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 10 years ago '04        #2881
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C.J. Holton
S | 6'2" 195

Hometown: Crawfordville, FL
School: Wakulla County High School
Region: South

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ESPN150 Rank: #104 Status: Verbal
School: Florida State
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Last Updated: 11/12/2007 Data provided by Scouts, Inc.

Scouts Grade: 81
Position Rank: S #6
Considered: 1-Florida State , 2-Miami (FL) , 3-Mississippi , 4-LSU , 5-Georgia

Evaluation: Holton possesses all the tools at the safety position. He can cover, close and play the run. Most importantly, he makes plays. Tall with an athletic frame that should continue to fill out. Shows good range. Gets off the hash to the sideline quickly. Rarely covers grass. Closes the cushion on underneath routes with great, short-area acceleration. Brings the wood. Times up his hits and punishes receivers when he does not separate them from the ball. Reads the quarterback and can anticipate throws. Consistently puts himself in the right position. Explodes on contact when supporting the run. Transitions quickly out of pedal and flashes a good short-area burst flying down in the box. Solid tackler but needs improvement breaking down in space. At times, he lunges and tackles high. Flashes difficulty with his reads and pursuit angles on lateral runs. Needs to consistently take his read steps and diagnose his keys. At times, he gets caught out of position, resulting in rounded pursuit angles - exposed greatly on misdirection plays. On occasion, he does not show the elite straight-line speed that matches his other skills. We question if his short-area quickness and instincts cover his ability to turn and run with fast receivers. Man coverage skills and the speed to get over the top of elite wide outs in cover-two schemes have not been showcased. He is best roaming in space with the freedom to read, react and make plays. Needs to continue getting bigger and stronger to play with that style. If Holton continues to physically develop, he could find himself in defensive packages very early in college.

Notes: 2006: Recorded 75 tackles and three interceptions. Best friend is high school teammate Nigel Bradham. Also considering Mississippi State, Clemson, Central Florida...


yessir, keep em comin
 10 years ago '04        #2882
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December 22, 2007
EXCLUSIVE: FSU Commitment switches to Canes
Matt Shodell, CaneSport Magazine
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Crawsfordville (Fla.) Wakulla safety C.J. Holton committed to Florida State earlier in the recruiting process.

But today he switched his commitment to Miami.

"It's 100 percent done for Miami," the 6-foot-2, 195-pound Holton told CaneSport. "I like the academics there, the smaller classrooms. I love it there. I could see myself playing in their defense, the way they rotate their corners and safeties."

Holton committed to coach Michael Barrow today.

And it came as news to Barrow.

"He was a little surprised," Holton said. "The coaches were real excited. I talked to all the coaches, they all got on the phone."

Barrow was a reason Holton switched his commitment.

"He's just one of the most impressive guys, best people I've ever met coaching-wise," Holton said. "He's not even a coach to me, more like a brother to me."

Holton finished his senior year with 70 tackles, five interceptions (three returned for touchdowns) and eight tackles for losses. He also played sparingly as a tailback and had over 100 rushing yards.

As a junior he finished with over 70 tackles, two interceptions, and seven pass breakups

He visits Miami Jan. 26 and says that will be his only visit.

"Miami's just where I wanted to go," he said.

Holton has already informed Florida State coaches of his change in plans.

"Florida State's a great school," Holton said. "I have nothing against Florida State. I just felt it for Miami."
 10 years ago '06        #2883
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Miami isnt bullsh*tting with this recruiting class, Shannon is making major moves in South Florida. And I think you guys will end up with Brandon Harris
 10 years ago '04        #2884
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Anybody heard anything bout a Defensive Coordinator yet?
 10 years ago '05        #2885
CO Butta 4 heat pts
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hillarious that the gators and canes stay in the fsu thread
 10 years ago '07        #2886
KingOnSlaught 1 heat pts
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Da U getting them boyz yeeeeah!!!
 10 years ago '07        #2887
ttime236 38 heat pts38
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Will hyped recruits translate into more Canes' wins?

