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 10 years ago '04        #3421
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 CANEBOI11 said:
CaneSport.com typically concentrates on the recruiting status of rising seniors this time of year.

But Miami Columbus High School RB Jakhari Gore is a rare breed.

Rare enough to warrant an update even though he won't be signing with a college for almost two years.

The 5-foot-10, 170-pounder is compared by many to a young Frank Gore, who is his first cousin on his mother's side.

"People say we run the same in high school, that the body weight was just the same and everything," Gore says.

Jakhari says he speaks with his cousin on a daily basis.

"I just got off the phone with him a couple of minutes ago," he says. "I'm real close with him. Every day we talk. He's a guide for me, tells me the things to do that are right."

Jakhari says Frank tells him UM would be a good choice down the road.

"Coming up a as kid I was always watching them, was always like `I want to go to that college,'" Jakhari said. "When Frank went there it was `I really want to go there.' I've always had a place for UM in my heart."

Jakhari says he isn't allowed to talk with college coaches yet other than a quick hello. He hasn't received official scholarship offers yet either, per NCAA rules.

But they will no doubt be rolling in down the road.

"His vision is outstanding," Columbus High coach Chris Merritt says. "He's the best athlete we have out there and probably the best football player. It doesn't matter what position we put him at. His vision is extremely good. He runs in a crowd very well and he'll surprise you. He's very, very strong, especially in the weight room. He's a wiry, strong, tough kid. He cleans 235, benches 265, squats 345."

Last season Gore rushed for 1,157 yards and 13 touchdowns, averaging 10 yards per carry.

Of UM, he says "Right now I'm still very young, so I still have time, but I know deeply in my heart that's where I want to go. Frank said he'd love for me to go there, said that it's a real good school to attend."

Will Gore commit early-on?

"I don't know right now," he says. "It's all kind of weird - I'm still very young and getting all this
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 05-13-2008, 02:55 AM         #3422
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 10 years ago '04        #3423
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Today we catch up with Antonio Harper, a 6-3, 220-pound linebacker out of Melrose High in Memphis, Tenn. Harper is a man of few words, preferring to do his talking on the field. As he awaits whether he will qualify academically, here's what he's talking about these days:

SR: How have you been keeping active during the offseason?

AH: I've been in the weight room on and off, usually three days a week. Sometimes, I'll work out four times a week. Basically, I'm just trying to get my knee stronger.

SR: Speaking of the knee, you partially tore your ACL in the Class 4A playoffs against Kingsbury. How is it feeling these days?

AH: It was my left knee. A guy lunged at my knee and it hit the helmet. It's getting back, but it's not quite there. I have a little bit of pain, on and off. I go to therapy three days a week. I should be ready by the time I get there.

SR: You played at the same high school as Carlos Armour and Graig Cooper. What have they told you about UM?

AH: We talk all the time. They've told me what to expect when I get down there. They've told me everything and how to prepare for it. I'm liking what I'm hearing. I hung out with Coop on my visit. He showed me around.

SR: How does a kid from Memphis grow up idolizing Miami with Tennessee and Ole Miss just down the road?

AH: I've always been a Hurricanes fan. I've just always liked their style. They have had that little swag going. That's what I'll always remember. I grew up a fan of that.

SR: Can you give the latest on your academic situation? Have you qualified yet?

AH: I haven't yet. I'm just waiting for my test scores. I take the test in June. I think I have a great chance of passing it.

SR: What happens if you don't pass? Prep school?

AH: Yeah, I've thought about that. But I really don't want to think about that possibility. I really want to be in Miami this summer. It should work out.

SR: What are strengths at linebacker and what do you have to work on?

AH: Strengths are speed, technique, patience and quickness. As for weaknesses, I feel like I have to work on everything. That's how I think. I want to get better in every way possible.

SR: You played inside and outside linebacker in high school. Where do you feel most comfortable?

AH: I can really play either. I just moved to inside linebacker for my senior year. Overall, that's where I feel more comfortable. But it doesn't matter. I can play both.
 10 years ago '04        #3424
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Today, I did something that most defensive backs have a hard time doing and that's catch up with Thearon Collier, a wide receiver out of Miami Booker T. Washington. He's one of the eight WRs signed in the class, and brings confidence to the group. Here's what the 5-9, 163-pounder is saying these days:

SR: Your high school was so close for years to winning a state championship. How satisfying was it finally achieving that goal last year?

