January 28, 2016

American Heritage TE Nick Eubanks commits to Michigan

The recruiting picture for a pair of elite undecided seniors from Plantation American is halfway to the point of being completely clear.

Four-star tight end Nick Eubanks, a 6-6 freak of an athlete, pledged to Michigan on Thursday upon visiting the Wolverines starting Wednesday.

He sent out this tweet.

Eubanks had also visited Alabama the weekend of Jan. 15 and has a visit to UF scheduled for the final weekend before National Signing Day. It's unclear if he will still take that visit to the Gators, which he had visited unofficially previously.

Jim Harbaugh and the Wolverines continue to take charge in South Florida, adding to a list of commits that includes Columbus defensive end Josh Uche and Flanagan trio of linebacker Devin Bush Jr. and safeties Devin Gil and Josh Metellus.

As for the other top undecided Heritage prospect, five-star defensive end Brian Burns, the decision clearly won't be an easy one for him, as indicated in his tweet below.

January 27, 2016

Independent Gulf Coast Conference football expands to 10 teams

The Gulf Coast high school Football Conference, a south Florida Independent league, is getting stronger next season.

In addition to the six teams in the league in 2015 - Archbishop McCarthy, Key West, Pembroke Pines Charter, Coral Glades, North Broward Prep and Riviera Beach's Inlet Grove, the league has added four of the top teams from the Southeastern Football Conference.

SFC champion Coral Springs Charter, which went 11-0 this past season, and runner-up and 2014 champion Calvary Christian have moved to the GCFC.

They will be also be joined by two more of that conference's top teams, Westminster Academy and Pompano Beach.

The four should bring depth to a league that had one of the area's strongest independent teams in GCFC champion Archbishop McCarthy. The Mavericks went 11-0.

January 26, 2016

Cooper City DE Rashad Weaver sees wave of recruiting interest

Not even 24 hours after Cooper City defensive end Rashad Weaver decommitted from Michigan with an announcement on Twitter that caught many followers' attention, college coaches swarmed to his high school to sway the talented pass rusher.

After announcing on Monday his decision to back off of the Wolverines -- which had essentially backed off entirely in recruiting him -- Weaver had a "hectic" day Tuesday hosting prospective schools.

He received offers from UCF, Hawaii, Iowa State, East Carolina, Kansas and Toledo.

He also was visited by Kentucky, Arkansas, Indiana and Pittsburgh, who didn't offer but advised him one could come if he reciprocates interest to them as Signing Day (Wednesday, Feb. 3) approaches.

On Wednesday, Weaver expects to host Penn State, Iowa State, Virginia, Minnesota and possibly UNLV among others that my surprise him. Duke visited him on Monday.

"They said they all knew me but never contacted me 'cause they all assumed [I was] 100-percent to Michigan, which I was," Weaver said.

Here's what Weaver's decommitment announcement read:

"After being committed for about seven months and receiving little to no contact from staff, I was informed by coach [Jim] Harbaugh that there is a 50/50 chance that he would or would not have room for me on [National Signing Day]. So I was basically a Plan B, and I know within myself I am not a Plan B player. I was offered a [preferred walk-on] spot or to go to prep school, but that isn't an option for me when I have multiple other Division-I offers. I believe I'm better than that. But it's OK; it's all business...

"I am upset about the whole situation, but I will find a new school that I love and that shows me they want me. I WILL STRIVE THERE ON AND OFF THE FIELD WHEREVER I ATTEND."

Weaver hopes to decide what school(s) will get an official visit from him on Wednesday. He's already taken officials to USF and Temple.

Weaver was "very" surprised at how quickly all the schools that visited him reacted to his decommitment.

Does he wish he would've decommitted earlier?

"Somewhat," he says. "But on the other hand, I loved Michigan and wanted to see how it was going to play out."

Weaver's senior season highlights:

Follow @DavidFurones90 on Twitter for recruiting updates from now through Signing Day.

January 25, 2016

Steve Davis steps down as football coach at Plantation High

Steve Davis isn't sure yet if he's going to be out of the head coaching game for good. But he is taking the 2016 season off for now.

The 46-year-old coaching veteran who has guided Plantation High's football program since 2005 said he told school administrations last Friday he's stepping down and planning to take a year off.

Davis, who won a state title at Blanche Ely in 2002, guided the Colonels to a 8-3 record this past season and six playoff appearances in his 11 seasons there. Davis said he will continue to teach at Plantation and remain involved in athletics in a smaller role for now.

