October 31, 2015

UM commit James Wiggins to visit Temple, more from South Dade, Homestead, Beach and Miami High

James Wiggins
James Wiggins, South Dade

Three-star South Dade defensive back James Wiggins says he's "very committed" to playing at UM, but he is planning a visit to Temple with South Dade teammate Jawon Hamilton on January 23.

Wiggins (6-0, 190 pounds) currently has Temple and Cincinnati in his top 3, and has previously listed himself as a soft commit to the Miami Herald.

*The two-star running back Hamilton is currently committed to FIU, but Hamilton (5-10, 185) insists "he is still open to recruiting." Currently Temple and Kansas are making strong plays for his services. He plans to visit the Jayhawks very soon and expects to receive an official offer.

Hamilton says, "FIU is always contacting me to show me love and that they care a lot."

Jawon Hamilton_Ivan Smith
Smith (left), Hamilton (right), South Dade

*Two-star South Dade running back Ivan Smith is planning a visit to Bowling Green in January. Smith (5-11, 175) has Bowling Green as his top choice, followed by Cincinnati and Purdue.

*South Dade offensive lineman Boman Swanson has received five offers so far. Swanson's top two are Charlotte and Southern Illinois. Swanson (6-4, 280) has already visited Southern Illinois early in the year and plans to have a final choice by January.

*Two-star 2017 South Dade offensive lineman Kyron Taylor has been reviving interest from Notre Dame and Purdue.

A Marshall commit, Taylor (6-3, 265) said, "Marshall has a great O-line and I really like coach Alex Maribel."

*Two-star Homestead linebacker Rashad Smith is still committed to playing for FAU but is being heavily recruited by Temple and Bowling Green. Smith (6-2, 190) is planning to visit Temple in December.

Smith said on why he likes FAU: "They really have a nice campus."

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Randle Jones, Miami Beach

*Miami Beach wide receiver Randle Jones is being sought out by Massachusetts and FAMU. Jones (6-0, 180) plans to makes his decision after a trip to UMass in December.

*Miami High linebacker Harrison "Burger" Riggins has received two more additional offers since last week, Virginia Union and Shorter University. Riggins (5-9, 175) plans to make his decision as soon as possibly mid-November.

*Miami High defensive back Desmond Fairell is being targeted by Northern Illinois. Northern Illinois is trying to get Fairell (6-1, 195) on an official visit as early as December.

Fairell said, "They have told me that I'm their number one target on their defensive back chart."

*Three-star Miami High wide receiver Keyshawn "Pie" Young will be announcing his decision much earlier than expected. Young (6-0, 190) said, "I'm going to be announcing my decision in December instead of waiting."

*Miami High running back Watraie Jones is getting interest from multiple schools -- in particular West Florida. Jones (5-9, 165) plans to visit West Florida in December after the conclusion of the season.


*All photos by Russell Quinoa//FOR THE MIAMI HERALD

Ridley shines in front of Cristobal, Pierre talks UNC flip

Four-star 2016 Deerfield Beach wide receiver Cavin Ridley was happy he was able to make a few big plays down the field in a game that Alabama offensive line coach and South Florida recruiting specialist Mario Cristobal, formerly the FIU head coach, was able to catch.

Cristobal wasn't the only member of the Crimson Tide present. Ridley's older brother Calvin, already standing out with Bama as a freshman, was also there. Cavin currently has Alabama in his top three with Tennessee and Auburn.

He officially caught two balls for 48 yards and a touchdown but would've been near 150 had other catches down the field, including another touchdown, not been called back for holding.

Here's most of what he was talking about postgame in this interview where we were getting kicked off the field as the band began to play.


Off camera, Ridley added that what he likes about the Volunteers is that three receivers are leaving that could create an opportunity for an impact freshman.

"The key for me is play time, just to make a big impact right away," Ridley said.

On potentially playing together with brother Calvin, Ridley says, "It's just the best fit for me. I just have to get that feeling and feel comfortable."

He adds that Calvin can get in his ear about going to Alabama at times, but that he mostly wants him to make his own decision. 

*James Pierre got us caught up on what led him to flip his UM commitment to UNC two weeks ago.


Among the reasons Pierre switched he says are the facilities, academics and family atmosphere.

It also helps that UNC runs plenty of nickel, and that's a position Pierre could thrive in and find the field early as a nickel corner.

On the Al Golden firing, Pierre said, "I was like, 'Naw.' He's a good man, he takes care of his players, he always hangs around and makes sure that they're good. I don't know why he got fired. It's just a business, basically."

*Pierre isn't the only Buck liking the Tar Heels. Four-star 2017 wide receiver Jerry Jeudy postgame was seen wearing UNC attire under his uniform when he removed his jersey and shoulder pads.

Asked if that was a school he's interested in, Jeudy said, "That's a good school. That'll be one of the schools I'm looking to."

A junior, Jeudy says he has "no top" right now, but lists some of his top offers as Alabama, Tennessee, Georgia, Florida, Ole Miss, Texas and Notre Dame.

October 29, 2015

Recruiting picture taking shape for Booker T. Washington standouts

*Senior receiver Darrius Scott is committed to FIU and also has an offer from Temple. His commitment to FIU is “pretty hard.” Scott had five catches for 94 yards and one touchdown in the first half of Booker T. Washington’s 50-12 win over Edison Thursday night.

*Fellow senior receiver Raymond Flanders has an offer from Cincinnati but he is not committed anywhere yet. Flanders is also receiving interest from UF, Marshall and Appalachian State.

*Quarterback Daniel Richardson is just a freshman, but he’s already received offers from FIU and FAU. Richardson threw for four touchdowns and 270 yards on 15-of-21 passing in the first half against Edison.

*Sophomore defensive end Jaquan Beaver has offers from UM, Cincinnati, FIU, FAU and Ohio. He is also receiving interest from Notre Dame. Beaver’s top three in order right now are UM, FAU and FIU. Beaver dominated Edison’s offensive line Thursday night, recording two sacks and a forced fumble for the Tornadoes.

*Junior defensive back Dedrick Mackey has offers from USF and FAU. The Owls are his favorite at this point. Mackey doesn’t plan to commit any time soon.


October 23, 2015

'Pie' a heavy Michigan lean, other Miami High recruiting notes

Pie Young

Miami High wide receiver Keyshawn "Pie" Young, ranked the No. 2 senior in Dade by the Miami Herald, is strongly leaning toward Michigan.

Young said on his thoughts so far about recruiting, "Go Blue."

The 6-0, 190-pound Young plans to visit Michigan on Nov. 28. Besides the Wolverines, Young is also considering Alabama and Georgia. So far Young has received 25 official offers.

*Unranked Miami High linebacker Harrison "Burger" Riggins has been receiving strong interest from FIU, Appalachian State and Valdosta State. Riggins (5'9, 175 pounds) plans on visting FIU after the season. Riggins says Appalachian State is his top choice.

"I liked the campus a lot and I would really like a chance to get away from home," Riggins said.

*Wide receiver Desmond Fairwell has received strong interest from both Florida and Texas. Fairwell (6-1, 195) plans on unofficially visiting both schools in November.

*Wide receiver Murphy Theodore (5-10, 175) has been in contact and has mutual interest with Nebraska, Temple and Appalachian State.

*Junior quarterback Marcelo Rodriguez has been getting interest from the University of Michigan just like Young. The 6-2, 205-pound Rodriguez has also been getting interest from fellow BIG-10 school Purdue.


October 22, 2015

Mullen to take unofficial to LSU, Victor talks official to OSU

Trayvon Mullen recently decided he'd take an unofficial visit to LSU this weekend to watch the Tigers' homecoming game against Western Kentucky. He'll fly out to Baton Rouge Friday morning instead of checking out the UM-Clemson game like he originally planned.

