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 9 years ago '05        #4926
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 P. Dedos said
ass??? thats a lil harsh


we also got a commit from maurice haggins today

nice fullback recruit

i like him better than tiger powell
not a.ss, more like USF, UCF quality type player

 9 years ago '05        #4927
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 P. Dedos said
funny you say that... you nollie "experts think otherwise





LMAOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO


some like him better than Lattimore


thanks for your input the nollie.... see you on labor day!!!
what the f**k do they know??? there's a reason why I don't post on their boards. i'm the only expert here

 9 years ago '05        #4928
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 P. Dedos said
your coaches wanted him too


alright expert :greetings10:
ok?? and you see where our coaches got us now a.ssy. besides Miami we can't beat nobody else.

 9 years ago '04        #4929
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good to see the staff is back to recruiting actual football players and not putting too much stock into #of stars

 9 years ago '04        #4930
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CORAL GABLES, Fla. -- Fall practices begin in seven weeks, which means a number of new faces will join the team.

Some are already on campus.

There are currently 10 freshmen on campus including six that enrolled in January.

Quarterback A.J. Highsmith, running back Lamar Miller, defensive end Dyron Dye, and safety Ray Ray Armstrong joined the six this summer and are participating in off-season summer workouts.

Highsmith was given number 19, Miller will wear 27, Dye got number 49, and Armstrong will done the 26 as comparisons to Sean Taylor are sure to follow him throughout his career.

Of the four Miller and Armstrong have the best chance of playing in 2009 while Highsmith and Dye, who has gained at least 20 pounds in the past year, are likely to redshirt.

Miller, our top-ranked 2009 player in Miami-Dade who rushed for 1,719 yards and 22 touchdowns as a senior at k!llian, has excellent speed and is already built for the college game at 5-foot-11 and 205 pounds. Despite a logjam at tailback, Miller should excel in fall practices and be given a serious look this fall.

Armstrong has a very strong opportunity to crack the starting lineup this season as a safety. Vaughn Telemaque and Randy Phillips are the team’s top two safeties right now, but don’t be surprised to see Armstrong in there, likely surpassing Phillips. Armstrong is likely the gem of the 2009 signing class and has a bright future ahead of himself as a talented and aggressive 6-foot-4, 215-pound athlete.

The six signees that enrolled in January and participated in spring practices are: RB Mike James, OLs Brandon Washington and Jermaine Johnson, DE Olivier Vernon, DT Curtis Porter, and CB Brandon McGee.

In the spring, James made a quite a splash as he made a number of big runs and displayed a work ethic that impressed the upperclassmen. He is expected to be given a serious look at reps this fall although junior Graig Cooper and Javarris James will be given the first crack.

On the defensive side of the ball, Vernon proved he is deserving to be in the rotation at the defensive end. Vernon did an excellent job throughout the spring and was a bit of a surprise to some with how well he adjusted to the college game.

McGee is going to be a very important piece in this freshmen class as he’s the only true cornerback the team signed. McGee showed flashes in the spring, but a broken finger kept him out for the second half of the spring, which hampered his development. However, all signs point towards McGee being a very good player in the future.

Another freshman who had a sold spring was Washington, who has the potential to be a great guard at Miami. Washington is a physically impressive young player with good strength. a.ssuming he works hard in the offseason and throughout fall practices, he’ll be in the mix this season.

Johnson and Porter are likely to redshirt this season as they are still at least a year off from being serious contributors.

Nine Others Waiting to Enroll

There are nine other freshmen in the 2009 class that are waiting to arrive at UM.

On offense TEs Billy Sanders and Stephen Plein and OLs Malcolm Bunche, Jared Wheeler, and Cory White are still yet to arrive.

The defense is looking to be bolstered with the additions of DT Luther Robinson, LB Shayon Green, DB Prince Kent, and S Jamal Reid.

 9 years ago '04        #4931
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S Wylie Leaving UM
Jun. 20, 2009

By: Christopher Stock





Joe Wylie
WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -- Safety Joe Wylie will not be back at Miami in 2009.

Wylie, a 6-foot-2, 205-pound redshirt freshman safety from Boyd Anderson is transferring from Miami according to his high school coach Mark James.

"He will not be back at Miami this season," James said. "I know he wanted to go somewhere where he could play."

Wylie registered one tackle in one game in 2008 before suffering an injury, which sidelined him the rest of the year.

Wylie is expected to transfer to Tennessee State, a Division I-AA school, according to James.

James spoke with Wylie about his potential encouraging him to stay at Miami while working hard in practice and being patient for his time to come.

