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Grading Miami's recruiting class, roster as homestretch before Signing Day begins

We are heading down the homestretch here in recruiting. Thursday, the dead period ended and college coaches were back on the recruiting trail.

With three final weekends of visits left before National Signing Day on Wednesday, Feb. 5., most of the best players in the country -- almost all already committed -- are playing the game and looking for nice weekend get-aways while building the suspense for their "big announcements." Personally, I hate what recruiting has become. I'm convinced most of these kids have made up their minds and only a select few are really on the fence with decisions. 

With that, I give you the rundown of how the Class of 2014 for the Hurricanes has been pieced together thus far. As you know, things change quickly in the recruiting world. All it takes is one tweet to send a fan base off the edge these days. Miami has 26 players currently "committed" to being a part of the incoming class and could add more or lose more in the coming weeks. The class ranks eighth according to ESPN; ninth according to Rivals and 10th according to 247Sports.


UM reportedly offered 10 quarterbacks according to 247Sports.com and landed a commitment from West Hills Chaminade (Calif.) Brad Kaaya (6-4, 215) back in May. He’s considered the seventh best Pro-Style Quarterback in the country. Kaaya will visit UM this weekend (Jan. 17) and has maintained he’s a firm commitment to Miami. But he’s still being courted by Boise State and UCLA and there's a chance he could spurn UM late and stay on the West Coast. Miami has another quarterback commitment from Faith Academy’s Malik Rosier (6-2, 205) of Mobile, Ala.

Of the five dual-threat QBs Miami offered Rosier is ranked lowest by 247Sports (27th). Miami had a commitment from the higher-rated Alin Edouard (6-1, 180) of Hialeah High but stopped recruiting him. Edouard is now committed to Syracuse. The Hurricanes finally offered hometown star Treon Harris (5-11, 180, 9th best dual-threat QB according to 247Sports) of Miami Booker T. Washington a scholarship offer at quarterback and he will visit UM on Jan. 31. Harris is committed to Florida State.

> My take: Everything I hear about Kaaya is that he has an NFL arm and offensive coordinator James Coley loves him. Considering Kevin Olsen – last year’s big signee – was suspended for the bowl game it’s imperative Miami holds onto Kaaya. I have little doubt Ryan Williams will be Miami’s starting quarterback when the 2014 season starts, but the Hurricanes badly need a young passer to emerge as the season moves along. If not Olsen, then it has to be Kaaya. The fact Miami offered Harris at quarterback this late is almost comical. At what point during Booker T.’s national championship run did coaches finally say ‘That Harris kid is pretty good?’ He should have been offered at quarterback much earlier. Current recruiting grade: B+ (if Kaaya sticks around). Overall position grade heading into 2014: C


UM offered 18 running backs a scholarship according to 247Sports.com and currently has only one committed – Miami Central star Joseph Yearby. The 5-9, 190-pound consensus 4-star tailback is rated eighth-best at his position and is already enrolled at UM. But this was a big year for running backs in South Florida and Miami not only missed out on two blue-chip talents -- American Heritage’s Sony Michel (5-star, Georgia) and Central’s Dalvin Cook (5-star, Florida State)– they also lost the top running back in Broward County, Deerfield Beach’s Brandon Powell, who made a last-second switch to Florida after Miami had already announced him as an early enrollee.

The Hurricanes now appear focused on trying to land JUCO running back De’Andre Mann (5-10, 205) of Salinas (Calif.) Hartnell Community College or Louisiana's Cameron McKnight (6-2, 220, 4.6-speed, 3-star Rivals). Mann, a backup to former Hurricane and current Miami Dolphin Lamar Miller, ran for a school-record 1,706 yards and 30 touchdowns this past season. Canesport.com reported Mann has nine offers including Kansas, Western Kentucky, Purdue and Hawaii. McKnight's other offers are Louisiana Tech, Louisiana-Monroe and Southern Miss.