By Heather Dinich
ESPN.com
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Updated: December 24, 2007

Miami linebacker Tavares Gooden is evidence coach Randy Shannon can recruit -- the regular season has ended and Gooden still has football to play.

The problem? Gooden, who was chosen for the Senior Bowl, is about the only one on Miami's roster with any postseason to prepare for.

For the first time since 1997, Miami will not play in a bowl game. Shannon entered his inaugural season with the hopes of winning eight games. Instead, he nearly lost that many, as the Hurricanes finished 5-7 -- the program's worst overall record since 1977.

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The Hurricanes slipped to 5-7 in Randy Shannon's first season.
Restocking the roster with ready-made talent is the best solution to keeping Miami's entire program from tumbling into an afterthought -- a precipice it's come dangerously close to in the past two mediocre seasons that both included four-game losing streaks.

The question is not whether Shannon can recruit. It's how quickly he can turn the high school hype into wins.

"There's no choice but to be patient," said Gooden, who led Miami with 100 tackles and three fumble recoveries. "You can't rush things. You've got to give a person time to mold a team. I think we had better coaching it just didn't turn out. We didn't have all the talent Miami should have. Coach Shannon is going to bring it back. He's going to get Miami rolling again."

It's not going to be easy.

Miami went through the entire season unranked for the first time since 1979. Until last year, Miami hadn't lost four games in the same season since 1977. Now they've done it twice.

"I don't really know what happened there, but I know that the class Randy is recruiting right now, if they come in, that's going be I've seen all those kids on evaluation tapes," said former Miami a.ssistant Art Kehoe, who, after 27 seasons and five national championships with the Hurricanes spent the past two as an a.ssociate head coach at Ole Miss. "I've watched them practice. Every kid he's talking about, they're all excellent players. Certainly there was a bit of a downward spiral there, but you don't want to give him the leadership role and just flush him that fast."

Don Bailey Jr., a center for the Hurricanes' from 1979-82 who is now the team's radio analyst for the Hurricanes Radio Network, attributed the slide to two factors -- a recruiting class that fizzled instead of sizzled, and too many players opting to leave early for the NFL (like safety Kenny Phillips and defensive end Calais Campbell, both of whom are expected to be first-round picks in 2008).

"They had hit on some guys that at least on paper were four- and five-star recruits that never met their expectations from what they had done in high school," Bailey said, "and then you throw in the fact that year after year Miami constantly loses underclassman to the NFL. You say, 'That sounds like an excuse and you reload,' but take last year, Wake Forest. They had as many fifth year players as anybody in the country. They win the ACC championship."

His seniors aren't the only ones Shannon has to replace.

He recently fired defensive coordinator Tim Walton -- a move that was made after he told the media he wouldn't make any staff changes because he wanted "stability."

Try finding it first at quarterback.

Miami's offense sputtered under the combo of Kyle Wright, a senior, and Kirby Freeman, a junior. The consistency the staff is craving might come from redshirt freshman Robert Marve, a Tampa native who is already known throughout the state for breaking Tim Tebow's single season state records for passing yards (4,380) and touchdowns (48) as a high school senior in 2006.

With 26 promises already delivered and as many as seven more commitments possible, there's little doubt one of the top recruiting classes in the country will wind up in Coral Gables.

"They come off a 5-7 season and it's not that Randy Shannon is just cleaning up in Dade County or Broward County," Bailey said. "They get a commitment from one of the best kids in the country sitting in the middle of Kansas. His recruiting is not just in his backyard. For the second year in a row, or his first full year, he's proven he can go out and secure national recruits as well."

It doesn't matter what Miami's class of 2008 is ranked, though, if at the end of the year, the Hurricanes are not.

"I think without a shadow of a doubt he's the answer," Bailey said of Shannon. "There's nothing in my mind that makes me believe he's not the answer."

