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 06-28-2007, 01:33 PM         #1626
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Great video. First off Adderly looks like Moss beasting on kids.. 6'6 wideout is amazing.. and Kanye>>>> That kid looks like the truth.. But Hankerson> Wiggins>

 06-28-2007, 01:42 PM         #1627
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June 28, 2007

Gary Ferman, CaneSport Magazine

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Delray Beach (FL) Atlantic Community High School DB Karnell Hatcher says he's getting regular text messages from Hurricane coaches.

"They ask when I'm going to come up and visit the school, ask how I'm doing, get updates on me," the 6-foot-3, 189-pounder said. "I'm trying to get there this summer, but I don't know right now when it'll be."

Asked his favorites, Hatcher said, "I'm looking hard at LSU. They're not my No. 1, but they're in my top. My other favorites are Miami, Minnesota, Alabama, Auburn and West Virginia.

"There's no one ahead. Those are the schools I'm really looking at."

What's most important to him in a program at the next level?

"Is it in a big city, because I'll be living there for four years and I want to be in a city," he said. "And I want to major in architecture. Also whether I get along well with the coaches."

Of what he knows about Miami's program, Hatcher said, "I know a lot about Miami's program. When I was growing up I was rooting for Florida State, so I learned a lot about the Hurricanes."

Despite rooting against the Canes when they faced FSU, Hatcher says he sees positives in possibly becoming a Cane.

"We all know they produce some big-time DBs," he said. "I definitely like that about them. And it's close to home. My parents can see me play every game."

Hatcher says he plans to wait until signing day to announce a decision.

"I'll just be weighing my options," he said. "It's not an easy decision. I don't want to just jump into it."

Hatcher lists over 40 scholarship offers and says UM offered him in December.

As a junior he had 67 tackles and one interception.

He is being recruited as a safety.

 06-28-2007, 01:43 PM         #1628
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une 28, 2007

Matt Shodell, CaneSport Magazine

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Dunnellon (FL) High School LB Lerentee McCray says the Hurricanes have jumped into the lead in his recruitment.

"It's pretty close still, but Miami's leading right now," he said. "I just always liked Miami. It's hard to go against my childhood favorite.

"Florida is probably the closest school to them."

Asked when he might make a final decision, McCray said, "Right now I'm not sure when I'll make a decision. I'll take a few official visits and will see after that. Right now I'll take three or four visits I also like Auburn and LSU, Tennessee, Wisconsin, USC also."

He has offers from all of the above.

He currently lists over 30 scholarship offers.

McCray maintains regular contact with Cane coaches.

"I talked to coach (Michael) Barrow yesterday," he said. "We were just talking. Sometimes we'll talk about football, sometimes we'll talk about other stuff. I talk to him probably about once a week, something like that. We talk about 15, 20 minutes on average.

"Right now I'm trying to get to Miami for another unofficial so I can sit down and have a talk with all the coaches one on one. I'm not sure when I'll do that."

McCray previously took an unofficial visit in April, attending two spring practices.

"It was pretty nice there. Miami - you can't go wrong," he said.

McCray received a UM offer in March.

"I was real excited to get that," he said. "It was kind of like a dream come true."

McCray is being recruited as an outside linebacker. Last season he finished with 102 tackles, 12 sacks and an interception.

 11 years ago '04        #1629
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2007 recruiting class

i dont think people realize the blazing speed thats coming in....we got cats comin in who every time they touch the ball, whether its on a kick return, punt, handoff, or reception are threats to score from anywhere on the field.... and :wow::sick: :applause: @ mckenzie, he broke that n*ggas ankles, legs, and spirit on that juke

 11 years ago '06        #1630
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i dont think people realize the blazing speed thats coming in....we got cats comin in who every time they touch the ball, whether its on a kick return, punt, handoff, or reception are threats to score from anywhere on the field.... and :wow::sick: :applause: @ mckenzie, he broke that n*ggas ankles, legs, and spirit on that juke
That juke is crazy.:applause:

 06-29-2007, 11:24 AM         #1631
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Matt Shodell, CaneSport Magazine

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Hialeah (Fla.) High School DE Corey Liuget says he's staying in touch with Hurricane coaches, texting or talking with them several times a week.