"I really hoped he would stay," James said.

Despite the departure of Wylie, Miami appears set at safety for the future with Vaughn Telemaque earning plenty of praise from the coaching staff and incoming freshman Ray Ray Armstrong.

Wylie's father, Joe Wylie Sr., was a standout basketball player at Miami from 1988-91.

 9 years ago '04        #4932
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Canes would prefer to recruit Florida-only

> Posted by Shandel Richardson on June 16, 2009 01:46 PM
CORAL GABLES _ Had a chance to catch up with defensive line coach/recruiting coordinator Clint Hurtt Monday to talk a little recruiting.

Hurtt had some interesting things to say when pressed about recruiting wants. Without commenting directly, he kind of shed some light on the whole Bryce Brown situation. Remember how the Hurricanes rescinded their scholarship offer after playing the Brown waiting game?

It just appears UM is focusing more on local talent. The coaching staff would rather stay in Florida than try to lure kids from other stats. They feel the crop is more fertile in area codes such as 305, 561 and 407.

"I'll always take a kid that is highly productive in Dade, Broward and Palm Beach County," Hurtt said. "If you give me a running back that runs for 1,000 yards in Florida, I'd take that over a kid that runs for over 2,500 in a lot of other states."

Hurtt said the goal is for the staff to hit as many state high school as possible throughout the recruiting calendar. As he put it, they would rather avoid losing ground here than using resources to go out-of-state.

My question is what should be percentage of Florida players on the roster? 75 percent? 90? 99.9?

I'll have more from Hurtt in a recruiting story that will run in the actual newspaper in the coming days.

 9 years ago '04        #4933
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Luginbill favors UM's new recruiting approach

> Posted by Shandel Richardson on June 15, 2009 12:02 PM
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The UM coaches have been pretty clear about their recruiting intentions.

Gone are the days of strictly going after the so-called four- and five-star recruits. Coach Randy Shannon wants the best football players out there, regardless of what some Internet recruiting website says. The Hurricanes aren't necessarily going after the players who have the best 40 times or bench press, but those who produce on the field.

ESPN recruiting analyst Tom Luginbill said he's in full support of Shannon's decision.

"In my opinion, you've got to stay true to your own evaluation, your own blueprint," Luginbill said. "Don't worry about what everybody else is saying, but that's a very difficult thing to do."

With so many recruiting and scouting services nowadays, it's very easy for coaches to fall victim of the hype. In past interviews, Shannon said UM may have focused too much on the "star system." And the Hurricanes have been burned by it, which has been part to blame for this recent downfall.

"What happens is there is much information out there about guys," Luginbill said. "Most of it can be untrue. A lot of it is perpetuated by people who are claiming to be recruiting analysts, but don't know if a football is pumped or stuffed ...I think there's a fine line between what's a so-called four-star and five-star recruit by today's standard. Remember this is a projection. You're saying something about a guy who is 17 about what he is going to be at 21."
The Hurricanes continue to reel in top talent, but are learning to get a good mix. If you look at the current class, there aren't any of the so-called big-time recruits ... yet. According to the Orlando Sentinel's Top 100 in state, UM's best recruit was only ranked No. 29. Of course, that will likely change in the coming months. Still, it's obvious the Hurricanes are focusing more on their own evaluating.

Luginbill likes to use the example of sophomore linebacker Sean Spence. He was overlooked because of his size, but a player UM recruited heavily because of his talent. Spence is now arguably one of the nation's top young linebackers.

"It's a fine line," Luginbill said. "You've got to be careful. You can't walk away from too many (five-star recruits). It's just a very delicate line."

ESPN is expected to release its national Top 150 in August. Despite the change in approach, Luginbill expects the `Canes to be well represented on the list. Look for at least four of the seven verbal commitments to appear in the rankings. That's not bad considering the pool consists of at least 2,000 players across the country.

 9 years ago '04        #4934
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UM: Burned by Web hype, recruiters go with gut
By Shandel Richardson | South Florida Sun-Sentinel
June 22, 2009
CORAL GABLES - Recruiting had become simple for the University of Miami football staff.

While counterparts were out scouring the country for the next All-American, the Hurricanes coaches were likely parked in front of a computer with a pad and pen. They surfed Internet recruiting sites in search of talent, almost forgetting their own evaluation in the process.

After following the advice of recruiting gurus helped lead to the program's recent decline, the Hurricanes have returned to trusting themselves when it comes to finding talent. Third-year coach Randy Shannon continues to emphasize the idea of recruiting based on staff judgment instead of a website's rankings.