> My take: I'm taking the approach that Miami only needed to land one of the big three (Yearby, Cook, Michel) in its backyard and pat them on the back for it. I’m not sure how many programs out there can land more than one Top 10 consensus running back each year anyway -- especially with Duke Johnson already in the backfield. But losing Powell at the last second to hated rival Florida was bad. Now the Canes are scrambling. Yearby, coming off a foot injury, will almost certainly see playing time in 2014. Miami definitely needs to sign at least two backs in this class, though. If they don't that's a big failure. Personally, I'd give Coral Gables High standout Gregory Howell (6-0, 204) a look. FAU and Minnesota have shown interest in him. He's been dominant in his three years as a starter in Miami-Dade County. Current recruiting grade: B. Overall position strength: B


Homestead’s Ermon Lane (6-3, 193) was the highest rated of the 26 receivers Miami offered according to 247Sports.com. But he never seriously considered the Hurricanes and after de-committing from Florida last week appears headed to Florida State where he will take his final official visit on Jan. 31. Instead, Miami has ended up with three three-star commitments in Raleigh, N.C.’s Braxton Berrios (5-8, 170, No. 52 WR according to 247Sports), Darrell Langham (6-5, 190, No. 70 WR according to 247Sports) of Santaluces Community School in Lake Worth, Fla., and South Dade’s Tyre Brady (6-3, 187, No. 141 WR according to 247Sports) and a wildcard in Carol City’s Trayone Gray (6-2, 210, No. 59 ATH according to 247Sports). Two other receivers badly coveted and missed out on were West Palm Beach Cardinal Newman’s Travis Rudolph (6-1, 185, No. 6 WR according to 247Sports) who is headed to Florida State and Palm Beach Dwyer’s Johnnie Dixon (5-10, 187, No. 8 WR according to 247Sports) who is headed to Ohio State. FSU also took Brady’s teammate C.J. Worton (6-1, 175, No. 75 WR according to 247Sports). We’ll have to see who ends up having the better career between Worton and Brady. St. Thomas Aquinas four-star receiver Corey Holmes (6-2, 175) was the only other Dade or Broward County receiver the Hurricanes offered.

At tight end, Miami offered a dozen recruits according to 247Sports and landed a commitment from Chris Herndon (6-4, 230, No. 33 TE according to 247Sports) from Norcross, Ga. Canesport.com reported Miami is pursuing Cedar Grove (N.J.) tight end/receiver David Njoku (6-4, 217, No. 71 TE according to 247Sports). He already took a Miami visit in December and is still being pursued by Penn State, Ohio State and Temple.

> My take: Some kids just don’t want to stay home and I think that’s the case with Lane. Getting Rudolph or Dixon certainly would have been upgrades over what Miami ended up with. But Miami still went out and got three solid receivers to help fill a need. I just don't see a Stacy Coley in this group. Gray, whose grades have always been a concern, would instantly be the best receiver in this group in my opinion if he makes it into school without a hitch. With Tuesday’s news that 2013 signee Derrick Griffin is heading to Junior College, the Hurricanes will likely need at least one new addition to step in and help in 2014 alongside Coley, Herb Waters and Phillip Dorsett. As you know, Malcolm Lewis needs to prove he’s fully recovered from his 2012 foot injury and Rashawn Scott needs to prove he can avoid suspensions. At tight end, 2013 signee Standish Dobard (1 catch, 15 yards in 3 games) should have no trouble replacing the role of Asante Cleveland (3 catches, 23 yards, 1 TD in 13 games) as the team’s third tight end behind Clive Walford and Beau Sandland. That should make 2014 a redshirt season for Herndon and whoever else Miami signs. It would have been nice for the Hurricanes to nab local product Ravian Pierce (6-4, 215, No. 14 TE according to 247Sports) but that ended up as a victory for former Canes coach Randy Shannon and Arkansas. Current recruiting grade: B. Overall position strength: B+


The Hurricanes reportedly offered 30 offensive linemen according to 247Sports and did well landing early commitments from four much-needed prospects all in-state including three locally. Kc McDermott (6-6, 300, No. 3 offensive tackle according to 247Sports) is probably the best offensive player in Miami’s class and has a legitimate shot of starting at Miami from Day 1. McDermott along with three-time state champion and Miami Central standout Trevor Darling (6-4.5, 327, No. 8 offensive tackle according to 247Sports) are already enrolled at UM and on the team roster. St. Thomas Aquinas standout and Under-Armour All-American Nick Linder (6-3, 273, No. 56 offensive guard according to 247Sports) and Semper-Fi All-American Reilly Gibbons (6-6, 292, No. 28 offensive tackle according to 247Sports) will arrive in the fall.

