Barry Jackson

UM recruit exploding; Another positive Richt changes; Canes notes

Miami Hurricanes wide receiver Rashawn Scott (11) as Virginia Tech Hokies cornerback Brandon Facyson (31) fails to make the stop on a first down reception in the second quarter as the University of Miami hosts Virginia Tech at Sun Life Stadium on Saturday at Sun Life Stadium.on Saturday, October 17, 2015.
Miami Hurricanes wide receiver Rashawn Scott (11) as Virginia Tech Hokies cornerback Brandon Facyson (31) fails to make the stop on a first down reception in the second quarter as the University of Miami hosts Virginia Tech at Sun Life Stadium on Saturday at Sun Life Stadium.on Saturday, October 17, 2015. adiaz@miamiherald.com

A six-pack of UM notes on the eve of the Hurricanes-Syracuse game at Hard Rock Stadium:

• UM oral commitment Lorenzo Lingard, the ballyhooed five-star running back from Orange City, Fla., continues to put up monster numbers.

A bit over two weeks ago, he rushed for an absurd 358 yards in a game and scored four touchdowns.

Last week, he churned out 287 rushing yards and five touchdowns.

And this week, he had 30 rushes for 167 yards and three more touchdowns with UM running backs coach Thomas Brown reportedly in attendance. His night included a game-winning 37-yard touchdown run in the final two minutes, according to Canesport.

For the season, in just six games, he already has 1220 yards (8.2 per carry) and 17 touchdowns for University High.

Rivals rates him the second-best back in the 2018 class and the eighth-best player overall.

Lingard, Camron Davis and Travis Homer will give UM three terrific backs next season, even if Mark Walton turns pro.

• Good stuff from defensive line coach Craig Kuligowski, speaking to WQAM’s Joe Rose and Zach Krantz about defensive tackles Kendrick Norton and Richard McIntosh Jr.: "As a tackle combo, they've got to be two of the best guys in the country. Kendrick Norton had a huge game [vs. Georgia Tech]. The coach from Wake Forest called and asked if they could borrow him."

• Kuligowski said "all the NFL scouts are definitely taking notice" of end Chad Thomas: "Chad is doing great. He's really come along in terms of performance and maturity and a lot of other things. He's having a great year. He's the leader of our defensive line. We're really proud of that kid and how much he's gotten better."

• Love Kuligowski’s Twitter handle (@LetsMeetAtTheQB). Asked by Krantz about that, he said: "I came up with it. It's an old defensive line saying. They told me I need to get a Twitter account handle after I tell all our kids to stay off Twitter. They said for recruiting, you have to get one of these things."

• St. Thomas Aquinas defensive end/linebacker Nik Bonitto, rated the 239th best player overall by Rivals in the 2018 class and 12th best defensive end, said UM has begun recruiting him again and told Canesport that he will consider UM, though he doesn’t yet have a formal offer.

• Dolphins and ex-UM receiver Rashawn Scott told me and two other reporters this week that one change is obvious in the Canes program under Mark Richt: "When we were there it was free-for-all. Now it’s you either do this or we’ll put somebody else in. We played like we wanted to create highlight tapes when I was there. Now it’s all 11 people playing” together.

Still, Scott wanted to make clear he’s not bashing Al Golden.

"Golden was a father figure to us and he helped us a lot," Scott said. "You could tell he helped everybody on and off the field."

Here’s my Dolphins post from Friday, with personnel news and a way Adam Gase could help the situation.... Twitter: @flasportsbuzz

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