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 8 years ago '05        #6241
Deeangoe 2 heat pts
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man this dude kevin nelson is talkin wreckless every single day on his fb...dude better pan out with that wrecklessness

in other news i just booked my flight tickets to columbus ohio for sept 9-12...180+ leaving tampa (my boy lives there so ima drive up there)
but also found tickets leaving miami at 320+ and ftlauderdale 220+ so get on that if you thinking of going
 8 years ago '05        #6242
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 P. Dedos said:
whats he saying famo?



and does anybody have an InsidetheU account? if they can pull those recriting articles
these are just some of the quotes...i guess you can add him on fb if you search for him

Kevin Nelson it's 12 am my twitter blowin up; before i go to bed i wana say this because its the only way to talk to da world, im part of the best fr. class ever to play for the university of miami, n ima give my life every play for the u. n my sqaud. im out,

IM CALL all YALL OUT, PRYOR,LEWIS,PONDER LUC, IM CALLIN EVERYBODY FROM ANY CONFERENCE TO MAKE THIS NEW U DEFENSE LOOK GARBAGE. TRY ALL YOU CAN WE HERE. GET DOWN OR LAY DOWN. THIS NOT JUST INTERNET TALKIN ITS ME ILL TELL ANYBODY THIS IN THERE FACE. YOU SAID YOU GONE SLAP ME IN MY FACE SOME WAY SOME KIND OF FORM OR FASHIN

Kevin Nelson bro, you annd spence hold everything down til i get there, us 3 together, lol we bout to have fun knockin pryor out! lets get this ring. i got your back, i kow u got mines fool! do ya thing (wrote this on colin mccarthys wall)

WATCH YOUR BACK TERRELLE!!!!!!!

"My grandma just ask me" son why are you so into the film and into the weight more than ever and who is the pryor fellow you talking bout" all i said is grandma this game depends on if ima get us out the projects. im humble and respect him as a player but he coming cross a player who dont care i have 9-10 years of anger built up cuz yall cheated i was only 11 now ima man lets get it. leaving for the gym im out fb"


yea just some of his facebook statuses loool
 8 years ago '05        #6243
Deeangoe 2 heat pts
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word on the street is there will be no names on our jerseys AGAIN next yr...seriously ?!?
 8 years ago '07        #6244
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no names on the jerseys untill that natl championship

i like nelsons attitude

we not playin no games

you didnt come to miami because you scared of comp....we got plenty and ready to unload
 02-19-2010, 01:56 AM         #6245
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 L-E-Dub b**ch said:
Im jus praying for jacory to come back 100% and to make it thru the season

Also praying for minimal injuries thru this offseason......

2010 is our time will we grab it



I know if theres another bicep tear or knee injury I'm gonna k!ll someone...
 8 years ago '05        #6246
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 Hurricane Ra said:



I know if theres another bicep tear or knee injury I'm gonna k!ll someone...
lmao f**king Lower Extremeties...i swear to god everyone who was injured this yr had some lower extremety
 8 years ago '04        #6247
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CB Harris Enjoying Track Experience, Ready for Spring Ball
Feb. 19, 2010

By: Christopher Stock





Brandon Harris.
CORAL GABLES, Fla. -- Brandon Harris is learning a lot this off-season.

But not necessarily the way you would expect.

Harris, a cornerback who just completed his sophomore season at Miami, has turned his efforts to the track team and is enjoying observing other top athletes in another sport.

He recently took part in the Tyson Invitational, a well-known track meet in Fayetteville, Ark. which features collegiate and professional track athletes.

"I enjoyed Arkansas," Harris said. "It was a good experience to go to a big-time college track meet as an athlete to see some of the big-time names that you see on TV to get a chance to watch them go through their warm-up process to see how focused they are before an event, I think all athletes in all sports can learn from an experience like that."

Harris competed in the 400 meter dash and started off well before he got tripped up and did not finish.

"I was in the lead after the first lap, then everyone has to cut in and we all sort of made a pile up," said Harris, who ran a 49.28 in the first indoor track meet at Penn State. "There were six guys in the race and maybe one or two finished. We went down like dominoes."

Harris said he received a couple cuts and bruises from the incident, but nothing serious.

"I was disappointed," he added. "It was finally my first opportunity to be in the position that I wanted to be in the race. I thought I was going to walk out of there with a good time, a good finish."

