A six-pack of Hurricanes notes on a Thursday:
▪ Malik Rosier, braced for a spring battle with N’Kosi Perry and early enrollee Jarren Williams for the starting quarterback job, admitted recently it will be hurtful if he loses his starting job before his senior year.
But he vowed to be supportive of the others whatever happens.
“Yeah [it would hurt], especially for me because it will be my fifth year here at the University of Miami,” Rosier said. “I really stuck it out. If N’Kosi or Jarren come in and beat me, then my hats off to them.
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“I will help them anyway I can, just like I did with Brad [Kaaya]. If they need any help, I will always be there to help them. You can ask N’Kosi — N’Kosi will come up to me in practice and say, ‘What did you see and why did you do this?’ I still help him.
“I want him to be as great as he can be because if there’s no competition, I won’t get any better. The only way I can grow is if somebody is pushing me to grow. If they wind up beating me, I will shake their hand, tell them congrats, and I will support them throughout the whole year.”
Cade Weldon, who was suspended for the Orange Bowl, is UM’s fourth scholarship quarterback but an underdog to win the starting job.
▪ Defensive coordinator Manny Diaz told me in December that one linebacker in this class might be enough (Patrick Joyner Jr.) because UM wasn’t losing any to graduation.
But subsequently, Darrion Owens transferred and Jamie Gordinier retired from football because of knee injuries. According to Canesport, UM has now made an offer to four-star Ohio-based linebacker Xavier Peters, rated by Rivals as the ninth-best outside linebacker and 143rd best player in the country.
Peters is a Kentucky oral commitment and still might end up there. He’s planning to visit UM the weekend before Feb. 7 signing day and also has visits lined up with UF and FSU the next two weekends. His decision is considered a toss-up at this point.
▪ Defensive end/tackle Jamarcus Chatman told Canesport’s Matt Shodell that North Carolina has pulled “probably even” with UM after his visit to the Chapel Hill campus.
Chatman, who’s 6-3 and 266 pounds, will visit FSU Jan. 27 and UM the weekend before signing day.
He’s one of a handful of defensive linemen that UM covets, with the Canes likely to use two or three or four of their eight remaining scholarships on front seven help (Plantation American Heritage oral commitment Nesta Silvera will be one of them).
▪ Four-star Georgia-based receiver Marquez Ezzard plans to visit Mississippi this weekend, then Miami the next.
Ezzard, rated the 43rd best receiver by Rivals and 239th best prospect overall, is UM’s preferred choice to round out a receiver class that already has Mark Pope, Brian Hightower and Daquris Wiggins, all three of whom signed with Miami on Dec. 20.
▪ According to Rivals, Fort Lauderdale University School power forward Vernon Carey, son of the former UM football standout, and the No. 1 player in the 2019 class, has UM in his final four with Duke, Michigan State and North Carolina.
There will be immense disappointment inside UM if the Canes lose out on him.
ESPN has freshman guard Lonnie Walker 17th and sophomore guard Bruce Brown 19th on its updated NBA draft board, even though Brown has struggled offensively all season and Walker’s play has been uneven.
▪ UM is planning several things to honor baseball coach Jim Morris, who is stepping aside after this upcoming season, his 25th. Roy Firestone will give a tribute to Morris as guest speaker at the team’s Feb. 9 banquet at Watsco Center, with tickets available to that annual preseason dinner.
On the previous night, UM will have a cocktail party honoring Morris and Jay Rokeach, who’s entering his 50th season as UM’s public address announcer.