Miami Football Recruiting: Top Recruit Tracy Howard Commits To Miami

Tracy Howard stayed in his hometown and will attend the U. He chose Miami over Florida and Florida State.

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2012 Miami Football Recruiting: Al Golden Puts Together Top-10 Class On National Signing Day

The Miami Hurricanes were in a precarious position heading into this recruiting season with the investigations from last offseason, but they were still able to produce a very strong recruiting class, something that used to be the custom in Coral Gables.

The Hurricanes were propelled by the late addition of cornerback Tracy Howard on Signing Day, and ended up with the 8th best class in the Nation according to Scout. They are also in the Top-10 of the Rivals rankings, coming in at No. 9 overall. They also rank the Hurricanes second in the ACC behind Florida State, who had just a monster year recruiting. This is the type of class Miami is used to getting on campus, and should form a solid foundation for the Hurricanes moving forward.

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Miami Hurricanes Recruiting 2012: National Signing Day Recap

Not even six month removed from one of the largest scandals in college sports, the Miami Hurricanes weren't supposed to do well on National Signing Day. They weren't supposed to end up with a top 10 class. They weren't supposed to be able to lure away top recruit Tracy Howard from the Gators. They weren't supposed to end up with Eddie Goldman, one of the top 10 recruits in the entire nation.

And yet, one day after National Signing Day, the Hurricanes are standing tall with what's widely considering one of the top 10 recruiting classes in the nation. They ended up with a total of 33 players, ten of whom are ranked as either a four- or five-star recruit according to Rivals.com. Considering the challenges facing the 'Canes this recruiting season, it was an impressive showing for head coach Al Golden.

"This was the most grueling six or seven weeks in my career as a recruiter," Golden, the Hurricanes' second-year coach, said. "I can't remember any time, even in what we were facing at Temple when we took over, that we worked any harder than this." (Sun Sentinel)

During his press conference yesterday, Golden spoke about one the largest obstacles he had to overcome: the negative recruiting tactics employed by other schools against UM.

"We don't have a lot of Achilles heels. They saw a soft spot and they took it and went after it," Golden said of opposing schools.

"Guys took a shot at us," Golden added. "That's OK. Get your licks in now. That's how I look at it." (Sun Sentinel)

Golden went on to state that he does believe Miami will receive some sort of punishment from the NCAA for its past violations, but considering that the events happened under a past regime, he doesn't believe they will be severe. That said, this large recruiting class should help offset any future sanctions placed against the school.

For more on the Hurricanes and their recruiting class, drop by SB Nation's blog on the 'Canes, The Seventh Floor.

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Josh Harvey-Clemons' Grandfather Won't Sign Letter Of Intent

Josh Harvey-Clemons, the No. 2 ranked linebacker in the country and a five-star recruit committed to Georgia over the likes of Florida, Florida State, and Miami. Harvey-Clemons grandfather and legal guardian, Woodrow Clemons, will not sign off on the scholarship papers.

Josh Harvey-Clemons, ranked the state's No. 1 overall prospect by ESPN, committed to UGA on national TV but his grandfather - who is also his legal guardian - reportedly won't sign off on the scholarship papers.

"Everyone has to sign, you know?" Josh's uncle, Roy Hart, told the AJC around 3 p.m. Wednesday. "But he's going to sign, from what I understand."

It's unknown if Harvey-Clemons will flip his commitment, but some family members did indicate they were surprised he chose Georgia over Florida and Florida State.

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Miami Football Recruiting: Hurricanes Officially Announce 24 Commitments On National Signing Day

The Miami Hurricanes have officially announced 24 commitments on National Signing Day. The Hurricanes 2012 recruiting class is headlined by five-star defensive back Tracy Howard from Miramar, FL out of Miramar High School. Howard is rated as the No. 4 rated cornerback in the country. The 'Canes were also able to land local five-star running back Duke Johnson out of Miami Norland High School.

Like the other Florida schools, the Hurricanes missed out on five-star offensive tackle Avery Young who chose to go to Auburn over Miami and Florida. Miami was able to flip three-star linebacker Ja Wand Blue from Virginia Tech. Blue had originally given a verbal to the Hokies, but faxed in his letter of intent to the Hurricanes. The Hurricanes also lost out on five-star defensive tackle Eddie Goldman, who signed with Flroida State.

