Senior safety James Pierre reaffirmed how strong his UM commitment is, stating it is "very firm" after Deerfield Beach defeated Cypress Bay 35-14 on Friday night.
Pierre added he doesn't see his mind changing before National Signing Day.
The three-star commit made five tackles in the win over the Lightning, including a touchdown-saving tackle late in the first half as the last man to beat.
Cavin Ridley, the Miami Herald's sixth-best senior in Broward County, is down to a top three and it's all SEC: Tennessee, Alabama and Auburn.
Ridley, a four-star recruit, took a screen pass 70 yards for a touchdown on the opening play of the game and finished with five catches for 123 yards. His older brother Calvin currently attends Alabama.
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.
South Dade took down Coral Reef 40-24 in the season opener, and there were plenty of athletes from down south that stood out.
Before we get into that, let me note that the fight the Barracudas exhibited under new head coach Javi Valdes was exemplary. Trailing 34-7 at halftime and the game looking like it was headed toward a running clock, Coral Reef responded to get it to 34-17 midway through the third and looked like it could mount a comeback. South Dade just ultimately proved to be too much for the young Barracudas.
UM commit James Wiggins played center field at safety in South Dade's defensive scheme in the opener. Wiggins says the team will use him either there or at corner throughout the season. The Canes are recruiting the three-star senior at cornerback.
He appeared to cramp up a little bit but proved fine shortly thereafter with some nifty moves on a punt return where he slipped a few tackles. Wiggins was held out most of the spring with a swollen knee.
Wiggins says he will look around and take visits other than the one he already has planned for UM on January 22. Other schools coming after Wiggins are Cincinnati, Purdue and USF.
Coral Reef 2018 running back Jordon Donaldson is going to be something special. In his first regular-season varsity game, he reeled off 125 yards and a touchdown on 12 carries. He broke about three tackles bursting through the trenches on his 25-yard scamper for a score.
"Jordon Donaldson is going to be a special player in Dade County. We're looking forward to showing his talents," Valdes said.
Donaldson also led Reef in rushing in the preseason game against Pace.
The South Dade running back tandem of Jawon Hamilton and Ivan Smith is going to be one of the best in Dade County this season. Hamilton ran for 128 yards and two touchdowns. Smith, the Columbus transfer, took his first touch as a Buccaneer all the way back on the opening kickoff and added two more rushing touchdowns.
"That's the luxury of having both of them," South Dade coach Nate Hudson says. "I like the fact that they go hand in hand. Neither one is selfish. They feed off each other."
Smith has offers from Florida A&M and Bowling Green. He's also receiving interest from Illinois, Purdue and hearing a little bit from UM.
Hamilton, the FIU commit, could've easily surpassed 200 yards had two long runs not been called back by holding calls. A strong South Dade O-line that consists of Mike Davis and Marshall commit Kyron Taylor was without senior Boman Swanson in this one.
Chei Hill, a 2017 linebacker/defensive end that measures up at 6-1 and 220 pounds, already has the build that you look for in that hybrid pass rusher at the next level. He laid a crushing hit as Coral Reef QB Keith Anderson threw on the run on one play.
"Beast" is the word Hudson uses to describe him to college coaches scouting him (I used it too in one of my tweets). Schools after Hill include Illinois, Arkansas and FIU.
Harvey Clayton, who lists Illinois and Louisville among his seven offers, was solid on both sides of the ball for Coral Reef, being used in multiple ways offensively and making some touchdown-saving tackles as the last line of defense at safety for a Barracudas defense that could not contain South Dade's attack.
Other Barracudas that shined:
-Sophomore corner K'Toney Hills displayed his one-on-one ball skills beating his man in single coverage and intercepting a floating pass right before halftime.
-Senior linebacker Tomo Sloane is strong in pursuit of a ball carrier. He made a couple of nice tackles in the open field.
-Sophomore lineman Jaylaan Williams used his big 6-3, 280-pound frame to make several key blocks, including one where he sprung Donaldson for a 57-yard run that got the Cudas down to the 1.
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.
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.