Good News!!! 5 star DT-TE Sheldon Richardson is down here this weekend on an official visit, thanks to the hard work put in by Coach Hurtt. After he received his visit from Coach Hurtt, he decided to come down and take a trip down to Coral Gables. Props to Coach Hurtt for getting him down here. And yes, this is a serious visit guys. Richardson did grow up a huge Miami fan and is looking forward to his visit down here. Richardson also mentioned that if we hired an OC that ran the spread offense, that he was not interested and would remove us from consideration. I believe that Miami is recruiting him as a TE and that is one of the main reasons he is interested. At 6'4, 292lbs., he is definitely not your average looking TE, but he does have the speed and quickness of one. This would be a huge steal and great get if Miami were able to sway him and have him decommit from Mizzou. He has been committed to Missouri since the summer. Hope we blow him away this weekend. Another note, I believe he is coming down with his father. It has been said that when he travels with his parents he means business. All we can do is wait and see.
P.S. Remember, Warren Sapp came into the program as a tight end. Just something to keep in mind.
Another kid who is in town is 6'3, 220lbs LB/RB Sam Barrington out of Jacksonville (FL) Terry Parker. Barrington had 109 tackles, 3 sacks and 1 int. this year. He also rushed for about 1,200 yards and 17 td's. Miami is though, recruiting him as a LB. Barrington is a kid with great makeup. Big, strong, fast. He can definitely play multiple positions. With a little more weight on that frame, he could be one scary-looking kid. Hopefully he could be that scary-looking and scary-good on the field. I'm really liking this kid. Barrington has visited USF and Illinois already. After this weekend down here, he has an in-home visit with Illinois head coach Ron Zook.. If he really enjoys his trip, I really like our chances with him.
I know we totally forgot to let you guys in on the Jacory Harris press conference. We apologize for that. He basically was discussing the Marve transferring situation, OC hiring and a couple other things. He did mention he tweaked his throwing shoulder in the second half of the Emerald Bowl, but has fully recovered and feels great. He stated he was a bit surprised that he did leave, but that he was a great quarterback and he wished him the best of luck. He explained that it will not be a big deal learning a new playbook with the new OC hire and that he believes it will be a smooth transition. He also mentioned the thought of transferring never crossed his mind, but it was not easy. This kid is a real leader and I look forward to great things from him this year. Nothing seems to really faze him. He also discussed the issue regarding his weight, which obviously has a direct correlation to his health and ability to take hits. During the bowl game he was weighing 176 and he's put on another 10 pounds. He has said that by late August he would like to be up another 5-10 pounds and finish his career around 215. It's encouraging and shows two things:
1.) He's hit the weight room hard in the last month.
2.) Coach Swasey's program does work for those who put work into it.
Back to recruiting news. Others coming on an official visit our Miami commits Jared Wheeler, Cory White, A.J. Highsmith and Kayvon Webster. Other un-committed players are Malcolm Bunche, Marcus Hall, Shayon Green (Verbal to Purdue), Greg King. In my next installment, which I will have up by tomorrow afternoon or in the evening, I will discuss the remaining un-committed players. I will also give you guys a tidbit on news regarding recruits who are visiting next weekend and Greg Reid, his cousin and current Miami commit Jamal Reid, who has according to numerous sources opted to reschedule his visit to Miami for next weekend so that he can bring down his cousin Greg with him. Greg Reid is definitely a kid we will keep our eyes on. Stay Tuned...