On top of FSU and LSU, Mullen figures he'll take official visits to Clemson and TCU and will have to figure out a fifth. He wants to knock out a decision in January.

Here's everything he had to say in this video interview with the Miami Herald.


Binjimen Victor still insists his recruitment is wide open.

He's already taken official visits to West Virginia and most recently Ohio State, and says Tennessee, Florida, Louisville and Auburn are all in the mix for his last three official visits.

Victor plans to make his decision at the U.S. Army All-American Game. He discusses all of the above, his three touchdowns on Thursday plus hanging out with Sam Bruce in Columbus, Ohio in the video interview below with the Miami Herald.


EXTRA: This one-on-one touchdown catch in slow motion by Victor is a must-watch.


October 21, 2015

Canes get 2018 commitment from Killian receiver

Killian sophomore wide receiver Daquris Wiggins committed to UM on Wednesday after initially receiving an offer in the spring.

"I felt like I liked the environment there, and I felt like that's where I need to be," Wiggins said. "I like the coaching staff. I like how it's going there."

Wiggins is a big target at 6-3. He caught two touchdowns in an upset victory over South Dade last Thursday.

Miami is the only school thus far to offer the tall, athletic sure-handed receiver who adds that FSU and Purdue are showing plenty of interest and may be close to offering.

Wiggins says he likes how the Cane coaches look out for him, stressing the importance of academics to him and giving him drills he should try on his own.

UM now has six players committed in its 2018 class -- all from Florida.

Wiggins joins 2017 running back and teammate Bentavious Thompson as Cougars committed to play with the Hurricanes. 

Last recruiting cycle UM signed a pair of defensive backs from Killian in Jaquan Johnson and Sheldrick Redwine. Current Miami Dolphin Lamar Miller is also a player that went from the K to the U.

"[Johnson and Redwine] told me they like it. It's hard work. I've got to go over there and work hard if I want to go," Wiggins said. "I just have to stay focused and do everything that I need to do and get better every day."

Wiggins' freshman highlights:


October 20, 2015

AP Florida High School Football rankings - week 9

   Florida High School Football Poll

   By The Associated Press

   The Associated Press Top 10 Florida high school football poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, records, rating points and previous rankings:

Class 8A

                                              Record  Pts Prv

 1. Columbus (15)                               7-0     150 1

 2. Atlantic Community                        7-0     129 T2

 3. Vero Beach                                7-0     112 T2

 4. Flanagan                          6-1     97  4

 5. West Orange                               7-1     79  6

 6. Mandarin                                  7-0     72  7

 7. Apopka                                    7-1     55  8

 8. Kissimmee Osceola                         7-1     38  9

 9. Lake Brantley                             7-0     34  10

10. Deerfield Beach                           6-1     29  NR

  Others receiving votes: South Dade 11, Coral Gables 11, Boca Raton Community 6, Manatee 2.

Class 7A

                                              Record  Pts Prv

 1. Dwyer (10)                                7-0     145 1

 2. Braden River (2)                          7-0     133 3

 3. St. Thomas Aquinas (3)                    6-1     124 4

 4. Kathleen                                  8-0     103 5

 5. Columbia                                  6-1     79  6

 6. Venice                                    6-1     62  2

 7. Buchholz                                  6-1     60  7

 8. Oakleaf                                   6-1     42  8

 9. Plant                                     6-2     34  9

10. Mater Academy                             6-0     17  10

   Others receiving votes: Sickles 11, Palmetto 6, Lakeland 6, South Fort Myers 2, Edgewater 1. 

Class 6A

                                              Record  Pts Prv

 1. Armwood (12)                              7-0     147 1

 2. St. Augustine                             7-0     124 2

 3. Mainland (3)                              7-1     123 3

 4. Navarre                                   8-0     90  5

 5. Naples                                    6-1     86  4

 6. Charlotte                                 7-0     81  7

 7. Miami Central                             6-2     47  8

 8. Niceville                                 6-1     41  T9

 9. Heritage                                  6-1     19  NR

10. Boyd Anderson                             7-1     16  NR

10. Tate                                   6-1     16  NR

   Others receiving votes: Miami Carol City 14, Sebring 10, Miami Norland 7, Matanzas 2, Sunlake 1, Ocala Vanguard 1. 

