January 30, 2016

Jon Ford breaks down UM commitment

Jon Ford
Photo provided by Ford

Dillard four-star defensive end Jon Ford bolstered UM's 2017 recruiting class with a commitment Saturday afternoon.

Ford announced the news on Twitter with a pretty cool Photoshop job of him gracing an ESPN the Magazine cover.

On the timing of the commitment, Ford told me he felt he "had to jump on the boat early. Miami is rebuilding."

Ford added that he thinks the Hurricanes can develop into national champions.

With a full year to go before his Signing Day, Ford is pretty certain he'll stick with the Canes all the way through.

"For right now, yes," he said when asked if his decision is final.

Ford took a liking to the new coaching staff, especially head coach Mark Richt.

"He keeps it real and is a great man," Ford said. "I will love to play for him one day."

He also liked what he heard from defensive coordinator Manny Diaz and defensive line coach Craig Kuligowski.

"Back to the basics -- getting to the quarterback as soon as possible," he says of the defense they tell him they're trying to run. "They don't believe in waiting. They want to execute now. They like aggressive playing -- no sitting on the line reading."

The Hurricanes now have 11 commitments in a 2017 class that currently ranks third nationally, according to 247 Sports.com.

Here's the junior highlight reel for the U's newest commit.

January 29, 2016

Dade/Broward decisions to keep an eye on as National Signing Day approaches

Here are some quick hits on the top scenarios to follow as we wind down on the end of the 2016 recruiting cycle. These prospects are either undecided or are committed but have other schools giving them something to think about before National Signing Day.

Brian Burns, American Heritage 5-star DE: The blue-chip prospect, Army All-American and No. 2 overall senior in Broward County (behind Nick Bosa), according to the Miami Herald, will choose between UF, FSU, Georgia and Alabama. FSU is getting the final visit as Burns has seen all four campuses since the recruiting dead period ended (Jan. 15).

Trayvon Mullen, Coconut Creek 4-star CB: The ultra-talented Army All-American from the #CreekBoyz has a final five of FSU, LSU, Clemson, TCU and Louisville. The first three of the five have consistently been atop his list of college choices. He has taken all his visits and will make his decision live on ESPNU at 8:45 a.m. on National Signing Day.

Keyshawn "Pie" Young, Miami High 3-star WR: It's been reported that Louisville, USC and Michigan are Pie's final three heading into Signing Day. The Wolverines have been a favorite of Dade's No. 6-ranked senior for some time now.

Dredrick Snelson, Flanagan 3-star WR: The Under Armour All-American who has won four state championships at three different schools has been a Minnesota commit since before the season, but it's a soft commitment. Snelson will check out Penn State this final weekend and also went to UCF on Jan. 15. 

Rashad Weaver, Cooper City 3-star DE: After getting dropped from Jim Harbaugh's class with Michigan within a week and a half of Signing Day, Weaver has spent the week receiving a whirlwind of recruiting interest and offers. He is taking visits to Pittsburgh and Penn State and has already been to USF and Temple.

Zack Moss, Hallandale 3-star RB: A Utah commit who took his Utes visit the weekend of Jan. 22 takes a trip to Tennessee the weekend before Signing Day. The one-time Hurricane commit will determine if it's enough to sway him from Utah, where Hallandale teammates Tyler Huntley and Demari Simpkins are already enrolled.

Vosean Joseph, Norland 3-star OLB: A UF commit, the Gators got his final official visit (Jan. 22) before he went to Texas for the USA vs. Canada Independence Bowl and Alabama had him grace its campus the previous weekend. He hasn't made his decision final but feels he's likely to stick to his UF commitment when he revisits his recruitment upon his return to Miami on Monday.

CJ McWilliams, Southwest 3-star DB: Another UF commit, he has UM on him heavy, and according to coach Tim Neal, the Jan. 22 visit -- which he took to UM because he had to cancel plans to check out UNC with the snow storm in the Mid-Atlantic -- is giving McWilliams something to think about with regards to potentially staying home with the Hurricanes. The Gators will try to convince him not to back off his May pledge, hosting him on campus the final weekend before Signing Day.

