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Golden discusses 2013 signing class Canes "really had to fight for"

UM coach Al Golden discussed the 2013 signing class and other topics Wednesday evening.

Among the first questions asked was if the Canes were done. Golden's response: "I can't really comment on a specific story percolating. But we may have room for one more but that's about it."

Asked about report that running backs coach Terry Richardson is expected to be hired by the Jaguars, Golden said it was an issue he still had to discuss with his assistant. 

Opening statement: "It's a class we're proud of. It was a class we really had to fight hard for. I don't think it's something anybody outside of this room understands what we were up against the entire year, fight for this class. I'm proud of our coaches for not making any excuses, hanging in there and bringing in a class that is not only excellent, but a great compliment to the class that played so well and so often for us a year ago."

"We started out targeting 16 guys, which is a really low number. Some of that is in part because of the self-imposed penalties. So, it was a tight number to begin with. But as you break it down we out searching for a big-time pro style quarterback and I think we got the best, if not the best in Kevin Olsen. We started out looking for one receiver in this class -- and that's tough when you're in South Florida and you got to let some of the best ones go -- but we felt we got the best one down here in Stacey Coley. That was a real great get for us. He's one of the more fluid receivers we've seen in a long time. We sought out to get one to two running backs. Obviously we're still uncertain of of Eduardo Clement's future because of his injury, but that number was set at one or two based on that. We needed a big back and brought in Gus Edwards and feel Gus fulfills that at 6-1, 230 pounds, a guy that can run between the tackles. We sought out to get two tight ends and we did that. I think we have two of the best in the country. We got one of the best in junior college in Beau Sandland. He's 6-4, 255 pounds. He's here right now. And Standish Dobard, also in this class from Louisiana -- two big time tight end prospects and real proud of coach Caroll. We sought out to get three offensive linemen. We got Alex Gall from Moeller High School, Hunter Knighton who will play center or guard for us, and one we're really pleased in Sunny Odogwu.

"On the defensive side we sought to get two defensive end and I think we accomplished that. No. 1 a pass rusher on the open side. Al-Quadin Muhammad from Don Bosco Prep we think he's one of the premier pass rushers in the country. He's 6-3 1/2, 240 pounds, long, rangy, animated, plays with passion. The other young man I'm equally excited about -- Ufomba Kamalu, 6-5, 275 pounds -- also a defensive end prospect. We needed some with a little more maturity so we went to Butler Community College to get Ufomba. We wanted to get three or four linebackers in this class and obviously we missed out on a highly sought after young man locally, but we did get Jermaine Grace who was the best linebackers, one of the premier two linebackers in the state of Florida. We also got Devanta Bond, a sam linebacker from Sierra Community College, and Alex Figueroa enrolled with us mid year. We got three of the fourr needs. We sought to get three defensive backs and we feel we got two guys who are proven defensive backs in Artie Burns, who can play corner or safety, and Jamal Carter. We also got a guy in Ray-Ray Lewis who can play corner, slot receiver or running back. We're excited about that. There's no question we lost our defensive tackle and that's something we have to address here moving forward. I think that should give you the overview of the class because you can get caught up in the numbers. We didn't take 23 or we took 28 guys. We took 32 last year. We're very pleased with that group. Out of the last two years 30 of the 48 or 63 percent hail from the state of Florida. I think we're right on wit that."

How concerned are you about the defensive tackle spot?

"We're going to have some options there. Again, it is what it is. You want to stay in there with the best kids in the country and sometimes you win and sometimes you lose. Getting Gus Edwards today, Stacy Coley and Jermaine Grace, those are three big-time football players we got down the stretch. We're in a business where everybody focuses on the guys you didn't get. But the reality is make sure the guys you get help your program, make sure they fit. In this case because we were so tight on numbers, again, this is as tight as you can be from a football standpoint. We're happy with the guys we ended up getting today."

You lost Jedd Fisch, added Mario Cristobal late. How did that affect things?

