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.
Like to say I'm officially committed to Syracuse #GoOrange🏈🏈
"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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
St. Thomas Aquinas coach Roger Harriott, in his first year with the Raiders after stints with University School and FAU, will be hosting a youth football camp presented by Nike at St. Thomas Aquinas running from June 29 to July 1.
Read the official flyer below for details and contact information.
MaxPreps released rankings 10-6 in a national preseason 2015 Early Contenders poll on Friday and Flanagan ranked ninth.
The stellar national ranking follows a 2014 season where the Falcons won their first district title in program history and advanced the furthest they have in the postseason, reaching state semifinals.
"Look what hard work can do when you put it together and it pays off," says coach Devin Bush, entering his third season at the helm for Flanagan. "Personally, we weren't trying be ranked in the country. Our goal was to try to win a national title, try to win the district and try to get to states.
"It's good for a pat on the back because we worked so hard. We'll enjoy it today, but tomorrow, that's over with."
The ranking even put Flanagan ahead of perennial power St. Thomas Aquinas, which placed 16th on the list. The top five will be released in the coming days.
Here's the video MaxPreps created on Flanagan.
More big news (or B1G news) came from Flanagan Friday as linebacker/safety Devin Gil, a former Miami Hurricanes commit, committed to the Wolverines. This comes two days after teammate Josh Metellus committed to Michigan and within the week of the commitment of Cooper City's Rashad Weaver.
Bush believes defensive coordinator D.J. Durkin had a lot to do with the commitments of his Falcons.
"They like his style of play," he says. "They like what he's trying to do and what he's trying to do and what kind of attitude they're trying to personify on that field."
The commitments come less than a week after Bush, his son in four-star linebacker Devin Bush Jr., Gil and Metellus were all in Ann Arbor. Coach Jim Harbaugh also came down to South Florida the previous weekend to assist Bush in hosting a camp.
In other recruiting news, junior college defensive tackle Walvenski Aime decommitted from the Miami Hurricanes just nine days after his original commitment.
The loss in the 2016 class continues a trend of missing out on interior defensive linemen in recruiting for Miami in recent years.
Two Broward County football powers got stronger on Wednesday.
Flanagan added Under Armour All-American wide receiver Dredrick Snelson, transferring from Plantation American Heritage, and St. Thomas Aquinas added former Booker T. Washington cornerback Dontye Carriere-Williams.
Snelson, a four-star prospect that was previously committed to UM before reopening his recruitment, was between St. Thomas and Flanagan, as he stated in an interview with Rivals, but ultimately opted for the less crowded receiving corps.
"Add him with our quarterback, that makes us even more dangerous," said Flanagan coach Devin Bush, who has known Snelson since he played in Little League.
St. Thomas Aquinas, per usual for the Raiders, has been able to add a wealth of talent via transfers this offseason to add to an already stellar roster. Coach Roger Harriott says he isn't too familiar with him yet, but is excited about the prospect of having him join the Raiders.
"I heard about his many positive attributes on and off the field," Harriott said. "I'm looking forward to coaching and mentoring him this school year."
Here are some shots I took from the Miami Dolphins 7-on-7 event on Saturday at Central Park in Plantation.
Carol City quarterback Stephen "Buckshot" Calvert was very impressive with the accuracy on his throws. Here he is dropped back ready to let one rip.
One of the more talented teams definitely appeared to be Gulliver, especially with a pair of UM commits in Dionte Mullins and Joseph Jackson. While eventually eliminated in an upset against Coral Reef, this was Mullins all smiles after a game-clinching touchdown grab against Taravella.
Canes fans will love this one. Legacy Cane Al Blades Jr., a 2018 commit from University School, repping the school he's committed too. I have a video interview with him that will be published soon, so make sure to check back to the blog for that.
You want to know what a Defensive Player of the Year looks like? Here's Jackson linebacker Shemar Smith below. A video interview with him will also be up soon.
Seven teams will continue play on Sunday in Booker T. Washington, Carol City, Coral Reef, Dillard, Fort Lauderdale, Miramar and Pahokee.
In the wacky world of recruiting, you can add another story that had everyone confused, including those involved.
It appeared Thursday night that the Miami Hurricanes added another commitment to their class of 2017 with speedy 6-2 wide receiver Daewood Davis of Somerset Academy. Davis announced on Twitter his intention to commit to UM and tagged head coach Al Golden and wide receivers coach Kevin Beard.
Davis says he texted Golden that he was committing earlier Thursday night after receiving the UM offer last month from defensive coordinator Mark D'Onofrio. He proceeded to release his commitment news on social media before receiving a reply.
Then Friday Davis heard back after reports surfaced that he was not being accepted into the class. He says he was informed by UM coaches that there was a miscommunication within the team on whether he had been offered, and after a meeting, coaches decided not to accept his commitment to their scholarship offer -- yet.
Davis and Somerset offensive coordinator Willie Hill both told the Miami Herald that UM still has its offer on the table for Davis but that they want to let the media firestorm the entire situation has drawn die down before allowing him to commit.
So essentially, Davis was offered by UM, he took UM up on that offer and then UM was unsure it actually did offer and told him the team will not accept his commitment at this time -- but will eventually. So Davis' recruitment is still technically open and he lists Miami as the leader for his services.
So sorry for the confusion Miami is still my #1 school we just have to do things the right way #TheFuture
He says when he is ready to commit he will let his coach call first and confirming that he has his spot.
What made it odd from the start was that there was no confirmation on the Hurricanes end.
Whenever a recruit commits to the Canes, UM football coaches and staff usually send a "bat signal" on social media of "#WelcomeToTheU" as a way to announce the good news without referencing the player directly. College coaches are not allowed to comment on recruits publicly by name under NCAA regulations.
No such "bat signal" had been made by UM football coaches or staff.
Earlier Friday morning InsideTheU reported "Davis has lied about having a Miami offer and Miami is not accepting a commitment from him."
Davis responded to the allegations on Twitter saying, "Why would I lie about an offer I got in May?"
Davis has been a UM lean since he first announced that he received that offer and already proved he's willing to choose the Canes over other early offers from Louisville, N.C. State, Duke, Utah, Syracuse, Indiana and Marshall.
"I just [chose] Miami because they have an excellent program and coaches," Davis told the Miami Herald in a message. "I just want to bring a national title to South Florida, and I wanted to [commit] before my season started."
Says Hill of his talented receiver: "Has the intangibles that you can't coach -- speed, size, quickness and IQ. Daewood Davis has the 'it' factor. He is a gamer."
Here are some highlights on the electric speedster, whose 40-yard dash time is listed at 4.38 seconds on his Rivals profile.