"I'm going to work on my golf game a little bit now," said Davis, who has a career 121-64 record. "I've been coaching since I left college in 1994. Like I told the guys, I'm not sure if I'm going to retire for good. I'm just going to take some time off for now. It was nothing with the school. I have a great principal and we have great kids there."

Davis becomes the second head coach in Broward County with a state championship under his belt to step down in the past month. American Heritage's Mike Rumph, who won two state titles, joined Mark Richt's coaching staff at the University of Miami.

There are four active head coaches left in the county who have won state titles: Archbishop McCarthy's Byron Walker, Cypress Bay's Mark Guandolo, Flanagan's Devin Bush and St. Thomas Aquinas' Roger Harriott.

Sam Bruce staying home

Bruce Richt
Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas four-star wide receiver Sam Bruce has been committed to the Miami Hurricanes for the past 18 and a half months.

But all that matters is the school he signs with on National Signing Day in nine days. On Monday, Bruce reaffirmed one final time that it would indeed be UM on the Tony Sands Show on BBS Radio.

“The next three-four years, I will be playing football at the University of Miami,” Bruce said on the radio show Monday night.

The explosive and agile 5-8 receiver, who began receiving FBS scholarship offers his freshman season, stuck with the Hurricanes despite growing chatter that he would go elsewhere after the firing of former coach Al Golden and dismissal of wide receivers coach Kevin Beard.

“Who doesn’t want to play [at] home, man? I’m playing in front of my people, playing in front of my city,” Bruce said. “I’ve been playing here forever, and I don’t want to take that away from my people.

“I want to play in front of my fans that have been my fans since the beginning.”

Bruce came to his final decision on Sunday night after a discussion with his family upon returning from his official visit to UM.

“I just felt at home,” he said of the visit.

His mother Tracye Wilkerson, who has been known to play a major role in helping Bruce decide, joined the radio show moments before Bruce for an interview.

Bruce’s other finalists were Ohio State and South Carolina. He visited the Buckeyes in October and the Gamecocks on Jan. 15.

Bruce was also previously considering the Florida Gators but eliminated them when he scratched his visit scheduled for the past weekend and replaced it with the decisive trip to Coral Gables, which he moved up from its original Jan. 29 date.

Bruce won’t get to play for the wide receivers coach he dreamed he would end up with throughout the recruiting process, but he was able to grow at peace with that reality over time.

“Of course it affected me, knowing that if I chose Miami that I wouldn’t be able to be coached by Kevin Beard,” Bruce said. “I just had to sit down with my family and do all the praying about it and come to a decision.”

Bruce had previously said UM's decision on Beard would "make a factor."

"There's no guarantee that I would leave the University of Miami, but it'll be something to definitely think about," he said after the Under Armour All-America game on Jan. 2 before a final decision had been made on Beard. UM has since hired former USF wide receivers coach Ron Dugans.

Beard was known to be close to Bruce as a long-time mentor. He coached him at Davie University School, where Bruce played as a freshman and sophomore before transferring to Aquinas.

Bruce had 46 receptions for 427 yards and four receiving touchdowns plus three more rushing touchdowns as a senior on Class 7A state champion St. Thomas Aquinas.

Follow @DavidFurones90 on Twitter for recruiting updates from now through Signing Day.

Syracuse making an imprint on recruiting South Florida

It's no secret Syracuse is trying to make its impression recruiting South Florida.

It certainly has, and the Orange's efforts were truly solidified over the weekend.

Syracuse got three commitments from South Florida football prospects with Dillard defensive lineman McKinley Williams, Fort Lauderdale defensive end Jaquwan Nelson (a former UM commit) and Homestead safety/linebacker Rashad Smith.

This adds to a 2016 class that already had a commitment from Dillard linebacker Kenneth Ruff. The Orange have three more senior commits outside of Dade and Broward in the state of Florida.

Syracuse has been hot overall in recruiting lately as eight of its 21 current commitments came over the weekend and 12 since the new year.

Follow @DavidFurones90 on Twitter for recruiting updates from now through Signing Day.

January 23, 2016

Jaxson Kincaide commits to Nevada

St. Thomas Aquinas running back Jaxson Kincaide had a tremendous senior season culminate in a college decision on Saturday night.