 10 years ago '04        #2888
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December 26, 2007

Gary Ferman, CaneSport Magazine
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Ocean Springs (MS) High School receiver DeAndre Brown is being recruited by Cane coach Joe Pannunzio.

"I have a Miami offer," the 6-foot-6, 225-pounder said. "He talked about me taking a visit, but we haven't made anything official. He told me I'm another receiver they're trying to get, that they want me to come in and play as a freshman, get me the ball and touchdowns."

Brown has hosted Pannunzio at his school.

"I like him - he's a real cool guy," Brown said.

Brown plans other visits to LSU, Florida, Ole Miss and Texas Tech.

Of what he knows about the Canes, he said, "I know it's a winning tradition, they put a lot of guys in the NFL, do a lot of hard work, things like that."

Brown had 1800 all-purpose yards as a senior - he had over 700 receiving yards with 15 touuchdowns. On defense he had 64 tackles and three interceptions.

Brown says for now he doesn't have any clear frontrunners.

"Because of all the coaching changes I'm sitting back to see what happens," he said.
 10 years ago '04        #2889
Cap Peeler 7 heat pts
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December 26, 2007

Matt Shodell, CaneSport Magazine
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Miami Booker T Washington High School WR and Cane commitment Davon Johnson is keeping close tabs on how the Hurricane recruiting class is shaping up.

And he likes what he sees.

"They bring in guys like Travis Benjamin, that means I'll have good competition and better myself," Johnson said. "Anywhere you go there's going to be competition. Nothing is handed to you. You have to work at it."

Johnson has been to some camps with Benjamin, who is the latest receiver commitment, and says "He's a talented kid, has exclusive moves he can catch the ball and they don't know if he'll run past them or shake them."

Johnson has maintained regular contact with Cane coaches.

"I try to talk to (receivers coach Marques) Mosely every week," Johnson said. "He talks about the future, future life."

Johnson sees great things in the future for himself and Miami.

He finished his senior year with 30 receptions for over 800 yards with 10 touchdowns. He also returned kicks and punts he had two punt and two kick returns for touchdowns this season.

"I'm thinking I'll return kicks at Miami," Johnson said.

Johnson said he and his teammates haven't set up their official visit date to UM yet.

Of undecided teammate Brandon Harris, he says, "I'm not trying to recruit him - it's his choice of what will be good for his life."

* Johnson says he is qualified with a 950 SAT score and 2.8 grade-point average.
 12-26-2007, 11:32 PM         #2890
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 10 years ago '07        #2891
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Hot, too bad you aint touching that

5 championships>>>>>2 championships
Miami>>>Tallahassee
The U>>FSU

 10 years ago '04        #2892
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December 26, 2007

David Folse II
TigerBait.com
The nation's top prep cornerback is still saying that he is a commitment to the University of Miami.

However, he is still listening to other schools.

Ely High School and Rivals.com five-star cornerback Patrick Johnson talked to
TigerBait.com Staff Writer David Folse II on Wednesday afternoon to answer a few questions.

Your thoughts on the recruiting class that Hurricanes Head Coach Randy Shannon is putting together? At the moment (Dec. 26th) is rated 4th in the nation by Rivals.com.

"I am excited about the other players that they are bringing in. We are going to have the chance to be a special team in the years to come. I can't wait to get there and I can't wait for Signing Day and to just get it done."

Are you helping Miami recruit other top prep players to come and join you in Coral Gables?

"Exactly. You can never have too many good players in your program so if the coaching staff asks me to do that, then that is what I am doing."

Do you feel like you will be apart of the resurgence of Hurricane football and do you hope you can help bring Miami back to the glory days of the past?

"I want to help put them back on the map, plain and simple. I want to help get them (Miami) back to where they were when they didn't lose a lot of football games."

How do you deal with the other schools that are still calling you and recruiting you?

"You have to listen to what they have to say because you never know what you could fall back on because you never know what could happen. You have to have a back-up plan. You just don't leave the other coaches alone, you ask the questions you want to know and answer the questions that they are asking you.