"That's accurate," UM recruiting coordinator Clint Hurtt said. "We spent way too much time recruiting off [Internet] lists and finding these top guys instead of truly evaluating. You can't just go off hearsay or just because Florida, Florida State or Alabama is recruiting him. That doesn't mean a thing."



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Play and Win: Play the Backyard Blitz and you could win $10,000. Hurtt, also the defensive line coach, said the staff realized it was being burned too frequently by recruiting busts. How else to explain a school once considered college football's top NFL factory having just one player — linebacker Spencer Adkins — taken in this year's draft? Although unfair to place all the blame on recruiting failures, it is widely considered the biggest factor in the decline.

"If you go back and you look at each class, I can go down the list and find some guys who were major recruits that never lived up to the billing," Hurtt said.

In the past six years, the Hurricanes signed top-20 players such as quarterback Kyle Wright, receiver Lance Leggett and tackle Reggie Youngblood. All had decent college careers, but never reached the expectations of their "can't-miss prospect" labels.

That's more than can be said about linebacker Willie Williams and running backs James Bryant and Charlie Jones, considered four-star or higher recruits. Williams was the nation's No. 6 recruit in 2004, according to Rivals.com. After unspectacular performances, all three transferred.

ESPN recruiting analyst Tom Luginbill said the Hurricanes were often caught up in the hype machine that occurs in the world of online recruiting. Many websites claim to rank the best players, but Luginbill said the moment coaches start paying attention to the "star system" is when "a program starts walking a cliff."

"In my opinion, you've got to stay true to your own evaluation, your own blueprint," Luginbill said. "Don't worry about what everybody else is saying, but that's a very difficult thing to do. ... What happens is there is so much information out there about guys. Most of it can be untrue. A lot of it is perpetuated by people who are claiming to be recruiting analysts, but don't know if a football is pumped or stuffed."

UM learned the hard way.

Recruiting misfires factored into the Hurricanes going from playing for consecutive national titles in 2002-03 to a 19-19 record the past three seasons. Much of it occurred under coach Larry Coker, who was fired after the 2006 season. The Hurricanes landed several highly rated recruiting classes during his tenure, but even outsiders noticed they were focusing solely on recruiting sites.

"I used to go in the coaches' offices and sometimes they would literally have Rivals.com up on their screen," said Matt Shodell, who covers UM and its recruiting for CaneSport.com. "I won't name the coaches, but they would be writing names down on pieces of paper. I don't know how much film they were looking at."

The Hurricanes have since turned to their eyes as the best evaluators of talent. Recruits now commonly say they have yet to receive a UM scholarship offer because coaches haven't seen film.

Hurtt said the staff also avoids highlight tapes that often appear on recruiting sites. Even those can provide false hope.

"The big difference is we're evaluating game film now," Hurtt said. "A lot of times it was highlight tapes, highlight tapes, highlight tapes. That could be just a big teaser for you. You watch it and all of a sudden people are geeked up. Then you find the actual game tape, and he doesn't know where he's going on the field and things like that. You find out things in the game film."

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Kyle Wright
QB 2003: Rated the No. 5 overall player by Rivals.com, but struggled with inconsistency throughout career


Lance Leggett
WR 2004: A top-20 recruit who never developed into the gamebreaker analysts projected


Willie Williams
LB 2004: The nation's top linebacker recruit couldn't make it through a season before transferring


Ryan Moore
WR 2002: Was considered a five-star recruit, but finished career with just 49 catches


James Bryant
FB 2004: A four-star recruit who could never find a position and was suspended three times before transferring

 9 years ago '04        #4935
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Was player development the issue?

> Posted by Shandel Richardson on June 23, 2009 09:59 AM
Yesterday the Sun Sentinel ran a story discussing UM's recruiting failures the past six years. Recruiting coordinator Clint Hurtt talked how the staff focused too much on recruiting services for information instead of their own evaluating.

His comments drew some interesting responses. Most felt he correctly identified the problem for the program's recent downfall, but a few disagreed. The question raised was whether the Hurricanes coaches properly developed talent during those years.

We've visited this subject before when former Sun Sentinel UM beat writer Omar Kelly was critical of the coaching staff during a radio interview last season. After yesterday's article, I received an email from Ed McLean, a longtime sportswriter for the South Dade News Leader.

McLean, who writes a weekly column, said many of those recruits fell victim to a coaching staff that came up short.

"...The biggest issue was what happened to the kids when they got to UM," McLean said. "It's like the coaches weren't coaches anymore. Player development simply didn't exist and several top recruits were wasted. [Quarterback] Kyle Wright worked with two or three offensive coordinators and it's no wonder that he didn't pan out particularly well."

