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Miami signed four-star DE Joseph Jackson.

Jackson received offers from Appalachian State, Cincinnati and Clemson (among others) before he signed his NLI with Miami on Wednesday. While he measures out at 6-foot-5, 237 pounds, ESPN 300 cautions that he's not a finished product. Of their 182nd prospect in this recruiting cycle, they write that he "lacks any sort of physical presence at this point" due to the fact that he's "still getting used to his body." The outlet also cautions that when the action of the play doesn't happen to fall in Jackson's direction, his motor can sometimes rev down. In a Scout.com Spotlight video, the Gulliver Prep standout indicated that he models his game after that of Jadeveon Clowney.
Feb 7 - 12:41 PM

Miami signed four-star RB Travis Homer.

Homer also drew offers from Florida and Florida State, but the 5-foot-11, 195-pounder committed to the Hurricanes in May and stuck to it through the turnover from Al Golden to Mark Richt. He checks into the ESPN 300 at No. 175, while Scout.com notes that Homer "makes a lot of big plays and he loves to compete." He has a nice speed element to his game, though Scout's report cautions that he's not yet there in terms of his power and drive. Beyond his rawness in some areas, there's a much, much bigger hurdle to immediate playing time. Last season, Miami sophomore RB Joseph Yearby put up one of the great unheralded rushing campaigns in all the land, slicing his way to 1,511 yards and seven touchdowns.
Source: scout.com
Feb 6 - 7:33 PM

Miami signed four-star LB Zachary McCloud.

McCloud hails from Lantana, Florida, and will be sticking in state. Usual suspects Florida, Auburn and Alabama were also showing interest in the 6-foot-2, 220-pound linebacker. On the ESPN 300, he checks in at No. 172. The Worldwide Leader's scouting report advises that "[c]ontinued development of his stance, cover skills and ability to shed blocks will benefit to make his game complete." The same report praises his tackling as "violent," though, so it's not all work and no play.
Feb 6 - 6:02 PM

While discussing the 2016 recruiting class, Miami DC Manny Diaz said, "First and foremost we want to be defined by our toughness."

"We want to be aggressive. We want our defensive line to penetrate," Diaz said, "and that should sound familiar because it was here in the ‘80s, then it became the trend in college football." 10 of the 18 recruits HC Mark Richt brought on board are of the defensive variety, with LB Shaquille Quarterman, Rivals No. 74 overall player in this cycle, leading the pack. While he might want to bring back the hard-hitting defenses of years past, Diaz is also preaching a fresh start. "You want everybody to have a clean slate. Even if you were great last year, it doesn’t matter. If you were bad last year, it doesn’t matter," he said.
Feb 4 - 9:34 PM

Four-star WR Ahmmon Richards signed with Miami.

Richards is one of several highly rated wideouts to join HC Mark Richt's crew this recruiting cycle. He took a late January visit to Tennessee, but the Vols were unable to haul in the 6-foot-2, 175-pound recruit from Wellington, Florida. As a senior at Wellington Community High School, he caught 60 passes for 1,152 yards and 15 touchdowns in 11 games. He might actually be better suited as a defensive back, though. Scout.com thinks he could develop into a potential Top-10 pick in the NFL draft at DB, assuming he can reach his potential.
Source: Scout.com
Feb 3 - 7:48 PM

The Detroit Lions hired former Miami HC Al Golden to serve as tight ends coach.

Golden was also considered for a position on the Dallas Cowboy staff before inking with the Lions. After spending the last 22 years at the collegiate level, Golden will be making his NFL coaching debut in 2016. Golden was dismissed by the Hurricanes after going 32-25 in four-plus seasons. Before that, he compiled a 27-34 record at Temple. Interestingly, the Lions also recently hired former Maryland HC Randy Edsall.
Feb 2 - 3:40 PM

Four-star DE Patrick Bethel committed to Miami in December.

The son of former Miami standout Randy Bethel, Patrick made official visits to Auburn and Tennessee in autumn, but he decided to eschew the SEC for the ACC shortly after the Hurricanes hired HC Mark Richt. The 6-foot-3, 245-pounder hails from Vero Beach, Florida, which certainly didn't hurt matters. He's No. 111 on the ESPN 300 and scout.com believes he "lives in the backfield." With Vero Beach High School, he played at defensive end, but it's possible he switches positions depending on how his body develops. "Very little risk [overall]," Scout notes, "and [he] should play sooner rather than later at the next level."
Source: scout.com
Feb 1 - 8:56 PM

Four-star LB Shaquille Quarterman committed to Miami in June.

