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Kirkland tells UM thanks, but no thanks
UM coaches met with Booker T. All-American offensive tackle Denver Kirkland Saturday and his mother, but weren't able to sway him to commit his stepfather, Shanton Crummie said.
"We appreciate everything Coach Golden and their coaches did in giving him another chance to be apart of their class and talking to him about what happened," said Crummie, who did not attend Saturday afternoon's meeting but gathered the details of it by speaking with Kirkland and his mother.
"The confusion here is that not many people were aware they had been telling us things were getting tight with scholarships. We told them Denver might have a decision by Feb. 1 or Feb. 2. We were just surprised and upset when they came to school Thursday and told him they couldn't wait any longer. We thought he would have until Signing Day as long as we told them they were in front or close. But they couldn't wait."
A source told The Miami Herald, assistants Art Kehoe, James Coley and Micheal Barrow were among those who attended the meeting. Head coach Al Golden was not there, the source said.
Crummie said Kirkland had Miami high "up there with Arkansas" because of academics, but when they pulled the scholarship he was hurt and just never felt the same again.
"In the end we have no bad blood with Coach Golden or UM," Crummie said. "We understand what happened and they explained why they did what they did. They were hoping they could change his mind, but after talking it out he just decided it was best to move on."
Crummie said Kirkland will decide between Arkansas and Florida State and make his announcement on Signing Day.
UM still has hope it will land Kirkland's teammate star linebacker Matthew Thomas. National Signing Day is Wednesday
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Very credible, he is recruiting guy for noledigest...
Come on signing day !!!!!
He wouldn't make something up. I'm not sure how well connected he is though.
I'm beginning to wonder if Kirkland and Thomas have be leaning FSU's way for awhile now. If Kirkland was so set on Miami, and if it were so well known, this situation never would have happened. Miami wouldn't have pressured him if they knew for certain he was coming.
Tomahawk Nation posted something similar to that yesterday.
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This line of thinking would make sense IF Ice hadn't gotten so upset. That's where this logic falls apart. Ice isn't going to side with his player so vehemently if the player was "playing" the Canes...especially with his ties to UM. I could be wrong, but I don't see the rationale.
He could be leaning to FSU without playing Miami. Ice seemed more upset with the reasoning and squeezing than anything else. Plus, many on our side have said we've been leading for Thomas for months.
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This board is going to meltdown if he goes to Ark.
That still doesn't explain why Ice would get so upset. He's been doing this a while..I'm just not buying he's going to make the stink he did yesterday if Kirkland had been leaning towards the Noles. What would the reasoning be? Do you think he's really gonna start drama with a school he graduated from and used to coach for when his player wasn't even leaning towards UM..sorry fsukum--doesn't add up. Would be nice for some bonus recruiting drama stories--but that's all it seems to be.
"Ice seemed more upset with the reasoning and squeezing than anything else."
I can think of one member of the site that would be happy
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