Back in 2007, Wright's high school coach Craig Berman pretty much told me the same thing. We'll never know the real reason for who was at fault during all those years.

The best answer is each party likely had something to do with it.

 9 years ago '04        #4936
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Former `Canes RB Charlie Jones defends `04-05 recruits

> Posted by Shandel Richardson on June 23, 2009 07:14 PM
When Charlie Jones arrived at UM in 2004, he felt everything was going as expected.

Things changed for him, and the rest of the players from the 2004 and 2005 recruiting classes, when the coaching staff began to unravel. In response to those critical of the Hurricanes' recent recruiting woes, Jones said it was difficult to play during those years.

UM fired five a.ssistants after the 2005 season. Then coach Larry Coker was canned in 2006. Since Randy Shannon took over in 2007, there have been four a.ssistants who were fired or left for other jobs. That, Jones said, was too much for any player to handle.

"The guys that came in 2004 and 2005 got mixed up in the whole coaching change," Jones said. "I mean, I'd been through three or four offensive coordinators and (three) running back coaches. You've got to be consistent. You've got to develop some players at some point. I felt like if they would've kept the same coaching staff, a lot of guys would've ended up differently."

Jones said among the downfalls was a decrease in family atmosphere as pressure mounted when wins weren't being produced.

"When I first came to Miami, I think the coaching was fine," said Jones, rated the nation's No. 5 running back while at South Dade High School. "There was no problem with it. We were learning something new everyday .... "They were always preaching family this and family that, but after coach Coker left, it wasn't a family. Everything changed. A lot of guys felt they were screwed over."

Jones transferred to Memphis after the 2007 season, saying he had become tired of all the change. He felt the constant staff movement factored into the struggles of the veteran players. Jones was demoted in the spring of 2007. He started the first three games of 2006 before losing out to Javarris James, a freshman at the time.

"Graig Cooper came to the University of Miami in the spring of 2007, and [the new coaches] put him first on the depth chart the first day of spring practice," Jones said. "Nobody had seen him play. I mean, they had only seen him on film."

Jones said many of the older players felt they were being forced out during Shannon's "cleanse" of the program.

"When coach Shannon came in, he wanted to start all over and he wanted to start from scratch," Jones said. "The guys he recruited, he wanted to build off them. In the process, he screwed over a lot of upperclassmen."

Jones said he felt he could've helped the team in 2008 when James was hurt, leaving the bulk of the late-season load on Cooper. The Hurricanes had to play seldom-used Lee Chambers in the Emerald Bowl. Chambers did respond with a solid game. Jones rushed for 262 yards and six touchdowns last year at Memphis.


"You just can't get a kid off the street [freshmen] and expect them to come in and play against guys that have been in college for three or four years," Jones said. "They kind of put up a f!ght, but in the end, the older guys are going to win and I felt it showed during games."

 9 years ago '04        #4937
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 Playnogames305 said

Kyle Wright
QB 2003: Rated the No. 5 overall player by Rivals.com, but struggled with inconsistency throughout career


Lance Leggett
WR 2004: A top-20 recruit who never developed into the gamebreaker analysts projected


Willie Williams
LB 2004: The nation's top linebacker recruit couldn't make it through a season before transferring


Ryan Moore
WR 2002: Was considered a five-star recruit, but finished career with just 49 catches


James Bryant
FB 2004: A four-star recruit who could never find a position and was suspended three times before transferring
@this list of bums

 9 years ago '07        #4938
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that list is horrible

ill give willie a pass tho because he was a beast

 9 years ago '04        #4939
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 L-E-Dub b***h said
that list is horrible

ill give willie a pass tho because he was a beast
a beast at f**kin up....dude accomplished nothing.



and at Charlie Jones...the n*gga did good filling in for T.Moss in 05 but in 06 the n*gga was straight garbage. Dude look like he did no training whatsoever in that off-season..he was slow as molasses and pretty much the catalyst with his got damn fumbles for the Louisville slugging we took that year.

so Charlie Jones f**k you buddy

 9 years ago '05        #4940
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thing is kyle wright actually started good...in 05 we were ranked #3 after k!llin vatech then all of a sudden ppl where saying they wanted to see miami and usc at the rose bowl...and then ga tech happend...

ryan moore was good his freshmen yr then he started f**king up...same with legget he had a decent freshmen yr then went downhill


how the f**k do you start good then fail miserably...

