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 07-14-2010, 11:06 PM         #6751
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2012 WR high on UM; could decide the fall
July 14, 2010

Cayleb Jones was supposed to have a low-key summer, taking time away from the pressures of the recruiting process while spending time with his high school teammates and his family. Jones, the state of Texas' top-ranked prospect for the 2012 class, has accomplished his goals of relaxing with family and working out with his Austin High teammates, but he's also spent a little more time than expected sorting through his recruiting options.

And there have been some major changes.

The 6-2, 185-pound Jones recently visited Texas A&M and earlier this summer he made spur of the moment visit by two out-of-state schools.

"We actually went on a vacation earlier in the summer. We were down in Miami and my dad (former Pro Bowl linebacker Robert Jones) called Randy Shannon. He used to be coached by him, so he called him up and we took a visit to Miami," Jones said. "That was really cool. As of right now, they're probably one of my favorite schools.

"Then we were in North Carolina for a wedding. My dad had been coached by Butch Davis, so he called Coach Davis and we went to see North Carolina."

Both schools made strong impressions, but it was the Hurricanes who came out as the summer's big winner in the race for Jones' commitment. Prior to his tour of unofficial visits, the Texas Longhorns had been listed as early leaders. Miami now moves into the top spot, followed by the Longhorns and Texas A&M, respectively.

"Miami, they've always been a really good school, they've always been in the back of my mind. If I ever leave Texas, I've always thought that would be a place I would want to go," Jones said. "I never actually thought it could happen.

"It's just the guys they put out in the NFL, the fact that it's a private school. It's still a big school, but on the academic part, they have probably 11 kids in every class. There's a closeness there too. Everybody knows each other; also, it's a great campus. Miami's a beautiful place. Other than that, the coaches were really nice. I really enjoyed it. I was surprised, it opened my eyes."

For the remainder of the summer, Jones plans to spend his time working out with his Austin High teammates in preparation for what should be a very successful 2010 season. He hasn't hit any camps this summer and has no plans to hit any in the future. In the fall, Jones does hope to take in several college football games, including a number of stops by the Forty Acres to watch Texas play. Those visits, in addition to the trips he took this summer, could have Jones in line for an early decision.

"Everything's kind of coming to a halt. I don't think I'm going anywhere else. I'm just focusing on workouts and getting ready for football," Jones said. "I kind of want to go into this year knowing where I want to go. I want to close my stuff quickly, not have to worry about it. I'll probably decide sometime between September and December."

As a sophomore, Jones caught 91 passes for 1,158 yards and 9 touchdowns. He's currently ranked No. 1 on the Lone Star Recruiting Top 100.

 07-15-2010, 07:56 AM         #6752
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Columbus defensive end Anthony Rabasa is focusing in on six schools at this time. The 6-foot-3, 225-pounder lists Miami, Florida, Florida State, Notre Dame, LSU, and UCLA as the schools he is most interested in right now.
“Those are the schools I feel most comfortable with and schools I would definitely consider going to,” said Rabasa.

There is no rush for Rabasa on making a decision, as he’s still up in the air on when a commitment will come from him.

“I really don’t know, I just want to see the schools,” said Rabasa. “As soon as I can do that, that’s when I’ll make a decision.”

Rabasa has already eyed the hometown Hurricanes numerous times, but to finish out July he plans to visit two more schools.

“I’m going to Florida the 23rd, and I’m going up to Notre Dame the 28th.”

Rabasa expanded on his trip to South Bend to check out the Irish.

“I’m very excited to see the school, I’ve heard good things about it, the coaches are very excited to have me up there. They have a whole agenda planned out for me, just meet everybody, and do a few fun things with them.

“So, it should be very interesting and I should get a good feel for Notre Dame. I hope that take an official up there and have a better time and experience a game and all of that good stuff.”

The goal for Rabasa when picking a school is simple, find a program that is ready to win while he is on campus.

“I really want to see a good program, steady, everything is obviously good and getting better over the years. So by the time I’m there it’s a very good program competing for a national championship.”

Throughout the whole recruiting process Rabasa has met and built relationships with plenty of coaches across the country. He went on to discuss what a.ssistants stand out in his mind so far.

“Definitely Coach Coley from FSU, him and I talk a lot, we joke around, he’s a real good recruiter. He knows what he’s doing, he could sell anything to anybody. He definitely knows what he’s doing.

“Coach Barrow is also a great guy, him and I talk a lot. Especially when Denzel (Perryman) and I go down to see him, great guy, great recruiter. Coach Gonzales at LSU is a great recruiter. He was down there at Florida so he knows the job. Coach Howard from UCLA, those are the ones that stand out.”

Putting recruiting aside, Rabasa is also focused on capping a great career at Columbus with a strong senior season. He is looking to just continue to improving his play on the field moving forward.

“Individually, obviously have a better season than I had last year. There is always room for improvement, always more sacks, more tackles, fumble recoveries and interceptions. Overall, being a better athlete on the field, because as I get older I’m getting bigger, stronger, and faster.”

 07-15-2010, 07:56 AM         #6753
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Brandon Harris: Marcus Forston “is taking it very serious”
by Jorge Milian
A few notes from today’s gabfest at UM with Leonard Hankerson, Jacory Harris and Brandon Harris:

…..Defensive tackle Marcus Forston barely played last season, but he was the player Brandon Harris first mentioned when asked what defensive player is poised for a break-out season. Forston started the season opener against Florida State and played briefly against Georgia Tech and Oklahoma before undergoing undisclosed surgery and missing the rest of the season. Forston redshirted and has three years of eligibility remaining. “He’s been working very hard during the summer and is taking it very serious,” said Harris, an all-ACC cornerback. “Everyone can see his hard work and determination is ready to pay off. Forston, he brings a lot to the table. He’s a momentum changer, can make the big plays in the run game (and) is a great pass rusher. A lot of people don’t realize how much energy he brings to the defense. He’s a guy that gets everyone fired up. He’s a guy the defense can rally around when he’s playing really well.”

Graig Cooper will play this season according to Jacory Harris.



….Hankerson said he’s caught between 4,000 and 5,000 passes this summer. As he did last year, Hankerson has spent much off the offseason working with former Dolphin Mark Duper. Duper helped turn Hankerson from a receiver that dropped as many balls as he caught to one that could be vying for All-American honors this season. Hankerson said he’s brought a couple of UM teammates along to work with Duper. “I bring out the balls and we work out,” Hankerson said.

