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 04-07-2010, 01:26 PM         #6461
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QB Frazier Hearing Often From UM

Kiehl Frazier


Quarterback Kiehl Frazier from Shiloh Christian in Springdale, Arkansas, has more scholarship offers than any junior prospect in the Natural State.

Frazier (6-2, 210) already had schools like Miami, Arkansas, Auburn, LSU, and Nebraska, but has since added some more impressive schools to his list.

“I have 24 offers now and some of the last ones were Michigan, Notre Dame, Florida, TCU, and Texas Tech,” Frazier said. “I’m still keeping everything pretty even but I’ve talked to some coaches more than others so I’m focusing on those schools I’ve been talking to.”

Frazier talked a little bit more about which schools have been on him the most as well as some upcoming visit plans he has in store.

“I talk to Miami and Florida a lot so I’m probably going to visit them in April or May,” Frazier said. “Arkansas, Kansas State, and UCLA are the other schools talking to me the most. With visits, I’m going to Auburn on April 17th and Oklahoma next weekend.”

Arkansas has historically done a good job of keeping the top prospects in-state and Frazier admits he is very familiar with what the Razorbacks have to offer.

“Arkansas is a good place because I grew up living here in the SEC as a Hawg fan,” Frazier said. “They’re definitely toward the top of my list and they’re in contention. I went up there this weekend to watch their spring game and I talked to a couple of their coaches so that was fun.”

The Auburn Tigers are also a very appealing option for Frazier who said that he has developed close relationships with a couple of their coaches.

“I mean Auburn is just a program that’s kind of on the rise right now,” Frazier said. “They had a really good season last year and a good recruiting class. I have a good relationship with Coach Chizik and Coach Malzahn. I call them about once a week so I’m just trying to get to know them a little bit more.”

Frazier has also kept in close contact with Miami whose biggest selling point is the opportunity to take over following the departure of rising junior Jacory Harris.

“I talk to Coach Whipple and Coach Gonnella, probably about once a week too,” Frazier said. “The tradition they have down there with the ‘U’ and Miami’s location makes it a great place to live. They said after Jacory is gone, then I’ll have a chance to compete for the starting job.”

Frazier admits he would like to learn more about Miami’s program but he does remember watching Willis McGahee and the Canes of the early 2000s.

“I know a few things about Miami but there is still a lot I can learn about them,” Frazier said. “I mean Willis McGahee is like my favorite player ever and when they won the national championship, they were my favorite team. Other than that, I don’t know too much so I’m going to look things up on the internet to learn more.”
 04-07-2010, 01:27 PM         #6462
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WR Watkins Likes UM's Depth Chart
Sammy Watkins

South Fort Myers High School wide receiver Sammy Watkins likes how the wide receiver depth chart will shake out after the 2010 season.

Watkins says he has started looking at the depth charts of schools around the country and that he knows that most of UM’s receivers are entering their third year on the team this season.

“I have learned that they won’t really have many receivers after the next year or two and that they only brought in one receiver this year, so the depth chart is straight,” Watkins said. “I like how their depth chart looks at receiver right now.”

Watkins had planned to take an unofficial visit to Miami in March, but he couldn’t make the trip due to a track meet he had scheduled that same day.

“I was supposed to come visit Miami on March 24th, but I had a track meet on that day, so I couldn’t make it,” Watkins said. “I plan on getting over to Miami though some time in May.”

Watkins estimates he is now up to about 28 offers with his most recent offers coming from North Carolina, Iowa, and Michigan. He also has offers from Miami, Florida, Florida State, USC, and Georgia.

Miami has done a good job of keeping in touch throughout the recruiting process, Watkins says.

“I keep in good touch with Miami,” Watkins said. “I just recently talked to wide receivers coach Aubrey Hill so that is good. Miami lets me know that they like me a lot,” Watkins said. “They say that I can come in and make an impact right away if I work hard.”

Watkins finished his junior season with 1,256 yards and 17 touchdowns on 56 catches at receiver while also totaling 50 tackles and five interceptions on defense.

According to Watkins, Miami is also recruiting his teammate at South Fort Myers, cornerback Dallas Crawford, who finished with 43 tackles and 10 interceptions on defense while throwing for 2,629 yards and 25 touchdowns while rushing for 422 yards and five touchdowns at quarterback.

“I think Miami is recruiting him,” Watkins said. “We are pretty close, but what schools we go to will be our own different decisions.”

Currently Watkins is participating in track and he is having a very strong year running the 100 and 200 meters.

“It is going pretty good,” Watkins said of his track season. “Recently in the 100 I ran a 10.6 and I ran a 21.7 in the 200. Those times were pretty much my goals going into the season, but I think I can go faster. I want to run close to a 10.4 in the 100 before the season is over.”

Watkins says he is interested in also visiting Clemson and Michigan this summer.
 04-07-2010, 01:27 PM         #6463
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Offer List Doubles for WR Dorsett
Phillip Dorsett

St. Thomas Aquinas wide receiver Phillip Dorsett thought he had already struck gold when he received offers from the likes of Ohio State, Florida, Notre Dame, North Carolina, and Tennessee.

Dorsett (5-9, 167) found out soon after that those first five schools were just the start, and he has added five more schools to his list since that time.

“Now I’ve gotten offers from Georgia, Rutgers, Nebraska, Wisconsin, and Wake Forest,” Dorsett said. “I’m keeping things pretty open but I’m probably going to have some top schools after our spring football is over. After that is when I’ll start narrowing it down.”

Dorsett has only been to two schools before, one being Miami for a spring practice. The other was Florida but he mentioned he didn’t get to see much about the school because he was in Gainesville for a track meet.

In the near future Dorsett is planning a trip to Athens to check out Georgia and a return trip to Florida to learn more about the Gators.