 9 years ago '04        #4941
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TE Sanders Ready to Play at Miami
Jun. 26, 2009

By: Christopher Stock





Tight end Billy Sanders is a relative unknown in Miami’s 2009 signing class.

He’s hoping to change that.

Sanders, 6-foot-4 and 239 pounds, played his senior year at Lake City High School in Coeur D'Alene, Idaho where he had 33 receptions for 450 yards and four touchdowns. On defense, he had 81 tackles, nine sacks, and two interceptions.

He’ll be headed to the University of Miami on June 28 and begin summer classes. It’s something that he’s excited for.

“I’m looking forward to getting down there and start weight training with Coach Swasey,” Sanders said. “I’m excited to go there. I just want to play tight end. All throughout high school I’ve played tight end and defensive end on every play so now I’m looking forward to just concentrating on tight end. I might long snap too.”

Sanders, who will wear number 88 at Miami, is hoping to be a dominant player at a position still looking for an identity after Greg Olsen left in 2006. Jeremy Shockey, Bubba Franks, and Kellen Winslow have also starred at UM in the 2000s.

“I’m hoping to be at their level,” Sanders said. “I have all of the skills to do it. I’m excited. I want to be in an offense that will hopefully get the ball to the tight end and I think Coach Whipple will do that a lot. I talked to him in the spring and he said they have put in a lot of plays for the tight end, which was exciting to hear.”

Sanders played his junior season at Brophy Prep in Phoenix, Ariz. and has returned back to Arizona where he has been working out in the offseason. His off-season workouts have consisted of working out five days a week for 3-4 hours and trains with a number of pro football players including Arizona Cardinals rookie Chris Wells. Sanders also trains with other Cardinals and members of the Cincinnati Bengals.

“I’ve been with them every day for the last four months,” Sanders said. “It’s been a long process, but pretty good. It’s cool to run with them. It’s good competition. You race because everything is timed with the agility and cone work. It’s pretty intense when you get into it.”

Sanders has put on nine pounds since his high school season with focus on a diet featuring improving lean muscle while developing speed and strength.

This season, Sanders hopes to make an impact on the field.

“I want to get in on a lot of the special teams,” Sanders said. “And try to get to get in at tight end too. Maybe play and start. That would be cool. I just want add to something to the team. Hopefully I can do that.”

Miami is looking for a boost to the tight end position with Richard Gordon being the only member of the group with a reception in his career albeit he has just one.

Sanders came down to UM for a week during spring practices and saw he’ll have a chance to play.

“This spring at practice, I definitely saw that I could step in there with what I saw with the competition. I felt really good and it was one of the reasons why I decided to go to Miami.”

For those who haven’t seen Sanders, whose favorite NFL tight ends are Owen Daniels and Kellen Winslow, he described his style.

“I have really good hands,” Sanders said. “I can catch the ball. I can get open easily. I’m a good blocker. I run pretty good routes, but I’m sure-handed. I bring the defensive mentality and tenacity to the offense. I play with a lot of fire and intensity. When I get the ball I run over guys, I usually don’t try to juke around too much, I try to get upfield.”

 9 years ago '05        #4942
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Rest of '09 recruits arrive Tuesday, minus 2

The University of Miami inked 19 players on National Signing Day and welcomed six in for the spring. Tuesday, the rest of the incoming freshmen will arrive -- if they hadn't already -- when the second session of summer classes begin.

Prince Kent won't be among the '09 recruits who begin classes Tuesday at UM. So, who won't be among the new arrivals? So far, it looks like two players -- offensive lineman Malcolm Bunche and defensive back Prince Kent. Bunche told me he's headed to prep school. And although I haven't been able to reach Kent (he and his mom have changed their phone numbers) a source told me his academic situation isn't good and UM is trying to help him find another school (another source told me its Marshall).

But everybody else -- the remaining 11 recruits -- will be ready to go when fall football practices begin in early August.

"My test scores weren't as good as they were supposed to be," Bunche said. "So, I have to go to a prep school. Hopefully, its Milford. I'll spend a semester up there and then I will definitely get back to Miami in January and partake in spring practice.

"I'm disappointed, but I'm not going to stop. I'm going to keep going to where I have to be. This is just a bump on the road."

Bunche said he took the ACT, but failed to score high enough to qualify for UM's sliding scale (GPA, plus test score). He said he was taking an SAT/ACT Prep course and thought he was going to be prepared for the exam. Unfortunately, he says he can't take another exam until September, which is obviously too late to get into Miami. His plan now is to attend either Milford Prep in New York or Hargrave Military Academy in Virginia.

"I'm sticking to my basic workout routine," Bunche said. "I went down from 320 to 315. I guess it's been all the running in the sun for the past two weeks. I'll be back."

