"Swag 16" QB Jack Allison, star linebacker Shaquille Quarterman & lb Michael Pinckney sign grant-in-aid agreements with Hurricanes

   The Miami Hurricanes moved a step closer Saturday to what they hope will be the securing of their “Swag 16’’ recruiting-class quarterback – as well as two standout linebackers.

     Four-star quarterback Jack Allison, four-star linebacker Shaquille Quarterman and three-star linebacker Michael Pinckney signed grant-in-aid agreements for the spring 2016 semester.

     Under-Armour All-American Allison, 6-5 and 195 pounds, is from Palmetto High in Palmetto, Florida. He is rated the nation’s No. 6 pro-style quarterback by ESPN, Rivals.com and 247Sports.

   Orange Park Oakleaf linebacker Quarterman, 6-1 and 230 pounds, is rated the No. 2 inside linebacker by ESPN Recruiting. He had 137 tackles, eight tackles-for-loss, 3.5 sacks, one fumble recovery and one forced fumble last season.

   Jacksonville Raines linebacker Pinckney, 6-0 and 213 pounds, is ranked the No. 15 inside linebacker by 247 Sports and No. 17 by Rivals. He had 75 tackles, three sacks and two fumble recoveries this past season.

       The agreement is not binding for any athlete, meaning Allison, Quarterman and Pinckney can change their minds anytime before National Signing Day. However, UM would have to follow through with the scholarship offers. The grant-in-aid agreements also enable coaches to virtually have unlimited contact with the prospects.

    A hitch: athletes can sign grant-in-aid agreements with other schools. Last year, running back Dalvin Cook, now suspended by FloridaState, signed grant-in-aid agreements with UM, FSU and Florida.

   Allison, like most of the highly rated “Swag 16” recruits, has offers from several programs, but has been all about the U since he committed to Miami last year.

   Allison was the MVP at the 2015 Al Golden Football Camp and told Canesport.com on Wednesday that his arm has “gotten stronger’’ and he feels he’s “gotten a lot better.

   “I’m talking to Miami coaches all the time,’’ he said, noting that graduating early will help him get “a huge jump’’ for the 2016 season.

   After he signed, Allison posted on Twitter: “It’s official and I’m feeling great about it! Can’t wait to finally be a Miami Hurricane! #GoCanes.

  Quarterman has been especially wooed by Alabama, and told Rivals he was considering visiting the school.

   Pinckney recently visited a South Carolina Gamecock camp, and toured the campus.


September 07, 2012

Confirmed: UM Canes DT Luther Robinson will not travel to Kansas State -- not good for a position that was already in need of help

Way up in the sky en route to Manhattan, Kansas for Saturday's noon game at No. 21 Kansas State.

Ah, airplane Internet connection -- the marvels of modern technology.

The not so uplifting news: CaneSport.com reported this morning that defensive tackle Luther Robinson will not be traveling to Kansas State, and I just got it confirmed by a UM official who did not want to be identified. Suffice it to say that the UM official is well informed.

The UM official said Robinson "wasn't out there all week, so I don't believe he'll be traveling. He's currently on the team, but his status is unclear.''

I have a feeling Robinson's future with the team is shaky, but don't know what the resolution will be.

CaneSport reported that "apparently, his dad went off on the coaches this week because he thought Robinson should have played more in Boston. ...Apparently, Luther got caught up in it and actually refused to practice at least one day this week. Details beyond that are still sketchy.''

From what I've been told, this is pretty accuurate.

If you recall, coaches wanted Robinson to switch to the offensive line in the offseason, but he emphatically did not want to do that. Then he got into great shape, Coach Al Golden said, and became part of the rotation at D-tackle.

Robinson forced a fumble in UM's opener at Boston College.

On the newest depth chart released Monday morning (two days after Boston College game), Robinson, a 6-3, 288-pound redshirt junior, is listed as a co-backup (along with redshirt freshman Corey King) behind starter Olsen Pierre.

Golden told us Corey King would travel to Kansas State, but he didn't say anything about Robinson.