August 28, 2015

UM commit Dionte Mullins ineligible to start season, Robert Burns barely plays in Gulliver opener

Wide receiver and four-star UM commit Dionte Mullins did not travel with Gulliver up to West Palm Beach for its game with Oxbridge Academy on Friday night.

Mullins, the Miami Herald's sixth-best senior in Miami-Dade County, has been academically ineligible for the Raiders since the summer and remains ineligible for the start of the regular season.

He needs to finish one more summer online course to return to the field, I was told by someone on the Gulliver sideline.

Both athletic director Mark Schusterman and coach Earl Sims are hopeful Mullins can return in "a couple of weeks."

The effect his high school ineligibility has on his status with UM next season -- if the commit ends up signing with the Hurricanes -- is unknown as Gulliver sets high academic for its athletes to be able to take the field on game day.

The Raiders struggled without his presence in a 46-0 trampling at the hands of the ThunderWolves.

"It'll be a big boost when he comes back," says Sims.

Mullins did participate in 7-on-7 action over the summer with his teammates.

Another UM commit, 2017 four-star running back Robert Burns, barely played for the Raiders. The wrecking ball of a back carried just one time for six yards. Neither Schusterman, Sims or Burns would comment on the reason behind his seldom play Friday.

He was seen standing on the sideline during the second half walking fine.

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August 23, 2015

FIU gets commitment from Booker T kicker Jose Borregales

Tim Harris Jr. will get his kicker in a year.

The former Booker T. Washington state-title winning coach and current FIU running backs coach will be reunited with Tornadoes kicker Jose Borregales as Borregales announced his commitment to FIU on Sunday.

"I'm really excited about being a Panther, and I'm just thankful that they gave me the opportunity to not only play football and be a part of the Panther family but to be a part of an amazing university," Borregales told the Miami Herald in a message. "It's a great opportunity to be able to stay close to home and have my family be able to go to every single game."

Borregales got the FIU offer on Saturday. It was his first offer. Other schools had recruited him but the Panthers were the first to offer the kicker who says has booted a 61-yard field goal through the uprights in practice.

Borregales is certain he wants to stick with FIU but leaves a slight window open if other schools start recruiting him.

"I'll evaluate them and see how their depth chart is on kickers and punters, but right now I'm sticking with FIU 100 percent," he says.

Borregales made the game-winning 44-yard field goal, his in-game career long, in Booker T.'s preseason classic victory over Citra North Marion on Friday night at Traz Powell Stadium.

August 12, 2015

"Pie" Young has Alabama and Michigan at the top

In a recent interview with the Miami Herald, Miami High four-star wide receiver Keyshawn "Pie" Young listed Alabama and Michigan as his top two schools.

According to Young, he speaks with Michigan's new head coach Jim Harbaugh every day, which is rare to see so much contact come from a head coach recruiting one player.

"He makes me feel like he needs me as a player, he wants me as a player, he feels like I could fit in with Michigan," says the 5-11, 175-pound 2016 prospect. "He talks about how he loves Michigan."

With the Crimson Tide, Young is getting recruited by Mario Cristobal, a man with countless South Florida ties.

"Coach Cristobal, I love that guy," Young says. "If I'm having a bad day, he'll pick me up, put a smile on my face."

After Young's top two, he also has a few schools that he lists as "in the hunt."

Miami, Georgia, West Virginia and USC are the schools Young currently has in that second tier.

Young says the other schools need to show more interest in order to creep into the mix.

"Show me that you want me at your school," he says.

 

 

August 06, 2015

Aquinas' Epstein commits to Illinois

St. Thomas Aquinas 2017 running back Mike Epstein committed to Illinois on Thursday.

The 6-0, 185-pound three-star junior, who transferred to Aquinas from Cypress Bay in the offseason, chose the Fighting Illini over offers from Cincinnati, UCF, FAU, Temple and New Mexico.

"Big Ten football, great relationship with coaches, want to play big-time football," Epstein listed as reasons he chose Illinois to the Miami Herald.

He became the Fighting Illini's first commit in the class of 2017. Teammate at St. Thomas and senior wide receiver Dominic Thieman is committed to their 2016 class.

Epstein is part of a deep Aquinas backfield that also has Devonta'e Henry-Cole committed to Utah and FAU-bound James Charles.

Below are his sophomore highlights from Cypress Bay.

August 04, 2015

Johnny Huntley commits to Colorado

South Plantation three-star wide receiver Johnny Huntley announced a commitment to Colorado on Tuesday.

Huntley chose the Buffaloes over offers from Louisville, TCU, Tennessee and West Virginia among his list of 17 total offers.

