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 07-12-2010, 12:22 AM         #6741
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UM Catches Interest of ATH Bray
Jul. 12, 2010

By: Nate Adelson

Athlete Quan Bray from Callaway High in Hogansville, Georgia, ESPNU’s number two ranked player at his position, is one of just thirteen select five star prospects.

Bray can play a bunch of different positions but most schools project him as a running back or a slot receiver. He was an option quarterback as a junior where he carried 79 times for 710 yards and 12 touchdowns.

As long as Bray (5-11, 180) has been on the radar for some schools, Miami is a school that has been rising up his list as of late.

“It was like last month, or maybe two months ago when they first offered me,” Bray said. “It was a big surprise because I really got a lot of interest in Miami. Yea, I’ve talked to their coaches but not really recently. They’re a team that I see building up, getting back to how they used to be. They got a couple guys coming in from Georgia (Storm Johnson and Tyrone Cornileus) so that’s cool too.”

Bray saw promise from Miami’s offense last season but he admitted that he doesn’t have any particular ties to the school.

“After I watched a couple of their games, I could tell that they were straight on offense,” Bray said. “They got athletes who make plays at wide receiver and running back. I don’t have a connection to Miami or nothing like that, it was just seeing them on TV.”

Out of between thirty and forty offers all together, Miami is one of a select few schools that Bray holds in high regard.

“Yea I’m looking at a smaller number of schools, not everyone who offered me,” Bray said. “I got the most interest in Miami, LSU, Georgia, and Clemson.”

Bray said that he isn’t close to a decision at all and that it is likely to come on signing day after exhausting all five official visits.

“I’m not even close (to a decision), it’s probably not going to happen until signing day,” Bray said. “I’m taking all five officials and I know I’m coming down to Miami no doubt. I’m trying to get down there this summer so maybe I can see Miami before that.”

Bray is not overly concerned about staying close to home but being able to play early in his career is one of his top concerns.

“I want to play right away but distance really doesn’t matter in my mind,” Bray said. “Location isn’t going to keep me from picking a school that I do like. Also I like spread offense more than pro-style.”
 07-12-2010, 12:23 AM         #6742
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TE has offer, likes Miami's tradition


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Brandon Fulse has over 20 scholarship offers and Miami is one of them, he says. The standout tight end prospect recently cut his list down to 15 and Miami is on it. Read on to see what he's saying about the Canes, the recruiting process, and more.

Brandon Fulse had an excellent junior season that helped put his name on the recruiting map. At 6-foot-4 and 240 pounds, Fulse has caught the attention of college coaches from all over. He talked about the latest, starting with Fort Meade's spring game performance.
"It went good, we won 17-0," Fulse said. "We got better and learned a lot. I'm so excited for this coming season."

On the recruiting front, Fulse has over 20 offers but says he's cut his list down to 15.

"I have it narrowed down to the top 15, and I am still working on the top 10," he said. "I know Miami, Florida State, Florida, and South Florida are on there. I like all those schools a lot but I don't have one that stands out over the rest."

Fulse talked more about his interest in the Canes.

"I like Miami a lot," he said. "I always have. I like the traditional tight ends they produce -- Jeremy Shockey and Kellen Winslow and people like that. Tight end is what I wanna play in college and Miami's always had good ones. The tradition and the family they have is great, too. The players are always coming back and stopping in. I like that. Plus, Miami was my favorite school growing up."

So what's the standout tight end prospect looking for in a school?

"How I get along with the coaches, the campus and playing time," he said. "I plan on taking some more visits and going to camps this summer to keep learning more about the different schools I'm still considering."
 07-12-2010, 01:50 PM         #6743
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Peat's Eight


Schools have been drooling over 6-3 295 pound defensive tackle Todd Peat since his sophomore year. Peat racked up 15 official offers along the way and today the four-star player from Tempe (Az.) Corona del Sol has officially narrowed his list to eight. Scout.com brings you the details first.

Here is Peat's list in alphabetical order and his reasoning for each:

Alabama: "They are the defending national champs. They have a strong program that dominates in the SEC and that speaks for itself. I like that Coach Saban is a defensive minded coach."

Arizona: "Stoops is defensive minded and I like that. He has that program going in a positive direction and it is close to home."

Arizona State: "I have built a great relationship with Coach Erickson and his staff, plus they are the hometown school."

Miami: "There is so much tradition at the University of Miami, they have produced so many big name guys in the NFL. Plus, their old defensive line coach is back and he has coached great players like Warren Sapp."

