October 10, 2015

Zack Moss "strong right now" with UM despite recent offers


Zack Moss is currently standing firm with his commitment to the Miami Hurricanes, but his recruitment is certainly heating up with recent offers from Louisville and Utah.

Louisville wide receivers coach Lamar Thomas was at Hallandale to check out the Chargers' 36-22 win over Coconut Creek, and Moss says teammates Tyler Huntley and Demari Simpkins, both Utah commits, are on him to join them with the Pac-12 team currently ranked fifth in the AP Poll.

In contrast, Huntley postgame denies pushing Moss toward Utah -- at least not while the season is going.

"We're just worrying about the season right now, and everything will fall in place after that," Huntley said following a 278-yard, three-touchdown passing performance. "Everything is focused on the season."

But he does admit he will begin recruiting Moss to the Utes after the season. With Simpkins already committed with him, he would love to have a QB-RB-WR trio all head out west together.

"That'll be a big deal," Huntley said. "We'll be able to come in and play a big role for Utah because we know each other."

On top of the latest offers, Moss is also receiving interest from Arkansas, Georgia and FSU.


October 09, 2015

Updates on Mater's Brini, Herrington and Varela's Stringer


Three-star  Mater Academy 2017 Safety Latavious Brini, has narrowed his top three so far to Louisville, Temple and FIU. Brini (6-2, 190 pounds) said "I'm planning to visit my top 3 in the next couple of months."

Unranked athlete TJ Herrington is currently deciding between two state schools -- FAMU and FAU. The 6'2, 195-pound Herrington is not currently planning on going on any visits. Herrington was glowing about his time with FAMU, he said "I had such a great time at the FAMU camp. I really liked it there."

Unranked Varela wide receiver Jay Stringer currently has 10 offers between Division-I and Division-II schools. Stringers top 3 are Colorado State, Massachusetts and FIU. The 5-11, 165-pound Stringer is also planning to make a trip to D-II Valdosta State very soon.


Carol City 2017 WR Kevaughn Dingle has UM at the top, Montray Smith has Cincy visit in plans

De'Andre Wilder isn't the only junior out of Carol City who currently lists UM as his top choice.

Wide receiver Kevaughn Dingle, who already lists an offer from the Hurricanes, also has them as his top school. Watch the video below to hear everything else he was talking about after Carol City's 33-0 win over Southwest on Thursday.


Senior wide receiver Montray Smith is really high on Cincinnati and will visit the Bearcats. FIU has also shown interest in him recently.


Also, one to look out for in the future: freshman Carol City quarterback Lorenzo Floyd. Filling in for Stephen "Buckshot" Calvert, a Liberty commit, Floyd torched the Eagles for five touchdowns. The Chiefs are in good hands in the future with him in the shotgun.


Worth noting: Senior DB Jonas Dorvil had two interceptions defensively and had one returned for a 100-yard touchdown but was called back due to a holding penalty on the return by a blocker on a Southwest player that probably wasn't going to catch him anyway.

Keelen Roberts, who has offers from UF, Louisville, Cincinnati and Illinois had an interception of his own right before halftime, showing his closing speed on an overthrown ball that initially appeared it would be out of reach.

David Hood, the Toledo commit, was strong in stuffing the run at defensive tackle and showed pass rushing abilities as well, along with some hard hits.

Wilder was beastly once again, getting to the quarterback at will and flushing him out of the pocket often if he didn't get a hit on him.

October 06, 2015

UM commit Sam Bruce to visit Ohio State

Four-star St. Thomas Aquinas wide receiver Sam Bruce announced on Tuesday that he will be visiting Ohio State for the Buckeyes' October 17 clash with Penn State.

The news comes as troubling for Hurricane fans as the agile slot receiver is one of the most prized recruits in coach Al Golden's class for 2016 and a fan favorite that has been perceived to be wavering.

While Bruce has remained constant in stating he's firmly committed to the Hurricanes, he has also indicated on several occasions that he does plan on taking his full slate of visits. A trip to check out the defending national champions should not come as a surprise.

Bruce's recruitment will be one of the more interesting ones to follow as the college football season progresses and he aligns his visits from now through National Signing Day.

October 05, 2015

South Plantation's Anthony Julmisse commits to Colorado

South Plantation athlete Anthony Julmisse announced a commitment to Colorado late Sunday night. The senior joins teammate Johnny Huntley in the Buffaloes 2016 recruiting class.

"I felt at home while I was up there and that home kind of atmosphere is exactly what I was looking for," Julmisse told the Miami Herald. "I felt the urge to commit since my unofficial visit during the summer, but since [Huntley] committed before me it made my decision even easier to make.

Julmisse took his official visit to Colorado over the weekend and everything he saw confirmed that Colorado was the place he wanted to play his college ball.

Julmisse is being recruited at slot receiver by Colorado. He chose the Buffaloes over other offers from Wisconsin, Iowa, Vanderbilt, West Virginia, Minnesota and Oregon State, among others.

The South Plantation duo snap a lengthy drought of Colorado recruiting South Florida football players. Before the two commitments in this year's class, the last time a player to come out of Miami-Dade or Broward County ended up with the Buffaloes was 2007.


October 04, 2015

Carol City LB De'Andre Wilder lists Canes atop his list

DeAndre Wilder

Carol City junior outside linebacker De'Andre Wilder will be one of the most highly sought-after recruits in the class of 2017.

The talented pass rusher, who was ranked as the Miami Herald's No. 3 junior prospect in Dade heading into the season, already possesses an impressive offer sheet of several top programs nationally.

Wilder (6-3, 211 pounds) says UM, Georgia, Alabama and Tennessee are the schools that currently top his list.