> My take: Clearly the best part of Miami’s class on offense because there are no big misses and lots of quality. Two members of this group should help make up for the losses of four players in the rotation last season: starting right guard Brandon Linder (Nick’s older brother), starting right tackle Seantrel Henderson, key sixth man Jared Wheeler and Malcolm Bunche, who is seeking a transfer. Junior Hunter Wells, sophomores Danny Isidora, Taylor Gadbois and Alex Gall and redshirt freshmen Sunny Odogwu and Hunter Knighton are “the other guys” coming back alongside starting left tackle Ereck Flowers, left guard Jonathan Feliciano and center Shane McDermott (Kc’s older brother). Current recruiting grade: A. Overall position grade: B


Addressing the defensive line was clearly the priority for the Hurricanes in this class. According to 247Sports.com, Miami offered 33 defensive ends and 30 defensive tackles. Miami Booker T. Washington's Chad Thomas (6-5, 240, No. 3 weakside defensive end according to 247Sports), an Under Armour All-American, is widely considered the best defensive player in this class and is UM's only 5-star recruit. Teammate Demetrius Jackson (6-4, 220, No. 20 weakside defensive end according to 247Sports) has been flirting with Arkansas for a long time and is a late flight risk. He’ll visit UM this weekend where Miami hopes to solidify him. Winter Park’s Trent Harris (6-2, 231, No. 14 weakside defensive end according to 247Sports) is already enrolled at UM. Miami Northwestern’s Mike Smith (6-2, 210, No. 32 strongside defensive end according to 247Sports) has been committed to UM since June but will visit Louisville, a hub for former Northwestern standouts, on Jan. 31. 

At tackle -- a position Miami has long suffered at -- the Hurricanes have addressed immediate needs with two JUCO signees Michael Wyche (6-4, 315, No. 12 JUCO DT according to 247Sports) and Calvin Heurtelou (6-3, 304, No, 9 JUCO DT according to 247Sports) of Scottsdale (Ariz.) Community College). Wyche is waiting on an ACC appeal to report and Heurtelou is working to arrive before Miami’s Jan. 23 deadline to register. Of the group of tackles, however, St. Thomas Aquinas Semper Fi All-American Anthony Moten (6-4, 292, No. 15 DT according to 247Sports) is the most highly-regarded. The Hurricanes also have Courtel Jenkins (6-2, 294, No. 76 DT according to 247Sports) of St. Anthony School in Jersey City, N.J. lined up to be part of the class. He’s been committed since June and had other offers from Maryland, Rutgers and Pittsburgh.

> My take: A big key here for Golden and his staff will be getting U.S. Army All-American Travonte Valentine (6-3, 338, No. 7 DT according to 247Sports) of Hialeah Champagnat back in the class. Defensive coordinator Mark D'Onofrio and two assistants went to visit Valentine at school on Thursday. He de-committed after Golden flirted with the Penn State job after was already leaning toward leaving for LSU, where he will take an official visit (Jan. 24) before visiting Miami (Jan. 31). Locally, UM was in the running early for Chaminade Prep U.S. Army All-American Khairi Clark (6-2, 325, No. 17 DT according to 247Sports) before he committed to Florida in June. In the end, Miami went after the three best available pass rushers and three run stuffers in their backyard and currently have four of the six committed and could end up with five if Valentine comes back. Throw in two quality JUCO guys who can help right away and a defensive end who is already enrolled and it’s a very good haul. Considering the team lost six players to graduation – and only two starters (tackle Curtis Porter and end Shayon Green) Miami has clearly upgraded on paper overall. Current recruiting grade: A- Overall position grade (with signing class): B.


The Hurricanes reportedly offered a total of 36 linebackers according to 247Sports and have three lined up to be part of the 2014 class. None of the three are considered elite, but the good news is two could be around for spring football. Juwon Young (6-2, 228, No. 59 OLB according to 247Sports) of Albany, Ga., is already enrolled at Miami. Darrion Owens (6-3, 216, No. 30 OLB according to 247Sports) of Oakleaf High in Orange Park, Fla. is still trying to enroll before the Jan. 23 deadline. Pompano Beach Ely’s Terry McCray (6-2, 215, No. 60 ILB according to 247Sports), expected to arrive in the fall, has a small ongoing romance working with LSU, which has taken kids from Ely in the past but doesn’t appear interested enough at the moment to take him. Miami is also still reportedly in the hunt for four-star Raymon Minor (6-3, 210, No. 18 OLB according to 247Sports) of Richmond, Va., who will take an official visit this weekend. There’s also a chance former 2011 signee Antonio Kinard could sign with Miami. But his JUCO coach at Arizona Western College reportedly doubts Kinard will finish school by July.

