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 11 years ago '04        #1341
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Position Breakdown: TE
Collectively Chris Zellner, DajLeon Farr and Dedrick Epps make one dynamic tight end prospect.

There's toughness, intellect and leadership, size, athleticism and speed, youth, top-notch route running and great hands. The only problem is those intangibles are divided up fairly evenly amongst the three and accompanied by their various shortcomings, which hints at the likelihood that the Hurricanes will use Zellner, Farr and Epps as a three-headed monster next season.

So, can one eventually rise to the top and do everything needed to keep the Hurricanes tradition of having a dominant tight end - a Bubba Frank, Jeremy Shockey, Kellen Winslow Jr. - alive?

That's the question Miami's coaches are pondering.

"When you are looking at the [ideal] tight end you are looking at a guy who can block, can catch, catch short, go long and catch balls deep. You don't always get that in one," said tight ends coach Joe Pannunzio.

"Take Greg Olsen, his very best attribute to me is that he's a guy that can go long and stretch the coverage at 250 pounds. He can beat any linebacker. One of his weaker things was base blocking all the time," Pannunzio said, pointing out it's often a give and take with that position.

"All of our guys could do certain things better than others, but as a group those three guys - Chris, DajLeon and Dedrick - as a group we're going to be pretty good," he said. "But then again, when you go through 12 games and guys get nicked and bruised you never know."

When Pannunzio was asked earlier in the spring if Zellner's extensive experience, starting seven games last season at H-back, provided him a leg up on the competition Pannunzio said that wasn't necessarily the case.

"In our offense now there is so much flexibility and multiplicity, we're going to play two and three tight ends a lot of the time anyways and move guys around," he said. "They are all going to be playing a lot. A lot of guys are going to play a lot. The one thing I like about what we're doing offensively is we're fitting guys in."

Further discussions with UM's coaches led me to believe new offensive coordinator Patrick Nix became a big fan of Zellner this spring, mostly because of the toughness and leadership he brought to the field. Nix said Zellner's the type of player he likes because he'll sacrifice everything on every play, giving all he's got. But he points out that often times leads to injuries, which is a major concern he had about Zellner, who was nicked up from time to time this spring.

Nix said Farr at times showed flashes of the talent that made him one of the top tight end prospects of the 2005 signing class, but he also points out at times Farr disappeared or had a case of butterfingers. However, it has to be encouraging that Farr, a junior who caught three passes last season for 16 yards, showed up big during a few scrimmages, which possibly hints that he might be a gamer.

Epps, a true sophomore who Pannunzio said runs the best routes, is picking up on the new offense slowly.

"He's really good down-field, has really good hands, is a good route runner. He's really good at moving and maybe being some kind of fullback, but put him on the line with his hands down, he's got to work at it. He's not hateful at it but he's got to work at it," Pannunzio said. "He's a guy you can spread out and put in space. He's got a chance to be really good (down the road) but he's still young. How much did he play last year? Very limited."

Considering tight end and H-back are now interchangeable positions, I expect all three to play a lot next season. However, their involvement in the offensive game-plan will likely depend on how much the quarterbacks can trust them. Nix said he didn't use the tight end much at Georgia Tech - with the exception of the Miami games because UM usually failed to account for them at costly times - because he relied on the Yellow Jackets strengths, which was Georgia Tech's running backs and receivers.

Seeing as how tight end's probably one of UM's deepest positions - especially if incoming recruit Daniel Adderley (a legit 6-foot-6, 220 pounds receiver with the potential for growth) gets plugged in there - it'll be interesting to see how Nix uses that personnel.

Will tight end remain a staple of Miami's diet, or become merely a side dish in 2007?

In case U missed it I went to Miami's baseball game against Stetson last night and was very impressed with how the Hurricanes played the No. 24 ranked Hatters (CLICK HERE FOR THE STORY). This weekend's series will tell us if the Hurricanes are following in the Jim Morris tradition of peaking at the right time.
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April 27, 2007

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Lakeland (FL) Lake Gibson OL Ricky Barnum lists six offers: Miami, Clemson, UCF, USF, South Carolina and Virginia Tech.