….Jacory Harris is very confident that running back Graig Cooper, who sustained a serious knee injury in the Champs Sports Bowl, will play this season. “I’m certain that he will help us this year,” Harris said. “Cooper is a guy that as soon as the injury occurred, finished with surgery, the next day or so he was in there trying to rehab, doing everything to get better. Just looking at him, his spirits are high, he’s doing everything he has to do. He’s basically fearless. For a guy coming off an injury such as that, I really commend him, He’s confident in his leg, is moving around, but I’m sure he’s not 100 percent.”

….Running back Damien Berry is one of the most humble players on UM’s roster. Some reporters complain that interviewing Berry is frustrating because, no matter the question, he usually spends most of the answer praising his linemen and teammates. But when it comes to his dad, former UM defensive back and current Berean Christian coach Kenny Berry, Damien has no trouble letting out the trash talk. Asked by Canesport.com. who is the better player, Damien responded: “I’m bigger than my dad. He was faster. But I think I’m the all-around athlete. I went from defense to offense. He went from offense to defense. I mean, come on! You don’t really have to think to go tackle somebody. On offense you have to know where you’re going. I think I’m the better athlete.” Damien also joked that if his dad were to try to tackle him, “I would probably break his shoulder bone of something.”

 07-15-2010, 08:02 AM         #6754
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Jacory Harris slipped into a green and orange University of Miami collared shirt Wednesday and ambled to the podium during the Hurricanes' first news conference heading into the 2010 football preseason.
Six months after undergoing ligament surgery on his right thumb, Harris conceded that the pain of missing spring practice was even worse than the pain of playing much of the season injured.

``I feel like that was the worst time in my life because I can't imagine not being able to play football again,'' Harris said. ``I'm the type of person that always thinks the worst. I was thinking, `Oh man! When I get ready to throw, my thumb isn't going to be healthy. I won't be able to throw the same anymore. I won't be able to grip the ball.'

``But as soon as I touched the football, after about five passes, it felt good.''

Well, not that good.

Harris said he began throwing again in late May and acknowledged that the rehabilitation process has been gradual.

``I wouldn't say it's 100 percent, but it's getting there,'' he said. ``I will tell you I'll be ready for the season, so that's not going to hold me back at all.''

UM, 9-4 in 2009, is ranked by many preseason publications among the nation's top 15.The Canes open play Sept. 2 at home against Florida A&M, before a four-game k!ller stretch at Ohio State, at Pittsburgh, at Clemson and back home for Florida State.

Harris, a 6-4, 195-pound junior, is fired up for the first day of camp Aug. 5.

``We believe we can go a long way this season with everyone we have and everyone who came back. We want to take each day one day at a time and learn the different little things it takes to become a national contender. We're not there yet. We're not national contenders for anything. We lost our last game, so it's like we're basically going off of some type of invisible hype.

``We haven't done anything yet.''

The Hurricanes lost the Champs Sports Bowl on Dec. 29 to Wisconsin, a 20-14 flop in which Harris was sacked five times. The Canes allowed 35 sacks during the season -- ranked 100th of 120 Football Bowl Subdivision teams. Harris completed 242 of 406 passes for 3,352 yards and 24 touchdowns. He ranked 30th nationally in passing efficiency and 40th in total offense, becoming the first Miami quarterback since Ken Dorsey in 2002 to surpass 3,000 yards.

INTERCEPTIONS HURTBut he also threw 17 interceptions.



Wednesday, he said the ``common factor'' in those interceptions ``was me trying to get rid of the ball before I get hit. I would see a receiver open, but I couldn't make the play, couldn't make the throw I wanted to make because of me about to get hit. And sometimes it was just some stupid decision. I still had enough time to make a throw. It wasn't a fear.''

Harris injured the thumb Nov. 14 when he banged his throwing hand against a helmet during the first quarter at North Carolina. He played at times with a protective covering.

``I thought my thumb would just heal, you know, how it's supposed to be,'' he said before the bowl game. ``But maybe something else is wrong with it. I've just gotten used to [the pain].''

He said the thumb didn't bother him against Wisconsin because ``it was cold and I really didn't feel my hand. The only thing that bothered me throughout the season was it changed the way I throw. You know how [Tennessee Titans quarterback] Vince Young throws the ball, how it come off [from the side]? I had to start throwing the ball like that because I couldn't really squeeze, and I'm usually an over-the-top guy.

``I have it back. I'm able to grip the ball and do everything that I need throwing wise and getting snaps from under center. I'm healthy.''

RECEIVERS READYJoining Harris on Wednesday were senior receiver Leonard Hankerson and junior cornerback Brandon Harris. Hankerson, a potential first-round NFL Draft choice, looked extremely fit and bigger than last season. He said he worked out the whole summer again with former Miami Dolphin Mark Duper.



``I've caught 4,000 to 5,000 balls already,'' said Hankerson, who along with a talented crop of receivers works regularly with Harris and backup quarterbacks A.J. Highsmith, Stephen Morris and Spencer Whipple. ``I'm doing the same things over and over. That's the key. When it gets easy, you don't slack off. That's when you know you've become great at it.

``Physically, [Jacory] is looking great. We have high expectations.''

Brandon Harris said he and his young teammates got a little ahead of themselves last year after starting out with wins in five of their first six games -- including FSU, Georgia Tech and Oklahoma.

``We got caught up in winning some big-time games on national TV,'' he said. ``We didn't respond well coming back and kind of got a little relaxed.

``[Consistency] comes with experience and maturity and I think that's something this group really has. We've been there and done that. We've made the proper adjustments and corrections, and we're ready to move forward now.''

 07-15-2010, 03:40 PM         #6755
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Five still alive for 5 star Wilder

Keith Niebuhr
GatorBait.net

People who come across five-star Tampa (Fla.) Plant athlete James Wilder Jr. at a camp or seven-on-seven event typically have the same response after seeing his ridiculously chiseled physique. "We get the 'Wows,' " Plant coach Robert Weiner said.”If he takes his shirt off, it's like the fireworks show started."

