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 9 years ago '04        #1901
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big things, baby....big things
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5-Star DT Makes Commitment

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By Mike Bakas

Posted Jul 26, 2007

Marcus Forston is a five-star defensive tackle prospect from Miami Northwestern and he decided to end the recruiting process on Thursday afternoon. Read on for more...

Marcus Forston had an opportunity to go anywhere in America. Every major program in college football wanted him. At 6-foot-2 and 300 pounds, Forston is clearly the No. 1 defensive line prospect in the state of Florida and he's considered by some to be the nation's premier prospects at his position.

"I'm a Cane," Forston said moments ago, as he committed to the Hurricanes on Thursday in front of head coach Randy Shannon.

"Man, I'm excited. I really like what Coach Shannon is doing there," he said. "They're putting together a real good recruiting class."

Forston had narrowed it down to Florida State and Miami before picking the Hurricanes. He's hoping to earn immediate playing time.

"I wanna play as a freshman," he said. "That's everyone's goal. I am a hard worker and will do whatever it takes. My biggest goal is to one day play in the NFL."

Forston becomes the third player from Miami Northwestern High to pick the Hurricanes, joining quarterback Jacory Harris and wide receiver Aldarius Johnson.
 07-26-2007, 06:45 PM         #1903
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Ahhh yea.. Can we get more of those rivals articles..
 9 years ago '04        #1904
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Forston: Miami was in my Heart


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Marcus Forston has finally jumped on board Randy Shannon's Miami Hurricane commitment express.

After weeks of anticipation on when Forston would pull the trigger, Forston verbally committed to Miami on Thursday, joining Miami Northwestern teammates Brandon Washington, Aldarius Johnson and Jacory Harris as Hurricane commitments. It is considered only a matter of time before fellow Miami Northwestern stars Tommy Streeter, Sean Spence and Ben Jones also commit to the Hurricanes.

"I was going to wait until signing day but that program is just something that came to my heart and gut," Forston said. "It's the place I want to go and the place I want to be."

Forston drove down to UM with his mother around 3 p.m. It was an emotional moment when he walked in and told the defensive coaches that he was committing.

"They were jumping around, real happy," Forston said. "I could tell they really wanted me, made me feel real good.

"Then Coach Shannon came in and thats a real head coach there. I never heard him mention another college once the whole time they were recruiting me. He doesnt just talk about football. He talks about life and about school and other things besides football. I liked that."

Forston has been dominant in pre-season camps, most recently awing onlookers at Friday Night Lights in Gainesville. He will bring a unique combination of force and speed to the middle of the Miami defense and is expected to compete for playing time as a true freshman next year. .

Forston had been flirting a bit with Florida State, where his girlfriend attends school. But his commitment to Miami has been much speculated on for several months and Monday he decided to put an end to his recruitment.

His commitment continues what might be the most impressive run of early commitments in the history of Miami football. Miami now has 16 top-level commitments and fall practice hasn't even started yet. The Hurricanes had two commits at this time last year.
 9 years ago '05        #1905
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No faith in Kyle Wright. 3 or 4 losses for the canes this year.
 9 years ago '05        #1906
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Damn Crip i gotta spread rep. I'll prop u when i can tho but this is good news to hear.
 9 years ago '04        #1907
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July 25, 2007

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CHRIS RUTLEDGE Q&A

Q: How has this line come along this summer and how are the young offensive linemen progressing?

Rutledge: The offensive line is coming along real well. We're working hard every day, trying to come together as a unit. As far as the younger guys, we have Harland Gunn, Tyler Horn, Orlando Franklin. They're all doing real well, just have to get with the learning process and try and pick it up real fast as we go along because we're steady moving.

Q: What position are you working at the most?

Rutledge: I get reps at right guard and right tackle, but I think they're going to move me out to right tackle. I'm comfortable at both, but I'll do whatever helps the team. Right now I take first and second team reps at both positions.

Q: What have you seen from Gunn and Horn?

Rutledge: They seem like good guys, very smart and intelligent. Just watching them they can run and have a good work ethic. That can get them a long way out here at the University of Miami.

Q: What do you work on hardest during the summer?

Rutledge: The fundamentals, picking up and recognizing blitzes, footwork, hand placement, pass sets. The whole thing that goes into being a good O-lineman. We focus on the mental part. That's the toughest part.

Q: Is this team having more fun than in recent years?

