Recruiting commitment list: Where the 2016 recruits in Dade, Broward are going

With less than a week to go before National Signing Day there are 87 seniors from Miami-Dade and Broward County committed to play at Football Bowl Subdivision schools.

There will be more come Wednesday when athletes across the nation sign National Letters of Intent and make it official. 

But for now, here is a list of local standouts and where they are committed to go by their respective FBS conference and school.

BY CONFERENCE

ACC: 16 (UM 6, Syracuse 4, FSU 3, North Carolina 1, N.C. State 1, Duke 1) 
Big Ten: 15 (Michigan 5, Ohio State 2, Illinois 2, Wisconsin 2, Maryland 2, Purdue 1, Nebraska 1)
Conference USA: 12 (FIU 5, FAU 5, Western Kentucky 1, Kent State 1)
SEC: 9 (Florida 4, Vanderbilt 1, Tennessee 1, Georgia 1, Arkansas 1, South Carolina 1)
MAC: 9 (Toledo 5, UMass 1, Akron 1, Bowling Green 1, Northern Illinois 1)
Pac 12: 8 (Utah 4, Oregon State 2, Colorado 2)
American: 7 (UCF 3, Navy 2, USF 1, Tulane 1)
Independents: 4 (Army 3, Notre Dame 1)
Mountain West: 4 (Air Force 2, Nevada 1, Colorado State 1)
Big 12: 3 (Iowa State 2, Kansas 1)

BY COLLEGES

University of Miami (6)
Sam Bruce, WR, St. Thomas Aquinas, 5-8, 180 (Miami) 4-star
Dionte Mullins, WR, Gulliver Prep, 5-10 1/2 (Miami) 4-star
Joseph Jackson, DE, Gulliver Prep, 6-5, 245 (Miami) 4-star
Malek Young, CB, Coconut Creek, 5-9 1/2, 182 (Miami) 3-star
Cedrick Wright, S, Gulliver Prep, 5-9, 180 (Miami) 3-star
Michael Irvin II, TE, St. Thomas Aquinas, 6-3, 220 (Miami) 3-star

FIU (5)
Donavan Thompson, OLB, Miami Central, 5-10, 211 (FIU) 3-star
Anthony Gaiter IV, WR, Westminster Christian, 5-10, 160 (FIU) 3-star
Jose Borregales, K, Booker T. Washington, 5-11, 180 (FIU) 3-star
Shakur Cooper, LB, Coral Gables, 6-0, 200 (FIU) 2-star
Darrius Scott, WR, Booker T. Washington, 5-10, 175 (FIU) 2-star

FAU (5)
Korel Smith, CB, Miramar, 5-10, 173 (FAU) 3-star
John Raine, TE, Westminster Christian, 6-3, 235 (FAU) 2-star
Bradley Clement, LB, American Heritage, 5-10, 227 (FAU) 2-star
James Charles, RB, St. Thomas Aquinas, 5-9, 190 (FAU) 2-star
Robbie Stewart, DL, Westminster Christian, 6-4, 245 (FAU)

Michigan (5)
Devin Bush Jr., LB, Flanagan, 5-11, 226 (Michigan) 4-star
Nick Eubanks, TE, American Heritage, 6-6, 230 (Michigan) 3-star
Joshua Uche, DE, Columbus, 6-2, 212 (Michigan) 3-star
Josh Metellus, S, Flanagan, 6-0, 187 (Michigan) 3-star
Devin Gil, S, Flanagan, 6-1, 205 (Michigan) 3-star

Toledo (5)
Neru N'Shaka, WR, Hallandale, 5-10, 180 (Toledo) 3-star
Calvin Jackson, WR, Coral Springs Charter, 5-9, 160 (Toledo) 3-star
Desmond Phillips, ATH, Jackson, 5-11, 170 (Toledo) 3-star
Jamal Hudson, S, Miami Central, 6-0, 185 (Toledo) 2-star
David Hood, DT, Carol City, 6-1, 265 (Toledo) 2-star

Florida (4)
Joshua Hammond, WR, Hallandale, 6-0 1/2, 180 (Florida) 4-star
Vosean Joseph, OLB, Norland, 6-2, 210 (Florida) 3-star
Aaron Robinson, CB, Deerfield Beach, 6-1, 178 (Florida) 3-star
Christopher McWilliams, CB, Southwest, 5-11, 164 (Florida) 3-star