Class 5A

                                              Record  Pts Prv

 1. Plantation American Heritage (11)         5-1     142 1

 2. Bishop Moore (4)                          7-0     137 2

 3. Hallandale                                6-1     116 3

 4. North Marion                              7-0     106 4

 5. Jesuit                                    8-0     93  5

 6. Wakulla                                   6-1     79  6

 7. Suwannee                                  5-1     48  9

 8. Nature Coast Tech                         7-0     40  10

 9. River Ridge                               7-0     27  NR

10. Palm Bay                                  6-1     22  NR

   Others receiving votes: Bay 7, Coconut Creek 3, Merritt Island 2, Rickards 2, Ponte Vedra 1. 

Class 4A

                                              Record  Pts Prv

 1. Raines (14)                               7-0     157 1

 2. Bolles School (1)                         7-1     139 2

 3. Dunnellon                                 7-0     119 3

 4. Cocoa (1)                                 5-2     102 4

 5. South Sumter                              7-1     84  5

   Others receiving votes: Avon Park 21, Walton 12, Miami Washington 6. 

Class 3A

                                              Record  Pts Prv

 1. Trinity Christian-Jacksonville (15)       7-0     150 1

 2. Lakeland Christian                        8-0     132 2

 3. Clearwater Central Catholic               8-0     123 3

 4. Westminster Christian                     7-1     89  5

 5. Tampa Catholic                            6-1     61  NR

   Others receiving votes: Oxbridge Academy 32, Delray American Heritage 13. 

Class 2A

                                              Record  Pts Prv

 1. University Christian (12)                 6-1     145 1

 2. Northside Christian (3)                   7-0     138 2

 3. Cambridge Christian                       7-0     119 3

 4. Admiral Farragut                          7-1     90  4

 5. Dade Christian                            5-1     49  5

  Others receiving votes: First Baptist 33, Moore Haven 12, Community School of Naples 8, Carrollwood Day 6.

Class 1A

                                              Record  Pts Prv

 1. Fort Meade (13)                           6-0     157 1

 2. Trenton (3)                               7-0     147 2

 3. Pahokee                                   6-1     131 4

 4. Port St. Joe                              5-1     89  5

 5. Blountstown                               7-1     58  NR

   Others receiving votes: Fort White 30, Union County 28.

October 17, 2015

Kyshaun Bryan names favorite, quick hits from American Heritage

Junior running back Kyshaun Bryan said UF is his favorite right now, but Florida State, Miami, Clemson and West Virginia are all coming hard after the four-star junior.

Senior defensive end Brian Burns has Georgia, Florida State and Florida in his top three, but he doesn’t have a favorite at this point. Alabama is also in the mix to get the four-star recruit. Burns was critical in American Heritage’s 21-14 win over Cardinal Gibbons, recording four tackles for loss and recovering a fumble.

Senior tight end Nick Eubanks said LSU, USC and Alabama are trying hard to get a commitment from him. The four-star tight end said he will likely make his decision in either December or January.


October 14, 2015

AP Florida High School Football rankings - week 8

   Florida High School Football Poll

   By The Associated Press

   The Associated Press Top 10 Florida high school football poll, with first-place votes in parentheses, records, rating points and previous rankings:

Class 8A

                                              Record  Pts Prv

 1. Columbus (14)                               6-0     140 1

 2. Atlantic Community                        6-0     111 3

 2. Vero Beach                                  6-0     111 2

 4. Flanagan                                    5-1     86  4

 5. South Dade                                6-0     76  6

 6. West Orange                               6-1     72  5

 7. Mandarin                                  6-0     57  7

 8. Apopka                                    6-1     40  8

 9. Kissimmee Osceola                         6-1     27  9

10. Lake Brantley                             6-0     19  10

   Others receiving votes: Deerfield Beach 15, Coral Gables 10, Boca Raton Community 3, Treasure Coast 2, Manatee 1. 

