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Posted on: November 8, 2011 11:46 am
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Miami receives commitments from two players

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Dealing with issues on and off the field, Miami football continues to show what kind of brand it is and how good of a recruiter Al Golden is by picking up two commitments recently in Lakeland (Fla.) wide receiver Ricquan Southward and Venice (Fla.) running back Danny Dillard Jr.

"I called coach (Terry) Richardson, the running backs coach, and he asked me if I was ready to be a 'Cane," Dillard told the Orlando Sentinel. "Then I talked to the offensive coordinator (Jedd Fisch) and he was telling me how they lost some running backs and how they wanted me, and then head coach Al Golden got on the phone. I told him I'd call back after I talked to my family and everything."

"I can't believe this is happening," Southward told Canesport.com. "It's exciting."

Southward's commitment is a soft one, holding offers from Ole Miss and Ohio State, he'll take visits to others schools before Signing Day.

"I'll still visit other colleges just to look around - I'm set up to see Ohio State the 19th," he said. "I've never been up there. Right now that's only official I have set up."

The 6-foot-2, 215-pound Dillard is a lifelong Hurricanes fan and had an easy decision to pledge to Miami over offers from Illinois, N.C. State, Purdue and UCF among others.

"I was real happy. All my life they've been my favorite," Dillard said. "Last week I talked to the coach (Richardson) and they were talking about offering and then they finally did (Sunday)."

The pair gives Golden and the Hurricanes 26 commitments for the class of 2012. Dillard is ranked by Maxpreps as the 22nd best running back in the country.

"In my opinion, he shows All-American ability," analyst Tom Lemming said of the running back. "A thick, strongly built back who keeps his legs moving at all times and has a nose for the end zone. He doesn't fumble and shows awareness in the open field. A good all around back who can run, block, and catch."

Dillard has 730 rushing yards and 14 touchdowns so far this season while Southward has over 700 yards receiving and 13 touchdowns.

Posted on: June 3, 2011 4:52 pm
Edited on: June 3, 2011 5:03 pm
 

Dewey commits to Miami

Posted by Bryan Fischer

Al Golden spoke earlier in the year to CBSSports.com about his need to re-stock the Miami roster at certain positions and it appears he identified quarterback as one of them. Austin (Texas) quarterback Preston Dewey became the third in the Hurricanes' upcoming class after committing to the school Friday afternoon, according to his quarterbacks coach. 

"After my visit, I just wanted to think about it, but I kept coming back to Miami," Dewey told CaneSport.com. "So I decided to pull the trigger."

Dewey performed well at the TCU Elite 11 competition earlier in the spring. His stock took off since performing well in Fort Worth and held scholarship offers from schools such as SMU, North Carolina, Tennessee and UCLA at the time of his commitment. He informed Miami offensive coordinator Jedd Fisch this morning about his commitment to Miami.

"He was pretty ecstatic," Dewey said. "They told me that I will have a chance to compete to start for three to four years. I will compete my hardest." 

Dewey joins Gray Crow and David Thompson as quarterbacks headed to the 'U.' Both Dewey and Crow are expected to enroll in Janurary. Based on his throwing Dewey has good footwork, has a good release that gets the ball to where he wants it quickly and has a good arm that can make all the throws. 

The 6-foot-3, 210 pound quarterback has an interesting backstory as he was previously at Austin-area powerhouse Westlake High before transferring to local private school St. Andrew's Episcopal. Taking advantage of transfer regulations, he reclassified to the class of 2012, giving him an extra year of high school.

The 11th overall commitment for the Hurricanes class of 2012, Dewey threw for over 1,500 yards and 12 touchdowns last season. His high school head coach is former BYU quarterback and Heisman winner Ty Detmer.   
Posted on: March 13, 2011 7:06 am
 

Elite 11/Badger Sports 7-on-7 Notebook

Posted by Bryan Fischer

TAMPA, Fla. - To play against a team of all-stars, bringing your “A game” is a must. Sometimes, even an “A+ game” isn’t enough.

Such was the case at the Badger Sports Elite 7-on-7 tournament Saturday night. Despite several terrific - some would even say ridiculous - catches by Citra (Fla.) tight end Sean Price, Team Showtime narrowly lost to all-star travel team South Florida Express in one of the most exciting games in day one round-robin play.

Price nearly pulled off the upset single-handedly, slightly misjudging a deep pass that would have given Showtime a two-score advantage late in the game. Though he didn’t make that play, the talented tight end used it as motivation.

“I’m used to making plays, that’s nothing new,” Price said. “On the last play, I felt kind of disappointed in myself though because I kind of underestimated the ball and what was going to happen. I can’t hold my head on it, it happens. I just have to play better the next game.