Nebraska: "They also have great tradition. Their defsnive line coach has coached some great players and I think he could get the most out of my potential. It is a great program with a great atmosphere."

Oregon State: "I have built a good relationship with Coach Riley and Coach Cavanaugh. This program has so much stability and has a great reputation for developing players. They are good year in and out."

Stanford: "This school has such a great academic bacground and they are a program on the rise. They have put together an impressive recruiting list already for 2011 plus they need a DT."

Wake Forest: "This is another school with great academics, they develop guys and put players in the league. They are also a program on the rise."

Peat says he will narrow his list of eight down to five in September and he plans on taking official visits to those five programs.
 07-13-2010, 01:24 AM         #6744
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Watkins Wants To Visit UM
Jul. 13, 2010

By: David Lake

South Fort Myers wide receiver Sammy Watkins has been working hard this summer to get ready for his senior year.

And the results of that hard work could be scary for Watkins’ opponents this season.

Watkins says he has been doing a lot of running this summer and in the process he has shed about 10 pounds and gained more speed.

Watkins, who caught 46 passes for 1,192 yards and 14 touchdowns last year, could be even more explosive in 2010.

“I have been training hard this summer by doing a lot of running and working on my endurance,” Watkins said. “I have actually lost a little bit of weight and I feel a lot faster right now. I am down to 185 pounds and I feel good there. I also have been working to improve my route running and my blocking skills.”

Watkins says he has interest in a lot of schools at this point including, Miami, Clemson, South Carolina, Florida, Georgia, and Michigan.

In June, Watkins made an unofficial visit to Clemson.

“I liked it up there because it is real laid back up there. I liked that,” Watkins said.

Later this month, Watkins will make another trip to South Carolina to visit the University of South Carolina.

“I have a trip set for South Carolina on July 22nd,” Watkins said. “I am interested in South Carolina, but I don’t know too much about them and that is why I want to go up there and see what its like.”

Watkins has yet to see the University of Miami campus. Watkins says he would like to visit UM before the summer is over.

“I didn’t make it over there because I was at Clemson, but Dallas went and he liked it a lot when he was there,” Watkins said. “He just told me how things are and that it is a really nice campus and stuff like that. I want to visit Miami before the summer is over. I don’t have a date set as to when I will visit Miami though.”

Watkins says he is “very interested” in Miami, but he hasn’t been able to get in touch with the UM coaches lately because he has had a busy schedule.

“I have been busy lately and I have been meaning to call Miami, but I haven’t gotten around to it,” Watkins said. “I am still very interested in Miami and like coach Hill so hopefully I can get around to calling him sometime soon. I will get in touch with them soon.”

Miami quarterback commit Teddy Bridgewater has talked to Watkins through text messages and Watkins says he is impressed by the type of player Bridgewater is.

“I got a text from the quarterback commit and he was just telling me that I should really look at Miami and we could do big things together if I was to go there,” Watkins said. “It was nice hearing from him. I looked up his highlights on the internet and he is a real good player.”

Watkins says coming in with a good quarterback is an important factor in his recruitment and he respects Bridgewater’s abilities.

“Coming in with a good quarterback is big for me and he is definitely a good quarterback.”
 07-13-2010, 09:20 AM         #6745
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Lasco Working on a Final Decision
Not sure if we really need a RB in this class, but this kid Lasco seems pretty good not great. I can see him pulling a Kylan Robinson and switching positions to somewhere in the secondary. Safety would be a good fit for this kid. Not sure if he'll end up here though, could possibly pull a Rob Hankins and end up at a school like Texas A&M.

COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- RB Daniel Lasco was one of the top performers at the FOX Sports Southwest 7-on-7 State Championships. He has racked up a host of offers throughout the recruiting process and has narrowed his focus to four schools and in a perfect world his decision would have already been made. Check out this ScoutTV interview for his take on the latest news.
Profile: Daniel Lasco
High School: The Woodlands (Texas)
Class: 2011
Position: RB
Size: 6-0/190

Recruiting: Lasco is down to a final four of Texas A&M, TCU, Miami and Cal.
 07-13-2010, 09:21 AM         #6746
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DT: There's a lot to like about UM

Chris Mayes is one of the top rated defensive tackle prospects in the state of Georgia and the Spalding High standout has a lot of interest in Miami. Read on to see what he's saying about the Canes, the recruiting process, and more.

Chris Mayes is a massive defensive tackle prospect who caught a lot of people's attention this past spring. Since then, he's been working hard preparing for his senior season.
"I've just been working out hard and getting ready for the season," Mayes said. "I can't wait for this season to get here. I'm gonna be ready."