With the new offers rolling in, Dorsett has more and more schools in common with close friend and fellow Raider wide receiver RaShad Greene.

“It feels great to have a lot of schools that want both me and RaShad to come up there,” Dorsett said. “A lot of schools want us to play together just like we play together now at St. Thomas. We haven’t talked about it much but if it came down to that, we probably could pick the same school.”

One of those schools interested in both of them is Georgia, and the Bulldogs appeal to Dorsett due to their lack of depth at wide receiver.

“They don’t really have a lot of depth at receiver and I like the program because they have a lot of tradition,” Dorsett said. “It sounds like they’re going to be good for a few years to come. RaShad knows about Georgia because he used to live up there. He said if we both go up there, we have a chance to play early together.”

Dorsett, who had 30 catches for 594 yards and 9 touchdowns last year, said he is getting a lot of interest from Miami even though they haven’t offered yet.

“I talk to Coach Stoutland often and he’s been telling me a lot,” Dorsett said. “He talked about their spring practice and the pro-style offense that I like. In another year, they’re going to need more receivers to come in and it’s just a great program for me to be at. They probably will offer but I don’t know. They might offer me during spring football.”

The best part about watching the documentary ‘The U’ for Dorsett was getting to learn more about the Canes of the 80s since he didn’t start following until the late 90s.

“I like the part when they first started becoming the ‘U’ after Coach Schnellenberger got there,” Dorsett said. “It was just great to watch and it was a lot of new information for me. I didn’t know all about what they did in the 80s because in the late 90s and early 2000s is when I really started to find out more about them.”
 04-07-2010, 01:27 PM         #6464
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LB Bragg On the Rise
MIAMI, Fla. -- It was his chance to show what he was made of.

Orlando University School linebacker/defensive back Brandon Bragg got to show his skills.

He got a chance to show that his great stats in 2009 were no fluke, that despite the fact that his team went 2-8 that he is a player that could bring it every down in every game.

Bragg competed in both Nike events last weekend, first having an excellent performance in the Nike Combine when he recorded the second best Sparq rating with 113.07. The 6-1 ½ 182-pounder is a projected safety on the next level, but as a junior at University he was a starting linebacker.

He had very impressive numbers with 103 tackles, 2 interceptions, 6 forced fumbles, 7 fumble recoveries and 2 sacks.

How does he manage this while playing on a team that hasn’t been all that successful?

“You know working hard every day, coming to practice every day, speed workouts, trying to get better day-by-day,” Bragg said.

At the Nike Combine he ran a 4.67 in the 40, 4.18 in the shuttle, had a good power ball throw of 35-feet, 5-inches and had a remarkable vertical leap of 40.7.

Surely, the fact his team was 2-8 has affected his recruitment, but that’s not stopping him from continue to work hard to get better and show that he belongs with the elite.

Bragg has received little interest from any schools, but he’s hoping his performance at the combine and camp will make a difference.

“I get to come out and show my talent, show all the work I’ve been putting in, it has to come out,” Bragg said.

He mentioned schools he had interest in, but naturally not having any interest from any schools yet, he’d be open to anyone. He specifically mentioned interest in Miami.

“I am interested in UCF, Miami, West Virginia, Virginia Tech. Not a Gators fan. Yeah, I like Miami a lot,” Bragg said.

The next step for Bragg is for his high school team to turn it around and get on the winning track which will start in the Spring.

“Coming together, everybody needs to work hard, not just certain people on the team. We all put in the work day after day after day, we’ll be good,” Bragg said. “Yes, I am really excited about spring football, being in the weight room, doing speed drills every, get to show it on the field every day.”
 04-07-2010, 01:28 PM         #6465
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Gorman: UM Felt Like Home
Jabari Gorman.

MIAMI, Fla. -- Monsignor Pace’s Jabari Gorman is one of the most well-rounded recruits in South Florida.

He’s a supreme defensive back with athleticism and aggressiveness, who gets it done in the classroom with a 3.8 GPA. His teammates look up to him and his coaches praise how coachable he is.

Gorman is in the mold of what head coach Randy Shannon is looking for at the University of Miami.

And after an unofficial visit to UM last weekend, Gorman felt even stronger about UM.

“It felt like home. It really felt like home,” Gorman said. “All of the coaches and players really showed me love and that’s really something I’ve been looking for in every school. I talked to coach (Wesley) McGriff and coach Randy Shannon and they just tell me good things about me about how they want me to be a part of the family.”

Gorman (5-11, 170), who holds 23 offers, had the opportunity to talk with Shannon during his trip and the fourth-year coach at UM gave Gorman advice he plans on taking with him throughout life.

“He was just telling me that when he saw the film and saw a couple games, he’s very happy about me just being interested in the school,” Gorman said. “He just talked about being hungry and being humble. That’s one thing that I’m going to take for life.”

In addition to meeting with coach Shannon, Gorman also met with McGriff, who coaches the defensive backs.

“He said he likes that I’m a ballhawk and that I’m an athlete,” Gorman said.. That’s one thing UM requires is to be a top athlete on the field. That’s one thing I have. Plus, my grades are good. I’m very athletic and I have the brains to go with it. That’s one thing that UM always preaches about each and every day. I had fun there, it was a great time.”

He has been to UM before, but his recent trip was different.

“I’ve been there before, but it wasn’t the same,” he said. “I was able to actually feel like one of the students at UM where I could walk around anywhere without anyone telling me anything. It was like where I live at already.”

There were a pair of things that caught Gorman’s eye and made him think about the future if he were to be a Hurricane.

