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 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.


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 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
Deeangoe 2 heat pts
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yooo booie whered u get the prince kent article...cuz from the looks of 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
Deeangoe 2 heat pts
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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 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
 9 years ago '04        #4951
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$5,471 | Props total: 2024 2024 is breaking down each game the Canes will play this season. Game No. 4 is at home against Oklahoma Oct. 3.


It was quite a 2008 season for the Sooners. Oklahoma finished last year with a 12-2 record, winning the Big 12, and then lost in the BCS Championshipo Game at Miami to Florida, 24-14. Quarterback Sam Bradford won the Heisman, and four players were All-Americans: Bradford, Jermaine Gresham, Gerald McCoy and Duke Robinson.

In 2009 the team has 21 full or part-time starters returning, so this is a team loaded with experience and talent.


Oklahoma's 716 points scored last year made the Sooners the highest scoring team in the modern era of college football. This was a team that scored 60 or more points in five straight games.

The good news for opponents? Those numbers will be tough to match.

The bad news? It's not out of the realm of possibility, considering this team returns its Heisman Trophy winning QB, top rushers and two of the top three receivers from a year ago.

Bradford threw for 4,720 yards and an incredible 50 touchdowns a year ago. Leading rusher Chris Brown will look to build on a year in which he had 1,220 yards and 20 touchdowns. DeMarco Murray also returns after rushing for 1,002 yards and 14 touchdowns.

The team's top receiver, Juaquin Iglesias, is gone. But tight end Jermaine Gresham is back after a 950-yard, 14 touchdown season. Manuel Johnson is the top returning wide receiver - he had 714 yards and nine touchdowns a year ago.

The offensive line brings back only one full-time starter, Trent Williams, so that is an area the team will need to restock quickly.

Starters lost on offense were center Jon Cooper, guards Duke Robinson and Brandon Walker, tackle Phil Loadholt and receivers Juaquin Iglesias and Manuel Johnson.


In 2008 Oklahoma played nine of the top 50 offenses in the nation and nine of the top 50 in scoring (including four of the top six). Of those nine teams, only three exceeded their season scoring average against the Sooners.

And Oklahoma only lost two starters from that team - safeties Nic Harris and Lendy Holmes.

Up front the team is led by ends Jeremy Beal (team-leading 8.5 sacks) and Auston English (nine tackles for losses) along with tackles Gerald McCoy (6.5 sacks) and Adrian Taylor (4.5 sacks).

Sophomore Travis Lewis is back after leading the team from his linebacker spot with 144 tackles, fourth-most in the nation. He also had four interceptions.

Brian Jackson and Dominique Franks were first-time starters at cornerback a year ago, and both proved extremely capable - they combined for six interceptions. The Canes will have to be careful airing out the ball with them in coverage. Overall this team had 19 interceptions last season, and those interceptions came from eight different players.


Oklahoma was a great team a year ago. And this is pretty much the same team with more experience. UM will be a big underdog in this game.

So how can Miami try and win this game?

Well, for the Canes to have any chance of winning the team will need to significantly slow down either the running or passing game. Either will be difficult to accomplish, so John Lovett and Mark Whipple will have their hands full.

One area Miami is likely to try and exploit is Oklahoma's offensive line that lost four starters. That is one aspect of this game in which the Canes just may have an advantage. If UM can pressure Sam Bradford, that would go a long way to slowing down the high-powered Oklahoma attack.

Then it will be up to UM's offense to avoid turnovers and be efficient with the football in putting points up on the board. This could easily be a game in which Miami will need to score over 40 points in order to win.

Miami will also have to work hard to win the special teams battle in this game. Oklahoma has scored 20 special teams touchdowns in its last 69 regular season games. The Sooners will have a new punter this year with Mike Knall graduating, so that may help opponents with field position. For now it appears Tress Way, who redshirted last year, has the edge in winning the job. At placekicker Jimmy Stevens returns after making eight of 12 kicks a year ago.
 9 years ago '04        #4952
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$5,471 | Props total: 2024 2024 is breaking down each game the Canes will play this season. Game No. 1 is at Florida State Sept. 7.