The 6-foot-2, 217-pound Wilder, ranked No. 3 in the Rivals100, is the high school version of Mr. Olympia. His calves are incredibly thick. His chest is ripped. And his arms not only are huge, but have veins protruding from every corner of them.



Now for the part that might surprise you: Wilder isn't a gym veteran. He said he didn't start working out until he was 14. And even then, it wasn't with weights. He did pushups and pull-ups. "He works really hard when he comes in (to the weight room), but he's still a neophyte when it comes to weight training," Weiner said.

On Tuesday afternoon at Plant, Wilder, who plays running back and defensive end for the Panthers but appears set on being a tailback in college, talked about his recruitment -- and his training regiment -- with Gatorbait.net.

First, the latest on where he stands …

According to Wilder, his favorites (in no order) are Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Georgia Tech and Miami. For some time, he thought he'd commit in July. Now, he's not so sure. "I haven't visited half the schools yet," he said. On Wednesday, Wilder will take an unofficial trip to Georgia, where he will spend a few days. Next week, Wilder will be in Gainesville -- a place he has stopped by often -- to attend Friday Night Lights.

While Wilder said he might not commit until this fall, Weiner didn't rule out a pledge coming sooner. "I think it will be toward the end of the summer," Weiner said. "He's going to see everything he needs to see by then."

In the weight room, Wilder can escape his sometimes hectic recruitment. He said he works out four-to-five days a week. Tuesday afternoon, he focused on his upper body. Unfortunately, he hasn't been able to work his legs much recently because of a minor injury. "I've got a strained back," Wilder said. "I can't do any lower body right now. In two weeks, I should be fine."

Wilder probably couldn't get much more cut, but in truth that's not really his intent anyway. In the weight room, he has a few simple goals he is trying to achieve. One of them is simply to maintain what he already has. The other is to work on his shoulders. "Your shoulders take a lot of pounding when you're a running back," Wilder said. "I try to work on my weak points."

Wilder began Tuesday's workout by doing curls. Then, he moved to the military press. Next came shrugs (Wilder carried two 45-pound weights approximately 100 yards one way, then walked back still holding them). Before long, he was on the bench, which he called his gym favorite. According to Wilder, he typically warms up with 12 repetitions at 185 pounds. Next, he does 225 eight times. To wrap things up, he lifts 285 four times.

On weekends, you can often find him running on Tampa's Bayshore Boulevard. "I try to keep it balanced," Wilder said. It helps, of course, that Wilder has pretty good genes. His father, James Wilder Sr., was a star running back for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. His mom, Barbara Wilder, ran track when she was younger.

"You've got to see my mom," Wilder said. "She's definitely fit." If Wilder needs to improve one thing, it's probably his diet. He claimed he eats "regular" food, but Weiner, while smiling, said that wasn't entirely true. "He has a Cap'n Crunch diet," the coach said. One would never know it. In the weight room alongside members of a program that has won two straight state championships, Wilder was a man among boys. That, however, is pretty typical.

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this video is all jokes

gators beatdown
ethnic sands sonnin the temple secondary
andre johnson td at wvu GOAT status :agreement6:
andre johnson period
the sean taylor reverse punt return td
the syracuse qb duck pass - maurice sikes int td return




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 8 years ago '04        #6757
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McGahee was a monster, i wonder how good of a pro he would of been had he not got hurt. My fav player had a few highlights himself (Parrish).

 8 years ago '04        #6758
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that team was a national champion....for 5 seconds:(

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 madness said
that team was a national champion....for 5 seconds:(
what i wanna know is who the hell was the offensive coordinator....becuz roscoe ran that s**t back to what it appears was the 25-30 yard line....you mean to tell me with more than a minute left we couldnt possibly drive to win

conservative as f**k


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 Deeangoe said
what i wanna know is who the hell was the offensive coordinator....becuz roscoe ran that s**t back to what it appears was the 25-30 yard line....you mean to tell me with more than a minute left we couldnt possibly drive to win

conservative as f**k
i think it was chudzinski

ohio state's D was lights out that night, plus we lost mcgahee. coaches just wanted to play it safe and take our chances in OT

to this day i still wonder why we didnt give the ball to jason geathers in OT, i wouldve rather seen him carry the ball than wack-ass jarrett payton

 8 years ago '07        #6761
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dont relive that night for me

i wanted to murk some mothaf**kas

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good a.ss highlight video

the swag was beastly

endzone celebrations and all

these boys bout to bring that back

 07-17-2010, 10:02 AM         #6763
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Fulse to Make Another Cut
Jul. 16, 2010

By: Nate Adelson

Fort Meade tight end Brandon Fulse cut his list down to fifteen schools following spring football and later today, he will make another cut down to ten.

In the meantime, Florida, Florida State, Miami, USF, Auburn, Alabama, Texas Tech, Clemson, Georgia, Michigan, Oregon, West Virginia, North Carolina, Louisville, and Tennessee, all remain in the running.

Other than the upcoming cut, Fulse (6-4, 250) doesn’t have too much of an idea about his upcoming recruiting plans.

“Every one of the fifteen schools is doing a good job recruiting me but a few have been doing an excellent job,” Fulse said. “I want to visit all of them but I can’t do that. I’m definitely taking official visits but I don’t know where yet. I might be ready to commit by November 3rd but I might have to wait after that.”

Fulse didn’t specify if Miami was doing a good job or an excellent job, but he did say he’s been in contact with the Canes lately.

“Things are good with Miami, I talked to Coach Petri like two weeks ago,” Fulse said. “He always tells me about their tradition, me coming to play for them, and coming to visit this summer. Yea, I’m trying to make plans to visit again.”

Fulse always has and always will consider Miami his favorite team, and he believes that this could be the year that they finally strike gold.

“I would still like Miami even if I wasn’t getting recruited by them, they’re always my favorite team to root for,” Fulse said. “I think they’re very close to being a great team again and Jacory Harris will have a good year. If he stays injury free, I think they’re going to win the ACC championship.”

In an effort to look deeper into each school he has under consideration, Fulse has recently been doing research into how they all have utilized their tight ends over the years.

“When I look at the school, I go back into their history a little bit,” Fulse said. “Some coaches tell me that they get the tight ends the ball but when I look it up, they really don’t. I do the research so I can ask the right questions when they come up.”

