Where Are They Now? Miami’s Highest Rated Recruits Part 2
- Luqman Abdallah, DT, 4 stars: didn’t see the field, transferred to Hofstra. I’m optimistic that he’s not the same guy currently being pursued by America’s Most Wanted for being a drug kingpin in Jersey.
- Spencer Adkins, LB, 4 stars: saw action in 31 games, totaling 72 tackles, 10 tackles for loss, five sacks and one interception. In 2007, recording a career-high 52 tackles. Drafted in the 6th round by the Falcons.
- Christopher Barney, OL, 4 stars: mostly a scout team player; graduated in 2009.
- Antonio Dixon, DT, 4 stars: inspiring personal story of overcoming homelessness to become the first college graduate in his family. Struggled with weight problems. He played in 40 games, 10 of which he started, recordind 71 tackles, 8.5 tackles for loss, 2.5 sacks, a fumble recovery and a pass deflection. Currently plays for the Eagles after being claimed off waivers and made a game-changing play blocking a field goal against the Bears leading to a win for the Eagles.
- Dajleon Farr, TE, 4 stars: caught 24 passes for 210 yards, was suspended after FIU brawl, transferred to Memphis for his senior year. Currently with the Cowboys.
- Courtney Harris, DE 4 stars: played mostly as a reserve; career ended at UM (after he obtained his degree) after he was unable to get medical clearance because of a shoulder injury. Transferred to the University of North Alabama.
- Bruce Johnson, DB, 4 stars: Johnson was a starter, but nothing to write home about . . . until he joined the Giants as an undrafted free agent and became an interception and tackling machine.
- Kenny Phillips, DB, 5 stars: a decent player from his freshman year, Phillips was a somewhat bright spot on otherwise AWFUL teams not worthy of having the _ on their helmet. Miami’s most recent first round draft pick in 2008 to the Giants.
- Randy Phillips, DB, 4 stars: started at CB and later moved to safety, biggest contribution to the ‘Canes was his 2 interceptions at Choke Campbell stadium against the Criminoles in Trailerhassee in 2007. Was supposed to sign with Detroit as an undrafted free agent but flunked his physical.
- Demetri Stewart, LB, 4 stars: non-factor; transferred to Northern Michigan University
- AJ Trump, OL, 4 stars: played center and guard, started as C in 2009 (not that it says much). Serviceable. Undrafted and later signed by Steelers as a free agent. Didn’t make roster.
- Reggie Youngblood, OL, 5 stars: this guy was supposed to be the next Bryant McKinnie. No sir. Often penalized and serviceable at best. Undrafted.
- Dedrick Epps, TE, 4 stars: ended career with 49 receptions, 634 receiving yards, and 6 touchdowns, seeing his best season in 2008 as a junior, catching 22 passes for 304 yards and 2 touchdowns, while starting 10 games. Drafted in the 7th round by the Chargers; joined Dolphins practice squad in September, 2010.
- Jason Fox, TE, 4 stars: after beginning his career at Miami as RT, Fox became starting LT midway through the year and stayed there until he was taken out by injuries his senior year. Arguably the most consistent player on the Oline during the dark ages (um, that would be from 2006-present), and the reason Jacory Harris was not concussed nearly every game in 2009. Drafted in the 4th round by the Lions.
- Richard Gordon, DE, 4 stars: rotated between defense, special teams and offense. Best at blocking as TE, not so much with receiving. Started 7 games in 2010 as a testament to how much Epps and Jimmy Graham are missed.
- Ryan Hill, DB, 4 stars: before this season, when asked about Hill, most fans would describe him as a flop. After 5 years and three positions, it seemed something finally clicked in 2010. While he didn’t have a superstar season, he did record a couple of interceptions and we are optimistic about his future in the NFL.
- Josh Holmes, DT, 4 stars: Played in 29 games and started 14 in his career, recording 42 tackles, 9.5 tackles for loss, three sacks, three quarterback hurries and one fumble recovery in his career. His injury this season left a huge gaping hole in our run defense. See, e.g., the nightmare against FSWho.
- Javarris James, RB, 4 stars: Baby J exploded as a freshman and made us think he was the second coming of his infamous cousin. He, um, wasn’t. Often plagued by injuries, James’ career was often disappointing (cough *Clemson 2009* cough) outside of a spectacular 150+ performance against the Chokelahoma Sooners last season. True to ‘Canes form, after going undrafted and being signed with the Colts as a free agent, James has had a great rookie season and has often received praise from Peyton Manning.
- Tervaris Johnson, DB, 4 stars: Played in 48 games with seven starts, DB, special teams, and the unlikely switch to TE in 2008. Waived onto the Chiefs where he plays RB.
- Kylan Robinson, RB, 4 stars: played RB for two seasons, LB for another, not serviceable in either position.
- Sam Shields, WR, 4 stars: After doing nothing of note short of the penalty in the FSWho monsoon game of 2008, Shields was moved to DB and was often picked on by the opposition. Shields went undrafted and was signed by the Packers as a free agent. Turns out with some coaching and instruction on how to watch film, he’s a great CB. Another post-graduate NFL success story for the ‘Canes. [insert collective groan]
- Allen Bailey, DE, 4 stars: part man, part beast, Bailey immediately enamored himself to fans for killing gators and looking a little like Shrek. Unfortunately, Bailey spent most of his career at UM being rotated between positions and it seems to have affected his development. He has all the tools to be successful in the NFL, but compared to ‘Canes fans’ sky-high expectations, Bailey’s career has been disappointing.
- Damien Berry, DB, 4 stars: Starting at safety and donning the number of beloved 2-0 E Reed, boy, Berry switched to RB and was largely unheard of until 2009′s FAMU game where he burst on the scene and had fans chanting his name every game thereafter. He was reportedly held back in 2009 because of ball control issues and in 2010, we saw it first hand. Berry needs to improve on the fumbles to be successful in the NFL.
- Graig Cooper, 5 stars: a fan favorite, “COOOOOOP” has been a solid player and a consistent bright spot over the years. After seeming like he would fall down every time a blade of grass got in his way, Coop toughened up and had many great games before being injured in the hypothermia-fest known as the Champs Sports Bowl last year. While he probably should have sat out this year to heal, he made some minor contributions.
- Orlando Franklin, OL, 4 stars: Talented but inconsistent. Penalty machine.
- Robert Marve, QB, 4 stars: Despite his title of “Mr. Florida Football” and being a personal favorite of EOTH blogger Canez1, Marve proved to be little more than Bobby Drama from the car accident to punching a mirror in the Grove to public fights between his daddy and Randy Shannon. Transferred to Purdue.
- Jermaine McKenzie, WR, 4 stars: non-factor; transferred to Memphis.
- Demarcus VanDyke, ATH, 4 stars: Take a look at DVD. There is your proof that Miami players were not required to eat breakfast before Al Golden came on board. He has raw talent but never became an impact player at UM. I’m optimistic that he could do well in the NFL after he starts eating his Wheaties.
- Doug Wiggins, DB, 4 stars: transferred to Western Michigan University after contraversy involving allegations that Shannon and other coaches were encouraging Wiggins to get unneeded surgery on his hamstring in order to obtain a medical redshirt.
As you can see, recruiting rankings are pretty hit or miss. Stay tuned for our next installment of our “Where Are They Now?” feature where Esteban breaks down the lowest-rated Miami recruits in recent history.