Rutledge: Yes, I would say so. We have more of a team unity, not individuals. Not saying anything on the past, but we are more together, especially the way coach (Randy) Shannon is doing things now – we have to be more together. It's really together.

Q: What has the intensity been like in the weight room this summer?

Rutledge: The weight room is always intense, running is always intense. The running gets harder every year. Coach (Andreu) Swasey and his staff, they do a great job with our strength and conditioning. It's just amazing the things they have us do. They force us to push ourselves, to make us better men on and off the field. They do a great job. With their help we're going to be top 10, top five, whatever our dreams are. They push us real hard, make us exceed our goals.

Q: How much pressure is on the line entering the fall? If you guys are good, the offense should score a lot of points?

Rutledge: There's pressure on the offensive line every year, whether you have rookies, veterans, whatever. It always starts up front. We take it upon ourselves to make sure we're the frontrunners, and everything else will fall into place. That's just how it's been here and how it's always going to be. The offensive line is what makes the whole offense go. As long as we're in order and get in the flow of things, we should be able to go pretty far. We did a hell of a job against our defense this spring. We had a lot of improvement, have a bit more to go before we get to where we want to be.
 9 years ago '04        #1908
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Cornerback Bruce Johnson says the defensive backs are doing "alright" in 7-on-7 work this summer.

"We switch out every three or four plays and everybody's understanding things," Johnson said. "The freshmen, we're meeting with them and they're doing well."

Those freshmen DB's are Damien Berry (who is participating coming off knee surgery), Demarcus VanDyke, Jared Campbell and Joseph Nicolas.

Doug Wiggins is a true freshman who arrived in January.

"They're coming along real well," Johnson said. "They're a lot farther ahead than I was when I first came in. They're making plays, breaking up passes."

Do the true freshmen have the talent to help out the team right away?

"I see them helping out some kind of way, whether on defense or special teams," Johnson said.

While the defense has given up some big plays in 7-on-7 work, Johnson says he loves the talent level on his side of the ball.

"I think this defense is going to be great," he said. "Based on returning guys and things I'm seeing in the weight room, how much we're meeting, all that ... I like what I'm seeing."

Johnson says he sees a special camaraderie on this year's team.

"Everybody's having fun, we're gelling together on offense and defense," Johnson said. "I think it's going pretty well."

Johnson says the mood in the weight room is "always upbeat."

"Defensive players work with offensive players, and everything is upbeat," he said. "We're out there having fun and working hard."

* Of his own play, Johnson said, "I'm working on being consistent, working in the weight room, learning more about the game. My main goal is getting a starting job. I'm just trying my best to help this team and better the team."

The one thing Johnson thinks he's improved on most from last year?

"Understanding," he says. "Understanding the game instead of just going out there and trying to play on just natural, raw talent. I try to understand the game better and then my talent takes over."

* Asked if the freshmen receivers are difficult to cover, Johnson said, "Not yet, but once they learn things and get the system down pat they're going to do pretty well."

* Several players have said the realistic goal for this team is a national title.

Johnson's take: "That's our goal. But we have to take it one game at a time. We're not going to think about the championship until we get there. We have to think about who we're playing that week and then go onto the next week."
 9 years ago '04        #1909
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While no starting spots are guaranteed entering the fall, it appears the Hurricanes are set at four positions along the line: The left tackle is expected to be Jason Fox with Reggie Youngblood manning the right side. And the guards are returning starters Derrick Morse and Andrew Bain.

The biggest question marks along the line entering two-a-days are who will start at center and what kind of quality depth there will be.

Morse experimented briefly at center this spring but now says he expects to play guard.

It appears the first crack at the open center spot will go to A.J. Trump, who missed the spring due to injury. He is young, inexperienced and injury-prone, but coaches have said good things about him in the past. Also vying for the spot is Matt Pipho, who played guard last season.

A couple of true freshmen – Harland Gunn and Tyler Horn – will also get looks at center, but it's extremely unusual for a true freshman to start on the offensive line (although Fox proved last year it can be done successfully).

If the Hurricanes can't find a reliable center the team may be forced to use Morse there, but that is something coaches are hoping to avoid.

Good news for the team is there should be decent depth, although there's not much experience among the anticipated backups.

Orlando Franklin was with the team last fall before being flagged by the NCAA Clearinghouse, and he has a world of potential. Look for him to work in as a second-teamer at guard from Day 1 this fall.

