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 10 years ago '04        #1381
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 P. Dedos said:
^ nice

damn florida state beastin so far in early commitments

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Yeah, we're doing pretty good right now. I think all but one of our commits are on DEF. But it's still a loooooooooooonnnggg time until signing day (unless they plan to enroll early). Hopefully with a good season will bring in a good class.

Da U's class is looking pretty nice too. Like I said earlier, it's good to see both school loading up on talent early. So far UM is holding down South FLorida and FSU is holding down North Florida.
 10 years ago '04        #1382
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 RakimAllahNY said:
You should see Texas early commitments sh*t is bananas
Yeah, Texas seems to always have almost all of their commits before summer even rolls around. I guess with them being really the only big time major competing school in Texas, if you want to be a part of them you better jump on early. Their main competition in recruiting seems to be out of state Oklahoma. Other than them, I don't see Texas A&M, Tech, or Baylor really competing with UT in the football recruiting wars the majority of the time. It doesn't hurt that they won the Nat Champ two years ago either.
 10 years ago '04        #1383
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Patrick Johnson
CB | 6'0" 185

Hometown: Pompano Beach, FL
School: Ely High School
Region: South


Evaluation: Johnson is a big, physically impressive cornerback prospect with versatility on the offensive side of the ball as well. He has outstanding size and excellent top-end speed. He obviously has good ball skills and hands for the interception but is also dangerous with the ball in his hands and can contribute as a punt returner. He high points the ball very well. He attacks routes in front of him and closes very abruptly. If he makes a mistake, he is often able to recover due to his speed and natural ability. He is a bit long legged and can struggle redirecting with lightning-quick receivers, but overall he has the fluid hips to turn and run with most wide outs. He has the height to win jump balls downfield. Reads receivers' eyes well and turns his head to locate passes quickly. Possesses outstanding athletic ability. Changes directions quickly and explodes out of cuts. Possesses great range and can cover a lot of ground when asked to drop into zone coverage. Has experience lining up at receiver, has excellent ball skills and is a playmaker. Takes adequate angles to the ball and can make plays all over the field in run support. Breaks down in space, wraps up upon contact and is a reliable open-field tackler. However, Johnson's height and high-cut build can get him into trouble. He lacks great footwork and is vulnerable to double moves. Gets turned around too often. Plays high in his pedal and is not always smooth in transition. Is built for press coverage but doesn't always move his feet enough to keep with quicker wide outs off the ball and then must recover. Overall, Johnson is big and physical with excellent range and athleticism. A move to safety would not be out of the question, and he possesses some big-play ability.
 10 years ago '04        #1384
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Micanor Regis
DT | 6'2" 290

Hometown: Pahokee, FL
School: Pahokee High School
Region: South


Scouts Grade: 78
Considered: 1-Miami (FL) , 2-Florida State , 3-Florida , 4-Georgia , 5-South Carolina

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Evaluation: On film, Regis is a very solid defender. He plays the run well. He works out of a run-defender stance and plays gap control, so we don't get to really get a feel for how explosive he can be. He comes out of his stance and shoots his hands. He can be tough at the point of attack and hold his ground versus a single block. He locates the ball well and displays the ability to shed and make a play on the ball. He has good lateral movement to play along the line of scrimmage and navigates through traffic well. He can take a good first step and work across a blocker's face, get to his shoulder and get penetration. He does not get a lot of immediate penetration and make many plays in the backfield, but that may be because of scheme. He is a solid tackler. He has a good motor and works to the ball. He has good size and moves well. As a pass rusher, he flashes the ability to be able to get push and collapse the pocket. He displays the ability to be able to work past a blocker, as he is active with his hands. He will need to adjust his stance to provide more explosiveness off the ball. Off of what we have seen, Regis is a very good player and can be tough versus the run.