> Bunche said he's spent the past two weeks in Miami training with his cousin, fellow UM recruit A.J. Highsmith. Bunch said Highsmith will begin taking classes at UM on Tuesday. He said his cousin expects to spend at least his first season at UM at quarterback.

A FEW NOTES ON OTHER INCOMING PLAYERS...

Shayon Green > Shayon Green said although he was recruited to play defensive end by the Hurricanes, he was recently told by defensive a.ssistant Micheal Barrow he will start out at linebacker. The 6-2 recruit from Tifton, Ga. (the same hometown of UM defensive backs coach Wesley McGriff) said he's put on 10 pounds since the end of his high school season and is now weighing 235. He played linebacker his senior season and racked up 120 tackles and three sacks. He will room with defensive tackle Curtis Porter, who arrived in the spring.

"I can't wait to start classes," said Green, who has spent the past week getting acclimated to South Florida by living with his grandparents and aunt in Homestead. "All this waiting around can drive you crazy."

> Jim Wheeler, the father of offensive lineman Jared Wheeler, said his son is just as anxious about starting classes Tuesday. Wheeler said his son, who will be rooming with tight end Billy Sanders, has put on weight with his offseason conditioning program and is now 6-5, 328. "He's gotten a lot stronger," Wheeler said. "He's got that brute strength, but he can't wait to start with Coach Swasey. He's already up to benching 325 pounds. That's pretty good for a freshman."

Wheeler said UM coaches still haven't told him exactly where he will start out on the offensive line. But Wheeler said he hopes its center. "Jared has the brain and the speed to play center," Wheeler said. "[Jacory] Harris is a tall quarterback, but even still Jared can get down. He could also be a big guard. He's got the long arms."

> As for his younger son, Plantation American Heritage senior Jacob Wheeler, Mr. Wheeler said he recently received his first football scholarship offer from Maryland. The family visited Maryland this past weekend. "Miami wants Jake. Coach Stoutland told him if he decides to put his hand down, he's got a scholarship," Mr. Wheeler said. "But right now, that's Jake's big decision. Does he want to play offensive line or tight end? Everybody keeps telling him he's a lineman. I think he's starting to realize it."

Mr. Wheeler said many schools are recruiting Jacob Wheeler (6-8, 238) not only as an offensive lineman , but as a power forward too. Wheeler plays for the Coral Springs Intensity Jammers AAU Team and will be traveling to Las Vegas and New York for tournaments. "He's played with Kenny Boynton for two years so a lot of people have seen him," Mr. Wheeler said. "They just haven't seen him with the ball a whole lot. But they like him. Coastal Carolina, Fordham and Rutgers have all talked about him playing both sports at the next level. Miami hasn't yet."

Ray Ray Armstrong > Sanford Seminole coach Mike Cullison said both of his former players -- safety Ray Ray Armstrong (UM's most highly touted recruit) and defensive end Dyron Dye -- have already been in Miami for more than a week and will start classes Tuesday.

Armstrong, whom Cullison has compared to Sean Taylor in the past, will wear No. 26. Armstrong (6-4, 215) broke his finger after the season, but will not miss any time according to Cullison. Cullison said although Armstrong could put on some weight and play linebacker, he expects him to play safety.

"I've never coached a kid as competitive as Ray Ray," Cullison said. "He's not going to come out of the game with a bump. They'll have to drag him off the field. I spoke to him last week because I didn't get a chance to say good-bye to him. He's read for this. He's ready to let loose and be a leader."

As for Dye (6-5, 230), he thinks he'll end up switching positions -- from defensive end to tight end -- before his career is done. ""He's got so much upside to him that he doesn't know how good he can be," Cullison said "But I think he could end up being a tight end -- if they use a tight end. He blocks very well. His hands are getting better. He's already got that quick first step. I think he could play in the league as a tight end."

> Speaking of tight ends, Stephen Plein said he's finally all ready to go and begin taking classes at UM on Wednesday. Plein tried enrolling in the spring, but was held up by the NCAA Clearinghouse. They finally passed him through two weeks ago. The holdup? "They made me take an online class over," Plein said. "So, I took online journalism at Brigham Young. It was actually kind of fun."

Plein said he's been working hard in the offseason with a speed coach -- former Tennessee a.ssistant Wes Parker, who lives in the Fort Myers area. Plein said he's brought down his 40-time from 4.9 seconds to 4.62 seconds. He's now 6-6, 255 and eager to provide a hand at a position UM sorely needs help at. He played tight end before moving to Fort Myers his senior year, where he spent the season at defensive end.