After leading the Class 7A state champion Raiders with 1,285 rushing yards and 12 touchdowns, Kincaide (5-9, 185 pounds), a three-star prospect according to 247 Sports, committed to Nevada.

"The program is headed in the right direction with a great head coach [Brian Polian] leading the way," Kincaide told the Miami Herald. "Two backs went over 1,000 yards last year and I feel like I can come in and make a huge impact on the team."

With Kincaide Nevada bound and fellow St. Thomas running backs Devonta'e Henry-Cole and James Charles going to Utah and FAU, respectively, that makes for three senior running backs from Aquinas on their way to an FBS program.

The Raiders already have one such back in place for 2017. Junior Mike Epstein is currently committed to Illinois.

January 20, 2016

Miami Herald's South Florida basketball rankings through Tuesday's games



  1. Norland (17-3)
  2. Westminster Academy (13-4)
  3. Archbishop Carroll (21-2)
  4. Mater Academy (17-3)
  5. Dillard (16-5)
  6. Sagemont (16-5)
  7. Central (15-4)
  8. Miami Christian (16-5)
  9. South Miami (14-6)
  10. Zion Lutheran (16-5)

Under consideration: Boyd Anderson (14-7), Nova (16-3), Coral Springs (15-5), Douglas (17-5), St. Thomas Aquinas (14-4), Dr. Krop (13-5), Miami High (11-7), McArthur (13-8), Coral Gables (17-4).



  1. Miami Country Day (18-6)
  2. Flanagan (19-3)
  3. Miami High (20-3)
  4. Ferguson (17-6)
  5. Dillard (15-4)
  6. Lourdes (18-6)
  7. Northeast (14-6)
  8. South Broward (18-6)
  9. Blanche Ely (16-3)
  10. Gulliver (20-3)

Under consideration: American Heritage (20-5), South Miami (17-6), Norland (13-8), Fort Lauderdale (14-8), Doral (19-4), Deerfield Beach (20-4).

January 18, 2016

Binjimen Victor commits to Ohio State

Binjimen Victor
Coconut Creek four-star wide receiver Binjimen Victor announced where he will be playing his college football on Monday.

The ultra-talented 6-4 standout chose Ohio State with this post on Twitter.

Victor went with the Buckeyes over West Virginia and Tennessee -- two other schools he visited officially with the Vols visit coming over the past weekend.

With Victor announcing his commitment and defensive back teammate Malek Young announcing his to the Miami Hurricanes on Friday, the final piece to the trifecta of Coconut Creek U.S. Army All-Americans (four-star cornerback Trayvon Mullen) let it be known his decision is coming down to Signing Day.

Also cool: This picture that Ohio State wide receiver Michael Thomas, who has declared for the NFL Draft, tweeted out handing down the Buckeyes helmet to Victor.

It was reminiscent of what the Bosa brothers (Joey and Nick) did in July when Nick, the five-star St. Thomas Aquinas defensive end, announced his commitment to Ohio State.

Here's just a glimpse at what Victor is capable of in one-on-one coverage in this slow motion video taken earlier this season in Coconut Creek's win against Stranahan.

January 14, 2016

BCAA announces Big 8 girls tourney sked/advance online ticket sales

The Broward County Athletic Association is selling tickets in advance online for its upcoming Big 8 basketball tournaments.

Here's the info on how to purchase them.

Use the Estore Ticketing System at htts://estore.browardschools.com/OSP/

Instructions for Estore purchase: 1. Sign in or Create an account; 2. Select School Site, Event and Date; 3. Select Ticket Type (Individual Day/Tournament Pass); 4. Add to Cart, Checkout, and Complete Payment process; 

Girls Big 8 Tournament at South Plantation High Jan. 21-23 - Single Day Tickets: $7; Tournament Pass: $15

Boys Big 8 Tournament at Fort Lauderdale High Jan. 27-30 - Single Day Tickets: $7; Tournament Pass: $21.

Here's the girls' schedule:

Thursday, Jan. 21 - Quarterfinals: Nova vs Cardinal Gibbons, 3:30; Deerfield Beach vs South Broward, 5; Blanche Ely vs Dillard, 6:30; Northeast vs Flanagan, 8

Friday, Jan. 22 - Semifinals: Deerfield-South Broward winner vs. Ely-Dillard winner, 6:30; Northeast-Flanagan winner vs. Nova-Cardinal Gibbons winner, 8.

Saturday, Jan. 23 - Championship: 7 p.m.