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Canes land RB Edwards, but miss out on Booker T.'s Matthew Thomas, Denver Kirkland

Al Golden was hoping for a big finish on National Signing Day.

So far, it hasn't panned out that way for the University of Miami -- even though the Hurricanes' biggest recruiting battles are happening right in their backyard.

Booker T. Washington All-American linebacker Matthew Thomas, the top player in Miami-Dade County and a consensus five-star recruit, picked Florida State over Miami, USC and Georgia Wednesday morning, a decision announced in front of a national cable TV audience on ESPNU, family, friends, coaches and teammates in the school auditorium.

Five minutes later, All-American offensive lineman and teammate Denver Kirkland announced he was going to Arkanas and passing on UM, which six days prior appeared to be the leader for his services before they pulled his scholarship following the team's state championship parade through Overtown. Two days later, UM invited Kirkland and his mother down to campus to smooth things over and put the scholarship offer back on the table. But it apparently wasn't enough to divert him away from Tallahassee.

Miami, which swayed offensive coordinator James Coley away from FSU last month, was hoping Coley might provide some help in the important recruiting battle. Coley had been Kirkland's and Thomas' prime recruiter for the Seminoles. But FSU and Arkansas -- where former UM coach Randy Shannon is now an assistant -- got the last laughs in the end.

Thomas (6-3 1/2, 210) produced 70 tackles, 10 sacks and two blocked field goals for the Tornadoes en route to All-Dade and All-State First Team honors. Kirkland (6-3, 333) anchored an offense that averaged 416 yards and 49 points a game on its way to a 13-1 record and the Class 4A state championship.

Miami came into the day in the running for seven highly-touted prospects.

Earlier in the morning, the Canes got some good news when Staten Island Tottenville (N.Y.) running back Augustus Edwards, ranked the No. 1 fullback in the nation by Rivals.com, announced he had picked Miami over Florida State.

Edwards, a 6-1, 222-pound three-star prospect according to Rivals, was previously a Syracuse commitment. He visited UM recently and came away impressed. He ran for 868 yards and 10 touchdowns on 107 attempts this past season for Tottenville. He also produced 11 tackles and three sacks on defense.

Tailback was a position of need for UM, which lost out South Plantation blue-chip running back Alex Collins when he committed to Arkansas on Monday. Although the Hurricanes are heading into the 2013 season with Atlantic Coast Freshman of the Year Duke Johnson as the star tailback UM had just three other scholarship running backs on the roster. The Canes are hoping Edwards can provide depth along with senior Eduardo Clements (5-9, 192), redshirt sophomore Dallas Crawford (5-10, 190) and redshirt freshman Danny Dillard (6-2, 225).

About an hour after Edwards' announcement Wednesday, UM lost out on Port St. Lucie Centennial four-star defensive tackle Jaynard Bostwick (6-4, 280). Rated the 286th best prospect in the country regardless of position, Bostwick chose Florida over Miami and Alabama. Bostwick is the cousin of UM linebacker Thurston Armbrister. He tallied 65 tackles and two sacks his senior season.

The Hurricanes have been in dire need of an upgrade at defensive tackle. UM finished 112th in run defense last season out of 120 Football Bowl Subdivision programs, allowing 217.92 yards per game. Tuesday, three-star Navarro junior college (Corsicana, Tex.) defensive tackle Terrell Brooks (6-4, 300) passed on the Canes to sign with Baylor.

How much has the two-year long NCAA investigation hurt Miami's class this year? ESPN recruiting analyst Corey Long said he doesn't think it "plays as much of a factor on a day-to-day basis" and some people think.

"I just think they hit on some and missed on some," Long said. 'I'm just really surprised Miami didn't focus more on defensive linemen. Maybe the NCAA forced them to keep their numbers down so they kind of have to pick and choose where they go. But I would have expected more defensive lineman."

UM is still in the running for three more highly-touted prospects -- including one defensive tackle.

The top player in Broward County Oakland Park Northeast receiver Stacy Coley (6-1, 175) is set to announce his decision at 11:05 a.m. on ESPNU. His coach, former UM running back Donnell Bennett, said Coley was choosing between Miami, Florida State and South Florida. Coley, rated the 13th best receiver in the country by Rivals.com, caught 29 passes for 513 yards and 10 TDs his senior season en route to All-Dade First Team honors.

Delray Beach Atlantic defensive tackle Keith Bryant, an Under-Armour All-American and four-star recruit, will announce his college choice at 1:45 p.m. on ESPNU. Bryant (6-1 1/2, 302) was a UM commitment but pulled back on it and has since flirted with South Carolina and Florida State.