Harris' older brother Tim Harris was a track star at Miami and although he does not have the same track credential as Tim, Brandon still enjoys participating in track.

"Track helps me so much (with football), just keeping a competitive edge competing against some of the best of the best and staying in shape," he said. "Being able to compete at a high level and keeping my body weight where I want it to be at and just working on my turn over and my foot speed."

Most cornerbacks would be running the shorter sprint races such as the 60-meters (indoor) or 100-meters (outdoor), but Harris enjoys running the 400.

"It's a lot different (than a spring)," Harris said. "It's a heart race. I look at it like this. When I'm running the 400, I look it like when I'm on the field and it's fourth down and we need a stop, it's a passing down, and they are going to throw to my side. It's easy to let him catch it just like in the 400 it's easy to stop and slow down, but you have to have a lot of heart to finish and compete."

Harris and the Hurricanes finished the 2009 season with a 9-4 record, a two-win improvement from the previous year, and finished 19th in the AP poll despite a loss to Wisconsin in the Champs Sports Bowl.

"With the bowl game loss, it was obviously a disappointment, but at the same time I've had a chance to reflect on the season with my coaches and my teammates, we had a lot of fun out there," said Harris, who was named a third-team All-American. "We made a lot of good plays on offense and defense. We made some pretty good strides from my freshman year to my sophomore year. With the way we have been working I feel everybody is ready for spring, ready to stop talking about how good of a season we are going to have and start showing people."

Spring football starts on Tuesday for the Hurricanes, which is something Harris is looking forward to.

"I'm looking forward to it tremendously," he said. "I know a lot of fans in Miami are looking forward to it. We've been out of it for two months, but it came around fast. Spring ball is fun and is a time to gel with your teammates. Offense against defense, you don't have to worry about the scheme, just basic offense and defense and worrying about going out there and competing and having fun. We are teammates off the field, but on the field we are two different teams and that's how we want to make it, with more competition."

Harris improved as a sophomore as he finished third on the team with 58 tackles. He also had two interceptions, three forced fumbles, and 15 pass breakups.

"I want to be more of a guy when the defense needs a play, I can be a guy that is counted on that can change the game in some tight situations and steal a game," Harris said. "I think I have had some opportunities last year. I've made some good plays, but I want to strive to make the great plays and be one of the guys that is remembered when I leave here."

If Harris stays on the path, he'll surely be remembered.
 8 years ago '04        #6248
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RB Hart: Its All About The U
Feb. 19, 2010

By: David Lake





Demetrius Hart.
Orlando Dr. Phillips running back Demetrius Hart makes big plays no matter how you get the ball in his hands.

In the running game, Hart (5-9, 185) totaled 950 yards and 12 touchdowns, in the passing game he finished with 1,100 yards and eight touchdowns, and on special teams he returned seven kicks for touchdowns.

Hart helped lead Dr. Phillips to an undefeated regular season before they were bounced out of the playoffs in the second round in a five overtime game against Apopka.

“It was a pretty good season,” Hart said. “We went undefeated during the regular season and then we played Apopka and lost in five overtimes. This year my only goal is to just go to State and win. I just want to get that state title before I go to college.”

Hart, who has been timed at a 4.43 in the 40 says he is doing workouts every day to improve his speed and strength for his senior season.

“I have been working out hard,” Hart said. “For my upper body workouts I have been doing Barry Sanders old workouts and for my legs workouts I do Devin Hester’s workouts. I am just training hard to get ready for my senior season.”

Florida State, Florida, Ohio State, Michigan, Purdue, Auburn, West Virginia, Texas Tech, Stanford, UCF, FIU, FAU and Duke are the schools Hart has offers from at this point. He talked about what schools are currently showing him the most interest.

“Auburn, Michigan, and Florida are the schools who I would say are coming at me the hardest right now,” Hart said.

Hart has heard from Miami a.ssistant Aubrey Hill and he says he would be excited to be recruited by the Hurricanes because he grew up a fan of UM.

“I am not sure if Miami has offered me, but I have been talking to coach Aubrey Hill a little bit,” Hart said. “He tells me that they like my ability as a running back to make big plays and that I can also come in and be a kick returner or punt returner too.”

“I am very interested in Miami. It is all about the U (laughs). I grew up a fan of Miami. I started to really follow football when they were really, really good in the early 2000s so I liked those teams.”