TC: Yeah, it was tough. All my life I had been wanting to bring home a state championship. It finally all just came together, we came together as a team last year. It felt good going out on top.

SR: How much time have you spent on the UM campus visiting with teammates and coaches?

TC: I go down there every weekend. It's a great atmosphere. I like to visit guys like Ryan Hill, Jacory Harris and Aldarius Johnson. I got a good bond with them. We played (little league) together.

SR: Do you see yourself being used mostly as a kick returner your first year?

TC: Yeah, they want to use me as a returner, but also as the slot guy. As a returner, they want you to make big plays. I think I'm a big-time player and I'm ready to make the big-time plays. I'm not afraid of being that guy.

SR: What would you say is the one thing you know you have to improve before your arrival?

TC: My speed, no doubt. I got that first 50 (yard) speed. I gotta work on my endurance. I got to get in the weight room because I need to work on my explosion in my legs. So I'm working on my lower body.

SR: Has it been disappointing watching the play of the UM receivers the last few years?

TC: Yeah, you can be disappointed about it, but we got new guys who are ready and want to step in. We're ready to put the program back to where it used to be.

SR: After a catch, what is the first thing you're looking for?

TC: The first thing I'm thinking is how do I make this man miss? That's when I get excited, because I'm always looking to make a move.

SR: What type of workouts are you doing in the offseason?

TC: I go out on the field with our quarterback (Sancho McDonald) every day. We go out there and work on route running and do agility drills. It helps me stay in shape, so I'll be ready when I get to campus.

SR: You, Davon Johnson and Brandon Harris all had the opportunity to enroll early. Do you still think you made the right decision?

TC: Yeah, we had the chance, but we wanted to enjoy that last year. I wanted to go to prom and graduate with my class. It's what we wanted to do.
 10 years ago '04        #3425
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Today we catch up with 6-3, 295-pound defensive tackle Jeremy Lewis of Palm Beach Lakes High School. Lewis got a late start playing football, but worked his way into becoming a big-time prospect. He's set to arrive on campus June 24, and here's what he's talking about:

SR: With guys like Marcus Forston and Micanor Regis coming in, do you think it's going to be difficult making a name for yourself?

JL: No, I'm pretty sure we're all going through the same thing. It's something good. I know everyday I have to work hard and practice hard. It's something that is going to make all of us better. It's a pretty good situation for all of us.

SR: How have you been keeping busy during the offseason as far as staying in shape?

JL: I started a little plan they (UM) gave me. I got a weightlifting class here at school everyday. I'm taking advantage of it. I haven't maxed out, but I'm doing reps of 225. I can get it up 10 times. So I definitely think I've improved.

SR: What have your discussions been like with Coach Hurtt? Has there been any talk of you redshirting this season?

JL: I've got to come in with a mindset that I'm going to play this season. I'm going to work hard so I can be a part of this team this year. Coach Hurtt is a good guy. It's not just football with him. We talk about school and life.

SR: How was close was Tennessee in the mix when it came down to National Signing Day?

JL: It was kind of close. But I had a good feeling I was going to Miami all along. It was the coaches and the opportunities I felt I would have there.

SR: You played some basketball for coach Lorenzo Hands at Palm Beach Lakes. Do you think that could be an advantage for you in terms of athleticism.

JL: I played all four years. I was a power forward. It could help me, but I don't even want to talk about it. I'm a very humble person. I played my senior year, but I really focused on football. I knew football was my ticket. I still play basketball. I actually played yesterday.

SR: A lot of recruiting sites use the word "raw" when describing you. Is this because you're so new to playing football?

JL: Probably. I actually started playing my junior year. I always thought I was going to be the next Shaq or something. Then I started traveling and seeing guys that were 7-foot and playing my position. Everyone at school starting saying that I had the size to play football. I know I still got a lot to learn at the next level, but that's pretty much what college is for.

SR: Is there at all any sense of nervousness being part of this recruiting class because of the expectations?

JL: Not really. I got my mind on playing football. I just got to go in there and think this is nothing special. I know it's a good opportunity to be a part of the team that's going to turn around the program.

SR: Could you see yourself maybe moving to offense, maybe the line or even tight end? I know you played TE some in high school.

