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 9 years ago '05        #6126
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so apparently shannon pulled lemoniers offer...yaaay randy

 01-27-2010, 04:38 AM         #6127
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WR Ivan McCartney Talking About His Decision

As a former college football star at West Virginia and professional football player, Damon Cogdell is trying his best to prepare Ivan McCartney for the tough decision he's going to have to make soon. As McCartney's football coach at Class 6A state champion Miramar High, Cogdell is also trying to toe the fine line of telling him what's right for him and letting him think all for himself.

McCartney still hasn't decided whether or not to join the team he grew up rooting for in Coral Gables, his former high school teammates who are now Mountaineers, or fill some big receiver needs for Urban Meyer at the University of Florida. But after McCartney spends his last recruiting weekend at the University of Miami beginning this Friday, Cogdell expects him to be ready with a decision come Wednesday morning at 9:30 a.m.

"I think he kind of has his mind set of where he's going, but he'll know for sure by Monday," Cogdell said. "I told him he has to be thick skinned. This is a business decision, not an emotional decision. He's taking everything into account.

"He wants to go up to a place where he can play and make a big impact on that team right away. And if not right away, he wants to play the next year. I told him, he also has to look at the school with the highest graduation rate, which coach has been the most loyal to you and always been there. I don't like it when the coach calls you and just talks football. Neither does he. I told him you can't look at in terms of where you are going to live the rest of your life, just the next four years. At the end of the day, he knows it's his life decision."

McCartney, a 6-3, 180-pound U.S. Army All-American, hasn't spoken to reporters recently. But last week, when he came in to take his photos as an All-Broward First Team selection, he spoke to me for five minutes about what he was feeling. Ultimately, he wants to make the best decision for himself. Most experts believe with his coach being a West Virginia grad and two teammates already playing for the Mountaineers (current Miramar receiver Dante Chambers is a WV commitment), the Hurricanes don't stand much of a chance. But McCartney insisted when I talked to him the Hurricanes are very much in it.

"When I went to West Virginia, I felt like I was at home, especially with [quarterback Eugene] Smith and [receiver] Steadman [Bailey] up there," said McCartney, who caught 37 passes for 693 yards and 10 touchdowns -- including three in the state championship victory.

"West Virginia was a fit for Gino and Steadman. I'm not saying it's a fit for me or it isn't. I have to find somewhere that is a fit for me."

Although some might believe otherwise, McCartney said he is not turned off by the number of receivers currently on the Canes roster (1 senior, 4 juniors, 3 sophomores). "I feel like anywhere you go there are going to be receivers," McCartney said. "Depending on your work ethic, that will determine if you get on the field or not. I know anywhere I go, I'm going to work hard to get on the field."

Cogdell calls McCartney's relationship and his own with UM coaches "outstanding."

"Miami has been there loyally for a long time," Cogdell said. "Coach Shannon and I have a great relationship. We have history together. We both grew up at Scott Park. He recruited me coming out of high school. He coached me when he was an a.ssistant with the Dolphins, when I was a linebacker there. We talk all the time about life, how we both grew up at Scott Park and became coaches. He's come by the school a couple times and had a great in home visit with Ivan. They've done what they've had to do."

The question remains, though, will it be enough to keep McCartney home? "I'll find out Monday, but you'll find out Wednesday like everybody else," Cogdell said with a laugh. "I told him to enjoy it, have a little fun with it."

A FEW MORE TIDBITS...

> Locally, McCartney might be the only player Hurricanes fans will be holding the breath for on National Signing Day. Although I haven't spoken to Hialeah defensive end Corey Lemonier of late, our Larry Blustein says it looks more and more like the No. 1 recruit in Miami-Dade County will be going to Florida State.

> Speaking of Mr. Blustein, he and I recorded three podcasts in a Countdown To National Signing Day on Monday night. They are all available for download on our high school podcast The Countdown . Part 2 of our discussion is on the University of Miami.

> Two years ago, Jordan Futch became sort of the spokesman for the 2008 recruiting class. This year, I'd have to say that guy is Gainesville High linebacker Kevin Nelson . The more I talk to the kid, the more I'm reminded of the old school Canes mentality. The kid bleeds green and orange. I'll have a full interview (audio included) for you tomorrow.

 9 years ago '05        #6128
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mccartney wants to come here...cept his grades are whats holding him back, nother job well down ms.shalala

 9 years ago '07        #6129
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 Deeangoe said
mccartney wants to come here...cept his grades are whats holding him back, nother job well down ms.shalala
Yea....nobody outside canes fans really knows but that woman is a real b**ch. She better not hold this program back

 01-27-2010, 02:06 PM         #6130
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LB Commit Kevin Nelson Talking UM

Kevin Nelson can't contain his excitement. In a week, the Gainesville Sun's Class 6A-3A Player of the Year will be able to put pen to paper, sign his name on a National Letter of Intent and officially call himself a Miami Hurricane.