Fulse continued on to a couple schools in particular and what he noticed about their results at the tight end position.

“Well obviously I know about the history of tight ends at Miami,” Fulse said. “I know that they get tight ends the ball, I mean Jeremy Shockey and all those guys went first round. I don’t even need to need to research Miami like that because I know their history. With Florida State, I checked into Coach Jimbo Fisher when he was at LSU. They got the ball to the tight ends a decent amount. A couple schools out there are better with that and a couple schools, I haven’t heard anything about their tight ends.”

 07-17-2010, 10:06 AM         #6764
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Fort Pierce Central defensive end Giorgio Newberry has quickly become a wanted man. He has over 34 offers to his name. So far Newberry is not giving away too many hints about which team holds the edge. Earlier today, FlaVarsity caught up Newberry. We found out which teams currently hold the edge, what visits could be coming up, and when a final decision could actually happen.

When it comes to recruiting, many hopeful Division I prospects worry about receiving 'the' offer they've been waiting for. However, Fort Pierce Central DE Giorgio Newberry will not have that problem. He holds big time offers from the likes of Clemson, Tennessee, LSU, Georgia, Michigan, not to mention offers from all of the big three in the sunshine state with Florida, FSU and Miami all pushing hard for the 6-foot-6, 255 pound standout. At this point, those schools will have to wait a little while before Newberry makes his choice.

"I haven't added too many new offers. I plan on trimming my list to 10 teams very soon. The main criteria I'll look for is how comfortable I'll be playing there for four years, coaching stability, competing for championships, and how they develop players as a coaching staff."

Newberry also admitted that most of his official visits will be out-of-state programs. But which schools could possibly be in his visit plans?

"I would say Tennessee and LSU are recruiting me the hardest with the out of state teams. I talk with Coach Gonzales from LSU quite often and have a good connection with him. He's trying to get me to come over for a visit very soon. I know they have a summer camp coming up, but because of me taking college classes, I probably won't be able to make it at this time. LSU will be a school I take an official visit too though. Clemson, Alabama, and Tennessee are also places I want to take an official visit."

While the out of state programs battle it out, they appear to have their work cut out for them.

"I would say the Big Three , (Florida, FSU and Miami) all standout the most. I feel very comfortable with the staff for each one and all have done a great job at developing players."


Ready for FNL
While Newberry won't be able to attend LSU next weekend, he will make an appearance at the Friday Night Lights event at the University of Florida. He admits to being pretty anxious about seeing how he stacks up against the top talent.

"I plan on being at Friday Night Lights. I'm really excited about it because that's the best of the best. I went last year and had a lot of fun. I don't really feel pressure coming into this event despite knowing there's a lot of four or five star talent. You can't focus on the names, but more along the lines that they are just another lineman or player you're going against. It's an opportunity to see how much the hard work has paid off and get some very good coaching from the Florida staff."

The Gators have long been a team strongly in the mix and over the past few months Newberry has built a quick bond with Florida a.ssistant coach D.J. Durkin.

"Florida only recruits the best, so to get an offer from them was very important to me. I talk with Coach Durkin often and he just talks about how I could fit into their system."


Dropping by Tallahassee
Before a trip to the Friday Night Lights takes place, Newberry will take in the second session of the Jimbo Fisher Football Camp at Florida. Newberry doesn't plan to participate, but more along the lines use this visit as a chance to catch up with the FSU coaches and get to know them a little better. The trip to Tallahassee will be his third this off-season.

"Yeah, I'm going to visit FSU next week. They are holding their summer camp and I wanted to see the coaching staff again. Every time I visit there, it feels at home. This visit will give me an opportunity to talk with Coach Stoops about how they would use me in their defense. Their for defensive ends is intriguing because I'm interested in getting on the field pretty early."

With so many new Florida State coaches, Newberry has already started to build a good connection with some of the new hires on the defensive side of the ball, as well as 1st year head coach Jimbo Fisher.

"Coach Fisher when he was at LSU recruited a player with a high upside in Tyson Jackson and that worked out very well for them and they see the same type of upside in me. I like Coach Stoops and feel comfortable around him. Coach Stoops has done a great job coaching wherever he's been, so I know what he brings to the table. I also speak quite often with Coach Elliot who is the defensive ends coach. This visit will give me a chance to ask a lot of questions."


Hometown team
Not to be outdone, the Miami Hurricanes are also a very strong option and are considered the 'home' team with the UM campus only a short drive away.

"Miami is close to home, so that's always a great thing. But at the same time, they put out a lot of future NFL stars. They do a tremendous job at developing their players and that's always impressed me about Miami."

We know that Newberry will take unofficial visits to Florida State and Florida, but what about Miami?

"I haven't been to Miami yet, but I will be going there for a visit in the summer I do know that. I just don't know the exact date yet. This is why I prefer taking all my official visits out-of-state because I can get over to Miami easily anytime I want. I like the Miami coaching staff, so I'm looking forward to seeing more once I take a visit in the summer."

So when can we expect a final decision on Neberry's college choice?

"I would say the plan is to have it during the season. I want to have a chance to see all the schools, but I would also say that once I the season begins I should have a leader. If I don't make a decision during the season, it will be a little later."

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* Georgia held their prospect showcase camp on Friday night and one of the top standouts was 4-star DE prospect Anthony Chickillo. At 6-3 and 230 pounds, Chickillo has become a national recruit and is currently favoring the Canes. He plans to attend Florida's prospect event next Friday night as well. His father played for Miami and is expected to be in this year's class. It's encouraging to see him doing so well during this offseason at various places.

* 4-star CB prospect Nick Waisome recently narrowed his list down to seven and Miami was on it. However, he told us two days ago that the Canes arent in his top five. That's probably because the Canes aren't recruiting him as hard as the others, like Florida. At 5-10, Waisome lacks ideal size and while he has an offer from the Canes, appears to be a backup plan to players like Robinsen Therezie and Jabari Gorman. The Canes already have a commitment from 4-star corner Albert Louis-Jean, a 6-1 kid from Mass.

* 4-star S prospect Marquise Lee is rated the top player in California at his position. USC and UCLA haven't offered him yet but pretty much everyone else, including Miami, has. He told Scout earlier this week that he plans to check out Miami at some point for an official visit. He's teammates with 5-star WR prospect George Farmer, another player who has an offer and plans to visit here later in the year. It's hard to tell how good Miami's chances will be until those kids visit here.