FSU has 13 starters returning - eight on offense and five on defense. Gone from a year ago are Greg Carr, Preston Parker, Antone Smith, Everette Brown, Neefy Moffett, Derek Nicholson, Toddrick Verdell, Tony Carter, Myron Rolle and kicker/punter Graham Gano.

Pre-season all-star candidates are OL Andrew Datko, Ryan McMahon and Rodney Hudson along with QB Christian Ponder, LB Dekoda Watson and CB Patrick Robinson.

Florida State finished last season 9-4 (5-3 in the ACC).


? With eight starters returning, the offense returns the most starters since the 2004 season when nine returned. That was the last season the Seminoles won 10 games.

? Players responsible for 71% of Florida State's points in 2008 will not be back in 2009. That is the lowest number of returning points in the conference.

? The ACC's top two scorers in 2008 were both Seminoles (Graham Gano and Antone Smith) and neither is back this season.

? The Seminoles finished last year ranked first in scoring offense and second in total offense and rushing offense in the ACC.

? FSU's rushing offense improved from 91st in the nation in 2007 to 33rd last season. That was the ninth best improvement of any BSC school.


? Over the past five seasons, Florida State's defense ranks 13th nationally in total defense.

? Mickey Andrews' defense lost six starters from the 2008 squad including projected first round draft pick Everette Brown (DE).

? In 2008 Andrews' defense led the nation in tackles for loss, was fourth in sacks, sixth in pass defense and 15th in total defense.

? The Seminoles led the nation in third down conversion defense last season.

? Florida State will need to replace all three of the team's leading tacklers from last season and three of the top four pass rushers (sacks).


The Canes' primary focus on defense in this game will be on containing QB Christian Ponder, who rushed for 423 yards in 2008 while throwing for 2,006 yards.

The FSU run game, while missing Antone Smith, will function behind a talented offensive line that returns all five starters - the last time that happened at FSU the team averaged 162 yards rushing. This game could certainly come down to a battle in the trenches.

Good news for Miami is that its somewhat thin DB corps won't have to deal with Greg Carr or Preston Parker, who are gone from the program. The top returning FSU receiver had just 23 catches last year.

Miami's offense will have the benefit of going up against a defense that is replacing some quality talent. Good news for Miami is that ends Everette Brown and Neefy Moffett are gone - but tackles Kendrick Stewart and Budd Thacker are a strong tandem that returns. So yes, it will be tough for the Canes to run the ball up the middle in this game.

The linebacker corps is inexperienced as top tacklers Derek Nicholson and Toddrick Vardell are gone. And in the secondary the Noles have lost corner Tony Carter and rover Myron Rolle, who combined to start 85 games.

So, overall, this will be an inexperienced defense playing in a big game as its opener. Jacory Harris & Co. will certainly be hoping for some busted coverages, and it just might happen.

These games have historically been strongly influenced by special teams play, and with Lou Groza Award winner Graham Gano graduating more good news is that FSU will have an inexperienced kicker who will have to deal with the pressure that always comes with a UM-FSU game.
 9 years ago '04        #4953
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$5,471 | Props total: 2024 2024 is breaking down each game the Canes will play this season. Game No. 2 is at home vs. Georgia Tech Sept. 17 at 7:30 p.m.


In Paul Johnson's second season with the Yellow Jackets, the team returns 57 letterwinners and 17 starters from a young team that won nine games (9-4), tied for the ACC's Coastal Division title, played in a bowl game and finished in the top 25.

Tech returns almost every skill position player on offense and the majority of the linebacker and secondary units on defense. Despite returning a large number of players, the Yellow Jackets remain a young squad. There are only six scholarship seniors on the roster and there is a lack of depth at some positions.

The biggest question mark areas?

Tech must replace three starters on the defensive line, two starters on the offensive line and shore up a kicking game that struggled at times.


