August 02, 2015

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 12, 2015

Coral Reef reveals new 'black cloud' uniforms

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It's the final piece to a fresh start for Coral Reef football this offseason.

With a new coaching staff coming in that's trying to change the culture, the Barracudas revealed their new "black cloud" uniforms to players, cheerleaders and parents at a team picnic at Larry and Penny Thompson Park on Sunday.

The coaches couldn't do it without a little fun, though.

First, they set up a draped upper-body male mannequin on a table as coach Javi Valdes gave a speech. When it was time to lift the drape, underneath it was a plain, bland black jersey with silver numbers -- much to the dismay of the players expecting a bit more.

With parents slow clapping and mixed reactions from the players, a pair of Coral Reef alumni in Myles Campbell and Vanycksha Toussaint busted in wearing the actual uniforms. The jersey on the manikin turned out to be the practice jersey.

The players went nuts.

 

"I knew I had them," Valdes said. "We needed to put a stamp on what Coral Reef Football was going to look like. That's the look we're going to have for the next few years, and that's the look we want to continue having throughout my tenure here."

The Nike anthracite -- or smoke grey -- uniforms (pictured above) will have white numbers, "Cudas" in white over the number on the front, a teal stripe down the pant leg that reads "Reef" in white, and teal and white fading stripes on the sleeves. The helmets are the same color with a teal and silver stripe through the middle and the CR logo on the sides.

Coral Reef, which will alternate with a set of white uniforms depending on if the team is home or away, now joins Booker T. Washington and Miami Central as teams to sport the anthracite jerseys.

Players were relieved to learn that all the buildup for the uniform unveiling wasn't to culminate in the team wearing practice jerseys for their games.

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Photos and video by David Furones//FOR THE MIAMI HERALD

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.

 

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 12, 2015

Daewood Davis commitment not accepted by UM ... yet

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.

 

What does Davis mean by "the right way?"

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.

 

June 14, 2014

Mark Walton's commitment to Miami 'as solid as they come' with reclassification to 2015 class

Mark Walton, Miami Booker T. Washington’s stud running back and University of Miami commitment, has reclassified to the Class of 2015.

Walton and his coach Tim Harris Jr. confirmed Walton’s move up from the Class of 2016 on Saturday while participating in the Miami Dolphins 7-on-7 tournament at Plantation Park.

With the news, UM’s 2015 recruiting class is now up to 15 members and ranked ninth overall in the country by 247Sports. Running backs Jordan Cronkrite from Westminster Christian and Dexter Williams from Winter Garden West Orange are also committed to the Canes, who could boast one of the most talented backfields in the country with former Miami Central back Joseph Yearby already enrolled.

"Man, that would be a great backfield," Walton said.

Harris said Walton’s process began at the end of last season, and included Walton taking a night-school class and online classes to meet requirements.

“He dedicated to wanting to reclassify and we’ve been all behind him,” Harris said. “Every kid’s situation is a little different, and we want to help Mark to be able to one day do all the things he wants to do for himself and his family.”

Walton, who visited UM on Tuesday with teammates including wide receiver Antonio Callaway and cornerback Devante Davis, said the Canes’ coaching staff was elated to hear the news.

“The coaching staff was excited, and I’m excited about it, too,” Walton said. “When I saw they’re reaction, my reaction went up.”

Walton -- who has seen his recruitment slow in recent months -- hopes to receive offers from Alabama, Wisconsin, Notre Dame and Arkansas, but still relishes his close relationships with the Canes staff, including running back coach Hurlie Brown.

“I try to convince people to come to the University of Miami and get that swagger back down in Coral Gables, and try to get the tradition back going and try to win a National Championship,” Walton said.

Added Harris: “He’s still committed to Miami. He’s as solid as they come.”