Miramar High four-star recruit and U.S. Army All-American linebacker Jermaine Grace, once thought to be a strong UM-lean, will choose between the Hurricanes and Louisville at 2 p.m. on ESPNU. Grace (6-1, 195) racked up 115 tackles, four sacks and two interceptions his senior season.

The Hurricanes came into National Signing Day with 14 commitments as part of its class including five early enrollees (four-star JUCO tight end Beau Sandland out of California; three-star tight end Standish Dobard from New Orleans; three-star pass rushing specialist Alex Figueroa out of Virginia; three-star lineman Hunter Knighton from New Jersey; Three-star offensive tackle Sunny Odogwu from prep school in Virginia).

Of the remaining nine non-binding commitments who were supposed to fax over signed national letters of intent, the school had announced the arrival of seven of them on Twitter as of 9:45 a.m.

Those were: Miami Northwestern All-American cornerback Artie Burns; All-American defensive end Al-Quadin Muhammad of New Jersey's Don Bosco Prep; Four-star quarterback of the future Kevin Olsen; Miami Southridge four-star safety Jamal Carter; Cincinnati Moeller three-star offensive tackle Alex Gall; Lake Mary Prep athlete Ray Lewis III, whose father is former Hurricane and recent Super Bowl winner and Butler Community College (Kan.) three-star defensive tackle Ufomba Kamalu.

Those that haven't arrived yet: California JUCO three-star pass rushing specialist Devante Bond and Virginia three-star athlete Ryheem Lockley.

National recruiting analyst JC Shurburtt of 247Sports.com, who ranked UM's class 27th coming into Wednesday, said while the Canes needed to do better in their own backyard Golden and his staff still have put together a solid class.

"They did go get a quality player out of New Orleans in [tight end] Standish Dobard," Shurburtt said. "I like Hunter Knighton a lot. I think Sunny Odogwu is going to be a very good player. Alex Figueroa is a guy I saw in a camp who I thought had tremendous physical upside. Sandland is the top JUCO tight end in the country.

"Kevin Olsen is the perfect quarterback to go in there and distribute the ball to speedy playmakers like Miami always had. They really haven't had a quarterback with his type of upside in quite awhile.

"But then you look and you've got Artie Burns and Jamal Carter holding down the fort as the only South Florida kids and Ray Lewis III, a legacy kid, being the third kid from Florida. If you are Miami you like to see more guys from South Florida."

Charles Fishbein of EliteScoutingServices.com said he thinks the best player in UM's class is Muhammad.

"He's fills a major position of need," said Fishbein, who pointed out UM finished 113th in the country with just 13 sacks last season. "He's somebody who could get pressure on the quarterback. He's probably their top player along with Jamal Carter and Artie Burns. They're probably the most elite of their class. Artie has the potential to be very good. He has size and speed. He has the physical attributes to be a very good corner. If he works hard he has the potential to play at the next level.

"I think Olsen is the best quarterback they've signed in five, six years. He's got a good arm, can make most of the throws, has been brought up in a football family. In Miami's system they don't need the super physical skills. They just need the guy who can get them the ball. He's going to get them in the right plays, make good throws. He's been trained very well."

UM coach Al Golden will hold a press conference at 4 p.m. Wednesday to discuss the 2013 signing class.

UM's sports information department is hosting a show with UM assistant coaches on HurricaneSports.com and ESPN3 throughout the morning. The show concludes at 12:30 p.m.

UM is hosting a Fan Signing Day party at Buffalo Wild Wings in Sunset Place (across US-1 from the UM campus) from 5 to 7 p.m.


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yeah canesssssssssss coley another one. awesome job by golden and staff. new ocord got coley for us. losing that coach is hurting fsu

We have shots at 2 more espn 150 players Grace and BRYANT, 2 Defensive players, but Golden has a few more rabbitts in his hat. Mark it down.

Apparently Bostwick still hasn't sent in his LOI.......just saying.



Are you guys morons bryant is gonna add to fsu list and we might get t grace but he's prob going to ville. Al is getting killed in recruiting. He is running out of excuses, he is in way over his head. U can't get away with under the radar guys playing major college football. That might work at temple but not here.

How are we getting killed, we have 5 espn 150 players, 6 with sandland, with looming sanctions are rated 23 by espn right now?? We have the #1 Wr in So Fla, #1 FB in the nation ,top 5 qb olsen, top 3 DE muhammed, SOUTH FL's 2 best DB;s burns and carter.


Are we still in play for DE Akeem Joffer from Zamunda?


Go 'canes!

