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His name is Sunny, he's very large, he's from Nigeria and he's a future Hurricane

The Hurricanes are full of players with cool stories.

As of February, it appears we'll add one more to the stockpile.

Nigerian native Sunny Odogwu, 6-8 and listed by various websites as anywhere from 300 to 315 pounds, told recruiting services on Friday that he has committed to coach Al Golden and the University of Miami.

An offensive tackle, Odogwu played last season at Hargrave Military Academy in Chatham, Va. He arrived in the United States when he was 16, and first played basketball at Huntington Prep in West Virginia.

Odogwu told CaneSport, which first reported his commitment, that he expects to arrive on campus in January to be there in time for spring practice.

"His willingness to want to learn is without comparison, St. Frances Academy (Maryland) football coach Messay Hailemariam told the Clarion-Ledger. "I've never seen anything like it. I've never seen the hunger I've seen in him. When you look at him he absolutely passes the eye test, but his desire to work actually exceeds that.''

If he ends up excelling at tackle, what a coup for the Hurricanes. But he's obviously raw. His story sounds amazing.

After transferring from Huntington Prep to Baltimore St. Frances, he played football for the first time there as a senior.

"I came to Maryland and began playing football because people said I was too aggressive for basketball,'' Odogwu told CaneSport. "I love football. You can hit and nobody will call fouls, so it's awesome.''

According to CaneSport, Odogwu grew up in Africa "sharing a 12x12 room with 10 family members. With one bed pushed up against a wall for his parents, there was no room for him to sleep inside. So he'd take a wooden mat, lay it outside the front door and go to sleep.''

Looking forward to the big guy's arrival, and our first interview.

SUSAN MILLER DEGNAN

 

 

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THIS YEAR CANES DO NOT NEED TO HAVE A TOP RECRUITING CLASS, WE JUST NEED GOOD PLAYERS WHO ARE READY TO STEP INTO THE PROGRAM, LEARN THE SYSTEM AND DEVELOP INTO GOOD PLAYERS. AFTER THE CANES WIN THE ACC IN 2013 (NCAA OR NOT) THE PLAYERS WILL COME BACK TO THE U. THE TEAM IS LOADED FOR 2013 AND IF THIS DEFENSE IMPROVES GREATLY LOOK OUT AND DON'T BE SURPRISED. WE HAVE A GOOD QB,RUNNING BACK,RECEIVERS, OL,TE, GOOD BACKUPS ON OFFENSE. ON DEFENSE WE PLAYED A LOT OF YOUNG GUYS WHO CAN'T HELP BUT GROW AND IMPROVE. IT SIMPLY COMES DOWN TO STAYING HEALTHY AND GOOD COACHING. DO NOT OVER WORK DUKE AND OTHER KEY PLAYERS IN THE SPRING. WHEN FALL PRACTICE STARTS COME OUT THE GATE SWINGING AND HOLDING NO PUNCHES! IF TEAM CAN WIN 65-0 DO SO AND DON'T HOLD BACK! RIGHT NOW I SEE 10-2! BUT IF THIS DEFENSE CAN GET SACKS AND FORCE TURNOVERS I CAN SEE 11-1 EASY! BARRING INJURIES! GO CANES!

First off, UNC truly won the coastal this year, but due to probation, they were ineligible. Secondly, Shannon's 9-3 team that lost to Wisconsin in the bowl game would have won the Coastal this year!! SHANNON IS NOT THE COACH ANYMORE! CAG does this and Randy doesn't, CAG does that and Randy doesn't. Enough of comparing penis sizes! Again, Randy is not our coach anymore. Can we just move on and support CAG without having to measure every single move that CAG does against what Coach Shannon did. The majority (except for a few) support Coach Golden and are behind him 110%.