For Nelson, a 6-1, 215-pound middle linebacker, National Signing Day can't come fast enough. Neither can June 12th. That's the day he scheduled to graduate from Gainesville High. Three hours after he takes off his gap and gown, Nelson says, he plans to drive down to South Florida where he'll move in with cousin and future University of Miami teammate Demarcus Van Dyke. Soon after that, Nelson says, he plans on putting on an orange and white jersey with the number 52 on it. That would be the same number of his idol, Canes great Ray Lewis.

Ask Nelson where he'll be come the season opener in September against Florida A&M and he's got a prediction on that, too. He says he'll be starting at middle linebacker, on his way to the ACC Rookie of the Year award and leading the Hurricanes to a national title.

To say Nelson dreams big would be an understatement. But if you ask his coach, his family and his friends, the fact Nelson is making bold predictions about his future is a welcome relief -- because it wasn't long ago that Nelson wasn't sure where he was headed.

A troubled teenager, Nelson had trouble coping with the death of his mother, Bonnie Coleman, who died in 2002 after a long battle with brain and lung cancer. His biological father, Connie, who died last year from a stroke, didn't develop a relationship with him until he was older. Discipline and focus? It's taken time for Nelson to wrestle with that.

"It was crazy, man," Nelson said. "My brother was off to college so it was just me and my mother when I was little. My stepfather, when he was in the picture, was usually off to work. So, I'd come home and take care of my mom when she was sick. Sometimes, I wasn't able to do my homework because I was crying at night, trying to see if my mom was OK. It was hard. Things like that mess up a kid at that age. It takes time for them to learn how to be strong, realize that this happened for a reason. It was a battle. It still is to this day."

Nelson's battle became his aunt Shirley Williams' problem. Thankfully, he says, with his cousins off at college and plenty of room for him in her house, Nelson was able to grow up with plenty of support. He'd watch the Golden Girls with his grandmother, Irene Cudog, and his aunt, and iron out his behavioral issues. In a lot of ways, he says, he looks up to Hurricanes coach Randy Shannon, who grew up with plenty of his own family struggles. He considers the way both grew up "a deep bond."

"On Sunday, the last day of my official visit, we were talking about that," Nelson said. "He told me about how things were hard for him growing up, family members he lost. He told me situations like that prepare you for life, make you stronger. The way I see it, he never quit and ended up great. It took me some time to figure out how life is. In the ninth grade, I finally got control of it. I just turned a whole 180 degree turn and made some success in my life."

Now, Nelson says, he can't wait to go battle for Shannon. And the truth is, the Hurricanes might be stealing a superstar under Florida coach Urban Meyer's nose.

Nelson, rated a four-star recruit by ESPN and the third-best inside linebacker in the country, has developed into a far better player than most expected. He finished his senior season with 141 tackles, three sacks, two interceptions, three forced fumbles and helped Gainesville High to its city championship since 1988. His coach, Ryan Smith, said Nelson and teammate/fellow UM recruit Devont'a Davis (a 6-1, 170-pound cornerback) are the two primary reasons why the program went from 1-8 to 5-5 to 10-2 and its first playoff victory since Clinton Portis was around in 1998.

"Great players make great coaches," Smith said. "Miami is getting great players. They led the way for us all year. Their leadership, work ethic and the ability to make plays is phenomenal. If you want to look at one game. Look at the win over Buchholz. We won 14-9. Kevin scored both touchdowns (interception and a fumble recovery) and Devonta intercepts a pass on a two-point conversion at the end of the game to clinch it."

Former UM recruiting coordinator Clint Hurtt jumped on Nelson early. But if you ask Nelson, it was his persistence that got the Hurricanes to offer him a scholarship his junior year after the Gators passed and UCF and Arkansas were the only programs who bit.

"Before Miami even recruited me, I had to call them," Nelson said. "I called Ms. Cindy in the office and got coach Barrow's office number. I kept calling it and calling it until I got coach Barrow on the phone. After that, It just went from there.

"I told him 'I want to be the guy you can count on in fourth down situations, you feel me? Or, the guy you want to put it on his shoulders and be the leader -- the whole season -- of the defense. I don't want to give up no rushing yards, no passing yards and have the DBs and safeties moving, the d-line moving and linebackers making plays.' I told him I wanted to be that guy. He said 'Dang man, I really like the way you're talking.' After that, he fell in love with the way I was talking. I sent him film and two or three weeks later, coach Shannon offered me."

Nelson didn't have to sell himself his senior year. LSU, Florida, and a number of other SEC schools came looking for him. Although the offer to play for LSU "and beat UF every year" was tempting, the Hurricanes stayed on him hard. And soon, UM could be reaping the benefits. With Darryl Sharpton gone, the Hurricanes do not have a bonafide starting middle linebacker. Going into the spring, most expect senior Colin McCarthy to slide over to the middle and Sean Spence, Jordan Futch and Ramon Buchanon to eat up most of the snaps at outside linebacker. Nelson, the only middle linebacker in a class with five outside linebackers, could ultimately find his way into playing time if he catches on quickly.

"I feel like I'm the best linebacker coming in this class -- and I feel like with the guys I've been around and the knowledge I'm going to be receiving it will be something great for the University of Miami," Nelson said. "It's about time for Coach Shannon to get another ring on his finger. I told him I'm going to do everything in my power, with the last breath in my body to get him that championship ring."