"I talk to coach (Clint) Hurtt and (Tim) Walton," Liuget said. "Every now and then they send me a text message or I call. They say they hope everything's going well, to keep working hard and they hope I'll stay home."

That's the big question, of course.

Liuget says he currently has no clear frontrunner but that his top schools are Miami, LSU, Illinois, South Florida, UCF and Michigan.

He says "academics and opportunities" will be most important to him as he seeks to hammer out a final decision.

Of UM, he said, "Miami, they're bringing in a lot of new coaches. I love coach Randy Shannon. It's home also. I've always been a Hurricane fan."

Last season Liuget finished with 55 tackles and six sacks. He also played some quarterback, tight end, receiver and defensive tackle. Behind center he hit on 30 of 42 passes for over 500 yards.

"I'll probably decide in February or in January at the earliest," Liuget said. "At the end of November or beginning of December I'll narrow things down. Miami will be in there."

 06-29-2007, 11:25 AM         #1632
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Homestead High School LB Marcus Robinson has one college coach he particularly enjoys talking to.

That's because Cane linebackers coach Michael Barrow was his position coach at Homestead High last season.

"I just talked to him yesterday," Robinson said. "I talk to him every once in a while. Miami stands pretty high on my list."

Robinson says his recruitment is still "wide open."

He's attended summer camps at Miami and Rutgers.

"At the Miami camp I talked to Randy Shannon," Robinson said. "He was telling me how to get better, pointers. He was trying to motivate me."

Robinson says he'll narrow things down to a top six by the middle of his senior season.

He says he doesn't expect to make a final decision until signing day.

Until then, he will continue to talk with Barrow.

As well as Homestead teammate, friend and Hurricane freshman Joseph Nicolas.

"We're good friends," Robinson said. "We just talk - he doesn't try to sway me or anything."

Robinson says he's enjoying the recruiting process so far.

He says he's getting regular text messages from a variety of schools.

"Central Florida , Florida and LSU send me the most," he said. "I get the Florida wakeup call. They send it at 7 a.m. every morning."

 06-29-2007, 07:34 PM         #1633
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Michael Langston
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There is no bigger honor in the summer for a high school quarterback than being named to the Elite 11 camp. Over the past few weeks, several standout quarterbacks around the country were anxiously waiting the phone call to hear that they have been extended an invitation for one of the last few spots. On Friday afternoon one of the Sunshine State's bright stars got that call and FlaVarsity.com spoke with the talented gunslinger.


Harris received a Elite 11 invitation Friday afternoon
Northwestern QB Jacory Harris had an unbelievable season for the Bulls, leading them to their first State Title since 1998. He threw for over 3,000 yards and 35 touchdowns. Still, Harris felt like he had something to prove when he started attending camps across the state of Florida this summer.

"You hear it all the time where people are saying that you are just on a great team and that's why you are so good. I'm not going to lie, it motivated me to improve every aspect of my game. I spent a lot of time in the off-season preparing myself to show off my skills at quarterback," explained Harris.

On Friday afternoon all that work paid off when the talented quarterback was extended an invitation to attend the National Elite 11 camp. The incredible news even stunned Harris who was worried because he missed the first regional Elite 11 camp because of a travel problem.

"I was absolutely blown away and I can't put into words how excited I am right now. That's a huge honor to play with some of the nations' best in California. I've never been to California, so I'm just looking to show what I can do, but also have a good time in meeting a lot of different prospects that maybe later I might run into on the college scene."

FlaVarsity.com also spoke with Brian Stumpf of Student Sports to find out what really stood out about this talented Sunshine State star.

"All the coaches for Elite 11 were pretty emphatic about Harris and his skills at the quarterback position. He does a very good job with his reads, is athletic and throws a really nice tight ball for his receivers. Jacory also has very nice presence in the pocket and that was something we all noticed very early on at the Miami NIKE camp. Harris also had above average footwork. I think with most South Florida quarterbacks they aren't mechanically good like Jacory was so that surprised us some," said Stumpf.