Quarterman was courted by the likes of Alabama, Auburn and Boston College, but he opted to stay in his home state (he's from Orange Park, Florida). The 6-foot-1, 239-pounder played his high school ball at Oakleaf High and packs a wallop on his tackles, especially when he's able to gear up with a head of steam downhill. On the more critical side, scout.com's analysis team sees him "struggl[ing] in space" and noted that he's "not fleet of foot." The recruiting hub likes him as north-south run-stopper. Quarterman ranks as the 98th recruiting prospect in the ESPN 300.
Source: scout.com
Jan 30 - 1:57 PM

Four-star Miami WR commitment Sam Bruce said, "We’re bringing them in. We’re bringing them in. And they’re all like me. We got the same thing in mind."

"We’re going to get in the weight room. We’re going to get big. I’m excited for Miami football, man. I’m excited," Bruce said in an interview with Dolphins broadcaster Joe Rose on WQAM. The 5-foot-8, 183-pound wideout indicated that he patterns his game after Billy "White Shoes" Johnson, a three-time Pro Bowl WR during the 70's and 80's with the Oilers and Falcons. The nephew of former Rams great Issac Bruce, Sam's a burner who should have opportunities in the coming season (sophomore Braxton Berrios and redshirt senior Malcolm Lewis figure to battle with him for playing time). He made his initial commitment to Miami all the way back in July of 2014, but hasn't budged off it and reaffirmed his intentions with the Hurricanes last week.
Jan 29 - 3:57 PM

Miami LB Raphael Kirby (knee) was invited to the NFL combine.

"Just got invited to the combine! God is good," he tweeted. The gratitude is understandable. Kirby was knocked out for the season in October with a serious right knee injury. TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline considers Kirby a UDFA at this time.
Jan 27 - 3:25 PM

Four-star WR Dionte Mullins committed to Miami in July.

Depending on where you look, Mullins is either a three-star recruit (Scout.com ranks him as such) or a four-star one (ESPN 300's in that boat, having ranked him 92nd overall). The 5-foot-11, 179-pounder was drawing interest from Alabama, Appalachian State, Clemson and others before he opted for the verbal agreement with the Hurricanes. Scout.com notes that he tends to play bigger than his size and that he should fit as an inside receiver once he hits the college level.
Source: scout.com
Jan 26 - 7:48 PM

Miami redshirt freshman DT Gerald Willis "was dominant playing on the scout team" last year, writes ESPN's Andrea Adelson.

Willis was the No. 42 in the 2014 ESPN 300. He transferred to Miami from Florida prior to last season after running into some off-field issues. "With a new coaching staff, Willis has an opportunity to reach his potential," Adelson wrote. "Has he left his baggage behind in Gainesville?"
Source: ESPN.com
Jan 25 - 7:14 PM

Four-star WR Sam Bruce committed to Miami in July.

While Bruce will be hit with the "undersized" label often, the 5-foot-8, 183-pound recruit makes up for this with a fantastic speed element. Scout.com's Chad Simmons notes that he is "so quick off the line that he is tough for defensive backs to get a hand on" and is "a real threat any time he catches the ball." Because of his size, ESPN's scouting department speculates that his best fit with the Hurricanes might be out of the slot. And in a fun note, he's the nephew of former St. Louis Rams great Issac Bruce. Fun.
Source: scout.com
Jan 23 - 4:45 PM

Miami S Deon Bush "did a nice job [in Wednesday's Shrine Game practice] covering tight ends in one-on-one drills, and he should," wrote NFL Media draft analyst Mike Mayock.

No surprise that Bush could hold his own against tight ends, as one of his best attributes is his ability to cover across the middle of the field. This past season, the 6-foot-1, 205-pound defender recorded 50 tackles (three for loss), a sack, an interception and six passes defended. While he failed to force a fumble, he had a whopping five punched out in 2014. Heading into the Shrine Game practice week, TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline made a bold comparison, noting that Bush's "size/speed numbers are similar to former Hurricane star Ed Reed."
Source: NFL.com
Jan 23 - 2:10 PM

Four-star QB Jack Allison committed to Miami in June.

Allison was recruited by Al Golden, who was fired in mid-October. The 6-foot-5, 190-pounder's held firm to his commitment through the hiring of Mark Richt, though, and goody for Miami, as Allison already possesses the sort of frame that coaches dream on from their gunslingers. Scout.com's analysis team cautions that while he "really shows good anticipation when throwing the football," he can also be a very streaky player. To their point, as a junior at Palmetto High School, Allison held an 18/14 TD/INT ratio. He'll be able to gain seasoning on the bench with Brad Kaaya firmly installed as Miami's starter for the coming season.
Source: scout.com
Jan 22 - 10:03 PM


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