Aaron Thompson, Dillard 3-star DT: He recently committed to Maryland, but South Carolina will get one final shot at swaying him with a weekend visit.

Eric Mitchell, Miami Central 3-star DE/OLB: Recently listed his top three as Louisville, UCF and Colorado to the Miami Herald.

Jerron Rollins, Columbus 3-star WR: Without having taken any other visit, Cincinnati will get a look from the tall, talented Explorers receiver the final weekend before Signing Day. The Bearcats are the favorites to land him over Washington State, Middle Tennessee, FAU and Syracuse if all goes well on the trip.

Freddie Pinder, Southridge 3-star WR: The highly-touted prospect may not sign anywhere on Signing Day and go the junior college route instead. We will see as Wednesday approaches.

Montray Smith, Carol City 3-star WR: The 6-4 Carol City receiver is on a Southern Illinois visit over the weekend.

Jamal Smith, American 3-star DE: Since committing and then decommitting from UCF, Smith says USF and Youngstown State are his top choices. He says he's considering many more schools, so look out for another team to pop up. Pitt was a school he was high on during the season.

Jahcour Pearson, Flanagan 3-star WR: The speedster who had a monster state championship game is choosing between Western Kentucky and Northern Illinois and will announce on Monday.

Harvey Clayton, Coral Reef 3-star DB: Doing a Middle Tennessee State and Illinois combined visit final weekend before Signing Day. Louisville, FIU and Temple also in the mix for former Louisville commit.

Antione Webster, American 3-star DB: Webster is waiting to announce on Signing Day. Massachusetts is a school that's been trending in the recruitment of the long, athletic DB. His other finalists are unknown.

Keelen Roberts, Carol City 3-star DB: Will be visiting Northern Illinois this weekend and is also trying to squeeze in an FIU visit.

Val Mayes, Norland 3-star DB: Likely not to sign on Signing Day as he looks to up his ACT score on Feb. 6. Upon receiving his results, he hopes to follow up on interest from N.C. State, Mississippi State and Illinois.

Ivan Smith, South Dade 2-star RB: Visiting Northern Illinois over the weekend and may commit.

Keldrick Cesar, Edison 3-star OL: Previously had received offers from schools like USF, FIU, Syracuse, Middle Tennessee State and Samford, as well as interest from UM and UF, but he may now be signing with Bethune-Cookman.

Bryce Handy, Gulliver 3-star LB: Will be choosing between Eastern Illinois and UT-Martin. Eastern Kentucky may be making a late push.

Jordan Robinson, Norland 2-star WR: The tall, athletic under-the-radar receiver for the Vikings went to NIU for the weekend after the Huskies went in-home with him earlier in the week.

Deion Jackson, *former* Hallandale 3-star CB: The great unknown. Before the end of the season, Jackson swiftly moved to Jacksonville citing personal reasons and never really said goodbye to anybody at Hallandale. A report since has said he enrolled at Mandarin High while in Jacksonville and was looking to come back to South Florida at South Broward, but South Broward coach Devon Georgia has not heard of such a transpiration. Jackson is no longer on UM commitment lists and we have no idea where he is.

Follow @DavidFurones90 on Twitter for recruiting updates from now through Signing Day.

Former UM commit Wiggins announces commitment to Cincinnati

Three-star South Dade defensive back James Wiggins announced a commitment to Cincinnati early Friday morning.

"I really like the school and the coaches," Wiggins said. "They made me feel like I was part of the family."

Wiggins, the No. 14 Miami-Dade prospect according to the Miami Herald, was a soft UM commit until he decided to back off his pledge on Jan. 21 after not hearing much from the new coaching staff.

Wiggins was always high on the Bearcats, even during the season (as noted in this October blog post). The Jan. 15 official visit he took helped in securing his eventual commitment, although at the time he was still committed to the Hurricanes.