 01-27-2010, 02:18 PM         #6131
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Players Miami Recruited in South Florida

Obviously this is just one man's opinion but since one of the major discussion topics lately has been about Miami's recruiting performance in south Florida this year, I thought I'd break it down. Below are the top 25 kids, from my top 100 list, in the tri-county area (Dade/Broward/Palm Beach).

1. Matt Elam, S, Dwyer -- The Canes offered him early but he was one of Florida's first commitments and grew up a Gator fan.

2. Corey Lemonier, DE, Hialeah -- He's expected to choose between FSU and Auburn next week. Miami was never seriously in the running, even though they recruited him. He grew up an FSU fan.

3. Gerald Christian, TE, Dwyer -- The Canes offered him but he committed very early to Florida, despite growing up an FSU fan.

4. Ivan McCartney, WR, Miramar -- He grew up a Miami fan and is visiting here this weekend. If he had a qualifying test score, I think he'd be a commitment. West Virginia is the other option.

5. Brandon Linder, OL, St. Thomas -- COMMITMENT

6. Lamarcus Joyner, CB, St. Thomas -- Per one of his former coaches, the Canes never actively recruited him, probably because Randy Shannon doesn't have a history of recruiting 5-8 corners. He's committed to FSU, his dream school.

7. Demar Dorsey, S, BA -- The Canes never recruited him. He committed to Florida early on but is now considering FSU.

8. Chris Dunkley, WR, Pahokee -- The Canes offered but fell out of the running by the end of the season. He committed to Florida, his favorite team growing up.

9. Eduardo Clements, RB, Booker T. -- COMMITMENT

10. Willis Wright, S, Miami Springs -- He's a Juco prospect right now although he is expected to sign with FIU. His dream school was Miami and he named the Canes his leader at the time when they were recruiting him. If he had a qualifying test score, I'm pretty sure he'd be committed to the Canes.

11. Lynden Trail, DE, Booker T. -- The Canes offered him in the spring but he chose the school he always wanted to play for, the Gators.

12. James Louis, WR, Atlantic -- The Canes offered in the spring but he committed to Ohio State and that's when Miami backed off. At the time of his OSU commitment, I'm pretty sure Miami would have taken his commitment.

13. Jon Feliciano, OG, Western -- COMMITMENT

14. Delvin Jones, DE, Palmetto -- He's been at four different schools and still doesn't have a passing test score. Miami never recruited him and he's likely a Juco prospect right now.

15. Greg Dent, S, Glades -- He was offered in the spring and committed to the Canes during the season before switching to Florida State, the school he grew up wanting to play for.

16. Jakhari Gore, RB, Coral Gables -- The cousin of Frank Gore, Jakhari has been excellent over the last few seasons. He was never recruited by Miami, however, probably because he's only 5-foot-8 and Randy Shannon doesn't recruit 5-8 backs.

17. Allen Hurns, WR, Carol City -- COMMITMENT

18. Quadarias Mireles, WR, Atlantic -- Mireles committed to Ole Miss in October but began getting recruited by Miami after the season. He is not qualified for UM and is trying to enroll at Ole Miss for the spring. If he had a qualifying test score, I'm convinced he'd be a Cane.

19. Gio Bernard, RB, St. Thomas -- The Canes offered him back in the spring but backed off when Darion Hall committed. He seemed like a Plan B kid from the beginning so you can't consider this a loss.

20. Michaelee Harris, WR, Miami NW -- The Canes offered Harris early in the process and he wanted to be a Cane. However, his test score was a little low and one of his coaches told me he chose Louisville because he could get in with his current score. NO LOSS

21. Brandon Gainer, RB, Central -- He was the leading rusher in Dade over the last two years among the city schools. Miami never recruited him and chose to instead pursue Darion Hall as their big back early in the process. NO LOSS

22. Shane McDermott, OC, PB Central -- COMMITMENT

23. Keion Payne, CB, St. Thomas -- COMMITMENT

24. Shawn Corker, WR, Gibbons -- The Canes offered him in the spring but seemingly backed off not too long later. He committed to Texas Tech and when several other schools began recruiting him again when Mike Leach was fired, Miami was not one of them. NO LOSS

25. Devon Wright, RB, Taravella -- He was Broward's leading rusher over the past two seasons. His grades were a question mark throughout the entire process and thus his options were limited. Miami never recruited him and he's committed to Minnesota. NO LOSS

* Commitments (20%): Linder (UM fan growing up), Clements (FSU), Feliciano (UM), McDermott (UM), Payne (UM)
* Offered but didn't get (28%): Elam (UF), Christian (FSU), Lemonier (FSU), Dunkley (UF), Trail (UF), Louis (FSU), Dent (FSU)
* Never recruited (20%): Joyner, Dorsey, Gore, Gainer, Wright
* Offered early but seemed to back off (8%): Bernard, Corker
* Not available academically (16%): Wright, Jones, Mireles, Harris

* Others who were offered and committed: QB Stephen Morris, TE Clive Walford, OL Jermaine Barton, DE David Perry, and DT Delmar Taylor

Note: McCartney was left off the bottom since it's unclear what he plans on doing but even if he ends up at WVU, I won't count that as an "offer but didn't get" for the reasons mentioned.