JL: Not really. I'm a D-tackle and that's it. I didn't play much offensive line and they used me at tight end on two-point conversations. I caught one for a touchdown.
 10 years ago '04        #3426
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Today we catch up with C.J. Holton, a 6-2, 212-pound safety out of Wakulla High School. The biggest concern with Holton is whether he will qualify academically. He said he should know something within three weeks. Holton broke his verbal commitment with Florida State late in the recruiting season and caught some flack from the locals, but here's what he's saying about his anticipated arrival on the UM campus:

SR: You were a FSU commitment nearly up until National Signing Day. Why the change of heart?

CJH: Well, it was the playing style and the history of Miami. They've had safeties and I liked the coaches. It felt more like family with the coaches and the teammates. The day I de-committed I talked to my mom and she was the first person I called. I called her crying. I don't why. It just felt like a release.

SR: What were you hearing after made you made the switch, from FSU fans and the locals in Crawfordville, Fla.?

CJH: Well, a bunch of people were kind of shocked. I got it from a lot of people. I got a bunch of hate mail, just people talking crazy stuff. One dude told me before I leave that I better make sure to get a (bulletproof) vest. That was the craziest thing I heard.

SR: Have you qualified yet academically? If not, what are your plans?

CJH: Right now, they're going to try to use my five online classes. That should meet my ACT score. I'm not too worried. If not, I'll take ACT or SAT again and get that taken care of. If I don't pass, I'll probably end up at prep school. But I'm not really thinking about that, because I know I'm not that far off.

SR: You called your visit to UM "one of the best times of your life." What was so memorable about it?

CJH: It was just surprising to see a team with players and coaches that get along so well. It's like they've known each other for years. Everybody just loves everyone else. One of the biggest things was that my mom and my brother loved it more than I did. Once you got Moms, you know you're in.

SR: You talked earlier about the tradition of playing safety at UM. You ready to be compared to the likes of Kenny Phillips, Sean Taylor, Ed Reed and Brandon Meriweather?

CJH: Well, that played a big role in my decision. I'm not going to say that I am those guys. I kind of watched film of those guys when I was in high school preparing for the games. I put their style in my style. With all those guys playing (at UM) and leaving early (for the NFL), I think that was a big plus for me.

SR: Are you more comfortable at any particular spot in the secondary?

CJH: It really don't matter. As long as I get some contact and get some interceptions, that's all that matters. Wherever they want me is where I'll play.

SR: How have you kept in shape during the offseason?

CJH: Once I finished the North-South All-Star game, I've been training five days a week. I take the weekends off. I've gained weight. I'm up to 212. I was (195) when the season ended. It's not fat or anything. I'm in good shape. I go to the gym and I'm doing more lower-body workouts. I'm working more toward depth when I work out so I can get prepared for college.

SR: Are there any players or incoming recruits who you are particularly close to?

CJH: Ramon Buchanan, we talk at least once a week, Joe Wylie and Jordan Futch. Ramon was my roommate for the North-South all-star game. He was committed to UM and I was still committed to FSU. I met Jordan and Joe at the Georgia Tech game and we've just kept in contact.
 10 years ago '04        #3427
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Today we catch up with Davon Johnson, a 5-11, 170-pound receiver from Booker T. Washington in Miami. After helping his team win the Class 4A state title, Johnson will be in competition for the fastest Hurricanes player when he arrives on campus. Here's what he's talking about these days:

SR: What have your conversations with Aubrey Hill been like so far?

DJ: It's just been us talking about how we plan to get the receivers corps better. We're trying to build one of the best in the nation. He's always talking about turning things around and getting them back to like they used to be.

SR: Growing up in Miami, you watched the Hurricanes when they were on top. What's been missing the last few years?

DJ: It's the swagger, that winner mentality when you think that nobody can beat you. It's not like that anymore. You see teams like USC walking around with that swagger. That puts fear into other teams. We're trying to get that back.

SR: Other than yourself, which of the incoming wide receivers is the most explosive?

DJ: It depends what category you put them in. I have the speed. Kendal (Thompkins) has the moves. Tommy (Streeter) and Aldarius (Johnson) have the size. We all bring a lot of different things to the table. I just can't say that there is one. If I did, I wouldn't be telling you the truth.

SR: Can Brandon Harris, a teammate at Booker T, cover you one-on-one? What makes him such a special cornerback?