* 4-star WR prospect Sammy Watkins has Miami and Clemson at the top of his current list of favorites. He grew up a Miami fan and has become what appears to be a priority for the Canes. He plans on taking a second trip to Clemson very soon and my sources in SW FL are telling me that the Tigers have inched ahead of the Canes at this time. There's a lot of time left and Miami can still certainly land him but Clemson is a serious threat and is very much in the running.

* Speaking of Clemson, an interesting situation is developing there. QB Kyle Parker, who led the Tigers to a win over the Canes last season, was drafted high in last month's MLB Draft. However, he hasn't signed with the Rockies yet. They're offering him in the 1.3-mil range (slotted) but he's looking for more, according to my sources. While that's definitely still an option, he's still a Clemson Tiger and could return next season to be their starting quarterback. A final decision will be made before the start of their fall camp but Parker returning would really bolster Clemson's team, increasing their chances for a 10+ win season. That could play a role in the decision-making process of guys like Watkins, who Miami is competing for.
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Jul. 17, 2010

By: Christopher Stock


MIRAMAR, Fla. -- There was plenty of competition in action Saturday at Miramar Regional Park for the Nike 7-on-7 South Florida Finals.

There were 12 teams in action--four each from Miami-Dade, Broward, and Palm Beach Counties.

Northwestern, led by UM commitments Teddy Bridgewater and Eli Rogers, defeated Glades Central, 40-34 in the championship game.



Class of 2011 Checklist

QB Teddy Bridgewater, Northwestern - Bridgewater played wide receiver the entire day catching 12 touchdown passes, the most of any player. He scored three times in the championship game showing off his athleticism and was virtually unguardable all day long. One reason he played wide receiver was to give teammate Elgin Hilliard, a rising junior, a chance to earn reps. Bridgewater took a couple playful jabs at Kelvin Benjamin telling him he should be joining him at Miami. Bridgewater will be taken his talents out west this week for the Elite 11, which he vows to show he's deserving of being the top-ranked quarterback in the nation.

WR Eli Rogers, Northwestern - Rogers was hampered by nagging injuries throughout the day and was not 100 percent, but still made his fair share of plays. Rogers did most of his work out of the slot, a role he'll a.ssume at Miami next season.

WR Kelvin Benjamin, Glades Central - Benjamin made some big plays particularly down the field including a very impressive one-handed catch over Bridgewater in the waning moments of the title game. Benjamin will only play in eight games this season because of his age, but is looking forward to being with his teammates as opposed to going to a prep school, an option he considered.

TE Nick O'Leary, Dwyer - O'Leary was productive, but not his usual dominant self as there was plenty of attention on him throughout the day. O'Leary has added over 20 pounds since the end of last season, but still looks very fluid running routes and should have a dominant senior campaign.

WR Shawn McClaine, Dwyer - McClaine (5-9, 160) is an under the radar prospect, who made a number of big plays in the open field and got free down the field as well. He's a player in the area that is looking to garner attention from college coaches in his final season.



Class of 2012 Checklist

WR Jaime Wilson, Glades Central - Wilson is making a strong case to be the area's top-ranked 2012 player as he showed excellent explosiveness with and without the ball. Wilson is a solid 6-foot receiver that has nothing, but bright things in store for his future. He's going to be able to excel with plenty of attention given to Benjamin this season.

DB Cre'von LeBlanc, Glades Central - LeBlanc has been looking very impressive in the summer 7-on-7 events and is one to watch this season. In one game, LeBlanc recorded three interceptions and finished with four on the day.



Class of 2013 Checklist

DB William Likley, Glades Central - Likley did a nice job on the offensive side of the ball catching short touchdown passes.

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UM Makes Cut With DT Peat
Jul. 18, 2010

By: Nate Adelson

Defensive tackle Todd Peat Jr. from Corona Del Sol High in Tempe, Arizona, had always planned on cutting his list by the middle of the summer, and now he has done just that.

Peat (6-3, 295), a U.S. Army All-American selection, listed off the eight programs that still have a chance to reel him in.

“It’s pretty much even between Alabama, Arizona, Arizona State, Nebraska, Oregon State, Miami, Wake Forest, and Stanford,” Peat said. “They all have a good combination of football and academics and that’s something important to me. Eventually you can’t play football anymore so you might as well leave college with a good education. The other thing is that they’re all schools where the coaches have told me that I’ll have the opportunity to play early.”

Peat reviewed the schools he has seen already, the schools he is guaranteed to visit, and when he hopes to make his decision.

“I’ve been to Arizona State, Arizona, Wake Forest, Stanford, and Oregon State,” Peat said. “I’m actually not going to be able to see anymore schools until I start my official visits in September. Right now, Nebraska is the only school I know will be one of my officials for sure. I’m doing the Army All-American game so I want to commit there.”

Peat has always maintained that location will not put any limitations on his choice, but with both of the home state schools still in the running, he sees no potential drawbacks in staying close to home.

“Well it would be great having my family and friends seeing my college career,” Peat said. “I would have a great fanbase being a hometown kid so it would be nice. It’s not a huge factor but there’s nothing wrong with it either, not at all.”

Peat is very complimentary of linebackers coach Micheal Barrow and the way Miami has been recruiting him since they offered in late May.

“The coach recruiting me is Coach Barrow and he’s a real good guy,” Peat said. “He’s a players coach, and he played at Miami himself. He’s a really energetic guy and they’re doing a really good job recruiting me as of now. He tells me about the culture they have there, with the brotherhood, and how the players get treated right. He said the program has great tradition and I’ve seen the positive direction that they’re headed in.”

Peat continued on by mentioning that the academic side of Miami is the other main factor that attracts him to a future in Coral Gables.

“Yea everything that he (Coach Barrow) tells me is good for sure, but they’re also a good academics school too,” Peat said. “They’re one of the top academic schools in the ACC in a lot of areas. I really want to look and see where I would fit in at Miami, playing wise like who is in front of me and who they have right now.”

Peat didn’t put up huge numbers as a junior with 31 tackles and 4 sacks, but an injury limited him to just around half of the season.