“When I saw the weight room my eyes rolled back into my head because if you see my weight room compared to that, I know that a weight room like that I would get everything I need to get done,” Gorman said. “I know that you have to be strong to play on the next level. And just walking through the halls you see all of the past players—the Reed’s. the Hester’s—and when I walk through that hallway, I thought if I come here I want to be on that wall. That’s my mindset, that’s my goal.”

Because he had a good visit to UM, a school he grew up watching, Gorman admitted that giving a verbal commitment was something that crossed his mind, but he held back and wanted to make sure he saw other options.

“Coach McGriff and Coach Shannon told me that people, like me for example, who have a lot of offers early kind of get side-tracked and you still have to compete and show up,” Gorman said. “That was one thing they told me and not to worry about (recruiting) and just go out there and play, everything else will take care of itself.”

Former teammate Stephen Morris, a freshman quarterback at UM, and fellow Monsignor Pace standout DeMarcus Van Dyke****, a senior cornerback at UM, have talked to Gorman about what it’s like to be at UM.

“Morris and DeMarcus came up to me and let me know how it really is,” Gorman said. “They didn’t sugarcoat anything. They told me the truth. They said that it is good to be at UM, they will make sure all of your work is done, all of your school is done, and you have to do it on the field. That’s one thing I want to do, I want to get better. I’m the humble person, I want to do everything right. I chase perfection.”

Senior Year

Heading into his senior season, Gorman is focused on two personal goals that he would like to work on before he enters the college ranks.

“My goal is to be leader,” Gorman said. “I have to be a leader on and off the field. Even if someone is cutting up in class, I’m going to get them. I’m not the coach, but I have to be the leader and that’s what a leader is, like another coach. I also want to get my stats right for this year, My goal for offense is to get over 1,000 yards and I want to try to get two picks a game or some big hits, something because I want people to think I’m ready for the next level.”

As a junior, he accounted for over 400 yards and four touchdowns on offense. He had big role on the team playing safety recording two interceptions and being a leader by example.

“Last year I was a leader, but I was more of a leader on the field, I wasn’t very vocal,” Gorman said. “That’s the one thing, I’ve always been a quiet good boy all of my life because my mom always told me that you don’t have to talk about how good you are, just show it. But to be a leader, you have to be vocal and that’s something I wasn’t doing. Now I’m learning, I’m not there yet, but I’m learning. Morris would tell me every week to make sure the defense was there and that they don’t have to be the best player, but to make sure their effort was there, effort counts more than anything.”

Monsignor Pace will have a different look this season with a number of players headed off to college including Morris, Isaiah Williams (Purdue), Isaac Dixon (Oregon), De’Andre (Iowa), Jon Ragoo (Minnesota), and Zachary Soto (UCF).

Gorman is the top player returning and will look to lead a new group of up and coming players.

“It’s a challenge (to be a leader), but my teammates look up to me,” Gorman said. “I’m like the big brother of the team. Coach Slaughter tells them to look at Jabari Gorman, you think he just comes on the field and that just happens and I just tell colleges to offer him. No, I’m working hard every day in class and practice and when they see me working hard, that makes them work hard. We are developing right now, people might doubt us, but I like our chances.”

LSU, Ohio State, North Carolina, Alabama, Mississippi, Tennese, Minn, Mary, UCF, USF, Purdue, Louisville, and Boston College are amongst the other schools that have extended offers to Gorman.

He said he would like to study either business or forensic science in college and academics have always been important to him.

“With my family education comes first always,” Gorman said. “My mindset is that if my GPA is this high and I know I’m not the best test-taker in the world so let me make sure I get my grades right so I wont have to have that much stress on me about taking the test or taking it more than once. So I just make sure I do good in class, not talk very much, and listen to the teachers—all of my teachers love me.”

Off-Season Camps, Combines, and Workouts

Gorman has been busy in the off-season, which is something you like to see as he’s a player that wants to continue to improve.

He attended the Miami Nike Combine in March and ran a 4.67 laser-timed 40, which is an improvement from last year as he wanted to prove to college coaches he could excel.

He also participated in the Miami Nike Camp at UM and was one of the top cornerbacks at the event competing against plenty of top-level competition.

And he’s busy playing for the South Florida Express, an all-star 7-on-7 team with some of the top players in the area.

“Playing for the Express builds confidence because you are going against some of the best athletes in South Florida and as long as I’ve been living here, the best athletes come from South Florida,” Gorman said. “That’s something I take into consideration in saying that ‘Yes, you’re good, but what are you going to do to be better than the other players’. I put that first and everything else comes to me. It’s a good experience. Pretty much all of the top players that I see on the internet I see every day, I see them in person and they don’t seem like the top athletes because we’re cool, we’re friends, we’re together. We are teammates and I don’t look at them as a top athlete, I look at them as another person competing for a job.”

He picked out two receivers, who have stood out to him while playing for the Express.

“The best was Tacoi Sumler and Eli Rogers, they were my main people I went up against,” Gorman said. “I talk a lot of smack to them, but they still bring it. Those two stood out a lot.”

Gorman is on the right track in continuing to be successful and UM coaches are hoping he will continue his success in Coral Gables.

Time will tell if Gorman will be a Hurricane.
 04-07-2010, 01:28 PM         #6466
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DL Grimble: UM is Selling Hard
Jalen Grimble

Defensive lineman Jalen Grimble from Bishop Gorman High in Las Vegas, Nevada, had a pretty productive junior year with 62 tackles, 8 sacks, and 3 fumble recoveries.

Grimble (6-4, 252) discussed his style of play which helped lead him to currently being one of the most in demand prospects out West.

“As far as my play, I kind of go with the flow of the game and I let the game come to me,” Grimble said. “I don’t try to make a play if it’s not there, I just make plays as they come. I would say that what I need to work on the most is making that second effort. If I don’t make the tackle, instead of getting up, I’ll get mad at myself. Sometimes I’ll be frustrated instead of chasing him down.”