There was no question it was a tough choice, especially with all the talented quarterbacks in the state of Florida. But Harris was a prospect that really stood out for a lot of Elite 11 coaches who got a chance to view the standout in action.

"The state is loaded with potential and it's really tough breaking it down, but with Harris he was the type of kid that had the perfect attitude every time you talked with him. Coming from a top team Miami Northwestern, I guess in the back of your mind you think maybe you will have a kid that just thinks he is better than anyone else, but Harris was different. He took in everything and took to heart what all the coaches were telling him and clearly improved all day long."

One area Harris has to his credit is his size, but Stumpf indicates that had zero bearing when selecting the talented gem to the Elite 11.

"You look at the talent and improvement. Jacory could be 6-foot-1 and still be very impressive out there. He has a very strong feel for the quarterback position and that was clearly apparent as the day went on and we got to evaluate him. I was very impressed with the touch he put on the ball and when need be, put a little zip behind it. He's going to be a very good fit for the Miami Hurricanes."


Harris led the Bulls to a 6A State Championship in 2006
Even with his amazing talents, Stumpf feels that his talents have only begin to scratch the surface.

"Naturally the first thing you look at it is Jacory will need to put on some weight at the next level because there is no way a quarterback will be able to survive in big time college football at 175 pounds. He's growing physically, so that will come, but no more than most high school products at this stage."

While Harris was surprised, his performance at the Miami NIKE camp almost never happened.

"I was worried that because I missed the Elite 11 which was held the day before the Miami NIKE Camp. I thought that my chance was gone. But when the NIKE camp came around, I knew it was time to turn it up a notch," replied Harris.

What made the feat even more impressive is how loaded the state is with talent this year. The 6-foot-4, 175 pound senior just took it as a challenge.

"I'm a competitor, so when it's time to show who the best is, the big time players step up and I felt very comfortable that I did that. You look at the rankings sometimes on Rivals, but you also have to keep everything in perspective and learn what mistakes you made the previous time out and I did that."

As Stumpf briefly mentioned, Harris was extremely attentive and executed every time the Elite 11 coaches were working with him.

"When you look at all the talented quarterbacks the Elite 11 coaches have helped, it's a respect factor and if you want to improve, you have to put forth an open mind. They can say something a billion times, but until your heart and mind is ready to be open to listen, you're not going to improve. I know the coaches knew exactly what they were doing and it had work so well for so many other talented guys and I want to be apart of that class."

With his selection now punched, how much confidence does this give the talented quarterback?

"Well I felt pretty confident going in because I knew coaches just had to view my game film and see me in action. Like I said before, most people just think I throw the ball and all our athletes for Northwestern just go get it, but that couldn't be farther from the truth. You have to place the ball so it makes everything easier on the skill type players and I worked extremely hard on that before my junior season.

Now I'm just so thrilled that hard work and determination has paid off with the Elite 11 selection. I'm really without words right now, but I'm just antsy to get out there in California and perform very well."

 06-29-2007, 08:22 PM         #1634
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lol @ south florida quarterbacks have bad mechanics
I think with most South Florida quarterbacks, they aren't mechanically good like Jacory was so that surprised us some," said Stumpf.
thats a racist a.ss statement


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 11 years ago '06        #1635
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That's what I got out of it.

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Coming Up For Air
Even though I'm presently on vacation the guilt of leaving The Legion without a leader has hurt my heart.

I've been warned not to work....the warden, I mean wife, is on my back.... but I'm going to drop a little blog hoping it will ease my guilt, and your abandonment issues. Hopefully you'll have a new beat writer, and new leader of The Legion soon. Whether you accept him or her and come back is up to U. Thanks to a few of U who have called the sports department my bosses know how important this decision is, and I'm told they are giving it a great deal of thought. When I know, you'll know.

So here are my nuggets....

