Devante Peete and Devonaire Clarington could be catching touchdowns for the University of Miami for years to come.
Jaquan Johnson could be on the other side of the ball, boosting the Hurricanes’ defense.
The Class of 2015 trio, all currently rated four-star prospects by multiple media outlets but have five-star potential, are wide open with their recruitments as of now, but staying close to home and playing at UM could be options for them once the 2015 National Signing Day rolls around.
Peete – a 6-6, 200-pound wide receiver for Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas – said he’s had visits from schools like UM, Alabama, LSU, Ohio State, Cincinnati and North Carolina among others in the last month. He also picked up a scholarship offer from Florida State on Wednesday.
“I’m getting scholarship offers from everybody in the country,” Peete said with excitement on Saturday during South Florida Express 7-on-7 tryouts at Hollywood McArthur High. “Everybody is coming around to see me and school, and showing me a lot of love.”
He doesn’t have a list of top schools at the moment, but plans on taking visits to Alabama, LSU, FSU and Ohio State in the coming months.
As for the Hurricanes, Peete was critical of UM’s finish last season but still holds the school in high regard.
“I liked Miami since the beginning, but I felt like they gave up during the season when they lost a couple players,” Peete said. “But Miami is always going to play a big, major [role] in the recruiting process with me because I’ve been growing up a Miami fan.”
Clarington – a 6-6, 220-pound tight end who played for Westminster Christian last season and will play for Hialeah Champagnat Catholic his senior year – said UM, Alabama, USF and Georgia are coming after him the most these days.
“I don’t have specific schools I’m looking at, but my options are still open,” Clarington said.
Clarington did give some special preference to the Crimson Tide and Hurricanes.
Playing for Nick Saban at Alabama “would be sweet” for Clarington, whose coach at Westminster, Sedrick Irvin, played for Saban while the two were at Michigan State.
UM does resonate with Clarington, who said "seeing my family after practice” was an aspect he liked.
“I just got to make a man decision,” Clarington said.
Johnson – a 5-10, 180-pound running back and safety for Miami Killian – was sporting UM track pants at the practice and said the Hurricanes stand out alongside West Virginia, USC, Florida, and Florida State among others.
“I would want my family to see me play at Miami, and come to the games, and be able to watch me just like now,” said Johnson, who prefers to play safety in college.
He has plans to visit UM’s campus for Junior Day on Sunday with Peete and Clarington, but also wants to visit Alabama and FSU.
“I could go anywhere, really,” Johnson said. “But I’ve just got to evaluate it, and see what’s best for me and my family.”