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Who is on UM's recruiting guest list for the Florida game Saturday?

UM's sports information staff said 115 recruits and 350 high school football coaches have been invited to attend Saturday's showdown with the Florida Gators. 

UM coach Al Golden called it a “who’s who” list of top high school prospects.

Miami Herald Recruiting Writer Safid Deen has spent all week tracking down who those prospects are.

For starters, here is a list of the big names who will not be in attendance.

> Palm Beach Gardens Dwyer’s Johnnie Dixon, one of UM’s biggest wide receiver targets, will be on an official visit to N.C. State this weekend with fellow wide receiver teammate Clint Stephens, who also holds a UM offer.

> Two top juniors in South Florida who hold UM offers, Miami Gulliver Prep linebacker Dominic Sheppard and Hollywood McArthur safety Kendrell McFadden, wanted to attend the game, but didn’t hear back from UM’s coaching staff regarding an invite and will not attend.

> Homestead wide receiver Ermon Lane, Davie University School cornerback Quincy Wilson and Plantation athlete Chris Lammons – who all announced their pledge to UF on Aug. 13 – will not be in Sun Life Stadium. Lane and Wilson both have games on Saturday night, with early check-in times preventing them from attending the game. Lammons, who took an official visit to Gainesville for UF’s home opener against Toledo last weekend, said he’s taking no more visits.

Some heralded 2014 standouts both schools are looking to make an impact on that will be there:

  • West Palm Beach Cardinal Newman wide receiver Travis Rudolph, who claims more than 25 offers from schools across the nation including UF, UM and FSU.
  • Raleigh (N.C.) Leesville Road wide receiver Braxton Berrios is using his second official visit to attend to Saturday’s game. He visited Oregon last weekend, and has official visits planned to South Carolina and Tennessee. He plans to announce his college decision in October.
  • Plantation American Heritage receiver/running back Isaiah McKenzie, who has gained national attention on ESPN for his playmaking abilities. He’s down to Notre Dame, Rutgers and West Virginia, and said he was looking for a UM offer “sooner, but it didn’t come so I really don’t care for it.”
  • Ft. Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas defensive tackle Anthony Moten, who was previously committed to UF, but is uncommitted.  
  • South Dade wide receiver Tyre Brady, who holds offers from Miami, Kentucky, FSU, FAU and Minnesota.
  • Miami Central offensive lineman Michael Smith (USF commit) and Reginald Bain (FAU commit), and defensive back Deatrick Nichols (USF commit).

As far as 2015 prospects expected to attend:

  • Hialeah Westminster Christian athlete Tim Irvin, nephew of UM great Michael Irvin, and tight end Devonaire Clarington both claims offers from more than 10 schools including UM, UF, FSU, Georgia and Alabama. Running back teammate Jordan Cronkrite holds offers from FAU, Clemson and Cincinnati, but has interest in UM and UF.
  • Plantation American Heritage quarterback Torrance Gibson, who has offers from Miami, Ohio State and Florida State, amongst others.
  • Miramar cornerback Tyrek Cole claims offers from more than 15 schools, including UF, UM and FSU.
  • Pompano Beach Monarch athlete Shawn Burgess-Becker claims offers from schools like UM, UF, LSU and Alabama.
  • Miami Central defensive back Calvin Brewton, who has picked up some recruiting steam and recently claimed offers from Clemson, West Virginia, USF, Louisiana-Lafayette and Florida State, is still waiting to hear from UM and UF.
  • Ft. Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas wide receiver Devante Peete claims offers from schools like Ohio State, Alabama, Miami, Florida and Clemson.
  • Miami Killian safety Jaquan Johnson, who holds offers from more than 10 schools including UF, FSU and UM.
  • Miami Jackson WR Jovon Durante, a West Virginia commit who holds a UM offer.
  • Weston Cypress Bay linebacker Danny Thomas, who has yet to receive an offer from both schools as of now.
  • Jacksonville Trinity Christian Academy linebacker Jeff Holland, who claims more than 40 offers from schools, including UF and UM.
  • Orlando Timber Creek athlete Jacques Patrick claims offers from several schools including UM, UF, FSU, Auburn, and Michigan.

UM’s stacked 2014 recruiting class will be well represented with as many as 15 recruits expected to attend – all on unofficial visits. 

  • Miami Central OT Trevor Darling
  • Miami Central RB Joseph Yearby  
  • Winter Park DE Trent Harris  
  • Hialeah Champagnat Catholic DT Travonte Valentine
  • Miami Booker T. Washington DE Chad Thomas
  • Miami Booker T. Washington CB Nigel Bethel
  • Miami Booker T. Washington CB DE Demetrius Jackson
  • Deerfield Beach ATH Brandon Powell 
  • St. Petersburg Catholic OT Reilly Gibbons
  • Lake Worth Santaluces Community WR Darrell Langham
  • Poplarville (MS) Pearl River Community College DT Dalvon Stuckey
  • Ft. Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas OL Nick Linder  
  • Fort Lauderdale Dillard CB Dennis Turner
  • Pompano Beach Blanche Ely LB Terry McCray (will try to attend before his game Saturday night.)
  • Miami Carol City ATH Trayone Gray (will try to make it.)