Hart attended the Miami-Oklahoma game last season and he sees the Hurricanes heading in a positive direction. Hart says he would like to attend Miami’s spring game this year.

“I think they did good,” Hart said of Miami’s season. “I know they would have liked to have done more this year, but they are a young team and I look for big things from them this year. I liked the atmosphere at the Oklahoma game. I was able to talk to the guys on the team in the locker room after the game so that was cool.”

Hart has a couple of highly rated teammates in safety Hasean Clinton-Dix and linebacker LaQuentin Smith at Dr. Phillips and he says the trio is very interested in furthering their playing career together at the next level.

“We are all trying to go to the same school,” Hart said. “We are real close, so that is something we are all real interested in doing.”

Hart plans to enroll early at his future school. His GPA is currently a 3.7.
 8 years ago '04        #6249
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WR Rogers Visits UM, Meets Shannon
Feb. 19, 2010

By: Nate Adelson





Eli Rogers.
Northwestern wide receiver Eli Rogers doesn’t hide the fact that he grew up a Miami fan but he was a little disappointed that he had yet to hear from the Canes.

Rogers (5-10, 170) decided to approach things a little differently and initiate contact by checking out Miami himself with teammates Teddy Bridgewater and Jermaine Reve.

“I had went to the ‘U’ this past weekend and Coach Randy Shannon was talking to me and they said they were going to offer me,” Rogers said. “Me and Teddy and Jermaine had gone to FIU to take some pre-season All-America pictures. Then we roamed around the campus and we decided to go over to the ‘U’ after that. We talked to the coaches at Miami and talked to some of the players we know.”

It wasn’t the first time Rogers had ever been on Miami’s campus, but it was the first time he felt like he was there as a Miami recruit.

“It was not my first time on the campus but it was my first time really engaging with all the coaches,” Rogers said. “We went over some aspects of the college level so that was a good experience for me to listen and learn about.”

The most impressive thing Rogers learned about Miami’s program is the way it prepares players to move on to success in the NFL.

“It’s a program that’s going to prepare you for the next level,” Rogers said. “Other programs mainly run spread but the ‘U’ don’t run spread all the time. In college, if the offense runs from under the center, it’s a much bigger chance for you to get to the next level. If the offense can throw the ball from the spread and run from under center, that’s just another addition. As a receiver in the NFL and at the ‘U’, they run a lot of crossing routes and sitting in the zone routes. That’s good for me because that’s my type of playing. It’s all about being in the zone, finding the open space, catching the ball, and having the opportunity to make big plays.”

On the high school front, Rogers is preparing to become the number one option at receiver with Michaelee Harris off to Louisville and Lorenzo Shinhoster graduating.

“I think things will be easier but yet harder too because a lot of people know about me now,” Rogers said. “They know that I’m the main receiver returning so they might try to double team me and things like that. I said I think it will be easier because last year was really my first year getting experience. Now it should be easier to get open and run my routes. I’m expecting myself to improve my speed, get more separation from the defenders, and get over one thousand yards receiving.”

Rogers had 35 catches for 551 yards and 11 touchdowns last year but that should improve with another year to improve his connection with quarterback Teddy Bridgewater.

“Me and Teddy, our connection is great on and off the field and we work out every day,” Rogers said. “Our timing is good and we’re just getting better and better as we go along. You can never have too much timing though, perfect timing is the best timing. It’s not perfect yet but it’s almost there. If we go to the same college, that (timing) will be one main factor that we already have over everybody.”
 8 years ago '04        #6250
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South Carolina WR Peake Has UM Offer
Feb. 19, 2010

By: Nate Adelson





Charone Peake.
Wide receiver Charone Peake from Dorman High in Roebuck, South Carolina, is one of most highly sought after juniors in the Palmetto State.

After reeling in 52 passes for 881 yards and 9 touchdowns, Peake (6-3, 191) has at least twenty offers and a few schools that are standing out off the bat.

“I think I have around twenty now but it might be even more,” Peake said. “The schools I like the most are Clemson, Georgia, Florida, and Notre Dame. Some other offers I have are Tennessee, LSU, Oklahoma, California, South Carolina, North Carolina, and Miami.”

Peake is taking the recruiting process pretty slowly at this point and just waiting for things to develop. He hopes to visit Clemson this weekend but he has a playoff game for basketball so it may not work out. He has already been to Florida and hopes to check out Notre Dame as well in the next few months.