"Miami's pretty high on my list," he says. "I also like Clemson and USF. Those three are pretty much even."

He says education is his No. 1 priority in choosing a college.

Of what he knows about UM, the 6-foot-4, 265-pounder says, "I know they have a brand new coach. I know a lot about it. I watch them on TV."

Barnum is playing both ways at Lake Gibson High this year –- he only played offense last year but played defense as well as a freshman and sophomore.

He is being recruited for offense, and last year he graded out at 94 percent.

Barnum says he wants to make a final decision by the end of his senior year.

He's already seen UM's campus –- he was there for the Nike Camp.

"It was real nice," Barnum said. "I'm being recruited by coach [Clint] Hurtt. I talk to him almost every day. We have a real good relationship. We talk about football, my education, lots of stuff. We talk probably about an hour every time."
 11 years ago '04        #1343
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April 27, 2007

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Miami's record of sending a first-rounder to the NFL for 12 straight years appears intact entering tomorrow.

And solidly so.


Greg Olsen could go as early as No. 9 to the Dolphins, agent Drew Rosenhaus says
Mock drafts across the nation have TE Greg Olsen going by the middle of the first round.

ESPN draft guru Mel Kiper has Olsen going at No. 11 to the Pittsbugh Steelers. Yahoo.com's Brian Murphy has Olsen going to the Carolina Panthers with pick No. 14, and Rivals.com's Frank Coyle has Olsen going at No. 25 while Sports Illustrated's most recent issue has Olsen at No. 14.

Agent Drew Rosenhaus has represented numerous Canes over the years, and this year he is representing Olsen.

"I think Greg should be the first Cane drafted," Rosenhaus said. "I expect Jon Beason and Brandon Meriweather to be drafted not too far behind Greg. So I think Miami will have three first round picks and a couple of other guys that go on the first day."

How high might Olsen go?

"We represent [Jeremy] Shockey, and Greg has a lot of the same attributes that led to Jeremy being the 14th pick," Rosenhaus said. "Greg and Jeremy have a very similar rating going into the draft.

"I think Greg will be drafted in the middle of the first round. The ceiling would be the Miami Dolphins (at pick No. 9). And I think he's probably not going to get out of the teens. I expect him to go from 9 to 20."

Olsen won't be drafted as high as Kellen Winslow or Vernon Davis, who were the highest drafted tight ends ever at No. 6 overall.

But Olsen has improved his stock since a season in which he had 40 receptions for 489 yards.

He is continuing Miami's `Tight End U' reputation.

"He had one of best combines ever for a tight end in terms of running, catching, showcasing his receiving skills and athletic ability," Rosenhaus said. "He did a great job of demonstrating his character and work ethic. He's the prototype tight end for the NFL."

There's quality depth after Olsen.

Murphy has LB Jon Beason going to the New York Giants at No. 20 and safety Brandon Meriweather being chosen by the San Diego Chargers at No. 30. Baraka Atkins is projected as the next Cane taken, at No. 25 in the second round.

Coyle has Beason at No. 27 and Meriweather 28. The only other Cane player Coyle lists in the top 100 is Atkins, who he has at No. 98.

Sports Illustrated puts Beason at No. 24, with Meriweather falling out of the first round.

Kiper is one of the few that has Olsen as the only Cane going in the first round.

The bottom line: Despite UM's disappointing 2006 season, the NFL factory continues to churn out pro talent.

* The agent representing the most Hurricanes this year is Malki Kawa, whose clients are Baraka Atkins, Kareem Brown and Ryan Moore.

Kawa spoke about the draft prospects of each:

Atkins -- "Right now from what we hear, depending what happens with other defensive ends, he could go as early as the very end of the first round. Most likely he'll be gone by the middle of the second round. Scouts and GM's I've spoken to, they like him and they've had him rated as a top five to seven defensive end.

"Tampa has the fourth pick in the second round and he met with them (April 25). I think he's gone by then. A lot aren't expecting him to go that high because of the season he had, but teams know what he can do. He can be a linebacker also, and teams are taking that into consideration. He was the fastest defensive end over 270 pounds at the combine (at 4.68 seconds)."