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Seantrel Henderson Speaks


Last December, Seantrel Henderson experienced a first.

Before basketball practice, he and his father, Sean, played a game of one-on-one. First one to 15 wins. With one flick of the wrist and pop of the net, Henderson had finally done it.

"He beat me for the first time," Sean Henderson said, disappointed yet also proud. "It was 15-13. I missed a couple jumpers, but he still beat me."

Father-son stories as such should dominate topics concerning the Hendersons, but often go unnoticed when talking about the nation's top high school football player, who is the prize of the Miami Hurricanes' 2010 recruiting class.


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The focus is mostly on how Henderson, a 6-foot-8, 350-pound tackle, was called attention-hungry for dragging out his recruitment, and his father supposedly using his son to further an aspiring career as a rap artist.

They say they are no different than any other tandem that grew up playing catch in the back yard.

"Me and my dad have a great relationship," said Seantrel Henderson, who played at Cretin-Derham Hall in St. Paul, Minn. "We're cool. We're a team. That's how I look at it."

Not everyone feels the same way.

Sean Henderson, 37, looks like Ludacris when he answers the door. His hair is braided. His shorts are baggy and he sports a silver chain. His youthful appearance could pass for a grad student.

The "elder" Henderson is a member of a rap group that has performed in the Minneapolis area for more than a decade. When Seantrel Henderson announced on National Signing Day he would attend USC, an ugly rumor began about the reasoning for the decision.

The buzz on Internet message boards across the country and local radio was Sean Henderson forced his son to sign with USC for personal gain. What better spot to propel a music career than in Hollywood, and with the help of a son who recruiting analysts are comparing to former 'Cane Bryant McKinnie.

The Hendersons said the accusations are untrue, believing the rumor was started by schools that failed to land Seantrel.

"I've been doing music since I was 15 or 16 years old," Sean Henderson said. "I'm going to do music for the rest of my life. This is what me and my guys do. It has nothing to do with my son's career. I would never compromise my son's situation for my own gain. That's just who I am as a father."

The negativity continued when Henderson delayed signing with USC because of pending NCAA sanctions. He eventually signed in March, but requested a release from his letter-of-intent earlier this month when the penalties were more extreme than expected.

"I didn't' want to walk into a situation like that when I still had a chance to go somewhere else where everything was all good," Seantrel Henderson said. "Conversations with USC went back and forth. They were trying to convince me USC still was a good place to go. You can say what want, but the facts are the facts."

That left hope for UM, fortunate to be in the picture. The Hurricanes narrowly missed the list of schools Henderson would visit. That changed when his Oklahoma trip in December was canceled because his high school team was still in the playoffs.

Enter a visit to Coral Gables, the week before Signing Day, and at a time the NFL Pro Bowl was being held in South Florida. Henderson was greeted by several former UM stars, even hanging out with McKinnie.

Still, Henderson remained silent for months, refusing all interview requests until deciding on Miami on July 9.

"I got people saying I did it then because it was around the time of LeBron James [signing with the Heat]," Henderson said with a laugh. "I mean, how was I supposed to know he was coming to Miami? They think I want too much attention. If I wanted too much attention, I would've taken every interview or every call I've gotten. I've been low-key the whole time."

 07-19-2010, 07:18 AM         #6769
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O'Leary Talking to Bridgewater
Jul. 19, 2010

By: David Lake

MIRAMAR, Fla. -- The recruiting effort of Miami quarterback commit Teddy Bridgewater was in full swing Saturday during the South Florida Nike 7-on-7 Tournament.

Bridgewater has been doing a lot of recruiting on Miami’s behalf during many 7-on-7 events across the country and on Saturday his focus was on Palm Beach Dwyer tight end Nick O’Leary.

During a break between games on Saturday, Bridgewater and fellow UM commit Eli Rogers worked their way over to O’Leary and talked up Miami.

“I have talked to Teddy a couple of times,” O’Leary said. “He tells me about Miami and how he loves it down there.”

Miami currently stands in O’Leary’s top four schools along with Florida State, Georgia, and Alabama.

O’Leary admits he doesn’t know Bridgewater that well, but he is impressed with his talent.

“I don’t really know much about Teddy other than he is a good player,” O’Leary said. “I watched him on TV at the Oregon 7-on-7 thing and he did good there. It is important for me to come in with a good quarterback.”

O’Leary says he doesn’t know much about Florida State’s quarterback commitment.

“The only quarterback I know about that will be at FSU after this year is E.J. Manuel,” O’Leary said.

O’Leary is arguably the top tight end prospect in the nation this year. As a junior last year, O’Leary helped lead Dwyer to a State Championship while catching 43 passes for 679 yards and seven touchdowns. As a sophomore, O’Leary totaled 27 receptions for 522 yards and six touchdowns.

On Saturday, O’Leary and Dwyer made it to the semifinal round of the South Florida Nike 7-on-7 Tournament before being eliminated by Glades Central.

“It was fun just like every other 7-on-7. It helps us as a team get better with our skills and it helps us play better together.”

O’Leary (6-4, 230) has put on 20 pounds since the end of his junior season and this summer he is working on getting more separation with the added weight.

“I just want to get better on getting separation on my routes.”

At this point, O’Leary says he doesn’t have a timetable on when he would like to make a commitment.

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 07-20-2010, 10:28 AM         #6772
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Even though some players will not show up in the rankings, a handful could potentially make huge impacts during the 2010 season. So, to kick of this year's preseason player rankings, I'll start with those guys, The Wildcards. Here they are:

1. Seantrel Henderson, OL, Fr.: If LeBron James was the biggest summer arrival on South Beach, Seantrel Henderson should be considered the same in Coral Gables. After picking USC over Miami and Ohio State on National Signing Day, the nation's No. 1 high school offensive lineman backed out on the Trojans after they were hit hard by NCAA sanctions earlier this month. Now, he's become the biggest addition to the Hurricanes' 2010 signing class. a.ssuming there are no surprises with the NCAA Clearinghouse, Henderson should report for classes Aug. 3 and be in uniform when coach Randy Shannon starts asking guys to fly around. Henderson isn't quite like the other offensive linemen UM has recruited in the past decade. He probably will not need much time at all to get bigger or stronger. At 6-8, 340-pounds, his toughest adjustment will likely be getting used to the speed he's seeing on the other side. With UM loaded with talent at defensive end, he'll be tested quickly. It's hard to imagine Henderson pushing Orlando Franklin out of the starting left tackle job by the season opener on Sept. 2. But could Henderson start at right tackle ahead of redshirt freshman Jermaine Johnson (6-6, 310) and sophomore Ben Jones (6-5, 300)? Absolutely. At the very least, Henderson should split time.