Miami is not a new offer for Peake and he talked about his brief interaction with Coach Hill and what he knows about the program.

“Miami offered a couple months back and I talked to one of their coaches a long time ago,” Peake said. “I think it was the receivers coach (Coach Hill) who said that I need to get down there for a visit.”

Peake saw a couple of Miami’s games this past season and he was impressed by the play of quarterback Jacory Harris.

“Miami’s a pretty good program and I know they get a lot of guys in the NFL but that’s all I know,” Peake said. “I wouldn’t say I followed them when I was younger but I watched them sometimes. I saw a couple of their games this year and I know Jacory Harris is a good quarterback. He got the ball around to all of the receivers they got.”

Peake went on to talk about what he’s looking for in a school as well as where he stand with location since he is looking at some schools that are closer to home.

“Well first I want to make sure that the school has good academics and a good coaching staff,” Peake said. “It has to be somewhere that I want to be. Location really doesn’t matter to me, I can go anywhere that is close or far.”

Peake also had a standout sophomore year with 16 catches for 259 yards and 3 touchdowns along with 31 carries for 414 yards and 5 more touchdown.
 8 years ago '04        #6251
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ATH Williams Hearing From Coach Hill
Feb. 18, 2010

By: Nate Adelson





Karlos Williams.
Davenport Ridge athlete Karlos Williams had a leg up on the recruiting process as his older brother Vince was a highly touted linebacker in the class of 2008 who ended up signing with Florida State.

Make no mistake though, Williams (6-2, 210) has a boatload of big offers because of what he can do on the field and not necessarily due to what his older brother did.

“It’s close to twenty, twenty or more offers,” Williams said. “I plan on taking some unofficials down to Miami, Alabama, Georgia, Florida State, and possibly LSU. That’s what I’m looking to get done this spring.”

Miami is among Williams’ many offers, and he has received multiple visits at school from recruiting coordinator and wide receivers coach Aubrey Hill.

“Coach Aubrey Hill doesn’t call me that much, the only way I get in contact with him is if he comes by the school,” Williams said. “Sometimes I get a message to give him a call too but normally we talk about their roster, guys they have signed at safety, and trying to get me down for a visit.”

Williams compared the way that the Canes are recruiting him to the way that some other schools are approaching the same task.

“Every school recruits differently and they have their own techniques but Miami does it pretty much the same,” Williams said. “Some schools have guys come by the school every week but other schools seem more relaxed. They send you the mail with the information and they tell you to call them every week. They’ll see how you’re doing and update you on how practice is going down there. Miami is really in there trying hard and Coach Hill came up to the school a couple times to see me and talk to me in person. Miami is really pushing to get me on board.”

Williams said that he knew about Miami’s storied history from growing up in Florida, but he still enjoyed the documentary ‘The U’ and the recruiting of Coach Schnellenberger.

“The coach mentioned that he had a pipe and he took it with him to see every recruit he visited,” Williams said. “Every recruit that he really wanted to attend Miami, he left his pipe at their house so he had a reason to go back to see them again. My head coach, Richard Tate, his father was the head coach down at Miami for a couple years in the 70s. I live in Florida so there’s no history to know besides Florida, Miami, and Florida State.”

Williams did grow up a huge fan of the Seminoles and he gave his thoughts on where they stand as a program right now.

“They’re going to be one of the best the next couple years I believe with what Jimbo (Fisher) is doing,” Williams said. “He’s starting to really connect with the players and I had a talk with him myself after Bobby (Bowden) left. He said ‘Look, we really want you to come in here and I’m going to do the best I can to make a difference to get the program back to where it used to be.’ The class they just signed with Jeff Luc, Debrale Smiley from JUCO, he signed a lot of guys from JUCO. Three JUCO guys came in so it means they’re not just taking high class guys from high school, he also giving second chances to kids from JUCO to make a name for themselves.”

It has become the norm for everyone to a.ssume Williams is headed to Tallahassee because of his brother or because he and his parents are big fans, but he explained why that has started to get quite old.

“I’m not going to lie, it’s very old and I get aggravated by that sometimes,” Williams said. “They say I’m going to Florida State because of my brother but it’s really my choice. If I choose somewhere else, it’s because that’s where I want to go. If I go to Florida State, it’s because that’s where I want to be. I was born and raised a Florida State fan and if you cut my father open, FSU probably runs out of his blood.”

