Malik Wisdom could not contain his smile while describing his encounter with NFL Hall of Famer Deion Sanders.
Wisdom, a Hollywood McArthur defensive back who attended Thursday’s Under Armour Combine for underclassmen ahead of the All-America Game in St. Petersburg, got to enjoy a life lesson from one of the greatest players to play at his position.
“[Sanders] was just telling me ‘to never quit, keep working hard and don’t let anybody tell you that you can’t do anything,’ ” Wisdom said.
“It was an inspiration. I can’t even explain.”
Wisdom, a 5-11 defensive back who claims an offer from FIU, said he has interest from Florida State and Miami, but is patiently waiting for a scholarship offer from both.
--Westminster Christian running back Jordan Cronkrite, rated a four-star prospect by Rivals, 247Sports and ESPN, joined Wisdom as the only South Florida prospects to participate in the combine.
Florida State, Arkansas, Tennessee and Alabama are currently sticking out to Cronkite this early in his recruiting process.
Cronkite plans on attending UM’s junior day event, where he hopes to get an offer from the Hurricanes coaching staff.
“It would be nice to have because it’s a hometown school,” Cronkrite said.
Cronkrite’s teammates, athlete Tim Irvin (nephew of UM standout Michael Irvin) and tight end Devonaire Clarington, both hold offers from the Hurricanes.
“It would be nice [to keep playing together] because we have that chemistry,” Cronkrite said of Irvin and Clarington. “We could help each other compete so it would be nice.”
--Jacksonville Trinity Christian’s Jeffery Holland said UM is one of the schools standing out the most to him alongside Ohio State, Auburn, Florida State, Florida and UCLA.
“I know it’s linebacker U, and I’m going to play linebacker in college,” Holland said. “I went up there on a visit when they beat Florida so that was a plus.”
Cornerback Kevin Toliver II, Holland’s teammate who is an LSU commit and rated a five-star prospect from Rivals, claims a UM offer but said the Hurricanes have backed off recruiting him because “I don’t think they think I’m going to go to that school.”
Holland said Toliver is hoping the two play in college together, “but we don’t know right now. I know he committed early, but I’m still thinking right now.”
--Tampa Sickles running back Ray-Ray McCloud III (5-9, 175), who has been hearing from Clemson, UCLA, Florida, Louisville, Kentucky, Tennessee and South Carolina the most, said he would more than welcome an offer from Miami.
“When it comes, it’ll be one of my top [offers],” said McCloud, rated a four-star prospect by 247Sports.
The city of Miami, UM’s closeness to home, and the Hurricanes storied tradition were all aspects McCloud liked about UM.
--Tarpon Springs East Lake’s George Campbell, rated a five-star wide receiver by Rivals and 247Sports, says “everything is an option” for him since withdrawing his commitment from Michigan on Dec. 13, 2013. Campbell has more than 25 offers from schools across the country, including Miami, Florida State, Florida.