Headlining the list of offensive players returning in Georgia Tech's triple option attack is junior B-back Jonathan Dwyer, the 2008 ACC Player of the Year who led the league in rushing last season (1,395 yards, 12 rushing touchdowns). Other skill position players returning include junior quarterback Josh Nesbitt (1,501 total offense yards), sophomore A-back Roddy Jones (690 yards rushing, 155 yards receiving), junior A-back Lucas Cox (200 rushing yards), and junior wide receiver Demaryius Thomas (team-high 39 receptions, 627 yards).

Another potential impact player is Louisville transfer Anthony Allen, who rushed for 1,102 yards in two seasons for the Cardinals. He will give the Yellow Jackets a potent 1-2-3 punch in the backfield.

Nesbitt caused the Hurricanes fits last season - he started 11 games and is one of the ACC's top dual-threat quarterbacks.

Although the offensive line loses both starting tackles -- All-ACC Andrew Gardner and David Brown -- the Jackets return all five players who started the final five games of the season, paced by second team All-ACC guard Cord Howard. Senior center Dan Voss returns, but he sat out spring practice to recover from shoulder surgery.

Wide receiver was a thin position a year ago -- Tech was forced to start a freshman walk-on at Virginia Tech -- but junior Demaryius Thomas returns as one of the ACC's best wideouts. And Thomas will have more help this year with the return of sophomores Tyler Melton and Luke Fisher. Redshirt freshmen Quentin Sims and Daniel McKayhan are also expected to have roles.


Tech's biggest concern is the defensive line, where three senior All-ACC performers have departed for the NFL. Seniors Michael Johnson (DE), Darryl Richard (DT) and Vance Walker (DT) combined for 100 career starts and 100 tackles-for-loss. The only starter returning on the line is a good one, though -- junior DE Derrick Morgan, an honorable mention All-ACC selection.

Four players with multiple career starts return at linebacker -- senior Sedric Griffin, juniors Anthony Barnes and Brad Jefferson, and sophomore Kyle Jackson. Barnes and Jefferson endured injury-plagued sophomore seasons and are now 100 percent healthy.

The secondary loses veteran corner Jahi Word-Daniels, but returns second team All-American safety Morgan Burnett, juniors Mario Butler and Dominique Reese, and sophomores Rashaad Reid and Cooper Taylor.

Sophomore defensive back Jerrard Tarrant will also help out after being suspended for the entire 2008 season. He is in the mix to start at cornerback.


A year ago the Hurricanes simply couldn't stop the triple option rushing attack, allowing an incredible 472 yards. This year UM must hold its ground, fill gaps and not allow Dwyer, Nesbitt & Co. to break through for big gains. That is a major must if Miami is going to win this game. Everything will start up front for Miami - UM must win the battle at the line of scrimmage.

On offense the Canes should be able to run the ball against what will be an inexperienced group - having an early-season game against a team that lost three All-ACC linemen is a major positive for the Canes. And a successful run game will help open up the pass, so it's very important that Graig Cooper & Co. get untracked early.

In the kicking game junior Scott Blair is back for Georgia Tech after handling both kicking and punting. He struggled at times and it remains to be seen if he will hold onto the job.
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$5,471 | Props total: 2024 2024 is breaking down each game the Canes will play this season. Game No. 3 is at Virginia Tech Sept. 26.


Virginia Tech returns 17 starters from a team that won the Orange Bowl last year. Many are expecting this to be a team that competes for a national title, so the Canes will have their hands full in this game.

Virginia Tech finished last year 10-4 and won the ACC Coastal title, the second consecutive year the team did that. The Hokies lost to UM in their regular season meeting, 16-14. Miami holding the run game to 77 yards on 38 carries and limiting the passing game to 173 yards was a key to that win.