Grimble is up to twenty offers in total so he talked about some of the latest ones as well as the date he has selected for when he will make his decision.

“I’m at exactly twenty offers and the newest are Illinois, Arizona State, and Alabama,” Grimble said. “This weekend, I visited USC and UCLA but those schools are the first I’ve been to in awhile. I’m going to Nebraska pretty soon too, I don’t know exactly when though. I have set the date of August 10th for me to commit and that’s my birthday.”

Grimble has long held a Miami offer and he mentioned that he has had plenty of recent contact with a couple Cane coaches.

“Yes sir, I’ve been talking to Coach Gonnella ever since they offered and I talk to Coach Petri when I can,” Grimble said. “They sell as hard as they can, just like every other school out there. They want me to get down there and see the facilities. They want to be able to back up their words so they want me to come see what everything is about.”

Grimble isn’t sure if he will be able to make it to Miami, not so much because of the obvious distance, but because of how busy his schedule is.

“I don’t want to say it’s not a possibility that I could visit them because I’m not sure yet,” Grimble said. “The hard part is finding the time in my schedule because not only do I have spring football coming up, but I’m also doing summer school. I don’t know how hard it will be to squeeze things in.”

Grimble enjoyed the documentary ‘The U’ so much that he has watched it multiple times since he originally decided to record it.

“Yea I have recorded it off my DVR and I’ve watched it many a time so I have to say it is incredible,” Grimble said. “My favorite part is seeing all the history and the tradition. A lot of schools are up and coming and they are good now. Miami is a school that was doing it before them back in the day.”

When it comes to Grimble’s priorities, he explained why academics will play the biggest role in deciding where his recruitment takes him.

“I have to say that my number one thing is academics because it’s everybody’s dream to make it to the NFL,” Grimble said. “That’s a great thing but football can only last so long. I don’t want to ever wish bad on myself but if an injury came up, I want to be able to have a plan to fall back on. Then I wouldn’t have to worry because I went to school and got my degree. I would have a career to follow after football.”

Grimble also added that playing as a true freshman is not a necessity because he knows he would still have four more years to play if he was to redshirt.
 04-07-2010, 01:29 PM         #6467
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LB Gause: UM A Dream Fit
Quentin Gause

Rochester Bishop Kearney High School linebacker Quentin Gause couldn’t make it down to Miami for the UM spring game, but he does plan on participating in the Miami summer camp in June.

Gause (6-0, 210) hopes that participating in the summer camp will be a good opportunity to impress the UM coaches in person.

“I definitely plan on going down to their summer camp and show them the type of player and the type of work ethic I have,” Gause said.

Gause says he would like to work out for the coaches in person at the summer camp because he could show the type of player he is.

“A lot of coaches don’t get to see that side of players because all they can see is their highlights on the internet, but I want to go down to Miami and show them how I am in person,” Gause said. “My work ethic is what puts me over the top of some athletes because I like working my tail off. My work ethic pushes me to new levels.”

The Miami coach Gauase says he talks regularly with is defensive coordinator John Lovett.

“Coach Lovett is a good guy,” Gause said. “He is just straight up real when he talks to you and I like that a lot. I like how honest he is.”

Though the Hurricanes have not extended an offer at this point, Gause says he is very interested in Miami.

“Miami is definitely on my top list,” Gause said. “I went to their camps in the 8th grade and I have family down there, so it would be a dream fit. I know Miami has offered other linebackers, but I am going to keep pushing myself. God has blessed me for a reason, so he has a plan for me and I am not too worried. We will see what happens.”

Gause currently has offers from Louisville, Akron, Duke, Syracuse, and Rutgers. He hopes to gain more interest from colleges in the coming weeks. Gause says he plans to take unofficial visits to Rutgers and Syracuse some time this spring.

“I know in April the coaches can call you, so it should pick up soon for me,” Gause said.

Gause recently participated in a 7-on-7 tournament in Michigan and he said taking part in that tournament helped him get better defending the pass.

“Playing in that 7-on-7 tournament got me better with the little things in defending the passing game like jamming receivers and watching routes develop and watching their hips to see where they wanted to go. It just got me better in that particular area of my game.”

As a junior Gause finished with 118 tackles and three sacks on defense while rushing for 800 yards as a running back as well.
 04-07-2010, 01:29 PM         #6468
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2011 Prospect: South Fort Myers CB


Read on to get to know South Fort Myers (Fla) standout cornerback prospect Dallas Crawford.
Player: CB Dallas Crawford
School: South Fort Myers (Fort Myers, FL)

Measurables: 5-9/180

Grades: 3.47 core/21 ACT

Junior Stats: 2,629 passing yards and 28 touchdowns, 8 rushing touchdowns; 10 interceptions on defense, 4 returned for touchdowns and 43 tackles

Top 5 college choices: Miami, Wake Forest, Michigan, Iowa, and North Carolina

Childhood favorite: Miami

Scholarship offers: Miami, Wake Forest, Ole Miss, USF, Purdue, Tennessee, Michigan, Iowa, and North Carolina

2 most important factors: Academics and Atmosphere

The Skinny: There may not have been a bigger playmaker anywhere in Southwest Florida last season than Crawford. Offensively, he was accurate with the ball and threw and ran for a whole lot of yards and touchdowns. Defensively, he played mostly safety and had 10 picks – one of the best numbers in the entire state. He has excellent instincts and ball skills on that side of the ball. He projects as a cornerback at the college level. At 5-9, he lacks good size but he runs really well, he has great ball skills, and he’s been very productive at this level. Those are just some of the reasons why he’s emerged as one of the state’s most heavily recruited cornerback prospects already.
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Deeangoe 2 heat pts
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lmao dchis only pops up when theres news...props my dude
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Lmao dude got 105 posts and 99% of them prolly canes updates:lachen001:

i aint complaining tho props:cool-smiley-009:
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i appreciate the updates
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same here thread was dry for a lil bit
 04-07-2010, 07:34 PM         #6473
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Florida DE has many options

Anthony Rabasa has become one of the most heavily recruited defensive end prospects in all of Florida and Scout caught up with the Miami (Columbus) standout to discuss the latest.
Anthony Rabasa had an outstanding junior season that caught a lot of people's attention.
"I ended last season with 85 tackles, three fumble recoveries, and 13 sacks," Rabasa said. "It was a pretty good year. Since then, I've been working out hard and taking some college visits."