“It’s basically on me though and wherever I decide, that’s where I’ll be. Can I go and play early or after I redshirt? Does it have the academic program I want to go into? Those questions are what I’m looking at but it has a little to do with my family as well. Would they be comfortable spending money to watch me play if I go further away? What it all boils down to is what I’m satisfied with.”
 8 years ago '04        #6252
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DL Dubose: UM Showing A Lot of Interest
Feb. 18, 2010

By: David Lake





Bryant Dubose
Oakland Park Northeast defensive lineman Bryant Dubose has got the attention of the Miami coaching staff early in the recruiting process.

Dubose (6-4, 245) had a productive junior season this year in which he posted 65 tackles and 13 sacks from his defensive end position.

He is one of the top defensive line prospects in South Florida for the 2011 recruiting class and he says he has been in contact with the Miami coaches often.

“I talk to Miami pretty often,” Dubose said. “They probably show me the most interest right now.”

Dubose says he gets the feeling that Miami will offer him soon.

“I talk to coach Stoutland and coach Hill from Miami,” Dubose said. “They will come out to the school and see me and we will talk a little bit. They just let me know that they are interested in me and to keep them in mind because they are really looking at me. They said they will have an offer for me soon.”

When asked what he likes most about Miami right now, Dubose says he likes the sincerity of the UM coaching staff.

“The coaches seem like they care the most about me as a person and I like that,” Dubose said. “They seem like they are really good guys and they make me feel real comfortable.”

Dubose says he watched a couple of Miami’s games this year on television and he says he is impressed with the direction UM is heading in.

“I like Miami a lot,” Dubose said. “I saw a couple of their games from this year and I liked them. They have a young quarterback that is good and I think they are going to have a strong offense and they will be able to put together a good defense soon.”

Dubose currently has offers from West Virginia, Rutgers, and FIU. He is also getting recruiting interest from Florida State, Florida, Nebraska, and Michigan.

Dubose does not have a timetable set on when he might like to make a college decision, but he says he does know what he will be looking for from his future school.

“I want a coach who is about more than just football,” Dubose said. “I’d like a school with good facilities and a good academic program that could help me if I need it.”

While Dubose plays defensive end for Northeast, he is projected as a defensive tackle on the college level because his frame will easily hold the weight. Dubose says he isn’t concerned what position he will play in college.

“I am pretty open to playing any position really,” Dubose said. “It doesn’t matter to me.”
 8 years ago '04        #6253
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WR Dorsett: Miami is My Dream School
Feb. 18, 2010

By: Nate Adelson





Phillip Dorsett
On January 1st, St. Thomas Aquinas wide receiver Phillip Dorsett was sitting on one scholarship offer from Ohio State. Undoubtedly a big offer, but still his only offer.

That is no longer the case as Dorsett (5-9, 162) has recently seen the big offers coming rushing into his mailbox.

“Florida, Notre Dame, Tennessee, and North Carolina have offered me and I had Ohio State from before,” Dorsett said. “Right now, I’m keeping things pretty even. I’ve been talking with LSU, Miami a little bit, and Florida State so those are the other schools.”

Dorsett plans upcoming junior day visits to both Florida and Florida State with close friend and fellow St. Thomas Aquinas wide receiver Rashad Greene.

Dorsett had 30 catches for 594 yards and 6 touchdowns as a junior, which he feels is one of the biggest reasons more high profile schools have come calling.

“It’s been great but it really hit me out of nowhere because I didn’t really know that I would get these offers this fast,” Dorsett said. “It feels great though, it’s what I’ve been hoping for. I had a good junior season where I showed my athleticism, my speed, and my quickness. I guess those schools found out more about that.”

Dorsett gave his thoughts on Florida because they’re on top of the recruiting world as well as Notre Dame where some St. Thomas alumni have gone in the recent years.

“Florida always has good recruiting classes that are highly ranked and in the top around the nation,” Dorsett said. “They have a lot of NFL pedigree and I like their offense so they’re a good offer for me to have. Notre Dame has great academic prestige and they have a new coach with Coach Kelly. He runs the spread offense so they’ll be throwing the ball a lot more now. Gio (Bernard) and Cody Riggs said they have a lot of tradition up there and it’s a great campus.”

Dorsett does believe that Miami will offer at some point in the future and that he isn’t worried yet because it is still pretty early.