It's good to see Larry Coker working in the TV world, getting picked up by ESPNU. I think he'll do great, and if he does end up broadcasting the UM-FIU game I think that would be Must-See TV for the nation. I personally would love to see the old CEO broadcast UM games (now that I'll be watching it from afar) because I know he'll bring great stories and a tremendous amount of insight. He always did! And maybe you'll get a sampling of his sense of humor. But then again I don't despise the man like a few (I'm being generous here) of U.

Frank (Faith in) Haith picked up a commitment from a guard in the last few days and from what I'm told Quincy Roberts is a winner, and has the potential to be a BIG point guard that can compliment Eddie Rios, who is more of a gunner than true point guard right now. Maybe Eddie makes a smooth transition to PG as a true freshman, but if not Roberts provides some insurance. He's supposedly 6-foot-5 with handle, has a good stroke, is tough, and plays on a great Pennsylvania team. Sounds like another former Pennsylvania guard that played for UM: John Salmons, who was the best UM hoops player I ever covered.

From what I'm told Haith liked Roberts a lot, just as much as he liked Pace's Rayford Shipman, who committed to Florida a few days later. Roberts was supposedly more versatile than Shipman. Not getting Shipman doesn't mean UM won't land some local prospects. UM's in a heated battle with Pittsburgh for Broward big man Eloy Vargas. UM's also in the hunt for a big man transfer, and a California prospect named Tyerese Breshers, who plans to visit UM on his own dime this summer.

Getting another big man is big for the program because Haith needs to restock his stable of bigs and I'm told Freddy Asprilla isn't going to get into school because of the prep schooling issues he went through back in December when his hoops academy in Wisconsin went bankrupt.

I'm told the basketball team is doing a lot of big things this summer. Jack McClinton's working as a counselor for what I believe is Lebron James' basketball camp. Brian Asbury and Jimmy Graham are playing overseas with a summer team called Athletes In Action, and Dwayne Collins is trying out for Team USA's Under-19 squad. Those types of summer activities not only shows growth for the program, but leads to growth individually.

Sticking with recruiting, this week I played tennis with my boy Matt Shodell from Canesport (he won 6-1, 2-1 because I haven't played tennis in four years) and he said throughout his many years of covering recruiting he's never seen the Hurricanes off to such a hot start. Not only does UM have nine commitments, but from what I'm told by insiders the class is getting close to being full because there are a couple of silent commits (a few of them wear Bull and Gold and play for Dade's powerhouse). I was told by someone in the recruiting world I trust that other school's aren't even trying on a number of those Northwestern guys (unless the player has academic shortcomings that makes UM iffy) because they believe it's a wasted effort. We'll see if this is true on signing day.

One local player who has gained a great deal of momentum on the buzz circuit in the past month is a kid named Corey Luiget, who is from Hialeah High. I have not seen the kid play, but I'm told he's a must get target, right up there with Homestead's Marcus Robinson. This Luiget kid tore up some camp (I believe it was out of state) that instantly raised his stock to stud level.

Speaking of stud recruits, I ran into Patrick Johnson's father a couple of weeks ago and heard about the trip to California to participate in USC's camp. It made me wonder for a minute but dad reassured that Johnson's still a firm commit to Miami. He's just looking to prove he's the best player in the nation, not just Florida, and I can't blame the kid. I predict there will be some flirtation with other schools, but I would be shocked if Johnson doesn't end up enrolled at UM by next spring. He's a very mature kid and I never got the impression he was about playing games. He's serious about his business, which is football.

Someone else who has gotten serious about football is senior receiver Darnell Jenkins, who has cut off his dreads and beard to supposedly clean up his image. I'm a big supporter of people being who they are, but if Jenkins thinks this will help him have a better season I'm all for it. For the record, I think Darnell's UM's best returning receiver if he's healthy because unlike Lance Leggett he'll make tough catches between the hashes.

I've heard good things about some of the incoming recruits, who are in town and preparing to start classes. Many of them have already been participating in 7-on-7's and I'm hearing good reviews about two receivers. Kayne Farquharson I'm told is in the Reggie Wayne mold, very smooth, clutch catching. And Daniel Adderley has been "surprisingly good," I'm told. Adderley is smooth also and ran a sub-4.6 in the 40, which is good for a player of his size. I'm told he'll likely redshirt because he's got plenty to learn about football, but he appears to be a promising project for down the road, just as Calais Campbell was three years ago. Remember, it usually doesn't happen over night.