"(Tigers a.ssistant coach Earl Lane) is still one me. He is a very tough recruiter. I like him; he is a real down to earth type of guy. We kind of hit it off and the thing I like is that he tells me the truth. I am still listening to what they (Lane and LSU) are saying."
 10 years ago '05        #2893
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For Florida State, nothing beats landing a Rivals100 standout. But more than that, nothing would beat landing a Rivals100 athlete that's already committed to in-state rival Miami. Linebacker Marcus Robinson pledged his services to the Canes last summer, but will visit Florida State the weekend of January 11th.

"Yea, I'm looking forward to going out there," said Robinson, "seeing the coaches and the players and have a good time... Maurice Harris played on my team, he said he likes it and says it nice."

The 'Noles' freshman linebacker is constantly on the phone with the four-star linebacker. And why wouldn't he be. Robinson comes in at 6-foot-2, 210 pounds, can run like the wind and is rated as the nation's No. 3 outside linebacker.


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FSU is hoping that former Homestead teammate Maurice Harris will be able to convince Robinson to join him in Tallahassee.
While it will be an uphill battle for FSU to pull a South Florida native away from the 'Canes, the 'Noles do have a former Homestead High School teammate on campus to help their cause.

"I talk to him every night because he's like my brother," said Robinson. "He was telling me the dudes he came in with and some of the seniors, they are good dudes and he really likes them."

As of now, the talented linebacker says he's a Hurricane, but asked what it would take from either FSU or Florida to make him switch, and the Rivals100 member wasn't sure how to answer. He said he will take his visits and figure it all out before signing day.

A couple weeks ago, Florida State linebackers coach Chuck Amato paid a visit to South Florida, making sure the Homestead star was still planning to come to FSU, which he is.

"(Two) week(s) ago, coach came down here," said Robinson. "He came to the school. We talked once over the phone and then when he came to the school and we talked a little bit."

This past season, Robinson put up monster numbers recording 112 tackles and 24 sacks. After his visit to Tallahassee, the four-star linebacker will hit up Gainesville on the 18th. He's already visited LSU and USC

Robinson is rated as the ninth best player in the state of Florida according to Rivals.com and the 37th prospect overall.
I got a question for ya'll... why is Miami not after Streeter and why did u guys cut ties wit McCray? is it that serious that he took other visits?
 10 years ago '04        #2894
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 booker20 said:
I got a question for ya'll... why is Miami not after Streeter and why did u guys cut ties wit McCray? is it that serious that he took other visits?
the real question is why is streeter not after miami, the hurricanes offered him a scholarship a while ago, and have even kept one for him despite all the wideouts who have committed. i just think streeter wants to branch out and do his own thing. as far as mccray goes, the hurricanes have been burned by last minute defections over the years, and i guess they suspected that mccray was going down that path, so they did what they had to do.
 10 years ago '05        #2895
booker20 
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 madness said:
the real question is why is streeter not after miami, the hurricanes offered him a scholarship a while ago, and have even kept one for him despite all the wideouts who have committed. i just think streeter wants to branch out and do his own thing. as far as mccray goes, the hurricanes have been burned by last minute defections over the years, and i guess they suspected that mccray was going down that path, so they did what they had to do.
Streeters been saying that the canes havent been after him hard enough...

I thought it was just over the visits for McCray, what made them think he was gonna jump ship? we might end up wit him but wit all our lbs he'll be buried on the bench... i dont know why LBs and Safeties keep signing wit us now if we could start pulling in WRs and RBs like this we'd be a problem... whats the predicted number for signees? i think ours is 30...
 10 years ago '04        #2896
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 booker20 said:
Streeters been saying that the canes havent been after him hard enough...