Posted by: Sarasota 'cane | February 06, 2013 at 09:44 AM

ROFL, this man off the chain, lol. king joffi joffa!

those gys are full of s..it..snactions did not play a key role in any of these players....

people are trying use that as an excuse...colins left because he hates instability, fisch left and he had a deep personnal relationship with bielema that goes back to wisconsin.....boswick left because he and his parent totally were ignored at UM weekend...he tweeted it the following day....matthew thomas left because of kirkland as well as the state of UM defense.....kirkland left because of the scholarship but just as important golden on the second day didnt even bother to meet him or his parents..

bryant goes to fsu.....grace to louisville...and dont think randy shannon dosent have his hand in all of this....speaking of shannon....why did we get rid of him again?

please advise, lo

espn is reporting some issue with Alex collins at so plantation. anyone know what it is??

ohio u silly sob, canes doing great job

Collins has NOT signed his LOI yet, his Mom and family/friends trying to get him to stay home.

Jeremy Crabtree
@Miamihurricanes: We're monitoring the Alex Collins situation.


Thomas is a huge miss, Coley is a huge get.

How did we miss on Thomas?

Espn is sending corey long to so plant high to see if its true that he is switching from Arkansas to Miami.....

jim gallo, i like how goldie ignored skai moore than at the last minute once matthew thomas rolled out, here you go skai, that man rolled out to South Carlina which i think is a good fit for him myself, they play strong defense over their.

Also, jermaine grace coming here, lol, like i said earlier, even if matthew thomas came here, who's spot was he going to take, dzp,i don't think so, was he going to sit eddie johnson down on the strong side, not strong enuff, was he going to play middle linebacker, nope nope, i'm glad to see guys going to schools of their choice.

Like i said, it was disrespectful for goldie to do what he did and than turn round and still try and recruit his boy matthew thomas, nobody down here with that FS. goldie will find out the hard way and if luke and ice start putting the word out on goldie, he can hang it up. goldie's best bet is to realize, his success lies in how he deals with Miami, all this drama he's causing is uncessary.

#Clemson up to No. 14 & Miami up three spots to No. 21 in updated ESPN class rankings --> http://es.pn/RCzqrZ


We got Coley,,but dang , I forgot Randy SHannon is at Arkansas and he has good ties with HArris,,,we are in trouble...

Well. So Fla was weak this year. Al Golden landed the #1 Wr in So FLa, and the #1 and #2 Db's in So Fla, and Alex Collins is said to be switching to Miami. ..he missed out on Thomas which is not a need and we have 3 OL committs for kirkland.

Sounds like he did ok in a small class

these recruits only care about bowl apperances, so if UM satisfied that...the scholarship sanction would be meaningless to these guys....what do they care if UM has 15 less scholarships to give out while they are playing....its all a total ruse to deflect the real void which is the head coach and his DC....

2012 Golden casualties:

keion payne
devonta davis
jeremy davis
ray ray armstrong
thomas finnie
gionni paul
travis williams
jamal reid
kelvin cain
Vaughn telemaque
tracy howard
eddie johnson
curtis porter
luther robinson
darius smith

2013 golden casualties

alex collins
denver kirkland
terrell brooks
matthew thomas
jaynard bostwick

how much more pain do we as fans have to endure until a change is made?

"Those guys are full of s..it..snactions did not play a key role in any of these players...."

Posted by: Jim Gallo



You have posted some of the dumbest comments I have read on any blog...period! But, your quote above is the bell ringer of stupidity.

As an aside; Al Golden took a team that was spiraling into a fatal crash and turned them around to an extent that last year they qualified to play in the ACC Championship game. Yet, you are on the blog day and night calling for him to be fired, along with other comments that put a whole new definition on the word...clueless.

We are going to go through this again next year after having new coaches Mario, Cooley, with Al on staff and after moving past the disciplinary process with the NCAA. Not scared the least bit... We'll clean up next year and seasons to come.


Posted by: Dom | February 06, 2013 at 11:11 AM

And on Defense we still have a 4 lane open highway between the O-Tackles. How on earth we got no high impact "NOT PROJECTS" D.T.'s is a complete and utter epic failure. Just Pathetic. Here we go again.

Well, ranked 21 in the country and rising on espn is a failure Gallo? 5 espn 150 playes with looming sanctions, 7 counting the Juco 100 players

The Canes are now ranked as the #21 class, this with the NCAA doing everything in their power to destroy our program.

This incredible job by Al Golden and his staff will go down in UM history as one of the greatest recruiting jobs ever.

Thank you Coach Golden...Go Canes!

