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UM 2014 quarterback commit Alin Edouard of Hialeah High decommits -- wasn't feeling the love

Just got off the phone with HIaleah coach Marc Berman, who confirmed that dual-threat quarterback Alin Edouard has decommitted from the Miami Hurricanes.

The news was first reported by SFHSSports.com.

This comes as no surprise. It was just a matter of time. I don't think anyone who knows anything about the situation ever thought Eduoard would be a Hurricane.

Someone well entrenched with the Hurricanes told me more than a month ago that Edouard was not expected to play at UM. The Hurricanes already have West Hills (Calif.) Chaminade High junior Brad Kaaya, a 6-4, 213-pound, four-star pro-style quarterback (Rivals) committed to UM for 2014, as well as three-star (Rivals) quarterback Malik Rosier of Mobile, Ala.

Rivals.com has Edouard as a three-star player. He told me in the spring that he was 6-1 1/2. He weighs about 180.

When I talked to Alin in May, he told me that UM, his "dream school'' that he orally pledged to in February, was no longer a lock.

He said back then that the coaches had barely communicated with him, and that then-new offensive coordinator James Coley had only talked to him for the first time through a private message on Facebook.

Just now, Berman told me he was contacted by Edouard this morning and told of the news.

"According to what he told me,'' Berman said, "He wasn't feeling it like before. He just didn't feel the same way. A lot of schools give him a lot of communication via social media and things like that, and I guess he wasn't getting that kind of feedback from Miami. He felt it would be better to keep his options open at this particular time.

"He wants to play this season and make a decision after this season.''

Edouard threw for 198 yards and ran for more than 60 yards this weekend, Berman said, in Hialeah's 32-0 victory over Miami Springs.

Berman said he is a huge Al Golden and UM supporter, and does not tell his players where they should or shouldn't go.

"I think Coach Golden has done a great job since he's been at Miami,'' Berman said. "I have a good relationship with a lot of those coaches. My job is to give my players as many opportunities as they can get. I tell them the pros and cons. ''

  Edouard completed 64 of 132 passes for 926 yards and nine touchdowns, with nine interceptions as  a junior last season. He ran for 559 yards and seven touchdowns.

Edouard is good friends with former Miami Northwestern quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, in his junior season at Louisville. In May, Edouard told me he had talked to at least two Louisville coaches, including head coach Charlie Strong, and was very interested in the Cardinals.

Edouard also noted Syracuse, USF and Tennessee as options to replace UM should he decommit, which obviously, has now happened. Berman also named Cincinnati, Wisconsin and Nebraska as school that had expressed interest in Edouard.

"The only thing I know,'' Berman said, "is he had been trying to call the UM coaches during the week. I know he spoke to someone at UM via social media to inform them."





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To be considered such a "smart a$%", I sure do ask a lot of questions, but they're never answered. The one time I get a response, its like duh!, dummy, "c'mon man."

Anyone know what the derogatory usage of "freelancing" is? As coach put it.

Posted by: HarrietTubmanCane | September 02, 2013 at 11:55 AM


You only ask questions designed to elicit negative responses regarding the Canes and Coach Golden. Your act is tired and transparent...Just sayin!

" we seem to just engage and hold up one dude, " who simply does a swim technique arm motion, freeing himself to reach around and grab our RBs. The only O-Linemen i see getting up field is Figueroa. I believe Flowers may have these bad intentions for LBs as well! Dallas Crawford and my boy Clements aren't slouches, but are also dependent on consistent maulings upfront.

Posted by: HarrietTubmanCane | September 02, 2013 at 02:05 PM


Isn't ' ironic ' HTB, that both the O-line and D-line use the " ENGAGE AND HOLD UP ONE PLAYER " technique.

And speaking of third-down conversions. Miami was a ' sub-par 4-14 ' on 3rd down Friday night. That isn't going to get done against a stauch Florida defense!

Heck, the Canes were even " 0-2 " on fourth down and one-yard.

As I SAGACIOUSLY stated previously, the winner will be determinded by the better head coach and coaching coordinators. hUh.

