Confirmed Signees: Offense

CanesTime.com will be keeping you updated throughout the day and here's the running list of offensive players whose signings have been confirmed. We'll add players to the top as they are confirmed.

WR Davon Johnson, 6-0, 170, Miami (Fla.) Booker T. Washington

Star Ranking: * * *

On The Field: As a senior, Johnson was a leading receiver for a squad that averaged over 38 points per game for the state champs. He recorded 21 catches for 510 catches and seven touchdowns. As a junior he recorded 422 yards on 22 catches with four touchdowns.

Why Miami: "I was very impressed with the actual school aside from football. I liked the campus and the academics. There is a good atmosphere at Miami."

Other Schools: Johnson made his intentions known early in the recruiting process however took visits to Florida and had interest from South Florida throughout the process.

The Skinny: Johnson will be expected to bring a lot of speed to the table for the Hurricanes receivers. He ran one of the fastest times at the Scout.com All-American combine recording a 4.46. He models his game after former Hurricane Santana Moss, making speed his priority on the field. He will be asked to provide the Hurricanes with his ability to streth the field, an area the Hurricanes lacked in last year, creating big plays by throwing the football.

WR Thearon Collier, 5-9, 175, Miami (Fla.) Booker T. Washington

Star Ranking: * * *

On The Field: A leader for a state championship Booker T. team that averaged 38.8 points per game. He recorded over 600 yards and six touchdowns while missing time with a sprained ankle. He had 791 yards and eight touchdowns during his junior campaign.

Why Miami: "Miami is a great place. You leave Miami with a good degree and they put a lot of guys in the NFL. I think I am a big time player. I feel like I can make a big impact at the University of Miami . I think I can help right away as a slot receiver."

Other Schools: Collier made his intentions to be a Hurricane early in the process, however claims offers from Auburn and Florida State amongst a host of other schools. He never took any other visits after picking Miami. He originally committed to Auburn before landing the Miami offer.

The Skinny: Collier was one of the leaders of a state champion Booker T. squad that also finished the nation as one of the elite programs in the nation. The Hurricanes are expected to utilize Collier early in his career. He will be asked to provide a boost to the Hurricanes 108th nationally ranked passing attack playing primarily in the slot (he comparers himself to former Hurricane WR Roscoe Parrish) as well as upgrading the return game that finished 100th and 67th nationally on kick and punt returns respectively. He is academically eligible to enroll for the summer.

WR LaRon Byrd, 6-4, 210, Hahnville (LA) High School

Star Ranking: * * *

On The Field: Byrd finished his senior season with 50 catches with over 630 yards and 13 touchdowns. As a junior he logged 30 catches for 447 yards and eight touchdowns.

Why Miami: "I've always wanted to play at Miami. I've thought about that from when I was little. I remember watching Andre Johnson when I was younger and I always told my friends that that would be me one day. I have the size and speed like him and I think if I go in there and work hard that I can be that type of player."

Other Schools: Byrd was being sought after by both Auburn and Tulane. He also took official visits to Mississippi State and Nebraska.

The Skinny: Byrd brings a physical pressense at the wide receiver position to the Hurricanes, one that hasn't been seen since current Houston Texan Andre Johnson was on campus in Coral Gables. He is academically eligible to enroll during the summer semester. He will be apart of what is widely considered the nation's best group of incoming recivers for the Hurricanes. Recruited by Marquis Mosely and then Joe Pannunzio, Byrd is not yet qualified.

QB Taylor Cook, 6-7, 205, Altair (TX) Rice

Star Ranking: * * *

On The Field: Cook led Rice HS to a 13-2 record while throwing for 1,500 yards and 20 touchdowns. As a junior he finished the season with 1,777 yards, 26 touchdowns and just seven picks leading his team to a 9-3 record.

Why Miami: "I'm real excited. This is the class that's gonna bring Miami back to the old Miami. We're gonna change things. I used to follow Miami when I was younger so I'm real excited about getting down there in a couple months to start."

Other Schools: Cook committed very early in the recruiting process to the Hurricanes. He didn't take any other official visits, but claims offers from Kansas State and LSU.

