In a surprising turn of events, Manny Navarro of the Miami Herald has confirmed that UM is no longer in the picture for Booker T. Washington OL Denver Kirkland.
In his latest Eye on the U post, Navarro wrote:
- Kirkland had a private conversation with UM assistant coach Michael Barrow and Booker T. head coach Tim “Ice” Harris following the parade in which they discussed an issue that came up with him going to UM.”
Many speculated that perhaps Kirkland had an academic issue that would prevent him from enrolling into UM, but it now appears that his grades are not an issue.
Kirkland’s coach, Tim Harris, tweeted the following once the academic rumors began to swirl:
(@IceHarris): I’ll just let it be known that Denver Kirkland had NO academic issue. So, can that rumor just go away?”
The above tweet was preceded by the following from Harris:
(@IceHarris): SMH This recruiting stuff is a mess. I just hope all these kids land in the place that’s best for their futures.”
Harris is obviously disappointed in Miami. A UM alum himself, Harris was just as shocked as most Miami fans were when the news broke.
UM has limited scholarships to offer for their 2013 class, so there has to be a legitimate reason for coaches to pull a top prospects offer — especially one from Booker T. Washington which has served as a pipeline for Miami in the past. Perhaps UM head coach Al Golden caught wind of a silent commit. With limited spots available, Miami cannot afford to get shunned on NSD, only to be left scrambling to fill their class.
So how does this affect Kirkland’s teammate and Miami’s top priority LB Matthew Thomas? If I had to guess I would say the odds that Thomas lands in Coral Gables have slightly diminished.
According to Navarro, Kirkland now has a final four of South Florida, Florida State, Ole Miss and Arkansas.