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

Alabama, South Carolina going after UM commit

 

If you ask UM commit Joseph Jackson of Gulliver, Alabama and South Carolina are the two schools still going after him hardest despite his commitment to the Canes.

But in the midst of the push from two SEC powers, Miami fans shouldn't sweat it too much right now.

"I stick to myself as strong," Jackson says of his commitment to UM. "They have a light chance, but they respect that I'm committed to UM."

A teammate of two fellow 2016 UM commits in wide receiver Dionte Mullins and safety Cedrick Wright, as well as 2017 running back Robert Burns, Jackson says he can't speak for them but does feel they also remain solid to the Canes.

A defensive end when the pads come on, Jackson, at 6-5 and 245 pounds, plays middle linebacker in 7-on-7 in the offseason, where he was playing at the Nike Football Opening Team Games this past Saturday at Oxbridge Academy.

"It helps me work on my footwork, my speed, my agility, my reaction on defense," says Jackson, who had an interception in one of his games.

Gulliver has been active in 7-on-7 play this offseason.

"Every 7-on-7 we're trying to get better as a team, in our coverage, in our offense," Jackson says. "We try to memorize every play and try to stay in sync."

A multi-sport athlete, Jackson says he will play basketball as a senior at Gulliver and may run track again.

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 30, 2015

UM commit Travis Homer excited about opportunity with Hurricanes

Travis HomerI got to catch up with four-star UM running back commit Travis Homer at the Nike Football Opening Team Games hosted by his high school, West Palm Beach Oxbridge Academy.

He talked about what led him to commit to the Hurricanes.

"A big thing was that it's close to home, so I'll be able to see my family," said Homer, who also lists UM's business school as a priority in choosing the school.

Homer likes what he's seen out of Hurricanes coach Al Golden in the recruiting process.

"I really like his character," Homer says. "I can tell he's a really down to earth guy. He enjoys being around the kids. He's just a good man overall."

Homer is one of three running backs in Miami's 2016 recruiting class along with Amir Rasul of Coral Gables and Zack Moss of Hallandale. He doesn't mind a crowded backfield depth chart and adds that UM's academics are too good to turn down.

"I think the class coming in is going to be a great bunch of kids, and we're just going to be able to go out there and show what our class has to offer," Homer says. "We're going to have a competitive environment out there."

Homer committed at the 7-on-7 Adidas South Florida Shootout that UM hosted on campus.

"It was a great opportunity to have everyone go out there and show their skills in a competitive environment," he says. "That was great how they set it up."

His school also had a tremendous setup, hosting four 7-on-7 games at once on Saturday in a tournament Carol City ultimately won.

"I think it's great exposure for our school," Homer says. "Everyone's starting to get to know us because we're such a new school."

At 5-11 and 195 pounds, Homer runs a 4.48-second 40-yard dash, according to his Hudl page.

His highlights:

 Photo by David Furones//FOR THE MIAMI HERALD

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.

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 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.