This is a ball-control offense, and the Hokies return almost all of their major threats on offense. Quarterback Tyrod Taylor is back for his junior season, and he's a dangerous threat throwing and running the ball - he had 1,774 total yards last season. Taylor eliminated a hitch in his throwing motion this off-season, so he should be even more dangerous this year. He was rated the conference's second-best quarterback this pre-season by

The running game's top weapon, Darren Evans, also returns - he had 1,265 yards and 11 touchdowns last year as a freshman. Also back are the team's top two receivers - Jarrett Boykin and Danny Coale. Tight end Greg Boone, who is also a significant receiving target, is back.

On the line, the Hokies return three starters - tackles Ed Wang and Blake DeChristopher, and guard Sergio Render. Two new starters are Beau Warren at center and Jaymes Brooks at guard - both are relatively inexperienced, as Warren played in five games off the bench last year while Brooks played in three games, starting one.


Bud Foster has a group loaded with talent.

Virginia Tech always has a tough front line, and a couple of leaders for this group are tackle Cordarrow Thompson, a second-year starter, and end Jason Worilds, who had a team-high 17.5 tackles for losses last year. The team will miss end Orion Martin, who graduated, and will look for John Graves to help out at end and tackle.

At linebacker the team must replace two starters - Purnell Sturdivant and Brent Warren were the team's top two tacklers a year ago. Barquell Rivers and Jake Johnson will look to pick up the slack. Linebacker Cody Grimm is the team's top returning tackler - he had 71 tackles last year.

A big hit in the secondary was the loss of Victor Harris, who was a fifth-round NFL pick after grabbing six interceptions. Senior Stephan Virgil will try to pick up the slack on Harris's side - he had six interceptions last season starting on the opposite side.


As always, this is going to be a very physical game.

On defense, while Virginia Tech's offensive line has two new starters, it is a very deep position. The Cane front line is going to have to rotate in and out to stay fresh, and each player will have to give 100 percent effort every single snap if the Canes are going to win the line of scrimmage.

Keeping Virginia Tech's run game in check will be a tough task, and UM must make the Hokies one-dimensional in this game - allowing big chunks of passing yardage could spell disaster.

On offense Miami won't have many weaknesses to attack. Mark Whipple will need to rely on all of his innovative knowledge to take advantage of a defense that is fast and very aggressive.

On special teams, it appears Matt Waldron is leading in the race to tbe Hokies' kicker. He is a fifth-year senior who transferred in from Penn State, so it remains to be seen how effective he will be. The punter will be Brent Bowden, who is in his third year punting and is one of the ACC's better performers.
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Glenn Responds to Negative Recruiting
Jul. 6, 2009

By: Nate Adelson

Cane commit Tavadis Glenn of Jacksonville’s Terry Parker High made the call back in April that his future plans included a ‘U’ on the side of his helmet.

Glenn (6-5, 270) has realized first hand that in this day and age, recruiting doesn’t stop just because you’ve verbally committed.

“Arkansas is coming at me real hard, Tennessee is sending me a lot of mail and they’re real high on me now I guess,” Glenn laughed. “Rutgers, Florida State is showing a little attention and Florida has been too. A lot of schools and recruiters don’t have my number so they just send me stuff in the mail.”

Glenn is also experiencing the negative recruiting that can come with an early commitment, but he’s not worried in the least bit.

“Each and every school will hate on whoever is going to Miami, they’re all just hating on us,” Glenn said. “I’m a Cane and I’m going to stay a Cane so they can all pull their offers. I always get that negative recruiting from Florida and Florida State.”

Glenn maintains he’s totally committed to Miami and he talked about his mother’s thoughts on his decision back in April.

“I’m one hundred percent with Miami but I want to enjoy the recruiting process though,” Glenn said. “My mom really didn’t want to have too much say in everything because it’s a business decision about preparing for the next four years of my life. She said to pick a school and coaches that I really wanted to play for, and I felt at home at Miami.”

On the high school front, Glenn had more big news as he will not be playing his final season at Terry Parker.

Glenn will be suiting up for Jacksonville Raines to form one of the best defensive fronts in the state along with Cane commit Louis Nix and 2011 prospect Chris Jones.

“Yea I’m going to be at Raines wearing a Raines uniform this year,” Glenn said. “I moved from my old district and I always wanted to play at Raines but it just so happens I’m going to the Raines district so I’m a Viking now.”