Notes: 2006: 50.5 tackles, 10.5 sacks... Has offers from all interest schools and Tennessee, Virginia Tech, Central Florida, Southern Miss, Florida International, and Florida Atlantic...
 10 years ago '04        #1385
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Brandon Washington
OG | 6'4" 305

Hometown: Miami, FL
School: Miami Northwestern High School
Region: South

Scouts Grade: 77
Considered: 1-Miami (FL) , 2-Florida , 3-Florida State , 4-Rutgers , 5-Auburn

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Evaluation: Washington is a young man who still has his best football ahead of him. He has good size for a high school prospect and will flash good ability that can be exciting to see. He is quick off the ball and can quickly get into a defender. He has the ability to deliver a strong initial pop. When he comes off the ball low he is very capable of driving a defender off the line of scrimmage in the run game. He is inconsistent with his hand placement and needs to work on getting and maintaining position. At this stage he is a bit of a mauler that can start off well, but will at times get sloppy and lose control of blocks. He moves well and displays the ability to get up to the second level and adjust to moving targets. As a pass blocker he flashes the ability to handle protection in a short area. He has the size and ability to anchor versus a bull rusher. He displays good initial ability to shadow a rusher and get hands on to punch. He does look to struggle some with counter moves and looks to get leaning to hard in one direction and will have trouble staying in front of a rusher. Washington flashes good tenacity, but you would like to see him be a bit more consistent with his motor. You like to see him finish plays with the same type of aggression he begins them with. Washington flashes the tools needed to be successful at the college level, but needs to work on improving his overall game. If he can improve the little things he can be a productive player in the trenches in college. He looks like a prospect that would benefit from a red-shirt.

Notes: Originally attended Miami Edison... transferred to Northwestern for the 2007 reason. 2006: 2nd team All-Dade large schools...
 10 years ago '04        #1386
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Marcus Forston
DT | 6'2" 285

Hometown: Miami, FL
School: Miami Northwestern High School
Region: South

Scouts Grade: 83
Considering: 1-Miami (FL) , 2-Notre Dame , 3-Tennessee , 4-Rutgers , 5-Auburn

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Evaluation: Forston will be a highly-recruited defensive tackle because he can be explosive. He has good size and looks on film to be a thick kid. He has a good get-off and is regularly one of the first people moving on the snap of the ball. An impressive aspect of his ability is how he can explode out of his stance, shoot his hands generate power from his lower body and knock a blocker back. He does a good job of playing with his hands. He displays the ability to quickly punch and shed. While he is capable of knocking an opponent back, he can also punch, flip his hips and slip through a gap. Sometimes he can get that initial push and lose sight of the ball. He does a good job of taking on a block and holding his ground. He flashes the ability to take on and defeat a double team. He moves very well and can pursue to the ball. As a defensive tackle, he can offer help on the perimeter. He has a good motor for a big guy. He has good short-area change-of-direction skills. As a pass rusher, his initial explosiveness makes him dangerous. He has the ability get into a blocker and collapse the pocket. With his ability to use his hands, he can work past a blocker. With his ability to move, he can close well on a quarterback. He is a solid tackler and takes good angles to the ball. Forston is a very good prospect. He is a little on the small end when dealing with ideals, but he is so explosive and quick that it does not seem to really be a factor. In addition to raw ability, he plays the game well and should be able to contribute quickly, at least some, at the college level.

Notes: 2006: 92 tackles, 20 sacks... Also considering Florida State, Florida, North Carolina, Mississippi, Nebraska... has approximately 25 offers (April 2007)...
 10 years ago '04        #1387
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Karnell Hatcher
S | 6'1" 185

Hometown: Delray Beach, FL
School: Atlantic Community High School
Region: South

Scouts Grade: 82
Considering: 1-Georgia Tech , 2-Mississippi , 3-Arizona State , 4-Miami (FL) , 5-Florida

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Evaluation: Hatcher offers you the size and physicality of a weak side linebacker, and the occasional athletic range of a true half field safety. He runs the alley sifting through trash with athleticism, sharp pursuit angles and speed. His usual intention at the end of the pursuit is to stone ball carriers with the occasional burst on contact. Possesses explosive plant and drive ability from his pedal. Uses this skill to attack the run game vertically when not chasing from angles. He can transition in the pass game as well. Flashes fluid hips, light feet, and the quickness to zone turn out of his pedal and play the deep zone. Shows the same plant and drive burst when coming out of his pedal to explode and close on underneath routes. Flashes the awareness to read the quarterback, and the instincts to anticipate throws when playing the high point. Puts himself in position to separate the ball from the receiver. This awareness often times makes up for his lack of elite range. Hatcher is best breaking down or across on balls, not trying to get over the top of speedy receivers. His versatility to break up a post route and then drop down in the box for run support is outstanding. However, his game still needs polish on both ends. At times, his explosiveness and tenacity at the point of attack is inconsistent. He closes, but does not always explode on contact. Possesses the size, especially at the high school level to run through people but we only see flashes. Needs improvement in his technique as an open field tackler as well. Must be reliable as the potential last defender. He often lunges and over runs the ball carrier in space. When watching Hatcher, at times he looks like an elite safety in the 2008 class with all the intangibles. However, there are occasions when he lacks the burst, acceleration, and tackling ability needed for that label. Has potential to put it all together, have a solid senior campaign and move up our board. Projects at free safety at the next level where he can potentially roam and be an intimidating presence at the highpoint. Has the blue prints for a "Robber" safety in certain 4-4 schemes. Could grow into a weakside linebacker.

