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Six Canes get an early start

5/22/2011

Six members of Miami's 2011 signing class have enrolled in the Summer I session and began classes on campus on May 18.

“We are excited to have the group of young men on campus for summer session,” coach Al Golden said in a prepared statement. “It is very advantageous to the guys who are here early. They 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 Ryan Williams is among the six who have enrolled for summer. Williams joined the Hurricanes after spending the past year at the University of Memphis, where he started 10 of 13 games. A second transfer, Michael Williams, is also on campus this summer. Williams, a 6-foot-1, 170-pound defensive back, transferred from Wake Forest. He will add depth to the cornerback position and will be eligible to play immediately.

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) are also on campus this summer. Dorsett had 35 receptions for 806 yards and 12 touchdowns as a senior last year at St. Thomas Aquinas. Scott had 845 receiving yards, rushed for 945 yards and threw for 565 yards accounting for 31 total touchdowns as a senior.

Smith came 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 will begin on June 29.