Class 7A

                                              Record  Pts Prv

 1. Dwyer (12)                                6-0     128 2

 2. Venice                                    6-0     111 3

 3. Braden River                              6-0     96  4

 4. St. Thomas Aquinas (1)                    5-1     94  1

 5. Kathleen                                  7-0     76  6

 6. Columbia                                  5-1     54  9

 7. Buchholz                                  5-1     50  T7

 8. Oakleaf                                   5-1     36  T7

 9. Plant                                     5-2     29  10

10. Mater Academy                             5-0     13  NR

   Others receiving votes: Sickles 10, Lakeland 5, Martin County 5, South Fort Myers 3, Chiles 2, Bartram Trail 1, Palmetto 1, Winter Haven 1.

Class 6A

                                              Record  Pts Prv

 1. Armwood (11)                              6-0     128 2

 2. St. Augustine                             6-0     107 3

 3. Mainland (2)                              6-1     99  1

 4. Naples                                    5-1     86  4

 5. Navarre                                   7-0     72  5

 6. Miami Carol City                          6-1     66  6

 7. Charlotte                                 6-0     64  7

 8. Miami Central                             5-2     32  8

 9. Matanzas                                  6-0     19  10

 9. Niceville                               5-1     19  9

   Others receiving votes: Heritage 8, Boyd Anderson 5, Sebring 5, Palmetto Ridge 3, Tate 1, Choctawhatchee 1. 

Class 5A

                                              Record  Pts Prv

 1. Plantation American Heritage (9)          4-1     120 1

 2. Bishop Moore (4)                          6-0     112 3

 3. Hallandale                                5-1     104 2

 4. North Marion                              7-0     96  4

 5. Jesuit                                    7-0     81  5

 6. Wakulla                                   5-1     54  6

7. Bay                                       6-0     41  8

 8. Rickards                                  5-1     40  7

 9. Suwannee                                  4-1     27  9

10. Nature Coast Tech                         6-0     23  10

   Others receiving votes: Palm Bay 8, River Ridge 7, Coconut Creek 2.

Class 4A

                                              Record  Pts Prv

 1. Raines (12)                               6-0     137 2

 2. Bolles School                             6-1     109 1

 3. Dunnellon                                 6-0     107 4

 4. Cocoa (2)                                 4-2     75  5

 5. South Sumter                              6-1     66  3

   Others receiving votes: Avon Park 28, Walton 24, Glades Central 14.

Class 3A

                                              Record  Pts Prv

 1. Trinity Christian-Jacksonville (13)       6-0     130 1

 2. Lakeland Christian                        7-0     116 2

 3. Clearwater Central Catholic               7-0     105 3

 4. Oxbridge Academy                          5-1     88  5

 5. Westminster Christian                     6-1     45  NR

   Others receiving votes: Delray American Heritage 24, Tampa Catholic 12.

Class 2A

                                              Record  Pts Prv

 1. University Christian (10)                 5-1     125 1

 2. Northside Christian (3)                   6-0     120 2

 3. Cambridge Christian                       6-0     78  NR

 4. Admiral Farragut                          6-1     53  NR

 5. Dade Christian                            4-1     46  3

  Others receiving votes: First Baptist 42, Moore Haven 21, North Florida Christian 21, Community School of Naples 8, Carrollwood Day 6.

Class 1A

                                              Record  Pts Prv

 1. Fort Meade (11)                           6-0     137 1

 2. Trenton (2)                               6-0     127 2

 3. Union County (1)                          6-0     113 3

 4. Pahokee                                   5-1     90  4

 5. Port St. Joe                              4-1     55  5

   Others receiving votes: Blountstown 20, Graceville 6, Madison County 6, Newberry 6. 

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.