The 6-foot-4, 210 pound Price put on a show for much of the evening, bringing down several one-handed catches and showing off his vertical leap by out-jumping more athletic defensive backs. His best quality was the ability to attack the ball in the air and snatch it away from just about everybody. Though the Showtime team was at times relying exclusively on Price for offense, the young tight end said the team was starting to gel as the night progressed.

“We just started and have only had a few practices,” Price said. “End of the night, we’re starting to get our swag and chemistry up. Things started to click. We know we’re just as good as that team and one of the best out here.”

Price and Team Tampa/Land O’Lakes (Fla.) tight end Kent Taylor were both impressive at the position and will likely battle for the title of best in the state at the position throughout the upcoming season. Price already holds scholarship offers from Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Florida State and others.

“Recent offers are Tennessee, Clemson, LSU, Miami and USF,” he said. “Most are looking at me on offense at tight end. A few have said I could play at defensive end if I want to because I play that in high school too.”

Given Price’s frame, adding weight and playing linebacker at the next level could be something for college coaches to consider, especially considering how well he moved in coverage in limited time on defense during the competition. With multiple schools after his services, Price plans on committing after his senior season and has already scheduled an unofficial visit to Miami next week to give a close look at one of his favorites.

“My top four would be Florida, USF, Miami and possibly Alabama,” he said. “I’m going to go wherever they give me love. If it’s out of state, doesn’t matter, I’ll go there too.”

Fuller tries his hand at safety

Another player who caught the eye of several observers with stellar play Saturday was Fort Myers (Fla.) linebacker/safety Tajarvis Fuller. Playing at both linebacker and safety, the junior used the Badger Sports 7-on-7 competition to adjust to his new position in the secondary after playing mostly linebacker in high school.

“I’m working on trying to be a better safety,” Fuller said. “All of the colleges recruiting me are recruiting me as a strong safety. I’ve never played it before so I’m working on my feet, turning my hips and getting my body right. I just want to show everybody that I’m capable of playing the safety position and showing them what I’m capable of doing.”

The 6-foot-2, 185 pound athlete displayed good quickness but was timid at times while in coverage. Thin for a linebacker, Fuller readily admitted that he would try to add some weight despite changing positions.

“I’ll be playing safety in the spring,” he said. “I still want to get bigger and bulk up 10, 15 pounds. I don’t want to get up to like 230 though.”

Holding scholarship offers from Georgia Tech, Illinois, Indiana, UCF and UCLA, Fuller wore a Miami hat most of the afternoon and did not shy away from expressing his excitement over his most recent offer from the Hurricanes.

“We went down there last Saturday and again on Thursday,” he said. “That’s two times in one week and we talked with Coach (Al) Golden and (defensive backs coach Paul Williams). I was really excited about it. We went down there for the first spring practice.

“Illinois is recruiting me very, very heavily. Top five, Miami is number one, Clemson number two. Alabama is number three but I don’t have an offer. Georgia Tech maybe and then Illinois.”

Although Miami is firmly in the lead, Fuller’s recruitment also has one other factor that will have an effect on where he plays college football.

“Me and Christian Brown, a defensive tackle at my school, we’re going to go to the same college,” Fuller said. “The plan is to commit, maybe, after spring or right at the beginning of the fall.”

Brown’s offer list doesn’t quite match up with Fuller’s but the two do share several offers and both figure to pick up several more over the next few months.

Crow solid throwing and in commitment

The Elite 11 competition in Orlando featured a spirited competition among many of the top quarterbacks from the region and Miami commit Gray Crow was one of several that stood out from the pack. Although he might not have been the top guy at the event, he did turn in a solid performance even if he thought it wasn’t that great.

“Personally, I’m a perfectionist, so I felt like I left a little out here,” Crow said. “I felt like I could have done better. I’m going to take these drills I learned out here and use them to try and improve every single time I put my cleats on.”

Though several schools have reached out and continued to recruit him, Crow remains firmly committed to the Hurricanes for a number of reasons.

“It was my favorite school as a little kid and the combination of academics and the relationship with Coach (Jedd) Fisch and Coach Golden,” he said. “The type of people they are, match my personality. I really like that and having a pro-style offense. Then you get to play at a school like Miami also.”

“I’m set on Miami, no doubt about it.”

The Clearwater (Fla.) product recently traveled down to see Miami go through spring practice and was impressed with the new direction of the program under Golden.

“The practices are very different, very fast paced,” Crow said. “He just brings the attitude that we want to win. He has very good character like myself and he’s going in there and picking everybody back up.”

