Six Canes Make Early Entrance

May 22, 2011


Coral Gables, Fla.—The University of Miami and head football coach Al Golden have announced that six members of the 2011 Signing Class have enrolled in the Summer I session.  The group began classes on campus on May 18.

“We are excited to have the group of young men on campus for summer session,” said Golden. “It is very advantageous to the guys who are here early. They get ahead in academics, get a feel for the ‘lay of the land’, get to know their teammates and not only do they get a leg up on conditioning, but they begin the adjustment process sooner.”

Quarterback transfer and Broward County native Ryan Williams is among the six who have enrolled for summer. Williams—6-6 and 220 pounds— joins the Hurricanes after spending the last year at the University of Memphis, starting 10 of the 13 contests a season ago. A second transfer, Michael Williams, is also on campus this summer. Williams, a 6-1, 170-pound defensive back, comes to the U by way of Wake Forest. Williams will add depth to the cornerback position and will be eligible to play immediately. 

In addition to the Williams, UM welcomes wide receiver Phillip Dorsett (5-9, 170), linebacker Gionni Paul (6-0, 230), wide receiver Rashawn Scott (6-2, 198) and defensive tackle Darius Smith (6-2, 345) this summer.

Dorsett and Scott will join a talented receivers corp. The quick and explosive Dorsett had 35 receptions for 806 yards and 12 touchdowns as a senior last year at St. Thomas Aquinas. The versatile Scott posted 845 receiving yards, rushed for 945 yards and threw for 565 yards accounting for 31 total touchdowns as a senior.

On the defensive side of the ball, the athletic Paul will join the mix of linebackers while Smith will add depth at the defensive tackle position. Smith comes to UM after spending two seasons at Lackawanna (PA) College and will compete as a junior in the fall. Paul racked up 155 tackles, two interceptions and four forced fumbles as a senior.

Several more members of the 2011 Class are expected to enroll during the second summer session which is slated to begin on June 29.

The Hurricanes will open their 2011 season at Maryland on Sept. 5 at 8 p.m. on ESPN.