2. Chase Ford, TE, Jr.: Ford would have benefitted largely from participating in the spring and learning offensive coordinator Mark Whipple's system. But the NCAA denied a waiver the 6-7, 250-pound native Texas needed to transfer in from Kilgore Community College, the same school which produced former Cane Kevin Everett. So, Ford spent his spring staying in shape and working as a maintenance man at his old high school. Ford won't have to cut the lawn at UM, but he will have to make a Jimmy Graham-like transition to the Canes' offense. Other than senior Richard Gordon (4 catches, 32 yards), Miami only has redshirt freshman Billy Sanders (6-4, 248) and two other freshmen -- Clive Walford and Asante Cleveland -- to throw out there at tight end. Ford won't be the No. 1 tight end on Day 1, but he should become it rather quickly. The issue becomes how much he really helps the offense. Graham caught 17 passes for 213 yards and five touchdowns last season. Dedrick Epps caught 19 for 247 yards and 3 scores. With Miami loaded at receiver, Ford figures to probably do right around the same as those two as the tight end position is used less overall.

3. Graig Cooper, RB, Sr.: Quarterback Jacory Harris told reporters last week he's optimistic Graig Cooper will be back to help the Hurricanes at some point this season. That was hard to imagine back in December when Cooper's blew out his right knee -- almost Willis McGahee style -- returning a kick in the Champs Sports Bowl loss to Wisconsin. Cooper, Miami's leading rusher each of the past three seasons, had surgery not long after the injury and has been rehabbing hard with the hope of coming back to see real playing time. Tight end Dedrick Epps did it last season. But until we see otherwise, it's hard to imagine Cooper, a player who relies so much on his cutback ability, making a big impact in 2010. He could ultimately make his way back later in the season and try to prove his ready for the next NFL Draft. But my thought process is Shannon will urge him to hold off until 2011 when he could return fully healthy and have a young crop of running backs behind him. For those of you thinking Cooper's loss is no big deal, remember two things: 1. Mike James and Lamar Miller have a combined 15 college carries in their career (all belong to James). 2. Cooper finished fourth in the ACC last season in all-purpose yards.

4. Latwan Anderson, ATH, Fr.: Just like Henderson, Anderson was a post-signing day gift for UM. A 5-10, 170-pound freshman who signed a track scholarship with the Canes, Anderson finished his senior year in Ohio with 66 tackles, four forced fumbles and 14 picks and was considered a 5-star recruit by Rivals. He could potentially help Miami all over the field, much like Devin Hester once did, playing on defense, offense and special teams. Considering how much help UM could use at cornerback, it's hard to imagine the staff pushing him to receiver, where he would be behind a long list of talented players. If Anderson ends up in the secondary, he could always switch to receiver later on in his career. My thought is we see Anderson mostly on special teams, dime situations and maybe once or twice on a few trick plays or reverses on offense. Either way, I think we will see at least one or two freshmen play a lot in the secondary with numbers down at cornerback.

5. Kevin Nelson, LB, Fr.: If there is a position on defense with more questions surrounding it than middle linebacker, let me know. With the departure of Darryl Shaprton, Shannon let true freshman Shayon Green start the spring with the first team in the middle. The experiment didn't last long. Green was quickly replaced by senior Kylan Robinson, a 6-1, 235-pound former four-star running back with four career special teams tackles and no starts under his belt. Shannon was happy with Robinson in the spring, saying he made major strides. Although Robinson is in line to be this year's Matt Pipho (a player who waited until his fifth season to become a major contributor), he could receive a serious push from Nelson, a 6-1, 220-pound true freshman from Gainesville who scouts love. If Nelson, 20, impresses enough, there's no reason he couldn't at least share some some playing time with Robinson -- especially since Shannon seems intent on not wanting to have to move Colin McCarthy to the middle

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* 4-star DE prospect Giorgio Newberry told me earlier this week that Miami is very much in the picture for him. Interestingly, he told me back in the spring that while he was interested in the Canes, they weren't recruiting him as hard as some others. In fact, I wrote a story about how he wanted to hear more from the Canes. He says that's changed and he's been communucating more. He's never maintained a favorite, although he's hinted at FSU being one back in the beginning. I don't think he'll leave the state. He may go to Friday Night Lights at Florida this week but I think in the end this is going to be a UM/FSU battle that could come down to the wire. He plays DE, DT, and OT and could project at any of those spots. He's 6-6/250 now but will probably be 6-6/300 in two years. That could be a massive DT or an athletic LT. He says he doesn't have a preference but I believe he wants to play on defense and that's where both schools are recruiting him at. His friendship with Marcus Jackson may help UM some but that's being overblown. He knows kids at both places and will continue meeting new recruits throughout the process.

* Last week I talked to 3-star DT prospect Chris Mayes from Georgia. He said the Canes have offered and that he he'd like to get down here to check them out. He went to UGA's Dawg Night prospect camp this past Friday night and I'm told the UGA coaches, including Mark Richt, were all over him. I wasn't sure if he was a priority for them but I think they made it clear that he is. That's going to make it extra tough on the out of state schools, including Miami, as long as UGA is all over him. If that changes, it could free up some interest elsewhere but UGA has to be considered the front-runner right now.



* 4-star WR Davaris Daniels told Scout earlier this week that his top 3 choices remain Notre Dame, Oklahoma, and Miami. He was scheduled to announce his decision at a press conference last month but cancelled it. Other UM recruiting sites listed him as a Miami commitment at that time, without any quotes from Daniels. At that same time, I wrote not to expect him to even take an official visit here, let alone commit. He never committed and told Scout this week that he doesn't really hear from Miami any more. In recruiting translation, that means he's off the board. The top remaining WR prospects appear to be Sammy Watkins and George Farmer. Others could emerge later but it won't be Daniels.