Glenn said that he is ahead of schedule with his recovery from a hairline fracture in his hip when he was hit by a car back in March.

“I’m actually recovering better than the average person because the doctor told me the bone came back together quicker than they thought,” Glenn said. “I don’t have a date for when I will be back but you all will know.”

Glenn still hasn’t seen Miami’s campus but he will be making his only visit of the summer to Coral Gables in the beginning of August along with Nix.

Glenn finished his junior season with 47 tackles, 6 sacks, and 2 forced fumbles from his defensive tackle spot.
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Coach: Randy Shannon (12-13 in two seasons). | Staff
In 2008: 7-6 overall, 4-4 in ACC (tied for third in ACC Coastal). Lost to California in the Emerald Bowl.
Returning starters: Offense: 6. Defense: 7. Special teams: 1. | Depth Chart
Final 2008 ranking: 44th. | Complete Final 2008 Rankings
Past four national recruiting rankings: 15th in 2009, 5th in '08, 19th in '07, 14th in '06.
2009 Breakdown: Offense | Defense | Special teams | Coaching | Schedule | Depth Chart


THE SCHEME: The Hurricanes run a pro-set offense. They went three-wide at times last season, and under new coordinator Mark Whipple, we should see more of that this season. There is a large group of talented wide receivers and questions at tight end and fullback, so why not put more playmakers on the field?

Graig Cooper will shoulder a lot of the load for Miami.
STAR POWER: Junior RB Graig Cooper is a multi-talented guy. He has good speed, is an effective receiver and a solid return man. An injury to backup Javarris James meant Cooper was on the field too often last season and cut down on his impact. Expect to see both players on the field at the same time this season, as Cooper can be moved all over the place in an attempt to exploit mismatches. While Cooper has good speed, he also can be effective running up the gut. In short, he's a talented all-around back.

IMPACT NEWCOMER: Watch for redshirt freshman WR Kendal Thompkins. He played in the first two games last season before suffering a wrist injury that caused him to miss the rest of the season. Thompkins has good speed and can get deep, both needed dimensions in this offense. Plus, he played with new starting QB Jacory Harris in high school.

WATCH FOR HIM TO EMERGE: Harris started twice last season as a true freshman – in the opener, a glorified scrimmage against Charleston Southern, and in the bowl game, which was a hard-fought loss to California in which the offense was shut down. Harris did play extensively as a backup, and the starting job is all his this season with the transfer of 11-game starter Robert Marve to Purdue. Harris will be asked to throw the ball downfield more under Whipple, who comes from the NFL. Harris needs to add bulk, but he has a good arm and mobility. He lacks a proven go-to receiver, but there are numerous candidates.

STRONGEST AREA: The receiving corps is unproven, but this has the makings of a deep and productive group. And they're almost all underclassmen. There are big, physical guys, such as junior Leonard Hankerson, sophomore Laron Byrd and redshirt freshman Tommy Streeter. There are smaller, quick guys, such as sophomores Travis Benjamin, Thearon Collier and Davon Johnson and Thompkins. There's also sophomore Aldarius Johnson, who is big and fast and may have the most upside of anybody in this group. A go-to receiver needs to emerge; while it's nice having a deep group of targets, it's also nice for a quarterback to have one guy he knows he can count on. Harris and Johnson were a potent pass-catch duo in high school at powerhouse Miami Northwestern. Miami had 22 touchdown passes last season, but no receiver caught more than 31 passes and the average completion was just 10.8 yards. There also is a deep group of running backs, headed by Cooper and James. In addition, there are two touted true freshmen – Mike James, who enrolled early and went through spring ball, and Lamar Miller – who could push their way into the playing-time picture.