"I think it does. There's no question relationships are formed and then obviously dissolve at different times. I think that pales in comparison to what we've encountered from the sheer cloud or the presence of the word sanctions. It's something hopefully we can get resolved here in the near future and move on. We had one junior day a couple weeks back. We have another junior day Saturday. That's our third class where we're having to deal with an unknown. As long as we have known we can all deal with. The unknown is what's killing us. The unknown is what is allowing us to be exposed to attack."

You only signed five kids from Florida guys, four from South Florida. Is that what you want?

"Clearly I would have loved to hit on a couple more today, I don't think there's any question. Again, it's just the way it worked out. We needed tight ends. If there were 10 tight ends from down here going places then I would be concerned. We went out of state to get a quarterback. We went out of state to get offensive linemen. That's not uncommon. I always try to look at different rosters and make sure we're doing things the right way. The 2001 [national champion] roster was 55 percent in state. The rest was out of state. We're somewhere between 57 and 60 percent. I like to stay at 60-65, 70 percent. But again, you can't always predict how it's going to turn out."

So you operated on need base?

"It had to be. With 16-17 spots it was all about need. Obviously down the stretch here today we lost a couple Florida kids. You're not going to get them at all. But I really like the guys we're bringing in."

Were you disappointed with the Miami-Dade kids who went elsewhere?

"I'm a competitor like everybody else. I'm more proud of the guys we did get. Artie Burns, Jamal Carter, Stacy Coley, Jermaine Grace is an incredible talent. It's just the way it shakes out sometimes. We just got to move forward and hopefully get this NCAA thing behind us so we can roll. Right now we're fighting with one arm behind our back."

Can you talk about the situation with Booker T. Washingto and Denver Kirkland?

"The only thing I'll say and I don't believe in airing that out publicly so I'm not going to that. Again, there is a difference between pulling a scholarship and having none left. It's tough when you get to this point in the year. If it's any normal year, I can absorb going over one. But we had a hard ceiling this year because of the self imposed penalties and I was up against it. The commitments that i had gotten a run on commitments Wednesday, Thursday and you're out. So, that's all I can say to that in terms of just making sure we're on the same page. I was against a hard ceiling and I had no room."

How many scholarships were self imposed?

"Can I answer this question? I feel like I'm in court. I've been at this for two years. I can't answer that."

How many kids were silent commitments and how many were you sort of sweating it out for?

"All of them. That's the game we're playing right now. We're not coming from a position of power or leverage right now because of the sanctions. If we can get that lifted, we'll move forward. Again, it's really important the communication is good. I think we have a great relationship with the high school coaches in South Florida. We've got to continue to do that, continue to communicate. This is just an anomoly -- I hope it is because I hope we can move on from the NCAA -- it's an anomoly in such that this was out of my control. This wasn't like last year where we thought we were going to get 31 or 32 and signed 33, whatever the case may be. You can absorb one. I had no room to absorb one as we went into the day today and obviously when we went into the weekend last weekend."

Talk about the emotions of the Kirkland-Thomas announcement before Coley-Grace announced

"It's like the Godfather, right, it's the business we've chosen. It's up, it's down. It's the way it is. Don't worry about the ones you don't get and worry about the ones you do get can play and match your core values, the things you want to do. I know everybody is disappointed about the ones we didn't get today. But we're here to celebrate the Quan Muhammads and the Stacy Coleys, the Jermaine Graces and how about this Artie Burns. Nobody talks about him because he didn't do a hat show. This guy is a superstar. Let's talk about those guys and the impact they're going to have on Miami football."

What time did Gus Edwards send in his signed letter of intent?

"7 a.m. That was a good start to the day. We needed that."

Were the self imposed limits on visits?

"Obviously to some degree. I just can't say what.

"We visited 27 guys. We had to self impose penalties there. We visited 27 guys. What's our hit ratio? That's an incredible hit ratio. We're not allowed to visit 45 guys. Some in the coaching community that didn't understand the impact these things were going to have in recruiting and this was not in our control. Just to say you're going to take one receiver should say it all. I think we got the best one down here."

What happens if one or two recruits want to come in on signing day and you don't have space?

"If you have 25 you're not worried because you already filled your needs, so the guy who is doing the signing day thing is obviously - I don't want to say the bonus ball - or you have good information way in advance that he's coming. You put five hats out there, there's really not five schools waiting. You know or you have a 50 percent chance of getting it."