The Skinny: Cook suffered a knee injury at the end of the 2007 season, but will be healthy and ready to go by the time summer practices and fall camp comes around. Despite it, one of the top quarterbacks in the state of Texas is currently qualified and will enter camp in the middle of a battle at the quarterback position and is expected to provide a boost to the quarterback position that the Hurricanes struggled with throughout the past few seasons. He is already qualified and was recruited by Patrick Nix.

WR Tommy Streeter, 6-5, 200, Miami (Fla.) Northwestern

Star Ranking: * * * *

On The Field: Streeter was the big play threat for the Class 6A state champion Bulls. As a junior he was named to Second Team All-State and First Team All-Dade. He amassed 57 catches for 804 yards and 14 touchdowns.

Why Miami: "I want to feel 100-percent comfortable. I want to know the coaches are going to be on me to make sure I get my degree and go to class even though I'm pretty driven in that area. I want to play early and play in an offense where the ball is really thrown. I want to play with a great quarterback."

Other Schools: Streeter has been one of the most actively recruited wide receivers in South Florida. He has been recruited hard by South Carolina, Oregon, South Florida, and Boston College. He visited all of those schools.

The Skinny: Streeter has been a hot commodity in South Florida. His blend of size, speed, and production has intrigued many of the nations top programs to acquire his services. He would be expected to help out the Hurricanes immediately as a mismatch against smaller receivers utilizing his 6-foot-5 frame to help improve upon the 108th ranked passing attack of Miami. He is academically eligible to enroll in the summer.

OL Benjamin Jones, 6-6, 300, Miami (Fla.) Northwestern

Star Ranking: * * *

On The Field: Jones played primarily on the defensive side of the ball during his freshman and sophomore seasons at Miami Springs High. He transferred to Northwestern as a junior but a knee injury ended his season before it started. He was excellent as a senior, switching over to right tackle shortly after the season began. He gave up just two sacks the entire season and emerged as one of the state's top tackle prospects.

Why Miami: "I really liked Coach Stoutland. He does a good job, is a good coach. I felt comfortable with him. Plus, all of my teammates are going there so that made it easier. It's close to home and they have a lot of talent coming into this class."

Other Schools: Jones landed over 20 offers this recruiting season, he said. He only took two official visits and those were his two finalists -- Miami and Clemson. He was also heavily recruited by LSU, Ohio State, and Tennessee.

The Skinny: Jones has been on Miami's radar ever since he impressed them at their camp before his junior season at Miami Springs. His junior season never got going but he turned into one of the state's premier offensive tackle prospects as a senior. His size, long arms, and quick feet are tough to match. Jones, who was recruited by Jeff Stoutland, is not yet qualified academically but is close.

WR Kendal Thompkins, 5-11, 170 pounds, Miami (Fla.) Northwestern

Star Ranking: * *

On The Field: Thompkins broke out during his senior season for the Class 6A state champions. The third option on the Bulls, Thompkins finished the regular season with 39 catches for 800 yards and 14 touchdowns.

Why Miami: "They really weren't talking to me (early on). They were talking to a bunch of my teammates. Then they came to the school one day to watch film and they liked me. Then they came to my game that night and ended up offering me a few days later. I committed right away. UM's where I wanna be."

Other Schools: At the last minute, Thompkins took an official visit to Nebraska. That was his only visit, as he didn't even take one to Miami.

The Skinny: Thompkins will be asked to provide depth at the slot position for the Hurricanes early on. Primarily a slot receiver, Thomkins will compete and push for playing time. The playmaker brings experience and a winning pedigree to the table. He will be eligible to enroll during the summer.

OL Brandon Washington, 6-4, 310, Miami (Fla.) Northwestern

Star Ranking: * * *

On The Field: After a dominating junior season at Miami Edison High, Washington transferred to Northwestern and picked up right where he left off. He helped lead Northwestern to the Class 6A state title and did a great job of protecting quarterback Jacory Harris's blindside. He was a first team All-State pick after the season and started in the Under Armour All-America Game.

