July 11, 2015

Recruiting Roundup: Henry-Cole commits to Utah, Harrison to Southern Illinois

St. Thomas Aquinas running back Devonta'e Henry-Cole announced on Saturday that he is orally committing to Utah.

"I got along with coach [Dennis] Erickson and the coaching staff," the 5-9, 190-pound three-star prospect with 4.4 speed says. "It'a a great school academically and sports, and it's going to be a great feeling playing with my old St. Thomas teammates."

Henry-Cole chose Utah over a list of 11 other offers that included Pittsburgh, Wake Forest, Cincinnati, FIU and FAU. 

He joins former Raider teammates Tyson Cisrow and Chris Hart on the Utes roster.

"[They tell me] that it was nice over there, it's different from Florida and the football program is amazing," Henry-Cole says.

Utah is getting a good one on and off the field.

"As a player, Devonta'e is an explosive, electrifying athlete with exceptional balance, vision and speed," St. Thomas Aquinas coach Roger Harriott says. "Off the field, he's a positive role model for his peers -- an extraordinary person in general. He's the epitome of a character athlete who is loved by all."

HARRISON COMMITS TO SOUTHERN ILLINOIS

A day earlier, Coconut Creek senior quarterback Jhakari Harrison announced a commitment to Southern Illinois.

The 6-1, 180-pound dual-threat quarterback that also had offers from Florida A&M and Bethune-Cookman has been impressive throughout the spring and in 7-on-7 play, including a victory in the South Florida Shootout that UM hosted.

Once he joins the Salukis, he'll eventually compete with another Florida quarterback Southern Illinois took last recruiting cycle in Orlando's Tanner Hearn.

MARSHALL GETS SOUTH DADE LINEMAN

On Thursday, South Dade 2017 offensive guard Kryon Taylor committed to Marshall.

The 6-3, 285-pound junior was impressive in a spring game against Harrison and Coconut Creek in May, drawing the eyes of many coaches on hand.

He's also an elite wrestler as a state runner-up in the 285-pound division.

 

July 07, 2015

Kadeem Telfort flips commitment from UM to UF

Miami Norland junior offensive tackle Kadeem Telfort announced on Tuesday that he has decommitted from the Miami Hurricanes and is now committed to the Florida Gators.

The 6-6, 310-pound three-star prospect in the class of 2017 made the two announcements within minutes of each other on Twitter.

 

The flip was foreshadowed earlier Tuesday morning by St. Thomas Aquinas quarterback Jake Allen, a 2017 prospect who committed to Florida last Wednesday

 

The Gators now have three commitments in their 2017 class -- all from Miami-Dade or Broward County -- in Telfort, Allen and Deerfield Beach wide receiver Lavarus Tigner.

Their 2016 class includes commitments Joshua Hammond of Hallandale, Vosean Joseph of Norland, Miami Central's Eric Mitchell, Deerfield Beach's Aaron Robinson and Southwest Miami's Christopher McWilliams -- a testament to co-defensive coordinator and linebackers coach Randy Shannon's recruiting work in South Florida.

UM's 2017 class bodes well despite the loss of Telfort as its seven commitments still have the Canes second only to Ohio State in the 247 Sports team rankings.

Telfort's highlights:

July 06, 2015

All in the family: Michael Irvin II commits to Miami Hurricanes

Like father, like son.

St. Thomas Aquinas senior wide receiver/tight end Michael Irvin II announced on Monday that he was committing to the Miami Hurricanes, the alma mater of his father, Hall of Fame wide receiver Michael Irvin, who played at UM from 1985-1987.

The 6-3, 220-pound Irvin II took to Twitter to make the big announcement.

"Although Michael is blazing his own trail, he's excited about attending his father's high school and college alma mater," St. Thomas Aquinas coach Roger Harriott told the Miami Herald. "Miami was his first offer and he's considered himself a Cane for as long as he could remember.

"STA Raider Nation loves the Irvin family and we're elated that Michael II has an opportunity to pursue his childhood dreams."

In 2012, Irvin was quoted in an article by Brian Perroni of 247Sports, jokingly saying his son could not play for any other school.