The Hurricanes class is ranked No. 1 in the ACC and No. 7 overall as of now, according to Scout.com.

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Avery Young Commits To Auburn Over Miami, Georgia, Florida

Avery Young, a consensus Four-Star recruit, has committed to the Auburn Tigers, announcing the news on television on National Signing Day 2012. Young, who played for Palm Beach Gardens, chose Auburn over Miami, Alabama, Florida and Georgia, the four other finalists for his services.

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During his announcement on the National Signing Day special on ESPNU, Young said, "Everything about Auburn fit me real good. I was raised in the country, so there's a little city/country mix ... they made sure I felt like I was at home."

Young had zeroed in on Auburn on National Signing Day after also considering Georgia and Miami. The lineman felt that the school best matched his personality and provided his greatest chance for success.

Young was the 12th-highest offensive lineman in the Rivals rankings. He joins an Auburn squad that will look to groom him into one of the nation's top linemen.

For more on Avery Young and Auburn Football recruiting, visit Track Em Tigers. Click the link for more on National Signing Day 2012.

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Ja Wand Blue Decommits from VT; Heads to Miami

Ja Wand Blue (OLB), a consensus three-star recruit from Boca Raton, has officially faxed in his letter of intent to the University of Miami. Previously thought to have a solid verbal commitment to Virginia Tech University, Blue visited the University of Miami last weekend and apparently had a change of heart.

According to the Miami Herald’s Manny Navarro, Virginia Tech’s Head Coach Frank Beamer was surprised by Blue’s last minute decision, telling the athletic outside-linebacker “you lied to me.”

The 6’0", 215 lb linebacker is just the latest addition to a tremendous incoming class for Al Golden’s Hurricanes, who finally look to put the Nevin Shapiro scandal behind them at last.

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Eddie Goldman Commits To Florida State Over Miami, Auburn

Eddie Goldman, ranked as a five-star recruit by most rating services, has committed to Florida State, announcing the news on television on National Signing Day 2012. Goldman, who played for Friendship Collegiate Academy (Washington, D.C.), chose the Seminoles over Auburn, Miami, and Alabama, the other finalist for his services.

Over the past few months, Goldman had considered all the major Florida schools -- Miami, Florida State, and Florida -- along with Auburn and Alabama. Recently, he had appeared to narrow his list down to Miami, FSU, and both Auburn and Alabama.

When asked what influenced his decision, Goldman cited the wide depth of talent at Florida State. As he stated, "I'm going to be surrounded by a lot of talent, and I'm just going to do my best to contribute."

Goldman was one of the top 10 talents in the nation this year, and he's widely considered the top defensive tackle. This is a huge commitment for Will Muschamp and the Seminoles, and their recruiting class is looking better and better.

For all your National Signing Day and college football recruiting news, visit SB Nation's recruiting hub. For more on recruiting and all things Miami football, please head over to The 7th Floor, SB Nation's Hurricanes blog. For more news, analysis, and discussion on the Seminoles, visit SB Nation's Florida State blog, Tomahawk Nation. For more on the Gators, please visitAlligator Army, SB Nation's UF blog.

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Tracy Howard Commits To Miami Over Florida, Florida State

Tracy Howard, ranked as a four or five star recruit by almost every service, has committed to play for the Hurricanes, announcing the news on television on National Signing Day 2012. Howard, who played for Miramar High School (Fla.), chose Miami over Florida and Florida State, the two other finalists for his services.

"I chose the University of Miami, because I look at the overall picture of it, from the academic standpoint to the opportunity standpoint," Howard said, "I've got a great bond with the coaches."

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Howard had zeroed in on Miami on National Signing Day after also considering Florida and Florida State. Howard was considered a Florida lean for a very long time, so this is a big coup for Al Golden and the Hurricanes.

Howard was the second-highest defensive back in the Rivals rankings, trailing only Shaq Thompson of Sacramento, California. He joins a Miami squad that is almost always flush with talented defensive backs.

For more on Miami recruiting, visit the Seventh Floor Blog. For more on Florida recruiting, check out Alligator Army. For more on Florida State recruiting, visit Tomahawk Nation.