So if you think a kid is coming and he goes elsewhere you have one spot open then. Do you go after someone else to fill that spot at that point?

"It was late in the day, late in the process to do that."

How much more imperative is the development of the tackles you have here now?

"It's huge. With the cloud over our head to try and get a JUCO defensive tackle who already has a condensed time period on your campus, many weren't interested because of how tenuous it was."

How important is the defensive tackle position?

"We have to get better at that position. That starts with the guys on campus developing and continuing to develop more competition and keep our eyes and ears open for guys that become available."

How often do recruits ask about NCAA stuff?

"Just about every other question."

Is it hard to answer the questions?

"I can't even answer them in here."

Ray Lewis could be around the program now with his son at UM. Like that idea?

"It's exciting. To end like that, that's a story book ending for Ray [winning the Super Bowl]. And for Ray Ray to not only have passion and be disciplined and have a great work ethic and everything - but he kind of looks like Ray. It'll be fun to have him around."

Ray Lewis III comes to UM with the shadow of his father hanging over his head. How do you think he will deal with that?

"When I went to he house [for a visit] I told them Ray Ray was an incredible gentleman, took in the garbage can, did the dishes. This young man, you think he'd have every opportunity to be entitled and he wasn't."

Last year a lot of newcomers played right away. Do you expect that with this class?

"Last year was about signing basically a two deep everywhere because we lost so many seniors the year before. This group is more filling in now, giving us some symmetry and competition. … everyone gets a chance to compete for a starting job, it doesn't matter if you're a freshman or senior. There'll be a great number of these guys that will ultimately help us I'm sure."

Are you getting back to the symmetry you want in terms of the depth chart?

"We're moving in that direction. We're hamstrung a little because we have to artificially keep our numbers down."

You have 20 starters returning, was that an issue convincing guys to sign?

"We have 20 starters back on a 7-5 team. We get 10, 11 wins then you can say there's a little bit of hierarchy. We have a long way to go as a program. With a target of 16 or 17 we weren't going to be a top 10 recruiting class. That seldom if ever happens just because of the way the formula is. As I go down this list, I'm taking Sunny, Ufomba, Al-Quadin, Kevin Olsen any year. Grace is a fabulous player, Artie Burns. I'm thrilled about this group, can't wait to get them on campus."

Do you expect recruiting will only get easier now?

"If I say it now I may have to say it again when the (NCAA) cloud is removed. I don't know where we are in the process. I think all of us feel like there's closure coming, that it's there, that it's going to be a great day. I haven't had that experience yet at the University of Miami. I'm looking forward to going into homes and communities and not answer that question because it's either the first or second question. The first is how you doing, the second is how is the NCAA thing going."

What has Mario Cristobal's edition meant?

"Wisdom. He's got a poise about him, is connected to the community, South Florida high school coaches. A wisdom to see things like a head coach. I'm excited about him. I've leaned on him a couple of times [already]. We're excited about being here together. Now it's time to move forward."

You have an associate head coach and assistant head coach on your staff in Mario Cristobal and defensive coordinator Mark D'Onofrio. What's the difference?

"I don't know. I honestly don't know. But they have different roles in helping me with the administrative side. Mark deals with the weight room, Mario helps with the social, behavioral, discipline side. He's a good guy to have on the discipline side."

Did UM's academic standards impact recruiting at all?

"No. We just have to get to the point where we keep building this thing."

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How many scholarships were self imposed?

"Can I answer this question? I feel like I'm in court. I've been at this for two years. I can't answer that."

How often do recruits ask about NCAA stuff?

"Just about every other question."

not one recruit said sanctions was the factor..can you believe this guy.....the f..ker self imposed his own scholarships without even getting a notice of violation from ncaa....it dosent get any more incompetent....

theres that word again...DICIPLINE SIDE..he just lovessssss that!