So far, the standout defensive end has taken unofficial visits to Miami and Florida State.

"At FSU, I like Jimbo (Fisher) being his own coach and getting away from what Bobby Bowden did," he said. "Everyone is following him. FSU has good coaches. Miami, it was good, I talked to a lot of coaches and it was a fun trip. I like them a lot."

With scholarship offers from both programs along with schools like LSU, Maryland, Rutgers, Wake Forest, Duke, Texas Tech, N.C. State, and Minnesota, Rabasa said he remains wide open with the recruiting process.

"I am open to all the schools seeing what other offers I can get," he said. "I didn't really have a favorite team growing up and I don't have one now. They're all even."

One team Rabasa (6-3/220) did follow is Miami since they're so close to his home. He talked more about the Canes.

"I like how the team has been building up the past couple years and this year they should be solid," he said.

So what's he going to be looking for in a school when it comes time to make that decision?

"I want to make sure the coaches are there for meand the head coach doesn’t leave," he said. "Also, where do I stand in the depth chart? I don’t wanna be stuck at the bottom, I wanna be able to compete my freshman year."
 04-07-2010, 07:35 PM         #6474
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LB Hankins: UM is a Solid Number One

Rob Hankins.


Linebacker Rob Hankins from Parish Episcopal School in Dallas, Texas, received his first scholarship offer in December, which happened to be from Miami.

Since the Canes came in first for Hankins (6-1, 214), he figured he would return the favor by taking an unofficial visit to check out the spring game last weekend.

“I was there the weekend of the spring game, I flew in Friday night and stayed through Sunday afternoon,” Hankins said. “Miami has had such a rich tradition and history and they put a lot of time and effort into recruiting me. I think they are one of the best opportunities I have so the least I can do is go there to check it out.”

Hankins noted that although he made the trip alone, his father used to live on South Beach and will accompany him on his official visit to Miami later on.

Hankins was all over the field as a junior making 136 tackles, 12 sacks, 1 interception, and forcing 3 fumbles.

From watching the spring game, Hankins could see himself fitting in at Miami who he believes is extremely close to becoming a national power again.

“Well I’ve visited a couple other team’s practices and spring games but it’s clear to me that Miami is about to blow up into a national power again,” Hankins said. “That was very clear from watching the spring game. A lot of the linebackers have potential and people are expecting them to play at the next level. Playing in the NFL is hopefully something I can do one day and they’re all one big family under Coach Barrow. That’s something I can see myself doing in the next year or two when I finish high school.”

Hankins went into a little more detail about what he got to do and who he got to meet during the time he spent in Miami.

“I got to tour the campus, I spent time with the players, I met some students, and I talked to the coaches,” Hankins said. “I really got a feel for the place and Miami is my solid number one school. It’s a real family down there and that’s what I’ve been looking for. I’ve had a lot of success at the high school level because of the family atmosphere and I’m going to need that in college.”

Hankins got to meet a bunch of the different members of the Miami coaching staff and he added that they are definitely recruiting him hard.

“I got to talk to Coach Barrow, Coach Shannon, Coach McGriff, and their recruiting coordinator (Coach Hill) but his name slips my mind every time,” Hankins said. “They’ve been recruiting me hard and I’ve been getting a lot of personal mail from them. They’ve been on the phone non-stop with my head coach and I’ve been calling them a lot too just trying to get a feel for them.”

Hankins has over twenty offers in total and he mentioned some other schools he has a lot of interest in besides Miami who is his top choice right now.

“I have a top three and Miami is without a doubt number one, then Cal and Arizona,” Hankins said. “I’m trying to figure out a top five but I’m still working on who the other schools might be. Besides Miami, I’ve visited Cal and Arizona which is probably why they are in my top five. I’ve also been to SMU but that’s right in my backyard and TCU too. Every summer, my team takes a trip to Colorado so I’ve been up there a few times.”

Hankins finished by saying that he would like to wait until signing day to decide but he doesn’t want to pass up a great opportunity if one were to arise before that point in time.

“I want to wait until signing day to make a decision because I really want to be able to evaluate all my opportunities and make sure it’s right before I totally commit,” Hankins said. “If a situation comes up where I have to commit sooner and it’s my dream school that I might lose the opportunity to go to, then I’ll commit. I’d like to wait though.”
 04-07-2010, 09:57 PM         #6475
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CORAL GABLES _Latwan Anderson, the Hurricanes’ top 2010 football recruit, is only sure about one thing next season.
He will be in the mix for playing time at punt or kick returner.
Other than that, the position he plays is up in the air. Anderson said Wednesday he could line up at safety, cornerback or even wide receiver. He played mostly safety at Glenville Academic High in Cleveland, where he was ranked the nation’s No. 15 player by Rivals.com.
Many analysts project the 5-11, 185-pounder to eventually move to cornerback, but Anderson is fairly new to the position. He said he only played cornerback in certain situations.
“A lot of people are saying I’ll be moved to cornerback, but I’ve never really played corner,” Anderson said. “Whenever I was put in position to play corner, it was because they were just using me there. I’ve never been taught to play corner.”
Anderson, who also played some running back and quarterback in Wildcat situations, is expected to arrive on campus in early June. He accepted a track scholarship because the Hurricanes were full by the time he switched his commitment from West Virginia to UM last month.
Check Saturday’s Sun Sentinel for a more in-depth look at the prize of the 2010 class. I’ll say this: The kid doesn’t lack confidence.
A few thoughts:
–UM coach Randy Shannon appears in the late stages of finalizing a contract extension. His agent, Neil Conrich, is in town this week.
Word is, receiver Thearon Collier’s absence from the Spring Game was suspension-related and not due to injury.
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Gorman: UM Felt Like Home
Jabari Gorman.

