More on the UM commitments from Jordan Scarlett and Sam Bruce that could not make Wednesday's Miami Herald:
Scarlett before his announcement Tuesday afternoon of he and Bruce: “We’re just a good 1-2 punch. This year at St. Thomas, we’re going to do some great things together because you’re going to have to respect the run, and you can’t [defend Bruce] 1-on-1.
“We’re ready to do that [at UM] and hopefully with some other Florida guys, who can take care of business.”
Added Bruce: “We’re planning on bringing the University of Miami back.”
During Bruce's radio announcement, Scarlett called in from Oregon to say, "Bruce, man, you know I love you. I’m happy we’re doing this thing together at Miami, man."
Bruce's response: “Let’s make it happen.”
Their visit to Coral Gables on June 28 and playing close to home were instrumental factors in their pledges to UM.
“It’s in my backyard and I know all my family will be able to attend my games,” Bruce said.
Scarlett becomes UM’s 20th member of its 2015 class, which ranks ninth in the country by 247Sports. Bruce is UM’s fifth member to the 2016 class, which already has four-star studs wide receiver Dionte Mullins, quarterback Jack Allison and linebacker Shaquille Quarterman.
Scarlett, who had previous intentions to commit to a school after his senior football season, said he and Bruce are moving their focus to getting others to join them playing close to home.
“That’s why we’re definitely doing the commitment now,” Scarlett said, “so we can get some other guys’ attention, and hopefully we can get them.”
Added Bruce: If guys from Fort Lauderdale and further south commit to the University of Miami, there’s no way we can’t win a national championship.
On top of Scarlett’s list are Monarch High School stars and Alabama commits Shawn Burgess-Becker and Calvin Ridley, whom Scarlett has known since they played optimist football together.
“We definitely want to play together at the college level,” Scarlett said. “We’ve been talking about it. They’re trying to make me go to Alabama, but they said they’ll see how the season goes.”
Scarlett, Burgess-Becker and Ridley are among 14 players from South Florida participating at The Opening. UM’s three other running back commits Jordan Cronkrite (Miami Westminster Christian), Mark Walton (Miami Booker T. Washington), and Dexter Williams (Winter Garden West Orange) are also at the event.
Scarlett said he’s had casual talks with Cronkrite on Tuesday, but “not about Miami or anything like that.”
Cronkrite told the Miami Herald on Friday he “doubts” he’d stick with his commitment to UM if Scarlett were to throw his name in UM’s 2015 recruiting class.
After Scarlett’s announcement, Cronkrite said “I’m good right now,” while hanging out with Killian safety and UM target Jaquan Johnson. Cronkrite said he didn’t really have a reaction to the news and is just going to wait things out.
Williams – who is being heavily recruited by Florida, USC, Tennessee and OhioState – told 247Sports on Tuesday his commitment to UM “is high because that's the place I want to be.” Williams also said he’s not concerned with Scarlett’s pledge adding to the Canes’ running back competition because "It's football. You're going to have a couple players there that you're going to have to beat out for the position.”
Walton told the Miami Herald on Friday: “It doesn’t matter how many running backs are committed to the University of Miami. That’s where I’m committed to. If Jordan [Scarlett] decides to commit to us, too — if all four of us go in — at the end of the day I’m still going to be a hard worker when we’re all out there.”
Scarlett, who said "It's all about the U. It's just Miami. And I love it," when asked if he had any upcoming visits to other schools in the works told the Herald he has tentative plans to visit FSU during its camp on June 16-18, and South Carolina on June 25. Scarlett said he’s visiting the other schools that missed his cut so “I won’t have to worry about it later on in the process.”
Scarlett and Bruce were heavy FSU leans at one time, but Scarlett told 247Sports on Monday he had fallen out of touch with the Seminoles’ coaching staff.
“I feel like they are not stable with communicating with the recruits,” Scarlett said. “It is something they could work on, and maybe that could change my decision later on in the process.”
National Signing Day for Scarlett and other 2015 prospects is Feb. 4. For 2016 prospects like Bruce and Mullins, add another year.
“We just made that decision together that we would commit [Tuesday], and it was just the best decision for us,” Scarlett said.