Why Miami: "I've talked to Coach Shannon. I've known him for many years now. I really think he's going to turn Miami back into a national power, a team that can win the title every year. I've been talking to Coach Stoutland and I really like what he's going. And my old coach (at Edison), Coach Bell, is down there working. I just felt real comfortable with those guys."

Other Schools: Washington was one of the state's most heavily recruited offensive linemen this year, despite making a spring commitment to the Hurricanes. Because he took the ACT late and hadn't gotten his scores back in time, he didn't take any official visits, even to Miami. Some of the schools he was scheduled to see included North Carolina, LSU, and Clemson.

WR Travis Benjamin, 5-11, 155, Belle Glade (Fla.) Glades Central

Star Ranking: * * *

On The Field: The speedster finished the season leading Glades Central in receiving and onto a state playoff berth. He had a standout performance against Florida commitment Janoris Jenkins in the Muck Bowl game this season. His finished his junior season wtih 19 receptions for 390 yards and seven touchdowns.

Why Miami: "I think Miami will be a good fit for me. I like the offense they run and I could see myself being another great receiver to come out of there."

Other Schools: Benjamin has been recruited by both Florida and LSU and took official visits to Auburn and Rutgers. He was also considering South Florida.

The Skinny: Benjamin is an explosive wide receiver who was sought after by some of the top programs in the country. A childhood fan of former Hurricanes standout Santana Moss, Benjamin looks to bring speed and athleticism to a Hurricanes passing game that placed 108th in the country and a special teams that average 19.27 yards per kick return (100th nationally) and 8.27 yards per punt return (67th nationally). Recruited by Clint Hurtt, Benjamin is academically qualified to start during the summer semester.

QB Jacory Harris, 6-4, 175, Miami (Fla.) Northwestern

Star Ranking: * * *

On The Field: Harris re-wrote the Dade County record books over the past two seasons. As a senior, he led his team to a second straight Class 6A state championship by throwing for over 3,000 yards and 48 touchdowns, compared to just six interceptions. He went 30-0 as the starter at Northwestern and was honored as Florida's Mr. Football after the season.

Why Miami: "I really like Coach Shannon and can't wait to play for him. He told me he's gonna make sure he locks up the best players from South Florida first. That's how that program was built. My whole family is excited about my decision. This will be the recruiting class that brings a national championship back to Miami."

Other Schools: Harris also took recruiting visits to Oregon and Boston College after making a summer commitment to Miami. He claims to have had over 20 offers at the time of his commitment back in June.

The Skinny: Harris led the charge in South Florida this year. He landed an offer after a strong performance at Miami's summer camp and soon after he committed, the Canes landed several of his talented Northwestern teammates. He enrolled early for the spring semester and is expected to push redshirt freshman Robert Marve for the starting spot this coming season. He's widely considered the best quarterback prospect to come out of Dade County in over a decade. Recruited by Patrick Nix, Harris is already enrolled in school.

QB Cannon Smith, 6-1, 206, Hargrave (Va.) Military Academy

Star Ranking: * * *

On The Field: As a senior at Olive Branch HS (MS), Smith totalled 2400 yards and 34 touchdowns while rushing for 500 yards. While at Hargrave, he made strides according to Hargrave head coach Robert Prunty. "The growth I have seen in Cannon Smith physically and mentally since seeing him last year at Olive Branch is remarkable."

Why Miami: "I chose to go with Miami (after) I took an official visit there last January. I really enjoyed it when I was there. I went down there on an unofficial visit (as well), and I got to watch them doing workouts and practice. I got to hang out with a lot of the guys there, and I really liked it."

On Miami's Offense: "I feel pretty good about it. I've seen them do a lot of different things. I've seen them go under center, and into shotgun, and I've seen them do a lot of things, and I think we can have a real nice balanced attack."

Other Schools: As a senior at Olive Branch HS (MS), Smith committed early in the process to Ole Miss. However, following an incident off the field involving Smith and the transfer of former Texas Longhorn quarterback Jevan Snead, the Runnin' Rebs cooled on Smith. At the end of the season, Smith narrowed his choices to Hawaii and Miami before enrolling at Hargrave for the fall. At Hargrave, Smith held offers from Ole Miss, Middle Tennessee State, and Memphis before inking with the Hurricanes.