"But No. 1 is UM," Wilder added.

Why is Wilder so high on the hometown Hurricanes?

"The coaches. I get along with the coaches," Wilder says. 

Wilder visited all of the above in the summer and will work on more visits after his football season is over. 

The Chiefs came off an impressive 8-7 win against Miami Central. Wilder made a tremendous impact on the collective effort of holding the Rockets offense out of the end zone. He was able to record a sack, combined with Jerrod Clearsaint for another tackle for loss and had several other tackles and quarterback hurries.

Wilder said his fake inside then pass rush outside was working well to get around blockers in one-on-one situations.

*Photo by David Furones//FOR THE MIAMI HERALD

October 02, 2015

James Wiggins a soft UM commit, Cincinnati among others he's interested in

Just one night after an embarrassing loss on Thursday night on national TV in Cincinnati, UM commit James Wiggins is calling himself a soft commitment to the Hurricanes.

And guess who one of of the other schools he's interested in is. The one that beat the Canes the night before.

Wiggins lists the Bearcats, Syracuse and "a little bit of" Louisville. He has a UM visit set up for January and wants to take other visits after the season because the focus at the moment is on this undefeated season South Dade is working on.

Here's everything else he had to say in this video interview where he also discusses his defense's dominant performance in recovering five fumbles and shutting out Southridge as the secondary held Freddie Pinder and Kemore Gamble without a catch.



Nick Eubanks, Brian Burns, Brandon Johnson and more from American Heritage

I had several recruiting updates on Marco Wilson, Patrick Surtain Jr. and Kyshaun Bryan in last week's coverage of the American Heritage football team. Herald correspondent Russell Quinoa added several other reports in this contribution to the blog: 

-American Heritage four-star tight end Nick Eubanks, ranked 13th at his position and 34th overall in the state by Rivals has his top 3 as USC, UF and Alabama. Eubanks said: "I'm planning to take my time to select. I won't rushing into a decision."

Eubanks has already visited Oregon and LSU and has plans to visit the Trojans and Gators this month.

"I had positive experiences at both Oregon and LSU." said the 6-6, 210-pound Eubanks.

-Four-Star defensive end Brian Burns (6-6, 210) narrowed his list to a top four of UF, FSU, Georgia and Alabama.

-Three-star wide receiver Brandon Johnson (6-3, 175) is 100-percent committed to Tennessee Volunteers. Johnson said, "I will not be taking any other visits or even considering any other schools." 

-Running back Khalil Herbert has D-1 offers from local school FIU and the Sun Belt's Appalachian State. Herbert is 5-11 and 195 pounds.

-Offensive lineman Chris Riffle is currently committed to Cornell. Riffle has an offer to be a preferred walk-on at Duke and also has offers to academically prestigious schools Colombia and MIT. Riffle's current GPA sits at 5.4. Riffle is 6-5 and 275 pounds.

Both Syracuse and FAU were in attendance for this game. FAU has offers to Eubanks, Burns and Herbert while Syracuse has shown interest in Eubanks. The Owls are making a major push for American Heritage recruits.


September 29, 2015

Columbus junior DB Marlin Brooks recovering after serious neck injury

Columbus football coach Chris Merritt said Tuesday that junior defensive back Marlin Brooks has been moved out of intensive care after having surgery over the weekend to repair two broken vertebrae - an injury he suffered during the Explorers’ 21-7 win last week against Belen Jesuit.

Brooks was hurt with 7:30 remaining in the first quarter of Friday’s game at FIU Stadium and taken to by ambulance to nearby Kendall Regional Hospital.

He is expected to miss the remainder of the season.

Brooks (5-10, 157) entered the season ranked the No. 22 overall prospect of the Class of 2017 in Dade by The Miami Herald.

“He had surgery to fix the two broken vertebrae and fuse them together,” Merritt said. “He’s still having some issues below his elbows but the prognosis is good.”

September 26, 2015

American Heritage notebook: Marco Wilson in good spirits, Kyshaun Bryan in good health, Patrick Surtain Jr. in good position with FSU offer as a sophomore

I was able to get tons of content from being around the American Heritage Patriots Saturday night at North Miami Stadium in their 36-21 win against Miami Norland on Saturday.

First off, it's great to see four-star 2017 cornerback Marco Wilson doing well in his recovery from surgery on his torn ACL that ended his season in preseason camp.

Five weeks after surgery, he says he has started jogging in the pool. He's going to run track in the spring to get his speed back and will come back hungry for his senior season.

The fortunate thing, in his mind, is that he will have that final year to prove himself after rehab.

Schools haven't slowed down in recruiting Wilson, and he's received the most love from UM, UF, Ohio State, Notre Dame and Alabama.

Wilson's brother, Quincy, of course, is currently a Florida Gator.

Here's everything he had to say in my video interview with him.


One Patriot that is already back in good health is junior running back Kyshaun Bryan. In his second game back from an ankle injury, he carried 15 times and surpassed 100 yards while scoring two touchdowns, including one from 57 yards out.

Bryan inspired his teammates pregame by telling them they needed to come out like the 2001 Miami Hurricanes.

UM is a team Bryan likes in recruiting. Florida, Ohio State, Clemson and Georgia are other schools Bryan insists he's high on (see video interview below).

He wants to go to the UF game against Ole Miss and the Hurricanes game against Clemson.


Sophomore cornerback Patrick Surtain Jr., a 2018 prospect received an FSU offer earlier in the week.

In the video interview below, he mentions how high he is on the Noles, as well as LSU, Alabama and Miami. Current FSU freshman Tarvarus McFadden, an American Heritage alum made a guest appearance too.