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 22, 2015

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.

June 18, 2015

June 17, 2015

Snelson transfers to Flanagan, Aquinas gets Carriere-Williams

Two Broward County football powers got stronger on Wednesday.

Flanagan added Under Armour All-American wide receiver Dredrick Snelson, transferring from Plantation American Heritage, and St. Thomas Aquinas added former Booker T. Washington cornerback Dontye Carriere-Williams.

Snelson, a four-star prospect that was previously committed to UM before reopening his recruitment, was between St. Thomas and Flanagan, as he stated in an interview with Rivals, but ultimately opted for the less crowded receiving corps.

The Falcons passing game, already including quarterback Kato Nelson (Champagnat transfer) and wide receivers Clevan Thomas, Jachour Pearson and Isaiah Collins, gets a huge boost.

"Add him with our quarterback, that makes us even more dangerous," said Flanagan coach Devin Bush, who has known Snelson since he played in Little League.

St. Thomas Aquinas, per usual for the Raiders, has been able to add a wealth of talent via transfers this offseason to add to an already stellar roster. Coach Roger Harriott says he isn't too familiar with him yet, but is excited about the prospect of having him join the Raiders.

"I heard about his many positive attributes on and off the field," Harriott said. "I'm looking forward to coaching and mentoring him this school year."

UM adds Southridge 2017 TE/WR Kemore Gamble

The UM football team continues to be on a roll in recruiting this summer.

The Hurricanes added a commitment to their 2017 class in Southridge four-star wide receiver/tight end Kemore Gamble after he attended the Al Golden Football Camp at UM on Sunday.

Being close to home and the education UM can offer were among his reasons for siding with the Canes.

"It's close to my house. It's laid out for me -- education and stuff like that," Gamble said. "The coaches are cool to hang around with, the players were saying a lot of good things."

At 6-2, 220 pounds, Gamble is primarily being recruited at tight end but can be flexible and line up out wide or even in the slot.

He becomes the eighth commitment in UM's 2017 class, which also added tight end Tre McKitty on Tuesday.

As a 2017 recruit, Gamble still has a long way to go before his signing day. He calls himself a hard commit but will still be considering Florida or Tennessee.

"They would have to show me a lot of love," Gamble said.

He had the Gators and Vols leading Miami before coming away impressed with what he saw on campus on Sunday.

Here are his highlights below.

 

June 16, 2015

Canes get Tampa 2017 TE

The Miami Hurricanes added a commitment from 2017 tight end Tre McKitty on Tuesday.

The big-bodied 6-4, 225-pound prospect from Tampa Catholic chose Miami over other early offers from several SEC schools, including Florida, Auburn, Tennessee and Mississippi State, according to 247 Sports.

McKitty becomes the Canes' seventh commitment in the class of 2017 and first tight end, a position that is also not currently represented in the 2016 class but sees plenty of depth on Miami's current roster with junior Standish Dobard, sophomore Chris Herndon, redshirt freshmen Jerome Washington and David Njoku and junior Jake O'Donnell.

McKitty is impressive on film, making good use of his large frame on several catches.

 

June 15, 2015

Jackson's Shemar Smith motivated for senior season

Miami Jackson linebacker Shemar Smith, the reigning Miami Herald Defensive Player of the Year, is going into his senior season with a chip on his shoulder to prove the recruiting services wrong on his two-star rating.

In this exclusive interview with the Miami Herald, Smith, who lists a Texas offer among many others, talks recruiting and a variety of other topics at the Miami Dolphins 7-on-7 last Saturday.