Analysis:
Seven local players were offered scholarships but ended up at other schools. That's probably the biggest reason for people being critical of Miami's recruiting efforts in south Florida this year. This class would be a heck of a lot better if those kids, or even just a few of them, were in this year's class. In defense of the Canes, none of the seven grew up Miami fans. It was just one of those years. On the flipside, only one of the 10 commitments grew up a fan of someone else (Clements).

What does all this mean? It appears the Canes didn't change enough minds in this year's recruiting class. That's half the recruiting battle and for whatever reason, the Canes didn't get it done. Fortunately for the Canes, a high number of the top players still list UM as their dream school every year and 2011 will be no different. The key to turning this thing around will be their ability to change more minds starting next year.

 9 years ago '07        #6132
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If Nelsons game backs up his talk

 01-27-2010, 08:32 PM         #6133
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We basically sweeped up the Olinemen. That's a very good sight to see.

 9 years ago '04        #6134
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We have finally have an D-line coach. He couldn't possibly be worse than Hurt.

 01-27-2010, 10:26 PM         #6135
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Northwestern coach: "There is no rift with UM"
Miami Northwestern, the elite high school football program in Miami-Dade County, has long been a pipeline to the University of Miami. And despite what other "sources" may be saying, Bulls coach Billy Rolle, a longtime friend of Hurricanes coach Randy Shannon, told me Wednesday afternoon that won't be changing.

"This thing is plain and simple: it's a big misunderstanding," said Rolle regarding reports that say a rift has been created between the Canes and its biggest feeder school. "I don't have any problem with the University of Miami, no matter what anybody might think or say. No one here does. The recruiting process is the recruiting process and sometimes kids don't know what it's about. They don't know it's a business. And some of our guys had to learn that, the hard way."

Rolle is of course referring in part to the recruiting saga of highly-touted defensive tackle Todd Chandler, who committed to Miami as a junior (right after the Bulls won the mythical national title with Jacory Harris and seven other future Canes in 2008) but is no longer a Canes recruit.

Tuesday, ESPN.com ran an article, quoting Chandler (as I did back in December) voicing his frustration with the Hurricanes and his understanding that he once had a scholarship offer from Miami, but had it taken away." The article also quoted Terrence Craig (as a Northwestern a.ssistant) saying "the people in the community here at Northwestern won't forget this." Other news outlets later quoted sources saying a rift between UM and Northwestern had grown so big, the Bulls wouldn't send future players to UM until Shannon and Rolle resolved the issue.

According to Billy Rolle, all of it is hogwash. Craig, he says, wasn't even a part of his staff this year at Northwestern. Craig, a former Bulls offensive line coach, left the program last year for Miami Southridge, which is closer to his home. And those sources, Rolle said, "I'm not sure sure who they are."

"Some people do a lot of talking, they like to be spokesmen," Rolle said. "But they don't know. You know me. I don't like talking on the phone. I'm a face to face guy. I talked to coach after I read something in the paper... We ironed it out."

What also got ironed out, Rolle said, was the situation regarding Chandler. Rolle admitted he was shocked when he first heard Chandler was no longer headed to UM. But he said after he looked into the situation, spoke to Shannon and Chandler, Rolle said he came to "a clear understanding" of why Chandler won't be playing for the Hurricanes.

"A kid may commit early, but a school can change their mind the way a kid changes their mind," Rolle said. "It was just one of those things, a kid commits early and trusted the situation. But it's a business. s years go by, the recruiting process changes. Unfortunately, the recruiting process probably changed for Miami. Like coach told me, they had a lot of injuries this year, young guys and old guys coming back. It was a numbers thing. At first, Todd was kind of distraught, he really didn't understand it. But after we talked to him and things like that, he understood by taking trips to other schools -- he understood what went down with him.

"I was just shocked because he wanted so badly to go there because of the guys who were there previously. He had a nice little bond with the guys who were here before and because he was one of the younger guys who started and played here a lot when they were here. He had decided before anything that's where he wanted to go play. At the time, it was something big going on with us, winning the national title. So, everybody was excited, thought it was only natural Todd would go to Miami too. He made a commitment to himself to commit to Miami because he was sold on it.

"But usually, when a school offers a kid, the coach gets a letter. That's the thing. I never got a letter for Todd. I looked for it, didn't find it. That's how [UM] covered their butts."

Rolle said the situation with Chandler proved to be a valuable lesson for his entire team. He said he recently had a scout explain how programs "have different needs" each and every season.

"People a.ssume the best players at Northwestern should go to Miami. And to me, that's how I believe it should be," Rolle said. "When you go to Alabama, the best players from Alabama go to Alabama. Same at Texas, LSU, Georgia. You may see one or two guys from other parts, but that's it. Me, personally as a coach, I always tell the kids to look around, don't say no to a school just because you've chose one. You never know what can happen. A coach might get fired or leave to another school. Now, that school doesn't want you anymore.