> My take: Locally and in the state it just wasn’t a very good year for linebackers. Three of the top six ranked among the Top 100 players in the state – Jacob Pugh, Kain Daub and Delvin Purifoy (three top 20 players) – are all headed to Florida State. The one local recruit in the state’s Top 100, University School’s Richard Yeargin, is headed to Notre Dame. Miami didn’t offer Yeargin according to 247Sports. The fact Denzel Perryman is returning to Miami downgrades my concern at linebacker from Category 5 problem to Tropical Storm. There are quite a few young guys who have to step up on this unit in a big way. It's time for Raphael Kirby, Alex Figueroa and Tyriq McCord to prove they can be dependable starters and not role players. Current recruiting grade: C+ Overall position grade: D+


Miami reportedly offered 19 cornerbacks and 20 safeties according to 247Sports.com and have one corner and two safeties committed, none who will be around early this spring. Kiy Hester (6-0, 200, No. 19 S according to 247Sports) of St. Joseph Regional in Motvale, NJ and Marques Gayot (6-1, 205, No. 67 S according to 247Sports) of Park Vista Community School in Lake Worth, Fla. are the two safeties Miami got commitments from in December. Miami Northwestern’s Ryan Mayes (6-2, 180, No. 67 CB according to 247Sports) has been committed to the program since June. The Hurricanes had another commitment from Booker T. Washington’s Nigel Bethel (5-9, 173, No. 28 CB according to 247Sports) but he recently switched to Texas Tech. Locally, there were other talented players in Miami’s backyard available in the secondary. But Plantation High’s Chris Lammons (5-9, 170, No. 20 CB according to 247Sports) committed and de-committed from Florida and is now looking at South Carolina. Miami never offered University School’s Quincy Wilson (6-1, 196, No. 28 S according to 247Sports). But they did go after Miami Central’s Deatrick Nichols (5-10, 180, No. 56 CB according to 247Sports), who committed to former high school coach Telly Lockette at USF. The other potential big swing and misses: Immokalee’s J.C. Jackson (5-10, 180, No. 19 WR according to 247Sports), who appears headed to join Florida State’s class. Miami is now reportedly in late on Tampa Jefferson athlete Deoindre Porter (6-1, 180, No. 190 ATH according to 247Sports). He de-committed from USF and is scheduled to visit UM on Jan. 31.

> My take: Miami had a commitment from Dillard’s Dennis Turner (5-11, 175, No. 150 CB according to 247Sports) but had him as a wide receiver and not at cornerback like where his own coach said he would probably be better suited to play. Although the additions of Hester and Gayot are good pickups for Miami, the fact Lammons, Bethel and Nicholas are all leaving town has to irk you a little. The good news is Miami has a chance to make up for it next year. The secondary, led by juniors Tracy Howard, Deon Bush, Antonio Crawford and Rashawn Jenkins, sophomore Artie Burns and senior Ladarius Gunter is a solid top six. Depth, though, will be a concern unless some young players step up. Current recruiting grade: B-. Overall position grade: B-


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Manny, we are also waiting on Deiondre Porter out of Tampa. If we get him as well, this grade should move up to an A for quarterbacks.

Offensive Line: > (Manny's) take: Clearly the best part of Miami’s class on offense because there are no big misses and lots of quality.

Ahh, so the transfer of Malcolm Bunche makes even more sense now...

You are grading on a slippery sliding scale with the RB and WR grades.

"In the end, Miami went after the three best available pass rushers and three run stuffers in their backyard and currently have four of the six committed and could end up with five if Valentine comes back. Throw in two quality JUCO guys who can help right away and a defensive end who is already enrolled and it’s a very good haul."

So five of the six were very wise, and one made a foolish error that he will likely regret the rest of his life.

Good stuff, Manny. Thanks.

Hopefully Golden will close. Shouldn't he be visiting Valentine in addition to D'O and the two other assistants? Or is there some rule that prevents him from doing that? Kaaya is an absolute must.

What people fail to see is that me and Gallo are the only football experts on this blog. WE should be making all the decisions on and off the field for the Canes. Nobody understands our football genius.

