Friday Stock Report: 2/4

On Wednesday Miami signed 17 players including 12 players from Florida. It was another hectic recruiting year with early commitments, decommittments, and a few surprises. It is one more step towards the 2005 season.

Note: Spring practices are tentatively scheduled to start on March 8.

Signing Day Success
The team at CanesTime put together another successful signing day to provide you the reader with up-to-date signings, press conference articles and photos, along with Larry Coker's quotes from the press conference. The chat room and message boards at CanesTime.com were constantly busy with hundreds of members signing on to discuss the latest recruiting news. Just like every signing day there are reasons to be disappointed, but more importantly there are reasons to be excited.

Recruiting Overview: Offense
This was not a recruiting class that will be known for it's offensive talent, as Miami did not sign a quarterback, running back, or a wide receiver. However, they did sign an outstanding fullback in Jerrell Mabry. If he picks up the offense early in the fall, then he could see playing time. Another positive note is they picked up two outstanding offensive players from Texas in TE DajLeon Farr and OL Reginald Youngblood. Farr is expected to make an immediate impact this fall and Youngblood could be on the second-team when the season starts.

Recruiting Overview: Defense
Miami signed 12 defensive players compared to just six offensive players. Carol City standout Kenneth Phillips is the top prospect on the defensive side of the ball and has the ability to make a big tackle as well as a key interception. Linebackers Spencer Adkins, Eric Houston, and Darryl Sharpton all have shown the ability to play sideline-to-sideline. They have great speed combined with very good instincts. All of them will be competing for playing time throughout their careers at Miami, but it will be hard to see the field in 2005 as the Hurricanes return eight linebackers.

Miami Northwestern High School
On Signing Day I had the privilege to be in the school's auditorium as eight Bulls signed letters of intent to play collegiate football. The event started with a season highlight video as the players and students in the crowd cheered the plays. Principal Dr. Steve Gallon gave a positive message to those in attendance about "staying the course" and stressing the importance of education. Family members took photos as the media interviewed the prospects. Current Miami WR Khalil Jones was in attendance to watch his brother Malcolm sign with a Division II school in Tennessee. OL Chris Barney unveiled a covered up banner revealing he will play for Miami. WR Ulysses Alexander was the only other surprise as he chose to attend the University of Tennessee.

Quite A Character
Randy Phillips, a defensive back from Glades Central, has been described by Coker as a "fun person to be around." Coker recalled a conversation he had recently with Phillips. Randy: Coach, let me ask you. When I score and I do my deal in the end zone. I know I am going to get a penalty, but what are you going to do. Coker: Randy, first of all I am going to chew you out. Now, I'll still count the touchdown though. Randy: Coach, I can deal with that. I can deal with that.

Basketball Recruiting,
It was a slow week for the three Miami signees with only Adrian Thomas (23 ppg) playing. Thomas scored 27 points for Flanagan in a victory followed by a six-point performance in a loss. Flanagan is now 16-5 on the season and their next game is Monday. Brian Asbury (26 ppg) is waiting to play in the GMAC tournament beginning on Tuesday. Denis Clemente (31 ppg) plays tonight against Florida Prep at MacArthur South.

Miami Basketball (13-7, 4-5 ACC)
The Hurricanes suffered a tough loss at home on Wednesday against Virginia Tech, 73-63. It was a game in which Miami didn't make the shots they were accustomed to making. Robert Hite led the team in scoring with 17 points. Anthony King added 12 points and eight rebounds. Their only game this upcoming week is a home contest against Maryland tomorrow at 3:00. Miami is currently seventh in the ACC and North Carolina leads the conference with a 7-1 record.

Miami Baseball (1-0)
The team started the 2005 season on Tuesday with a 7-0 victory over FIU. Preseason All-American Cesar Carrillo picked up the win allowing just one hit in six innings. The Hurricanes improved to 20-0 when Carrillo appears in a game. Six players made their Hurricane debut including Patrick Feeney who had a two-run single in the sixth to give Miami a 5-0 lead. Tonight begins the first home weekend series with a 7:00 contest against High Point. Last year High Point was 11-44. The series continues with a 7:00 game on Saturday followed by a 1:00 start time on Sunday.

Christopher Stock is a Staff Writer for CanesTime and can be contacted by emailing him at stock@canestime.com.

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