Speaking of projects, the Orange Bowl still has a little life in it, but I still think UM decides to move to Dolphins Stadium by the end of the year for three reasons. One, there is a 25-year deal with Dolphins Stadium on the table. Two: Who In The World will cover the tab for project overruns if UM decides to stay in a renovated Orange Bowl and the project gets going and goes over budget like just about everything else the City of Miami does. And finally, I'm told the City's proposal is it's final offer (a take it or leave it) and I suspect they have taken a hard and firm stance because they really couldn't careless about the project. I still think the Marlins future stadium will impact whatever UM does, and I continue to wonder if the City of Miami really have the money for both projects?

I'm going back into hiding now as I continue to recharge my battery for the upcoming Dolphins season, but I just want U guys to know you are in my thoughts.

I will return again to finish what I started, and eventually hand it off to someone else. Until then...

G.A.G.T.G. and Deuces my friends.

Long live The Legion. No Legionaire will be left behind.

 11 years ago '06        #1637
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I really don't want Adderly to redshirt. I fell he could contribute very quickly. Very deep WR class. Can't wait to see them play.


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 11 years ago '04        #1638
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rivals >> scout but here

Ramon Buchanan is rated as the nation's No. 1 weakside linebacker prospect by Scout.com and the Palm Bay High standout talked about the latest on the recruiting front.

Ramon Buchanan took a trip up North this past week for a camp at Rutgers. He talked about his time there.

"It was straight," Buchanan said. "I did real good in the one-on-ones and there were some good running backs there. I ran a 4.5 and had a good camp. It was a fun camp, I enjoyed myself. Rutgers is a nice place."

Buchanan, 6-foot-1 and 195 pounds, said Rutgers was his first camp this summer but he has plans to attend one more later this summer.

"I'm going to Friday Night Lights at Florida next month," he said. "That'll be it. Then it'll be time to focus on our season."

Speaking of his senior season, Buchanan is excited about it.

"We should be pretty good," he said. "I'll be going both ways again and hopefully we can go all the way this year."

On the recruiting front, Buchanan said there are three schools mainly involved right now.

"The ones I'm looking at the most are Florida, Miami, and Wake Forest," he said. "Those are my top three."

The talented linebacker prospect spoke highly about all three programs.

"I like the coaching staff at Wake Forest," he said. "I saw the campus on the Internet and it looks like a nice school, on the rise. Miami is recruiting me real hard. I like it down South and I really like my recruiting coach -- Coach Barrow. He's real cool and he always tells me how it is. Florida, it's like Miami. I really like talking to Coach Gonzalez. It's a good program."

While the Gators and Canes seem to have the upperhand, when asked for a favorite Buchanan said he's not ready to name one just yet.

"It's even right now," he said. "I really like all three of them. I don't even know who would be on top right now."

The All-American candidate spoke about what will be important when it comes time to make a decision.

"I wanna feel comfortable around the coaches and the players and I wanna see how busy the school is," he said. "I mean as a student, am I gonna have a lot of things to do, places to go, and things like that. I wanna be able to stay busy."

 06-30-2007, 02:37 AM         #1639
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I really think Barrow is gonna bring in so many LB prospects

 06-30-2007, 08:01 AM         #1640
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I really think Barrow is gonna bring in so many LB prospects
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True that.. A Great Coaching Addition by Coach Shannon.

 06-30-2007, 11:49 AM         #1641
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Illinois' Benn, ND's Clausen impact newcomers for 2007
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Arrelious Benn should make an immediate impact at Illinois, but will Jimmy Clausen live up to the hype at Notre Dame? Will Noel Devine and Joe McKnight deliver at West Virginia and USC, respectively? Check out the freshmen you should be watching this fall.

