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Hurricanes had winning weekend with “Paradise Camp”

Abbey Radeka

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The appropriately named “Paradise Camp,” brought exactly that, paradise, for University of Miami Hurricanes recruiting. This past weekend, new Head Coach Manny Diaz hosted the fourth year of one of the most successful recruiting weekends in college football. Paradise Weekend was introduced to the Canes’ football program back in 2016 by former head coach Mark Richt.

Recruits and their families were invited to Coral Gables for the weekend to visit the campus and learn all about what Miami could offer in their four years playing college football. Players would train with some of the best coaches, and current/former NFL players to come out of the Miami program.

And, Diaz began the weekend by welcoming the recruits to what he called “the best camp there is in the United States.”

And, here are some of Miami’s biggest wins from the weekend:

The sheer number of recruits- in total, 86- attenting Paradise Camp was impressive. Among the group were 4 five-star recruits, 19 four-star recruits, 32 three-star recruits with the rest having not been graded, yet.

So far, the Canes have landed 4 commits from the weekend alone for both the 2020 and 2021 classes.

For the class of 2020, the first commit of the weekend was Miami Columbus three-star defensive end, Elijah Roberts. Roberts has been wavering on his verbal commitment over the past few weeks with several others.

Second, was Nashville Overton 3 star offensive tackle, Chris Washington, who told 247Sports and InsideTheU that he gave a verbal pledge to Diaz, picking the Miami over Ole Miss, Indiana, Wake Forest and Cincinnati.

Washington is the 3rd lineman and 18th overall commit for Class of 2020, which now ranks No. 8 on the 247Sports’ Composite Team Rankings.

Among the rest of the 2020 class is five star running back Don Chaney, four-star Oakleaf offensive tackle Jalen Rivers, Miami Northwestern wide receiver Marcus Fleming, McDougle Technical Institute defensive end Samuel Anaele, Suffield (Conn.) Academy quarterback Tyler Van Dyke, Hollywood Chaminade-Madonna Prep defensive lineman Willie Moise and South Dade cornerback Jaiden Francois.

The 2021 class had two new commits as well. Fort Lauderdale Plantation wide receiver Jacolby George and Saint Petersburg Lakewood linebacker Cortez Mckenzie. Again, according to 247Sports, Miami now has 10 commits for the 2021 class and that is ranked No.1 by them.

The Canes also hosted two “Official Visits,” who couldn’t actually participate in the camp, but got to experience “the U” nonetheless. Keshawn Lawrence, a four-star safety, who is also considering LSU, South Carolina, Ole Miss and Tennessee.

The second was Alabama commit, Dazalin Worsham, who is a four-star wide receiver from Trussville, Alabama. Worsham hasn’t given any indication whether he’s wavering on his commitment to the Tide, but he did tweet this photo a few days before camp:

I’m sure a flip would be “the cherry on top” of an already very successful recruiting weekend for Miami.

Abbey is a native Floridan who grew up a fan of all Tampa Bay sports teams. She’s recently graduated from Florida State University with a degree in Media Communication Studies. In her time at FSU, she was an In-Game Host for the Basketball and Baseball teams, and reported for Seminole Sports Magazine, producing feature stories that appeared on Fox Sports Sun. She’s excited to share her perspective on all of Florida’s Football teams, especially the Seminoles.

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Not so fast on QB D’Eriq King coming to Hurricanes?

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24 hours later it doesn’t look dead certain that Houston transfer quarterback D’Eriq King will end up at the University of Miami after all.

In fact, it may be several days before we know the coveted grad transfer QB decides to do.

This after a report Sunday out of Houston from Fox 26 Sports director Mark Berman ,who got comments from King about his short term plans and visits:

It is interesting that King is considering Maryland in the mix in addition to powerhouse LSU and possibly trying to revitalize Miami.

As our Jamil King wrote on Sunday it looked like the Houston standout quarterback was “e-ticketed” for Coral Gables and to come as a package deal with newly hired offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee. Lashlee, who has previously been at Auburn and the SMU offensive coordinator the last couple of seasons, was hired two weeks ago to help jump start the Canes disastrous offense from the second half of last year.

Quarterback play plagued the Canes in 2019 with Jarren Williams showing flashes of great play followed by freshman mistakes and inconsistency. N’kosi Perry found his way into some games, but was also inconsistent in his own right. Miami suffered humiliating losses to FIU and at Duke to close the regular season.

Then, the Hurricanes were completely inept in the Independence Bowl, while being shut out 14-0. This, while rumors were swirling everywhere that coach Manny Diaz would be firing his first year offensive coordinator, Dan Enos. Enos, who had been the QB coach at Alabama, was fired the next day.

Back to King, if the Hurricanes are able to land him, they get a player who over his career at the University of Houston threw for 4,925 yards for an average of 8.2 yards per attempt and tossed 50 touchdowns with only ten interceptions.

King also completed almost 62% of his passes with the Cougars, adding another 28 touchdowns on the ground. He promises to bring some explosives, something the Canes desperately needed, if they can land him.

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Hurricanes land Houston QB transfer King

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Miami Hurricanes coach Manny Diaz found out very quickly that the life if a head coach isn’t an easy one. He saw his Miami Hurricane offense move nothing like a “Hurricane” at all.

Instead of fast and lethal, it was often slow and stagnant.

Thus, Diaz had to go in a different direction for his offense replacing his first-year offensive coordinator Dan Enos, and he made what looks to be like a strong hire in Rhett Lashlee, bringing his spread offense over from SMU.

Quarterback play plagued the Canes in 2019 with Jarren Williams showing flashes of great play followed by freshman mistakes and inconsistency. N’kosi Perry found his way into some games but was also inconsistent in his own right.\

With New OC Lashlee coming in, it was going to be interesting if either Williams or Perry could run the new system or if seldom used 2019 transfer Tate Martell may be the best fit?

All of those questions may be answered for us already with news coming out today on a new Miami quarterback entering the fold. Houston transfer D’Eriq King has decided to play for the Canes in 2020.

King is an immediate upgrade in the QB room for a few different reasons for the Hurricanes in 2020. First, over his career at the University of Houston (above), King has thrown for 4,925 yards for an average of 8.2 yards per attempt and tossed 50 touchdowns with only ten interceptions.

King also completed almost 62% of his passes with the Cougars, adding another 28 touchdowns on the ground. The young man can flat out play ball, something the Canes desperately needed.

King is also going to be a leader in the locker room and the quarterback room. He is an older guy and will be someone everyone can look up to and listen to another coach on the field. King also brings the most to this offense.

He has the ability to make deep throws to the far side or hit a man in stride. He also brings the running ability to the offense that opens up a Pandora’s box for Lashlee. He can use the QB designed run, an option here and there, and lots of RPOs.

The addition of King is certainly an exciting one, and once again, for the second offseason in a row, there is new optimism on the offense in Coral Gables.

The question is this time will the excitement last longer into the season, and will it produce?

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