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Miami Hurricanes News & Notes: Mark Pope makes his mark, Coaching staff hits the recruiting trail, Miami players turning heads nationally

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This star recruit is improving. And why UM left home turnover chain from spring game - Miami Herald

“UM has only two five-star recruits on the roster, and while one of them (Lorenzo Lingard) was sidelined this spring recovering from major knee surgery last fall, the other — receiver Mark Pope — displayed some measure of improvement.

Pope didn’t play a lot as a freshman — and caught only one pass — in part because he didn’t know the playbook well enough and didn’t always run routes correctly, according to sources. But he has displayed growth in those areas this spring.”

New UM staff ramps up recruitment of Deerfield Beach star RB. ‘They’re crazy about me’ - Miami Herald

“Even five months ago, it would’ve been hard to picture Jaylan Knighton winding up with the Miami Hurricanes. The old regime had offered the Deerfield Beach running back, although there was never exactly a major press to prioritize the four-star all-purpose back.

The relationship has changed since the start of the new year. Manny Diaz replaced the entire offensive coaching staff when he took over as Miami’s coach in the final days of 2018. Now the Hurricanes are all over one of the Miami metropolitan area’s best.”

Quarterbacks Turning Heads in 2019 College Football Spring Games - Bleacher Report

Tate Martell was the third quarterback to see action in Miami’s spring game, but it was a better-late-than-never situation for one of the more impressive intrasquad performances of the month.”

Will Mallory Impressing on a National Scale - State of the U

“Under a new offensive scheme, Miami fans are hoping to see players flourish and reach their full potential — exactly what Will Mallory is doing.

The Hurricanes have an elite duo on their hands with Jordan and Mallory. Jordan recently sustained a sprained knee but should be fully recovered by fall. His absence has allowed Mallory to take most of the starting reps though — useful for his development.”

How Zion Nelson can go from 2-star to starter - State of the U

“Zion Nelson was only a two-star prospect (bumped to three-star after signing with Miami) out of Sumter High School in South Carolina. Nelson had verbally committed to Appalachian State when Miami’s staff swooped in and flipped Nelson to the ‘Canes. The six-foot-five, 240 pounder looked more like a tight end than a tackle upon signing day. However, Nelson early enrolled in January which gave him a head start on strength and conditioning, as well as ACC-level diet and nutrition.”

2019 Miami Hurricanes NFL Evaluation Profile: DE Joe Jackson - State of the U

“From the moment he first stepped onto a football field wearing a Hurricanes’ uniform, Joe Jackson was projected to be the next star pass rusher from The U to go the NFL. After three seasons in which he led the Hurricanes in sacks, Jackson sets his sights on dominating the NFL.

Noted for his pass rushing instinct and ability, the Gulliver Prep graduate applied himself to become a good run defender to round out his game. A blend of speed and power at 6’5”, 265 pounds, Jackson was one of the most dynamic weapons on a talent-rich Hurricane defense.”

2019 Miami Hurricanes NFL Evaluation Profile: DT Gerald Willis III - State of the U

“In the span of a season, Gerald Willis III blossomed from practice squad star to quarterback menace. In 2018, the boy from Louisiana turned into the man of the 305 area code. Willis finished second in the ACC in tackles-for-loss with 18. In his senior season, the DT added four sacks to go along with 59 tackles. Those stats helped Willis win the team MVP, and helped to propel him on the road to the NFL.”

Get your Let’s Be Jerks T-shirt from Breaking T - State of the U

“After coining the phrase a couple years ago (and damnit, I meant it when I said it in that Lane Kiffin for HC piece), the motto #LetsBeJerks has taken hold in certain areas of the Canes-centric social media.

With many people on board with the phrase, and it even trending a couple times recently, we partnered up with Breaking T once again to bring you a great T-shirt!”

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