1. Arrelious Benn, WR, Illinois
Benn, who enrolled at Illinois in January, should have a tremendous impact this fall because, frankly, he's better than the rest of the Illini's returning skill players. He was a major recruiting coup for Coach Ron Zook, after choosing Illinois over Florida State, Maryland, Miami and Notre Dame. Look for the 6-foot-1, 210-pound native of Washington, D.C., to become quarterback Juice Williams' favorite target.

2. Eric Berry, CB, Tennessee
Berry, one of the country's most highly regarded defensive back prospects, will have an opportunity to start in the Volunteers' revamped secondary. Free safety Jonathan Hefney is the only returning starter. If Berry can hold off a pair of junior-college transfers, he might be starting at cornerback by the Sept. 1 opener at California.

3. Jimmy Clausen, QB, Notre Dame
The California high school legend is in a three-man battle to replace departed f!ghting Irish starter Brady Quinn. Clausen had surgery recently to repair damage in the elbow of his right (throwing) arm, which might prevent him from beating out Evan Sharpley or Demetrius Jones for the starting job before the Sept. 1 opener against Georgia Tech. Barring complications with the elbow, expect Clausen to be starting by midseason, though.

4. Graig Cooper, RB, Miami
Cooper might be the key to the Hurricanes turning around their fortunes during Coach Randy Shannon's first season. After enrolling in January, Cooper outplayed returning tailback Javarris James during spring practice. So much so that Edgerrin James, the incumbent's cousin, told Shannon that Cooper was a better runner during spring drills. The Memphis native attended prep school in New York last year, so he's more physically ready to go.



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5. Torrey Davis, DT, Florida
The 300-pounder from Seffner, Fla., will be given every opportunity to produce on the defending national champions' rebuilt defensive line. Coach Urban Meyer expects as many as six freshmen to play on the defensive line this season, and Davis is the best of the bunch.

6. Noel Devine, RB, West Virginia
Mountaineers fans might have burned couches in celebration the day Devine revealed he had qualified academically to play this coming season. While the 5-foot-8 speedster from Fort Myers, Fla., isn't going to unseat Heisman Trophy candidate Steve Slaton in the backfield, he gives coach Rich Rodriguez yet another fast option in the spread offense.

7. Ronald Johnson, WR, Southern Cal
Johnson is so athletically gifted that Trojans coach Pete Carroll can't seem to decide whether to play him on offense or defense. The 6-foot, 177-pound native of Muskegon, Mich., runs the 40-yard dash in about 4.4 seconds and was coveted by Michigan, Ohio State and Florida, among other schools. The Trojans have a glaring hole at receiver with Steve Smith and Dwayne Jarrett departing, and Johnson might end up being better than each of them.

8. Willy Korn, QB, Clemson
After watching Will Proctor struggle throughout the 2006 season, Clemson fans couldn't wait for Korn to arrive this winter. Korn couldn't beat out Cullen Harper for the starting job during the spring, but he'll undoubtedly play this coming fall. Clemson coach Tommy Bowden won't be able to keep Korn on the bench -- and might not keep his own job if Korn doesn't perform well.

9. Joe McKnight, TB, Southern Cal
The New Orleans native was drawing comparisons to the 2005 Heisman Trophy winner Reggie Bush -- and receiving phone calls from the current New Orleans Saints star -- before he ever stepped on the USC campus. McKnight joins a very crowded Trojans backfield this fall, with seven first- or second-year players battling for the starting job. But figure McKnight to make some kind of impact this season. Asking McKnight to beat out the likes of Chauncey Washington, Emmanuel Moody, C.J. Gable and Allen Bradford might be too much to ask, though.

10. Keith Nichol, QB, Oklahoma
Can the two-time Michigan high school player of the year make enough progress this spring to make a serious challenge at the starting job? Nichol had a trimmed-down playbook during the spring after enrolling early. But he still stayed in the hunt with redshirt freshman Sam Bradford and junior Joey Halzle as the Sooners search for Paul Thompson's replacement.

Mark Schlabach covers college football and men's college basketball for ESPN.com. You can contact him at .


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damn, from what ive heard Graig Cooper is gonna be a playmaker kinda like CJ Spiller from Clemson. Baby J and Cooper gonna bring back memories of clinton and mcgahee/gore haha

 11 years ago '05        #1643
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did cooper commit to miami last yr but go turned down cuz of academic inegibility?