"I saw coach Pannunzio about three weeks ago when I went down to UM for my physical," Plein said. "He hadn't seen me since the spring. He was like 'Dang, you could start for me right now.' I just want to help any way that I can."

> Under-Armour All-American defensive back Jamal Reid said he's put on about 10 pounds of muscle in the offseason and now lists himself at 6-1, 178 pounds. Although he could play cornerback, he said UM coaches want him to come in at safety because of his playmaking abilities. He said he will be rooming with defensive end Olivier Vernon.

Reid said he's talked to Randy Shannon about playing baseball in the spring time. Reid was an outfielder at Mayo Lafayette. "Coach Shannon said as long as I keep my grades up, I can play baseball too," Reid said. "I'd love to do both. I'll be meeting with Coach [Jim] Morris when I get there."

 9 years ago '05        #4943
Deeangoe 2 heat pts
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sucks about kent

edit: btw i copied and pasted the article from manny navarro at the herlad..so its most likely true

 9 years ago '04        #4944
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The Class of 2010 in South Florida remains one of the strongest ever, drawing comparisons to the Class of 2008 that remains arguably the best class ever produced in the South Florida area, Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach Counties.

In comparing the two classes, there are similarities and there are differences. However, what remains true is that the Class of 2010 is loaded with ridiculous talent, which nearly mirrors the talent the Class of 2008 produced, talent that the University of Miami must figure out how to keep in South Florida.

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Similarity No. 1

The 2010 class is absolutely loaded in South Florida. The wide receiver position in South Florida was loaded in 2008. Miami picked up commitments from the likes of Aldarius Johnson, Tommy Streeter, Collier, Davon Johnson and Travis Benjamin. This year's class if filled with talent such as Ivan McCartney, Michaelee Harris, Josh Reese, Chris Dunkley, Willis Wright and Shawn Corker.

Similarity No. 2

Northwestern and Booker T. alone resulted in ten of Miami's 19 South Florida signees. Simply put, every major prospect signed with Miami. Both schools are loaded once again and many of these prospects have major interest in Miami.

Similarity No. 3

This talent is so deep in this class that this class could truly be the beginning of the future. At the present time, the Class of 2008 is filling up the starting line up. Sean Spence, Jacory Harris, Aldarius Johnson, Thearon Collier, Marcus Robinson and Brandon Harris were among a number of freshman starters at some point last year and will definitely be a part of the starting line up this season. The players from the Class of 2010 while they will only be freshmen when the 2008 class members are juniors, they will be big time playmakers at some point.

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Difference No. 1

The 'Canes signed seven wide receivers in 2008, six of which are from South Florida. Right now, Miami has no commitments at wide receiver. That has to change and at least two of these receivers have to come from South Florida. For me, that would be Wright and Harris because I think big receivers are the future of this program. I would add McCartney to the list if he can bulk up some because he is 6-foot-3.

Difference No. 2

At this same point, Miami already had commitments from seven of the ten players at both schools. The hold outs were Brandon Harris, Ben Jones and Tommy Streeter. Miami only has one commitment from both schools right now, Todd Chandler. At the same time, Miami doesn't need the Booker T. and Northwestern connection for this class to be complete. The overall wealth of talent in South Florida is way deeper than simply two schools.

Difference No. 3

The 2010 class will not need to walk in and start like members of the 2008 class had no choice, but to do just that and be productive. Spence, Robinson, Collier, Aldarius Johnson and both Harris' were among some of the starters, but they were starters because Randy Shannon basically had no choice, but to start them because Miami simply didn't have any depth on its roster. While the 2010 class will need some early contributors, the hope will be that they won't need to be a major part of the rotation until their redshirt freshman and/or sophomore seasons.

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Final Verdict

Simply stated though, the Class of 2010 is a big time class and the University of Miami has to knock this class out of the park to continue the growth of this program and that starts in South Florida with the incredible talent that South Florida has.

 9 years ago '04        #4945
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Prince Kent will be at the University of Miami in one week to begin summer classes.

"I've been counting down for the longest now," Kent said. "I'm just so excited. My best friend and I talk about it every day. Florida State, first game of the season. I'm extremely excited."

At 6-foot-3 and 190 pounds, there has been plenty of debate whether he will play safety or cornerback at Miami.

"Right now I am looking at corner," said Kent, who will wear number 33.

Kent has been working out five days a week, two to three hours a day with former NFL cornerback Bobby Butler, who played 12 seasons in the NFL with Atlanta. During the weight room session of the workout, Kent is looking to improve his bench press from 285 to 300, while maintaining his already strong lower body.

