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Miami received a verbal commitment from four-star 2019 WR Jeremiah Payton.

Payton (6'3/180) was also considering Florida State and Auburn, among others. He's fresh off a sterling performance at The Opening Regional in Miami over the weekend, with 247Sports' Luke Stampini noting that he's "a big, athletic target on the outside that has a knack for making plays." On the 247Sports' composite board, Payton rolls in at No. 83 overall. He currently stands as Miami's highest-ranked recruit in the 2019 class.
Feb 20 - 5:32 PM

Miami RB Mark Walton plans to be a full participant at the NFL Combine.

This is an update on a November tweet from Dane Brugler. Walton went down in early October after season-ending right ankle surgery. Walton is an impressive player when healthy, but his likely sub-200 pound frame likely will keep him on the board until the third day.
Feb 20 - 11:47 AM

FOX Sports' Bruce Feldman reports that former Miami DL coach Craig Kuligowski will join Alabama's staff.

Kuligowski is expected to become Nick Saban's new DL coach. Kuligowski played for Saban at Toledo. Since then, he's turned into one of the game's best DL coaches, getting rave reviews for his work with Missouri and Miami. He developed five first-round defensive linemen at Mizzou, and his Hurricane unit was incredibly active over the past two seasons.
Source: SI
Feb 19 - 9:48 PM

Miami announced in a press release that DL coach Craig Kuligowski "is leaving the program to pursue other opportunities."

This is disappointing -- Kuligowski is considered one of the top DL coaches in the game -- but not shocking. Kuligowski recently interviewed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers for their DL coach opening. He didn't get that job, but perhaps he has his eye on a different position.
Feb 19 - 9:43 PM

While discussing the 10 receivers he's most excited to see during the NFL Scouting Combine, NFL Network Analyst Steve Smith compares Miami WR Braxton Berrios to Danny Amendola and Julian Edelman.

Smith acknowledges his bias to the shorter receivers, and considering how productive he was despite being "undersized," we can't fault him. Barrios was impressive during Senior Bowl practices, with Smith's colleague Bucky Brooks calling him the ultimate slot receiver. "Berrios can play all over the field and makes tough catches look easy," he writes. "I love what he brings to the table and is capable of being the next Danny Amendola or Julian Edelman. A lot of scouts focus on what players can't do, but if they look at what he can do, they'll be pleasantly surprised." If Berrios runs a quality time at the combine, it will do wonders for his draft stock.
Source: NFL.com
Feb 19 - 6:33 PM

Arkansas State has filed a lawsuit against the University of Miami over their dropped game.

Reports of a potential lawsuit surfaced earlier this week. The game was cancelled due to Hurricane Irma, and was unable to be reschedule. Arkansas State is asking for $650,000 in damages for breach of contract. "This action also seeks compensatory damages, liquidated damages for UM’s breach of contract, and attorney’s fees and costs," the suit states. "The contract provides that ‘failure of a party to participate in the Game will constitute a material breach of the Agreement that will cause the other party significant disruption and damages."
Feb 16 - 8:10 PM

Miami HC Mark Richt deemed redshirt senior QB Malik Rosier to be his starter at this juncture.

"Someone’s got to dethrone him. Someone’s got to beat him out if [Rosier's demotion is] going to happen," Richt said. It's no real surprise that the 6-foot-1, 212-pound Rosier will open the spring as Miami's starter -- he started every game in 2017 for the Hurricanes -- but we'll be keeping close tabs on this one. While Rosier played very well for stretches, his accuracy was problematic (54-percent completions) and he was picked off an ACC-high 14 times in 13 games. Whether he retains his starting gig heading into the 2018 season may well depend on just how ready heralded redshirt freshman dual-threat N'Kosi Perry is for the bright lights.
Source: ESPN.com
Feb 15 - 1:24 PM

Bleacher Report's David Kenyon lists Miami five-star 2018 RB signing Lorenzo Lingard as a player to watch during spring football.