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 Deeangoe said
question?
did cooper commit to miami last yr but go turned down cuz of academic inegibility?
yeah
he went to prep school with another hurricane-commit lesean mccoy, who he sh*t on so badly mccoy changed his mind

 11 years ago '07        #1645
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H-back Chris Zellner thought he would be a big part of the offense last year.

Due to injury he never got untracked. He finished with eight catches for 31 yards.

But now he's hoping to make up for lost time.

Zellner says he's 100 percent healthy and is ready for a big 2007 season.

"I'll be playing a little H-back and some tight end this year," Zellner said. "We're also using a fullback (Jerrell Mabry), so it's a little different this year.

"I'll be all over as an H-back. It'll be a little receiver, fullback, just everywhere. It's going to be fun."

Of missing time last year, Zellner said, "It was disappointing. I just got started, then got injured. This year I'm healthy, excited about the offense. I think we're going to surprise a lot of people."

Many pointed to Zellner as a secret weapon entering last season.

Is he a double-secret weapon now this year?

"Well, I think we have a lot of secret weapons," Zellner said. "I just have to do my role. We have a lot of talent on this team this year. I think people are going to be really happy about the team this year."

What are some reasons fans should be excited about an offense that, for the last few seasons, hasn't gotten untracked?

"This year we have a little more leadership, and our new offensive coaches believe in us," Zellner said. "There's things they teach us to do, and the new playbook that we run just shows us that they believe in us, have faith in us. All we have to do is go out there and execute.

"I think the whole offense is now on board. We're tired of just letting our defense win the game for us. We want to make plays, too. We want to score touchdowns. This year I think a lot more people are more confident about their skills and the coaches. We're just going to go out there and show people."

The tight end position lost Greg Olsen.

With a new coordinator, how big a role will the tight end play in the offense?

"I think it's going to be a very big role in the offense," Zellner said. "We did lose Greg, but we have a lot of young talent in Dedrick Epps, Dajleon Farr. We've also got Richard Gordon coming back over (from defensive line). We don't have that much experience, but with the ability we all possess we can do a lot of things and surprise a lot of people. It's kind of like we're taking them by surprise. We're not big names. We're just hard workers, and we're going to get the job done.

"We're all going to play. We all compete. So every week, whoever competes the best will play. It's going to be fun. If Dajleon beats me out that week, then he's going to play. That's what it's about. Last year you knew Greg was going to play, and you hoped to get time. This year if you don't play, it's kind of your fault because you didn't do it in practice."

Zellner says he doesn't expect there to be a single "go-to" player at tight end.

"We're all go-to guys," he said. "You could put any of us in there and we can make a play. There's not one star. I really believe in this offense we all can shine. Coach can just look back and say, `One of you all get in,' and we're going to make the play."

* Of the team morale compared to last year, Zellner said, "So far it's up. We just really feel we're a better team than last year. The new coaching staff, coach Shannon just really inspires us to know we're a great team, a top three team in college this year. I really feel that. I feel there's no team out there we can't play with. Last year we were down most of the year. We didn't really like the plays, had a lot of injuries plague us, had a loss of a teammate. This year we're all getting healthy, are coming together as a team, are all joking and laughing. We're all together. It's not the defense is defense and the offense is offense. We can all go out and have a good time. We all believe in each other this year, and that's the biggest thing that's changed. We all believe in each other."

 07-01-2007, 07:52 PM         #1647
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June 30, 2007

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Ft. Lauderdale (FL) Cardinal Gibbons High School athlete David Blackwell has received several recruiting letters from Miami and has talked with Cane coaches.

"They were saying that they're interested in me and they'll keep in touch," the 6-foot-3, 200-pounder with 4.5-second speed said. "I'm being recruited as an athlete/receiver I could also play safety. I think I'll wind up playing quarterback or receiver, but some want me at safety."

Blackwell lists offers from Arkansas, Ole Miss and LSU among others.

He's still waiting on a Miami offer.

