The Canes held their spring game on Saturday, with Team Soffer (the second team offense/first team defense) defeating Team Carol (the first team offense/second team defense), 17-0, in front of an announced crowd of 15,875. As always, the game also doubled as a recruiting event and UM played host to over 40 of the area’s top prospects at Hard Rock Stadium. The recruits and their families watched the game, had a meal, got a chance to get more comfortable with coaches and support staff, and some even participated in the tailgating festivities outside the stadium. While an entire list of the attendees can be found here, we were able to catch up with a few of the players after the fact, and they shared their thoughts on the experience from their eyes.
“I’m speechless about the visit because yesterday I really felt like I was home and I felt comfortable. I got to meet some of the coaches, that was really cool. I’m looking forward to going back to visit and will most definitely be back. If they was to offer right then and there, I would have committed, that’s how much I loved the visit. One of my favorite schools of all time.”
“It was great. The tight ends did pretty good. I couldn’t see as much as I wanted, but they looked pretty solid. I think the team in general is pretty solid too, they’re gonna have a good season. I was with Larry (Hodges) the majority of the time, and as I was leaving I saw Avantae (Williams). I got to talk to him for a second, it was my first time meeting him, so that was cool.”
Like Solomon, the spring game was Mammarelli’s first event as an official Hurricane. Did any fans recognize him yet?
“The spring game visit went great, also meeting the coaches and meeting players in my recruiting class was really nice. The best part was when I got to walk around the field and looking and imagining the atmosphere that I could possibly play at.”
When asked where UM is in his mind right now, Holmes had a simple answer.
“It was a great experience getting in contact with the coaches again. I like how the defense was flying around the field. The whole unit was playing fast and physical. You could see the teaching from the coaches reflecting off the team.”
Andy Garcia, LB, Fort Lauderdale, FL (American Heritage)
“I brought the whole family to the game. They love to tailgate. The recruits were treated great and had great seating for the game. UM is looking like never before: strong, fast, physical!”
“The spring game visit was a great experience. Being able to be around my current and former teammates, as well as some of my competitors for this upcoming season, and coming together as one group and aspiring to reach that college level is a blessing.”
Kameron Darville, OL, Miami, FL (Miami Palmetto)
“The game yesterday was great, you can really see why the Canes are one of the top teams in the nation.”
“Actually, it went great. I loved the atmosphere of the fans and their energy towards the game. I liked the communication on the defensive side of the ball and the enthusiasm of the coaches. Overall, great day.”