MIAMI, Fla. -- Monsignor Pace’s Jabari Gorman is one of the most well-rounded recruits in South Florida.

He’s a supreme defensive back with athleticism and aggressiveness, who gets it done in the classroom with a 3.8 GPA. His teammates look up to him and his coaches praise how coachable he is.

Gorman is in the mold of what head coach Randy Shannon is looking for at the University of Miami.

And after an unofficial visit to UM last weekend, Gorman felt even stronger about UM.

“It felt like home. It really felt like home,” Gorman said. “All of the coaches and players really showed me love and that’s really something I’ve been looking for in every school. I talked to coach (Wesley) McGriff and coach Randy Shannon and they just tell me good things about me about how they want me to be a part of the family.”

Gorman (5-11, 170), who holds 23 offers, had the opportunity to talk with Shannon during his trip and the fourth-year coach at UM gave Gorman advice he plans on taking with him throughout life.

“He was just telling me that when he saw the film and saw a couple games, he’s very happy about me just being interested in the school,” Gorman said. “He just talked about being hungry and being humble. That’s one thing that I’m going to take for life.”

In addition to meeting with coach Shannon, Gorman also met with McGriff, who coaches the defensive backs.

“He said he likes that I’m a ballhawk and that I’m an athlete,” Gorman said.. That’s one thing UM requires is to be a top athlete on the field. That’s one thing I have. Plus, my grades are good. I’m very athletic and I have the brains to go with it. That’s one thing that UM always preaches about each and every day. I had fun there, it was a great time.”

He has been to UM before, but his recent trip was different.

“I’ve been there before, but it wasn’t the same,” he said. “I was able to actually feel like one of the students at UM where I could walk around anywhere without anyone telling me anything. It was like where I live at already.”

There were a pair of things that caught Gorman’s eye and made him think about the future if he were to be a Hurricane.

“When I saw the weight room my eyes rolled back into my head because if you see my weight room compared to that, I know that a weight room like that I would get everything I need to get done,” Gorman said. “I know that you have to be strong to play on the next level. And just walking through the halls you see all of the past players—the Reed’s. the Hester’s—and when I walk through that hallway, I thought if I come here I want to be on that wall. That’s my mindset, that’s my goal.”

Because he had a good visit to UM, a school he grew up watching, Gorman admitted that giving a verbal commitment was something that crossed his mind, but he held back and wanted to make sure he saw other options.

“Coach McGriff and Coach Shannon told me that people, like me for example, who have a lot of offers early kind of get side-tracked and you still have to compete and show up,” Gorman said. “That was one thing they told me and not to worry about (recruiting) and just go out there and play, everything else will take care of itself.”

Former teammate Stephen Morris, a freshman quarterback at UM, and fellow Monsignor Pace standout DeMarcus Van Dyke****, a senior cornerback at UM, have talked to Gorman about what it’s like to be at UM.

“Morris and DeMarcus came up to me and let me know how it really is,” Gorman said. “They didn’t sugarcoat anything. They told me the truth. They said that it is good to be at UM, they will make sure all of your work is done, all of your school is done, and you have to do it on the field. That’s one thing I want to do, I want to get better. I’m the humble person, I want to do everything right. I chase perfection.”

Senior Year

Heading into his senior season, Gorman is focused on two personal goals that he would like to work on before he enters the college ranks.

“My goal is to be leader,” Gorman said. “I have to be a leader on and off the field. Even if someone is cutting up in class, I’m going to get them. I’m not the coach, but I have to be the leader and that’s what a leader is, like another coach. I also want to get my stats right for this year, My goal for offense is to get over 1,000 yards and I want to try to get two picks a game or some big hits, something because I want people to think I’m ready for the next level.”

As a junior, he accounted for over 400 yards and four touchdowns on offense. He had big role on the team playing safety recording two interceptions and being a leader by example.

“Last year I was a leader, but I was more of a leader on the field, I wasn’t very vocal,” Gorman said. “That’s the one thing, I’ve always been a quiet good boy all of my life because my mom always told me that you don’t have to talk about how good you are, just show it. But to be a leader, you have to be vocal and that’s something I wasn’t doing. Now I’m learning, I’m not there yet, but I’m learning. Morris would tell me every week to make sure the defense was there and that they don’t have to be the best player, but to make sure their effort was there, effort counts more than anything.”

Monsignor Pace will have a different look this season with a number of players headed off to college including Morris, Isaiah Williams (Purdue), Isaac Dixon (Oregon), De’Andre (Iowa), Jon Ragoo (Minnesota), and Zachary Soto (UCF).

Gorman is the top player returning and will look to lead a new group of up and coming players.

“It’s a challenge (to be a leader), but my teammates look up to me,” Gorman said. “I’m like the big brother of the team. Coach Slaughter tells them to look at Jabari Gorman, you think he just comes on the field and that just happens and I just tell colleges to offer him. No, I’m working hard every day in class and practice and when they see me working hard, that makes them work hard. We are developing right now, people might doubt us, but I like our chances.”