"Sometimes, kids just love a school so much, they don't want to hear 'No.' If you look at Antonio Bryant and Torrie Cox, my guys here from the 1998 team. They were going to die if they didn't go to University of Miami. And here comes this guy from Pittsburgh. Torrie was going to die if he didn't play running back. I showed him a media guide of all these cornerbacks and their bios about how they were running backs. What happened? Torrie went to Pittsburgh, got drafted in the third round and is still playing. Same for Antonio. The point is, Miami ain't always going be ready for you. But I think us being right here in Miami, UM should get its choice and all the coaches around the county should support that."

Rolle insists the Canes haven't loss any ground -- or faith -- from other potential recruits at Northwestern. In fact, he said UM is on solid ground with three of the Bulls' premier 2011 recruits: quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, receiver Eli Rogers and linebacker Lyndon Edwards. In fact, Bridgewater, considered the top player in the state in 2011, told me his love for the Hurricanes hasn't changed.

"I've always a good feeling about the Miami Hurricanes," Bridgewater said. "They're my hometown school and I've watched them put a lot of players in the NFL. As far as Jacory, I watched him as much I could this season and picked up as many things as I could from him. I like the way he puts touch on his passes.

"What they did to Todd Chandler, it's just what college is. It opened some eyes. You may be committed to a college and you never know what can happen. In the end, Miami did what it had to do. Since my ninth grade year, I've seen a lot of my teammates go there and play. Right now, I'm wide open. I've got six offers -- Florida, Miami, Tennessee, West Virginia, Rutgers and FIU. My plan is to take as much time as I need to figure it out."

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> Rolle said he's been very happy with the Hurricanes have handled the current Bulls at UM and he hasn't heard any complaints from his players. When I asked him about receiver Kendal Thompkins possibly seeking a transfer, he said Thompkins continues to work out at Northwestern with his UM gear and hasn't mentioned a work to him about leaving the program.

"I tell the kids all the time, when you go to college there are going to be five, six guys just like you, you have to compete," Rolle said. "Personally, I think a lot of luck is involved. Injuries could get you. But luck is big. You might make one catch in a game or practice that catches the coaches eye. You just have to be ready when the opportunity comes. Kendall hasn't told me once he isn't happy there. I haven't asked him either. But the kids coming back to me complaining? No. It's not happening."

> If you are wondering where Northwestern's best players will be heading this year, it looks like Louisville is the destination. Coach Charlie Strong visited with Rolle Wednesday right before I got to Northwestern. Running back Corvin Lamb, offensive lineman Torrian Wilson, receiver Michaelee Harris and Chandler will likely be signing with the Cardinals. Oddly enough, former Hurricanes recruiting coordinator Clint Hurtt will be the guy coaching Chandler.

 9 years ago '04        #6136
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Ed Reed, Ray Lewis, Andre Johnson, Jeremy Shokey, Jon Beason, Bryant McKinnie, Reggie Wayne, Devin Hester and others are gonna be on campus this weekend

By the way, Seantrel Henderson is taking his official at the U this weekend too

 9 years ago '04        #6137
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The University of Miami has a new defensive line coach.

Two sources close to the university have confirmed that Rick Petri has been hired by the Hurricanes to replace Clint Hurtt, who left UM to coach the defensive line at Louisville.

Petri was the defensive line coach for Kentucky the past five seasons, but was one of two a.ssistants not retained by new Wildcats head coach Joker Phillips.

But Petri, 56, is not new to the Hurricanes. He served as an a.ssistant defensive line coach at UM from 1993 to 1995. Some of Miami's best defensive linemen were tutored by Petri, including Kenny Holmes, Kenard Lang and All-Americans Warren Sapp and Kevin Patrick.

Patrick, who now coaches defensive ends at South Florida, was believed to be a prospective candidate to replace Hurtt. But new USF coach Skip Holtz retained Patrick on his new staff.

Petri is known as an adept, enthusiastic instructor who gets the most out of his players, regardless of talent level. He helped Kentucky - not on the same talent level as most SEC East teams - get to four consecutive bowl games. The Wildcats had won three of those bowl games prior to this past season's loss to Clemson in the Music City Bowl.

Petri has two sons, Brad, who is in his mid 20s, and Kory, in his early 20s. Both were known to wear Hurricanes' gear when they lived in Oxford, Miss.

Before Kentucky, Petri coached defensive tackles at Mississippi from the end of the 1998 season through 2004. But he began his Ole Miss career from 1989-91 as a defensive line coach, before going to Louisiana Tech to coach defensive tackles in 1992.

Petri received his undergraduate degree from Missouri-Rolla, where he was a noseguard. He earned his master's degree in physical education from Pittsburg State.

He also coached the offensive line as an a.ssistant at Arkansas State in 1979, and then switched to the defensive line at Arkansas State from 1980 through '88.

Another Southeastern Conference stop for Petri: South Carolina (1996-98), where he coached defensive ends, including future first-round pick John Abraham.

He began his career in coaching as a grad a.ssistant at Pittsburg State in Kansas.

