Team Officially Reports

CORAL GABLES, Fla. - Returners and freshmen officially reported today with practice beginning tomorrow morning.


Safety Tervaris Johnson was the first freshman to report today at around 9:15 a.m.

He checked in, was fitted for shoulder pads, received his helmet and chin strap, met with the media, and was on his way.

The Pace graduate played his freshman season at Carol City.

Linebacker Tavares Gooden was the first returner to report.


Orlando Franklin has not been cleared by the NCAA Clearinghouse because he has been an international student as well as graduating from Atlantic High School in Delray Beach, Fla. in addition to going to school in Canada and Jamaica.

This was not a surprise to Coker, but he said it was a disappointment.

"All of the stuff has to come together to go to the Clearinghouse," Coker said. "It has to go through their schedule and he has to be cleared like any other student. It is a little bit more difficult because of the international studies."

Coker is hopeful that it is a technical issue and that Franklin will be cleared as soon as possible.

There is no timetable for possible clearance.

"He has been admitted by the university, but still has to get final clearance from the Clearinghouse," Coker said.


At least one player, Tyrone Moss, has publicly said he has been suspended due to academic issues.

The other three players have not stated a reason for their suspension, but more players could have academic troubles after summer grades come out later this week.

"Some of these players have to have grades," said Coker emphatically in reference to the status of upperclassmen.


Freshman OL Ian Symonette wears a size 19 shoe.

He passes DE Calais Campbell, size 16, as the largest shoe size on the team.

At 6-foot-9 and 340 pounds, Symonette projects as an offensive tackle.


Coker has addressed the media a handful of times in the past two weeks and the same names in the freshmen class come up the most:
RB Javarris James, RB Kylan Robinson, WR Sam Shields, TE Dedrick Epps, OL Orlando Franklin, LB Colin McCarthy, and CB Ryan Hill.

"I really like this class," Coker said. "I think it is an outstanding class."


The following 16 newcomers reported today:

Name Position Ht. Wt. Hometown High School Matt Bosher PK/P 6-0 170 Jupiter, Fla. Jupiter HS Dedrick Epps TE 6-4 234 Richmond, Va. Huguenot HS Joel Figueroa OL 6-5 335 North Miami, Fla. North Miami HS Jason Fox OL 6-6 265 Crowley, Texas North Crowley HS Chavez Grant DB 5-11 174 Miami, Fla. Booker T. Washington HS Ryan Hill DB 5-11 188 Tallahassee, Fla. Rickards HS Josh Holmes DL 6-2 270 San Diego, Calif. Point Loma HS Javarris James RB 6-0 202 Immokalee, Fla. Immokalee HS Tervaris Johnson DB 6-2 220 Miami, Fla. Monsignor Pace HS Colin McCarthy LB 6-3 222 Clearwater, Fla. Clearwater Central Catholic George Robinson WR 6-0 185 Miami, Fla. Miami Central Kylan Robinson RB 6-1 215 Anchorage, Alaska Chamberlain HS Sam Shields WR 6-0 177 Sarasota, Fla. Booker HS Ian Symonette OL 6-9 338 Nassau, Bahamas St. Pius HS (Houston) Chaz Washington DL 6-4 305 Destrehan, La. Destrehan HS Steven Wesley DL 6-3 235 Bartow, Fla. Bartow HS

In addition, TE Richard Gordon had enrolled in school last January as part of this year's class of signees.

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