Unfortunately for y'all Cane bUbba's, Miami's defensive coordiantor is still bumming around in upscale Coral Gables. Abeit I give him MEGA-credit for the F.A.U. game and what not. Seriously I do, Hurricane rUffian!

Posted by: D | September 02, 2013 at 01:38 PM


So that's how it works. Based on your sage thinking that means anytime Vince Lombardi, Don Shula, Bill Belichick, Bud Wilkinson, Paul "Bear" Bryant, Jimmy Johnson lost a game it meant the opposing teams had better head coaches and coaching coordinators.

Question: When you post your reams of crappola on this blog do you ever read it before doing so?

Beware of the camp champs, those things are just like combines. Reminds of hearing how a player can throw a ball 70 yards on 1 knee, WHO CARES, that's not a play you gone see in a game, all i want to know is can he move the chains and put the offense in the endzone, anything outside of that, means nothing. From what i saw Friday night, same ole stephen morris, will make some throws and will throw alot of untimely passes, to many times on third downs like last year he keeps throwing to the man that's well short of the first down mark.

Posted by: Calvin | September 02, 2013 at 02:20 PM


Yeah Calvin, what do the Manning brothers and father know about QB's or highly successful coaches with 30 to 40 years of experience who observed Morris at the Manning QB Academy and raved about the kid.

I'm going with your observations, because after all you watched some UM games in the past so it would be foolish not too take your word over the Manning's and other professional football experts.

Alright folks...nothing to see here as Calvin has now declared Morris to be average at best...this case is closed!

Calvin - STFU, you've already demonstrated that you have no f*cking clue what you're talking about.

Shalala never overlapped with Butch Davis, you clearly don't know a goddamn thing about UM or UM football.

Just crawl back into your hole.

Calvin, How did shalala go to bat for willie williams? You ignorant moron,

As president she met with coker and agreed to give him a second chance. Any other president would have cut his selfish, thug, ignorant a55. He proved her wrong, of course.

By the way, how did that other new york jet qb do?

Those spread offenses dont prepare kids for the NFL! With few exceptions: rg3, and cam newton, maybe even aaron rogers when he was at cal.


Such a big fan, don't even go to the games.

Absolute worst kind of fan - spoiled, entitled little brat who only likes UM because they used to win championships, now you just spend all day every day because they're not giving you the vicarious success that you so desperately need because you have nothing else going on in your life.

Find another team loser, Miami doesn't need sh*tty bandwagon fans like you.

Indications are that the "U" will be ranked in the top 25 when the latest polls come out. The "U" could be ranked anywhere between 25 and 23. Go Canes.

Posted by: jra | September 02, 2013 at 12:12 PM



Cool cat
Cane 72

You idiots can go post your opinions on twitter and facebook. Im not saying you are not entitled to your opinions. Free country

But this is a miami blog. Not a gator blog, not a seminole blog. Its not even an open ended blog.

You dumba55es come in here and post the stupidest most idiotic, most un football like posts who no one here cares to read. Who are you trying to convince?

If you want to communicate with one another get each others twitter accts and post your garbage to each other

Bc nobody here gives a rats a55 about what you have to say

Miamisouthpaw.com 9/27/07
End Of The Line For Willie Williams

He was once the most heavily recruited high school linebacker in the country. But today former Carol City High School star Willie Williams has again thrown away a once promising college football career. Williams was arrested by Louisville police for possession of marijuana and has been dismissed from the University of Louisville football team. 

Louisville was the second school to give Williams a chance. Williams had begun his college career at the University of Miami. During his senior year of high school, Williams was asked to write a diary for the Miami Herald to chronicle his recruiting visits. But while visiting the University of Florida, Williams was arrested and charged with setting off a fire extinguisher in a UF dorm building and hugging a girl against her will. While these seem like silly offenses. It later became public Williams had an extensive arrest record as a juvenile. He was arrested 11 times as a youth. His last arrest came in Pembroke Pines for stealing stereo equipment from a store before his senior year of high school. 