More depth comes from tackles Chris Rutledge, who has experience and is as healthy as he's ever been at UM, and Cyrim Wimbs, who is serviceable as a part-timer. Rutledge was named as one of the spring's most pleasant surprises by coaches.

Tyrone Byrd is not likely to become a factor due to injury problems that are plaguing him.

At guard the team can use Chris Barney off the bench – he ran with the first team in the spring when Morse was out with injury.

Some emerging players here: Ian Symonette has struggled with injury issues but is a strong pass-blocker, and youngster Joel Figueroa has gotten rave reviews and don't be surprised if he works his way into the two-deep and sees considerable playing time this season.
 07-26-2007, 10:56 PM         #1910
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I'm busy as sh*t, but I had to stop by and gloat.. WE DOING BIG THINGS n*gga.. Its a wrap, south florida=lock down
 9 years ago '04        #1911
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Catching up with Jacory Harris
Before setting off for the Florida Sports Writers a.ssociation college coaches meetings in Tampa this weekend, I caught up with UM quarterback recruit Jacory Harris Friday afternoon to discuss his week-long trip out to California for the EA Sports Elite 11 Quarterback Camp.

As reporters, we're not supposed to have favorite players to interview. But I can't help but feel good everytime I speak to Miami Northwestern's leader. Jacory is quite honestly the type of kid you root for because he's a shining example of what the other kids who come from the rough streets of Liberty City should strive to be. He's an excellent student with a 3.4 GPA who takes honors classes, a tremendous leader who has held his team together through Northwestern's recent troubles and one heck of a quarterback. He proved that this week in the mountains in Mission Viejo, finishing fourth among 12 of the nation's most talented quarterback recruits in the Class of 2008 based on the opinions of guys like Joe Montana, Heisman candidates Colt Brennan (Hawaii), Chad Henne (Michigan) and many other talented camp counselors.

Harris, rated a three-star recruit by both Rivals and Scout.com, is sure to climb up the recruiting rankings soon. But even that won't do him justice in terms of value. The fact Miami was able to nab him away from LSU (his admitted first true love) has ultimately resulted in the Canes getting his more highly -soughtafter teammates WR Aldarius Johnson and DT Marcus Forston this week. Both love Jacory and gravitate towards him as their leader and are only following him to Miami because offensive coordinator Patrick Nix and company stood by his side when most so-called experts have had their doubts about a 6-4, 170-pound gunslinger being nothing more than the typical "athletic quarterback." Harris got rid of that stereotype this week and UM is richer for having believed in him before he proved it to the rest of the world.

To get an idea of what the camp counselors thought of Jacory, here is what former Tennessee quarterback Tee Martin said of Harris in an interview with Student Sports Magazine.

Tee Martin on Jacory Harris: "To me, he would be the guy I would take if I could pick just one quarterback here," Martin said. "I think his upside is off the charts. He throws a great ball, has a quick release and his ability to throw rolling out is unreal. For me though, he brings so much more to the table than just how he plays. He's the guy that pumps up everyone else in the group he's throwing with. If one of the guys makes a good throw, he's yelling encouragement to him. He challenges the other guys to try and complete 10 balls in a row and if they do, he says, 'lets get 20.' Even at the beach, all the guys were playing volleyball just having fun but when Jacorey went over there, it instantly became very competitive. Then he went over to the basketball court and dominated there. I just love the kid and feel he could be special."

Harris scored 13 points in the passing skills competitions on accuracy from various passing distances. He placed eighth overall in the points standings. But his ability to throw on the run earned him the best feet award.

Harris, who was the first quarterback from Miami-Dade or Broward ever to compete in the prestigous camp, told me he had a ball out in California. In addition to the camp, he played beach volleyball, had a dunk competition with Star Jackson, a one-on-one receiving showdown with camp MVP and Nebraska bound Blaine Gabbert (who has 4.4-speed) and even a scary moment when he was tossed by 15 foot waves back onto the beach at Laguna Beach. In addition to all that, he came home with an autographed football and plenty of memories.

Anyway, I want to share with you some of the highlights of our half-hour Q&A session Friday. Our complete interview has been uploaded to Herald.com for your listening pleasure. Follow this link.
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Q: What was the experience like?
A: "It was a wonderful experience because I got to meet a lot of people that I didn't know from across the nation. It was all great athletes and great players. It was a great opportunity. It was held at an All-Asian University in Mission Viejo. I had never been out to California, but the view was real pretty. It was something that I would be glad to move there one day."

