Recruiting Florida: Miami

Miami Head Coach Al Golden entered an almost impossible situation with as few as three commits in late December. But he came in and brought in several talented prospects from the Sunshine State. Analyst Geoff Vogt breaks down Miami recruiting.

12. Anthony Chickillo

School: Tampa (Alonso)

Ht/Wt: 6'4, 235

Position: Defensive End

College: Committed to Miami

Chickillo does everything at a high level. He has good size, speed, quickness, and plays the game with a big-time motor. Does not pop out at you on film, but when you watch him live you realize that has a non-stop motor and knows how to do all the little things. He should contribute early and often.


Perryman is one the of top prospects in talent rich Dade County
Chad Simmons, Scout.com

21. Denzel Perryman

School: Coral Gables (Coral Gables)

Ht/Wt: 5'11, 215

Position: Linebacker

College: Committed to Miami

Perryman has been on the radar since he was a sophomore and is a classic Dade County linebacker. He is explosive, athletic, and loves to hit. He is shorter than ideal, but does have a powerful frame. Perryman figures to settle in at MLB. Perryman was ultra productive for three years at the highest level of high school football.

23. Kevin Grooms

School: Dania (South Broward)

Ht/Wt: 5'10, 180

Position: Running Back/Cornerback

College: Committed to Miami

One of the state's most explosive athlete's, Grooms has the potential to play on Sunday's. He has done most of his damage as a Running Back, but figures to flip over to Cornerback at the next level. He could be an elite returner on special teams. Athletically he is one of the 10 best in the state.

32. Phillip Dorsett

School: Ft. Lauderdale (St Thomas Aquinas)

Ht/Wt: 5'10, 175

Position: Wide Receiver

College: Committed to Miami

Dorsett has terrific speed and was a consistent play-maker for the St. Thomas the past two years. He reminds some of Santana Moss and that is probably an excellent comparison considering he is headed to Coral Gables. He might be a touch taller. Should settle in as a deep threat and help on special teams as a returner.

34. Jacoby Brissett

School: Palm Beach Gardens (Dwyer)

Ht/Wt: 6'3, 235

Position: Quarterback

College: Expected to sign with Miami

Brissett really improved each year he played as a starter. As a freshmen and sophomore many thought he would have to find another position. A terrific junior year put those thoughts to rest and by the end of his senior season he has to be considered one of the top QBs in the country. Brissett has great size and arm strength and has improved his accuracy. Should compete early for playing time.


Crawford made a big impact on both sides of the ball
Chad Simmons, Scout.com

37. Dallas Crawford

School: Fort Myers (South Ft. Myers)

Ht/Wt: 5'9, 185

Position: Defensive Back

College: Committed to Miami

Perhaps the top pure football player in the state, Crawford threw for more than 8,000 yards as a QB and registered over 25 career intereceptions on defense. Terrific athlete with elite quickness, he figures to find a home as a DB, likely at CB. Has great hands and could easily play WR. One of the most driven players in the state.

70. Gionni Paul

School: Lakeland (Kathleen)

Ht/Wt: 6'0, 205

Position: Linebacker

College: Committed to Miami

Undersized terror at the linebacking position. Paul has produced at a very high level for the past three years. The only thing he lacks is elite height. Reminds some of Sean Spence with his ability to find the football. Mentally will be ready to go from day one and has the make-up to excel on special teams.

93. Ricardo Williams

School: Homestead (Homestead)

Ht/Wt: 6'4, 205

Position: Defensive End/Outside Linebacker

College: North Carolina, Oregon, FSU, UCF, Rutgers, Syracuse

Explosive athlete that has excelled on both sides of the ball in high school. He has the height and frame, but has yet to start adding the weight. Could be a DE or OLB at the next level. Either way he figures to be used as a player that gets up the field. Gets by with average technique, when he gets coached up there is a lot of untapped potential here.

*Rashawn Scott did not make the top 100 because we never saw him play. Thomas Finnie just missed the top 100 coming in at 104.

Analysis: Al Golden did an excellent job of putting the pieces together after taking over a mess. While he did not land much "high hanging fruit", he did bring in some excellent football prospects. Crawford, Paul, Brissett, and Perryman are a few of the most productive players in the state. Grooms and Dorsett bring some of that Miami speed we are used to seeing.

Bottom line, Golden showed the Miami faithful that he is both fearless and tireless on the recruiting trail. I would expect the Canes to load up in 2012, particularly in the tri-county area.


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