Welcome Home Art Kehoe, Recruiting Update
The only link to ALL of Miami’s five national championships is coming home.
Art Kehoe has been hired to coach the UM offensive line, returning after a five year absence. This hire reinforces Coach Golden’s commitment to the past and embracing the culture, something the last two head coaches have almost completely ignored to the detriment of the program. Golden has added intensity, youth, vigor, and knowledge to the staff, rounding out a very promising team of leaders.
“The University of Miami has such great history and such great tradition and it’s important we try to bring some of that back,’’ former UM head coach Jimmy Johnson said by phone Monday night. “Having Art back on the staff will help some of the new coaches understand that history. He is very passionate about the university and his coaching, and players respond.’’
“I appreciate everything Coach Kehoe taught me when he was there,’’ Eric Winston told the Miami Herald, UM’s left tackle from 2003 through 2005. “He’s a big reason I’m having success now in the NFL. I’m glad Coach Golden has been open-minded about talking to him. Coach Kehoe is all about intensity, and his love for the university is intense.”
Most recently he has coached in the UFL with the Sacramento Mountain Lions and California Redwoods under former NFL coach Dennis Green.
Prior to joining the UFL in 2009, Kehoe was interim offensive line coach with Louisiana Tech while their coach was hospitalized.
Kehoe also coached at Ole Miss – he took over the line there in 2006 and was let go at the end of the 2007 season with the rest of the staff. While in Oxford, he coached LT Michael Oher, who was drafted by the Baltimore Ravens in the first round in 2009.
Kehoe has a reputation for producing great lines with lightly regarded talent, and his return home to Coral Gables to work with the current group of lineman should have all of UM’s opponents a little on edge.
(recapping yesterday’s news)
Yesterday afternoon, WR Rashawn Scott (6’2, 198, 4.5, Melbourne Central Catholic) gave Miami his promise that he would be a Hurricane, giving UM its 13th verbal commitment. He’s a 3* athlete according to Rivals. Scott had 545 passing yards, 945 yards rushing, and 845 receiving with 12 rushing scores, seven passing TDs and 10 receiving TDs (31 total scores and 2,335 yards total offense) as a senior. On defense he had three picks and scooped and scored twice. The Herald’s Barry Jackson calls him a dynamic athlete.
Here’s a look at his senior highlights:
— Golden received word that St. Thomas Aquinas QB Jake Rudock is remaining committed to Iowa. That makes the uncommitted Army All American Jacoby Brissett (Palm Beach Gardens Dwyer, 6’4, 220) all that more important in overtaking Wisconsin for his pledge. Golden and staff were in attendance at his basketball game last night, making a push for his final visit that could give the Hurricanes a chance in signing the young signal caller on signing day.
— Kevin Sousa, a Wake Forest commitment who only began playing football as a sophomore, will host several in-home visits during the week (UM, South Florida and Wake Forest) and will likely make his mind up by Saturday.
“He likes the tradition, being close to home, the opportunity with the depth chart and the chance to be part of something special,’’ Anthony Paradiso said of why Sousa (rated the 42nd-best quarterback in the country by Scout.com) likes UM. “He’s excited about [offensive cooridnator] Jedd Fisch and what he said. They broke down all of his highlights, how he could get better.’’
If none of those three ends up choosing the Canes, other options include: Land O’Lakes’ Steve Weatherford; Marcus McDade out of Hargrave Military Academy (VA); and Dustin Paonessa, a 6-5, 220-pound left-handed quarterback out of Fork Union (VA) Military Academy. But the Hurricanes could opt to not take any quarterbacks and use the scholarships elsewhere. (Miami Herald, Manny Navarro)
— UM remains in contention for CB Byron Moore (6’1, 205), but rumor is there may be a grade and credit issue, which could keep Golden from accepting his commitment. A former USC signee, Moore’s presence would boost an inexperienced UM secondary heading into the 2011 season.
— UM is after current Georgia Tech verbal commitment DT Tre Jackson. Jackson landed offers from Miami and Florida State on Monday. And he plans to visit FSU on Wednesday and Thursday and then take a weekend trip to UM.
“Miami’s a school I’ve wanted to go to since I was very young,” Jackson said. “They didn’t recruit me until they talked to my coach a week or two ago. And (Monday) was the first day I talked to their coaches,” he told Canesport.com.
He says Al Golden, Jethro Franklin and Micheal Barrow all went to his school to meet with him yesterday.
“They were just saying they apologized for getting my film so late, offering late, that they liked it a lot,” Jackson said.