Despite his huge rap sheet, colleges didn't shy away from recruiting Williams. He was the most dominant linebacker many longtime Dade County high school football observers had ever seen. In the 2003 Class 6A championship game, Williams made made 11 tackles including 4 behind the line of scrimmage and knocked out the opposing team's starting quarterback. Carol City was crowned state champs defeating Orlando Edgewater. That great performance only fueled the hunger of colleges like Auburn, FSU, UF and Miami to pursue Williams with scholarship offers.

In the end Williams chose to attend Miami. But as soon as he signed his letter of intent to play for UM, the Miami Herald came out with an article that exposed his juvenile arrest record. He quickly became the posterchild of the "thug" athlete. But to label Williams as a thug is not quite that simple. Williams was also an honors student and scored over 1,100 on his SATs. But his book smarts couldn't hide his reputation of bad behavior. 

Despite Williams criminal history, UM stood behind im. UM President Donna Shalala had to written a letter to the university's distinguished alumni assuring them Williams would be under a zero tolerance policy and deserved a chance to turn his life around. Then UM head coach Larry Coker took a lot of criticism for sticking with Williams. 

For a while it appeared Williams was on his way to cleaning up his act. During his two years at UM, he never had any off field problems or arrests. However, his lack of discipline did catch up with him on the practice field. Williams was labled as uncoachable and was not willing to learn or fit into Randy Shannon's defensive scheme. Williams found himself on the bench and only saw sparse action at UM. With his relationship with Shannon growing colder, Williams decided to leave UM. He spent last year at West Los Angeles Community College before transferring to Louisville.

At Louisville, Williams was given a new opportunity for a fresh start. The Louisville program was just coming off a Big East championship and a victory in the Fed Ex Orange Bowl. But again, Williams was unable to fit into Louisville defensive scheme. In high school Williams excelled using his freelance style of play. But in college he wasn't discipline enough to play within a system. His ability as a player was never questioned. But his desire to be coached and fit into a system never matched his physical ability. Williams found himself third string on Louisville's depth chart and barely played in the Cardinals first three games. 

It appears Williams's college career is now over. He still has one year of eligibility left. But it's unlikely another school will put up with Williams behavior or his nasty reputation. He will go down as one of the biggest wastes of talent to come out of Dade County. Hopefully some of the young kids playing high school football can learn from Williams situation and use him as a role model of what not to do.

Actual letter from President Shalala to UM Alumni:

I feel an obligation to communicate with the University community on an issue in the news.

In my experience, most higher educational institutions in this country consider institutional interests above any others in making decisions, despite protestations to the contrary that we are acting in the interests of our students, or faculty, or staff. In the case of our decision to admit Mr. Willie Williams, we probably should take a pass knowing the outcry might be damaging to our hard-earned reputation.We choose not to in this case. Not because, as many would argue, we need his exceptional talent on the football team. Indeed, anyone who knows anything about UM football knows we have so much talent that we have the luxury of being more selective and continuing our dominance in the upper echelons of college football. We do exactly that every year; our coaches take character and the ability of a young man to successfully complete a course of study very seriously. They also know from history that it is hard to predict how well a highly-prized recruit will do or, God forbid, if an injury will destroy an athletic career.

We choose to trust the experience of our coaches.More importantly, we choose to support the recommendation of members of our faculty and staff who constituted our admissions group. They possess broad experience in reading complicated admissions applications, which in this case revealed a more accurate picture of a young man than what you have heard and read to date. Laws protecting the files of young people have resulted in inaccurate public reports -- and sloppy conclusions by various so-called experts.

This is hardly a perfect applicant to the University. Oh, how we love perfection -- perfect grades, perfect character, and perfect recommendations. Those are the easy ones! This young man is not perfect and has made some bad decisions -- in friends, in behavior, etc. However, he is young, and his file reveals academic talent as well as the better-known athletic ability.

Mr. Williams is also one of us -- a son of Miami. We have a special obligation, relationship, and commitment to the young people of our South Florida community. We want them to continue to think of us as a place of academic excellence and opportunity. My friends and advisors have suggested that some institution will take him if we don't; I believe that to be a true statement. However, our reading of his application is that he will have the possibility of a real future if he attends an institution that is both tough and demanding academically.