Sure, I may not be able to see that Hallo is really a Gator troll and will often fall into a trap of negativity but hey, what else would you expect from a window licker?

I'm sure you all remember me from the past, blasting Comer, or as I liked to call him "Coke" (hahahaha, I'm funny). I then gave Randy Shannon a pass on everything and only blamed his coordinators. Finally, another Coach took over that I can criticize.

I will continue to criticise these coaches even if they get back to our winning ways because Calvin knows best!

If any of you need football advice just ask. I will be glad to answer unless I am working the drive thru or practicing a rusty trombone with Gallo.

That guy Gallo cracks me up. His list is amazingly accurate! It's actually my fault. I wanted to make a list too so we made a bet. Whoever could be mistaken for a woman first would be the winner. Well, as you could imagine, Gallo won....again! All it took was him removing all his body hair and putting on skinny jeans and boom, he looked like a twerking Miley Cyrus.

Anyway, I know you all can't wait until my next post, but I have to get back to spinning my "Cash for Gold" sign in Hialeah. Remember Gallo, no more Blumpkins after Taco Bell!

Let's hope these commits stick, and perhaps flip a few more. The biggest news will be the actual development and performance of the team.

I said this before this article came out, Al Golden had sex with PSU, she then turned him down and he went back to his old flame DA U. http://t.co/DTfDabrcQn

Please read the article above..... FACT

PLZZZZZ READ http://www.pageqsports.com/2014/01/al-goldens-clock-ticking/#.UtSPs_-fP50.twitter

Their is one thing Al Golden is good at, he can sell anything to those kids, but the reputation is getting out, A LOT OF TALK BUT CAN NOT BACK IT UP, I am on Golden he is just like Joe Pa, he will do everything to protect his friend.... CHERRY PICK, TRY TO HIDE ACTUAL FACTS..... 30 yr Cane fan the man has more excuses then a used car salesman. Another fact Al Golden and Shalala went to the NCAA hearing and did not tell them they had held back 9 Scholarships, so they asked the ncaa to take them 9 that they didn't use, the ncaa said no. It was the U fault, not the ncaa. So now the U has to lose 3 scholarships per yr for the next 3 yrs, LMAO so Golden keeps saying Depth, why didn't he use the 9 he held back for depth, CUZ HE DONT KNOW HOW TO RUN A PROGRAM, it would have been nice to be on a clean slate or had more depth.. NEITHER ONE HE ACCOMPLISHED, if he would have told them about the 9 held back we would be exactly at 85 Scholarships this yr or more depth>>>ONCE AGAIN NEITHER ONE....ROFLMAO ITS A MONKEY FARM

Let's hope Golden does not go as far protecting and defending his DC as Paterno did with his...

Sunny Dee, yes we all hope that. After all, he had to have seen how that legacy was destroyed for that coverup.

Pretty good recruiting class. Very disappointed in Valentine's lack of commitment. He was the one player I was most excited for to make an immediate impact. I hope the depth and improvement up front will allow the D to play more man and take more risks with blitzes. LBs have to develop or it will be another crap fest up front.

Al Golden has made my life easier, My wife asked me when are u going to be finished remodeling the bathroom I SAID BABE PROCESS PROCESS PROCESS....

Nick Saban doesn’t sleep; he waits. And he expects the same thing from his players. In order to remind his Alabama football team about the two straight losses the Crimson Tide suffered to end the 2013 season, these motivational posters have been placed above each player’s locker.

The print reads, "If you continue to do the same thing that you have always done you will get the same result. Guaranteed. 0-2."

Now, I hate Nick Saban for what he did to the Dolphins. But this is very different from the "stay the course" talk that we are getting from Golden.

Now, if Saban said this when they were winning championships, then it would make sense that stability is a good thing. But at this point, it is clear that he means you make a change when things go wrong.

If Golden cannot learn that lesson, then he needs to move on for someone that CAN change.

Lets try to stay positive. 7-5 record with 7 to 9 games giving up 500 + yards. Tom Brady would be lucky to win 7 games with this defense. I understand being optimistic, but please man. When will this defensive nightmare end? Hell, let them all freelance. Mark just flat out stinks. My house cat can call a game better than Mark. Call me a hater, ok thats fair. But it does not change the fact that I AM RIGHT. Hoping for the best. GO CANES

Grading talent is a very hard and difficult endeavor. Let's let Al Golden bring in who he wants, and who he can get to come. Then let him use his expertise to make those players the best they can be.