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Eddie Goldman Recruiting Announcement Time, TV Schedule And More

Five-star defensive lineman Eddie Goldman is scheduled to make his college announcement on Wednesday morning during National Signing Day. Goldman, a Washington, DC product, was considering Miami, Florida State, and Florida among a host of other BCS schools. He had specifically focused on Miami, FSU, and both Auburn and Alabama earlier this month.

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Goldman is a 6'4, 307 pound monster from Friendship Collegiate Academy in DC. He enjoys a strong relationship with FSU assistant Odell Haggins. His final announcement is scheduled for 10:05 AM on Wednesday morning and will be broadcast on ESPNU.

For more on recruiting and all things Miami football, please head over to The 7th Floor, SB Nation's Hurricanes blog. For more news, analysis, and discussion on the Seminoles, visit SB Nation's Florida State blog,Tomahawk Nation. For more on the Gators, please visit Alligator Army, SB Nation's UF blog.

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Miami Football Recruiting: Hurricanes And Al Golden Looking To Make Late Push On National Signing Day

The Miami Hurricanes currently have 32 players committed to their 2012 class but there are still a few big recruits considering Al Golden's program. Miami added three-star defensive back Antonio Crawford this past weekend, after he had been committed to Georgia Tech for some time. Now, they will look to continue to bolster their class on Wednesday with a couple high-profile announcements scheduled for National Signing Day 2012.


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Outside linebacker Josh Harvey-Clemons from Valdosta, Georgia is scheduled to make his announcement at 9:15 AM on ESPNU. He had scheduled an announcement Tuesday night to narrow his list from four schools to two, but ended up keep all four schools alive heading into NSD. The Canes, along with Florida and FSU, are among those four finalists.

Tracy Howard, perhaps the top cornerback recruit in the country, will make his announcement at 9:35 shortly after Harvey-Clemons. Howard, a Miramar Fla. product is deciding primarily between the Canes, Florida, and FSU. Later in the afternoon, offensive tackle Avery Young will make his announcement. Young is a massive prospect from Palm Beach Gardens, and he is scheduled to announce at 2:35 PM on ESPNU. RB Davante Bourque and DE Darius Hamilton are a couple other big-time recruits who could add to what is already a full class for the Canes.

We'll have plenty more on this situation as it develops, but for more on recruiting and all things Miami football, please head over to The 7th Floor, SB Nation's Hurricanes blog.

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Josh Harvey-Clemons Recruiting Announcement Time, TV Schedule And More

Josh Harvey-Clemons, a five star athlete from Valdosta, Georgia, is scheduled to make his announcement on Wednesday morning during National Signing Day. Harvey-Clemons is projected at linebacker at the next level, and is considering Georgia, Florida, Florida State, and Miami. On Tuesday night, he was scheduled to eliminate two teams off the final list of four but the much-anticipated announcement ended up being nothing but hot air, as none of the four schools were ruled out.

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Harvey-Clemons is scheduled to make his final announcement at 9:15 AM on ESPNU. He made headlines last week when Georgia coach Mark Richt went along with him to jail to make his recruiting pitch. Harvey-Clemons works for his grandfather's bail bond service and was in the middle of a shift. Florida State has also come on strong lately, with a positive visit last weekend in Tallahassee.

For more on recruiting and all things Miami football, please head over to The 7th Floor, SB Nation's Hurricanes blog. For more news, analysis, and discussion on the Seminoles, visit SB Nation's Florida State blog,Tomahawk Nation. For more on the Gators, please visit Alligator Army, SB Nation's UF blog.

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Tracy Howard Recruiting Announcement Time, TV Schedule And More

Miramar High School (Fla.) product Tracy Howard is one of the top cornerback recruits in the country. Almost every recruiting service has him ranked as at least a four star prospect. Howard holds offers from more than 30 BCS conference schools, but has long been projected to stay in-state and land at either Florida, Florida State, or late-comer Miami.

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The wait will end on Wednesday morning, as Howard is scheduled to announce his school choice on ESPNU at 9:35 AM. He will kick off a busy signing day on ESPNU, and likely make one head coach in Florida a very happy man.

The Gators have long been considered a favorite to land Howard. He has visited the school many times and is very familiar with their coaching staff. Florida State is also in the running, as the Hollywood, FL native has visited Tallahassee several times as well. Miami made a late push, with Howard not seriously considering the Canes until he decided to take his final official visit there last week.

