July 23, 2015

Nick Bosa commits to Ohio State

It comes as no surprise with his brother Joey already in Columbus, but five-star St. Thomas Aquinas senior defensive end Nick Bosa made the announcement on Thursday that many have been expecting for some time now.

Bosa committed to Ohio State with a tweet that showed Joey putting an Ohio State helmet on Nick's head with the text "Hand down the legacy" attached to it.

 

Bosa chose the national champions over virtually every other school in the nation as anyone would gladly take the five-star 6-4, 265-pound prospect. He took a trip to Florida over the past weekend, and multiple reports over the last two months stated he was nearing a decision.

"Along with being an extraordinary athlete, team leader and positive role model, Nick Bosa is also an exceptional scholar athlete (4.0 GPA)," St. Thomas Aquinas coach Roger Harriott says. "The entire STA Raider Nation is proud of him, and we support his decision to be a Buckeye."

Here is an interview Bosa did with the Miami Herald in May at St. Thomas Aquinas' spring game.

 

And below are his junior season highlights.

 

ALSO: Read the story in the prep roundup.

July 21, 2015

Cypress Bay's Darrell Malone receiving interest from bigger programs

There was a point two months ago where Cypress Bay senior cornerback Darrell Malone was close to committing to Cincinnati where teammate and close friend Andrew Parchment committed.

But interest brewing from other programs in the spring had him holding off on a decision. First it was Georgia Tech, Syracuse and Indiana getting him to reconsider, and now he's receiving heavy interest from Auburn and Illinois.

"After talking with my parents, I decided to open everything back up as more schools came along," says Malone, the 5-11, 165-pound corner.

He doesn't currently list a top out of his seven offers but believes Auburn is "extremely close" to offering and could potentially see himself committing if he does receive that offer.

"They think I have a great chance of coming in and playing right from the jump," Malone says. "Same with Illinois. I just haven't visited them yet."

After the Tigers, the Fighting Illini are close behind. Malone says he'll take a visit during the season.

Malone will be making it out to Florida for Friday Night Lights. He says UF hasn't looked at him yet.

"After they see me in action, they might reconsider," he says.

Here are Malone's junior season highlights below.

July 19, 2015

UM recruits approve of new Adidas uniforms

UM athletics welcomed Adidas to its program with a football uniform unveiling party at LIV on Saturday night that was as Miami as it gets.

 

Most of the reaction from the fans has been positive, but what about that of the players that will actually be wearing the new uniforms? More specifically, how do the players that pledge to wear them in the future like them?

The consensus is that recruits committed to the Hurricanes approve.

Four-star quarterback commit Jack Allison out of Palmetto expressed a sentiment relayed by most fans.

"I was skeptical at first when I heard they were switching to Adidas, but now after I see the new uniforms I like them a lot," he said.

Here are the views other recruits expressed to me...

-Four-star running back from Coral Gables High Amir Rasul says he's "#inlove" and added "the whole design of the uniform intrigued me."

-Four-star middle linebacker from Orange Park Oakleaf Shaq Quarterman says he especially liked the all-white combination.

-Three-star defensive end from Fort Lauderdale High Jaquwan Nelson: "I love them. It's a really nice look from Adidas. Can't wait to play in them when I get there."

-Three-star defensive end from Columbus Josh Uche: "I liked them. Very simple yet unique."

-Four-star 2017 linebacker Tyler Dunning from St. Thomas Aquinas: "Love 'em. What's not to like?"

-Three-star 2017 Killian running back Bentavious Thompson: "The new Adidas uniforms are fire."

-2018 defensive back Al Blades Jr.: "They're nice. [I like] the pants, helmets and gloves."

Adidas certainly graded highly among UM football recruits. A solid start to the #3stripelife UM will sport for the next 12 years.

July 11, 2015

Recruiting Roundup: Henry-Cole commits to Utah, Harrison to Southern Illinois

St. Thomas Aquinas running back Devonta'e Henry-Cole announced on Saturday that he is orally committing to Utah.

"I got along with coach [Dennis] Erickson and the coaching staff," the 5-9, 190-pound three-star prospect with 4.4 speed says. "It'a a great school academically and sports, and it's going to be a great feeling playing with my old St. Thomas teammates."

Henry-Cole chose Utah over a list of 11 other offers that included Pittsburgh, Wake Forest, Cincinnati, FIU and FAU. 

He joins former Raider teammates Tyson Cisrow and Chris Hart on the Utes roster.

"[They tell me] that it was nice over there, it's different from Florida and the football program is amazing," Henry-Cole says.