Lingard is one of the top recruits at the running back position for the 2018 class, and he'll have a chance to earn immediate playing time for what should be a very good Miami Hurricane roster next season. "He's a powerful one-cut back who is built to run between the tackles but can create separation with speed once in the open field," Kenyon writes. "Seeing him compete with Homer and DeeJay Dallas will showcase the variety of RB options for the 'Canes in 2018."
Feb 12 - 6:43 PM

Arkansas State is threatening to sue Miami for dropping their game in September.

Arkansas State was supposed to host the Hurricanes on September 9, but the game was cancelled due to Hurricane Irma. The Red Wolves apparently did everything in their power to try and get the game played including changing the date, but it obviously didn't happen. The Hurricanes also are claiming that they can't reschedule the game for 2020 or 2021, as their open dates need to be home games. It sounds like this one might need to be settled in the courts.
Feb 12 - 2:47 PM

ESPN's Gerry Hamilton listed Miami as one of the losers of National Signing Day.

Hamilton notes that it's tough to call a team that had a top-10 class, but this is more about what could have been for the Hurricanes and Mark Richt. "Miami started the day watching Patrick Surtain, Tyson Campbell and Andrew Chatfield, all from a school 40 minutes from Coral Gables, go elsewhere," Hamilton writes. "On top of that, Florida State won out for Peach State four-star defensive lineman Jamarcus Chatman and Texas kept ESPN 300 DT Keondre Coburn." This is still a great class, but had just one or two of those names decided to sign with Miami, it could have been elite.
Source: ESPN
Feb 9 - 9:44 PM

Miami promoted defensive quality control analyst Jonathan Patke to outside linebackers coach.

Patke has been serving as a quality control analyst for the Hurricanes over the past two seasons. This promotion represents his first crack at a position-coaching job in the Power 5.
Feb 8 - 12:41 PM

Miami signed four-star 2018 DT Nesta Silvera.

Silvera (6'2/300) was considered a potential flip candidate to watch, but he ultimately decided to stick it out with Miami to conclude what's been a commitment with the program of about a year. He showed tremendous development during his senior season at American Heritage High in Florida. Among his stronger attributes, Silvera is adept at changing direction while on the run and offers a nice quick burst of acceleration off the snap.
Feb 7 - 3:09 PM

Miami signed uncommitted four-star 2018 WR Marquez Ezzard.

Ezzard (6'1/180) was seriously considering Ole Miss as well, but the Hurricanes' full-court press in January apparently worked in swaying the wideout over Coral Gables. Ezzard is a rough-and-tumble, physical receiving prospect. ESPN's Tom Luginbill earlier comped the wideout to Simmie Cobbs of Indiana, calling him a "bull in a china shop."
Source: Diehards
Feb 7 - 12:47 PM

Miami RB Mark Walton has drawn comparisons to Atlanta Falcons RB Devonta Freeman, according to NFL Media analyst Daniel Jeremiah.

Jeremiah notes that that Walton has come up "a bunch" in Jeremiah's conversations with NFL evaluators. The former Hurricane tailback missed most of 2017 after undergoing an ankle injury in early October, but he was a star as a sophomore, and was averaging 7.6 yards per carry before going down. "He missed a lot of time last season due to injury, but his skill set is very intriguing to NFL scouts," Jeremiah writes. "He's drawing comparisons to Devonta Freeman."
Source: NFL.com
Feb 5 - 12:54 PM

Miami TE Chris Herndon plans on going through a full workout before the NFL draft and is ahead of schedule on his MCL recovery.

Herndon was forced to not attend the Senior Bowl after tearing his MCL back in late November. Herndon might participate in a few Combine activities, but a full workout likely will be finished at his pro day. Herndon is an intriguing option in this tight end class, and likely winds up as a third day selection.
Feb 5 - 8:50 AM


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