BIGGEST PROBLEM: The line needs some work. Other than senior T Jason Fox, headed into his fourth season as a starter, no lineman stands out. Fox has started every game but one in his Miami career; he missed last season's victory over Virginia Tech with an injury. G Orlando Franklin has the talent to become an all-league player. The depth isn't good, and if Fox and/or Franklin is lost for any amount of time, trouble could ensue. Miami ran for just 129.2 yards per game last season, and the line's inconsistency was a major reason for the lack of production. Tight end is another potential trouble spot. Dedrick Epps suffered a severe knee injury in the Emerald Bowl loss to California and may miss the season. His replacement would be Richard Gordon, a senior who has done nothing in his college career.



THE SCHEME: The Hurricanes run a 4-3 set. UM has been known for its aggressive nature on defense for much of the past two decades, and that won't change with new coordinator John Lovett, who was hired off North Carolina's staff to replace Jim Young - who went to Oklahoma State. This still will be coach Randy Shannon's defense.

Miami will look for a breakout season from Marcus Forston.
STAR POWER: Sophomore LB Sean Spence is a star on the rise after a freshman All-America performance last season. He has excellent speed and is a hard hitter. Coaches will be looking for more big plays from him this season, and he has the talent and skill to come through in that regard.

IMPACT NEWCOMER: Look for true freshman Ray Ray Armstrong to get on the field this season; he's too good – and too explosive – not to play. Armstrong (6 feet 4/215 pounds) played both ways at Sanford (Fla.) Seminole, which won Florida's big-school state title. He was the starting quarterback on offense and played safety and linebacker on defense. He'll likely begin fall drills as a backup safety, and his speed, athleticism and big-play potential will get him on the field sooner rather than later.

WATCH FOR HIM TO EMERGE: Junior T Allen Bailey signed with Miami as a linebacker, moved to end, then moved to tackle in the spring. His quickness could be disruptive in the middle against the run and as a pass rusher.

STRONGEST AREA: The linebackers should be the strength of the defense. Senior Darryl Sharpton is a steadying influence in the middle, but he needs to make more plays. Senior Colin McCarthy is reliable, but he too often has been banged-up. If he stays healthy, McCarthy and Spence give Miami a playmaking duo on the outside. Sophomore Arthur Brown, the nation's top-ranked high school linebacker in the 2008 signing class, didn't do much as a freshman, but expectations remain high.

BIGGEST PROBLEM: Miami struggled to stop the run last season (last in the ACC and 75th nationally, allowing 151.8 yards per game), and the first priority for Lovett – and Shannon – is to get more physical, especially up front. Bailey should emerge as a force, junior Joe Joseph is a solid run-stuffer and sophomore backup Marcus Forston has star potential. E Eric Moncur received a sixth season of eligibility because of various injuries, and he should be part of an effective end rotation. Sophomore E Marcus Robinson is undersized (6-1/242), but he has good speed off the edge and could develop into a feared pass rusher. Another problem: While Miami was seventh nationally in pass defense last season, it had just four interceptions, an embarrassingly low number for a team with this many athletes. There are four or five corners who could start, and look for coaches to lean toward the guys who show they can make things happen. The return of FS Randy Phillips, a former cornerback who missed all but two games last season, should help.

GRADE: B-plus


K/P Matt Bosher returns, and he's a weapon at both positions. He was 18-of-20 on field-goal attempts and has a strong leg; he also averaged 40.3 yards per punt, had 19 land inside the opponents' 20 and had 24 that were fair-caught. Benjamin did a great job as a punt returner last season, but only so-so as a kick returner. Look for Cooper to get first crack at the kick-return job this fall. The coverage teams were solid last season, and that should continue because of the plethora of good athletes available for special teams.



Shannon is going into just his third season, but the heat already is on, as evidenced by the two new coordinators – Whipple on offense, Lovett on defense – in place this season. Lovett is the third defensive coordinator in as many seasons, but that unit has had fewer problems than the offense. Former offensive coordinator Patrick Nix was criticized for being too conservative, but he didn't always have a lot of top-flight talent at his disposal. That won't be the case for Whipple, who will oversee a unit that has talent but lacks experience.