Relax folks, I posted a comment earlier how Georgia Tech was not impressed with USC's "five" star hotshots. It still comes down to player development, also known as coaching. We have a great group of kids here now, and if they work hard we will be fine.

go canesssssssss. cant wait for season. and lets celebrate our hoops team also. and to that retarded monkey jim gallo, see yaaaaaaaaaaaaaa u stupid ignorant fool. great class

Just wanted to say what a great class the coaches brought in, wish all the kids good luck at the U.

He imposed Scholly reductions, 2 bowl games, 1 acc title game, supended all those players last year during 2011 season, and kicked off ray armostrong for tweeting a dinner..........we should get probation only and thats it, or time served. Oh state for selling class rings and leased cars etc got 1 bowl ban and probation..thats it....usc got 1 bowl ban was it and scholly reductions? well we missed 3 post season games, NO ONE HAS HAD TO DEAL WITH 3 reruiting cycles while waiting for a punishment.

THE GOOD NEWS IS IF THIS WAS BAD THE NCAA WOULD HAVE HIT US B4 TODAY. They figured lets let the sanctions hang over NSday 1 more time to punish miami a bit more since there getting off easy

@Jim Gallo: just put the barrel in your mouth now.

You have an associate head coach and assistant head coach on your staff in Mario Cristobal and defensive coordinator Mark D'Onofrio. What's the difference?

"I don't know. I honestly don't know. But they have different roles in helping me with the administrative side. Mark deals with the weight room, Mario helps with the social, behavioral, discipline side. He's a good guy to have on the discipline side."

there you have it bloggers...enjoy

If u didn't learn from osu and usc u never will gallo. They didn't self impose, They didn't coorperate with ncaa. They got hammered. Especially usc. Miami coorperated and is self imposing post season ban 2, Scholorships this yr. Its something they have to do. Any idiot knows that. Guess that means even idiots are smarter then u. He had to self impose . Of course recruits won't mention the possiblity of sanctions but every one knows that does impact classes. and recruits decisions. Wow this guy may be the dullest bulb ever.

Awesome Al Golden. Move forward, done with this nonesense ready to play ball.

Maine, we also suspended all those players in 2011 season, kicked off ray armstrong for tweeting a dinner, and sat out a 3rd post season ACC title game which might have lead to the Orange Bowl if we beat Dumbos team.
THERE IS NO REASON FOR UF AND FSU BLOGGERS TO COME ON HERE AN B BASHERS.......MANNY, CAN YOU BLOCK OUT THEIR IP ADDRESSES????? The blog aint fun anymore when U cant talk about all the STUDS WE LANDED ...#21 on Espn, and average star rating top 15 on Rivals du to small class.............

GREAT JOB COACH GOLDEN NOW GO WIN 10/11 GAMES AND YOU'LL GET MORE OF THOSE 4-5 STAR RECRUITS. WITH 20 STARTERS COMING BACK THIS RECRUITING CLASS CAN ONLY ADD TO THE TEAM. THE MAIN FOCUS IS TO GET BETTER AND STRONGER ON THE DL AND GET MORE SACKS AND TURNOVERS AND THIS TEAM WILL WIN 10/11 GAMES. GO CANES!! OH YEAH! GALLO IS AN IDIOT!!!

Coach Golden , Great JOb,,,, I mean, #1 Qb possibly in the nation(top 4), #1 FB in Nation, #1 WR in So Fla, #1,#2 Dbs in So FLA, #1 DE in NJ MUHAMMED. #1 TE In JUCO, ESPN 150 TE DOBARD, #77 Juco 100 Komalu, #20 out of 25 best prep player Odogwu, #58 rivals juco 100 Devonte Bond, Ray lewis Jr, I mean, WE ARE LOADED ACROSS THE BOARD>

(I CAN CARE LESS ABOUT UF AND FSU's CLASSES BASHERS) SO NO NEED TO BASH ME
Coach Golden, we are behind the resurrection of the U. Kids that want to be here. I mean, replaced Matt Thomas with another espn 150 OLB and Sun Sentinel Def Player of the Year Jermaine Grace. You cant ask for more.........

JIM GALLO would you go play in traffic now on US-1 your a top flight moron that probably has no life just sits at home and troll the internet looking for stuff to comment on . You probably never participated in sports your whole life but wanna talk down about someone coaching go nite nite already you bum.