Notes: 2006: 59 tackles... all-Palm Beach selection. Also interested in Florida State, Michigan...
 10 years ago '04        #1388
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Aldarius Johnson
WR | 6'3" 190

Hometown: Miami, FL
School: Miami Northwestern High School
Region: South

Scouts Grade: 84
Considering: 1-Miami (FL) , 2-Florida , 3-Florida State

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Evaluation: Of all the big, talented wide receivers in this class -- and there are many, Johnson may be the most explosive out of the group. He has a rare combination of size, quickness and speed. He is as much a vertical threat as he is difficult to handle after the catch on underneath routes. He has excellent awareness, especially along the sideline. He has good hands and coordination skills. He is a very good deep threat and an aggressive player when going for the ball on deep routes. He makes good downfield adjustment and can make acrobatic catches down the field. He is effective at extending his hands out and catching the ball away from his frame. He possesses very good "yards after catch" ability in open space. This trait sets him apart from other big wideouts. He uses his long arms and short-area quickness to get a clean separation off the line. He plays fast and can close cushion versus off corners. He is a good route runner with natural downfield set up. He has very good body control and balance as a route runner. He can lower his hips with good quickness to gain separation at the top of stems. At times, Johnson will tend to rely too much on his natural tools and play street ball. If he remains focused, he is as good as they come at this level. Johnson has the speed to go vertical and the suddenness to take the short catch and turn it into a big play, which you don't find very often. A true home-run threat.

Notes: 2005 at Miami Jackson HS: 24 receptions, 461 yards (19.2 average) and five touchdowns... Third team Class 4A All-State as a sophomore. Transferred to Miami Northwestern prior to junior year. 2006: 72 receptions, 1,361 yards (18.9 average), 19 touchdowns... First team Class 6A All-State... Also punts...
 10 years ago '04        #1389
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Etienne Sabino
ILB | 6'3" 225

Hometown: Miami, FL
School: Dr. Krop High School
Region: South

Scouts Grade: 83
Considering: 1-Miami (FL) , 2-Auburn , 3-North Carolina , 4-Mississippi , 5-Georgia Tech

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Evaluation: Sabino shows excellent athletic ability for a player possessing his size. At 6'3" and 225 pounds, he flashes the range to chase sideline-to sideline and the closing speed to explode onto ball carriers. Shows the athletic ability to be great in space and also in between the tackles. He sifts through the traffic with patient reads and very few false steps. Uses deceptive agility to slide past would-be blockers and finds direct downhill run lanes. Sabino does not look to tackle -- he looks to punish ball carriers. Uses his short-area burst to roll his hips and run through with great velocity. We like his rangy athleticism in coverage as well. Uses his long body to cover space and get to his drops quickly. His straight-line closing speed allows him to quickly break on underneath routes. However, on straight-line run plays his reactive athleticism is missing at times. This delay allows blockers to reach him at the next level and inhibits his pursuit angles. Often times, he opens his whole body for lineman to engage and does not consistently utilize hand technique when shedding. He is an explosive tackler, but on occasion drops to his knees on contact and lunges. He displays some impressive drag-down tackles with his strong, extending arms. However, at the next level, with the competition that much stronger, he will need to consistently wrap up low, put his head on the football, and play breakdown in open space. Sabino does not possess many physical weaknesses, and at times you rewind the film asking yourself if he really just made that play. Needs to polish up technique in all phases of his game, but this kid blends some rare athletic ability with a controlled violence mentality at linebacker. Potential to make a serious impact at the next level.