Stay tuned to this StoryStream for all your news on Tracy Howard's commitment. For more on Miami recruiting, visit the Seventh Floor Blog. For more on Florida recruiting, check out Alligator Army. For more on Florida State recruiting, visit Tomahawk Nation.

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National Signing Day 2012: Tyriq McCord Visits USC Despite Cane Commitment

Explosive defensive end and linebacker prospect Tyriq McCord may have already committed to the Miami Hurricanes, but that doesn't mean he's just going to sit back until National Signing Day on Wednesday.

McCord spent last weekend in Los Angeles visiting the USC Trojans along with many other top recruits.

Tyriq McCord has already signed with the Miami Hurricanes, but he's also been getting the USC full-court press lately, and both are considered high-needs. McCord is at the coveted weakside defensive end position and could be marketed as the next Nick Perry, which is too compelling a sales pitch to miss out on.

McCord stands 6'3" and weighs 220 pounds, yet runs like a safety. He's also a standout contributor on special teams. Most services rate McCord as a four-star defender, and consider him one of the best 20 defensive ends or linebackers in the country.

For more on the Hurricanes, visit SB Nation's blog on the 'Canes, The Seventh Floor.

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Miami Hurricanes Recruiting Well Despite Investigation

Back in August, it looked like the Miami Hurricanes were doomed. The University of Miami's football and basketball programs were being rocked by a huge scandal -- one of the worst scandals in recent NCAA history -- and it seemed likely that the NCAA would impose strict penalties, if not eliminating the teams all together. Under this depressing umbrella of doom, what recruits would possibly still want to go to Miami? How could they possibly keep their athletic programs competitive?

As it turns out, we shouldn't have bothered worrying.

With National Signing Day on Wednesday, the Buckeyes and Hurricanes are looking at finishing with top 10 recruiting classes. At last count, Ohio State was fourth, followed by Miami at sixth, according to Lemming's rankings. (Matt Murschel, Sun Sentinel)


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There are only two possible explanations for this impressive (projected) recruiting class: recruits have a short memory, or Hurricanes head coach Al Golden is a spectacular salesman. The truth is probably a bit of both -- everyone has been distracted by the scandals at Ohio and Penn State -- but Golden's impact can't be understated. Even ignoring the scandal, the Hurricanes are a tougher team to sell; they had a mediocre 2011 season and have numerous holes in their roster going forward. Golden has done yeoman's work, and hopefully it will all pay off tomorrow.

For more on the Hurricanes, visit SB Nation's blog on the 'Canes, The Seventh Floor.

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National Signing Day 2012: Tracy Howard Deciding Between Miami, Florida, Florida State

Tracy Howard is almost inarguably the best cornerback in the state of Florida, and his commitment is going to come down to one of the three in-state power-houses. Howard will decide on Wednesday between the University of Florida, Florida State, and his hometown Miami Hurricanes; and a compelling case can be made for each school. Bud Elliot has a complete breakdown written up at SB Nation that weighs the pros and cons of each school. If you're a fan of either of those three teams it is worth reading, but here is the quick summary.

Miami offers the ability to play for a hometown team and probably the best chance to play right away. Howard has also commented on academic prestige of the U. But they aren't quite as successful as the other programs he is considering and their future doesn't appear to be quite as bright.

The Florida Gators are considered the favorite as they have been for a while now. That's their biggest advantage, but they also offer a scheme that enables Howard to play man-to-man coverage which you would assume is appealing to a cornerback. But after a sub-par season, the future of that program is in a little bit of question.

The Seminoles are probably the longshot, but they might offer the best chance to play for a winning team. If that proves to be more important than the other factors, including playing time, then the Seminoles might stand a chance after all.

We'll have plenty more on this situation as it develops, but for more on recruiting and all things Miami football, please head over to The 7th Floor, SB Nation's Hurricanes blog. For more news, analysis, and discussion on the Seminoles, visit SB Nation's Florida State blog, Tomahawk Nation. For more on the Gators, please visit Alligator Army, SB Nation's UF blog.

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Miami Football Recruiting: Top Recruit Tracy Howard To Visit Miami This Week

The Miami Hurricanes will get a visit from Tracy Howard, one of the best players in the Nation.

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