Syracuse (4)
Jaquwan Nelson, DE, Fort Lauderdale, 6-4, 230 (Syracuse) 3-star
Kenneth Ruff, ILB, Dillard, 6-1, 240 (Syracuse) 3-star 
Rashad Smith, LB, Homestead, 6-2, 184 (Syracuse) 3-star
McKinley Williams, DT, Dillard, 6-5, 255 (Syracuse)

UCF (4)
Dontay Mayfield, WR, Gulliver Prep, 6-1, 180 (UCF) 3-star
Boman Swanson, OT, South Dade, 6-4, 260 (UCF) 3-star
Jawon Hamilton, RB, South Dade, 5-9, 185 (UCF) 3-star
Bryon Brown, CB, Norland, 6-1, 166 (UCF) 3-star

Utah (4)
Tyler Huntley, QB, Hallandale, 6-2, 200 (Utah) 3-star
Demari Simpkins, WR, Hallandale, 6-0, 176 (Utah) 3-star
Zack Moss, RB, Hallandale, 5-10, 205 (Utah) 3-star
Devontae Henry-Cole, RB, St. Thomas Aquinas, 5-9, 190 (Utah) 3-star

Army (3)
Christian Gomez, LB, Cypress Bay, 6-1, 205 (Army) 3-star
Justin Thomas, S, Chaminade-Madonna, 6-2, 180 (Army) 2-star
Javhari Bourdeau, CB, Flanagan, 5-10, 175 (Army) 2-star

Florida State (3)
Jamel Cook, ATH, Miami Central, 6-4, 190 (Florida State) 4-star
Amir Rasul, RB, Coral Gables, 5-10, 200 (Florida State) 4-star
Emmett Rice, OLB, Norland, 6-3, 195 (Florida State) 3-star

Colorado (2)
Johnny Huntley, WR, South Plantation, 6-3, 207 (Colorado) 3-star
Anthony Julmisse, RB, South Plantation, 6-1, 186 (Colorado) 3-star

Illinois (2)
Dominic Thieman, WR, St. Thomas Aquinas, 6-3, 184 (Illinois) 3-star
James McCourt, K, St. Thomas Aquinas, 6-1, 185 (Illinois) 3-star

Iowa State (2)
Romelo Webster, S, Hallandale, 5-11, 178 (Iowa State) 3-star
Keenan Forbes, OL, Everglades, 6-3, 310 (Iowa State) 2-star

Maryland (2)
Elijah Daniels, S, Cardinal Gibbons, 5-11, 187 (Maryland) 3-star
Elisha Daniels, CB, Cardinal Gibbons, 6-0, 180 (Maryland) 3-star

Navy (2)
Gregori McCrae, RB, Miramar, 5-10, 173 (Navy) 3-star
Dawun Hylton, CB, American, 6-0, 175 (Navy) 3-star

Ohio State (2)
Nick Bosa, DE, St. Thomas Aquinas, 6-4, 265 (Ohio State) 5-star
Binjimen Victor, WR, Coconut Creek, 6-3 3/4, 177 (Ohio State) 4-star

Oregon State (2)
Kenny Turnier, DE, Miami Central, 6-4, 230 (Oregon State) 3-star
Shemar Smith, OLB, Jackson, 6-1, 210 (Oregon State) 3-star

Wisconsin (2)
Dontye Carriere-Williams, CB, St. Thomas Aquinas, 5-11, 185 (Wisconsin) 3-star
Dallas Jeanty, ILB, Fort Lauderdale, 6-0, 220 (Wisconsin) 3-star

Air Force (2)
Corey Lane, RB, Northwestern, 5-9, 175 (Air Force) 2-star
Isaiah Sampson, CB, Cypress Bay, 5-8, 172 (Air Force)

Akron (1)
Kato Nelson, QB, Flanagan, 6-0, 175 (Akron) 3-star

Arkansas (1)
Alexy Jean-Baptiste, OLB, Coconut Creek, 6-3, 205 (Arkansas) 3-star

Bowling Green (1)
Shemar Jean-Charles, CB, Miramar, 5-10, 165 (Bowling Green) 3-star

Colorado State (1)
James Sutton, LB, Westminster Christian, 6-0, 211 (Colorado State) 2-star

