January 22, 2016

South Dade's James Wiggins decommits from UM

James Wiggins AD
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.

January 21, 2016

Southwest DB and UF commit CJ McWilliams replaces UNC visit with UM

CJ McWilliams
CJ McWilliams (a.k.a. Calle 8)


With severe winter weather hitting the mid-Atlantic, Southwest Miami defensive back CJ McWilliams had to cancel his visit to UNC this weekend.

Instead, the three-star UF commit will take a much shorter, warmer trip to Coral Gables and the University of Miami.

At UM, McWilliams wants to get to know the new coaching staff a little better.

"I just want to see how the environment is with them, and I want to be comfortable," McWilliams says. "[New cornerbacks coach Mike Rumph says] he sees that I can be a top corner for them. I can help them out, especially on special teams too."

Rumph and defensive coordinator Manny Diaz went in-home with McWilliams earlier this week.

"They were just hoping that they still have a shot at me," McWilliams says. "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."

UNC, UF and USF all visited McWilliams at home as well within the week.

About UNC: "I've never really been outside of Florida, so I wanted to see how it is over there -- and the education too."

What keeps McWilliams committed to the Gators which he first pledged to in May?

"The coaches -- our relationship is real close, it's tight. They've always been recruiting me till the end," he says.

McWilliams is still trying to fit a UNC visit in -- possibly midweek. Had the weather in North Carolina not kept him away this weekend, he would've taken an official to UM in the midweek between UNC and UF visits.

The Gators will get him the final weekend before National Signing Day. Last weekend, McWilliams took his USF official.

"They're really welcoming me, and they're giving me a lot of love," McWilliams says of the Bulls.

As far as what kind of chance any of the other schools has in flipping McWilliams, he says, "Won't know until Signing Day."

Stay tuned.

2016 GMAC boys' basketball schedule Jan. 26-27, 29

Here you go....the GMAC has announced its boys' basketball tournament bracket.

Some interesting matchups and a lot of good teams in this one.

Here's the schedule.

Tuesday, Jan. 26

QUARTERFINALS

AT HIALEAH-MIAMI LAKES HIGH

Central vs. Coral Reef, 6

South Miami vs. HML, 7:30

AT MIAMI HIGH

Coral Gables vs. Norland, 6

Miami High vs. Miami Springs, 7:30

 

Wednesday, Jan. 27

SEMIFINALS

AT SOUTH MIAMI HIGH

Norland-Coral Gables winner vs. Miami High-Miami Springs winner, 6

Central-Coral Reef winner vs. HML-South Miami winner, 7:30

 

Friday, Jan. 29

AT SOUTH MIAMI HIGH

Championship game, 7

January 20, 2016

Tennessee visit to give UM commit Tyler Byrd something to think about

UM got its commitment from Naples four-star cornerback Tyler Byrd on Feb. 3, 2015. Whether the Hurricanes officially bring him in will be known exactly a year later -- National Signing Day 2016.

Byrd, a strong Canes commit for virtually the past year, says he will at least have something to think about when he visits Tennessee on Jan. 29.

"[I have] never visited, so it will be something to pray about and ask for the right guidance," Byrd says.

With Naples teammate and four-star running back Carlin Fils-Aime committed to the Volunteers, the thought of continuing to play with Fils-Aime in college remains in Byrd's mind.

The two have lived together since eighth grade, and if they were to remain together, it could only really happen at Tennessee as Byrd says the new UM staff isn't recruiting Fils-Aime, who committed to the Volunteers on July 30.

Byrd had new UM cornerbacks coach Mike Rumph swing by Naples High on Wednesday and will take his official visit to Coral Gables over the weekend. He says he is definitely taking the Tennessee trip the following weekend and won't change his mind.

Miami Herald's South Florida basketball rankings through Tuesday's games

MIAMI HERALD’S SOUTH FLORIDA TOP 10 RANKINGS

BOYS

  1. Norland (17-3)
  2. Westminster Academy (13-4)
  3. Archbishop Carroll (21-2)
  4. Mater Academy (17-3)
  5. Dillard (16-5)
  6. Sagemont (16-5)
  7. Central (15-4)
  8. Miami Christian (16-5)
  9. South Miami (14-6)
  10. Zion Lutheran (16-5)

Under consideration: Boyd Anderson (14-7), Nova (16-3), Coral Springs (15-5), Douglas (17-5), St. Thomas Aquinas (14-4), Dr. Krop (13-5), Miami High (11-7), McArthur (13-8), Coral Gables (17-4).

