- Mar 14, 2013
2011 (L-R: Mike William, Darius Smith, Gionni Paul, Rashawn Scott, Phillip Dorsett, Ryan Williams)
Golden’s first recruiting Class:
21 Signees, 3 DI Transfers
Rankings: Rivals #36 , Scouts #41
Golden’s was hired on December 12 of 2010 to replace Randy Shannon. He put together his first recruiting class in less than 2 months. At the time of his hire, Miami had 4 commitments left (Dorsett, Chickillo, Davis, Menocal). Golden decided to cut ties with 2 of the commits (Davis and Menocal) and closed with a total of 21 signees.
Of the 21 total signees: 17 HS, 2 JC (Smith, Botts), 2 Prep (Kinard, Pierre). Golden also signed 2 5th year seniors transfers in Ayles (USC) and Mike Williams (WF). Ryan Williams (Memphis) also transfer here but had to sit out 1 year. Here is the timeline of all the commits and transfers from the class of 2011.
6/19/10 Phillip Dorsett – 1st round pick 2015, solid starter
9/9/10 Anthony Chickillo – 6th round pick 2015, 4 year starter
12/20/10 Olsen Pierre – FA with Bears 2015, solid starter
12/29/10 Dalton Botts (JC) - Flipped from LSU, 2 year starter at UM and was FA with Saints in 2013.
1/8/11 Thomas Finnie – Transferred to Bethune Cookman after getting kicked off the team prior to 2013 season.
1/8/11 Taylor Gadbois – DNQ, attend prep and resigned with UM in 2012. Dismissed 6/15.
1/9/11 Ricardo Williams – Transferred to Marshall after 2012 Season
1/16/11 Matt Goudis – Retired after 2014 season with 1 year of eligibility left. Starter in 2013.
1/17/11 Antonio Kinard (DNQ - Arizona Western College)
1/17/11 Kevin Grooms – (DNQ Marshall) – got kicked out of Marshall after 2 productive seasons. Enrolled at Liberty.
1/18/11 Dallas Crawford – solid role player
1/20/11 Gionni Paul – transferred to Utah after 2012 season. Was starter in 2014 before getting injured.
1/21/11 Blake Ayles (USC) - 5th year Transfer, retired due to concussions. Never played a down for UM.
1/22/11 Denzel Perryman – 2nd round pick in 2015, 4 year starter.
1/25/11 Rashawn Scott – Injuries and suspensions have kept him off the field, but had a solid
2/2/11 Eddie Johnson - Kicked off team after 2012 season, productive players in 2013 before leaving.
2/2/11 Jalen Grimble – former 5 Star, Transferred to OSU after 2012
2/21/11 Michael Williams (Wake Forest) – 5th year Transfer, started for 1 year at UM
5/2/11 Darius Smith (JC) – contributed as starter on a weak D Line.
5/3/11 Corey King – transfered out to Kansas for RS SR year
5/6/11 Ryan Williams – Transfer from Memphis, career backup
6/6/11 Thurston Armbrister – worked his way to starter and signed as FA with Jaguars in 2015
8/3/11 Hunter Wells – Never really contributed
9/1/11 Junior Alexis – Transferred out after 1 year
Out of the 21 signees from 2011...
3 Did not qualify (Grooms, Kinard, Gadbois)
1 left after 1 season (Alexis)
5 left after 2 seasons (Paul, Finnie, Johnson, R. Williams, Grimble)
1 left after 4 seasons (King)
11 have graduated from UM
Of the 19 players that got into UM (counting Gadbois)….
8 transferred out (Grimble, Paul, Finnie, E. Johnson, R. Williams, Alexis, Gadbois, King)
3 came back for 5th year in 2015. (Scott, Crawford, Wells)
3 were drafted in 2015 after 4 years of college (Dorsett, Perryman, Chickillo)
3 were signed as FA to the NFL (Pierre, Armbrister, Botts)
1 got a tryout with NFL teams (Smith)
1 retired with eligibility left (Goudis)
Not bad for a class that was pieced together in under 2 months.
This class also included a total of 10 de-commitments. 7 of them committed to Coach Shannon and 3 were briefly committed to Golden. We all know what Teddy did in college but here is the rest of the list by commitment date.
5/12/09 Jeremy Davis – UCF, de-committed 1/12/11 Cut by Golden
12/11/09 Marcus Jackson - Tennessee, de-committed 12/5/10 after Randy got fired
3/24/10 Albert Louis-Jean – BC, de-committed 12/2/10 after Randy got fired
6/4/10 Teddy Bridgewater – Louisville, de-committed 12/7/10 after Randy got fired
6/4/10 - Eli Rogers – Louisville, de-committed 10/17/10
6/28/10 Nick Menocal – GT, de-committed 1/23/11, cut by Golden
7/20/10 Tavadis Glenn – DNQ from 2010, dropped by Shannon after leaving Milford Academy
12/23/10 Chase Harper(JC) – Texas State, de-committed 12/29/11 due to academics
1/23/11 Byron Moore Jr. (JC) – Tennessee, de-committed 1/31/11, never really officially committed to UM
1/30/11 Bryant "B.J." Dubose – Louisville, Flipped to Louisville on signing day 2/2/11