"He's working with me at the cornerback position giving me techniques that I can use in college so I'm going in knowing the basics of corner," Kent said. "At the same time I'm doing a lot of footwork drills, that's what you really want to get down and 1-on-1s so we are doing a lot of that. I'm feeling very confident right now at the cornerback position. I'm ready to surprise some people coming in."

Kent was an Under Armour All-American out of Norcross (Ga.) High School, where he primarily played safety and wide receiver. But he has his eyes set on playing cornerback and has already let his future teammates know he's ready to make an impact.

"I talk to the receivers that are at Miami now in the spring like Tommy Streeter saying, 'Hey, are you ready to get shut down when I get down there. All that stuff you were doing in the spring wont be happening when I get there," Kent said. "And I've told Jacory Harris, 'Yo, all that stuff that you were throwing in the spring, I'm picking it off, I'm telling you'. I'm just playing around, but at the same time I want to compete, get my confidence up, and have fun."

There are a number of receivers that stand 6-foot-2 or taller at Miami including Aldarius Johnson, Leonard Hankerson, LaRon Byrd, and Tommy Streeter.

"I really don't care about bigger receivers because I'm just as big. I go up against bigger receivers better because they are at my level. When you face smaller receivers, sometimes it's tough to get a hand on them, but with bigger receivers I can get my hand on them, get them off their route, and throw their timing off with their quarterbacks. I feel like going up against those guys will really showcase what I can do. I don't have a problem going up against those guys."

The smaller, quicker receivers--Travis Benjamin, Thearon Collier, Kendal Thompkins, and Davon Johnson--will provide a challenge for Kent during fall camp.

"I just think with the quicker receivers, it is about me being patient," Kent said. "Those guys are going to be quick to make a move off of the line. You don't want to get beat off the line and feel you are in trouble. I think as a corner, that is what I have been working on, is going up against the smaller receivers that I will face."

While Kent is confident in his abilities and what he can bring to the table, he has a sense of modesty that will keep him working hard to earn a spot at a position that needs a playmaker.

"My freshman year, I don't expect to come in and be a big-time player," Kent said. "I just want to come in and be a difference maker and work hard on the field. My goal is to play, no matter where it's at where it's special teams or on defense or offense, I'm versatile. My goal is just to get on that field."

There aren't too many corners Kent's size at any level, but Charges Pro Bowler Antonio Cromartie has been extremely successful as a big cornerback at 6-foot-2 and 204 pounds.

"That's one of the guys that I look at and say, I want to get better than him," Kent said. "You want to be like him, but at the same time, you want to be better than him. I want everybody to look at me the way they look at Cromartie. I really look up to him and the things he brings at corner."

Playing with Ray Ray

Kent spent quite a bit of time with Ray Ray Armstrong, a fellow 2009 signee and safety from Sanford Seminole, at the Under Armour All-American game in January. Armstrong has a lot of attention on him to come in and be a big-time playmaker, which is something Kent is looking forward to seeing.

"Of course I am looking forward to playing with someone like Ray Ray," Kent said. "He's extremely talented. A lot of people will look up to him. This guy has the vision of being someone as good as Sean Taylor. It's amazing to even be in the category that he might be the next Sean Taylor and I do look forward to playing with him. He brings it every play, he has that swag and it's something that I can feed off of."

Education Important to Kent

When asked about his career goals at Miami, Kent discussed academics, something that often gets lost in the shuffle when a player embarks on a journey at prestigious football program.

"It's all about education. That's one thing that I have in mind," he said. "That's my number one goal is to get an education. That should be every athlete's goal. My goal is to keep above a 3.0 GPA. That's my biggest goal. Right now I'm going to go into Accounting."

 9 years ago '05        #4946
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yooo booie whered u get the prince kent article...cuz from the looks of it....it looks old, summer skool i think started today.

 9 years ago '07        #4947
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i hope kent is on the squad

 9 years ago '04        #4948
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its an old article i ran across. i don't have insidetheu anymore, thats why i'm not posting a bunch of articles now.

 9 years ago '05        #4949
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i heard that matt bosher was in a car accident today...dude was driving and someone cut him off crashing...his airbags deployed...he wasnt seriously injured tho...got some scratches on him arm...thats about it...hopefully nothing comes out furthur bout him being hurt or something

 9 years ago '05        #4950
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prince kent will not be a hurricane...apparently hes academic casualty...honestly dont even know why they recruited him if they knew he wasnt going qualify...maybe webster woulndt had sign with usf

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