Kareem Brown -- "He's more than likely a first day guy. He should go no later than somewhere in the middle of the third round. He could be gone as early as the first pick of the second round for the Raiders. It depends on what the defensive tackles do. Kareem had the most sacks among the defensive tackles, the best stats among everybody, weighs 290 now. He's lost 30 pounds, and a lot of teams are looking at him as a 3-4 end."

Ryan Moore –- "He's going to be a late second day guy, probably sixth round, seventh round. What I'm hearing is he'll be drafted. The off field issues are k!lling him, but scouts and teams love him, think he's a hell of a player. He'll be one of those second day steals."

* Some facts about "the streak": The previous longest streak of sending a first-rounder to the NFL was eight straight years by the University of Florida (1983-91). The University of Miami's string began in 1995 when Warren Sapp was drafted in the first round. Since then UM has had 29 players drafted in the first round of the NFL draft.

* It's expected that RB Tyrone Moss will be taken somewhere toward the bottom of the draft.
 11 years ago '04        #1344
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even after down years, still pumpin out talent
the NFL already knows the deal
 11 years ago '04        #1345
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It's amazing how we keep running the League mayne.

This is great for our university, it's huge, i mean 3 picks in the first round after a 9-3 year? dawg........

It's gonna get lots of attention to alotta recruits dawg
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April 28, 2007

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Entering today's NFL Draft, it appeared a couple of things were for sure: Tight end Greg Olsen would go in the first round, and he would be the first Hurricane taken.


Meriweather was the first Cane taken in the NFL Draft
The draft has a funny way of shaking things up.

Olsen was expected to go in the middle of the first round. But he dropped and didn't go until the Bears took him at No. 31.

"It's tough, but that's the way the draft goes," Olsen said. "We couldn't have asked for a better situation than playing for the Bears. They played for the Super Bowl last year.

"I'm glad to uphold the tradition of first round (UM) tight ends."

Taken before him were S Brandon Meriweather and LB Jon Beason. The pair went back-to-back with picks No. 24 and 25 to New England and Carolina, respectively.

Miami's streak of 13 straight years with a first-round draft choice is unprecedented in football history. The previous longest streak was nine straight years by the University of Florida (1983-91). The University of Miami's string began in 1995 when Warren Sapp was drafted in the first round. In the last 13 years, UM has had 32 players drafted in the first round of the NFL draft.

"It's a great honor for the University of Miami because we set the bar high," said UM head coach Randy Shannon. "It means a lot to the university because we are a family and this is a unique place. A streak this long means we've had a lot of really good players come through here. But, to me, to have players drafted in the first round and to have them already graduated, that's what is really important. We pride ourselves on being the best we can be on and off the field, and this is another example of that."

Since 1982, Miami has had 49 players drafted in the first round of the NFL draft. Prior to 1982, only 11 UM players had ever been selected in the first round.


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 04-28-2007, 08:29 PM         #1347
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I am so hyped we got Merriweather... Merriweather n Wilfork.. CHEAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA
 04-28-2007, 08:33 PM         #1348
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why the fu*k did the jets not sign him (olsen) when they worked him out
 04-29-2007, 02:24 AM         #1349
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April 28, 2007

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While in South Florida on Friday for the Palm Beach County Gator Gathering, Urban Meyer took time away from his busy schedule of festivities to visit Palm Beach Lakes High School to check in on Miami Hurricane commitment, defensive tackle Jeremy Lewis. However, he isn't the only UM commitment that Florida is still pursuing - add Pahokee (Fla.) defensive tackle Micanor Regis to that list as well.


Regis committed to Miami in March
Although the 6-foot-4, 285-pound Lewis has been committed for less than a month, he is already looking at camping and officially visiting several other colleges as well as Miami.

"The University of Florida came to my school today (Friday)," said Lewis. "Coach (Urban) Meyer and Doc Holliday. That's been it so far."

Florida may have been the first to visit - they however aren't the only college still recruiting Lewis.

