Miami continues to expand its search for a quarterback in the Class of 2008. Virginia Beach Bayside standout E.J. Manuel, a pre-evaluation Rivals100 selection and one of the top overall quarterback prospects in the nation, has long held an offer from the Canes, but now and have extended a scholarship offer to a second Virginia signal caller.
Miami offensive coordinator Patrick Nix was at Westfield High School in Centreville (Va.) Thursday and dropped off a scholarship offer for quarterback Mike Glennon.
The 6-foot-6, 190-pounder, who is the brother of Virginia Tech quarterback Sean Glennon, was surprised by the offer.
"Last week, my coach told me that Miami had called and they wanted to call me back, so I called coach Nix and he told me they were going through all their quarterbacks and looking at who they liked," Glennon said. "They had highlights of my sophomore year, but no junior year highlights, so he said he just went on Rivals.com and watched them. He asked if he was interested in them and I told him yes. There was a Miami coach at the Elite College Combine and he told me they liked what they saw there. Then he flew up here to check on me today."
Nix was heading to Virginia Beach to check up on Manuel following his visit to Centreville, according to Glennon.
Though he has no leaders or top group of schools at the moment, Glennon is highly interested in the Canes.
"I'm definitely interested in Miami," he said. "That's a top team in the country every year. It's one of the best offers a quarterback can get. It's definitely exciting. I still don't have any favorites, though. Two weeks ago, I didn't have any interest in Miami because I didn't know they were interested in me. This offer has opened my eyes."
Glennon threw for 1,800 yards and 18 touchdowns his junior year.
This is the second quarterback prospect the Canes have offered in as many weeks. Saint Augustine (Fla.) Nease prospect Ted Stachitas was offered by Miami last week, according to an article on FlaVarsity.com. It is not known which position the Canes are looking at the athletic Stachitas to play in college.
Buckeyes check up on Shaw
Ohio State assistant coach Jim Bollman was in South Florida on Thursday to check out Miami (Fla.) Pace offensive tackle Greg Shaw, a pre-evaluation Rivals100 selection, at spring practice.
Shaw previously stated that he has a lot of interest in the Buckeyes, who are in the midst of putting together one of the country's top offensive line classes with Michael Brewster, J.B. Shugarts and Mike Adams already committed.
"I am happy that they came and that they are interested enough to drop by," Shaw said. "I knew that he was there to watch me and that made me feel good. He stayed a long time."
Shaw picked up scholarship offer No. 20 when Clemson assistant David Blackwell went by his school to watch practice and extended an offer from the Tigers.
Blackwell, who is generally considered one of the top recruiters in the Atlantic Coast Conference, offered Miami Coral Reef linebacker Malcolm Munroe last week. Clemson was the first BCS Conference program to offer Munroe.
Gators send Dixon an offer
Port Allen (La.) wide receiver Damion Dixon picked up his second scholarship offer from a Southeastern Conference program when Florida sent an offer in the mail, according to Port Allen head coach Guy Blanchard.
"We are just all real excited for him," Blanchard said.
Auburn previously had offered the 6-foot-4, 190-pounder. Alabama, LSU and others continue to show strong interest and offers from those schools could be on their way soon.
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Notre Dame head coach Charlie Weis was in South Florida this week to check on Rivals100 linebacker Etienne Sabino of Miami Krop, among others. ...Marshall is showing strong interest in Pikeville (Ky.) twins Ted Honaker and Tim Honaker and the Thundering Herd could be offering soon. Mississippi State also is pursuing the talented duo. …Auburn, Ole Miss, Tennessee, Vanderbilt, LSU, Wake Forest, Georgia Tech, Army, Michigan State, Louisville and Alabama all will send coaches by Memphis Evangelical Christian to check up on offensive lineman Barrett Jones this week. …Miami (Fla.), Auburn, Louisiana Tech and Arkansas all have offered Destrehan (La.) athlete Jerico Nelson. Nelson could play running back or defensive back in college. …Kentucky, Oklahoma, Ole Miss, Southern Mississippi, Vanderbilt and Georgia all have started recruiting Leesville (La.) wide receiver Allen Muse since his strong showing at the Fort Worth NIKE Camp last weekend. …Buffalo is the second program to offer Johnsonville (S.C.) offensive lineman Justin Lewis.