"It felt like home on the visit and they love me," Huntley said in a message.

Colorado is not a school known to dip into the state of Florida in recruiting. Huntley becomes the first Florida prospect in a Colorado recruiting class since Apopka's Henley Griffon in 2010.

The last South Florida high school football player to end up with Colorado was Northeast outside linebacker Josh Hartigan in 2007.

August 03, 2015

Elite Coconut Creek CB Trayvon Mullen releases top three

Coconut Creek cornerback Trayvon Mullen, a high-end four-star prospect, released his top three list of college football programs on Twitter Monday night.

The three lucky schools to have made the cut as the highly sought-after cover corner heads into his senior season -- FSU, LSU and Clemson.

Mullen added that he has no leader among the three and that he is still not blocking out any other school from creeping into that top three.

Mullen is the third-ranked cornerback in the country, according to 247 Sports, with only five-stars ahead of him at the position.

His recruitment has been thought by many to go all the way to National Signing Day -- like Creek coach Kareem Reid told Safid Deen of the Tallahassee Democrat recently.

August 02, 2015

Utah nabs Hallandale QB-WR tandem

One of the top quarterback-wide receiver tandems in South Florida committed to Utah together on Sunday.

The Hallandale duo of Tyler Huntley and Demari Simpkins both announced their commitments to the Utes. First it was Simpkins and Huntley followed by decommitting from FAU and then announcing he would join top target Simpkins at Utah.

Huntley (6-1, 175) and Simpkins (6-0, 176) are both three-star prospects. The two were fresh off a trip out west to Salt Lake City when they decided to commit. 

With former UM legend Dennis Erickson as running backs coach at Utah, the program is experiencing a resurgence in recruiting South Florida. Huntley and Simpkins join St. Thomas Aquinas running back Devonta'e Henry-Cole. The Utes also grabbed Tyson Cisrow and Chris Hart out of Aquinas last recruiting cycle.

August 01, 2015

Former UM pledge Snelson commits to Minnesota

Dredrick Snelson went from Al Golden to the Golden Gophers.

The four-star senior wide receiver, who transferred from Plantation American Heritage to Flanagan this offseason, announced on Saturday that he would be committing to Minnesota.

 

In an interview with Rivals' Gopher Illustrated, Snelson said, "I'm so excited. I love everything about the program, so I'm feeling pretty good about my decision.

"I wanted to go to a program that needed me, not just wanted me... I can come in and play early and make an impact. I can fill in for the main receiver they have there right now."

Snelson joins Cardinal Gibbons' Elijah and Elisha Daniels as Broward County prospects committed to Minnesota.

He chose the Gophers over offers from practically all over the country, including Miami, Florida, Florida State, Alabama, Auburn, Clemson and Notre Dame.

Snelson was committed to the Hurricanes early in the recruiting process before ultimately decommitting during his junior season at American Heritage.

July 30, 2015

Central LB Donavan Thompson makes it two commits for FIU on Thursday

Donavan Thompson
Donavan Thompson pursues a tackle during Central's 2015 spring scrimmage. DAVID FURONES//FOR THE MIAMI HERALD

FIU got its second commitment of the day on Thursday when Miami Central linebacker Donavan Thompson turned down offers from the likes of Arkansas, Oregon State and USF to commit to the Panthers.

FIU's 2016 recruiting class now lists 11 commitments after the addition of Norland cornerback Bryon Brown earlier Thursday.

Former Booker T. Washington coach Tim Harris Jr., now in his first season as running backs coach at FIU, is making his presence felt in recruiting South Florida and had a major impact on Thompson's decision.

"He mainly told me when he first gave me the offer that he liked me and he loved the way I play football," says Thompson, the 5-11, 210-pound three-star prospect. "Playing against Tim Harris, he knows what I'm capable of. He was able to introduce me to the defensive coordinator [Matt House] and the head coach [Ron Turner]."

Thompson has former Central teammates Anthony Jones and Fermin Silva already at FIU and set to begin their collegiate careers in the fall.

"They are saying that they are looking to rebuild in the next couple of years and they need a player like me over there," Thompson says.

In addition to Arkansas, Oregon State and USF, Thompson also listed offers from Cincinnati, Massachusetts, Toledo and West Florida.

While committed, Thompson notes that his recruitment still is not over.

"I'm considering all my offers. I'm still open to all my offers," Thompson says. "FIU is the best fit right now, so I'm leaning that way.

"Any minute I could decommit and go to another school, so I'm open to anybody."

Thompson is a leader at middle linebacker on Central's defense. Heading into his fourth year as a starter on the Rockets' vaunted defense, he has three state championships to his credit as he enters his senior year.

His highlights: