Signing Day 2005 Signees

Kenny Phillips chose the Hurricanes this morning at a press conference at Carol City high school. He leads an impressive class thus far that have signed their Letter of Intents. Check here often for all the latest updates!

Confirmed signings

Luqman Abdallah - DT
Abdallah, who was recruited by UM assistant coach Greg Mark, played his senior year in high school at Trenton Central High in New Jersey, where he wasn't heavily recruited. Despite having a strong senior year, it was a school that traditionally doesn't send players to Division 1 colleges. Abdallah's options were limited. His best scholarship offer at the time was from Ursinis College in Pennsylvania. He had also applied to The Hun School, a post-graduate program that enables student-athletes to get recruited again. Just prior to leaving for Ursinis, Abdallah heard the good news from The Hun School. He had been accepted and it wasn't long after that he began his season there. As a 17-year old during the season, Abdallah finished the year Hun with 72 tackles, 17 for loss, and 10 quarterback sacks. Because Hun is a high profile program, many of the nation's top programs stop by to recruit the school every year and since they also have one of the nation's elite juniors, named Myron Rolle, many programs began noticing Abdallah. When coaches began reviewing the tape, the offers started pouring in. He took recruiting visits to Michigan State, Rutgers, and Wake Forest before making a commitment to UM during a weekend visit to the school in January.

Spencer Adkins - LB
A first-team All-State pick in Class 5A, Adkins registered over 20 sacks in the past two seasons and had over 160 total tackles. Adkins, who was recruited by UM assistant coach Art Kehoe, had over a dozen scholarships very early in the recruiting process and really proved why he's one of the state's top prospects at various summer camps last year. The scholarship offer from UM came a few games into his senior season, when it was evident that he could play the linebacker position at the elite college level. Adkins, who also runs the 100m events for his track team at Naples, visited Georgia in late November before checking out UM in December. He picked the Hurricanes over scholarship offers from Florida State, Florida, and a host of others.

Chris Barney - OL
A two-time first team All-State selection, Barney finished his prep career as one of the best offensive linemen to come out of Dade County in several years. Coached by former Hurricane Roland Smith, Barney has drawn comparisons to former Northwestern and University of Miami standout Vernon Carey because of his size and style of play. Barney, a full academic qualifier who was recruited by UM assistant coach Curtis Johnson, had a number of major scholarship offers during the early part of the recruiting process. He took recruiting visits to Rutgers. North Carolina State, and UM after the season and also considered scholarship offers from Oklahoma and Southern Cal. Barney visited the Hurricanes in late January and announced his commitment to UM on National Signing Day, becoming the third player in the last two years at that school to become a Hurricane – joining Romeo Davis and Khalil Jones from last year.

Antonio Dixon - DT
After a stellar prep career at Booker T. Washington High School in Miami, Dixon signed with the University of Miami last February but was forced to attend prep school to improve his grades. Therefore, he enrolled at Milford Prep Academy in New York and went to work. He's done a tremendous job there and according to head coach Bill Chaplick, he's on pace to graduate in May, which would enable him to start his career at UM in August. Dixon, who finished this past season with 11 quarterback sacks, picked the Canes last year over Florida, South Florida, and Rutgers. He was heavily recruited by West Virginia this past year but said he never considered going anywhere but Miami.

DajLeon Farr - TE
One of the top rated prospects in the entire state of Texas, Farr became a high profile recruit as a junior when he finished the season with seven catches for 166 yards and one touchdown while playing in a run-oriented offense. He was used primarily as an extra blocker, or a sixth offensive lineman, as a senior because of that. Farr, a full academic qualifier who was recruited by UM assistant coach Mario Cristobal, also competes in track and threw the shot put 54 feet and the discus 168 as a junior. The Hurricanes were one of many schools to offer him early in the process. He made an early commitment to the LSU Tigers but then head coach Nick Saban left for the Miami Dolphins, Farr opened things back up. When former UM tight end commitment Martellus Bennett started looking at other programs, UM turned up the heat on Farr and in late December he made his commitment official. Farr also took official visits to LSU, Nebraska, and Oklahoma.

Richard Gordon - DE
One of the most impressive physical specimens in all of South Florida this year, Gordon is built like he's ready to play in the NFL next year. Unfortunately, a rare heart condition and several nagging injuries prevented him from ever playing full time over the last two seasons. The talented senior finished his senior season with 35 tackles and one sack while playing defense end. He posted 245 yards and two scores as a tight end. Gordon, who was recruited to UM by assistant coach Randy Shannon, has a sister named Chanivia Broussard who played basketball for the Hurricanes. Gordon, who also runs track at Norland, had scholarship offers from a lot of the top programs by the end of his senior season. He took January visits to UM, Florida, and South Florida before making a commitment to the Gators in late January. Then on signing day, Gordon had a change of heart and decided to go with the hometown Hurricanes. He comes from the same high school that Shannon and current Hurricane Kareem Brown both attended.

Courtney Harris - DE
Harris, who was named Palm Beach County's Defensive Player of the Year this past season, finished his senior year with 78 total tackles, seven quarterback sacks, four caused fumbles, and two blocked punts. He did that in about seven complete games, as his season was shortened because of the hurricanes that came through the middle part of the state as well as a nagging hamstring injury that prevented Harris from being healthy the entire season. A full academic qualifier, who was recruited by UM assistant coach Mario Cristobal, finished his junior season with 70 tackles and six sacks. He wasn't a big time recruit for a lot of programs but he received a summer scholarship offer from UM, which was his first. He made a summer commitment to the Hurricanes, choosing them over LSU and Minnesota among others.

Eric Houston - LB
Houston, a three-year varsity starter, finished his senior season as the leading tackler in all of Dade and Broward County. After playing just nine games, Houston had 132 total tackles and proved his ability to be around the football at all times. Houston, a full academic qualifier after scoring a 1020 on the SAT, was recruited to UM by assistant coach Randy Shannon. He received a scholarship offer from UM shortly after the season after he took official visits to North Carolina State and West Virginia. He accepted the offer from UM immediately but still entertained thoughts about visiting Florida State and Florida. That all changed when Shannon watched the national championship game between Oklahoma and USC inside Houston's living room. That made quite an impression and Houston decided that he would only take one more visit and that was to UM in late January.

Bruce Johnson - CB
The nephew of current Hurricane cornerback Kelly Jennings, Johnson emerged as one of the top cornerback prospects in the entire state of Florida this past season. He emerged as a big time playmaker at Suwannee as a junior when he finished the season with 44 catches for 727 yards and four touchdowns on offense to go along with two picks on defense. His senior season was very similar, as he continued making big plays the entire season. Johnson, a full academic qualifier who was recruited by UM assistant coach Don Soldinger, wasn't heavily recruited by a lot of the top programs. He wanted an offer from the UM coaches so he went to their summer camp back in June and left with exactly what he wanted. He immediately committed to the Canes, picking them over Louisville, Clemson, and a few others.

Jerrell Mabry - FB
A two-way standout that started three years at the high school level, Mabry wrapped up an excellent prep career this past season. He ran for 969 yards and 22 touchdowns as a sophomore, 1,203 yards and 23 scores as a junior, and then ran for over 1,200 yards and 15 touchdowns as a senior. He was also a first team All-State selection in Georgia's Class 3A this past season. Inside the classroom, he was a full academic qualifier by carrying a 3.45 grade point average and an 890 SAT score. He chose the Hurricanes over Georgia Tech, South Carolina, and Alabama after being recruited by UM assistant Tim Walton.

Kenny Phillips - S
A two-time first team All-State pick in Class 6A, Phillips is coming off an outstanding prep career. The No.1-rated safety prospect in the entire nation by scout.com, Phillips finished his senior season with 84 tackles, six interceptions, four defensive touchdowns, and three punt returns for scores. As a junior, he had 54 tackles and seven picks. Phillips, a full academic qualifier who was recruited by UM assistant coaches Randy Shannon and Tim Walton, was also a 6-6 high jumper on Carol City's track team last year. He became a major priority early in the recruiting process and by the time his senior season started he had scholarship offers from every major program in America. The talented safety took recruiting visits to UM, Tennessee, and NC State before announcing for the Hurricanes on National Signing Day. On a side note, he comes from the same high school that produced current Hurricanes Glenn Sharpe, Sinorice Moss, Eric Moncur, and Willie Williams.

Randy Phillips - S
Phillips, who comes from the same school that produced former Hurricanes James Jackson and Santonio Thomas in recent years, is coming off an outstanding senior season that was unfortunately cut short because of a sprained MCL to his right knee. Phillips finished the season with 710 yards and 11 touchdowns at running back, while recording 57 tackles and picking off four balls while playing in the secondary. As a junior, he finished the year with 97 tackles and four picks. Phillips, a full academic qualifier who was recruited by UM assistant coach Mario Cristobal, made a summer commitment to the University of Miami but then had second thoughts late in the process. He took postseason visits to North Carolina State, Florida State, and Florida in addition to UM before confirming his original decision to become a Hurricane.

Matt Pipho - OL
When Pipho started his sophomore year in high school, he was hoping to continue making a big impact at tight end. That all changed the moment his coach approached him with a new idea. Coaches wanted Pipho, who was recruited by UM coach Art Kehoe, to play offensive tackle. Pipho later become a bookend tackle for his prep program. He's started every game since at the position and brings a tremendous amount of athletic ability to the position. In addition to competing on the gridiron, where he was a first team All-State selection as a senior, Pipho plays basketball and throws the shot put and discus during track season. He's a very smart player, who was an early qualifier and carried a 3.9 GPA and a 29 ACT score when he signed with UM. He wasn't being recruited at the start of the season so he decided to send a video tape to the UM coaches in the early part of the season. It was impressive. He was offered by Miami sometime during the middle part of the season and after taking official visits to Oregon and Stanford, Pipho made a commitment to the Hurricanes during a weekend visit to the school in January. After doing so, Pipho canceled scheduled trips to Oklahoma and Nebraska.

Darryl Sharpton - LB
A lot of people may remember how lightly former UM standout and reigning NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year Jonathan Vilma was coming out of Coral Gables High several years ago. Sharpton, a full academic qualifier after scoring over 1200 on the SAT, took a similar path. Like Vilma, Sharpton is always around the football and he used those instincts to register over 100 tackles as a senior this past fall. The talented senior wasn't heavily recruited, as mentioned, and received a scholarship offer from UM just before Thanksgiving. He thought it over for a short period of time and soon committed to the Hurricanes over Stanford, the other Division 1 program that had offered him a football scholarship.

A.J. Trump - OL
A two-time first team All-State selection, Trump had a banner junior season that put his name on the recruiting map. The talented lineman, who has played all five line positions at various points of his prep career, impressed college coaches during the spring evaluation period and it resulted in getting a number of major scholarship offers. Trump, who is a full academic qualifier after getting a 3.0+ grade point average and scoring 1100 on the SAT, went to a 7-on-7 passing camp with some of his teammates and played linebacker the entire camp! Trump, who was recruited by UM assistant coach Art Kehoe, played on both sides of the line as a senior. He was favoring Notre Dame for most of the season but when Irish coach Ty Willingham was fired, Trump opened up his options. He visited NC State and UM after the season and soon after his visit to Miami he added his name to the commitment list.

Reginald Youngblood - OL
A three-year varsity starter, Youngblood finished his prep career in style. He was one of 75 players to participate in the Scout.com All-American Game, which was broadcast on NBC in early January. Youngblood, a full academic qualifier who was recruited by UM assistant coach Mario Cristobal, hasn't allowed a quarterback sack since early in his sophomore season. He's been a mountain of a left tackle ever since and it resulted in him becoming a first team All-State selection after his junior and senior seasons. Youngblood, nicknamed "Bleed", was courted by several of the nation's premier programs. Before he ever played a down of his senior season, Youngblood had scholarship offers from programs like Miami, LSU, Oklahoma, and Texas. He took official visits to LSU and Miami after the season before making a commitment to the Hurricanes at the end of his trip to UM in early December. Despite constant pressure from other programs, Youngblood never took any other visits.

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