“I really don’t know for sure but I think that they’re going to (offer me),” Dorsett said. “That’s always been my dream school and I’ve always wanted to go there since I was a little kid so I hope they offer. It’s still early in the recruiting process and spring hasn’t even came by yet so I’m not worried about that yet.”

Dorsett likes what he has seen from Miami on offense as well as the fact that the current receivers will be graduated or seniors by the time that he would be a freshman.

“I like their offense and I like how they spread the ball around to every receiver,” Dorsett said. “A lot of their receivers are going to be gone when I go in so hopefully I have a chance to play when I get there. I like everything about Miami, I don’t have anything I don’t like about any school. I don’t really like to point out negatives because I like to think about the positives of each school.”
 8 years ago '06        #6254
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Can't wait for Jermaine Thomas to truck that punk a.ss n*gga Kevin Nelson :cool-smiley-009:
 8 years ago '04        #6255
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spring ball almost here:applause:
 8 years ago '04        #6256
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lol at anybody trying to talks**t by dropping Jermaine Thomas name in a convo.
 8 years ago '05        #6257
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 02-19-2010, 09:46 PM         #6258
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Springdale (Ark.) Shiloh Christian QBKiehl Frazier had planned to take an unofficial visit to Miami last month.

But after talking with coach Mark Whipple he decided to put that off.

He'll now be on campus sometime next month instead.

"After talking with coach Whipple we decided it would be better to visit during spring ball, that we could spend more time with the coaches and see how everything really works," Frazier's father, Robin, said. "That was coach Whipple's suggestion and I agreed with him. We're still trying to get a date set. We'll be going to a few places also - we're going to go to Miami, probably Gainesville and probably stop by Auburn and Alabama."

Kiehl says he's keeping an open mind about all the school heading into the visits.

"I'm going to be looking at the atmosphere of the schools, see how I feel, if I fit in there," he said. "And mostly the coaching staff because a bunch of people say `don't go there for the coaching staff,' but that's big."

Frazier adds that "I already know coach Whipple - he came to my state championship game this year and I've talked to him on the phone every two or three weeks. He's straightforward, doesn't say `You're going to come in here and start your first year' and give me all these compliments. He says he'll coach me to get me better and get me to the next level if I have the ability."

Frazier says along with Whipple he also stays in touch with a handful of other coaches from different schools. Overall he lists 14 scholarship offers, including Miami.

"I'm going to try and graduate early to try and learn the system wherever I go," Frazier said. "That's why I'm taking these visits."

He says he would like to decide before his senior season.

Of what he knows about UM, Frazier said, "I don't know too much. I've heard about the atmosphere and tradition, but that's all I know right now.

"It's pretty much open right now, I have no frontrunners. I'm not very far along in the process right now."

As a junior Frazier threw for 3,900 yards with 49 touchdowns and 14 interceptions. He also rushed for 720 yards and 14 more scores.
 02-19-2010, 09:47 PM         #6259
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Wide receivers coach Aubrey Hill had all the qualifications Randy Shannon wanted in a recruiting coordinator - good people skills, an upbeat personality and a tremendous rapport with recruits.

So, after Clint Hurtt left, it was an easy choice to add another job description for the wide receivers coach.

And, for his part, Hill says the additional chore of recruiting coordinator is made easier by his fellow coaches.

"One really good thing is, from our head coach to all of us coaches, we're all collectively recruiting coordinators," Hill said. "I just coordinate the meetings, which kids are going to go through coach Shannon and our staff, then look at all the areas we need to recruit. And recruiting weekends - we have a great staff that helps with all of that. Even though I've jumped in head first with all of it, relish the responsibility, we all do it."

What made him a good fit for the job?

"Probably what I've done the first two years here," Hill said. "Just being consistent in recruiting. And the qualities of being able to facilitate and organize all the meetings and also communicate through coach Shannon what we're all trying to do."

The team holds recruiting meetings with the coaching staff just as it has offensive meetings and defensive meetings.

"We talk about which guys we like on offense, defense, special teams," Hill said. "What we do is try to find the best players in Dade, Broward, Palm Beach and the rest of the state and then the rest of the country."

So far those meetings have resulted in numerous early scholarship offers.