Notes: 2006: All-Dade mention as a junior. Also interested in Florida, N.C. State...
 10 years ago '04        #1390
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Lerentee McCray
OLB | 6'2" 200

Hometown: Dunnellon, FL
School: Dunnellon Senior High School
Region: South

Scouts Grade: 81
Considering: 1-Florida , 2-Miami (FL) , 3-Florida State , 4-Auburn , 5-West Virginia

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Evaluation: When you watch just a couple of clips on McCray, the first word that comes to mind is potential. Possesses a long, rangy body that could easily pack on 25 pounds while remaining athletic. He delivers a big pop on contact for a wiry kid; he should become scary explosive when he physically matures with a college strength program. Fluid athletically, possessing great range against the run and in coverage. Surprisingly, he is aggressive and effective in between the tackles as well. He can sift through the wash, making himself thin when needed, and flashes a short-area burst. Shows fluid, change-of-direction ability and is athletic enough to recover from most false reads. However, this is an area in his game that needs the most improvement. He does not make overextending false steps but flashes one or two hitch steps that delay his reaction. We would like to see him improve his read skills and reactive athleticism. The explosion out of his stance does not match the closing explosion he often showcases. Once he can combine both, look out. Needs to consistently chase to the sideline with a relentless attitude. At times, it looks like he is not accelerating at full speed. We question whether he lacks elite straight-line speed or if he attacks with full effort consistently. This kid might be better in a defense that allows him to be a short-range attacker. May be best closing off the edge or even in the middle, where he can close quickly on direct run lanes. Wherever he plays in college, he possesses some of the best natural tools we have seen in this class for a coach to develop. A red-shirt year to improve his reads, coverage skills and strength might help this kid explode onto the college scene in 2009.
 10 years ago '04        #1391
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E.J. Manuel
QB | 6'4" 205

Hometown: Virginia Beach, VA
School: Bayside High School
Region: Atlantic

Scouts Grade: 83
Considering: 1-Maryland , 2-Miami (FL) , 3-Florida State , 4-Virginia Tech , 5-Virginia

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Evaluation: As Manuel heads into his senior season, recruiting is really going to heat up for this youngster as he possesses great size, a live, big arm and tremendous athleticism. He is a pocket passer and a dual-threat guy all wrapped into one package. Physically, he has all the tools. He is capable of making any throw on the field and shows good velocity on his deeper throws. Can fit the ball into a lot of tight spots. Shows ability to change velocities and throw catchable balls underneath. He also shows good accuracy and touch in the short-to-intermediate passing game. Release mechanics can be inconsistent, but his delivery is just a flick of the wrist. He is in the shotgun most of the time and needs more reps from under center to develop as a drop-back passer reading on the move. Possesses good lateral movement and shows the ability to slip pressure and create second-chance opportunities. Has a tremendous arm underneath and on deep out routes. He does a very nice job surveying the field and goes through his progressions. This offense forces him to make a variety of throws -- not just short or deep, and he is capable of throwng on the move and across his body. Just when you think he is a pocket passer, he will show excellent initial burst and quickness to escape the pocket and make plays with this legs. Looks like a big wide receiver or undersized, athletic tight end when running. He has very good speed and elusiveness and is a remarkabale athlete. Keep an eye on this kid, he has a chance to be outstanding.

Notes: Holding over 20 scholarship offers (April 2007). Also drawing interest from LSU, Alabama, North Carolina, Penn State...
 10 years ago '04        #1392
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E.J. Manuel
QB | 6'4" 205

Hometown: Virginia Beach, VA
School: Bayside High School
Region: Atlantic

Scouts Grade: 83
Considering: 1-Maryland , 2-Miami (FL) , 3-Florida State , 4-Virginia Tech , 5-Virginia

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Evaluation: As Manuel heads into his senior season, recruiting is really going to heat up for this youngster as he possesses great size, a live, big arm and tremendous athleticism. He is a pocket passer and a dual-threat guy all wrapped into one package. Physically, he has all the tools. He is capable of making any throw on the field and shows good velocity on his deeper throws. Can fit the ball into a lot of tight spots. Shows ability to change velocities and throw catchable balls underneath. He also shows good accuracy and touch in the short-to-intermediate passing game. Release mechanics can be inconsistent, but his delivery is just a flick of the wrist. He is in the shotgun most of the time and needs more reps from under center to develop as a drop-back passer reading on the move. Possesses good lateral movement and shows the ability to slip pressure and create second-chance opportunities. Has a tremendous arm underneath and on deep out routes. He does a very nice job surveying the field and goes through his progressions. This offense forces him to make a variety of throws -- not just short or deep, and he is capable of throwng on the move and across his body. Just when you think he is a pocket passer, he will show excellent initial burst and quickness to escape the pocket and make plays with this legs. Looks like a big wide receiver or undersized, athletic tight end when running. He has very good speed and elusiveness and is a remarkabale athlete. Keep an eye on this kid, he has a chance to be outstanding.