Q: But not before before you finish college right?
A: "No. After college (laughter)."

Q: So what exactly was the competition like? Who did you meet? Who impressed you? And how do you think you did?
A: "There were 12 quarterbacks in the competition. We had to do footwork drills, good ball/bad ball, 7-on-7, we had chalk and film. We had those type of drills and I finished fourth... to pick one quarterback as the MVP would be unfair. I was telling my mother that we all were basically the same people. The way we act, the way we carry ourselves on the field. I'm usually going to say I am the best quarterback. But your ego changes when you get up there and you see the competition. When I started the competition, I didn't ever think I'd be able to sit in those same seats those same great players -- Chris Leak, JeMarcus Russell, Troy Smith -- once sat in. That really shocked me. Plus, when the counselors told us at the beginning of the camp we were projected to be one of the worst group of quarterbacks to ever come to the Elite 11 according to Scout.com, Rivals and all that, we came into the camp with a chip on our shoulders and more confidence than ever. It turns out the last day, Colt Brennan, Andre Woodson and all them told us we were the best group ever because everybody there was good. They said the past Elite 11 camps had 3 or 4 people who couldn't throw the ball. But they said everyone here [this year] had something and could do something on the next level."

Q: I heard you spent a lot extra time breaking down film on your own with some of the coaches, late into the night. What made you want to do that?
A: "Me, [FSU QB recruit] EJ Manuel and [Lake Worth High] Star [Jackson] would go down there. Sometimes it was me by myself. But sometimes we'd go down and look at film and break it down so that in the morning when he would ask us questions we knew what he was going ask us. One of the guys we were worked out with that I really learned from was Colt Brennan from Hawaii. He had been through somethings himself and showed that no matter what, you got to work through some things if you want to accomplish that bigger goal. [Missouri quarterback] Chase Daniels was somebody I hung out with too because he played for Southlake Carroll [whom Northwestern plays Sept. 15 in Dallas] and we were too busy trash-talking about that. We went on the board and broke down coverages and he would show me what he would do. It was a lot of things, but I took something from every counselor that was there."

Q: How much of the stuff you saw were you familiar with, and unfamiliar with?
A: "I was familiar with the majority of the stuff. But the language, that's kind of what was throwing me off. But when I was looking at things it was kind of the same stuff I see here in Florida, but some of it was on a college level, the linebackers dropping way back and doing certain things. I learned a lot looking at tendencies and other things I took from that film session."

Q: For some of the Canes fans who might be hearing you for the first time, just tell them when you started playing quarterback for the first time and how it all came about.
A: "I started playing QB my ninth grade year when as a receiver I was running a route and the quarterback through the ball behind me. got pretty mad and I took that opportunity and grabbed a ball and threw a strike. And that's when they said you need to play quarterback."

Q: Last night, before you got home your teammate Marcus Forston became the fourth Northwestern player to commit to UM. Were you surprised he announced this early? And what does it mean to have four of you guys going to school together?
A: "I wasn't that surprised because he had told me when I committed he was going to do it right when I do it. So, I did it and I called him and he was like 'No man, I'm not ready for that yet.' But I always knew because before this week they were talking about how it was going to happen soon. So, I was just waiting for it to happen. I really wasn't surprised... But it's great because now all we got to do is take what we have here and transfer it to Miami and basically do the same thing we're doing here at Miami. I think we can win some national championships there."

Q: When did your love affair with the Canes really begin and when did you really know you were going to be a UM quarterback?
A: "I really wanted to go to LSU at first even though I was a die-hard Cane because I wanted to go out of state and that was the team I was hoping to get an offer from. But then, I thought about it and I was like let me wait to see if I get a Miami offer. I did. Then, I weighed them out. Then, LSU stopped talking to me. So, I said I'm going to go with my obvious choice, my home team -- and the team I want to be at, so why not choose it."

Q: Now, there's a chance after this Elite 11 camp, some teams might come after you, maybe even LSU. Is your recruiting done with?
A: "Yeah my recruiting is done with. I'm going to Miami no matter what."