News and notes

- In addition to Crow and the other quarterbacks mentioned in an earlier update, Tampa (Fla.) quarterback Greg Windham stood out. Earning a coveted yellow jersey as one of the most accurate passers, Windham was very fluid when throwing the ball and has decent size at 6-foot-2, 200 pounds.

- Orlando (Fla.) quarterback Nick Patti surprised with a great arm despite being about 5-foot-10. A quick release and an accurate arm normally gets attention at Elite 11 competitions and Patti earned a yellow jersey as well on top of being named one of the best at the event. The only knock seems to be his height but he is a player and showed his competitiveness off at the event. He was scheduled to throw at the Badger Sports 7-on-7 later in the day but pulled a muscle according to the Orlando Sentinel.

- Class of 2013 quarterback Akeem Jones displayed a cannon of an arm in both events Saturday. He has great size at 6-foot-3, 210 pounds and gets the ball to the receiver in a hurry. Jones is still raw as a passer but making the elite travel team as a sophomore is an indication of just how talented he is. He might end up playing wide receiver in college but he’s got a good head on his shoulders and a great work ethic so it wouldn’t be too surprising if he ended up getting a shot to play quarterback first.

- Former Colorado coach Dan Hawkins is an instructor at the Elite 11 this year. The always enthusiastic Hawkins said he will be attending several spring practices, starting with BYU next week, and instructing at the Elite 11 camps on the weekend. His son, former Colorado quarterback and Elite 11 counselor Cody Hawkins, is in Sweden preparing to play quarterback for a team there.

- Teams from South Florida dominated the Badger Sports event, with three going undefeated in round-robin play. Elite travel team South Florida Express went a perfect 4-0 and had an unbelievable collection of talent at wide receiver, led by LSU commit Avery Johnson and Herb Waters. The South Florida Blur were led by several good performances from wide out Jamie Wilson.

- Florida commit Matt Jones did not play with an undisclosed injury.

- Orlando (Fla.) defensive back Ty Law said he recently picked up offers from N.C. State and West Virginia.

Posted on: January 13, 2011 1:48 pm
Edited on: January 13, 2011 2:20 pm
 

Thursday coaching changes' effect on recruiting

Posted by Bryan Fischer 

Thursday afternoon saw several well-known names in the college coaching world head to the post office for a change of address form. Despite it being less than three weeks until Signing Day, most of these moves don’t overtly affect the recruiting for each particular school.

Stanford hires David Shaw as head coach 

This comes as no surprise to those involved in the Stanford program. Shaw is an alumnus and played under Denny Green and Bill Walsh while on the Farm. In addition to years of NFL experience as an assistant coach, Shaw has done well at San Diego and Stanford. With Andrew Luck in the fold already, Shaw will look to hold together a promising Top 20 recruiting class and it all starts this weekend when some 20 recruits will be on campus for a visit. After talking with several former Stanford players, Shaw should be better received while recruiting and in the locker room than Jim Harbaugh. Stanford verbal commitment Wayne Lyons has already tweeted that he likes the move.

Norm Chow moves from UCLA to Utah 

It seems like Chow’s dream of landing a head coaching job is just about over with his latest move. UCLA’s move to the Pistol offense didn’t have the desired effect in the wins department this year but Chow’s reputation will always proceed him after working with Phillip Rivers, Carson Palmer, and Matt Leinert. Chow isn’t known to pound the recruiting trail too much but as a former assistant at BYU and a player at Utah, he should be another selling point for the Utes as they join the Pac-12. 

Seahawks’ Jedd Fisch heads to Miami as offensive coordinator

Although Fisch has been in the NFL nine of the past 10 years, he has experience on the college level as a graduate assistant under Steve Spurrier at Florida and a one year stint as offensive coordinator at Minnesota. He should mesh well with Brennan Carroll, the recently hired recruiting coordinator and tight ends coach, as both are very energetic coaches. While he’s not the big name like Charlie Weis is as at Florida and he will still be coaching the Seahawks until they’re knocked out of the playoffs, the ties to the state of Florida as an assistant and player should help out on the recruiting trail. 

Gary Crowton leaves LSU for Maryland 

It would be hard to call this move a shock. Although Les Miles is deeply loyal to Crowton, the calls for his head were simply too numerous to ignore for Crowton to not get the hint to look for a job elsewhere. Crowton was far from a big influence on LSU’s recruiting efforts – running backs coach Frank Wilson does a lot of the work on the staff – so this move may be a net gain for the Tigers. It will be interesting to see who Miles will bring in but whoever it is, they should improve upon an offense that had just seven passing touchdowns in the regular season despite a wealth of four- and five-star talent. As for Maryland, we can just mark the Randy Edsall-Crowton combo down as a “we’ll see.”
 
 
 
 
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