 9 years ago '04        #6138
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Petri is gonna pretty good :applause:

He coached Warren Sapp when he was down here :applause:

 01-28-2010, 10:17 PM         #6139
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Canes set to make final recruiting push
University of Miami coach Randy Shannon and offensive line coach Jeff Stoutland will be in the living room of the top offensive lineman in the country tonight, trying to convince Seantrel Henderson and his parents that The U is the best place for him.

After they're done, Shannon and Stoutland will come racing back home from chilly St. Paul, Minnesota to host what will be the final recruiting weekend before National Signing Day. Most experts think Henderson, a 6-8, 320-pound monster left tackle and Parade Magazine's National Player of the Year, will opt to stick with Big Ten power Ohio State or Notre Dame when he announces his decision Monday afternoon in a CBS studio in New York.

But his coach said the Canes, who will host Henderson and a rather large group of visitors this weekend are definitely in the running. "They're definitely on the short list he's seriously thinking about," Cretin-Derham Hall coach Mike Scanlon said. "He wouldn't be wasting their time if he wasn't."

Even though fans might feel down, the Canes have a consensus Top 20 recruiting class according to all three major recruiting services. ESPN currently has UM highest at 12. Both Scout and Rivals have UM 20th. But landing Henderson -- or any other of the top-end weekend visitors -- would go a long way in improving that ranking. And it might even put a smile on some of even the most critical of Shannon bashers.

So who else will UM get a visit from? Aside from U.S. Army All-American receiver Ivan McCartney from Miramar High (whom UM has a 50-50 shot at) and a handful of other commitments, the rest are out of towners the Canes are hoping to make a big impression on.

> There is highly-touted defensive tackle Ego Ferguson from Hargrave Military Academy, whose father McDonald played at Miami Edison with UM director of football operations Corey Bell. Florida State and Notre Dame are considered the front runners, though, for the 6-4, 270-pound standout who also has Cal and LSU in the mix. He's supposed to announce his decision Wednesday in New York.

> In addition to Ferguson, two other less touted defensive tackles will be visiting. UM probably has a better shot at landing at least one -- if not both.

Jeffrey Brown, a 6-2, 270-pound senior from Township High in Evanston (Ill.) is expected to become UM's 27th commitment after his weekend visit to Coral Gables. Lightly recruited out of the Chicago area (his other offers are from Eastern Michigan, Illinois State and Toledo), his coach told me Brown is an under the radar star with big hands and a lot of upside. He was discovered by defensive coordinator John Lovett.

Jeff Whitaker, a much more highly-touted player (Rivals has him ranked as the fifth best defensive tackle in the country) out of Warner Robins, Ga., has taken a liking to the Canes and defensive backs coach Wesley McGriff. Whitaker's coach, Bryan Way, said the Canes have worked hard since December 1st to convince Whitaker (also considering Auburn and Georgia) to give UM a look. Wednesday, new defensive line coach Rick Petri was at Warner Robins with McGriff to meet Whitaker.

"A month ago when McGriff came in here, I told him coach, I really don't think you should bother," Way said. "But since that time, their chances have definitely gone up. I still think it's probably going to be Georgia or Auburn. I'm not sure Jeff wants to go that far from home. But then again, a month ago, I wouldn't have even considered Miami. Jeff is definitely intrigued by it and wants to see how it's going to be down there. So, I'd give them a chance."

Whitaker is planning to announce his decision Monday during a press conference at his school at 2 p.m.

> Three other players are scheduled to make trips to UM: Olive Branch (Miss.) offensive tackle Shon Coleman, Fontana (Calif.) linebacker Josh Shirley and Decatur (Ga.) cornerback Marques Dixon.

Coleman was committed to Auburn and is likely to end up there or somewhere else in the SEC; Shirley might not even make the trip after a "strong visit" at USC last weekend and Dixon, a Tennessee commitment, might not visit either.

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Kinglew88 14 heat pts14
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Good s**t

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Walford says he's still committed to 'Canes

> Posted by Steve Dorsey on January 30, 2010 12:16 AM
There's been speculation that South Carolina might have a shot at stealing Glades Central tight end Clive Walford from Miami. Walford, however, says he's still planning on signing with the Hurricanes next Wednesday.

Walford also told me this week that he is not taking any other visits.

"I'm signing with UM," he said.

Walford is a very good 6-foot-6 power forward on the Glades Central basketball team, but football is his ticket. When he gets to college and adds some muscle to that athletic frame he has and improves his route-running technique, watch out for him! He could be an outstanding tight end at the next level. And based on its history, UM is just the place for him to accomplish that.

 9 years ago '04        #6142
Cap Peeler 7 heat pts
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Seems like everything went great in the last recruting visits:


-Whittaker is going to choose between UM and Auburn on monday
-Shirley had a crazy weekend. He's now more confused than ever and has UM almost at top but distance seems to be a factor
-Henderson gave it a 10 and talked to Willis McGahee and exchanged #s with McKinnie and seems to be deciding between UM and ohio state
-Jeff Brown committed on the spot
-Ego's dad loved everything UM had to offer
-Ivan McCartney had a blast


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 01-31-2010, 03:12 PM         #6143
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I heard grades are an issue with Sticks. Is that the case?

