Archive for January, 2011
Former University of Miami recruit out of Cape Coral H.S. (FL), athlete Jeremy Davis has now pledged to Central Florida. Davis spent the last season at Milford Academy. Click here to view Jeremy Davis’ highlight video.
Boyd Anderson H.S. (FL) linebacker Kent Turene has dropped his commitment to USC and has reopened his recruiting.
St. Thomas Aquinas (FL) defensive back Marcus Roberson has committed to Auburn University. Roberson was also being recruited by Florida, Georgia, Miami, Notre Dame, Oklahoma, Syracuse, Texas Tech, Wisconsin and many more.
Suprise commit Rashawn Scott out of Melbourne Central Catholic High. Scott didn’t play against the highest level of ompetition this season, but he obviously caught the eyes of the UM coaching staff.
Scott stands in at 6″2 198 and runs a 4.5 in the 40. Scott chose Miami over West Virginia, USF, Michigan St., Illinois as well as others. Scott is not afraid to go into coverage, or go over the middle. He is a tough minded receiver that doesn’t mind stretching out for balls. Stay tuned for more on this surprise commit.
Former Miami kicker Matt Bosher had a brilliant career at Miami, but unfortunately he will be graduating and the Hurricanes need a replacement for him. Former Michigan commit Matt Goudis will be competing for a spot as the Miami kicker in 2011. Recently we got a chance to catch up with Matt.
HSN: Matt congratulations on your commitment. How does it feel to be a cane?
Matt Goudis: It feels great to be a part of a program with great tradition like the Hurricanes.
HSN: What was the major difference between the Michigan Wolverines and the Hurricanes?
Matt Goudis: There was a variety of factors that led to my switch. I grew up in South Florida and I have a lot of family and friends down there. I also prefer kicking in a warm weather climate like Miami as well. The final factor that led me to become a cane was coach Al Golden. He is not only a great coach, but he is also a great guy. I believe he will get the program turned around.
HSN: What was your favorite part of your visit? What part of the trip did you enjoy the most, and why did you end up committing while you were still on campus?
Matt Goudis: I loved that the weather was in the 70’s in January. That was great. I also could see that the coaches understood teh importance of having a good kicking game. That’s why I made my decision.
HSN: What are your feelings toward the coaching staff?
Matt Goudis: They’re great, they are relentless recruiters, and they are determined to get Miami back to being a national power.
HSN: The canes already have a kicker on their roster in Jake Weiclaw. Did that affect your decision? Do you think you can come in and play right away as a freshman?
Matt Goudis: I committed knowing about that situation. I just feel that if I compete I will get a chance to play as a true freshman. All I want is a chance.
HSN: Matt Bosher was a fan favorite for his hustle on special teams. Would you be willing to make a tackle if necessary?
Matt Goudis: Yes, I pride myself on being an athletic kicker. I played some defensive back in high school and I ran a 4.5 in the 40. I have no problem going in to make a stop.
HSN: Is kicking more about leg muscle or technique?
Matt Goudis: A good mix of both.You have to be strong and explosive on kickoffs, but technique has to be flawless to be an elite consistent field goal kicker.Most field goals are taken within 45 yards so leg strength really doesn’t play a factor, its all about the technique and whether you can be automatic from that range.
HSN: How do you feel when the game is on the line and all that stands between a win and a loss is your kick? Do you embrace the situation?
Matt Goudis: Yes, some people are scared of it but that’s what excites me the most to be able to win the game, nothing feels better.
HSN: Have you had any game winners?
Matt Goudis: I’ve had two. My freshman year I was playing varsity. We were playing the defending state champs and i hit a 37 yard game winner at age 14.
(Francisco Garcia on the interview)
Former Cane commit Nick Menocal out of Belen Jesuit verballed to Miami early in the recruiting process. Coach Shannon was the main reason he came to Miami. He was coming to the University of Miami with the idea that he would be playing linebacker.
Coach Golden had other ideas, Golden gave Menocal the opportunity to play offense because Nick didn’t fit the mold for the new Mark D’onofrio defense.
Menocal always had aspirations of playing on the defensive side of the ball, so when he got the news from Coach Golden about the switch he decided that he would be a better fit playing for Paul Johnson’s defense at Georgia Tech.
Denzel Perryman, linebacker out of Coral Gables Senior High committed to the Canes over the weekend. Perryman has all the measurables to make an impact at the next level, and he has been playing Varsity ball since his freshman year for the Cavaliers.
HSN got a chance to catch up with Perryman over the weekend to get his thoughts on becoming the newest member of the hurricane family.
HSN: Conratulations on your commitment Denzel. How does it feel to be a cane?
Denzel Perryman: Thanks, Its something that I’ve always dreamed about. The time finally came and I made my decision to be at the University of Miami.
HSN: What took you so long to make your commitment to the Hurricanes?
Denzel Perryman: Well, when Randy Shannon was let go I started getting nervous. I didn’t know who the new head coach would be and I started looking around at other schools. Once I got to know the new staff, and I knew that coach Golden was going to keep Michael Barrow on board I knew everything was right again.
HSN: Were there any other schools you were considering? If so what was the difference between those schools and Miami?