Lovett and Whipple won't have time to learn on the job. The Hurricanes' first four games are tougher than anyone's: at Florida State, vs. Georgia Tech, at Virginia Tech and vs. Oklahoma. But the schedule's definitely front-loaded, with the second half easier than the first. Still, five of the six road games this season are against teams that went to bowls last season. Miami also plays relative upstarts UCF and USF on the road; the Hurricanes have everything to lose and nothing to gain in those games. This isn't the best schedule for a coach who's feeling the heat.


Miami has scuffled a bit the past few seasons, and all the coaching upheaval hasn't helped. The Hurricanes have talent, but for the most part, it's untested. Harris' performance is huge this season; if he struggles, the offense isn't going to do anything. Miami looks to have the skill-position talent to make things easier for Harris, but the iffy line bears watching. Defensively, Miami must get tougher – and must make plays. Four interceptions? That can't happen again. There's enough speed on defense for UM to force 25-plus turnovers this season. The schedule is tough, though a fast start could mean Miami challenges for the division title. A more realistic goal is eight victories and a move up the ACC's bowl pecking order.
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when the f**k is football gonna start?!?!??!?!?

I'm going f**king insane at home in front of a computer reading stupid f**king updates on high school kids !!!!!!!!!!!!!!


I refuse to update on s**t until september rolls around


 9 years ago '04        #4958
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ATH Darius Millines

Delray Beach (FL) American Heritage athlete Darius Millines lists 16 scholarship offers, including Miami.

"I've spoken with coach (Jeff) Stoutland," Millines said. "We just check in and touch base. We have a pretty good relationship going."

Millines says he is open among all the colleges recruiting him but that UM and Florida are slightly ahead of the rest of the pack right now.

"Miami is kind of above others a little bit because they've always been my favorite team and I always wanted to play there." Millines said. "I know they have a good football program. Florida is also up there, too."

All of his scholarship offers are as a wide receiver, but he says UCF and USF (who have yet to offer) are recruiting him as a defensive back.

Of what he knows about UM's program, Millines said, "I know a little bit, not much. I grew up rooting for Miami - I've been to the campus for a scrimmage and a few games in the past."

He says what he's looking for in a college is "First of all a good graduation rate, and I'm looking for a college that has a good communications program because that's what I want to pursue."

Millines says he "probably is going to wait a while" before making a decision.

"I'll do it when the time is right," he says.

As a junior Millines finished with 59 rushes for 658 yards and six touchdowns, and he also caught 11 passes for 258 yards and three more scores. On defense he had four interceptions, one returned for a touchdown. He also took a punt back for a 56-yard score.
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Even though it hasn't translated into many big wins or a spot in the nation's Top 25 polls for more than a week, the University of Miami has restocked talent under Randy Shannon.

Not once in the three years since Shannon took over for Larry Coker have the Hurricanes finished outside the Top 25 in any of the recruiting rankings. ESPN even handed UM the recruiting national title in 2008.

So how are the Canes faring with the Class of 2010 after 13 losses, 12 wins and one bowl trip under Shannon? About the same.

''It's still early, but they're doing a pretty good job filling needs,'' said Charles Fishbein of Elite Scouting Services. ``They've gone after the positions they have to improve -- offensive and defensive line, and filled them. Now, its just holding on to the guys they have and pulling some of the local guys you expect them to land.

``They need to get [Hialeah defensive lineman] Corey Lemonier, [Miramar receiver] Ivan McCartney and [St. Thomas Aquinas center] Brandon Linder for them to be a Top 20 class again.''


UM has 10 players who have made non-binding oral commitments to be a part of the 2010 class (last year the Canes had six before July). Recruiting coordinator Clint Hurtt said in February the Hurricanes wanted to sign 22 to 23 (1 QB, 2 RB, 2 WR, 3 TE, 4 OL, 3 DL, 3 LB, 3-4 DBs, 1 K/P).

Six of the recruits are considered ESPN Top 150 national players, five are offensive or defensive lineman, and three are from South Florida: Miami Northwestern defensive tackle Todd Chandler, Davie Western offensive lineman Jonathan Feliciano and Palm Beach Central center Shane McDermott.