Florida commits expected to attend:

  • Miami Central RB Dalvin Cook
  • Miami Central WR Da’Vante Phillips
  • Hollywood Chaminade-Madonna Prep DT Khairi Clark
  • Immokalee WR J.C. Jackson

UM 2014 commits who will NOT be in attendance:

  • Miami Northwestern DE Mike Smith (Saturday game).
  • Miami Northwestern CB Ryan Mayes
  • Palm Beach Central OL KC McDermott (has practice Saturday morning).
  • Mobile (Ala.) Faith Academy QB Malik Rozier (has tentative plans to take an official visit on Nov. 9 when UM hosts Virginia Tech.)
  • West Hills (Calif.) QB Brad Kaaya  
  • Albany (Ga.) LB Juwon Young
  • Fork Union Military Academy (Va.) TE Ryheem Lockley 
  • Norcross (Ga.) TE Chris Herndon
  • Jersey City (N.J.) St. Anthony OG Courtel Jenkins

Prospects with ties to one or both teams will not be in attendance:

  • Davie University School running back Jordan Scarlett, 2015, who claims at least 20 offers including UM, UF and FSU.
  • University School cornerback Rashard Causey, 2015, claims at least 15 offers including UM and UF.
  • University School athlete Sam Bruce, 2016, who claims at least 10 offers including UM and UF.
  • Miami Northwestern wide receiver Jojo Robinson, a 2014 FSU commit who holds a UM offer.
  • Tallahassee Lincoln wide receiver John Burt, 2015, who claims offers from FSU and UM.

The Herald is still working to confirm several players’ attendance before Saturday’s game. 

You can follow Safid on Twitter @Safid_Deen.


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Why in the world do you start the article with a negative, when all the positives are overwhelming?

Manny IS THE BLOG PIG!!! How else could U have so many names? And dictate what gets posted?

Come'on Manny!!! EH WHAT SAY!!!

So Manny, D, HarryTubNuts, Kalvin and what ever else U call Urself???

Now manny's a troll. Lmao.

These clowns are hilarious. Manny don't you know it's suppose to be everything Golden! How dare you speak negative about a coach with a career record below .500. Yea they fell getting those guys to show up to this game. One of the few times SL stadium will be packed.
But im sure the Golden disciples will spend it to being the kids fault in


This game is IT. Shows what AG is made of as a coach. We have the talent. No more excuses. We eek a thriller, Shock the world with a convincing win, get edged in a good game, or it's this year's KSU/ND head hanger - we'll know by the 8:30 mark in the 2nd qtr which way it's going.

I can honestly say I don't know which I feel is the realistic scenario. I am so inured to the mediocrity of the last decade, I can't help but fear the worst.

I surely hope the naysayers of the blog are wrong and will be so very interested to see their reaction if we win, even if by a point in quintripldiple overtime.

It won't be so interesting to see them reveling in our defeat, but I will concede that the negative analysis of the coaching staff was right.

C'mon Canes, give us a reason to celebrate!

Zook, at least you know what to expect. It's a one way street there.

a must win with home field advantage..No excuses..go canes

Based on how our offense fared against elite defenses last year - duke's bad numbers, SMO17s bad performances...the old maxim that defense wins championships holds true.

Though the Gators lost 8 starters on defense, they should be formidable. Will duke gain more than 3 yds per carry?
Will SMO17 make good decisions and will the wrs catch the damned ball? Can our Oline match up for four quarters against their def front and LBs?

Can our now deeper defense stop their running game for four quarters? Will we get decent pressure on driskell, only to have him turn busted plays into converted 3rd and 13s for 27 yds, like we have seen for the last few years?

Honestly, I think the pundits, the ones who actually get paid, are right. I just hope we make a respectable showing.

Why are some of U Cane fans doubting and worrying about our team? None of us know how Saturday will come out but it doesn't hurt to be confident and supportive of our team. Last year is the past and if U are going by the things of the past than go by these past numbers!! The Gators have not won in Miami since 1985 and have not beaten the Canes but once since regardless of where we've played. If that's not "having a teams number" than I do not know what is. Forget how we performed last week, they didn't look so much better themselves. Normally when U replace a lot of starters on defense it takes a while for that defense to really jell. I just can't see them shutting down both the running game and the passing game with a new defense. The big question all of the off season was could this defense show improvement ? We will see but if the defense can stop the running game and force Driskel to throw more than usual and pressure him,Canes win. The gators have to be able to run. The Canes however if Duke is contained than how will U stop the passing game ? Man/Man coverage? No way! Too many receivers some one will eventually get open deep! Zone ? Yes best bet and will work if Morris is not patient! However if he is than he will pick that young secondary apart. Key stat! Turnovers if Canes win that battle (They will) than Canes win(They will) Miami 31 Gators 17 !!

With a week off after The Canes dispose of the gators, whilst the team ae should put the

Let's start again - with a week off after The Canes dispose of the gators, whilst they are hot, we should put them on Diana's back and have her take them back across the Straight of Florida

and take care of the 2 Castro's.
It's all about the Swagger, @ The [l_l]

goood post tk. hope you're right!

This is why journalism is dying. You are spending your time tracking what recruits will attend an early season CF game. A game that will likely not make a difference into their decision.

How about breaking some news on something that matters.

TK SWANN is bringing it.

Great post and no CAPS.

I agree 100%.

Score will be a little closer.
The 'U' 34 Gators 24

Morris will read the D and pick his spots. He is NOT happy about his game last week. I know it was a throw away game, but he is a perfectionist, and you could see the temper tantrum Steve had with himself, and other receivers last week.
Steven will bring it for this one, and it will be a great game with a huge crowd.
Go 'Canes

TK, i'm with you on 31-17 as a final. i'm not picking a winner though. not sure yet if we have some players with talent or if we have a TEAM.

LOL. Picks the score but not a winner.

glad u liked that. would have gone with an over/under but didnt want u to fall out of ur chair laughing.

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