 

GIRLS

  1. Miami Country Day (18-6)
  2. Flanagan (19-3)
  3. Miami High (20-3)
  4. Ferguson (17-6)
  5. Dillard (15-4)
  6. Lourdes (18-6)
  7. Northeast (14-6)
  8. South Broward (18-6)
  9. Blanche Ely (16-3)
  10. Gulliver (20-3)

Under consideration: American Heritage (20-5), South Miami (17-6), Norland (13-8), Fort Lauderdale (14-8), Doral (19-4), Deerfield Beach (20-4).

January 18, 2016

Binjimen Victor commits to Ohio State

Binjimen Victor
Coconut Creek four-star wide receiver Binjimen Victor announced where he will be playing his college football on Monday.

The ultra-talented 6-4 standout chose Ohio State with this post on Twitter.

Victor went with the Buckeyes over West Virginia and Tennessee -- two other schools he visited officially with the Vols visit coming over the past weekend.

With Victor announcing his commitment and defensive back teammate Malek Young announcing his to the Miami Hurricanes on Friday, the final piece to the trifecta of Coconut Creek U.S. Army All-Americans (four-star cornerback Trayvon Mullen) let it be known his decision is coming down to Signing Day.

Also cool: This picture that Ohio State wide receiver Michael Thomas, who has declared for the NFL Draft, tweeted out handing down the Buckeyes helmet to Victor.

It was reminiscent of what the Bosa brothers (Joey and Nick) did in July when Nick, the five-star St. Thomas Aquinas defensive end, announced his commitment to Ohio State.

Here's just a glimpse at what Victor is capable of in one-on-one coverage in this slow motion video taken earlier this season in Coconut Creek's win against Stranahan.

January 15, 2016

2016 GMAC girls' basketball schedule

The GMAC has announced its schedule for next week's GMAC tournament. The tournament will be held at Ferguson and Miami Senior High Schools starting Tuesday.

Tuesday's quarterfinals - at Ferguson: South Dade vs. Norland, 3:30; Hialeah vs. Ferguson, 5; At Miami High: South Miami vs. Reagan, 6; Miami High vs. Booker T. Washington, 7:30

Wednesday's semifinals at Ferguson: Miami High-Booker T. Washington winner vs. Reagan-South Miami winner, 6; Ferguson-Hialeah winner vs. South Dade-Norland winner, 7:30

Friday's championship at Ferguson: Semifinal winners, 7.

Admission: Tickets are $3 each for the quarterfinals and $5 for the semifinals and finals.

January 14, 2016

BCAA announces Big 8 girls tourney sked/advance online ticket sales

The Broward County Athletic Association is selling tickets in advance online for its upcoming Big 8 basketball tournaments.

Here's the info on how to purchase them.

Use the Estore Ticketing System at htts://estore.browardschools.com/OSP/

Instructions for Estore purchase: 1. Sign in or Create an account; 2. Select School Site, Event and Date; 3. Select Ticket Type (Individual Day/Tournament Pass); 4. Add to Cart, Checkout, and Complete Payment process; 

Girls Big 8 Tournament at South Plantation High Jan. 21-23 - Single Day Tickets: $7; Tournament Pass: $15

Boys Big 8 Tournament at Fort Lauderdale High Jan. 27-30 - Single Day Tickets: $7; Tournament Pass: $21.

Here's the girls' schedule:

Thursday, Jan. 21 - Quarterfinals: Nova vs Cardinal Gibbons, 3:30; Deerfield Beach vs South Broward, 5; Blanche Ely vs Dillard, 6:30; Northeast vs Flanagan, 8

Friday, Jan. 22 - Semifinals: Deerfield-South Broward winner vs. Ely-Dillard winner, 6:30; Northeast-Flanagan winner vs. Nova-Cardinal Gibbons winner, 8.

Saturday, Jan. 23 - Championship: 7 p.m.

 

January 13, 2016

Did Kirby Smart mistake the name of an early enrollee?

Those who follow recruiting and high school football in South Florida know Deerfield Beach four-star wide receiver Cavin Ridley as -- exactly that -- Cavin Ridley.