We finished ranked #21 over all on ESPN. w/o alex collins. Considering a small class, and they grade on quality, GREAT JOB..........

All one has to do is look at the Jacoby Brissett situation as it relates to the Alex Collins saga to realize...momma knows best!

The P(_)$$Y Jim Gallo just wont go away. Why are you on here f@g? Everyone on here knows you a c0ward who dont know crap about canes football. You arent even man enough to meet me in the streets even though ive extended the invitation many times. Your just an old punk who can stand the fact that UM dominated cfb and won 5 NC in 18 years. Whats wrong punk, are still mad that we still own your Gaytors/Semenholes head to head even though we've been down for over 5 years. Remember Gallo, its a CANE thang and you just wouldnt understand. lol

To U Golden Bashers, with A small class and Sanctions looming, COach Golden finished with
6 ESPN 150 Players (7 if Collins)not counting Carter
3 Jucto 100 Players(espn kamalu/beau-te(rivals bond)
1 Prep School top 25 ranked 20 overall ODOGWU
Thats 10 of 16 players basically The best at their positions, as we all know those rankings are not exact.
THAT IS AN AWESOME JOB, even for a school not on sanctions

Good job, Coach! Welcome new Canes and your families!

am thinking Collins will end up at the U,,sometimes is just smelling fishy with this,,1st he oral commit, 2) he decommit 3) he visit and said he has a fabolous time, this dude is coming to the U,,he moma want him here, and Golden got a scholarship readily availabe.

Jim,
I don't know, man, but Nick sounds like a serious guy. And, though you are obviously a feisty guy, you mentioned that you are retired. Don't know if it was an age decision or something else happened to you, but I find that throwing down gets a bit tougher as the clock ticks forward on us.

But, I know you have many times of fair and objective posts here, using stats and such, and you gotta at least consider that UM did a decent job in recruiting. We have some good potential in the class.

Agree that the jury is still out on coaching, especially on the D side, but you gotta give Golden and his staff fair credit for the work they did in the face of the NCAA stuff. Not an easy sell to UM.

Ice Harris = Randy Shannon's pet, UM fans "persona non grata", UM traitor, uninformed mouth piece, and possibly a future headache for all fans of The U (as far as BTW players is concerned)!!!!

I support Coach AL GOLDEN, and I believe in the process he started two years ago and one which is well on its way to GREATNESS AGAIN.

It would be nice 2 go on a cane blog and actually not have to worry about idiot gator and fsu fans that are worried miami is on the way back. Go to UF Blog or FSU blog and talk it up with your buddies on how it would be like to have an undefeated regular season. I know its never happened in Gainesville and I think 1 time in tally but I might b wrong(i think 1 loss), so someday, sometime, maybe northern FL would get the feel of a dynasty and undefeated Team.

AGAIN.......THE STATE OF MIAMI

Did u guys hear how Stacy Coley said"""I Dont want to play vs Tracy Howard and Deon Bush and DUKE, I want to play with them. THATS WHAT ALONZO HIGHSMITH SAID IN THE U DOC. ...We got 4 of the top 5 so fla kids, and If COLLINS COMMITTS, we got 5 of the top 6.........This year was a down year , but next year is supposed to be loaded 20-25 deep with 4-5 star talent own here...........WE ARE ON THE WAY BACK

It is addition manny not edition

Well, The final rankings.
247 sports which is a multi site composite has Miami ranked #17 http://247sports.com/Season/2013-Football/CompositeTeamRankings
Thats the link
#2 ESPN has us #21
Since Rivals and Scout just add up points so small class means lower #, I did the avg star on both
Rivals #15
Scout #20

SO. Wtih a tiny class, #17 and #21 on 247 and espn IS PRETTY DARN GOOD FOR SANTION LOOMINGS. MATTER OF FACT> GREAT JOB AL

247 sports ranks us #17 as mentioned
Espn #21. HERES THE GOOD NEWS . thats on 16 guys, the lockley kid from VA didnt send in letter yet.

5 early enrolees mean they count for last years class, so 11 kids only went in this class. thats what AL was talking about SELF PUNISHMENT.