Q: Can you talk about your relationship with Patrick Nix and what it was that impressed you about him? And what about your relationship with coach Shannon and the rest of UM's staff?
A: "He's a real down to earth person and he's real cool. He'll tell you the truth, really. He's someone you can hang out with. He tells me 'We're married.' We're real cool. He went bowling the other day with the offense, so you know he's real down to earth. The relationship with coach Shannon is real good because he knows my father. They played against each other in high school. My daddy played for Northwestern in '84 and played against Randy at Norland."

Q: Seven months ago, this program was coming off a bad season in which they went 7-6, they had the Bryan Pata tragedy, the brawl with FIU, what has Randy done to get 16 commitments this early in the game -- and 16 good ones at that? What do you think Coach Shannon has done to change the image of Miami?
A: "I really don't know. Coach Shannon is real cool. The way he recruited as a defensive coordinator, he's the same as a head coach. He'll treat you the same no matter what. The things he has in place, the 2.5 GPA to live off campus, you can tell he's for the student athlete look. He's not just about football. He's about books before football and that's the way a coach should always be. A coach should never be about football over education or football over family. And that's the type of coach Shannon is."

Q: Is that something you think kids in the innercity really want, a father figure? You grew up with a good father, good parents, but a lot of your teammates and others don't have fathers in their lives. Do you think coach Shannon being that father figure, laying the discipline down is what has made him popular with a lot of recruits?
A: "Yes because without that, you'll have those guys running around and getting in trouble all the time. And that's just made the difference... there are a lot of other programs that will be like UM is only taking you because they're trying to get the rest of [Northwestern's players]. And when I hear that, I'll be like OK, so why are you telling me this? I know you're trying to get me. Why are you trying to down Miami? I haven't heard coach Shannon or any of his a.ssistants ever say anything. They never even talk about other schools. They talk about us and how we're doing in life. They never talk about football, except how we're going to do our senior year."

Q: Why do you think that approach has been so successful?
A: "Because it makes you feel good because you know now somebody is going to have your back. Nobody is going to do anything behind your back and they're going to do what's best for the child."
 07-27-2007, 04:12 PM         #1913
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CATEGORY RANKINGS - CORNER BACKS


July 27, 2007

Rivals.com recruiting staff
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The Rivals.com recruiting experts have broken down countless hours of film and racked up plenty of frequent flyer miles to see the top prospects compete at events across the country to come up with the most extensive and accurate prospect rankings and evaluations you will find. In the process of evaluating overall talent, several prospects gained notice for their mastery of specific skills.

Today we rank the top five cornerback prospects in five categories. Five-star Patrick Johnson is so dominant, it is almost a surprise when he is not at the top of a list.

CB rankings: Fastest | Best ball skills | Best coverage skills | Most physical | Best athlete

Fastest

Monroe
Jeremy Crabtree's take: To be a big-time cornerback, you have to have speed, and that's what this group brings to the table. They not only have the track-type speed, but they have great ability to translate their quickness to the football field.

Mike Farrell's take: Monroe can flat out fly as one would expect from a track star. These other guys can move as well, but Monroe is in a class of his own.

JC Shurburtt's take: Speed is perhaps the most important thing for a cornerback, in particular the ability to turn and run. I have seen Harris and Hester and Hester is a tick faster, so I have to question that, but both can move.

# Vote: Who is the fastest?
1. D.J. Monroe, 5-9, 165, Angleton (Texas) Monroe highlights
2. T.J. Bryant, 6-1, 175, Tallahassee (Fla.) Lincoln Bryant highlights
3. Patrick Johnson, 6-1, 193, Pompano Beach (Fla.) Ely Johnson highlights
4. Brandon Harris, 5-10, 173, Miami (Fla.) Booker T. Washington Harris highlights
5. Aaron Hester, 6-0, 180, Compton (Calif.) Dominguez Hester highlights
Best Ball Skills

Johnson
Crabtree's take: Johnson is without question the best in my opinion, but also watch out for Hester. He's just so deadly going up and getting the football, making adjustments and just making the key plays when the ball in the air. He's very adept at making things happen once the quarterback releases the ball.

Farrell's take: Patrick Johnson is a unanimous selection at the top for best ball skills. He has receiver-like hands and ability to adjust to the ball.

Shurburtt's take: Johnson without a doubt has some of the best ball skills I have ever seen in a cornerback.