So when new Georgia coach Kirby Smart sent out a tweet Tuesday welcoming Ridley to the Bulldogs as he has enrolled early for the spring semester, it rose eyebrows when the image of Ridley photoshopped into a Georgia uniform said "Riley Ridley."

You can only imagine how many people in the replies to the tweet thought Smart made a huge mistake, but don't worry. He knew what he was doing.

Ridley's middle name is Riley, and among his circles, he often goes by Riley as a way to differentiate himself from older brother Calvin, currently a star freshman receiver with Alabama. Before Ridley transferred to the Bucks, the two brothers played together at Coconut Creek Monarch.

Deerfield Beach coach Jevon Glenn goes as far as saying, "That's what everybody calls him."

Ridley will apparently go by Riley at Georgia, although neither Cavin Ridley nor Riley Ridley shows up on the Bulldogs' official roster as of Wednesday afternoon.

Ridley had an eventful week leading up to his early enrollment. He went from committing to South Carolina after the Under Armour All-America game (Jan. 2) for early enrollment with the Gamecocks to decommitting two days later on Jan. 4 and on Thursday (Jan. 7) flipping his commitment to Georgia.

January 11, 2016

FABC/Source Hoops Boys' Basketball State rankings

2015-16 FABC/Source Hoops Boys Class 1A-8A State Rankings
 
 
8A
 
1. Sarasota Riverview 16-1
 
2. Wellington 13-4
 
3. Oak Ridge 12-4
 
4. Kissimmee Osceola 12-3
 
5. Martin County 13-0
 
6. Spruce Creek 13-3
 
7. Vero Beach 12-2
 
8. Alonso 14-4
 
9. Coral Reef 13-3
 
10. Miami High 9-4
 
 
7A
 
1. Melbourne 14-0
 
2. Bartow 9-7
 
3. Lakeland 13-2
 
4. Sickles 17-2
 
5. Wharton 14-4
 
6. St. Petersburg 8-5
 
7. St. Thomas Aquinas 11-3
 
8. Nova 13-2
 
9. Dwyer 12-2
 
10. Lincoln 12-3
 
 
6A
 
1. Norland 13-3
 
2. Dillard 13-4
 
3. Deltona 13-3
 
4. Gainesville 13-2
 
5. Miami Central 12-2
 
6. Pembroke Pines Charter 8-4
 
7. Golden Gate 14-3
 
8. Pensacola 13-3
 
9. Lake Gibson 9-6
 
10. Auburndale 9-6
 
 
5A
 
1. Bishop Kenny 16-0
 
2. Godby 11-2
 
3. Gibbs 14-1
 
4. Jesuit 14-1
 
5. Rickards 10-3
 
6. Wolfson 21-0
 
7. Mariner 15-0
 
8. Titusville 15-1
 
9. Poinciana 15-3
 
10. Palm Bay 11-3
 
 
4A
 
1. Tampa Catholic 16-1
 
2. St. Andrews 16-0
 
3. Andrew Jackson 12-3
 
4. Bolles 16-2
 
5. Masters Academy 12-3
 
6. Melbourne Central Catholic 12-2
 
7. Brooks DeBartolo 12-5
 
8. Berkeley Prep 11-3
 
9. Trinity Prep 13-3
 
10. Community School of Naples 12-3
 
 
3A
 
1. Sagemont 14-3
 
2. Windermere Prep 13-1
 
3. First Academy 13-3
 
4. Archbishop Carroll 16-2
 
5. Providence 11-4
 
6. Westminster Academy 9-4
 
7. P.K. Yonge 12-2
 
8. Seffner Christian 9-4
 
9. Tampa Prep 11-4
 
10. Santa Fe Catholic 13-0
 
 
2A
 
1. Grandview Prep 16-0
 
2. Zion Lutheran 14-4
 
3. Miami Christian 10-4
 
4. Orlando Christian Prep 8-7
 
5. Mt. Dora Christian 17-0
 
6. Trinity Christian Academy 11-3
 
7. Community Christian 12-1
 
8. Westwood Christian 7-4
 
9. FAMU DRS 8-5
 
10. Bradenton Christian 14-2
 
 
1A
 
1. Chipley 16-2
 
2. Hawthorne 10-5
 
3. Paxton 13-3
 
4. Malone 10-4
 
5. West Gadsden 8-5
 
6. Hamilton County 9-3
 
7. Cottondale 11-7
 
8. Madison County 12-4
 
9. Union County 14-4
 
10. Graceville 10-5