"I'm still getting mail and new offers," said Lewis. "Florida, Georgia and UCF. They know I'm committed, but they think I rushed my decision. They don't say that, but I'm pretty sure that's what's going through their heads."

According to Lewis, initially the plan was that once he committed the recruiting process would come to a halt. However, he is rethinking that strategy.

"At first I said I wasn't going to pay attention (to other colleges), I didn't think I was going take any more visits. (Then) I was talking to my coach at my school and he said to weigh out my options and take my visits and everything like that."

Lewis then named the programs in line to get his visits.

"I don't know the five yet, but I know the Florida Gators, a slight chance I might visit LSU and probably Auburn. That's it so far," said Lewis before clarifying that Miami indeed has a visit locked down as well.

He then added, "I'm still committed, but I'm going to see what's out there."

Lewis said he plans on camping with Florida this summer as might try to get to Georgia also.

He isn't the only south Florida defensive tackle committed to the Hurricanes that Florida is still involved with.

The 6-foot-3, 300-pound Regis has several programs, including Florida, still chasing him.

This week already Georgia and South Carolina stopped by the high school. They are just two of the many he expects to visit.

"They'll start coming when we start practicing," was Regis' reply when asked which programs have sent coaches in so far.

He expects more in, because despite his commitment to the Hurricanes, college programs haven't curtailed their recruiting efforts toward him.

"No one quit recruiting me, they kept going. The same people, like Florida State, South Carolina, Clemson, Alabama, Florida, they're still coming.

"They say, 'just hear us out, give us a chance. Be open minded,'" said Regis.

Although he remains solidly in the Hurricanes corner, he said he wasn't tuning the sales pitches from the other schools out completely.

"I'm committed, I'm just listening right now."

Even with the other programs still chasing him, they haven't done as much as the team that already has him under wraps.

"Miami is texting the most and sending the most letters," Regis responded when asked who was recruiting him the hardest at the moment.
 04-29-2007, 12:31 PM         #1350
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Could this day be any better.. Mashed n*gga's in some football earlier, two Hurricanes on the Patriots plus Moss? CHEAAAAAAAAAAA
 11 years ago '05        #1351
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I'm glad we picked up Merriweather yesterday, since Griffin was picked already.

And Brown today too...it's all about the U!
 04-29-2007, 12:43 PM         #1352
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My team didnt get any Canes but the jets had a clear shot at Greg Olsen and the Giants had a shot at Jon Beason :(
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ima have to rep the pats now.....
 04-30-2007, 01:21 PM         #1354
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April 30, 2007

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Homestead High School LB Marcus Robinson has conducted only one media interview so far this year.


He's not a guy looking for a lot of publicity.

And he certainly doesn't need any exposure, as he's already one of the nation's most highly regarded prospects.

Robinson took some time out to speak with CaneSport.com Sunday night and says that he lists offers from schools like Miami, Florida, FSU, LSU, Ole Miss and Auburn.

He attended two UM practices this spring, including the Spring Game.

He was treated like a celebrity there. Fans swarmed him.

"I don't know how many autographs I signed -- it was a lot, though," Robinson said. "It was fun."

Robinson says he has no frontrunners right now and that there is one over-riding factor in which college he will choose down the road: "I'm looking for a college who can play me like I play in high school," he said. "First and second down I'm an outside linebacker, and on third down and long I can go rush the passer, go down to end."

That formula helped Robinson end his junior year with 22 sacks and 86 tackles. He also had three defensive touchdowns.

"Coach (Michael) Barrow is recruiting me for Miami," Robinson said. "The coaches say they want me to come and compete for a job. I last talked to coach Barrow two weeks ago. He texts me motivational speeches and I write back `Yes, sir' and things like that."

Robinson is good friends with teammate and Cane signee Joseph Nicolas.

"He's talking to me about going there," Robinson said. "He's talked about that several times already. I just laugh when he says it but he'll be like `I'm serious.'"

Robinson's coach, Bobby McCray, says his player will be a serious threat wherever he winds up.