Cincinnati has been known to recruit South Florida well and will be in the mix for several other prospects as Signing Day approaches.

Follow @DavidFurones90 on Twitter for recruiting updates from now through Signing Day.

Parchment lets Northern Illinois commitment be known

Three-star Cypress Bay wide receiver Andrew Parchment had been committed to Northern Illinois for a week, but he wanted to keep it low key for a National Signing Day announcement.

After meeting with wide receivers coach Thad Ward and offensive coordinator Mike Uremovich Friday morning, he couldn't keep the secret any longer.

Parchment (the No. 46 prospect in the Miami Herald's Broward rankings), a former Cincinnati commit, announced that he chose the Huskies over Western Michigan, Syracuse and FAU after originally committing to the staff on Jan. 22.

"It's just a great all-around fit, bunch of players from South Florida that I get along with real well," Parchment said. "Coach Ward [is a] great wide receivers coach. Me and him really kicked it off when we started connecting."

Indeed, Northern Illinois has its share of South Florida talent on the roster with former Cardinal Gibbons receiver Christian Blake, Miramar cornerback Jeffrey Hill and Pace's Bobby Jones IV and Albert Smalls, as well as four more players to come out of Palm Beach County.

The Huskies are also vying for other South Florida prospects in 2016, including Flanagan speedster Jahcour Pearson, who could potentially become an ideal complement at wide receiver to the 6-3 Parchment.

Here are Parchment's senior highlights:

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Recruiting commitment list: Where the 2016 recruits in Dade, Broward are going

With less than a week to go before National Signing Day there are 87 seniors from Miami-Dade and Broward County committed to play at Football Bowl Subdivision schools.

There will be more come Wednesday when athletes across the nation sign National Letters of Intent and make it official. 

But for now, here is a list of local standouts and where they are committed to go by their respective FBS conference and school.


ACC: 16 (UM 6, Syracuse 4, FSU 3, North Carolina 1, N.C. State 1, Duke 1) 
Big Ten: 15 (Michigan 5, Ohio State 2, Illinois 2, Wisconsin 2, Maryland 2, Purdue 1, Nebraska 1)
Conference USA: 12 (FIU 5, FAU 5, Western Kentucky 1, Kent State 1)
SEC: 9 (Florida 4, Vanderbilt 1, Tennessee 1, Georgia 1, Arkansas 1, South Carolina 1)
MAC: 9 (Toledo 5, UMass 1, Akron 1, Bowling Green 1, Northern Illinois 1)
Pac 12: 8 (Utah 4, Oregon State 2, Colorado 2)
American: 7 (UCF 3, Navy 2, USF 1, Tulane 1)
Independents: 4 (Army 3, Notre Dame 1)
Mountain West: 4 (Air Force 2, Nevada 1, Colorado State 1)
Big 12: 3 (Iowa State 2, Kansas 1)


University of Miami (6)
Sam Bruce, WR, St. Thomas Aquinas, 5-8, 180 (Miami) 4-star
Dionte Mullins, WR, Gulliver Prep, 5-10 1/2 (Miami) 4-star
Joseph Jackson, DE, Gulliver Prep, 6-5, 245 (Miami) 4-star
Malek Young, CB, Coconut Creek, 5-9 1/2, 182 (Miami) 3-star
Cedrick Wright, S, Gulliver Prep, 5-9, 180 (Miami) 3-star
Michael Irvin II, TE, St. Thomas Aquinas, 6-3, 220 (Miami) 3-star

FIU (5)
Donavan Thompson, OLB, Miami Central, 5-10, 211 (FIU) 3-star
Anthony Gaiter IV, WR, Westminster Christian, 5-10, 160 (FIU) 3-star
Jose Borregales, K, Booker T. Washington, 5-11, 180 (FIU) 3-star
Shakur Cooper, LB, Coral Gables, 6-0, 200 (FIU) 2-star
Darrius Scott, WR, Booker T. Washington, 5-10, 175 (FIU) 2-star