LSU, Ohio State, North Carolina, Alabama, Mississippi, Tennese, Minn, Mary, UCF, USF, Purdue, Louisville, and Boston College are amongst the other schools that have extended offers to Gorman.

He said he would like to study either business or forensic science in college and academics have always been important to him.

“With my family education comes first always,” Gorman said. “My mindset is that if my GPA is this high and I know I’m not the best test-taker in the world so let me make sure I get my grades right so I wont have to have that much stress on me about taking the test or taking it more than once. So I just make sure I do good in class, not talk very much, and listen to the teachers—all of my teachers love me.”

Off-Season Camps, Combines, and Workouts

Gorman has been busy in the off-season, which is something you like to see as he’s a player that wants to continue to improve.

He attended the Miami Nike Combine in March and ran a 4.67 laser-timed 40, which is an improvement from last year as he wanted to prove to college coaches he could excel.

He also participated in the Miami Nike Camp at UM and was one of the top cornerbacks at the event competing against plenty of top-level competition.

And he’s busy playing for the South Florida Express, an all-star 7-on-7 team with some of the top players in the area.

“Playing for the Express builds confidence because you are going against some of the best athletes in South Florida and as long as I’ve been living here, the best athletes come from South Florida,” Gorman said. “That’s something I take into consideration in saying that ‘Yes, you’re good, but what are you going to do to be better than the other players’. I put that first and everything else comes to me. It’s a good experience. Pretty much all of the top players that I see on the internet I see every day, I see them in person and they don’t seem like the top athletes because we’re cool, we’re friends, we’re together. We are teammates and I don’t look at them as a top athlete, I look at them as another person competing for a job.”

He picked out two receivers, who have stood out to him while playing for the Express.

“The best was Tacoi Sumler and Eli Rogers, they were my main people I went up against,” Gorman said. “I talk a lot of smack to them, but they still bring it. Those two stood out a lot.”

Gorman is on the right track in continuing to be successful and UM coaches are hoping he will continue his success in Coral Gables.

Time will tell if Gorman will be a Hurricane.
props man this the n*gga I want in the class
 04-08-2010, 02:08 PM         #6477
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Under Armour All-American Christian LeMay names three favorites
Top quarterback Christian LeMay (Matthews, N.C./Butler) updated ESPN affiliate Web site AuburnUndercover.com on the current status of his recruitment.

"I have Clemson as one of my top five," the ESPNU 150 Watch List prospect said. "Georgia moved themselves into it. Auburn seems like the third to be in it."

LeMay continued, "We are going to cut it down to five this summer, or maybe seven max. After that, we are going to cut down to three. After the three, we are going to give a leader before football season. If everything stays the same and I still feel comfortable about the school, that's where I will be attending college."

He previously named Florida, Alabama, Oklahoma, Miami-FL, Mississippi State, Florida State, Virginia Tech and North Carolina as schools of interest.

Notre Dame, Arizona State, Texas A&M, Tennessee, West Virginia, Wake Forest, Illinois, Maryland, N.C. State and Michigan are among his other offers.

LeMay completed 170 of 248 attempts (68.5-percent) for 3,296 yards, 44 touchdowns and just two interceptions as a junior.

He's posted a 4.64 40-yard dash, 4.41 20-yard shuttle and 31.6-inch vertical.
 04-08-2010, 02:09 PM         #6478
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UM is getting some competition from Texas for CB Josh Turner
Apr. 8, 2010

Cornerback Josh Turner from Millwood High in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, is without question the top junior in the Sooner State.

Turner has a multitude of scholarship offers, but he previously said that Miami was his number one choice.

Turner (5-11, 180) just picked up a huge offer from Texas that helped that them join the Miami at the top of his list.

“I have 29 offers now but the last one came in from Texas so that was big,” Turner said. “Miami, Texas, Oklahoma, and Nebraska, those are my top schools right there. Texas and Miami are about even for number one.”

Turner has visited Oklahoma and Oklahoma State and he will be visiting Nebraska soon for a camp. He had previously thought that he couldn’t get to Miami before an official visit but he now hopes to get down to Coral Gables for a camp at some point.

Not only did Turner recently get an offer from the Longhorns but it was a recent visit to Austin that has Texas in good standing with him.

“Their coaches are great and the atmosphere down there is cool,” Turner said. “I like the way they play and I was talking to some of the players on my visit. They were just going through their workouts and they just sounded cool about the way the coaches prepare them to play.”

Turner went on to mention that he had been talking a lot with Miami coaches via face book but he has not talked to them much on the phone due to his busy schedule.

“Yea I’ve been talking to some of their coaches on face book but I haven’t had a chance to contact them yet,” Turner said. “I haven’t really been talking to coaches from any schools. It was the defensive backs coach (Coach McGriff) and the linebackers coach (Coach Barrow). I just came straight out of basketball onto track and now we have three track meets back to back. They asked me when I’m going to get down there and they congratulated me on the state championship because we won state in basketball.”

One thing Turner does respect about Miami is the athletes they produce which he got a closer look at from seeing the documentary ‘The U.’

“They had the old players on there talking about how it was to play at Miami,” Turner said. “They said they could have won many more national championships but they got in brawls with Notre Dame. I didn’t know they had so many athletes. What helped them be number one and win those championships was the attitude they had. I knew they didn’t like Notre Dame but I didn’t know it was that serious like a rivalry. That was hardcore.”

Turner admitted that he grew up a Cane fan and he talked about when he really started watching what Miami was doing.

“I started to watch Miami in the late 90s and early 2000s when they were still good but they had fallen off a little bit,” Turner said. “Now they’re starting to rebuild themselves and I feel like they’re going to make a big turnaround in the next couple years.”