Therefore, as a condition of admission, we have placed the bar high for him. There will be academic conditions that he must meet to play football at Miami. Additionally, he will participate in a program that we provide for all athletes that includes mentoring, constructive counseling, and monitoring of their behavior -- both on and off campus.

It may seem to you that in this case we are prepared to make a decision that, at least on the surface, seems in his interest and not ours as an institution. I believe that periodically having to make decisions like this makes us a better institution.

Donna E. Shalala President

Shalala goes long on doublespeak
 By Dan Moffett Sunday, August 01, 2004

 July was a difficult month for University of Miami President Donna Shalala, who had to decide the fate of linebacker Willie Williams, the Hurricanes' prize recruit who showed up on campus with a nationally ranked rap sheet: 11 arrests in only 19 years of trying. Ultimately, Dr. Shalala decided to disregard the complaints of victims groups and football-haters and admit Williams. She said he will be held to an extraordinarily strict standard that requires him to attend study halls, have a roommate, avoid first-degree felonies and otherwise "conduct himself without misbehaving" — a daunting assignment for someone used to conducting himself with misbehaving. 

The decision was controversial enough that Dr. Shalala felt the need to write an open letter to the greater Hurricanes community to explain her thought process. An eight-year Clinton Cabinet member and highly regarded intellectual, Dr. Shalala is capable of producing complex analyses that wander beyond the ciphering capabilities of the less-educated masses.

As a public service, I offer interpretations of the more complicated excerpts from Ms. Shalala's letter: 

"In my experience, most higher educational institutions in this country consider institutional interests above any others in making decisions, despite protestations to the contrary that we are acting in the interests of our students, or faculty or staff." (Let's stand up for the rights of the individual linebacker. Schools are privileged, self-absorbed, egomaniacal prima donnas.) 

"In the case of our decision to admit Mr. Willie Williams, we probably should take a pass, knowing the outcry might be damaging to our hard-earned reputation." (Cynics are sure to wonder why the Hurricanes are no longer able to recruit players with 12 arrests.) 

"We choose not to (take a pass) in this case. Not because, as many would argue, we need his exceptional talent on the football team. Indeed, anyone who knows anything about UM football knows we have so much talent that we have the luxury of being more selective." (We're scared to death that Williams might wind up in Gainesville or Tallahassee.)

"It is hard to predict how well a highly prized recruit will do or, God forbid, if an injury will destroy an athletic career." (If Mr. Williams blows a knee, he can always pursue an exciting career in geriatric medicine or constitutional law at UM.) 

"More importantly, we choose to support the recommendation of our faculty and staff who constituted our admissions group." (Coaches say Willie plays.) 

"They possess broad experience in reading complicated admissions applications." (There was the time the recruit answered the question about matriculation by recounting a recent experience involving his girlfriend.) 

"Laws protecting the files of young people have resulted in inaccurate public reports... " (Stories that Mr. Williams' can't play the pass are mean and unfounded.) 

"This is hardly a perfect applicant to the University. Oh, how we love perfection — perfect grades, perfect character and perfect recommendations." (People are hung up on his 11 arrests in 19 years. On more than 6,500 days, he had no arrests at all. Williams has a non-arrest rate of more than 99.8 percent. What kind of ridiculous standards are perfectionists trying to impose on our young people?) 

"Mr. Williams is also one of us — a son of Miami." (No blue-chip linebacker is an island. When the opening kickoff flies, it flies for thee.)

"We have a special obligation, relationship and commitment to the young people in our South Florida community." (The children are our future. Talented students majoring in accounting, history and theater also need to know that the university stands ready to support them and strike back against the mindless, irrational pursuit of perfection.) 

"(As) a condition of admission, we have placed the bar high for him. There will be academic conditions that he must meet to play football at Miami." (Academic conditions? Yes, it's time for tough love. The hope is the threat of class time will have a deterrent effect on every player in the locker room.) 

Dr. Shalala has spoken. The Hurricane nation is at peace. Now it's time for Williams to serve out his mentoring. 

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