Denzel Perryman: The only other school I was looking at was the University of Florida. Honestly it was a very hard decision. The University of Florida has a lot of tradition and there coaches were great, but the one thing that stood out about Miami was the family atmosphere.
HSN: Talk about your relationship with Miami’s assistant coach Michael Barrow. How long have you known him?
Denzel Perryman: I’ve known coach Barrow since my freshmen year. He calls me all the time and we just have a great relationship.
Denzel Perryman: Miami recruited me as an inside linebacker so thats where I plan to play when I get there.
HSN: We’ve heard you have a good relationship with Jonathan Vilma the former cane and now NFL pro bowl linebacker. What can you say about him? Did he try to push you towards Miami?
Denzel Perryman: Jonathan Vilma is great. He and I talk everyday. He didn’t really push me to do anything. He just told me to take my time and to do what was best for me.
HSN:You’ve been playing Varsity for quite a while at Coral Gables. Who have been some of the best players you’ve went up against?
Denzel Perryman: I’ve played versus a lot of good players. My freshman year I went up against Jacory Harris and that whole Miami Northwestern National Championship team.
HSN: What are your true measurements right now height/weight and what is your 40 time bench and squat numbers?
Denzel Perryman: I’m between 5’11 and 6’0 I weigh 215 pounds. My bench max is 315 my squat is 505 and my 40 time is somewhere between 4.5 and 4.6.
HSN: Current Miami commit Thomas Finnie has enrolled early and he said he wants to wear #2 your old high school number. If that’s the case what number would you like to wear?
Denzel Perryman: Awww, I really wanted to wear #2, but if I can’t I’d like to wear # 52 or # 51 like Jonathan Vilma wore.
HSN: Talk about Coach Golden what are your impressions of him?
Denzel Perryman: I think coach Golden is a great guy. he is down to earth. I think he is going to turn the program around and I want to be a part of that.
By: Kyle Blank – www.hurricanesportsnation.com
Byron Moore committed to Miami this weekend during his visit choosing the Canes over Tennessee.
The 6-1 200 pounder with 4.5 speed is a junior college cornerback/safety from Los Angeles Harbor college in Wilimington California. Moore finished the season as the Central West Conference Defensive Player of the year while recording forty tackles and nine interceptions.
The talented safety Moore listed over 20 scholarships offers including Miami, and he will be a redshirt sophomore. Originally Moore committed to the USC Trojans, but then later transferred to a junior college due to the NCAA sanctions that USC would be facing.Coming out of high school, Moore was a four star recruit and played in the US Army All American game.
Moore can cover, tackle and is a ball hawk, adding Moore to our secondary next year will cause nightmares for opposing receivers. That’s how good this kid is.
Here is Moore’s Junior college highlights:
By: Kyle Blank-www.Hurricanesportsnation.com
Antonio Kinard out of Hargrave Military School will play linebacker for the hurricanes next season. Kinard an original Michigan commitment decided to switch when Michigan coach Rich Rodriguez left the program.
Kinard is 6″4 210, but he will need to pack on some more weight when he gets to campus. Kinard ran track, and has clocked a 4.6 in the 40 yard dash. Antonio says he will play strongside linebacker at Miami.
By: Kyle Blank-www.Hurricanesportsnation.com
Dallas Crawford out of South Fort Myers committed to Miami after an in home visit with Coach Golden this morning. Crawford is another lifelong cane’s fan that originally committed to Michigan, because the old Miami regime did not give him an offer.
Crawford has 9 interceptions this past season at the cornerback position, and he also put up some very impressive numbers while playing quarterback as well at South Fort Myers.
Look for Crawford to compete for one of the cornerback spots opposite of Brandon McGee this fall. Crawford makes. The 5″10 185 pound Crawford makes 12 commitments for the 2011 Miami Signing Class.
South Fort Myers defensive back Dallas Crawford has committed to the University of Miami. This is the third commitment for the Hurricanes over the last three days.
South Broward H.S. athlete Kevin Grooms has committed to the University of Miami.
University School (Florida) linebacker and Gridironstuds.com Recruit Watch List member Justin Cooper has committed to Texas Tech University.
LaSalle High School (Florida) quarterback and Gridironstuds.com Recruit Watch List member Rafi Montalvo has committed to the Naval Academy.
University School (Florida) defensive tackle and Gridironstuds.com Recruit Watch List member Pat Williams has committed to Villanova University. Williams was previously committed to Buffalo.
By: Kyle Blank
2007 Super Prep, Under Armour All-American Blake Ayles will be transferring from USC to Miami for the 2011 football season. Ayles signed with the Trojans in 2007, and never really got his chance to shine while he was in Southern California.
Ayles the 6’5 245 pound tightend from Orange, California was recruited in 2007 by current Miami recruiting coordinator Brennon Carroll. Carroll and Ayles always had a good relationship, so Ayles decided he wanted to finish his career in the orange and green. Ayles will be a redshirt senior next year, and he will have 1 season of eligibility. Ayles will be able to play immediately next season. He will not have to sit out a season as most transfers usually do, because the sanctions that were placed on USC allow for their players to leave the program without having to sit out.
Ayles will provide much needed depth for the hurricanes who are paper thing at the tight end position. Miami has multiple tightends, but only Chase Ford and Asante Cleveland have game experience. Ayle’s frame and hands could be an asset to the hurricanes next year.