# Vote: Who has the best ball skills?
1. Patrick Johnson, 6-1, 193, Pompano Beach (Fla.) Ely Johnson highlights
2. T.J. Bryant, 6-1, 175, Tallahassee (Fla.) Lincoln Bryant highlights
3. Aaron Hester, 6-0, 180, Compton (Calif.) Dominguez Hester highlights
4. D.J. Monroe, 5-9, 165, Angleton (Texas) Monroe highlights
5. Jarred Holley, 5-11, 170, Easton (Pa.) Holley highlights
Best Coverage Skills

Cissoko
Crabtree's take: Johnson is one of the best I've seen in quite some time. He's able to lock you down and use his speed, quickness and athletic ability to stay on you. Jenkins, Cissoko, Williams and Bryant are also very, very good in this area. I think Cissoko could easily be No. 2 on this list, but the top three are about as solid in this category as it gets.

Farrell's take: This was a close battle between two Floridians with Johnson edging out Janoris Jenkins. Both of these guys stick to receivers like glue.

Shurburtt's take: I think Jenkins is too high in this category, but other than that, it is a very strong group top to bottom. Johnson is the best in coverage I have seen.

# Vote: Who has the best coverage skills?
1. Patrick Johnson, 6-1, 193, Pompano Beach (Fla.) Ely Johnson highlights
2. Janoris Jenkins, 5-10, 167, Pahokee (Fla.) Jenkins highlights
3. Boubacar Cissoko, 5-8, 171, Detroit (Mich.) Cass Tech Cissoko highlights
4. Aaron Williams, 6-1, 175, Round Rock (Texas) McNeil Williams highlights
5. T.J. Bryant, 6-1, 175, Tallahassee (Fla.) Lincoln Bryant highlights
Most Physical

Jenkins
Crabtree's take: I really love how Jenkins is able to use his body to make things happen. Part of being a great cornerback is knowing when to be physical and use your body and your hands to defend passes. All of the guys in this group are really strong in this area.

Farrell's take: Corners don't come around as physical as Jenkins every year. He thrives on bump and run coverage.

Shurburtt's take: Top to bottom a very strong group, exactly how I would rank them. Jenkins' best attribute is his strength, which he uses at the line of scrimmage to jam wide receivers.

# Vote: Who is the most physical?
1. Janoris Jenkins, 5-10, 167, Pahokee (Fla.) Jenkins highlights
2. T.J. Bryant, 6-1, 175, Tallahassee (Fla.) Lincoln Bryant highlights
3. Patrick Johnson, 6-1, 193, Pompano Beach (Fla.) Ely Johnson highlights
4. Neiko Lipscomb, 6-2, 175, Tucker (Ga.) Lipscomb highlights
5. Makiri Pugh, 6-0, 194, Charlotte (N.C.) Independence Pugh highlights
Best Athlete

Whitlock
Crabtree's take: I personally would have liked to see Hester higher, as I think he's just a rare athlete that can translate that ability to the field quickly. But I also see no problems with the others on this list, too. Not only do they bring a good total physical and speed package, they're great athletes, too.

Farrell's take: Johnson wins in a runaway but Whitlock is a great athlete in his own right as well.

Shurburtt's take: All of these guys are versatile and have many different strengths as a player.

# Vote: Who is the best athlete?
1. Patrick Johnson, 6-1, 193, Pompano Beach (Fla.) Ely Johnson highlights
2. Charles Whitlock, 5-11, 172, Chester (S.C.) Whitlock highlights
3. Charles Mitchell, 5-11, 187, Clarksdale (Miss.) Mitchell highlights
4. Aaron Hester, 6-0, 180, Compton (Calif.) Dominguez Hester highlights
5. T.J. Bryant, 6-1, 175, Tallahassee (Fla.) Lincoln Bryant highlights

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good pull we was tryin to slide... its hard to pull them out of miami
 9 years ago '04        #1915
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Man I hope UF can land Janoris Jenkins, he may not be the fastest kid in the world but goddamn he can cover.
 9 years ago '04        #1916
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July 30, 2007

CaneSport.com Staff

With fall drills rapidly approaching, the CaneSport.com staff projects the top five impact players on offense for the Canes:



1


Javarris James led the Hurricanes last year as a true freshman with 802 rushing yards and four touchdowns while averaging 4.7 yards per carry. He also showed good hands out of the backfield with 17 receptions. He will only get better with a year under his belt, and he is poised for a monster 2007 season a.ssuming he can stay healthy -- he was injured as a high school senior and played through some injury problems last year. One thing James must work on is doing a better job of avoiding negative plays. He had 49 yards in lost yardage when he was tackled in the backfield last year.