If that does not happen, and the team does not win against several more talented teams. Along with defeating every less talented team. Maybe one upset loss, depending on how many more talented teams are defeated. The next man up at coach should get a shot then.

If Al Golden does not produce to the level stated, next year. Despite having a multimillion dollar contact. Taking into consideration the negotiation ploy that obtained the contract. Without a single defeat of a team that finished the year in the top 20 rankings. As well as, next year will be, four years without success on the football field. If he does not accomplish the wins that are not extraordinary. Considering everything available to him for those four years.

Good post, Five.

The fact is that coaches today must be adaptable and they cannot run the same schemes that were successful years ago. That is why Belichick and Saban are such great coaches. They are always finding ways to improve and they change with the times. Look at how Belichick starting using the big TE sets. Now that he is down TEs, he has figured out other ways to succeed on offense. On defense, the Tampa 2 defense is no longer effective and that is why NFL teams have stopped running it. Everyone has figured out the holes in the coverage. Teams are using 3, 4, and sometimes 5 WR sets which render it basically useless. You cannot keep relaying on the same schemes just because they were successful in the past. If they don't work now you have to change.

If Golden cannot learn that lesson, then he needs to move on for someone that CAN change.

Posted by: Five Titles | January 17, 2014 at 04:10 PM

It is very wonderful when you can clearly see things in the actual manner in which they occur. Did you start seeing the reality of this program now? Or did you try to stay positive, from the start? Despite everything that Al Golden did on the football field, without success, was exactly the same as he has done since before Miami hired him.

Sunny dee, the tampa 2 still works, i'm not sure where you got your information from on that, the key is, you got to have db's that can play press-man and since alot of guys coming out of college are not playing press-man, it's because you have to many of these scared d-co's running them at the college level.

I don't care how long football is played, press-man will slow down any offense in any era, why, because it forces the qb to be accurate and he may have to go to his second & 3rd reads since the top db would take away his #1 choice. Just ask yourself, who are the top db's in the nfl or the nation.

You may not realize it but out of 4 teams left in the play-offs, 3 of them are using the 4-3, even even bill belicheat has converted to using the 4-3 from the 3-4.

The 4-3 is basically the base/cover 2 defense, it's still 11 on 11 so it's going to work all day long.

Tampa 2 is out.. Dallas' defense was horrible this year under the Godfather of the Tampa 2.. Monte Kiffin. With all of the rule changes geared towards the offenses and the emergence of the seam splitting TE's the Tampa 2 is too easy to exploit.

Plus the corners DONT play Press - man in the Tampa 2. The come up and jam their WR's and then get back in their zone. The only way the Tampa 2 can be productive is to have a furious D line that can consistently collapse the pocket and a fast MLB that can play well in space (cover the middle of the field).

Sun sentinel is reporting that Miami kicked Luther Campbell off of campus for contact with a recruit. Why isn't that on the Miami Herald's site or at least Manny or Susan's twitter feed on this site? Also, does this mean that Luther Campbell goes back on Gallo's casualties list?

The TE from Plantation would have never made it into Miami. I would be nice if the writer actually bothered to research it. N


Bleacher Report has an article about what transpired with Luther Campbell. See the link above.

Hopefully the NCAA let's this slide.. innocent misunderstanding.

Courtel Jenkins tweeted that he turned down Penn State today because he STANDS WITH THE U. I'm shocked these lower star recruits are getting the attention that they're getting.. 3 star Terry McCray gets offers from Alabama and LSU after he commits to Miami.. 2014 Louisiana RB Kameron McKnight is offered by Miami and now LSU is recruiting him too. Hopefully McCray shows the same type of attitude as Jenkins and Stands with The U as well!

Manny, Berrios and Langham at WR are both on the ESPN 300 and Berrios the Slot Wr was 1 of the top kids at that AA all american game. Rivals has them 3 stars.

Also, Scout.com has Yearby, Mcdermott and Chad Jackson as 5 stars. so according to that site we have 3 FIVE STARS

what that says guys, RECRUITING IS A CRAP SHOOT>

zook is the worst blogger, 3 star isnt a low recruit. 1 and 2 star is. We have 0 of those. ITs a solid year. Those recruiting sites can only give out so many 4 and 5 stars so some kids have to be 3. Ed reed was a 2 star wasnt he? Many of Butch's top players were 3 star guys
Those 3 stars are what you build the team with because they maybe havent fully developed yet, and the few studs at 4 and 5 if they pan out, is what puts you over the top.