"He's one of top linebackers/defensive ends in America," McCray said. "Everybody wants him, he's on everybody's board. He has tremendous speed. He's one of the best athletes I've ever had. He had a 4.4 computer time and his first step is just unbelievable. Miami, FSU, UCLA, everyone's after him."
 04-30-2007, 01:22 PM         #1355
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April 30, 2007

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Sugar Land (TX) Ft. Bend Dulles High School CB Ugo Okpara is still waiting to find out if he has a committable UM offer.


"They're still reviewing my film," the 6-foot-1, 170-pounder with 4.48-second speed said. "I talked to coach (Wesley) McGriff a couple of days ago. I asked him how it looked and he said they're still reviewing it and they'll be in touch."

Okpara lists seven offers and plans to take an unofficial visit to Miami this summer.

"Miami will be the first college I check out," he said. "I'll be there the end of May or early June. I also plan to go to Oklahoma State for sure, I might go out to Virginia to see their campus also and maybe also some close by ones like Houston and Rice."

He has offers from all of the aforementioned schools except Houston.

Okpara previously indicated he would likely commit if UM coaches say they want him.

Is that still the plan?

"I probably will, but I might wait to see the campus before making that final decision," he says.

As a junior Okpara had 61 tackles, a caused fumble and a fumble recovery. He didn't have any interceptions.
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Just after the 2006 season, Nease QB Ted Stachitas picked up an early offer from the Wake Forest Demon Deacons and now it appears some of the big powers around the country are ready to throw their hat into the ring in hopes of landing the speedy, but talented quarterback. FlaVarsity.com caught up with Stachitas to talk about his most recent offers.


Stachitas has started to pick-up a great deal of interest lately
Ted Stachitas never worried about pressure and that never more evident then last year when the 6-foot, 180 pounder had to follow one of the best quarterbacks to ever play out of the area in current Florida Gator QB Tim Tebow.

"I never really approached it as pressure because each team is different and Tim had his style and I had mine - doing what helps the team be successful. I really just focused on improving as a quarterback each week to help our team return to the State Championship," replied Stachitas.

The elusive quarterback did more than just get Nease to the State Championship, he nearly pulled off another state title for the Panthers in the process. Despite coming up short in the 4A Championship game, Stachitas put up some very impressive numbers his junior year throwing for over 2,000 yards and 29 touchdowns. Stachitas also showed why he is considered one of the most dangerous quarterbacks on the ground as he rushed for over 1,000 yards and 12 touchdowns.

"My speed is something I have tried to use as much as possible, but at the same time I have worked really hard this spring on my passing game as well because I will have to do more of that at the next level."

The Wake Forest Demon Deacons were the first team to let Stachitas know he was at the top of their list and now the ACC Champions have some company on the offer sheet.

"I just got offers from Miami, Georgia Tech, Stanford, Northwestern and Maryland. It's really exciting because I didn't know I would get attention this fast from all of the big name schools," Stachitas added.

With the offers now in place, Stachitas plans on taking some visits in the near future and one school that could possibly get a visit will be the Miami Hurricanes, who just made an offer the other day.

"I haven't actually talked with the Miami coaches just yet, but anytime you get an offer from Miami it's huge. Right now, they are offering me as an athlete, but I know that I would like to go check out the Hurricanes a little more to see how interested they are."

Another school that could be around until the end will be the Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets and much like their ACC counterpart, the Yellow Jackets have also offered Stachitas as an athlete.

"Georgia Tech is a top rated program with a history of producing some of the best players around the ACC. Like I said before it's really exciting and I'm just trying to learn more about some of the new schools that have offered recently."

Although some of the big names are now making a push towards Stachitas, does he still have Wake Forest as the team that he feels the most comfortable with at this point in time?


Stachitas recently participated in the Elite 11 Camp
"I just really like the coaches for Wake Forest and with the offense they run over there, it plays to my strengths as a quarterback. I know when I took a visit over to Wake Forest for the Virginia Tech game last year they didn't do too well, but I was just really impressed by what a close family atmosphere it was there. Wake Forest has also made it a priority to me that they want me at quarterback and that's the position I have my heart set on at the collegiate level."