I know it's a long shot, but could u imagine landing Henderson, Sticks, Ego AND Shirley?!

 9 years ago '04        #6144
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Landing stellar recruit could produce a class act for Miami Hurricanes
The Hurricanes are a few undecided recruits away from having one of the best classes in the country, according to analysts.

By MANNY NAVARRO

Eighth in a series of recruiting profiles leading to National Signing Day on Wednesday.

With all the coaches who have been in his office over the past three years, it is hard for Mike Scanlon to remember when the University of Miami first began recruiting Seantrel Henderson.

He just knows the effort Randy Shannon and offensive line coach Jeff Stoutland have put in to land the nation's top-ranked offensive tackle could pay off handsomely in a few days.

``I have to give them credit -- they've been persistent,'' said Scanlon, who coached the 6-8, 340-pound Parade Magazine National Player of the Year at Cretin-Derham Hall in St. Paul, Minn.

``Every school in the country came by and showed initial interest, then moved on. Many of them didn't think they had a shot. But Coach Shannon and Coach Jeff Stoutland were in Seantrel's living room [Thursday]. They got him to come visit his last recruiting weekend.

``I think if his family is going with him like they say, then anything is possible. It was minus 10 degrees here when they left [Friday] and I know his mom wants to live somewhere warm.''

Based on the three major recruiting services (ESPN, Scout.com and Rivals.com), UM has a consensus Top 20 class entering the final weekend before National Signing Day. ESPN has UM ranked highest at No. 12.

But landing Henderson -- or any of the weekend's six other non-committed recruits -- could go a long way in solidifying what experts say would be another stellar recruiting class for the Canes.

``I think Miami is one of the few teams that could really climb Wednesday,'' ESPN's Tom Luginbill said. ``I just think there are some targets who are really special. I think Seantrel is considering them a lot more than people realize. Even without him, I still think its a very, very good class.

``Because of how young they are I think they've found some kids who they can redshirt and develop down the road -- real gifted athletes. I know some people may criticize that, but I'm not sure that wasn't done by design. Plus, you look at the six kids they already have in school and the ones they could get in the next few days -- like I said, they could be one of the teams that closes really strong.''

Henderson will choose between Miami, Ohio State, Notre Dame, USC and Florida. He will announce his decision late Wednesday afternoon on CBS College Network along with highly-touted Virginia prep school defensive tackle Ego Ferguson, who also visited UM this weekend and has them among his five finalists.

The Canes weren't considered the favorite to land either player entering the weekend. Nor were they favored to land U.S. Army All-American receiver Ivan McCartney from Miramar High (strongly considering West Virginia), Fontana (Calif.) linebacker Josh Shirley (expected to sign with USC), Warner Robins (Ga.) defensive tackle Jeffery Whittaker (Auburn and Georgia are his favorites) or Olive Branch (Miss.) offensive tackle Shon Coleman (likely an Auburn or Arkansas signee).

But UM, currently with 26 commitments, is expected to land a commitment from Evanston (Ill.) defensive tackle Jeffery Brown (6-2 Ĺ, 275) -- another ``under-the-radar'' target similar those the staff has received pledges from in this class.

``The one thing you to try to do in every class is get one player at every position,'' said analyst Charles Fishbein of Elite Scouting Services. ``The place where it could get tricky for Miami [is] where they've taken projects -- guys that need a year or two on the scout team -- and didn't get that other kid who could get on the field right away if you have a rash of injuries.

``I look at the defensive line and see two kids right now in [Davie University defensive end] David Perry and [Miami Beach defensive tackle] Delmar Taylor who need at least two years on scout team. That's where [Hialeah defensive end] Corey Lemonier could have helped you out, like [UM freshman] Olivier Vernon did a year ago.

``Same at receiver with [Carol City's] Allen Hurns. You get an Ivan McCartney, he'll be ready to step in and play in a year if Aldarius Johnson or LaRon Byrd go pro.''

Still, most experts believe UM filled its biggest needs in this class -- offensive line (seven commitments), linebacker (five) and defensive back (four). And they could still land at least one more very big one come Wednesday.

``You try to get all the big ones in your backyard and steal a few from other places,'' said analyst Tom Lemming, who will have Henderson on his show to make his announcement.

``I think Miami has done a very good job meeting their needs. They get a Seantrel Henderson and it becomes an absolutely amazing job.''

 9 years ago '04        #6145
Playnogames305 
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DT Brown Commits
Jan. 31, 2010

By: David Lake





Jeffrey Brown of Evanston Township (Evanston, Ill.) has a new perception of the University of Miami now.

Brown heard a lot about the University of Miami going into his official visit this weekend, but following the visit he formed his own opinion of UM and was impressed enough to commit to the Hurricanes.

"What I used to make my decision was the players and the coaches," Brown said. "I was really comfortable with them. They all welcomed me in like I was a party of their family. They were a welcoming group and that was something I was looking for. Once I got that vibe I knew that was the place to go."

"The perception of Miami out there in society is different from what is real. It isn't what some people make it out to be. It is a very good program with good people."