Utah is getting a good one on and off the field.

"As a player, Devonta'e is an explosive, electrifying athlete with exceptional balance, vision and speed," St. Thomas Aquinas coach Roger Harriott says. "Off the field, he's a positive role model for his peers -- an extraordinary person in general. He's the epitome of a character athlete who is loved by all."

HARRISON COMMITS TO SOUTHERN ILLINOIS

A day earlier, Coconut Creek senior quarterback Jhakari Harrison announced a commitment to Southern Illinois.

The 6-1, 180-pound dual-threat quarterback that also had offers from Florida A&M and Bethune-Cookman has been impressive throughout the spring and in 7-on-7 play, including a victory in the South Florida Shootout that UM hosted.

Once he joins the Salukis, he'll eventually compete with another Florida quarterback Southern Illinois took last recruiting cycle in Orlando's Tanner Hearn.

MARSHALL GETS SOUTH DADE LINEMAN

On Thursday, South Dade 2017 offensive guard Kryon Taylor committed to Marshall.

The 6-3, 285-pound junior was impressive in a spring game against Harrison and Coconut Creek in May, drawing the eyes of many coaches on hand.

He's also an elite wrestler as a state runner-up in the 285-pound division.

 

July 07, 2015

Kadeem Telfort flips commitment from UM to UF

Miami Norland junior offensive tackle Kadeem Telfort announced on Tuesday that he has decommitted from the Miami Hurricanes and is now committed to the Florida Gators.

The 6-6, 310-pound three-star prospect in the class of 2017 made the two announcements within minutes of each other on Twitter.

 

The flip was foreshadowed earlier Tuesday morning by St. Thomas Aquinas quarterback Jake Allen, a 2017 prospect who committed to Florida last Wednesday

 

The Gators now have three commitments in their 2017 class -- all from Miami-Dade or Broward County -- in Telfort, Allen and Deerfield Beach wide receiver Lavarus Tigner.

Their 2016 class includes commitments Joshua Hammond of Hallandale, Vosean Joseph of Norland, Miami Central's Eric Mitchell, Deerfield Beach's Aaron Robinson and Southwest Miami's Christopher McWilliams -- a testament to co-defensive coordinator and linebackers coach Randy Shannon's recruiting work in South Florida.

UM's 2017 class bodes well despite the loss of Telfort as its seven commitments still have the Canes second only to Ohio State in the 247 Sports team rankings.

Telfort's highlights:

July 06, 2015

All in the family: Michael Irvin II commits to Miami Hurricanes

Like father, like son.

St. Thomas Aquinas senior wide receiver/tight end Michael Irvin II announced on Monday that he was committing to the Miami Hurricanes, the alma mater of his father, Hall of Fame wide receiver Michael Irvin, who played at UM from 1985-1987.

The 6-3, 220-pound Irvin II took to Twitter to make the big announcement.

"Although Michael is blazing his own trail, he's excited about attending his father's high school and college alma mater," St. Thomas Aquinas coach Roger Harriott told the Miami Herald. "Miami was his first offer and he's considered himself a Cane for as long as he could remember.

"STA Raider Nation loves the Irvin family and we're elated that Michael II has an opportunity to pursue his childhood dreams."

In 2012, Irvin was quoted in an article by Brian Perroni of 247Sports, jokingly saying his son could not play for any other school.

โ€œMy exact words to Mike were this โ€“ โ€˜There are some choices God gives us and some He doesnโ€™t.โ€™ He canโ€™t choose his mom, his dad, his brothers or sisters or what school he goes to. Everything else, he can choose. He WILL go to the University of Miami,โ€ the article notes Irvin Sr. said laughing.

The dream scenario for the UM legend finally came to fruition as Irvin II, a three-star prospect in the 247 Sports Composite Rankings, chose the Canes over other notable offers from Georgia, Michigan and N.C. State.

It won't be the first time Irvin II follows in his father's footsteps as this April he decided to transfer from Plano (Texas) Prestonwood High to join Irvin's high school alma mater of St. Thomas Aquinas.

Irvin Sr. collected 2,423 yards and 26 touchdowns on 143 receptions in his three years with the Canes before a stellar professional career with the Dallas Cowboys.

Here are Irvin II's highlights from last season in Texas.

 

July 02, 2015

Commitment may be imminent from Flanagan's Clevan Thomas

Flanagan junior wide receiver Clevan Thomas has had his recruitment pick up this spring and summer with impressive play in 7-on-7 and spring football.

With early offers from Michigan, Louisville and Temple, Thomas may be close to making a decision.