A kid can go anywhere, heck, this is America but Lane is acting like a little boy , following Cook to FSU. Powell, I just don't understand, Florida had no communication with him at ALL, and only offer him because Cook decided to go to FSU, if I was his dad, I would have like its no way you going to Florida, stick with Miami. Bethel, I heard he is fast but I dislike his height, and I think he will end up as a transfer once he discover Lubbock is in the middle of nowhere, very stupid move on his part to go that far from home. But how about all the available WRs from around Florida who are still available, most are rank higher than the WRs we have in this class now, will Miami offer them??

Powell was ready to enroll at the U but had trouble with his transcripts and admissions office and got pzz-0f.
UF said " what transcripts? U don't need none of that here. Cme on over!"

Powell was ready to enroll at the U but had trouble with his transcripts and admissions office and got pzz-0f.
UF said " what transcripts? U don't need none of that here. Cme on over!"

Rick, I hope you don't mind, but I'm gonna use that too. Incredible idea, and Golden gets 2 plus million for it.

From the ACC Blog on Espn:

"Tom in Santa Monica, Calif., writes: As a Miami fan, I commend your recent piece on Coach Al Golden. The last two years have fielded the worst defensive units in the program's history. The numbers are horrific. ... The bloom is most definitely off the rose with this guy. He's made some notable improvements in terms of recruiting, strength & conditioning, and some aspects of the culture (though that has understandably dampened with all of the losing), but his game day woes continue and show no sign of abating. While at Miami, Golden is 0-9 against Top 25* teams (*teams that have ended the year ranked in the Top 25). And those contests haven't even been close -- we're losing them on an average of nearly 3 TDs a game. Outcoached and outplayed in every facet. His ShamWow infomercial talk has almost exhausted itself. He'll reel in a great class in February, and he'll continue to get a lot of mileage out of the NCAA situation (the "cloud" that wiped out his "time table"), but for those willing to look closer, as you have done with your article, Al Golden is looking more and more to be the wrong guy to return Miami to any place of actual relevance. Keep up the good work.

Adelson writes: Thanks for your note, Tom. I am not writing Golden off yet. The defense has been abysmal, and I think staff changes were warranted. But he did get this team to nine wins this year, which should count as progress. At the same time, he needs to definitively prove he is closing the gap on Florida State and can deliver more than nine wins. He's on the clock."

Along with Manny's decidedly less Talking points tone in the recruiting analysis...I am glad that reality has set in and AG will be looked at with clear vision this year.

Good article Manny. You seemed to stick with 247 a lot this year, but otherwise, pretty solid.

Seems that Alverage Golden is so concerned about losing Kaaya that he had Uncle Luke show up to socialize with Kaaya's mom who is a big fan of the former rapper.
Golden was heard saying, what's the worst that can happen? If the NCAA finds out and hammers us then I will have more time and can probably finagle another contract extension.

so much for a top 5 recruiting class..F$U and Gaytors stealing the best of the best again

Recruiting a great class does not guarantee winning anything. Many teams have great classes year in and year out, and still can't win big games. UGA is a perfect example. Top 10 classes for the last 10 years and very little to show. Coaching can develop lower stars into stars, or it can keep a HS level 5 star, at the HS level. Golden has a lot to prove. Winning, or just competing in a big game has yet to happen.

It's LOOK IN THE MIRROR TIME for the staff..
The key to success is the trenches and AG needs to close on those positions and Gotta..Gotta..I mean GOTTA Get QB Kid from The West side..QB,Yearby, Trenches, LB's,Safties(Hester),,,getting strong up the gut HAS got to be the plan.. C'mon Staff,
Turn this thang UP!

The linebackers and defense line needed much help, not much talent at either position coming in with class, a bad deal for the team, Golden needs to remove DC he is holding back the good players from coming here, they would rather sit on bench at FSU than play for Golden and his DC who knows nothing about defense, I see a long year and plenty of Golden excuses to protect his DC, 1st excuse will be were to young, look at other teams, this doesnt hold water.

No good linebackers again means a bad year for us great year for our competitors. We cant land any big names under coaching staff, so we settle for 3 stars, or over rated players by coaching staff, get rid of defense coachs change scheme.

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