A six-pack of Canes notes on a Friday:
▪ UM quarterback Malik Rosier told WQAM’s Joe Zagacki that the offense has changed.
“Last year, we kind of got stuck in three receiver, one tight end personnel grouping,” Rosier said on Hurricane Hotline. “Sometimes you saw Deejay Dallas come in. This year, you have the two tight ends coming in [Brevin Jordan and Will Mallory], the fullback [Realus George].
“Trayone Gray moving to fullback is going to be a mismatch for linebackers; he’s freakishly strong, real athletic. Deejay is going to make a huge impact. We asked Deejay to do a lot — once he gets it, he’s someone we will use everywhere and someone who will get this offense to the next level.”
▪ Receiver Lawrence Cager has had a good spring.
“The big thing with Lawrence is just confidence,” Rosier said. “Lawrence is 6-5, big, strong, physical. When he plays physical, I don’t think there’s anyone that can cover Lawrence.”
Of early enrollee receivers Daquris Wiggins and Brian Hightower, Rosier said: “They are rookies. They make mistakes. For the most part, they’re phenomenal. Wiggins does a great job of playing the X receiver. In high school, he was more athletic than anybody.”
▪ UM — which is losing Jaquan Newton to graduation, Lonnie Walker to the NBA and potentially Bruce Brown or (less likely) Dewan Huell to the NBA — hasn’t signed a single player in this recruiting class yet.
But UM basketball coach Jim Larrañaga expects contributions next season from two players who didn’t play: guard Miles Wilson, a transfer from Mount St. Mary’s who sat out this past season, and center Deng Gak.
Wilson “can shoot the basketball, has had a very successful year off but still has a lot of growth in him,” Larrañaga said. “He’s much stronger than he was when he first came, his skills are improving. Deng is along the same lines — kind of raw but a terrific athlete with length, very good jumping ability. His skills, he doesn’t really have a defined skill yet. … He’s working on those things so he can be an effective offensive player and scorer for us next year. I think he’ll be a major contributor.”
▪ UM, which would like to add at least two transfers (including one grad transfer), is hosting departing Oklahoma Sooners sophomore guard Kameron McGusty on a visit this weekend, according to CBS’ Jon Rothstein.
McGusty, 6-5, also considering Virginia Tech and Houston, will have two years of eligibility left after he transfers (2019-20 and 2020-21) after sitting out this season. McGusty, ESPN’s 46th-ranked player in the 2016 signing class, averaged 8.0 points, 1.9 rebounds and 0.3 assists as a sophomore last season. He shot 42.3 percent from the field and 33.3 percent on three pointers(34-102).
▪ I asked Larrañaga if he’s surprised that Huell is putting his name in the draft pool with the ability to change his mind — considering analysts don’t have him being drafted.
“Not surprised about Dewan,” Larrañaga said Thursday. “It’s always been a dream and goal of his. He wants to test the waters. Coach [Chris] Caputo and I just met with him for over an hour talking about the prospects, talking to him about what feedback they’re getting. We did the same thing with Lonnie … and Bruce. We want them to have information that educates them as to the process. It’s going to be up to them to make the decision that’s best for them.”
Huell isn’t hiring an agent and is eligible to return to UM, which seems like the sensible option.
▪ A Thursday Washington Post story on the FBI’s investigation into several college basketball programs had multiple mentions of Miami.
The story begins with this: “Miami men’s basketball Coach Jim Larranaga was about to board a flight to North Carolina for a recruiting trip when he got a phone call from his wife.
Two FBI agents were at the house, Liz Larranaga told her husband. She then handed the phone to one of the agents, who asked Jim to remain at the airport until they reached him.
One month later, at a news conference in New York City, a federal prosecutor and a top FBI official touted the results of an ongoing investigation into the black market surrounding college basketball.”
UM hasn’t been charged with any crime and Larrañaga has denied any wrongdoing.
Larrañaga’s attorney, Stuart Z. Grossman, told The Post: “We’re baffled. They won’t charge him, and they won’t tell us what it is they have or what it is they think they have.” ...
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