Several coaches on the Demon Deacon staff have made a strong impression on Stachitas, but tight end coach Tom Elrod has had the most influence.

"Coach Elrod is just a guy with a great personality that I hit it off really well with from the start. He talks a lot and for me that's good because I'm not a big talker until I get to know you. We talk about everything, whether that it is football related or not. I also have had good conversations with Coach Groh as well, but I spend the most time with Coach Elrod."

Before making a final decision or even narrowing his list down, Stachitas got a chance to participate in the Elite 11 camp in Athens, Georgia - an experience that has already had a big effect on the Nease standout.

"I had a great time and we learned a lot. I worked mostly on my timing in the pocket and just holding the ball a little longer because sometimes I just took off running too early last season. So patience is a big part of that. Running has always been a strong part of my game, but I also feel I bring a lot to the table with my arm as well."
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Homestead High School LB Marcus Robinson has conducted only one media interview so far this year.


He's not a guy looking for a lot of publicity.

And he certainly doesn't need any exposure, as he's already one of the nation's most highly regarded prospects.

Robinson took some time out to speak with CaneSport.com Sunday night and says that he lists offers from schools like Miami, Florida, FSU, LSU, Ole Miss and Auburn.

He attended two UM practices this spring, including the Spring Game.

He was treated like a celebrity there. Fans swarmed him.

"I don't know how many autographs I signed -- it was a lot, though," Robinson said. "It was fun."

Robinson says he has no frontrunners right now and that there is one over-riding factor in which college he will choose down the road: "I'm looking for a college who can play me like I play in high school," he said. "First and second down I'm an outside linebacker, and on third down and long I can go rush the passer, go down to end."

That formula helped Robinson end his junior year with 22 sacks and 86 tackles. He also had three defensive touchdowns.

"Coach (Michael) Barrow is recruiting me for Miami," Robinson said. "The coaches say they want me to come and compete for a job. I last talked to coach Barrow two weeks ago. He texts me motivational speeches and I write back `Yes, sir' and things like that."

Robinson is good friends with teammate and Cane signee Joseph Nicolas.

"He's talking to me about going there," Robinson said. "He's talked about that several times already. I just laugh when he says it but he'll be like `I'm serious.'"

Robinson's coach, Bobby McCray, says his player will be a serious threat wherever he winds up.

"He's one of top linebackers/defensive ends in America," McCray said. "Everybody wants him, he's on everybody's board. He has tremendous speed. He's one of the best athletes I've ever had. He had a 4.4 computer time and his first step is just unbelievable. Miami, FSU, UCLA, everyone's after him."
 05-01-2007, 02:54 PM         #1359
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Virginia Beach (Va.) Bayside High School QB E.J. Manuel is in New Jersey for the 4th annual Elite College Combine.


But no matter how well he does, it likely won't raise his stock much.

That's because his stock is already sky-high.

Manuel now lists 23 offers, including a recent offer from Boston College. Miami is among those offering him scholarships.

Asked where UM currently stands in his recruiting picture, Manuel says, "I don't know, to be honest. I'll visit Miami after I get out of school, in late June or early July.

"I haven't narrowed things down right now."

Manuel says he hopes to have a final decision made before his senior season, adding "if I don't have a 100 percent feeling, then I'll wait."

He says he's receiving multiple calls from reporters each day and that he's getting constant text messages.

"I'm not disrespectful -- if I get a text message I'll talk to them, I don't mind," Manuel said. "I'm definitely busy. I don't even get a chance to talk to my grandmother."

Manuel says he's speaking "almost every day" with Hurricane coaches.

"I talk to coach (Marques) Mosely and (Patrick) Nix," he says. "I just call or text to see how they're doing, how things are going down in Miami. They talk about the opportunity they have down at Miami. That's just about it."




In case you don't know he could be the number 1 prospect in the country. They say hes a Vince Young Clone......
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all these recruits need to look at last weekends draft...3 first rounders....that was as many as FSU & Florida - COMBINED
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