The truth of it though is that CAG has been mediocore in his 2 years here. He has had bad losses just like Coach Shannon. Al lost to BC at home to end last season (bad loss). Al lost to Virginia at home last year (bad loss). Al lost to Virgina on the road this year (bad loss). Al lost to Maryland on the road last year (bad loss- they ended up 2-10). The offense has made tremendous progress, but our defense has regressed tremendously. I am behind CAG all the way and believe that he will get us back to were we all need to be, but he has not proved it yet. 2013 is a very telling year for the team, program, coaching staff and CAG. The key is the NCAA telling us what the deal is and us being able to move forward with recruiting and getting this whole Shapiro episode in our rear view mirror.

As parcels said you are what your record sais you are. Goldens record is below average as a coach and that is that on that. I'm not saying Shannon is a good or bad coach his record speaks for itself. What some of you fans do is try to prop up golden by saying something negative about Shannon. Yeah Shannon had some bad games but golden has been out coached in games against Ksu,vtech Fsu , Maryland Virginia and bc last year. We got blown out against notre dame Ksu and went conservative against Fsu this year and got out coached again at Virginia. So maybe the players didn't quit but the coaches did. Cut the crap and call it what it is. You all talk about golden developing players but you can't tell me who Jaquan jarret is. We had the worst defense ever in UM history and u all keep making excuses for this bum. The coaching staff could have one at least three more games each year and they will not get a pass from me because we backed into a division title. Stop making excuses for these coaches.

6'8" too tall too play defense? Ever hear of Ed Too Tall Jones at 6'9" or how about Junious "Buck" Buchanan at 6'7"
Either way welcome Sunny! Sic em!

"the coaching staff shoud have won 3 more games this year"

Of all the dumbsh*t posts this probably takes a cake.

Good thing it isnt 2013 yet bc I'd hate to start the new yr with a dumbpost like that, Tally.

The players lost the FSU game.
The players lost the UNCgame
The players lost the UVA game

No they were not outcoached against KSU. They were outplayed. Fact is, KSU is bigger, older, stronger, faster than MIami players.

CAneforlife- Shannon had the opportunity to bring this team its first 10 win season in years and laid a huge egg against Wisconsin. A huge egg. I was there. The crowd was 90% cane. About 50,000 -55,000 people. And he laid an egg, no thanks to Jacorry and the rest of his lazy no football minions. THe only unfortunate thing in that game was Coop's injury which eventually cost him his career.

what recruits?.....lets see how golden does against butch davis....we get jr college 3rd tier players....fiu gets UM's greatest coach....it will all be in the stats....lets see how he does 2013

Butch isn't FIU's coach. Prove it or STFU, and by the way, that would be a good team for you to start rooting for. Also MOST of Butch's players were NOT highly sought after recruits. Ed Reed was only a 3 star, so your logic is ridiculous.

Welcome to Sunny South Florida. I'm excited to hear his desire to hit people is strong. We need to keep that front set strong and big.

Thank you Susan for bringing us recruiting information on the canes over the Holidays. Any kind of news on recruits, coaching candidates, etc., is what the canes fans are looking for.

Happy New Year

Posted by: gwp1616 | December 30, 2012 at 09:47 AM

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Sunny, welcome to the UM Family! We wish you a successful career at UM, and perhaps beyond in football. If not, you will get a topflight education at the U.

Cane for life, Ted Hendricks was also in that 6'6" area, and was an outstanding DEat UM. He was later converted to LB in the NFL!! Even more unusual to be that tall and be playing at the LB spot

tHANK YOU 5>3>2, at least somone up here knows football and can see the real picture here and not just what is right infront of them. And please, that 9 and 3 team woul dhave got killed by this past years team. Why you say becasue they would have quit in the first qtr because harris would have thrown at least two picks.

IMA,
You are correct. The "Mad Stork" was a beast. 6" 6" is usually, again, usually, the tallest that you can get good DE. Jason Taylor was 6' 6" also. As regards a DE, in today's game being 6' 8" or 6' 9", it would be truly hard due to most of today's OL men being over 300 lbs. having a DT would be truly rare/unique.

It was strange to see Ted playing LB at his height wasn't it? As strange as he was, he was a true beast and that is why he is in the HOF. When Jason first got with the 'Phins, many thought that Jimmy was playing him out of position and that he would have been better suited at LB also. Just so happens that he ended up being more like Charles Haley and hopefully JT ends up in the HOF one day like Teddy.