* 5-star DE prospect Jadeveon Clowney told Scout this week that he plans to visit Miami with one of his five trips. The Canes offered him very early in the process and it's interesting that he's now listing the Canes in his top 4. His top 2 are Alabama and South Carolina. UNC is third. He was high on Florida for awhile but that seems to have faded. His interest in Miami could too but you gotta believe the news of Seantrel Henderson picking Miami has given the canes some recruiting momentum lately. The Canes have signed Scout's No. 1-rated player two of Randy Shannon's four classes here and would've signed a third if Bryce Brown wouldve been given the opportunity to. 3 out of 4 is pretty darn impressive and reason to believe that even though it appears like a longshot, getting Clowney is a possibility. If NSD were tomorrow, I'd expect him to be a Gamecock.

* 4-star OL Brandon Shell of SC told Scout this week that he also plans to visit Miami. A 6-5 OT prospect, Shell was offered early by the Canes and is showing some interest now. Like Clowney, it's hard to judge how much interest there really is until they get him on campus for a visit. That is expected to take place later in the year. Still, it appears as though it's a longshot. Miami will likely sign just one OT in this class.

 07-20-2010, 07:50 PM         #6774
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Benjamin Developing Relationship with Bridgewater
Jul. 20, 2010

By: Christopher Stock



MIRAMAR, Fla. -- Kelvin Benjamin consistently is showing his dominance this summer.


Benjamin, a 6-foot-6, 210-pound wide receiver out of Glades Central, is tough to guard in 1-on-1 matchups during various 7-on-7 events.

Even Northwestern athletic star Teddy Bridgewater became a victim of Benjamin’s talents as the wideout leaped over Bridgewater for a one-handed grab in the championship game of the Nike South Florida 7-on-7 finals.

“We have been talking a lot ever since I committed,” said Bridgewater, who has verbally committed to Miami. “He was waiting to see what I was going to do and what the other quarterbacks are going to do.”

Benjamin says the two have developed a good bond.

“Teddy texts me a lot so we have that connection,” Benjamin said. “He’s a real cool cat especially one of those cats that you want to surround yourself around when you go off to college in that atmosphere.”

Benjamin has also been talking with UM receivers coach Aubrey Hill and wide receiver Travis Benjamin, a former Glades Central standout.

He had plans to take an unofficial trip to Florida this summer, but those plans have been cancelled.

“We were planning on going to Friday Night Lights (at Florida), but we have a 7-on-7 at Florida State so we are doing that,” Benjamin said.

Benjamin has helped lead Glades Central to a number of wins in 7-on-7 events this summer including the NFL title in Tampa. They fell to Northwestern at the Nike Event last weekend.

“We have been practicing all summer, we are basically getting our offense on track and get a connection with our quarterback,” Benjamin said. “A lot more guys are stepping up, the whole team is stepping up. Everyone here is playing well and contributing to the team. We have a lot of playmakers.”

One of the guys who is stepping up for Glades Central is 2012 wide receiver Jaime Wilson, a six-foot athletic speedster.

“He is young, but he is growing into it so fast. He is being coachable,” Benjamin said.

Because of age eligibility requirements by the FHSAA, players cannot participate in athletics when they are 19 years and nine months old. Benjamin will be that age in November meaning he will not able to play for Glades Central past the eighth game of the 10-game regular season.

After flirting with the idea of going to a prep school, Benjamin has decided to play out his senior season.

“I’m going to play the eight games and help out the team,” Benjamin said. “It doesn’t matter about the games because I already have scholarships and have proved what I can do. I’ll play the eight games and help them get to state and encourage them if they go to state.”

Benjamin is happy with his decision to stay in Belle Glade as opposed to going to a prep school in the Northeast.

“I thought about it, but when I sat down and really thought about it, I already have scholarships and I can stay at my school and graduate with my school colors,” he said.

Benjamin finished his junior season with 36 receptions for 861 yards and six touchdowns while averaging 23.9 yards a catch.

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Roberson Talks UM Visit, New Leader
Jul. 21, 2010

By: Nate Adelson




St. Thomas Aquinas cornerback Marcus Roberson has been a touchy topic of conversation after making early comments about not having interest in Miami because he wanted to get away from home.

Since Miami offered Roberson (6-0, 170) in May, the Canes have grown on him somewhat and things continued in a positive direction when he got his first look on an unofficial visit last week.

“I just wanted to see for myself how it was,” Roberson said. “I was able to see the team get in 7 on 7 work that morning, I think it was Wednesday. They were a quick team and they really get the work done in a short time. It was nice watching them practice and then I got the tour of the facility. They weren’t real big or anything but it was ok, it was nice.”

Roberson mentioned that he came across Coach Shannon and a couple a.ssistants as well, but really didn’t get past a brief greeting.

The highlight of Roberson’s visit was getting to see his former teammates who have moved on to college, especially his friend Keion Payne.

“I was talking to Keion Payne, being that he came from my school, and he told me about how much he likes everything there,” Roberson said. “It’s really funny to me, knowing that they came from my school and they were on our team not that long ago. I see them work out now and they go harder then we do. Linder told me that Miami is the place to be even though the workouts are tough for sure. You just have to get used to it, that’s all.”

Miami is not currently in Roberson’s top two, but he admits that they are a choice he is considering more seriously.

“If my decision was based on staying home, they would be at the top of my list but I’m still thinking about going away to another place,” Roberson said. “Auburn is number one, Florida is number two, and then you got Texas A&M, Georgia, and Miami.”

Auburn is a new school on Roberson’s radar but they have surged ahead of the Gators after a recent unofficial visit for their summer camp.

“They are recruiting me as straight cornerback for one,” Roberson said. “They’re in serious need of corners so I feel like I could play really early there. I hung out with the players there and I feel comfortable around them. They were cool and they showed me around, showed me love when I was there.”

Roberson had not taken a single unofficial visit by the time that spring practice ended in late May. He has since taken a ridiculous amount of trips to Miami, Florida, Florida State, USF, UCF, Wake Forest, Georgia, and Auburn.

“My uncle (St. Thomas Aquinas defensive backs coach Otis Mounds) has been able to take me around to see different places, that’s all,” Roberson said. “It helped me a lot because it really showed me about the environment and the people at each school. It’s about knowing if I want to wake up at that place for the next four years.”

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