Shields Reacts to News

Sam Shields made an early commitment to the University of Miami. He plays at Booker High in Sarasota, a school that former UM assistant coach Art Kehoe has recruited for years. Shields found out the news of Kehoe's firing earlier this week.

"Coach CJ called me right after it happened," Shields said. "He was just telling me not to worry about anything and that everything would be OK."

How did Shields react to the news?

"I was kinda surprised at first I have talked mostly with CJ this year," he said. "He's the one who came to my practice the day after the FSU game earlier this year. He's the guy who has been keeping in touch the most. He's the guy I'll be playing for."

Shields said Canes fans can rest a little easier because he's still firmly committed to the Hurricanes.

"I'm still a Cane," he said. "Watching the LSU game was rough but it's life. They'll bounce back. They got a lot of good young guys coming back. Kyle Wright has a big future there and he needs guys who can come in and make plays. I think I can be one of those guys. I just need a shot and I'll produce."

The talented receiver, a full academic qualifier who is scheduled to visit UM on Jan. 20, has already spoken to a couple other UM recruits.

"Ryan Hill and Javarris James and guys like that are still cool," he said. "We're all still Canes and we're making sure we finish with a good, strong class."

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