"I might commit to Michigan or Louisville," says Thomas, who transferred to Flanagan from Booker T. Washington this spring.

Thomas says he will attend upcoming camps at Georgia and FSU in hopes of adding offers from the Bulldogs and/or Seminoles. 

Georgia is holding a camp on July 11 and the Jimbo Fisher Football Camp runs July 15-17.

"I'm going to wait till after I do my Georgia and FSU camps, see if I can get me an offer," Thomas says. "If not, then I'm going to commit."

He had similar hopes attending the UM 7-on-7, and even though he "balled," as he put it, the Hurricanes did not offer.

Working in Michigan's favor is that safeties Devin Gil and Josh Metellus, teammates with Thomas at Flanagan, are already committed to the Wolverines.

"It would be a great opportunity to play with my old players -- play with Devin Gil, play with Josh Metellus, who are already committed," Thomas says. 

Thus far, Thomas is content with his move to transfer to the Falcons.

"I've just been moving on up ever since, never getting held back," he says. "I just love Flanagan. They're pushing me to another level, pushing me to work harder. I think I finally found where I'm going to stay at."

Check his highlights from last season with Booker T. below.

 

 

July 01, 2015

Jake Allen commits to Florida Gators

St. Thomas Aquinas junior quarterback Jake Allen announced on Wednesday that he has decided to make an oral commitment to the Florida Gators.

A four-star prospect in the class of 2017, according to the 247 Sports composite rankings, Allen chose UF over other early offers from Miami, Pittsburgh, N.C. State and Iowa among others.

"I felt the time was right to pull the trigger," Allen told the Miami Herald in a message. "I want to be a Gator."

The Gators are expected to have redshirt freshman Will Grier compete with sophomore Treon Harris, who played as a freshman out of Booker T. Washington, for the starting job this season. After that, UF has no quarterback commits in its 2016 class and Allen is the only quarterback in its 2017 class of two commitments.

Although never teammates as Allen transferred to St. Thomas from Cardinal Gibbons, Allen would join incoming freshman Jordan Scarlett as Raiders turned Gators in their offense if he ends up signing in 2017.

Predictably, after the announcement, rumors started swirling on whether his two top targets at Aquinas -- Sam Bruce, a UM 2016 commit, and Trevon Grimes, an uncommitted five-star receiver in 2017 -- would follow him to UF.

June 29, 2015

Daewood Davis commits to Syracuse

A little more than two weeks after his commitment to UM wasn't accepted by the Hurricanes due to a miscommunication among the staff about whether he actually had a Miami offer, junior Somerset wide receiver Daewood Davis has decided to commit to Syracuse.

He took to Twitter to make his announcement.

"I feel Syracuse was right for me because I feel that we can can make history with the Orange," Davis said in a message to the Miami Herald.

The 6-2 class of 2017 prospect with reported 4.3-second speed in the 40-yard dash initially announced a commitment to UM on June 12 but then found his commitment was not accepted. He said he was offered a month earlier by defensive coordinator Mark D'Onofrio, but the rest of coaching staff was unaware of the offer he thought he had on the table.

At that point Davis said UM was telling him it would eventually accept his commitment, and Davis was still listing UM as his leader but opted to commit to Syracuse on Monday.

 

June 27, 2015

Sights from The Opening Team Games

The Nike Football Opening Team Games were held at West Palm Beach Oxbridge Academy on Saturday.

They had 16 South Florida 7-on-7 teams in total and four different fields running at a time.

In the end, Carol City cruised to a 44-23 victory in the championship game against Flanagan. This picture below was taken during the celebration over one of the Chiefs' interceptions in the contest.

Carol City INT

Quarterback Stephen "Buckshot" Calvert was phenomenal in finding his receivers consistently. Here's his one-on-one interview with the Miami Herald.

 

While Carol City won the 7-on-7 team tournament, Flanagan's runner-up finish plus victories in the individual skills competition at quarterback, wide receiver and 40-yard challenges were enough to put the Falcons over the top in overall points.

Dirty Birds

One of the players on the host team is four-star running back and UM commit Travis Homer, who took a second to show his allegiance to the cameras.

Travis Homer

A UM decommit not too long ago who has since jumped on board with the Michigan Wolverines in what's appearing to develop into a little bit of a pipeline between Flanagan and Michigan, Devin Gil was held out due to an arm injury but took a second to show love to Michigan throwing up the M.

Devin Gil

You'll want to stay tuned to the blog as interviews with both Homer and Gil are coming, as well as updates on Darnell Salomon, Joseph Jackson and Clevan Thomas.