"We have a fair amount we've given out," Hill said. "We pick a couple of days in the afternoon the staff gets together and watches tape. We have a grading system of how we calculate each student-athlete. We give them a grade, break it down and rank it by position, find the ones we want to offer. First we want to make sure they're the best football player we can find, have the grades for the University of Miami, make sure they have the work ethic and character. There are so many things that go into finding a player."

Of how a player gets a UM offer, Hill said, "We get tape, we'll have a write-up sheet of different criteria we have as a staff. And then after looking at so many different young men at that same position we give him a grade and determine if he gets an offer. Coaches will come to me and I'll go to coach Shannon and we have the two out of three rule (two coaches must agree on an offer out of Hill, the position coach and Shannon). But being the head coach, he has strong veto power. We do a great job of selectively finding the players we want on our team."

While the number of scholarship spots UM will fill in the coming year isn't yet certain (it can vary depending on players going pro early and other factors), Hill did point to some areas of need. In the 2010 recruiting class those areas were offensive line and tight end.

This year?

"It will be receivers, safeties, quarterbacks and offensive linemen," Hill said. "Those are the need positions. But if there's a great tight end we can find, a great running back we can find, we would definitely recruit the best players at those positions."

Hill says of quarterback recruiting that "We want to take the best quarterback we can take, and if there's an opportunity where maybe we can take a second we'll look at it as a staff and make that decision. We do need to find a guy in this class that can compete with the guys we have and have the opportunity to be a starter at some point."

* Of why Miami doesn't have a junior day, Hill said, "We don't necessarily have the traditional junior days like other schools have them. What we try to have is individual student-athletes that come down, have a campus tour and have that one-on-one time. Sometimes in a junior day you try to get at least 100 kids together at one time. One thing we're really good at is the one-on-one, that individual time. We feel it works best on a one-on-one basis vs. having a junior day. Different schools do it differently, and we feel the one-on-one uniqueness of having a kid and his family come down and visit the University can really go far. Some kids can really get overshadowed on a junior day. We want to give everyone the full attention they deserve."

* Hill says a big emphasis for UM is the family atmosphere surrounding the program.

"We don't stress (being a family), we really live it," Hill said. "That goes all the way back to our alumni, former alumni that come over. The first thing they do is give you a hug and say `You're part of the U family.' Guys just come straight up to you, like me, they said (when Hill was hired) `Coach Hill, welcome to the family.' And it's the same way through the team from freshmen to seniors, they do a good job of continuing the tradition, being the family, and realizing they have an extended family with alumni. And the other thing that speaks for itself is the great tradition we have at Miami. As a coach I'm still learning about all the great players, the great games, the great team honors and individual honors. There's so much history here, a lot of people can look and learn from it."

* A concern is that recruits won't remember the last great Miami teams, since current high school juniors weren't even 10 years old at that time. Does that affect anything recruiting-wise?

"I don't think we're too far removed for kids to remember the 2001, 2002 years," Hill said. "They know how good Miami can be. And they do realize we haven't reached our height right after that point, and we're slowly getting back to the high expectations coach Shannon and our football staff want. As you look at our team, we're headed in the right direction. We know this: the more you win, the better recruits you have. We do feel we can recruit the best players in the country because we have the most fertile area with Dade, Broward and Palm Beach. We feel we'll have an opportunity to recruit the best.

"As you look at recruiting, with the Internet, so much information, you have a lot more informed young man and he wants to make sure with his family that they find the best university for them. Every kid is going to look at `Hey, how many quarterbacks do you have? How many receivers, how many running backs?' And `Can I come in and have a chance to play, is there a good fit with the coaches, the whole program.' We feel we're headed in the right direction."

* Hill also spoke about what he's looking for from his receiving corps this spring.

"We felt there were some bright spots at receiver (last year), but as a whole we're not satisfied with the last game we played," Hill said. "We're trying to make sure we find our consistency. From our first player to our young guy coming in, we have to compete with each other, do everything we can to help the offense. The best thing about it is we have a really deep group and we make sure they can compete. I'm encouraged by the receiver position, but there are still things we can improve on.

"The thing we're trying to do this spring is find some versatility with some guys. If we move guys around, hopefully it'll actually help us more than hurt us. If a guy can go to another position and help us, from inside to outside, outside to inside - we want versatility as we go through."
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this n*gga said jermaine thomas


wasn't that bum supposed to rip it last year?


worry about usf? nolies need to worry about beating FAMU. They need to be the best team in Tallahassee before they step up to USF much less to us.
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