Of the 10 recruits, a little more than half -- Feliciano, McDermott, linebacker Javarie Johnson (Washington, D.C.), Kevin Nelson (Gainesville), cornerback Jeremy Davis (Cape Coral High) and running back Darion Hall (Naples Lely High) -- said they were done with the recruiting process and would not visit other schools.

''If you got to take visits after you are committed, then you aren't really sure if you want to go there,'' said Hall, who ran for 1,791 yards and 23 touchdowns as a junior and was rated the 42nd-best running back in the country by

``It's a disrespect to visit another campus when you are committed. I want to play at Miami.''


Chandler, a player Fishbein and ESPN consider UM's top commitment, has always wanted to play at Miami. He wants to join his former high school teammates -- quarterback Jacory Harris among them -- who won a mythical national title with him at Northwestern in 2007. But Chandler says he's going to let the recruiting process play out.

''I can see myself going to Miami,'' Chandler said. ``But I'm getting recruited by Tennessee and Georgia the hardest.

``I went up to Tennessee for the sleepover camp on June 21. It was a real good experience. The campus was beautiful. The coaches were down to earth. I bonded with [assistant head coach] [Ed] Orgeron a lot. Same with Coach [Lane] Kiffin. But like I told them, it would take something special for me not to go to UM.''

Same for highly-touted defensive tackle Louis Nix and offensive tackle Tavadis Glenn from Jacksonville Raines.

''I wouldn't say they're open,'' Raines coach Deran Wiley said. ``They want to take a visit or two. These are kids that haven't been out of the state of Florida. I think Miami is in their heart right now, which is a good thing for the Canes. But they're children and sometimes things have a spin on it.''


The Hurricanes still have to fill several important needs -- including quarterback and tight end.

Joseph Brennan, a three-star passer (Cherry Hill Camden Catholic in N.J.), has UM in his top three with Stanford and Wisconsin and is expected to make a decision in the next week. The Canes are not the favorite and have catching up to do with Miami Central quarterback Jeffrey Godfrey if Brennan passes.

At tight end, four high-end targets are considering UM -- Kevin Haplea (Annandale, N.J.), Neil Basford (Jacksonville Bishop Kenny), Clive Walford (Belle Glade Glades Central) and David Perry (Fort Lauderdale University High).

''UM had a problem at linebacker and wide receiver a couple years ago and they solved those problems,'' Fishbein said. ``But tight end is a position they can't seem to find a kid. The state just doesn't produce a lot of those.

``As for quarterback, they really don't go two years without signing one. That would put them in the same position they were in not too long ago.''
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DB Lorenzo Waters

Hyattsville (MD) DeMatha High School DB Lorenzo Waters landed a Hurricane offer last week.

He's now up to 17 offers.

"I'll be looking at Miami definitely," the 6-foot-1, 190-punder with 4.49-second speed said. "I don't know much about them, just know a lot of the major NFL players who have gone to Miami, so I'm interested to see if they can take me to the next level."

Waters is being recruited to Miami by coach Aubrey Hill.

"I called him to thank him for the offer," Waters said. "I was telling him how excited I am about the offer and he was telling me a little bit about the school.

"I plan to visit Miami, probably during the summer."

So far he's taken visits to Wake Forest, Virginia, Virginia Tech, Rutgers and NC State.

"I haven't narrowed things down," Waters said. "I know some schools I'm interested in - Miami, Michigan and Wake Forest. Other schools can still move up with those schools as I find out more about them. I haven't canceled anyone out yet."

Of what he wants in a college, Waters said, "I know most D-I programs offer good facilities, good academics, but I'm pretty much about the people there, how they'll treat me and how I fit in with the program."

Waters projects as either a cornerback or safety at the next level.

He doesn't know when he'll have a final decision in place.

"If I see a school I really like I'll probably commit because I know how slots fill up," he said.

Last year Waters finished with four interceptions and six tackles for losses.


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