Good Morning Canes Fam,
Day Two of ACC Tournament for Hurricanes Baseball
On Thursday Miami laid a beatdown on the University of Virginia in the first game of the ACC Baseball Tournament. State of the U’s John Reynolds recapped the 10-3 victory for the ’Canes and previewed what’s at stake in today’s matchup with North Carolina.
The Tar Heels hold a 2-1 edge on the Hurricanes dating back to March of the regular season.
State of Declaration
Miami-Dade has provided the University of Miami with many talented players throughout the program’s history. SOTU’s Marshthomas counts down 10 of the best players to hail from the county.
The countdown to kickoff continued on Thursday with play No. 92 in our 100 Greatest Plays in Miami History series. Marshthomas recounts the debut of the phenomenon that became the Turnover Chain.
A major part of what makes Hurricanes’ football great are the players that have come through the program throughout its history. SOTU’s Jordanvazquez provides a list of some of UM’s all-time “savage” players.
Tales From the Recruiting Trail
In the final week of the spring evaluation period, Miami’s coaching staff continued to pound the pavement in pursuit of the next generation of stars at The U. The coaching staff have dropped in to watch spring games in South Florida, North Carolina, along with Tennessee as previously mentioned.
With the addition of Deerfield Beach WR Xavier Restrepo, Miami now has 15 commits in their 2020 recruiting class. State of the U’s Cam Underwood provides analysis of a player some have compared to former Hurricanes WR Braxton Berrios.
Jonathan Patke and Todd Stroud were in North Carolina on Tuesday to check in on 3-star Mallard Creek LB Trenton Simpson and 4-star Mallard Creek DE Quentin Williams. The hope is that both players will be in attendance at next month’s Paradise Camp.
The ’Canes continue to be going with and after the ‘Flowe’. Class of 2020 Five star Upland (CA) LB Justin Flowe received a visit from UM defensive coordinator Blake Baker on Monday evening.
Baker later spent some time in Texas, catching up with a pair of Houston North Shore members. Three-star prospects, LB Corey Flagg and OT Damieon George — both have Miami in their respective top 5 — got some facetime with Miami’s defensive coordinator.
CB Coach Mike Rumph was in attendance on Thursday to watch 2020 Ensworth DB Keshawn Lawrence. Ensworth (Nashville, TN) is the same school that former Hurricane and current Carolina Panther Corn Elder attended. Lawrence and Elder are cousins, so you can expect Miami to lean on that familial relationship as this recruitment unfolds.
247 Sports 3-star LB Chóe Bryant-Strother of Greater Atlanta Christian School placed Miami in his top 10 schools on Wednesday.
2020 Deerfield Beach RB Jaylan Knighton still remains a high value target for the Hurricanes. For his part, Knighton has indicated that he plans to take an official to Miami before announcing his commitment in August. However, it does appear that Knighton will be elsewhere when Miami hosts their annual Paradise Camp showcase. Knighton is scheduled to take an official visit to Ohio State on June 21.
Miami landed within the top 7 for 247 Sports four-star Holy Names High School TE Theo Johnson.
The 305 Beat
Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald discusses Coach Diaz’s pursuit to expel tolerance of losing from the team.
Manny Navarro of The Athletic ($) shared his interview with the late Bryan Pata, days before Hurricane defensive lineman was murdered. Navarro speaks with Edwin Pata — UM assistant director of recruiting — as he continues to deal with the loss of his brother.
Estela Perez-Somarriba entered her NCAA quarterfinal matchup with Asuka Kawai of Illinois as the top-ranked player in the nation. After disposing VCU’s Paola Diaz-Delgado on Wednesday, Miami’s tennis star aimed to punch her ticket to the Final Four of the NCAA Women’s Singles Tennis field.
Go Canes and Have a Great Long Weekend!