Mayes, 6-foot-5 and 295 pounds, has over a dozen scholarship offers and was asked for his latest list of favorites.

"The ones I like most right now are Miami, Georgia, Oklahoma State, Louisville, and Michigan State," he said, noting that all five have already offered him a scholarship.

Mayes, who says he actually grew up an LSU fan but hasn't gotten much interest from them, talked more about his interest in the Canes.

"I am excited about Miami," he said. "I heard a lot about their school and program and I like what I hear. I like their defense and Coach McGriff. He's real cool. I like the area as well. It seems like a great place."

While getting ready for his senior season, Mayes plans on taking in at least one camp coming up.

"I am supposed to go Friday to Georgia's Dawg Night," he said. "It should be a good experience for me."

The standout defensive tackle prospect knows what he'll be looking for in a school.

"I'm looking at the graduation rate and the amount of players at my position," he said. "I wanna be able to have a chance to compete for a spot."
 07-13-2010, 10:36 AM         #6747
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OL Talks Top Eight


July 13, 2010



Lakeland (FL) Lake Gibson High School OL Errin Joe has narrowed his list to eight schools - Miami, Florida, Florida State, Duke, Georgia Tech, Stanford, West Virginia and Missouri.

"They're all tremendous, good programs," said Joe, who says none of the eight are in front of the others right now. "They are up and coming, have great academics also. Some of them stick out for academics, and I go based on the good feeling I have when I go to those places."

Joe, who plans to pursue a degree in communications and journalism, says he hopes to have a top five (or fewer) by the middle of August.

"I'll try to go to the ones I haven't seen, but it it'll be hard to get to those far off places," Joe said. "I'll communicate with the coaches back and forth. And the ones close by I'll go and visit. That's how I'll approach it. I'm going to take my time, not rush."

Joe says he hasn't been in recent contact with Cane coaches, but that "I wouldn't mind taking a trip down there and will get in contact with coaches and try to make it happen."

So far this summer he's visited Georgia Tech and Missouri, and he plans to also visit Florida State.

"My thing is athletics is my vehicle to get my education," Joe said. "I'm using the scholarship to pay for my education, and at the same time I'll compete and go hard in football."
 07-13-2010, 10:41 PM         #6748
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Recruiting Blog: 7/13

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* QB commit Teddy Bridgewater had another successful week. Two weeks ago he led his all-star 7on7 team to a national championship and was voted the MVP afterwards. Last week Bridgewater led his high school team to the NIKE 7on7 national championship in Oregon. He was named the MVP for the 2nd straight year of the event. What does all this mean? None of it's being done in pads but Bridgewater is making all the throws, he's been very accurate, and he's shown tremendous leadership skills. The Scout recruiting team outside Florida has liked him enough over the past two weeks to make him a 5-star prospect on Scout. He's been recruiting hard for Miami lately, too, as a lot of recruits have indicated that TB has been selling the Canes hard to them. It's a big commitment for Miami and he'll be the headliner of what's shaping up to be a very good recruiting class so far. Bridgewater led his team to the 2nd round of the 6A playoffs last season and his main goal this season is to win it all.

* Perhaps the best news of the week comes from 5-star OL commitment Seantrel Henderson, who comes from the Class of 2010. Henderson, rated the No. 1 overall prospect on Scout last year, signed with USC but didn't qualify in time for their summer school session. He was released from his scholarship two weeks ago after making it very clear his desire NOT to attend USC. After he was released, he became a free agent again and soon after he committed to the Canes. Henderson became a qualifier this week and is set to report at UM on August 4th so he'll be there in time for the first day of practice on August 5th. It's the first time since the Class of 2000 that Miami's landed the nation's top overall prospect (DJ Williams).

* 4-star safety Wayne Lyons, a Broward County product, recently cut his list down to 14 schools. Miami is one of those schools. Don't expect the Canes to be a serious player for him down the stretch. The top two local DB prospects appear to be Jackson's Robinsen Therezie and Pace's Jabari Gorman -- two players with offers from Miami and two players who have the Canes at the top of their lists right now. California's Marquise Lee is also a major prospect at DB but he hasn't been down here yet so it's hard to tell how much interest he really has. He plans on making it down this fall on an official visit.