DJ: Yeah, he could cover me. He gets me sometimes. I get him sometimes. We've been playing together since we were 6 years old, so we know each other. We go back and forth and are competing everyday in practice. He knows the game. He's physical. And he's fast.

SR: One recruiting site said you rely too much on athletic ability. Is that a fair a.ssessment?

DJ: Really, I just go out there and play. It's up to other guys and what they believe about me. Everybody has some negative stuff said about them. You could be the best wide receiver in the country and you're still going to have something negative said about you. My coach, he taught me some technique. Last summer, (Bengals receiver) Chad Johnson came out to practice and worked with us. He showed us some different things.

SR: How have you spent the offseason staying in shape?

DJ: I was running track, but in the first meet I hurt my hamstring. So I really had nothing to do but relax for a month. I lifted weights and started running again in districts, but I couldn't compete. I wasn't in running shape. Last week I started running routes on the field with Thearon Collier and we ran 16 110s (yards). I'm back in running shape now. We just can't stop working because it's just something that we're used to doing.

SR: What separates you from the other receivers in the class?

DJ: I'd have to say speed. I can close a cushion on a defender kind of fast, before he can open his hips. My fastest 40 (yard dash) time was probably in the 10th-grade at the Rutgers camp in New Jersey. I ran a 4.29. That's pretty fast.

SR: What have been the initial discussions in terms of where you will play on offense?

DJ: They told me they will bring me in as an outside (receiver), but I'll play slot. I can play everything, so I'm just going to try and learn the whole playbook when I get there. If they put me at kick return or punt return, I'll do that. I only took one (kick) back in high school, and that's because most teams didn't want to kick us. I like special teams. They call it special teams because there are special players out there.
 10 years ago '04        #3428
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Today we catch up with Vaughn Telemaque, a 6-2, 190-pound safety out of Long Beach (Calif.) Poly. He starred at one of the nation's finest high schools. It is known for producing NFL talent, such as Willie McGinest, Marquez Pope, Leonard Russell and Stephone Paige and dozens others. Telemaque is the most personable and well-spoken recruit I've talked with so far for this series. Here's what he is saying as he prepares for his UM arrival:

SR: We've all heard about how powerful the Long Beach Poly program is. What was it like playing there and do you think it will prepare you for college?

VT: Yeah, I do. It's the mentality you get when you start playing here. You hear the stories, but we hear it more often because we're out here. You start to build confidence and you know you can play with elite players. It's a boost of confidence. You believe in yourself more.

SR: There is talk that you may move to cornerback. Do you see yourself as a safety or have a preference?

VT: I can play any position in the secondary. I prefer to play safety because I think I can be helpful early. You want to play any position anytime you can get that early experience. But I'm willing to play anywhere.

SR: How much pressure were you under to stay on the West Coast and has your family adjusted to your decision to move East?

VT: Everybody is real excited. It was a common conversation we had early in the recruiting process. It was like when we first started getting recruited we talked about staying on the West (Coast). Then you just evaluate the team the way you like to evaluate. Wherever I chose, I would've got support for me.

SR: Did Kenny Phillips' decision to leave early for the NFL affect your decision at all?

VT: It wasn't really a big part of the decision. It would've been good experience to play with a player with caliber like that. The fact that he left, I could see an opening.

SR: What's the story with the green and white socks you wore in the high school championship game? And do you plan on bringing them to Coral Gables?

VT: (Laughing) I definitely have to see what coach (Randy) Shannon has to say about it. I'm definitely trying to bring the socks out there. It was just me wanting to have a different pair of socks each game. It ended up getting noticed and it turned out I played a lot better. Maybe it was the socks?

SR: Speaking of that game, you had three interceptions, including the clincher in the end zone. Is that probably your greatest game?

VT: It's definitely my best noticeable game. I had a three-interception game against Carson (High) earlier. The quarterback is going to Washington, so that was a pretty big deal. But I'm happy I left some type of mark in the title game.

SR: What's your best attribute as a cornerback?

VT: My understanding of the game. I just try to build upon that day by day, whether it's overtime in the weight room or overtime in the film room. I just want to make little tweaks. I want to be able to recognize things before they even happen.

SR: How have you spent your offseason as far as staying in shape?

