 was M. Johnson; VA took away his agressiveness, unique style of play, and turned him into an average player. We cannot recruit and take players into our U with the approach used at Temple or UVA; if we cannot keep our talented local players at home to build up our program again, we are in for a rude awakening and mirrow image UVA's program during Al Groh's tenure. If that's the best we want out this program, please let me know so that I can continue to support our academic standards alone without buying season passes to witness this distruction.

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