October 15, 2015

Under the Radar: Southwest LB Willie Brown

One prospect I've noticed recently that needs to be receiving more recruiting attention is Southwest linebacker Willie Brown.

A leader on the Eagles defense, along with defensive back C.J. McWilliams (a UF commit), he has a great frame and is a sure tackler, but is tremendously under the radar as a senior.

Brown is yet to receive his first offer, but has seen interest from FIU, Louisville, Marshall, Florida A&M, Bethune-Cookman and Alcorn State -- where former teammate in quarterback Deundre Pickett-White plays.

In Southwest's game against Carol City last Thursday at Traz Powell Stadium, Brown would pick his team up and helped the Eagles keep the Chiefs off the scoreboard in the second half -- with most of the Carol City starters still in the game -- after they scored 33 on them in the first, mostly off turnovers offensively that led to solid field position.

Brown showed an ability to shed off blockers and find the ball carrier, registering multiple tackles for loss. He stripped one ball out of the running back's grasp to then recover it, and also recovered another earlier fumble.

"I'm very aggressive. I play from whistle to whistle. Also, I'm violent with my hands," Brown says. "I'm a very motivational player -- love to get my team ready for every game every night I'm on the field. I have the ambition to win, and I'm dedicated to the game no matter who we play."

Brown may not have the ideal height for a linebacker at the next level, but he makes up for it in every other facet.

"I might be undersized for my height, but if college coaches see me in action, the size won't matter," he says.

Southwest coach Tim Neal lists his athletic ability, explosive style and football knowledge as his strongest points.

You'll see on the tape below how versatile he is, also playing defensive end.

You can catch Brown and the Eagles play Coral Reef Friday at 4 p.m. at Southridge in a critical District 15-8A game.

October 13, 2015

Sights from Dionte Mullins Under Armour All-America jersey presentation plus eligibility update

This post is about Dionte Mullins being named to the Under Armour All-America Game and being presented with his jersey on Tuesday, but I'll start with a quick update on his eligibility because many fans have been asking and want to see the four-star UM commit get back on the field.

Mullins, who hasn't played yet in this his senior season, first became ineligible academically during his junior year after football season. He has since been working to get his GPA back over the necessary 2.0 mark for FHSAA eligibility (Gulliver still requires a 2.3 GPA internally).

The next opportunity for a GPA boost, according to Melissa Sullivan, principal of one of the Gulliver campuses, would come in two weeks when semester grades are released.

By that math, Mullins would remain out for Thursday's big district game against Booker T. Washington and then a meeting with Champagnat before potentially retaining eligibility Oct. 30 on a trip to Delray American Heritage. The regular season finale against Chaminade and a regional playoff run would follow if there are any delays.

“He is working toward getting his GPA where it needs to be, and we have the resources in place to help him get there," Sullivan said.

So that's where it stands now as Mullins is working hard in the classroom to get back on the field, which is where a lot of local fans, especially UM fans, want to see him.

Now to the celebration on Tuesday, which was Mullins being presented his Under Armour All-American jersey.


Here are some of the images.

He had family there, as well as teammates and fellow UM commits. From left to right: 2017 running back Robert Burns, Mullins, 2016 athlete Cedrick Wright and 2016 defensive end Joseph Jackson.

 The game will be played in Orlando on Jan. 2 and televised on ESPN 2.


James Pierre flips commitment from UM to UNC

Is this the start of the fallout for UM following the loss to FSU?

Three-star safety out of Deerfield Beach, James Pierre, announced on Twitter Tuesday that he has decided to decommit from the Hurricanes and join the North Carolina recruiting class.

In an interview with 247 Sports, Pierre said his mother wanted him to get away from the "craziness" in South Florida.

Pierre, who committed to the Canes in May, told Scout in July that his recruitment was becoming a two-team race with the Tar Heels jumping into the picture.

Pierre adds to the list of 2016 prospects to decommit from Miami, which includes Coral Gables running back Amir Rasul (FSU), Pahokee athlete McArthur Burnett (UF), Flanagan safety Devin Gil (Michigan), Cocoa defensive back Chauncey Gardner (UF), Lake Gibson defensive tackle Keyshon Camp (USC) and Fort Scott (Kansas) CC defensive tackle Walvenski Aime (FSU).


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.