FAU (5)
Korel Smith, CB, Miramar, 5-10, 173 (FAU) 3-star
John Raine, TE, Westminster Christian, 6-3, 235 (FAU) 2-star
Bradley Clement, LB, American Heritage, 5-10, 227 (FAU) 2-star
James Charles, RB, St. Thomas Aquinas, 5-9, 190 (FAU) 2-star
Robbie Stewart, DL, Westminster Christian, 6-4, 245 (FAU)

Michigan (5)
Devin Bush Jr., LB, Flanagan, 5-11, 226 (Michigan) 4-star
Nick Eubanks, TE, American Heritage, 6-6, 230 (Michigan) 3-star
Joshua Uche, DE, Columbus, 6-2, 212 (Michigan) 3-star
Josh Metellus, S, Flanagan, 6-0, 187 (Michigan) 3-star
Devin Gil, S, Flanagan, 6-1, 205 (Michigan) 3-star

Toledo (5)
Neru N'Shaka, WR, Hallandale, 5-10, 180 (Toledo) 3-star
Calvin Jackson, WR, Coral Springs Charter, 5-9, 160 (Toledo) 3-star
Desmond Phillips, ATH, Jackson, 5-11, 170 (Toledo) 3-star
Jamal Hudson, S, Miami Central, 6-0, 185 (Toledo) 2-star
David Hood, DT, Carol City, 6-1, 265 (Toledo) 2-star

Florida (4)
Joshua Hammond, WR, Hallandale, 6-0 1/2, 180 (Florida) 4-star
Vosean Joseph, OLB, Norland, 6-2, 210 (Florida) 3-star
Aaron Robinson, CB, Deerfield Beach, 6-1, 178 (Florida) 3-star
Christopher McWilliams, CB, Southwest, 5-11, 164 (Florida) 3-star

Syracuse (4)
Jaquwan Nelson, DE, Fort Lauderdale, 6-4, 230 (Syracuse) 3-star
Kenneth Ruff, ILB, Dillard, 6-1, 240 (Syracuse) 3-star 
Rashad Smith, LB, Homestead, 6-2, 184 (Syracuse) 3-star
McKinley Williams, DT, Dillard, 6-5, 255 (Syracuse)

UCF (4)
Dontay Mayfield, WR, Gulliver Prep, 6-1, 180 (UCF) 3-star
Boman Swanson, OT, South Dade, 6-4, 260 (UCF) 3-star
Jawon Hamilton, RB, South Dade, 5-9, 185 (UCF) 3-star
Bryon Brown, CB, Norland, 6-1, 166 (UCF) 3-star

Utah (4)
Tyler Huntley, QB, Hallandale, 6-2, 200 (Utah) 3-star
Demari Simpkins, WR, Hallandale, 6-0, 176 (Utah) 3-star
Zack Moss, RB, Hallandale, 5-10, 205 (Utah) 3-star
Devontae Henry-Cole, RB, St. Thomas Aquinas, 5-9, 190 (Utah) 3-star

Army (3)
Christian Gomez, LB, Cypress Bay, 6-1, 205 (Army) 3-star
Justin Thomas, S, Chaminade-Madonna, 6-2, 180 (Army) 2-star
Javhari Bourdeau, CB, Flanagan, 5-10, 175 (Army) 2-star

Florida State (3)
Jamel Cook, ATH, Miami Central, 6-4, 190 (Florida State) 4-star
Amir Rasul, RB, Coral Gables, 5-10, 200 (Florida State) 4-star
Emmett Rice, OLB, Norland, 6-3, 195 (Florida State) 3-star

Colorado (2)
Johnny Huntley, WR, South Plantation, 6-3, 207 (Colorado) 3-star
Anthony Julmisse, RB, South Plantation, 6-1, 186 (Colorado) 3-star