Duke (1)
Terrell Lucas, DE, Miramar, 6-3, 224 (Duke) 3-star

Kansas (1)
Khalil Herbert, RB, American Heritage, 5-10, 195 (Kansas) 3-star

Georgia (1)
Riley Ridley, WR, Deerfield Beach, 6-1 1/2, 198 (Georgia) 4-star

Kent State (1)
Kion Holder, S, Norland, 5-11, 185 (Kent State) 2-star

Nevada (1)
Jaxson Kincaide, RB, St. Thomas Aquinas, 5-8, 185 (Nevada) 3-star

Northern Illinois (1)
Andrew Parchment, WR, Cypress Bay, 6-3, 180 (Northern Illinois) 3-star

N.C. State (1)
C.J. Riley, WR, North Broward Prep, 6-4, 180 (N.C. State) 3-star

Nebraska (1)
DiCaprio Bootle, CB, Southridge, 5-11, 175 (Nebraska) 3-star

North Carolina (1)
James Pierre, S, Deerfield Beach, 6-1 1/2, 174 (North Carolina) 3-star

Notre Dame (1)
Deon McIntosh, RB, Cardinal Gibbons, 5-11, 175 (Notre Dame) 3-star

Purdue (1)
Brandon Shuman, CB, Gulliver Prep, 5-11, 167 (Purdue) 3-star

South Carolina (1)
Keir Thomas, DE, Miami Central, 6-2, 249 (South Carolina) 3-star

Tennessee (1)
Brandon Johnson, WR, American Heritage, 6-3, 175 (Tennessee) 3-star

Tulane (1)
Obinna Nwankwo, OL, Miramar, 6-3, 260 (Tulane) 3-star

UMass (1)
Antione Webster, S, American, 6-0, 185 (UMass) 3-star

USF (1)
Darnell Salomon, WR, Miami Central, 6-3, 210 (USF) 4-star

Vanderbilt (1)
Frank Coppet, CB, St. Thomas Aquinas, 5-10, 177 (Vanderbilt) 3-star

Western Kentucky (1)
Chris Cotto, Hallandale, WR, 5-11, 180 (Western Kentucky) 3-star

** NOTE: Star rankings are based on 247Sports Composite rankings, which combine all of the major recruiting services ratings into one. 

February 05, 2016

Montray Smith inks with Southern Illinois day after National Signing Day

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Montray Smith -- Photo by David Furones.

Carol City wide receiver Montray Smith was one of the better South Florida prospects whose recruitment remained unresolved after National Signing Day. He didn't sign anywhere on Wednesday still surveying a number of options.

On Thursday night, he decided he shouldn't wait any longer.

Smith, the 6-4 three-star rangy wide receiver, sent in his letter of intent to Southern Illinois.

Smith, ranked 22nd in the Miami Herald's list of 2016 prospects, didn't sign on Wednesday despite having an offer from the Salukis because Toledo, which still wasn't offering Smith, had expressed significant interest in him. Siding with the Rockets would've presented Smith with an opportunity to play with Carol City teammates David Hood and Keelen Roberts.

But without a guaranteed spot there for him and the clock ticking, Smith made sure to take the scholarship offer from SIU. He also visited Carbondale the weekend before Signing Day.

At Southern Illinois, he'll have Coconut Creek quarterback Jhakari Harrison throwing to him. Harrison set a Broward County record for touchdowns thrown in a game during his senior season.

He also had options in multiple sports, including a potential track scholarship to a school with a Power Five conference football program to then walk on. South Carolina was one school that was interested in offering Smith, who also plays basketball, in track.

You can see Smith's highlights below.

 

February 02, 2016

Central DB Jamal Hudson flips from Toledo to Air Force

Life, education and football.

Those are the three major reasons Miami Central defensive back Jamal Hudson gave for flipping his commitment Monday night from Toledo to Air Force.

He expands: "More benefits as far as pursuing my dreams with my degree and football dreams to play in the NFL... Feels like home and a great atmosphere from the fan base. They are a big powerhouse playing great Division-I football."

Hudson was a key contributor to a stellar Central Rockets defense that won a fourth consecutive Class 6A state championship this fall.

February 01, 2016

Pierre, McWilliams committed to rival schools but still have Canes on their mind

A pair of South Florida defensive backs are committed to rival schools but still have the hometown Miami Hurricanes on their mind as National Signing Day approaches.

Deerfield Beach three-star safety James Pierre, committed to ACC Coastal rival UNC, and Southwest Miami three-star cornerback Christopher McWilliams, committed to in-state rival UF, will still weigh their option to attend UM and both decisions appear to be coming down to Wednesday.

Pierre is a former UM commit that flipped to the Tar Heels in October. Al Golden was fired shortly thereafter, but he's liked what he's seen from new coach Mark Richt.