"I just like all the Florida schools," he said, adding "I really like Miami - that's one of the top schools I like."

Last season Blackwell threw for over 800 yards and rushed for more than 600 yards. He also threw seven touchdown passes and had 11 rushing touchdowns.

"I played some receiver also, had five touchdown catches," he said.

What does Blackwell want in a college?

"A good business program," he said. "And, in football, I want a program that can send me to the next level."

Blackwell said the earliest he will make a final college decision is after his senior season begins.

 07-02-2007, 02:19 AM         #1648
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July 2, 2007

Gary Ferman, CaneSport Magazine

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Hialeah (Fla.) High School DL and Hurricane signee Adewale Ojomo says its now too late for him to enroll for UM's second summer session with the rest of the incoming freshman class (minus Shawnbrey McNeal, who is not yet qualified for admission at UM).

"I'll have to wait until August because I've already missed a week of summer school," Ojomo said.

Ojomo says only paperwork is holding up his acceptance to UM. He recently received a qualifying mark on the ACT and had his final transcripts sent in.

Because Ojomo is a signee, he is allowed to work out at Miami.

And he's taking advantage of that.

"It's going well," Ojomo said. "I'm getting ahead. I'm doing the weight room, conditioning. It's vigorous. We had the stairs and sand pit, things like that.

"I work out with Chris Perry, Joseph Nicolas, Robert Mave, Demarcus VanDyke."

And Ojomo says Marve's reputation for being a hard worker is no exaggeration.

"It's no joke," Ojomo said. "He's the first one there and the last one to leave. We're supposed to be there at 11 o'clock, and he's there at 10:45 already dressed and stretching, lifting. He's still there at 7 o'clock at night - I see him still there, in the film room, working hard. I'll see him throwing a football. He's just a real hard worker."

 07-02-2007, 02:20 AM         #1649
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July 1, 2007

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Altair (TX) Rice Consolidated High School QB and Cane commitment Taylor Cook says he remains in regular contact with UM offensive coordinator Patrick Nix.

"We last talked a couple of days ago," Cook said. "He was seeing how my summer was going. He said that's going to be it, two quarterbacks in this class (Cook and Jacory Harris)."

Cook said he's "real excited" about the opportunity to compete with Harris and Robert Marve, who will be the other young signal callers on the team.

"Right now I'm just lifting weights, trying to get in shape so I can be in good enough shape to play the whole game (because as a mobile QB he runs a lot)," Cook said.

Cook says LSU and Rice continue to send him text messages.

"I respond, but not really because I'm committed to Miami," Cook said. "I'm not sure yet if I'll be taking any other visits."

Cook says he has a couple of goals for his senior year.

One is to put on weight.

At 6-foot-7, he now weighs 215 pounds.

"I weighed 210 at the beginning of the summer," he said. "I'm gaining weight, just slowly. I'm working out, trying to eat more meats and things like that. I want to gain 10-15 pounds."

The other goal?

"To win states, go to the championship," Cook said. "Last year we went two rounds and then lost"

 07-03-2007, 01:26 PM         #1650
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July 3, 2007

Matt Shodell, CaneSport Magazine

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Miami Northwestern High School OL Brandon Washington says he's still a Cane commitment, but that he's going to be looking around this coming season.

"I'll be taking other visits, but I'm not sure where yet," the 6-foot-4, 310-pounder said. "I'm getting a lot of text messages from Florida, LSU, UCF and USF. I am a commitment, but things might change during the season."

Washington goes on to say that he still remains "committed to the U family."

For now Washington says he's spending most of his time thinking about how best to prepare for his senior season.

"I'm just working hard, getting in good shape," he said.

He's dropped five pounds, currently weighing in at 310 pounds.

"I only want to play offensive line this season to save my energy for that, but in some of the big games I'll probably go both ways, which is fine," Washington said.

Washington says he hasn't spoken recently with Cane coaches or any other coaches from other schools.

"I last talked to Miami at the summer camp," he said.

Washington lists over 20 scholarship offers including Miami, Florida, Florida State, Alabama, LSU and Ohio State.

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