Illinois (2)
Dominic Thieman, WR, St. Thomas Aquinas, 6-3, 184 (Illinois) 3-star
James McCourt, K, St. Thomas Aquinas, 6-1, 185 (Illinois) 3-star

Iowa State (2)
Romelo Webster, S, Hallandale, 5-11, 178 (Iowa State) 3-star
Keenan Forbes, OL, Everglades, 6-3, 310 (Iowa State) 2-star

Maryland (2)
Elijah Daniels, S, Cardinal Gibbons, 5-11, 187 (Maryland) 3-star
Elisha Daniels, CB, Cardinal Gibbons, 6-0, 180 (Maryland) 3-star

Navy (2)
Gregori McCrae, RB, Miramar, 5-10, 173 (Navy) 3-star
Dawun Hylton, CB, American, 6-0, 175 (Navy) 3-star

Ohio State (2)
Nick Bosa, DE, St. Thomas Aquinas, 6-4, 265 (Ohio State) 5-star
Binjimen Victor, WR, Coconut Creek, 6-3 3/4, 177 (Ohio State) 4-star

Oregon State (2)
Kenny Turnier, DE, Miami Central, 6-4, 230 (Oregon State) 3-star
Shemar Smith, OLB, Jackson, 6-1, 210 (Oregon State) 3-star

Wisconsin (2)
Dontye Carriere-Williams, CB, St. Thomas Aquinas, 5-11, 185 (Wisconsin) 3-star
Dallas Jeanty, ILB, Fort Lauderdale, 6-0, 220 (Wisconsin) 3-star

Air Force (2)
Corey Lane, RB, Northwestern, 5-9, 175 (Air Force) 2-star
Isaiah Sampson, CB, Cypress Bay, 5-8, 172 (Air Force)

Akron (1)
Kato Nelson, QB, Flanagan, 6-0, 175 (Akron) 3-star

Arkansas (1)
Alexy Jean-Baptiste, OLB, Coconut Creek, 6-3, 205 (Arkansas) 3-star

Bowling Green (1)
Shemar Jean-Charles, CB, Miramar, 5-10, 165 (Bowling Green) 3-star

Colorado State (1)
James Sutton, LB, Westminster Christian, 6-0, 211 (Colorado State) 2-star

Duke (1)
Terrell Lucas, DE, Miramar, 6-3, 224 (Duke) 3-star

Kansas (1)
Khalil Herbert, RB, American Heritage, 5-10, 195 (Kansas) 3-star

Georgia (1)
Riley Ridley, WR, Deerfield Beach, 6-1 1/2, 198 (Georgia) 4-star

Kent State (1)
Kion Holder, S, Norland, 5-11, 185 (Kent State) 2-star

Nevada (1)
Jaxson Kincaide, RB, St. Thomas Aquinas, 5-8, 185 (Nevada) 3-star

Northern Illinois (1)
Andrew Parchment, WR, Cypress Bay, 6-3, 180 (Northern Illinois) 3-star

N.C. State (1)
C.J. Riley, WR, North Broward Prep, 6-4, 180 (N.C. State) 3-star

Nebraska (1)
DiCaprio Bootle, CB, Southridge, 5-11, 175 (Nebraska) 3-star

North Carolina (1)
James Pierre, S, Deerfield Beach, 6-1 1/2, 174 (North Carolina) 3-star

Notre Dame (1)
Deon McIntosh, RB, Cardinal Gibbons, 5-11, 175 (Notre Dame) 3-star

Purdue (1)
Brandon Shuman, CB, Gulliver Prep, 5-11, 167 (Purdue) 3-star

South Carolina (1)
Keir Thomas, DE, Miami Central, 6-2, 249 (South Carolina) 3-star

Tennessee (1)
Brandon Johnson, WR, American Heritage, 6-3, 175 (Tennessee) 3-star

Tulane (1)
Obinna Nwankwo, OL, Miramar, 6-3, 260 (Tulane) 3-star

UMass (1)
Antione Webster, S, American, 6-0, 185 (UMass) 3-star

USF (1)
Darnell Salomon, WR, Miami Central, 6-3, 210 (USF) 4-star

Vanderbilt (1)
Frank Coppet, CB, St. Thomas Aquinas, 5-10, 177 (Vanderbilt) 3-star

Western Kentucky (1)
Chris Cotto, Hallandale, WR, 5-11, 180 (Western Kentucky) 3-star

** NOTE: Star rankings are based on 247Sports Composite rankings, which combine all of the major recruiting services ratings into one. 