"The new coaching staff made a big impact on my decision toward [reconsidering] the U," Pierre says. "I'm very interested in what coach Mark Richt brings. Coach [Mike] Rumph, I can relate to him. He knows what it takes to be the best."

The process has taken its toll on Pierre.

"It's a lot of pressure coming at me, and you know, I'm just a kid, so it's just stress for me," he says.

McWilliams is taking his recruitment a little more in stride, but still isn't certain of what he wants to do.

"I'm feeling good. I'm excited to finally get this decision over with and ready to play college ball," McWilliams says. "I made my decision, but I'm still thinking about it, though... It's very hard. I can't tell till Signing Day."

While many believe that the Canes are the top team challenging the Gators for McWilliams' services, he insists UM and USF are even behind UF as his leader going into Signing Day.

McWilliams adds that the decision may come down to how he feels waking up that morning or once he's sitting in the chair to announce his commitment.

McWilliams visited UF over the weekend.

"It went good. The environment there, the campus was cool," McWilliams said. "My host was Chauncey Gardner. He's a funny dude, and we just had a good time. It was enjoyable just to throw on that jersey and stuff."

The trip was a positive stride for the Gators, but the Canes and Bulls are still alive.

UM had good fortune with the snowstorm in the mid-Atlantic stepping in the way from allowing McWilliams to visit UNC the week he originally planned to. He ended up replacing that official with UM, a decision made easier after Richt and Rumph went in-home with him that week.

"After the talk went well, they said they're just looking to change the program to the way the U was before, so I'm looking forward to it and you know UM is close to home," he told the Herald at that point.

These will be two decisions to keep a close eye on on Wednesday.

 

 

Clayton commits to Illinois, Smith to NIU

A pair of senior prospects from south Miami-Dade County will be heading to the state of Illinois.

Coral Reef defensive back Harvey Clayton committed to Illinois and South Dade running back Ivan Smith to Northern Illinois on Monday night.

Clayton, a former Louisville commit, visited the Illini's campus over the weekend and liked what he saw.

"It was mostly the environment and how everyone took me in as I was their own and made me feel at home," Clayton said.

Smith was feeling confident he would end up committing to the Huskies going into his visit. Everything he witnessed confirmed his notion.

"When I went on my visit, it was amazing and it felt like I was home. They showed major love," Smith said. "I want to give thanks for the NIU coaching staff for this great opportunity."

January 31, 2016

All-Dade LB Thompson flips from FIU to Utah

 

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Photo by Al Diaz//MIAMI HERALD

Miami Central three-star linebacker and All-Dade selection Donavan Thompson flipped his longtime commitment to FIU into a commitment to Utah on Sunday, three days before National Signing Day.

Thompson told the Miami Herald he switched his college commitment based more on what he saw in Utah than anything he didn't like about the Panthers. After visiting on Wednesday, he ultimately chose the Utes over UCF and FIU.

 

Thompson (6-0, 215 pounds) figured he would prefer to go away for college and was impressed by what he saw in Salt Lake City.

"It's just different -- the mountains and the cold weather. It was just something different and something new," said Thompson, who finished his senior season with 135 tackles and 11 sacks. "I just felt like it was time for a change, and Utah was the place to do that."

Thompson's flip continues a trend of Utah snagging South Florida prospects. The Utes now have five Dade/Broward recruits committed with Hallandale trio of quarterback Tyler Huntley, running back Zack Moss and wide receiver Demari Simpkins (Huntley and Simpkins already enrolled) and St. Thomas Aquinas running back Devonta'e Henry-Cole.

"We're probably like the next Louisville, having a lot of South Floridians on the team," Thompson says.

FIU, on the other hand, is now down to four in the two counties. UM (six), FAU, Michigan, Toledo and Utah (all with five) have more.

Thompson was primarily recruited by Utes head coach Dennis Erickson, who won two national championships coaching the Miami Hurricanes.

"He's been to national championships and coached a lot of great NFL players, Hall-of-Famers. So when I think about him and that he sees something in me, I feel like I'm going to excel at Utah," he says. 

Thompson likes the 4-2 defense the Utes will run, which is the same scheme the Central Rockets ran.

"I feel like Utah was a good fit and I'll be able to excel in their type of defense," he said. 

Thompson's highlights:

January 29, 2016

Dade/Broward decisions to keep an eye on as National Signing Day approaches

Here are some quick hits on the top scenarios to follow as we wind down on the end of the 2016 recruiting cycle. These prospects are either undecided or are committed but have other schools giving them something to think about before National Signing Day.