2


No, you're not seeing things. We feel Graig Cooper is the exact breakaway punch this offense needs. Yes, he's a true freshman. But he was here in the spring and is picking things up nicely. Cane coaches want to get the ball in his hands, and if that happens he and Javarris James could be one of the best 1-2 punches in the nation. Cooper's acceleration and the fact that players say one man can't take him down without help have high expectations heaped up early. Don't be surprised to see Cooper and James to line up in games together.

3


It may surprise some Cane fans that Shields is rated above Lance Leggett and Darnell Jenkins, who many think will emerge as the starters. But if they do start it will be based on the experience factor, and regardless Shields will see plenty of action. Why does CaneSport rate him the third-best offensive threat? Three reasons: Speed, speed, speed. This kid ran the fastest time of any Hurricane in post-spring testing at 4.26 seconds. You better believe coaches will be getting the ball in this game-breakers hands. He should easily eclipse his 501 receiving yards as a true freshman in 2006.

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Lance Leggett has gotten a rap for making mistakes in the past, from silly block in the back penalty to dropped passes. But the bottom line is he has a world of ability and should be able to beat most cornerbacks in the nation 1-on-1. He has to step up to the plate and become a go-to threat that will draw double-teams and take pressure off receivers like Sam Shields, Darnell Jenkins and Ryan Hill. Last year Leggett had 38 catches (one more than Shields) for 584 yards with four touchdowns. He has to improve those numbers in a big way to help this offense become explosive.

5


Take your pick. Both Kirby Freeman and Kyle Wright have tons of ability and potential. They simply must live up to it. Whichever of these two is named the starter must stay away from mistakes and keep the team moving down the field. They didn't do that last year, but with a new offensive coordinator and revamped system this should be their year to shine. They can rely heavily on CaneSport picks Nos. 1-4 to help turn this team from the offensive dud into the juggernaut of the past. We like either of their ability to get the job done in this offense.
 9 years ago '04        #1917
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some f*g**t's season predictions for the canes:

Vs Marshall W 13-10
Randy Shannon’s Head Coaching debut is a close shave victory for the Canes against a game Marshall side.

@ Oklahoma L 6-24
This game will be a whitewash. Miami’s defensive line isn’t quick enough to create a sufficient pass rush and OU will run all over Miami. As for the Hurricanes offense, two FGs may be generous.

Vs FIU W 17-10
FIU is one of the worst teams in D-1 football but will play up to Miami in this very big game for the program. The memories of last year’s brawl will have FIU playing with some intensity looking for an upset.

Vs Texas A&M L 7-13
Denis Franchione’s team needs to do something this year to save his job. This will be a key non league win for the Aggies.

Vs Duke W 17-0
Miami’s defense will smoke Duke

@ North Carolina L 13-20
Butch Davis Tar Heel team will be up for this game. Will Cam s3xton be a game breaking QB this year? Well against Miami everyone will appear to be a game breaker.

Vs. Georgia Tech L 7-17
Kyle Wright’s history against Tech alone will explain this scoreline.

@ Florida State L 3-35
FSU is going to be much improved this year, and with Miami’s weak D-line, look for Antoine Smith to have a Greg Jones like game in this one.

NC State W 17-10
Tom O’Brien still can’t beat Miami

Virginia L 14-20
UVA has all the talent to make a run this year in the ACC. Al Groh needs it to save his job.

@ Virginia Tech L 0-42
One of the low points of Miami’s football history

@ Boston College L 7-20
Miami would have quit on the season by this time and BC finally gets over the hump versus the Canes snapping a 15 game losing streak to the Canes.

Bottom Line: Much like Bill Callahan, Ty Willingham, Jim Tressel, and others Randy Shannon is going to experience some hard knocks before Miami returns to any sort of national prominence. 4-8 may sound awful, but it's a logical rebuilding year for the Canes, and better days lie ahead.

@ this n*gga thinkin we'll score 10 points a game. not even gator or seminoles fans are this delusional.


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 07-30-2007, 03:09 PM         #1918
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Who the hell said that
 9 years ago '04        #1919
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some dude that has his own blog:

he kinda sh*ts on the gators, too. must be a seminole fan
 9 years ago '04        #1920
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That's the most ridiculous sh*t i've read in a long time... this n*gga prolly doesn't even watch college football.
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