January 28, 2016

American Heritage TE Nick Eubanks commits to Michigan

The recruiting picture for a pair of elite undecided seniors from Plantation American is halfway to the point of being completely clear.

Four-star tight end Nick Eubanks, a 6-6 freak of an athlete, pledged to Michigan on Thursday upon visiting the Wolverines starting Wednesday.

He sent out this tweet.

Eubanks had also visited Alabama the weekend of Jan. 15 and has a visit to UF scheduled for the final weekend before National Signing Day. It's unclear if he will still take that visit to the Gators, which he had visited unofficially previously.

Jim Harbaugh and the Wolverines continue to take charge in South Florida, adding to a list of commits that includes Columbus defensive end Josh Uche and Flanagan trio of linebacker Devin Bush Jr. and safeties Devin Gil and Josh Metellus.

As for the other top undecided Heritage prospect, five-star defensive end Brian Burns, the decision clearly won't be an easy one for him, as indicated in his tweet below.

January 27, 2016

Alabama battling for Gator commit Vosean Joseph

Vosean Joseph
Miami Norland four-star linebacker Vosean Joseph has been committed to UF since February 2015, but will he sign with the Gators on Feb. 3, 2016?

Alabama is still battling Florida for his services. Joseph visited Tuscaloosa on Jan. 15 and UF this past weekend.

While in interviews with Scout and SEC Country, Joseph rated the Gator visit a 12 out of 10 and said, "I know where I want to go, and that's UF," he now insists the Crimson Tide is still in consideration.

Between the two SEC powerhouses, Joseph said he's "not sure yet" in a message to the Miami Herald but gave his current commitment to UF 2 to 1 odds to stick on Signing Day.

Joseph is in Texas for the USA vs. Canada International Bowl on Sunday and returns to Miami on Monday. He will revisit his recruitment and make an ultimate decision then.

Joseph also visited West Virginia and Syracuse in November. He lists the Mountaineers and Orange each as a distant third that have a "10-percent" chance of signing him.

Follow @DavidFurones90 on Twitter for recruiting updates from now through Signing Day.

January 26, 2016

Cooper City DE Rashad Weaver sees wave of recruiting interest

Not even 24 hours after Cooper City defensive end Rashad Weaver decommitted from Michigan with an announcement on Twitter that caught many followers' attention, college coaches swarmed to his high school to sway the talented pass rusher.

After announcing on Monday his decision to back off of the Wolverines -- which had essentially backed off entirely in recruiting him -- Weaver had a "hectic" day Tuesday hosting prospective schools.

He received offers from UCF, Hawaii, Iowa State, East Carolina, Kansas and Toledo.

He also was visited by Kentucky, Arkansas, Indiana and Pittsburgh, who didn't offer but advised him one could come if he reciprocates interest to them as Signing Day (Wednesday, Feb. 3) approaches.

On Wednesday, Weaver expects to host Penn State, Iowa State, Virginia, Minnesota and possibly UNLV among others that my surprise him. Duke visited him on Monday.

"They said they all knew me but never contacted me 'cause they all assumed [I was] 100-percent to Michigan, which I was," Weaver said.

Here's what Weaver's decommitment announcement read:

"After being committed for about seven months and receiving little to no contact from staff, I was informed by coach [Jim] Harbaugh that there is a 50/50 chance that he would or would not have room for me on [National Signing Day]. So I was basically a Plan B, and I know within myself I am not a Plan B player. I was offered a [preferred walk-on] spot or to go to prep school, but that isn't an option for me when I have multiple other Division-I offers. I believe I'm better than that. But it's OK; it's all business...