So. 2 bowl bans, 1 acc title ban, 2011 players suspended, ray ray kicked off team, and now 11 scholarships for 2013 class based on the early enrollees(unless some rules changed). So that was Smart by AL.

HAS TO BE TIME SERVED>...........

How concerned are you about the defensive tackle spot?

"We're going to have some options there. Again, it is what it is. You want to stay in there with the best kids in the country and sometimes you win and sometimes you lose. Getting Gus Edwards today, Stacy Coley and Jermaine Grace.

It is what it is huh ?

Well it's totally Unacceptable and a direct reflection on Golden to not even get at the very least 1 or 2 DT Signees to compete at a position of DIRE need.

And then bringing up Edwards, Coley and Grace ? Exactly what a Magician does when showing you there's nothing up his sleaves... Nothing to see here. We're ok.

Listen, I like Golden, but don't pizzz on my leg and up upwards and say it's raining.Not buying it Coach G.

"Terry Richardson is expected to be hired by the Jaguars"

BRING BACK DON SOLDINGER!!!!!!!!!!

Go Canes!

Is it the transcription or is this guy just barely literate? Don't get me wrong; he's ours and I love his coaching and his recruiting. But...damn, dude.

A few thoughts regarding Mr. Gallo:

A special thank you to Gallo for posting enough stupidity over a 12 hour period to keep Congress going another 20 years.

When first joining this blog I was convinced that Gallo was posting comments that were designed to be tongue-in-cheek and so far off the planet that he was making it clear his efforts were comedic in nature.

But, I have since learned, with the help of today, that his stupidity and/or insanity is not an act at all…this is truly a case of—what you see, is what you get!

Put Gallo at a busy intersection in a large city with a grocery cart filled with odds and ends he has collected in his travels and you’ve got one of those Cats who blathers on for hours, not speaking to anyone in particular, sharing completely incoherent thoughts and ideas.

Gallo is the Raymond character in the ‘Rain Man’ absent the intellect…Ten minutes to Wapner! Ten minutes to Wapner! Ten minutes to Wapner! ... Fire Al Golden! Fire Al Golden! Fire Al Golden!

Allow me to respectfully suggest to Canes fans that we make Gallo our Mascot who plays the fall guy to the Ibis. Can’t you see it…Gallo makes one of his never-ending whacky comments and the Ibis wallops him over the head with an oversized sponge rubber mallet or possibly an iron mallet, this will have to be worked-out.

At any rate…Al Golden and his team did another spectacular job today and once the NCAA attack dogs are finally caged then the sky will be the limit for our program…Go Canes!

Oh, and exactly and what are those options Coach that will be different than last year since we are exactly the same at DT as last year ? I cannot believe I just had to write that. No way after last year did I think we wouldn't have atleast 4 DT signees. Sheeeet the Gayturds signed 5 DT and already have a half Dozen. It's the difference between SEC Elite and the rest.

If Ray Lewis lll gains 100 lbs. he can play at DT..

Collins' mom is worried about who is going to get her cigarettes.

Wes, I went back on 247 sports and he got 2-3 DT"s last class and names I dont remember playin this year, so they must have redshirted.

also the Nigerian Kid is a DT and now rised to #77 on espns Juco 100...Hes big

Hunter Knighton is listed as DT on one of the sites.

Anthony Chickillo can move over to DT, as hes getting bigger. His dad was a DT....

Yea, 1-2 woulda been great, but GOLDEN PROVED HE WONT SETTLE FOR LESSER COMPETETION.....I am glad about that. Why bring in a 2 star guy that isnt a Miami guy. Rivals has kamalu as 2 star juco but Espn moved him up to #77 on the Juco 100, after goldie got his committ so he must b a good one..

Next year will add 3-4 guys. I totally agree. But we have alot of DTs on the roster, its time to get them some HGH or somethin

Great job coach (coaches) under these circumstances, with all the enemy coaches spewing lies and using the NCAA against the U this was a masterful performance

Tis deserves a raise from the U

I am disappointed with the lack of D Linemen, however all things being considered- this is truly a great class.

