With official scholarship letters being sent out and football camp underway, the UM coaching staff has had a busy week. They are also gearing up for Senior Day (August 12), an event that top recruits attend in Coral Gables, Florida, to mingle with the coaches. Media is not allowed there and it’s a great opportunity for recruits that are on the fence to get a feel for what Miami has to offer.
--Timber Creek High School is home to possibly the top running back for the class of 2015, Jacques Patrick. The 6’2, 200-pound back is planning to visit Miami this weekend to see the campus and get to know the coaching staff. He has big-time offers including the Canes.
What are the Miami coaches saying? “They told me I’m at the top of their board at the running back position for 2015.”
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--The 2014 recruiting class is loaded with top quality wide receivers including Homestead’s Ermon Lane (6’2/175). He is being recruited hard by “Alabama, FSU, UM, Florida and LSU.” The Canes are in good shape for several reasons. One, his best friend Herb Waters plays receiver for UM. Second, his cousin Michael Barrow coaches linebackers for Miami. If those two combined aren't enough, the Canes are the hometown team.
On his relationship with the UM coaching staff: “I talk to all of the coaches,” Lane said of his connection to Miami. “All of them treat me the same. Coach Barrow, he is my cousin.”
On his interest in The U: “I just like Miami because of what they do with their players,” Lane said. “They send them to the league and make them Pro Bowlers.”
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--Tampa Jesuit linebacker Vincent Jackson (6’2/230) has held a Miami offer for a while now. His teammate and close friend Travis Johnson committed to the Canes at the tight end position. He told CaneInsider.com that UM is one of the colleges recruiting him the hardest and that he speaks with Johnson about Miami.
On head coach Al Golden: “I like him a lot, I feel comfortable with what he's doing,” Jackson said of Coach Golden. “He's just like one of my coaches.”
On current UM defensive end Anthony Chickillo: “He’s like an older brother.”
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--Louisiana offensive lineman (2014) Garrett Brumfield stays in frequent contact with Miami D-line coach Jethro Franklin. The 6’3, 275-pounder was offered by the Big Three and has "everyone the same."
On his time at the Al Golden Football Camp: “I went to the camp, worked hard. At lunch, they did a quick tour and we came back to do the one-on-one pass rush. I was very vocal in that, jumping around, having a good time and working hard. They ended up offering me after the camp.”
On Coach Franklin: “Coach Franklin came to some of my spring practices and he actually came to my spring game. He started talking to my dad on the sidelines and said he really wanted me to come to their camp because they wanted to see more of me.”
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--A sleeper (only for the time being) is 2014 DB John Battle from Hallandale High. He is starting to pick up interest including some from the Canes. He has good size at defensive back, 6’2 and 185-pounds.
On what he likes about UM: “What I like about Miami is their program and how they are trying to get back to a nationally ranked team. Like the hunger they have.”
On colleges he likes and which ones are recruiting him: “Colleges, Florida, Florida State, Alabama, UM and LSU. I am getting interest letters from UM, Purdue, Alabama, Wisconsin and Youngstown State.”
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--The state is filled with young talent and the Canes are already coming after 2015 Trinity Christian DB Kevin Toliver ll. At 6’2, 180-pounds he has coveted size for the cornerback position. Coach Barrow is doing a great job of recruiting him and he really enjoyed his visit down in Coral Gables, Florida.
On Miami linebackers coach Michael Barrow: “Coach Barrow, he is a really good coach,” Toliver II said. “I like how he interacts with his players and how he teaches the game of football. And I like his attitude.”
On what he’s looking for in a college: “I am going to be looking for a coach with loyalty, if they are truthful with their players, if they like to have fun and how they coach.”
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--Quarterback Morgan Mahalak, from Marin Catholic HS in California, visited the Hurricanes this past weekend and loved it. He spent time watching practice, interacting with players and talking with the coaching staff. The 6’3, 185-pound signal-caller named Miami as his current leader.
On his trip to UM: “The first day we got there we went to practice and met with coach Hurlie Brown and just watched practice,” Mahalak said. “Then after that I introduced myself to Coach (Jedd) Fisch, the whole coaching staff and Coach (Al) Golden. There is a coach, Coach (Brennan) Carroll the tight ends coach, that came up to me and asked me what county I lived in. His dad, Pete Carroll, went to Redwood High School which is my rival school. So, that was pretty cool.
"The next day we went and watched practice and then got a tour of the school. We sat down in a meeting with Coach Fisch and Coach Golden for about an hour and that was about it.”
On head coach Al Golden and offensive coordinator Jedd Fisch: “I love both coaches,” Mahalak said. “They are both super sociable and super easy to talk to. Coach Fisch is really funny and I could definitely see myself playing for him. Coach Golden is a really nice guy. I really think they have the right coaches in there to turn their program around and return it to where it was.”
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--2014 athlete Travis Rudolph told CaneInsider.com that he is a solid commitment to UM. There was some speculation that he would look around because of recent allegations against UM head coach Al Golden. Not the case. In his original interview with CaneInsider when he first committed, he said that he would still take visits and look at other colleges. That’s nothing new. In fact, the 6’0, 170-pound athlete said that he believes Coach Golden about the allegations being false.
On the allegations that Coach Golden is facing: “I feel like all that stuff, I talked to Al Golden, he said it’s not true and I am taking his word for it. He is an honest guy.”
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