Brian Burns, American Heritage 5-star DE: The blue-chip prospect, Army All-American and No. 2 overall senior in Broward County (behind Nick Bosa), according to the Miami Herald, will choose between UF, FSU, Georgia and Alabama. FSU is getting the final visit as Burns has seen all four campuses since the recruiting dead period ended (Jan. 15).

Trayvon Mullen, Coconut Creek 4-star CB: The ultra-talented Army All-American from the #CreekBoyz has a final five of FSU, LSU, Clemson, TCU and Louisville. The first three of the five have consistently been atop his list of college choices. He has taken all his visits and will make his decision live on ESPNU at 8:45 a.m. on National Signing Day.

Keyshawn "Pie" Young, Miami High 3-star WR: It's been reported that Louisville, USC and Michigan are Pie's final three heading into Signing Day. The Wolverines have been a favorite of Dade's No. 6-ranked senior for some time now.

Dredrick Snelson, Flanagan 3-star WR: The Under Armour All-American who has won four state championships at three different schools has been a Minnesota commit since before the season, but it's a soft commitment. Snelson will check out Penn State this final weekend and also went to UCF on Jan. 15. 

Rashad Weaver, Cooper City 3-star DE: After getting dropped from Jim Harbaugh's class with Michigan within a week and a half of Signing Day, Weaver has spent the week receiving a whirlwind of recruiting interest and offers. He is taking visits to Pittsburgh and Penn State and has already been to USF and Temple.

Zack Moss, Hallandale 3-star RB: A Utah commit who took his Utes visit the weekend of Jan. 22 takes a trip to Tennessee the weekend before Signing Day. The one-time Hurricane commit will determine if it's enough to sway him from Utah, where Hallandale teammates Tyler Huntley and Demari Simpkins are already enrolled.

Vosean Joseph, Norland 3-star OLB: A UF commit, the Gators got his final official visit (Jan. 22) before he went to Texas for the USA vs. Canada Independence Bowl and Alabama had him grace its campus the previous weekend. He hasn't made his decision final but feels he's likely to stick to his UF commitment when he revisits his recruitment upon his return to Miami on Monday.

CJ McWilliams, Southwest 3-star DB: Another UF commit, he has UM on him heavy, and according to coach Tim Neal, the Jan. 22 visit -- which he took to UM because he had to cancel plans to check out UNC with the snow storm in the Mid-Atlantic -- is giving McWilliams something to think about with regards to potentially staying home with the Hurricanes. The Gators will try to convince him not to back off his May pledge, hosting him on campus the final weekend before Signing Day.

Aaron Thompson, Dillard 3-star DT: He recently committed to Maryland, but South Carolina will get one final shot at swaying him with a weekend visit.

Eric Mitchell, Miami Central 3-star DE/OLB: Recently listed his top three as Louisville, UCF and Colorado to the Miami Herald.

Jerron Rollins, Columbus 3-star WR: Without having taken any other visit, Cincinnati will get a look from the tall, talented Explorers receiver the final weekend before Signing Day. The Bearcats are the favorites to land him over Washington State, Middle Tennessee, FAU and Syracuse if all goes well on the trip.

Freddie Pinder, Southridge 3-star WR: The highly-touted prospect may not sign anywhere on Signing Day and go the junior college route instead. We will see as Wednesday approaches.

Montray Smith, Carol City 3-star WR: The 6-4 Carol City receiver is on a Southern Illinois visit over the weekend.

Jamal Smith, American 3-star DE: Since committing and then decommitting from UCF, Smith says USF and Youngstown State are his top choices. He says he's considering many more schools, so look out for another team to pop up. Pitt was a school he was high on during the season.

Jahcour Pearson, Flanagan 3-star WR: The speedster who had a monster state championship game is choosing between Western Kentucky and Northern Illinois and will announce on Monday.

Harvey Clayton, Coral Reef 3-star DB: Doing a Middle Tennessee State and Illinois combined visit final weekend before Signing Day. Louisville, FIU and Temple also in the mix for former Louisville commit.

Antione Webster, American 3-star DB: Webster is waiting to announce on Signing Day. Massachusetts is a school that's been trending in the recruitment of the long, athletic DB. His other finalists are unknown.

Keelen Roberts, Carol City 3-star DB: Will be visiting Northern Illinois this weekend and is also trying to squeeze in an FIU visit.