I thought it was just over the visits for McCray, what made them think he was gonna jump ship? we might end up wit him but wit all our lbs he'll be buried on the bench... i dont know why LBs and Safeties keep signing wit us now if we could start pulling in WRs and RBs like this we'd be a problem... whats the predicted number for signees? i think ours is 30...
the hurricane coaches were at every northwestern game this year, and none of his other teammates have complained about lack of attention. i'm under the impression that he's needs a little bit of coddling, which randy shannon doesnt do.

and mccray became expendable after the coaches knew arthur brown was coming. had brown not signed, i dont think thew wouldve cut ties with him completely.

we've got about 33 spots open this class: 8 are enrolling for spring, 25 for summer
 10 years ago '05        #2897
Deeangoe 2 heat pts
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lol too bad jenn sterger is originally from miami
 10 years ago '04        #2898
KiNgJaMeS305|M 58 heat pts58
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QB Kirby Freeman leaving UM
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By MANNY NAVARRO AND SUSAN MILLER DEGNAN

Kirby Freeman, the only returning veteran from the Hurricanes' 5-7 season, has requested a release from scholarship according to multiple UM sources and is looking to possibly transfer to a school closer to home in Texas.
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Kirby Freeman, the only returning veteran from the Hurricanes' 5-7 season, has requested a release from scholarship according to multiple UM sources and is looking to possibly transfer to a school closer to home in Texas.

The University of Miami will begin next season without a quarterback who has thrown a pass in a college game.

Kirby Freeman, the only returning veteran from the Hurricanes' 5-7 season, has requested a release from scholarship according to multiple UM sources and is looking to possibly transfer to a school closer to home in Texas. Freeman and his father could not be reached for comment and did not return phone calls.

The Hurricanes currently have one scholarship quarterback, redshirt freshman Robert Marve, who missed the 2007 season after injuring his non-throwing hand in a car accident. But UM is expected to add three incoming recruits before next season.

Miami Northwestern's Jacory Harris, considered the nation's ninth-best high school quarterback by Rivals.com, and Cannon Smith, a three-star Rivals.com prep school recruit from Hargrave Military Academy in Virginia, have said they will enroll at UM in January and participate in spring drills.

Taylor Cook, a 6-7, 210-pound senior from Altair, Texas, and a two-star Rivals.com recruit, is expected to arrive at UM next fall.

Marve was named Mr. Florida Football in 2006 at Tampa Plant High and was awarded UM's Offensive Scout Team Player of the Year award earlier this month.

Freeman, a 6-3, 214-pound redshirt junior from Brownwood, Texas, never had the type of career he envisioned when he arrived at UM in 2004 as one of the nation's top-rated running quarterbacks.

Despite being appointed the starter by Coach Randy Shannon in favor of incumbent Kyle Wright at the start of the 2007 season, Freeman struggled and Wright regained the starting job by the third game of the year. Freeman was relegated to the bench until Wright was injured in the first half against Florida State on Oct. 20.

After struggling for most of the game, Freeman engineered the game-winning touchdown drive against the Seminoles, capped with a 13-yard touchdown pass to Dedrick Epps. It's considered by many to be the highlight of Freeman's UM career.

Freeman made the his final start a week later in UM's 19-16 overtime loss to North Carolina State. He finished the season playing in seven games and went 18 of 58 for 256 yards, three touchdowns and six interceptions.

His career numbers: 92 completions on 197 attempts, 1,311 yards, 12 touchdowns, 16 interceptions.

Freeman entertained thoughts of transferring in April 2006. But he returned to UM for his redshirt sophomore season sporting a tattoo of the ''U'' on his back to show support for his team.

He was the team's backup quarterback until Wright was injured in the 10th game of the season. He started the final four games and led UM to a 2-2 record including a victory in the MPC Computers Bowl.

Miami Herald sports writer Barry Jackson contributed to this report.
 10 years ago '04        #2899
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from what ive read, Streeter is good to go.
 10 years ago '04        #2900
KiNgJaMeS305|M 58 heat pts58
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 C.R.I.P. said:
from what ive read, Streeter is good to go.
as in committing to us?
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