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.

“My exact words to Mike were this – ‘There are some choices God gives us and some He doesn’t.’ He can’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,” 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.

 

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.

June 26, 2015

Nike Football Opening team games on Saturday

The Nike Football Opening team games in South Florida are slated for Saturday morning at West Palm Beach Oxbridge Academy.

Each school's 7-on-7 team team will play four games and then have individuals participate in a series of skill challenges that will aggregate points toward a collective team score.

Miami-Dade and Broward schools participating include:

Flanagan

Carol City

Coconut Creek

Southridge

Coral Reef

Gulliver

Columbus

Deerfield Beach

McArthur

North Miami

Norland

Boyd Anderson 

Miami Northwestern

Miami Central

Booker T. Washington

Skill challenges: quarterback challenge, place kicker, linemen, wide receiver, speed agility, 40-yard dash.

The action begins at 9 a.m. with individual challenges beginning at 1 p.m. Teddy Bridgewater (Miami Northwestern alum) and Antonio Brown (Miami Norland) are among those attending as special guests. 

 

June 25, 2015

Miami Central ranked second nationally in preseason poll

The Miami Central football team turned out a No. 2 national ranking in the MaxPreps 2015 Early Contenders poll.

It comes as no surprise for the Rockets, which have won three consecutive Class 6A state titles and have appeared in five straight championship games.

Central boasts an elite defense coming into the fall with senior defensive ends Keir Thomas (FSU commit) and Eric Mitchell (UF commit), uncommitted three-star middle linebacker Donavan Thompson is a leader on the defense as a four-year starter and is joined by junior UM commit Waynmon Steed in that unit. FSU commit Jamel Cook spearheads a talented secondary.

"Some teams will be lucky to cross midfield against Miami Central in 2015," MaxPreps wrote in its announcement.

The Rockets offense reeled in Champagnat transfer Darnell Salomon, an uncommitted five-star wide receiver, in the offseason and also got a key transfer from Coral Gables in running back Kenio Mike. The offensive line is led by 6-6, 335-pound junior tackle Navaughn Donaldson.

Below is the video MaxPreps created on the Rockets.

June 23, 2015

Calvin Jackson commits to Toledo

Calvin Jackson, a three-star wide receiver out of Coral Springs Charter, decided on Tuesday to commit to Toledo.

Jackson joins Miami Jackson's Desmond Phillips and Miami Carol City's David Hood as South Florida prospects committed to the Rockets, a program trying to create an imprint in the area.

June 22, 2015

June 19, 2015

Flanagan ranked No. 9 in preseason poll, Gil commits to Michigan

Devin BushMaxPreps 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.

AIME DECOMMITS

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.

June 17, 2015

Snelson transfers to Flanagan, Aquinas gets Carriere-Williams

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.

The Falcons passing game, already including quarterback Kato Nelson (Champagnat transfer) and wide receivers Clevan Thomas, Jachour Pearson and Isaiah Collins, gets a huge boost.

"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."

June 14, 2015

Deon Bush-like 2018 DB commits to UM

The Miami Hurricanes are looking to return to DB U status in a few years.

UM got its fourth commitment from a defensive back -- and fifth overall -- in its class of 2018 from Columbus defensive back Josh Jobe.

Jobe is a long, athletic 6-1 and joins Thomas Burns of Miami Northwestern, Al Blades Jr. of University School and Jalen Patterson of Citra North Marion as other defensive backs in Miami's 2018 class, which also has a commitment from Booker T. Washington linebacker Billy Joseph.

"They're getting somebody who is almost identical to Deon Bush," Columbus coach Chris Merritt said. "Very similar build, long body, athletic -- almost like a carbon copy. Just like Deon, he's going to have the ability to play corner or safety, but he's got a lot of development [ahead of him]. In our terms even, he's still a baby."

Jobe played sparingly on defense and plenty on special teams as a freshman, including a kick return for a touchdown at Highlands High in Kentucky.

"For a freshman to break the lineup like he did was pretty special," Merritt said. "We anticipate him being an every-down player for us this year coming up."

Jobe had one other offer early in his recruitment from Cincinnati. He will get plenty of other offers before he signs three years from now, but Merritt sees him sticking with the Canes all the way through.

"The school everybody wants an offer from in Dade County is University of Miami," Merritt says. "That's where you set the bar."

Check out Jobe's highlights below for a look at the Deon Bush resemblance.

June 09, 2015

Canes pick up commitment from 2017 LB Aundre Ricardo-Kearney

The Miami Hurricanes got a commitment in their 2017 class from Jacksonville Mandarin linebacker Aundre Ricardo-Kearney.

The 6-0, 210-pound rising junior who first received the UM offer two months earlier was present at the Al Golden Football Camp on Sunday and decided to commit Tuesday.

Ricardo-Kearney says he grew up a Hurricane fan, has a great relationship with the coaches and likes that UM is a private school that offers a good sport management program.

The Hurricanes were his father’s favorite team and he had that fandom passed down to him. He says Michael Irvin and Ray Lewis are two of his biggest role models.

On his visit, Ricardo-Kearney loved the beach and surrounding area to campus but also came away impressed with UM’s facilities.

“They have the Canes Zone – where all the football players eat – the locker room, the weight room, the strengthening facilities. It’s great. They’re even building a new hospital on campus,” Ricardo-Kearney said. “That was a big part of my decision. I was like, ‘They take care of you.’”

Ricardo-Kearney becomes Miami's sixth commitment in the Class of 2017 and third linebacker, joining Fort Lauderdale Dillard's Tyler Dunning and Miami Central's Waynmon Steed.

He was also strongly considering UNC, Marshall, Illinois and Cincinnati out of a group of 11 total offers.

He plans on visiting UNC on June 20 and is contemplating whether he will still visit Marshall.

Ricardo-Kearney adds that Florida and Georgia are two schools currently showing interest but who haven’t offered yet, but he’s calling himself “solid” to Miami and says it won’t be easy for another school to get him to flip.

 “That school would have to offer me a treasure and a rainbow,” he says.

Ricardo-Kearney plays both outside linebacker and running back but is being recruited at outside linebacker.

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