Val Mayes, Norland 3-star DB: Likely not to sign on Signing Day as he looks to up his ACT score on Feb. 6. Upon receiving his results, he hopes to follow up on interest from N.C. State, Mississippi State and Illinois.

Ivan Smith, South Dade 2-star RB: Visiting Northern Illinois over the weekend and may commit.

Keldrick Cesar, Edison 3-star OL: Previously had received offers from schools like USF, FIU, Syracuse, Middle Tennessee State and Samford, as well as interest from UM and UF, but he may now be signing with Bethune-Cookman.

Bryce Handy, Gulliver 3-star LB: Will be choosing between Eastern Illinois and UT-Martin. Eastern Kentucky may be making a late push.

Jordan Robinson, Norland 2-star WR: The tall, athletic under-the-radar receiver for the Vikings went to NIU for the weekend after the Huskies went in-home with him earlier in the week.

Deion Jackson, *former* Hallandale 3-star CB: The great unknown. Before the end of the season, Jackson swiftly moved to Jacksonville citing personal reasons and never really said goodbye to anybody at Hallandale. A report since has said he enrolled at Mandarin High while in Jacksonville and was looking to come back to South Florida at South Broward, but South Broward coach Devon Georgia has not heard of such a transpiration. Jackson is no longer on UM commitment lists and we have no idea where he is.

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

Former UM commit Wiggins announces commitment to Cincinnati

Three-star South Dade defensive back James Wiggins announced a commitment to Cincinnati early Friday morning.

"I really like the school and the coaches," Wiggins said. "They made me feel like I was part of the family."

Wiggins, the No. 14 Miami-Dade prospect according to the Miami Herald, was a soft UM commit until he decided to back off his pledge on Jan. 21 after not hearing much from the new coaching staff.

Wiggins was always high on the Bearcats, even during the season (as noted in this October blog post). The Jan. 15 official visit he took helped in securing his eventual commitment, although at the time he was still committed to the Hurricanes.

Cincinnati has been known to recruit South Florida well and will be in the mix for several other prospects as Signing Day approaches.

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

January 27, 2016

Alabama battling for Gator commit Vosean Joseph

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Miami Norland four-star linebacker Vosean Joseph has been committed to UF since February 2015, but will he sign with the Gators on Feb. 3, 2016?

Alabama is still battling Florida for his services. Joseph visited Tuscaloosa on Jan. 15 and UF this past weekend.

While in interviews with Scout and SEC Country, Joseph rated the Gator visit a 12 out of 10 and said, "I know where I want to go, and that's UF," he now insists the Crimson Tide is still in consideration.

Between the two SEC powerhouses, Joseph said he's "not sure yet" in a message to the Miami Herald but gave his current commitment to UF 2 to 1 odds to stick on Signing Day.

Joseph is in Texas for the USA vs. Canada International Bowl on Sunday and returns to Miami on Monday. He will revisit his recruitment and make an ultimate decision then.

Joseph also visited West Virginia and Syracuse in November. He lists the Mountaineers and Orange each as a distant third that have a "10-percent" chance of signing him.

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

January 25, 2016

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 22, 2016

South Dade's James Wiggins decommits from UM

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James Wiggins at Miami Herald All-Dade photo shoot. JUSTIN AZPIAZU


South Dade defensive back James Wiggins announced his intention to decommit from the University of Miami on Friday.

It comes as little surprise as new Hurricanes coach Mark Richt and his staff were not actively recruiting Wiggins.

"The new coaching staff -- they haven't been on me that much," Wiggins said. "Last time I spoke to them was two or three weeks ago with Mike Rumph.

"He talked about his background, how he was in high school, college, pros, how UM is becoming better. That was great to hear, but since then I haven't heard from them."

Wiggins, a three-star prospect who was named first team All-Dade by the Miami Herald and third team All-State in Class 8A by the AP, received an Illinois offer Thursday and will try to visit the Fighting Illini over the weekend. The Canes were going to get that weekend visit, but without hearing from them, Wiggins had to look elsewhere.

Wiggins is also considering Cincinnati, which he visited Jan. 15, Temple, Purdue and USF.

What is Wiggins looking for in a school?

"Just to get my education, be a part of a good program, try to make it to the [National Football] League, and if I don't, let my degree take me where it takes me," he says

Wiggins' decommitment follows the same narrative to that of high school teammate and running back Jawon Hamilton, who within the month backed off his pledge to the Canes and then committed to UCF for similar reasons.