Gallo,
Butch Davis was UM's "best coach"?!! I love Butch, but Butch never won a NC and was 2-10 against Va Tech and FSU. Again, he put together arguably UM's best team ever, but he was not UM's best coach. BTW, he is not going to FIU. He would be a fool to go there when in another 2 years he could end up at MWC or MAC school, do good there and in 2-3 years be back at a BCS school. FIU= Stupid move for Butchie boy.

everyone seem to forget our own calais campbell who is 6'8. also a comment on the star gazers a lil player johnny football was a 3 star recruit yet he accomplished something that no 5 star ever did as a frosh. give me guys with good work ethics everytime

UM should be playing tonight on our home field.....golden is a complete idiot...
randy shannon was a better coach than golden and company:

2010 - randy shannon

total offense - 5499 yards / 44 TD's
total defense - 4203 yards / 37 sacks for 241 yrd loss / 16 INT's

2011 - golden

total offense - 4533 yards / 41 TD's
total defense - 4319 yards / 23 sacks for 118 yrd loss / 6 INT's

2012 - golden

total offense - 5282 yards / 45 TD's
total defense - 5837 yards / 13 sacks for 86 yrd loss / 11 INT's

so as you can see shannon was better and if it wasnt for shannons recruits goldens offense would be winless...every player on offense was a shannon recruit except duke jonhson.
shannon never or any other coach lose their top recruits to de-commiting.....pathetic

LOL, won a division coastal with 5-6 losses? and other teams in the same division with sanctions... Lets not joy in a "Coastal division" title with the record and team we had.... Didn't deserve it what so ever.
And a "Top 20" defense in the WHACK conference.. Yeah maintains alot of credibility. All I know is; he's 117 in the ACC and gotten worse. Will be worse next year. He's (D'nofrio) controlling and thinks he knows it all and gets out coached every week. Until he's fired the team won't be squat. And IF Al was so intelligent he'd stop protecting his buddy and run him out of here instead play semi-nepotist just b/c that's his "BESTFRIEND"...

Yeah, that wisconsin team really dominated us with that 20 to 14 escape where it took up until the last drive and a 4th down play for them to know they won the game, lol. I like hearing how people say shannon's team got dominated and the score was 20 to 14. They conviently leave out that j70 was throwing with basically 4 fingers, he needed surgery on that hand way back before the unc game that year, than we get to the unc game and the bozo oc knowing jacory's hand needed surgery still came out gunning the ball.

They're 2 big differences between shannon's teams and goldie's team. shannon had the best defense hands down and the worst oc, but had a qb that made him look better than he was. goldie has the better oc and his boy is the worst in the nation .WHen it's said that shannon's teams quick, they didn't quit, the no c, didn't know how to call plays to put points on the board consistently, jedd does.

For all those trying to bash shannon, here's a test, shannon went 9-3 in 2009, if you switched oc's, shannon had jedd & goldie had nipple, what would the records be than, it wouldn't even be close and shannon would still be the coach, goldie would be on the hot seat, jedd is bailing him out, not goldie.

6' 8" is truly even too tall for a DE (and don't give me Ed "too tall" Jones, he was a freak and the only truly great DE over 6'6").

Cane4Life

Hmmm... seems to me that I remember as a kid watching one very very smart, 6'7" DE dominate for the CANES..
A local fellow... played HS ball in Hialeah... played pro ball in Baltimore, Green Bay and Oakland...

if you haven't guessed it by now.. he was The Mad Stork - Ted Hendricks.

I agree that it is very difficult for a very tall man to play DT or DE, but, it is possible and I have no idea of Sunny is a man who can pull it off.

i think golden is doing goodwork and his players have heart and they want to be there last yr we had a high school team playing college ball and still won the coastal for the first time they believe in the system we only getting better with al golden players GO CANES BRIGHT FUTURE

Thanks for the great post on your blog, it really gives me an insight on this topic.


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