"I am upset about the whole situation, but I will find a new school that I love and that shows me they want me. I WILL STRIVE THERE ON AND OFF THE FIELD WHEREVER I ATTEND."

Weaver hopes to decide what school(s) will get an official visit from him on Wednesday. He's already taken officials to USF and Temple.

Weaver was "very" surprised at how quickly all the schools that visited him reacted to his decommitment.

Does he wish he would've decommitted earlier?

"Somewhat," he says. "But on the other hand, I loved Michigan and wanted to see how it was going to play out."

Weaver's senior season highlights:

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January 25, 2016

Sam Bruce staying home

Bruce Richt
Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas four-star wide receiver Sam Bruce has been committed to the Miami Hurricanes for the past 18 and a half months.

But all that matters is the school he signs with on National Signing Day in nine days. On Monday, Bruce reaffirmed one final time that it would indeed be UM on the Tony Sands Show on BBS Radio.

“The next three-four years, I will be playing football at the University of Miami,” Bruce said on the radio show Monday night.

The explosive and agile 5-8 receiver, who began receiving FBS scholarship offers his freshman season, stuck with the Hurricanes despite growing chatter that he would go elsewhere after the firing of former coach Al Golden and dismissal of wide receivers coach Kevin Beard.

“Who doesn’t want to play [at] home, man? I’m playing in front of my people, playing in front of my city,” Bruce said. “I’ve been playing here forever, and I don’t want to take that away from my people.

“I want to play in front of my fans that have been my fans since the beginning.”

Bruce came to his final decision on Sunday night after a discussion with his family upon returning from his official visit to UM.

“I just felt at home,” he said of the visit.

His mother Tracye Wilkerson, who has been known to play a major role in helping Bruce decide, joined the radio show moments before Bruce for an interview.

Bruce’s other finalists were Ohio State and South Carolina. He visited the Buckeyes in October and the Gamecocks on Jan. 15.

Bruce was also previously considering the Florida Gators but eliminated them when he scratched his visit scheduled for the past weekend and replaced it with the decisive trip to Coral Gables, which he moved up from its original Jan. 29 date.

Bruce won’t get to play for the wide receivers coach he dreamed he would end up with throughout the recruiting process, but he was able to grow at peace with that reality over time.

“Of course it affected me, knowing that if I chose Miami that I wouldn’t be able to be coached by Kevin Beard,” Bruce said. “I just had to sit down with my family and do all the praying about it and come to a decision.”

Bruce had previously said UM's decision on Beard would "make a factor."

"There's no guarantee that I would leave the University of Miami, but it'll be something to definitely think about," he said after the Under Armour All-America game on Jan. 2 before a final decision had been made on Beard. UM has since hired former USF wide receivers coach Ron Dugans.

Beard was known to be close to Bruce as a long-time mentor. He coached him at Davie University School, where Bruce played as a freshman and sophomore before transferring to Aquinas.

Bruce had 46 receptions for 427 yards and four receiving touchdowns plus three more rushing touchdowns as a senior on Class 7A state champion St. Thomas Aquinas.

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Syracuse making an imprint on recruiting South Florida

It's no secret Syracuse is trying to make its impression recruiting South Florida.

It certainly has, and the Orange's efforts were truly solidified over the weekend.

Syracuse got three commitments from South Florida football prospects with Dillard defensive lineman McKinley Williams, Fort Lauderdale defensive end Jaquwan Nelson (a former UM commit) and Homestead safety/linebacker Rashad Smith.

This adds to a 2016 class that already had a commitment from Dillard linebacker Kenneth Ruff. The Orange have three more senior commits outside of Dade and Broward in the state of Florida.

Syracuse has been hot overall in recruiting lately as eight of its 21 current commitments came over the weekend and 12 since the new year.

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