Brown was hosted throughout the weekend by Shayon Green and he got a lot of answers to questions from him.

"Shayon Green was my host," Brown said. "He is a guy who is out of state so he could tell me what things are like for out of state guys. He says they give everybody the same chances and they welcome everyone in. That talk with him really helped me."

Brown, a native of Illinois, also said he liked the Miami weather.

"The weather and the campus were great. I could definitely get used to living there for the next four years."

Joining Brown on the visit to Miami was a bevy of uncommitted players who have yet to make a college decision. Brown shared his thoughts on some of those players and how much they enjoyed UM.

"I met guys like Ivan McCartney and Josh Shirley," Brown said. "Josh really liked it. I don't know if he is coming, but he really liked it from what I could tell. I guess we will find out on Wednesday."

Brown shared his thoughts on Seantrel Henderson.

"He was a real cool dude," Brown said. "Some of those high profile guys you might figure have big heads, but he was real down to Earth. He was having a good time at Miami."

Overall, Brown says he is excited to officially be a Hurricane.

"I am not only excited, I am relieved. Now I can focus on my wrestling season. I am just glad that I was able to commit to a school like Miami."

 9 years ago '04        #6146
Playnogames305 
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Davis: Uncommitted Recruits Liked UM
Jan. 31, 2010

By: David Lake





Jeremy Davis
Cape Coral cornerback Jeremy Davis took an official visit to North Carolina recently, but after an official visit to Miami, he says he is all Hurricane.

Even though Davis visited UNC, he says he was always about Miami.

"The whole time I have been about Miami," Davis said. "I took a visit to North Carolina, but really I was all about UM because nothing is better than that."

Davis says he bonded well with all the other recruits who visited this weekend.

"I was impressed by the recruits that came in with me," Davis said. "We talked about a lot of things that had to do with Miami. We talked about the education, competing for a National Championship, and what to expect next year."

Davis discussed how much the uncommitted players were enjoying Miami and which uncommitted players in particular enjoyed UM.

"They were liking Miami a lot," Davis said. "They were all seeing that Miami is a great city and that you can do a lot there. They were all saying that before the visit they had Miami in their top five, but now they have Miami in their top two."

"There was a few guys who were really thinking about Miami now. There was J.R. Ferguson, Jeff Whitaker, Seantrel Henderson, and Josh Shirley."

Davis discussed a few of the highlights of the weekend.

"I really enjoyed the hotel," Davis said. "The hotel looked the part. We stayed at the Sonesta in Coconut Grove. It was real nice. We got to hang out with some of the players like Bryant McKinnie and Willis McGahee, so it was nice to see those guys."

Davis talked about what his expectations are for when he gets to UM.

"I expect to come in and compete," Davis said. "I know this recruiting class is going to do big things when we get down to Miami, so I am just looking forward to that."

 9 years ago '04        #6147
Playnogames305 
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Ferguson Gets His Questions Answered
Jan. 31, 2010

By: Nate Adelson





J.R. Ferguson
Defensive end J.R. Ferguson from Hargrave Military Academy in Chatham, Virginia, made his fifth and final official visit this weekend to Coral Gables.

Ferguson (6-3, 275) was accompanied by his father, Ego Ferguson Sr., who said that Miami will absolutely be among his son’s options on Wednesday.

“They will definitely be one of the finalists when he makes he decision,” Ferguson Sr. said. “Basically the whole weekend was getting to know the UM environment and spending time with the other kids. There were actually a lot of unanswered questions we had originally. You hear about the ‘U’ and the family environment and you hear a lot of people with their rhetoric about it. To really see it in action and the small class sizes, we saw the mystique of all of that and we got to experience everything.”

Before heading to the airport, the two sat down with Coach Shannon to discuss the depth chart as well as some coaching stability questions.

“We were going over the depth chart and we also discussed his future because he’s still not under contract,” Ferguson Sr. said. “I wanted to know the status of his future and that’s basically it. It really surprised me that Coach Shannon has such a strong desire to have him (J.R.) there. He is a combo type player where he can play tackle or end so we’re trying to get a clear definition on where he would have the opportunity to compete.”

Ferguson was hosted by freshman defensive end Olivier Vernon because Ferguson also hopes to get playing time as a true freshman.

“He (Vernon) is a defensive end and a younger player so basically J.R. could relate to him,” Ferguson Sr. said. “They have similar personalities to tell you the truth and they are both aggressive types of players. He was somebody that came in early and was able to get playing time as a true freshman. Those are things J.R. has a strong desire for so he helped us get an understanding on what it takes to contribute right away.”

Ferguson will make his announcement live on Wednesday on CBS College Sports Network along with Minnesota offensive lineman Seantrel Henderson who also took an official visit to Miami this weekend.

 9 years ago '04        #6148
Cap Peeler 7 heat pts
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Jeremy Davis: has qualified


 9 years ago '04        #6149
booie4 
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^thank god, that dude is explosive.

 9 years ago '07        #6150
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Uh Oh can we sweep in during closing hrs

fingers are crossed...i like the class regardless

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