* 3-star DT prospect Chris Mayes listed Miami as one of his top college choices in an interview with us this week. At 6-5 and 290, Mayes grew up a basketball player but converted to football after he got into high school. He's long and athletic and has some major upside. He claims an offer from the Canes and says he'd like to get down here for a visit soon. Unfortunately, the Canes are likely facing an uphill battle. He plans on attending UGA's prospect camp this week and if they like him enough, they'll likely put on the full court press. He mentioned very early in the process that the SEC is his favorite conference and that's where he'd like to play. His top two choices early on (LSU and Tennessee) aren't actively recruiting him so if UGA decides to pass on him, Miami could be in real good shape if they want him. They'd be chasing a 2nd tier DT prospect from Georgia if that were to happen.

* 4-star TE Brandon Fulse is listed as a defensive end on Scout but his primary position in H.S. has been tight end and that's where he wants to play in college. Fulse says most schools, including Miami, are recruiting him as a tight end. He claims the Canes offered him back in the spring but other schools have been recruiting him a bit harder lately. He grew up a big Miami fan and has always told me that's where he'd like to play. Unfortunately for him, I dont think the Canes are ready to take a commitment from him. After signing 4 tight ends last year and being in the running for 5-star Nick O Leary, Miami's tight end recruiting will likely be light until O'Leary makes a decision. By that time, Fulse will likely be in the rear-view mirror. In other words, don't expect Fulse to be in this class.

* 3-star OL Max Lang told Scout yesterday that he plans on taking an unofficial visit to UM very soon. He says the Canes offered him in May. He plays OT in high school but at 6-4, he could project better as a guard in college. USF has been recruiting him the hardest and they're the front-runners right now. With a commitment from OG Marcus Jackson already and another OT being added to last year's class (Henderson), the chances of UM making a serious push for Lang are getting slimmer by the day it appears.

* 4-star RB Daniel Lasco grew up a Miami fan and took an unofficial visit to the campus last summer when his family was vacationing in the Keys. He claims the Canes sent him an offer in September and has been in touch with him ever since. If the Canes decide to take a running back in this year's class, Lasco is a legit option. He's not an elite recruit from the state of Texas, more like a 2nd tier kid, but he's a very athletic kid who loves the Canes. Miami will likely continue recruiting him but it's unclear whether or not they'll take his commitment in the near future. While guys like Savon Huggins and Mike Bellamy continue getting recruited, they're longshots for the Canes so Lasco is probably the most likely option if there was one at this point.
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safe to say seantrel made it pass clearinghouse and shalala

Randy Shannon ‎"Seantrel Henderson officially enrolled today. Will room with Latwan Anderson."
Shandel Richardson, Sun Sentinel :applause:
 07-14-2010, 11:04 PM         #6750
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2012 CB Eli Shumate
July 14, 2010

2012 cornerback Eli Shumate from Don Bosco Prep in Ramsey, New Jersey, is one of the fresh faces who will suit up this year for the defending national champions.

Shumate (6-1, 186) spent his freshman and sophomore years at Paterson Catholic, before he decided that it was time to make a move for his future.

“It’s a lot of hard work here at Bosco so I just want to step in and be a key part of their success this year,” Shumate said. “We’re looking to retain that national championship from last year. At my old school, we worked hard, but it’s another level over here. It’s done nothing but get me better and that’s what I love about it. The coaching staff has really embraced me and they want to help me get to the next level.”

Shumate made the most of his time last season before bolting for greener pastures. He played just six games due to an injury but he made 48 tackles and 2 interceptions, as well as 77 carries for 910 yards and 13 touchdowns at running back.

“My style is basically to go out there and play physical,” Shumate said. “I’m not a real c*cky person but when I’m on the field, I feel like I’m the best out there. I play with toughness and heart because that’s what I pride myself on. My favorite player is Sean Taylor, I watched him ever since his freshman year of high school when he started on varsity. Miami is my favorite school and I always wanted to play like him.”

Shumate doesn’t know a whole lot about Miami as a school but he said that he watched every single one of their games last year.

“I really don’t know a lot about Miami, just the big tradition of winning,” Shumate said. “They send a lot of players to the NFL and my dream is the NFL. Yea, I watched every single game last season and they’re fast, super fast. They’re a live team and they play with a lot of determination.”

Shumate has a ton of verbal offers to choose from already but Miami is not among them, at least not yet.

“I got offers from Boston College, Pittsburgh, Colorado, Rutgers, Arizona, Maryland, North Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee, Virginia Tech, USC, and Michigan,” Shumate said. “Miami hopefully will offer me soon, they said I have a home there but they haven’t offered yet. Penn State has showed interest and I like them a lot so I hope they offer too.”

Shumate has unofficially visited Rutgers and Boston College so far. He plans to see NC State, North Carolina, and possibly Georgia and Colorado before the summer ends.
 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.”
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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.''
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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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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).
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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
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