Notes: Holding over 20 scholarship offers (April 2007). Also drawing interest from LSU, Alabama, North Carolina, Penn State...

I seen some tape on this dude. He's pretty nice on the field. Looks like FSU and UM are going to be going head-to-head on alot of guys as usual.
 10 years ago '04        #1393
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April 25, 2007

Gary Ferman, CaneSport Magazine

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Lexington (KY) Henry Clay High School WR Aaron Boyd had hoped to take an unofficial visit to Miami for the Spring Game.

It never happened.


"I had a track meet to attend," the 6-foot-5, 197-pounder with 4.64-second speed said. "I talked to coach (Wesley) McGriff and he said he's going to come up in May and after that I'll be down in the summer for a visit."

Boyd says he's torn on whether to announce a decision before his senior season.

"I'm kind of leaning to after the season," he said. "I have my top five picked out, but more schools are coming in so it's a hard decision."

Boyd currently lists six offers: Kentucky, Louisville, NC State, Virginia, Tennessee and Miami.

Where does UM fit in?

"I don't want to put it out there like that, but Miami is a possible No. 1 pick," he says. "They have a great program, a lot of people go to the NFL from their program. I see people excel more than just an athlete there, as a person. I've been thinking about Miami a lot. It could be a definite pick.

"I talk to coach McGriff about once a week -- he also talks to my brother [Shayne Boyd, who is with the Arizona Cardinals]. Coach McGriff just touches up on the basics with Miami, what's expected out of me, out of the program, the little details, that I'll be taken care of, the best possibility to get me to the NFL."

McGriff was a coach on the Kentucky staff when Shayne was playing there.

"Shayne is kind of looking out for me, he just wants what's best for me and whatever pick I choose he'll be happy with," Aaron says.

As a junior Boyd had 40 receptions for 730 yards with five touchdowns. He also played cornerback and had 20 tackles and two interceptions.
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April 25, 2007

Matt Shodell, CaneSport Magazin

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Hialeah (FL) High School DE/TE Corey Liujet already lists 25 scholarship offers, including the likes of Florida, LSU, Auburn and South Carolina.

And the University of Miami, which is recruiting him as a defensive end.

So far Liujet has taken two unofficial visits: To UM for a spring practice and to UCF.

He last spoke with a UM coach the day of the Spring Game –- "My phone has been turned off since then," he says.

He spoke with Cane coach Clint Hurtt that day.

"He was saying to stay on top of my grades, how they'd love to have me as part of the Hurricane family, to stay focused," Liujet said. "Coach Hurtt is a good guy, loves the kids, wants you to have a career just in case you don't make it in football.

"When I watched Miami practice before the Spring Game I liked the intensity of the college practice because everyone competes and everyone wants to win and is determined to win. That's all it takes to win, everyone competing in practice."

Liujet lists a current top three of Miami, Michigan and LSU.

"They're all even," he says.

What does he want in a college?

"I'm looking at academic-wise, the coaching staff, how many years they have on their contracts -- the little things are what counts," Liujet said.

He adds of UM that "I see them building their program. I know Randy Shannon will boost UM up to better than they did last year. They're pretty good right now, but they can get back to the old UM."

Liujet finished his junior year with 55 tackles, six sacks and 16 tackles for losses. He has started since his sophomore year, and last year he played quarterback, tight end, wide receiver, defensive end and nose tackle.

He had two rushing touchdowns, one passing touchdown and four touchdown receptions on offense.

Liujet says he likely won't make a college decision until after his senior season.
 10 years ago '04        #1395
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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."
 10 years ago '04        #1397
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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.
 10 years ago '06        #1398
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im so happy to see meriweather and my boy beason get drafted in the first and continue the streak

but damn to the patriots :banghead:


Edit: greg olsen went #31 that means we had 3 in the first round

recruits come to the U if you wanna be in the NFL

dont risk your future!!!

:rasta:


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even after down years, still pumpin out talent
the NFL already knows the deal
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 madness said:
even after down years, still pumpin out talent
the NFL already knows the deal
never gonna be a down year for NFL talent famo

next year the streak will continue with phillips and cambell

* hopes they stay tho *

:rasta:
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