VT: I've just been working with my defensive backs coach. I'm just keeping and maintaining. I don't really get out of shape and just start loafing around. I just try to keep my body moving and keep it in shape.
 10 years ago '04        #3429
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 Hurricane Ra said:
Back from the dead... barely... can't wait for Hurricane season.
my man whats happening
 05-13-2008, 02:22 PM         #3430
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And word up to Kenny Phillips for keeping the streak alive. n*gga is gonna be a problem in the league. Cheaaaaaaaaaaa.. Anyway I can't wait for this season Marve is gonna break n*gga's necks for real.
 05-13-2008, 02:27 PM         #3431
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RAKIMS BACK! :applause:
 05-13-2008, 02:28 PM         #3432
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And Kenny Phillips is a NY Giant :applause:
 05-13-2008, 02:33 PM         #3433
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Whats good my n*gga
 05-13-2008, 02:56 PM         #3434
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HURRICANE RA IS BACK BOYZ

Valdosta (GA) OL Antonio Foster says Cane coaches "are supposed to come to my school sometime this week."

Foster won't be able to talk to the coaches while they're at his school, per NCAA rules, but he says it'll be a first glimpse at the most important part of his recruitment.

"The coaches are the most important thing to me in picking a college," he says. "I'm going to have to live with them for the four or five years."

The 6-foot-4, 285-pounder already lists 20 offers, including Miami.

"Miami offered two months ago," he says.

Foster says he has no frontrunners – "I'm just taking it all in," he said.

Of UM, he says, "I know about the program there. They're a private school that produces most of the NFL players."

While Foster says he's considering the Canes, he also acknowledges distance will play a factor.

"It'll be tough for them because it's so far," he said.

Closer-to-home programs that offered are Florida, Florida State and Georgia Tech.

"I've visited Florida and Georgia Tech so far – it was fun," he said.
 05-13-2008, 02:58 PM         #3435
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New Lenox (IL) Providence Catholic OT Patrick Ward says he expects a Cane coach at his school tomorrow.

"Coach (Jeff) Stoutland's coming," Ward said. "I've talked to him before. We've talked once every couple of weeks or so – we talk about their needs for the next recruiting class, about the school and stuff. He sounds like a really good guy."

Ward won't get to chat with Stoutland on the visit, though. Per NCAA rules, coaches can't directly interact with student-athletes on the visits.

"We don't have spring ball, so coaches come and are allowed to watch us work out and get academic information (from the school)," Ward said "We can't talk to them. They can only call us once before end of May, and Miami hasn't used that call yet."

Ward may get one thing accomplished during the Stoutland visit - he's waiting on an offer from UM.

"Coach Stoutland said he wants to visit me first before offering – I expect to know if I would get an offer after he comes to the school," Ward said.

He adds, "I'm definitely interested in Miami."

Ward already lists 17 scholarship offers.

"I'm looking for a school with an engineering program and an ability to win," he says.

He's never been to Miami before but knows about UM's program.

"I know Miami's got a great tradition, great players coming through there," he said.

He's not listing any favorites yet but hopes to get things narrowed down to a top eight in June.

"If Miami offers there's a chance they'd be in there," Ward said. "I have to talk and find out more about the school."

A current Cane grew up just a few miles from Ward – freshman kicker Jake Wieclaw.

"I've seen him a couple of times - we haven't talked, though," Ward said.
 05-13-2008, 03:22 PM         #3436
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 Hurricane Ra said:
And word up to Kenny Phillips for keeping the streak alive.
The first round streak will never die... when was there ever a year when there wasnt at least one hurricane at the very least in the top 32 players available
 10 years ago '04        #3437
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thanx caneboi

good to hear we're startin to go after some o-line help
 10 years ago '04        #3438
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 Black_Deuce said:


The first round streak will never die... when was there ever a year when there wasnt at least one hurricane at the very least in the top 32 players available
hate to say it, but the streak will be in jeopardy in 2009....only prospects i can really think of are jason fox and baby james, and both would have to have monster years and k!ll in the combine to have a shot. but i guess we'll see
 10 years ago '05        #3439
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 P. Dedos said:
bryce brown > lamar miller >>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> berry

have fun with him just keep em away the gaytors
Say what you want but they are all great backs. Berry is also QUICKLY rising up peoples charts.

When you add people like McGee, Hyde, Emilien, and a slew of others and you see why we are happy.
 10 years ago '05        #3440
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damn ra' come back for one day...and it just brings ereyone out the woodwards...not to mention good looking madness on the articles
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