Just the Facts, Gallo is either retired and spend ALL DAY on the internet, or a dumb kid who does NOTHING but cut n paste. His ramblings make NO sense at all.

Look at Jacoby Brisett, out of UF and call the U for a shot. Now he's looking elsewhere after we said there was no room. It's about coaching staff and the abilithy to foster a competitive environment. Let kids go where they want. I am extremely confident in the coaching staff at the U. Our players are gonna play hard and execute. That's what separates good from bad in terms of UM teams.

Collins not signing anywhere today, as Mom has gotten to him and he's going to mull it over some more.

Jim. what about that collins leaving hawgs?

I dont know how you can watch espn right now....UM has become totally irrellevent....Im sick just listening to it...alabama is flying sky high...how and when can UM ever catch them with this staff....golden looks done and defeated.....

please call butch....

collins leaving....i doubt that....he wouldnt go back on his word to bret....dont know where you are reading that..i am retired but working from home....love this post, help pass the time....very entertaining, and yes....24/7 call for golden to be fired....especially now that butch is avalible...got to get him before he goes somewhere else

Jim Gallo is a internet COWARD! and a Butch Davis CACK succer!

It's on ESPN and also Rivals.

sound like some last ditch effort by someone....his quote was he though everything was all set....I would be extremely suprised but happy that he comes to UM.....but I dont see that...it is his decision, he dosne tseem to be the source of all this...well have to see

Bielema just admitted that they do not have paperwork in on Alex Collins. He sounded shaken...interesting development, although I for one would be stunned if Alex didn't sign with the hogs.


Hogs Coach Bielema on ESPNU said that papework on Alex Collins "had not come in yet." By contrast, Kirkland's already had. Wonder if there is a back story to Collins?

Does anyone have 'factual' information that it is Alex Collins mother who has convinced him not to send in his paperwork to Arkansas at this time?

This is an odd development as you know Arkansas set-up that announcemnt in Atlanta to get the full exposure on the Collins situation, which means they must have had 100% confidence he would be a Hog.

As I am typing this ESPN-U is reporting that his mother literally confiscated his paperwork and left the school not wanting him to sign with Arky...amazing!!!

Collins mother ran off with his letter of intent because she wasn't happy with his choice ROFLMAO




look it is perfectly understandable....the mom probably wants him close to home... my wife wanted my son close also this year....the parents are EXTREMELY IMPORTANT....that could sway him back to UM...

she could be the deal breaker


Louisville just scored again and a correctional bus is out collecting your latest convicts...err...recruits.

Nice job in detroying the Sugar Bowl's tradition and reputation with the worst attendance for that game in 80 years, not to mention the biggest BCS arse whopping in history.

PS: Congratulations to you and your basketball team after getting whacked by the basketball powerhouse...Arkansas! LMAO!

Gallo is a punk! And 'Cool 'Cat is a racist RS cack sucking coward! Both are nothing but a couple of internet tough talkers who wouldnt hae the stones to talk that mess anywhere near the streets of the 305. Its all about the U baby. Alex Collins stay home rep your city.

Somebody (not you Gallo) please explain the Ole Miss recruiting class to me.

At some point the NCAA may turn their crossed-eyes to the SEC and investigate their practices as the quality of recruits who have suddenly decided to attend a school that some say is located in an armpit is nothing short of astounding.


hey nick...your the punk, I grew up on 5 blocks from miami high...where did you grow up...f...king kendall and went to killian? you dont even what the 305 is....you still have beef stew in your pants....

Lets meet up mano a mano Gallo and ill show you how much of punk i am. Pick a place in anywhere in the 305 coward and ill be there within 30 minutes. And will see who the man is. Que bola?


Butch Davis was fired from North Carolina after the football team runs into trouble with the NCAA. What does Jim Gallo want? He wants UM to fire Al Golden and hire Butch Davis? That's retarded. Either he's not a UM fan or he just wants the NCAA investigators to have a permanent office at the UM campus. Get off of Butch's d! ck and go root for another team while we enjoy Al Golden turning around our program with kids that want to be Canes and who represent the University in a positive light, well after their playing days are over.

We need elite DT's to sign. We landed one outta ten top targets. This class not only smll but just plain weak. Dissapointed.

Welcome to you and your family, Jermaine! A great decision on your part. Look forward to you making a difference for the Canes in the years to come!

Great class Miami. We do not want kids that don't want to be here anyway. Golden got the kids that will bleed Green and orange. Defensive front will be much bigger and stronger this year. We will be ok. A Florida win at home this September will turn some heads. Could be a 11-1 or 12-0 season. We got some canes over here, woosh, woosh

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