Canes recruits sign up

The University of Miami football team received oral commitments from 22 student-athletes and head coach Larry Coker thinks he is getting just what he was looking for in recruiting the Hurricanes of the future.

"We had an excellent recruiting season and I'm very pleased that we signed a quality group of young men who meet the personnel needs we have," said Coker, at a Wednesday afternoon press conference. "While the athletic ability of these recruits was outstanding, I was also impressed with the way these young men have approached their academics. I'm looking forward to seeing them when they enroll this fall."

The Hurricanes took advantage of a large crop of state-wide high school talent as they signed 16 players from within the state of Florida, including 10 from the South Florida area. But the Hurricanes also maintained their status as a strong national recruiter as they signed players from six different states. Those include two players from the Texas and one each from California, Louisiana, Ohio and Oklahoma and two Parade All-Americans and 10 Superprep All-Americans.

Those players that committed to the University of Miami are: DL Baraka Atkins, DB Travarous Bain, DL Kareem Brown, QB Marc Gullon, LB Nate Harris, WR Devin Hester, WR Darnell Jenkins, WR Akeem Jolla, TE Curtis Justus, DB Brandon Meriweather, WR Ryan Moore, WR Sinorice Moss, K/P Jon Peattie, OL Alex Pou, LB Antonio Reynolds, DB Glenn Sharpe, DB Greg Threat, DB Terrell Walden, TE Eric Winston, OL Anthony Wollschlager, DL Josh Wood and DL Alton Wright.

Hester, a 5-11, 168 pounder out of Riviera Beach, Florida, is widely considered as one of the nation's finest two-way players. Considered a versatile athlete, Hester played extensively at running back, receiver, defensive back and returner during his tenure at Suncoast High School.

Jenkins, 5-11, 190 pounds, is also an excellent athlete with versatile skills, having played as a receiver, defensive back and return man in high school. Jenkins caught 62 passes for 720 yards and nine touchdowns as a senior at Central High School in Miami. During his junior season, Jenkins complied more than 1,500 yards and scored nine touchdowns.

Moore, 6-3, 185, is being compared to Michael Irvin for his rare combination of excellent hands, height, strength and speed. Moore, who showed the ability to adjust to poorly thrown passes, caught 25 passes for 557 yards and six touchdowns and two kick-off returns for scores as a senior. As an 11-grader, Moore caught 54 passes for 954 yards and 14 touchdowns.

Moss, the younger brother of current New York Jet and former UM player Santana Moss, is viewed as a dangerous triple-threat athlete who was a standout receiver in a run-oriented offense during his prep career. An excellent sprinter and leaper, Moss showed the ability to make receptions in a crowd of defenders. Moss is rated the No. 56 prospect in the state of Florida, regardless of position by SuperPrep.

Shape, a talented cornerback, has tremendous speed and coverage capabilities. Sharp also lettered in track and was timed at 4.45 in the 40-yard dash. Sharpe, who made 50 tackles as a senior, finished his career at Carol City High School with 17 interceptions.

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