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Miami Hurricanes News & Notes: Gators-Canes Hype Builds, Phil Steele’s Predictions and more

Welcome to the weekend Canes familia!

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Good morning and happy weekend ya’ll! No, the football season hasn’t started yet but that still hasn’t stopped Coach Manny Diaz & co. from piling up recruiting commitments since Paradise Camp last weekend. According to 24/7 sports, the Canes have the 9th best recruiting class in 2020 and are ranked 1st in 2021. There’s obviously a lot of time to signing day and a lot of games to play, but CMD and his staff have built up a great foundation of success that should only improve as the season goes along.

So without further ado, let’s get into all the info you need to keep up to date with your Miami Hurricanes...

Around The Site

An early film-room breakdown at what the Canes should expect from the Jim McElwain-led Central Michigan Chippewas. CMU was 1-11 last year before bringing McElwain in to try and find some stability. The Chips should be better this year but shouldn’t be much more than a early season tuneup for the Canes.

We’re nearing the mid-way point with the 56th greatest play in Miami history; Bennie Blades’ pick-six during Miami’s crushing 58-7 rout over Notre Dame. Not only did Blades take this interception back to the house, but he even had time to high-five fellow DB Selwyn Brown while doing it.

Around The Web

24/7 sports’ Andrew Ivins previews a very Miami-heavy Elite 11 Finals this weekend. Miami commits 5-star RB Don Chaney, 4-star QB Tyler Van Dyke, and 4-star DE Samuel Anaele will be there competing.

Phil Steele’s 2019 season preview is out now - touted as one of the most accurate previews around. Steele sees Miami rebounding in a major way. The Canes are listed as the second best defense in the nation, only behind Bama, and are considered one of the potential surprise teams for this season. Steele predicts a Coastal division title for the Canes with a great chance to break double digit wins.

ProCane Shane Larkin is doing it big over in Turkey, leading the Anadolu Efes to a Turkish Basketball Super League title and earning MVP along the way.

SB Nation’s Ian Boyd gives us a little early hype for the coming storm of UM-UF that is still almost two months away. Not surprisingly, Boyd thinks this will be a battle of the defenses and whichever offense can make the fewest mistakes will likely come away victorious.

Over at FanBuzz, they offer a retrospective on the greatest team of all time - 2001’s Canes. Aptly titled, “The 2001 Miami Hurricanes Would Beat Any Team, Any Time,” it’s a nice revisit for a team that is so uniquely Miami.

That’s all for today Canes’ fans, remember...