โ€œMy exact words to Mike were this โ€“ โ€˜There are some choices God gives us and some He doesnโ€™t.โ€™ He canโ€™t choose his mom, his dad, his brothers or sisters or what school he goes to. Everything else, he can choose. He WILL go to the University of Miami,โ€ the article notes Irvin Sr. said laughing.

The dream scenario for the UM legend finally came to fruition as Irvin II, a three-star prospect in the 247 Sports Composite Rankings, chose the Canes over other notable offers from Georgia, Michigan and N.C. State.

It won't be the first time Irvin II follows in his father's footsteps as this April he decided to transfer from Plano (Texas) Prestonwood High to join Irvin's high school alma mater of St. Thomas Aquinas.

Irvin Sr. collected 2,423 yards and 26 touchdowns on 143 receptions in his three years with the Canes before a stellar professional career with the Dallas Cowboys.

Here are Irvin II's highlights from last season in Texas.

 

Florida Christian's Cory del Prado selected to Football University Top Gun Showcase

Florida Christian sophomore quarterback Cory del Prado was selected Football University's Top Gun Showcase, which will take place in Dublin, Ohio from July 16-18.

The 6-2 prospect in the class of 2018 is one of 800 athletes selected nationally to participate in the event led by current and former NFL players and coaches.

Top Gun is the culmination of Football Universityโ€™s 24-camp nationwide camp season gathering elite performers from across the nation and allowing them to compete and display their abilities together on one stage.

For more information on FBU, click here.

July 02, 2015

Commitment may be imminent from Flanagan's Clevan Thomas

Flanagan junior wide receiver Clevan Thomas has had his recruitment pick up this spring and summer with impressive play in 7-on-7 and spring football.

With early offers from Michigan, Louisville and Temple, Thomas may be close to making a decision.

"I might commit to Michigan or Louisville," says Thomas, who transferred to Flanagan from Booker T. Washington this spring.

Thomas says he will attend upcoming camps at Georgia and FSU in hopes of adding offers from the Bulldogs and/or Seminoles. 

Georgia is holding a camp on July 11 and the Jimbo Fisher Football Camp runs July 15-17.

"I'm going to wait till after I do my Georgia and FSU camps, see if I can get me an offer," Thomas says. "If not, then I'm going to commit."

He had similar hopes attending the UM 7-on-7, and even though he "balled," as he put it, the Hurricanes did not offer.

Working in Michigan's favor is that safeties Devin Gil and Josh Metellus, teammates with Thomas at Flanagan, are already committed to the Wolverines.

"It would be a great opportunity to play with my old players -- play with Devin Gil, play with Josh Metellus, who are already committed," Thomas says. 

Thus far, Thomas is content with his move to transfer to the Falcons.

"I've just been moving on up ever since, never getting held back," he says. "I just love Flanagan. They're pushing me to another level, pushing me to work harder. I think I finally found where I'm going to stay at."

Check his highlights from last season with Booker T. below.

 

 

July 01, 2015

Alabama, South Carolina going after UM commit

 

If you ask UM commit Joseph Jackson of Gulliver, Alabama and South Carolina are the two schools still going after him hardest despite his commitment to the Canes.

But in the midst of the push from two SEC powers, Miami fans shouldn't sweat it too much right now.

"I stick to myself as strong," Jackson says of his commitment to UM. "They have a light chance, but they respect that I'm committed to UM."

A teammate of two fellow 2016 UM commits in wide receiver Dionte Mullins and safety Cedrick Wright, as well as 2017 running back Robert Burns, Jackson says he can't speak for them but does feel they also remain solid to the Canes.

A defensive end when the pads come on, Jackson, at 6-5 and 245 pounds, plays middle linebacker in 7-on-7 in the offseason, where he was playing at the Nike Football Opening Team Games this past Saturday at Oxbridge Academy.

"It helps me work on my footwork, my speed, my agility, my reaction on defense," says Jackson, who had an interception in one of his games.

Gulliver has been active in 7-on-7 play this offseason.

"Every 7-on-7 we're trying to get better as a team, in our coverage, in our offense," Jackson says. "We try to memorize every play and try to stay in sync."

A multi-sport athlete, Jackson says he will play basketball as a senior at Gulliver and may run track again.