Turner had an impressive junior year where he recorded 83 tackles and 6 interceptions. He also got extensive action on offense at receiver where he had 33 catches for 648 yards and 6 touchdowns along with 30 carries for 308 yards and 4 touchdowns.
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Tampa (FL) Alonso High School DE Anthony Chickillo, whose father and grandfather played for the Canes, says he enjoyed his time at UM's spring game.

"My dad, he went to the alumni practice that Friday, and we went to the spring game," Chickillo said. "It was fun. He hung out with some of the former players.

"The spring game, when I walked in the stands all the fans were going nuts. They knew who I was. They were chanting out `Third generation!' and were saying all kinds of stuff. It was kind of overwhelming, and at the same time I enjoyed it."

Of what he thought of the game itself, Chickillo said, "I was watching the D-ends, how they played, and coach (Rick) Petri, seeing how he coached on the sideline. I was just watching the defense and the different things they were doing. They stayed in base most of the time, didn't blitz, but it was good.

"I talked to all the coaches. I talked to coach (Randy) Shannon - he's real excited. He always jokes around with me because he and my dad are real good friends. He always jokes around how he used to watch me run around in diapers. I also talked to coach Petri. He said he watched me on film, loves the way I play, that it's the way he teaches his guys, that I fit in well there."

Chickillo also got a chance to talk with quarterback Jacory Harris for a few minutes.

"He was just telling me that he loves Miami," Chickillo said. "He knew who I was, and he said it would be a good fit for me. He said I'd like it there."

Chickillo says he's keeping his recruitment wide open for now. And he has big plans for the spring and summer.

"I will visit as many schools as I can and will see how it goes from there," he said. "I have no schools set for sure, but think I'll go to the USC camp and some other schools like Ohio State, Notre Dame, Tennessee, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Virginia Tech and LSU."

Chickillo already lists 40 scholarship offers.

But that's not more than his father landed out of high school.

"My dad was a blue chip recruits, the No. 6 player out of Florida when he came out and No. 31 in the nation," Chickillo said. "He said he didn't get an offer from USC, but he got some I didn't get like Penn State."

Of where UM fits in, Chickillo said, "Miami is one of my favorite schools. They're definitely one of my favorites, no question about it."

Of when he'll make a decision, Chickillo said, "Whenever I feel right with the program. I'm graduating early, so I want to have my top five by the end of the summer."
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Stardom once seemed a certainty for defensive tackle Marcus Forston.

A Parade All-American who was ranked as one of the nation’s Top 10 high school players by Rivals.com following his senior season at Miami Northwestern, Forston barely missed a beat after taking a step up to the college level.


Injuries have stunted Marcus Forston's career.

In his first season at UM in 2008, Forston showed flashes of greatness while earning a spot on the Football Writers a.ssociation of America Freshman All-America first team.

But injuries limited Forston to three games in 2009 and caused him to redshirt. Knee surgery forced Forston to miss all of spring practice, allowing others like Micanor Regis and Curtis Porter to move ahead of him.

When fall practice begins in August, Forston will be on the third team, according to coach Randy Shannon.

It’s not personal, Shannon points out. Just business.

“He has to compete like anybody else,” Shannon said. “If he’s good enough, he’ll beat them out and if he’s not, we’re a better team.”

Regis and Porter had big spring practices and seem like locks to be part of the rotation at defensive tackle next season. Senior Josh Holmes, the elder statesman in the interior of UM’s defensive line, is a “mainstay”, according to Shannon.

That will leave Forston battling with Jeremy Lewis and Luther Robinson for the final two spots on travel roster.

“We’ll see what he does in August,” Shannon said of Forston. “We’re only going to travel five [defensive tackles].”

Shannon is obviously trying to put some pressure on Forston, a 6-foot-3, 310-pound redshirt sophomore with two career starts, and he isn’t the only one.

“His mom is unbelievable,” Shannon said. “She tells me, ‘Put him down [the depth chart]. Make him work.’”

Here are a few more notes with Shannon discussing the performance of the defense during spring practice:

…..Senior Kylan Robinson will begin fall practice as the starting middle linebacker and has squelched the possibility that Colin McCarthy will be moved from weakside linebacker to the middle. Shannon said that the best three linebackers will be on the field, which means that McCarthy could still shift inside if Jordan Futch and Ramon Buchanan, who missed spring practice while recovering from surgery, shine in the fall and Robinson falters. But Shannon made clear that it’s Robinson’s job to lose. “He was physical, chased the football, learned the defense and understood what the offense is trying to do to you,” Shannon said of Robinson, a converted running back. “It was a like a brand new person. We put a lot of pressure on him, telling him, ‘Hey, this is it. We need you to step up. If not, we’re going to put somebody in front of you.’ We put Shayon [Green] in front of him [at the start of spring practice] and he didn’t get discouraged. He kept making plays and doing a lot of good things. When spring practice was all said and done, it was like, ‘Whoa, OK, I like this.’ He’s really stepped it up.”

….Shannon said that cornerback DeMarcus Van Dyke had “an unbelievable spring.” Finding the right buttons to push with Van Dyke, talented but erratic, is the key. “When you keep your thumb on him, keep pressure on him, Van Dyke is unbelievable,” Shannon said. “When you don’t, then Van Dyke is going to be up and down a little bit. It’s time. He’s a senior.”

….While fans are infatuated with Ray Ray Armstrong’s athletic ability, it’s Vaughn Telemaque who may be UM’s next great safety. According to Shannon, Telemaque “is going to be an Edward Reed.” While Armstrong will enter fall practice battling Jamal Reid for a starting job, Telemaque has no such worries. tough. “Vaughn Telemaque is going to be one of the great ones,” Shannon said. “He showed it this spring – the range, going after the football. Tackling – he ‘s not going to be one of these guys that takes your head off — but he gets you on the ground. He makes a lot of plays.”
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