If Terry Richardson leaves for the NFL. The U should hire Clinton Portis to coach the RBs. We should also bring Ken Dorsey in to coach QBs. That would help in recruiting too. Who in Dade or Broward wouldn't want to play for two former great Canes?

An ode to Jim Gallo...a man, or more probably, a woman who needs no introduction:

A special thank you to Gallo for posting enough stupidity over a 12 hour period to keep Congress going another 20 years.

When first joining this blog I was convinced that Gallo was posting comments that were designed to be tongue-in-cheek and so far off the planet that he was making it clear his efforts were comedic in nature.

But, I have since learned, with the help of today, that his stupidity and/or insanity is not an act at all…this is truly a case of—what you see, is what you get!

Put Gallo at a busy intersection in a large city with a grocery cart filled with odds and ends he has collected in his travels and you’ve got one of those Cats who blathers on for hours, not speaking to anyone in particular, sharing completely incoherent thoughts and ideas.

Gallo is the Raymond character in the ‘Rain Man’ absent the intellect…Ten minutes to Wapner! Ten minutes to Wapner! Ten minutes to Wapner! ... Fire Al Golden! Fire Al Golden! Fire Al Golden!

Allow me to respectfully suggest to Canes fans that we make Gallo our Mascot who plays the fall guy to the Ibis. Can’t you see it…Gallo makes one of his never-ending whacky comments and the Ibis wallops him over the head with an oversized sponge rubber mallet or possibly an iron mallet, this will have to be worked-out.

At any rate…Al Golden and his team did another spectacular job today and once the NCAA attack dogs are finally caged then the sky will be the limit for our program…Go Canes!

The Nigerian Kid that is rated a JUCO #77 on espn has DT as his position. Chickilo like allen bailey will b moved to Tackle, he is beefin up and doesnt look speedy. We have Dequan Ivery and Jalen Grimble and 2 others from last yrs class(some redshirted)> Wasnt it mentioned Tyriq Mccord the 4-5 star guy last yr was gonna move to DT also?

With the speed of Alquaddin Muhammed, he has to b on the field righ away rushing the passer...

Anyway, we might have gotten the best pash rushing D-end in ALquaddin Muhammed. He dominated with his speed rush gettin to he qb in the army all american game. also, the DE from California, rated #58 overall regardless of positions on Rivals Juco 100 is suppoed to be a sack machine also. Devonte Bond.
PLus, the Juco DT Kamalu shot up into the JUCO 100 after golden got his committment.

So Guys , relax, we have alot redshirting and these kids r gonna get bigger/stronger....

We didn't do well at DT, but we've picked up some nice talent. Better show improvement this season.

UFAMBA KAMALU---ESPNS #78th player regardless of position in JUCO 100---- POSITION DT

ESPN Analyst
Updated 02/06/2013

Kamalu is a big prospect who moves around the D-line and can offer some scheme versatility. In a four-man front, he is best suited as an interior player, but certainly offers some swing man potential. He is a physically good looking prospect who possesses nice length

The D-line should at least be better than last year but still the weakness of the team. The DBs are now loaded with talent which will hopefully allow more man to man coverage so D'Ofoolio can bring another man in the box to help with the run....if he can figure it out.

Has anyone heard anything on the Alex Collins and his Mother situation? Now that is a mama who knows what is best for her son. This reminds me of the Kellen Winslow and Kellen Winslow, Jr situation when the son wanted to go to Washington and the father overrided his son's wishes by telling him that he would be going to the U and look how that turned out for Winslow. He's a NfL Te. Just goes to show parents know whats best for their kids. C'mon Alex to the U where you can be a legend.

Golden was recruiting with one hand behind his back and still got a very good class. With all if the self imposed sanctions and the NCAA screwing up their investigation, Miami will get time served and move forward.

I don't know if I want Collins..the guy doesn't want to be here. Great talent, but I'm concerned his heart isnt in it.

Alex Collins you would be great for Us right now. You already committed so come on back into the folds. We need three tailbacks anyway so come on and tote that note for us. If Richardson leaves we already need to have Soldy on deck.

Can golden still recruit him?

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