Jake Allen commits to Florida Gators

St. Thomas Aquinas junior quarterback Jake Allen announced on Wednesday that he has decided to make an oral commitment to the Florida Gators.

A four-star prospect in the class of 2017, according to the 247 Sports composite rankings, Allen chose UF over other early offers from Miami, Pittsburgh, N.C. State and Iowa among others.

"I felt the time was right to pull the trigger," Allen told the Miami Herald in a message. "I want to be a Gator."

The Gators are expected to have redshirt freshman Will Grier compete with sophomore Treon Harris, who played as a freshman out of Booker T. Washington, for the starting job this season. After that, UF has no quarterback commits in its 2016 class and Allen is the only quarterback in its 2017 class of two commitments.

Although never teammates as Allen transferred to St. Thomas from Cardinal Gibbons, Allen would join incoming freshman Jordan Scarlett as Raiders turned Gators in their offense if he ends up signing in 2017.

Predictably, after the announcement, rumors started swirling on whether his two top targets at Aquinas -- Sam Bruce, a UM 2016 commit, and Trevon Grimes, an uncommitted five-star receiver in 2017 -- would follow him to UF.

June 29, 2015

Daewood Davis commits to Syracuse

A little more than two weeks after his commitment to UM wasn't accepted by the Hurricanes due to a miscommunication among the staff about whether he actually had a Miami offer, junior Somerset wide receiver Daewood Davis has decided to commit to Syracuse.

He took to Twitter to make his announcement.

"I feel Syracuse was right for me because I feel that we can can make history with the Orange," Davis said in a message to the Miami Herald.

The 6-2 class of 2017 prospect with reported 4.3-second speed in the 40-yard dash initially announced a commitment to UM on June 12 but then found his commitment was not accepted. He said he was offered a month earlier by defensive coordinator Mark D'Onofrio, but the rest of coaching staff was unaware of the offer he thought he had on the table.

At that point Davis said UM was telling him it would eventually accept his commitment, and Davis was still listing UM as his leader but opted to commit to Syracuse on Monday.

 

June 27, 2015

Sights from The Opening Team Games

The Nike Football Opening Team Games were held at West Palm Beach Oxbridge Academy on Saturday.

They had 16 South Florida 7-on-7 teams in total and four different fields running at a time.

In the end, Carol City cruised to a 44-23 victory in the championship game against Flanagan. This picture below was taken during the celebration over one of the Chiefs' interceptions in the contest.

Carol City INT

Quarterback Stephen "Buckshot" Calvert was phenomenal in finding his receivers consistently. Here's his one-on-one interview with the Miami Herald.

 

While Carol City won the 7-on-7 team tournament, Flanagan's runner-up finish plus victories in the individual skills competition at quarterback, wide receiver and 40-yard challenges were enough to put the Falcons over the top in overall points.

Dirty Birds

One of the players on the host team is four-star running back and UM commit Travis Homer, who took a second to show his allegiance to the cameras.

Travis Homer

A UM decommit not too long ago who has since jumped on board with the Michigan Wolverines in what's appearing to develop into a little bit of a pipeline between Flanagan and Michigan, Devin Gil was held out due to an arm injury but took a second to show love to Michigan throwing up the M.

Devin Gil

You'll want to stay tuned to the blog as interviews with both Homer and Gil are coming, as well as updates on Darnell Salomon, Joseph Jackson and Clevan Thomas.

June 26, 2015

Nike Football Opening team games on Saturday

The Nike Football Opening team games in South Florida are slated for Saturday morning at West Palm Beach Oxbridge Academy.

Each school's 7-on-7 team team will play four games and then have individuals participate in a series of skill challenges that will aggregate points toward a collective team score.

Miami-Dade and Broward schools participating include:

Flanagan

Carol City

Coconut Creek

Southridge

Coral Reef

Gulliver

Columbus

Deerfield Beach

McArthur

North Miami

Norland

Boyd Anderson 

Miami Northwestern

Miami Central

Booker T. Washington

Skill challenges: quarterback challenge, place kicker, linemen, wide receiver, speed agility, 40-yard dash.

The action begins at 9 a.m. with individual challenges beginning at 1 p.m. Teddy Bridgewater (Miami Northwestern alum) and Antonio Brown (Miami Norland) are among those attending as special guests.