The Skinny: Smith is a young man that is well-traveled. He first came on the scene as a junior signal caller for Christian Brothers Academy in Tennessee. However, after using up all of his eligibility in the state he petitioned the state of Mississippi to receive an extra year. The state ruled in Smith's favor and he enrolled in Olive Branch HS where he made an impact. After a semester at Hargrave, Smith is considered the #1 prep school quarterback in the country. He enrolled at the University of Miami in the spring and will push fellow quarterbacks redshirt freshman Robert Marve and true freshman Jacroy Harris (Miami Northwestern) for playing time throughout the spring and fall.

FB John Calhoun, 6-2, 230, Sebastian River, Fla.

Star Ranking: * *

On The Field: Played both defensive end and linebacker at Sebastian River before moving to fullback during the Shark's fifth game. He recorded 98 tackles, four of which were for a loss, along with five sacks and one interception.

Why Miami: "Down there, it is all about family. They are interested in doing everything together and making a strong team. I'm also very interested because of the good academics."

Other Schools: Calhoun doesn't claim any other major offers.

The Skinny: Calhoun is a little known but productive player that has already enrolled at the University for the spring semester. He was coached by former Miami Hurricane Randy Bethel who was asked personally to move John Calhoun to fullback to evaluate his potential. He will enter the spring in the mix at fullback and on special teams.

FB Patrick Hill, 5-11, 248, El Camino (CA) Junior College

Star Ranking: * * *

On The Field: Named to 2nd Team All-Mission Conference as a fullback. He finished the season with 55 carries for 269 yards and 5 touchdowns while leading the way for the top rated junior college running back Tavares Pressley.

Why Miami: "I want to be apart of the tradition of the program and get the highest potential education."

Other Schools: Hill was offered by Texas A&M and was being recruited early in the process by Southern California.

The Skinny: Hill is described by his coaches as a "violent lead blocker" and is credited with being one of the strongest and most physical players to ever play at El Camino Junior College. He will enter fall camp as the favorite to lead the way Hurricane running backs next season. He is already enrolled on campus for the spring semester. Recruited by Tommie Robinson, Hill is already enrolled.

WR Aldarius Johnson, 6-2, 195, Miami (Fla.) Northwestern

Star Ranking: * * * * *

On The Field: As a senior, Johnson amassed a team leading 1361 yards receiving and 19 touchdowns. He was named to First Team All-State. As a junior he finished the regular season with 47 catches for 855 yards and 12 touchdowns.

Why Miami: "I've liked them since I was little. It was always my dream to play there."

Other Schools: Johnson held offers from a plethora of schools around the country. Notably Florida, Florida State, LSU, and USC.

The Skinny: Johnson ended the season as Florida's Mr. Football 2007, Jacory Harris' favorite target. A complete wide receiver, Johnson is known as "Glue Hands" by teammates and fans. He is widely considered the best receiver in the state of Florida. He is enrolled at the University of Miami for the spring semester. He will be counted on to provide a spark to a Hurricanes passing game that finished 108th nationally for the 2008 season.

PK Jake Wieclaw, 6-1, 185, Lincoln-Way Central (Ill.)

Star Ranking: * *

On The Field: Wieclaw sat out most of the 2007 season due to an injury. As a junior, Wieclaw finished the season 19-of-23 on field goals with a long of 48 yards.

Why Miami: "The weather was for sure great as were the girls. Those two were the main differences from the other schools I've been to along with the family atmosphere. I couldn't find a single negative. I loved everything about it."

Other Schools: Wieclaw held high interest from Illinois early in the recruiting process. However, following the injury, the Illini cooled on him.

The Skinny: Going into the 2007 season, Wieclaw was considered the top kicking prospect in the state of Illinois and throughout the midwest. As a four-year varsity player, Wieclaw was a hot commodity by Big Ten schools before an injury to his kicking leg had local schools cool on him. Wieclaw has enrolled at Miami for the spring semester and is expected to provide the 'Canes with some consistency at the kicking position that had former kicker Francesco Zampogna place 92nd in the nation in FG/gm.


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