July 27, 2015

Former UM pledge Rasul commits to FSU

Two days after announcing a decommitment from UM, Coral Gables senior running back Amir Rasul orally committed to FSU.

The four-star prospect is the top ranked running back in the state of Florida, according to 247 Sports and Rivals. He ran for 893 yards and 13 touchdowns on 127 carries as a junior for the Cavaliers.

Aside from Miami, Rasul chose FSU over Tennessee, Georgia, Alabama and South Carolina. He becomes the first running back in the Seminoles' 2016 recruiting class, which is now up to 19 commitments.
 
The Hurricanes still have 21 players committed for 2016, including running backs Travis Homer of West Palm Beach Oxbridge Academy and Zack Moss of Hallandale, while also pursuing Naples four-star Carlin Fils-Aime.

July 26, 2015

Miami Central 2017 OL Donaldson commits to Canes

UM's class of 2017 gained a big boost on Sunday night as four-star junior offensive lineman Navaughn Donaldson committed to the Hurricanes.

Donaldson's recruitment has gained steam this offseason with the 6-5, 300-pound prospect first earning his UM scholarship offer at the Al Golden Football Camp last month.

Sunday night he announced his decision on Twitter, choosing Miami over six other offers, including Florida State, Georgia and UNC.

In an interview with CaneSport.com, Donaldson told the Rivals site he labels himself as a 75-percent commitment with his Signing Day a year and a half away.

The addition is a major one for the Canes, especially considering they recently lost their only committed offensive lineman in the 2017 class when Kadeem Telfort flipped to UF.

Donaldson's highlights:

July 23, 2015

Nick Bosa commits to Ohio State

It comes as no surprise with his brother Joey already in Columbus, but five-star St. Thomas Aquinas senior defensive end Nick Bosa made the announcement on Thursday that many have been expecting for some time now.

Bosa committed to Ohio State with a tweet that showed Joey putting an Ohio State helmet on Nick's head with the text "Hand down the legacy" attached to it.

 

Bosa chose the national champions over virtually every other school in the nation as anyone would gladly take the five-star 6-4, 265-pound prospect. He took a trip to Florida over the past weekend, and multiple reports over the last two months stated he was nearing a decision.

"Along with being an extraordinary athlete, team leader and positive role model, Nick Bosa is also an exceptional scholar athlete (4.0 GPA)," St. Thomas Aquinas coach Roger Harriott says. "The entire STA Raider Nation is proud of him, and we support his decision to be a Buckeye."

Here is an interview Bosa did with the Miami Herald in May at St. Thomas Aquinas' spring game.

 

And below are his junior season highlights.

 

ALSO: Read the story in the prep roundup.

July 21, 2015

Cypress Bay's Darrell Malone receiving interest from bigger programs

There was a point two months ago where Cypress Bay senior cornerback Darrell Malone was close to committing to Cincinnati where teammate and close friend Andrew Parchment committed.

But interest brewing from other programs in the spring had him holding off on a decision. First it was Georgia Tech, Syracuse and Indiana getting him to reconsider, and now he's receiving heavy interest from Auburn and Illinois.

"After talking with my parents, I decided to open everything back up as more schools came along," says Malone, the 5-11, 165-pound corner.

He doesn't currently list a top out of his seven offers but believes Auburn is "extremely close" to offering and could potentially see himself committing if he does receive that offer.

"They think I have a great chance of coming in and playing right from the jump," Malone says. "Same with Illinois. I just haven't visited them yet."

After the Tigers, the Fighting Illini are close behind. Malone says he'll take a visit during the season.

Malone will be making it out to Florida for Friday Night Lights. He says UF hasn't looked at him yet.

"After they see me in action, they might reconsider," he says.

Here are Malone's junior season highlights below.

July 19, 2015

UM recruits approve of new Adidas uniforms

UM athletics welcomed Adidas to its program with a football uniform unveiling party at LIV on Saturday night that was as Miami as it gets.

 

Most of the reaction from the fans has been positive, but what about that of the players that will actually be wearing the new uniforms? More specifically, how do the players that pledge to wear them in the future like them?

The consensus is that recruits committed to the Hurricanes approve.

Four-star quarterback commit Jack Allison out of Palmetto expressed a sentiment relayed by most fans.

"I was skeptical at first when I heard they were switching to Adidas, but now after I see the new uniforms I like them a lot," he said.

Here are the views other recruits expressed to me...

-Four-star running back from Coral Gables High Amir Rasul says he's "#inlove" and added "the whole design of the uniform intrigued me."

-Four-star middle linebacker from Orange Park Oakleaf Shaq Quarterman says he especially liked the all-white combination.

-Three-star defensive end from Fort Lauderdale High Jaquwan Nelson: "I love them. It's a really nice look from Adidas. Can't wait to play in them when I get there."

-Three-star defensive end from Columbus Josh Uche: "I liked them. Very simple yet unique."

-Four-star 2017 linebacker Tyler Dunning from St. Thomas Aquinas: "Love 'em. What's not to like?"

-Three-star 2017 Killian running back Bentavious Thompson: "The new Adidas uniforms are fire."

-2018 defensive back Al Blades Jr.: "They're nice. [I like] the pants, helmets and gloves."

Adidas certainly graded highly among UM football recruits. A solid start to the #3stripelife UM will sport for the next 12 years.

July 15, 2015

UM commit Uche talks Alabama offer

Columbus senior defensive end and three-star UM commit Josh Uche turned heads on Tuesday when he announced that he received an offer from Alabama.

 

Uche came to expect it as Alabama was showing plenty of interest leading up to Tuesday when he was offered personally by coach Nick Saban at an Alabama camp.

While honored by the offer, the 6-2,216-pound weak-side defensive end remains solid to Miami right now.

"I'm strong on my Miami commitment, but you never know," Uche says. "There's nobody that doesn't have a chance. I appreciate every offer."

The Hurricanes are special to him because they offered him at a time when he only had offers from Marshall and Bowling Green.

"They were my first big offer, the first team to really take a chance on me, so I really liked that," Uche says.

Since UM offered and he committed in March, Uche has received offers from USF, Syracuse, Minnesota and now Alabama.

Georgia and North Carolina are other schools Uche says are currently showing interest the same way Alabama was right before the Crimson Tide offered.

Asked to assess himself as a player, Uche said, "I'm very versatile as a player. I can do anything as long as you teach it to me the right way because I have the speed and I'm smart enough to pick things up. You can put me anywhere you want, and I'll excel at that position."

Columbus keeps Uche strictly at defensive end. The Hurricanes currently are recruiting him as a hybrid defender between rush end and Sam linebacker.

Uche grew up a Hurricane fan, especially when he was really young and UM was the first program to play in all four BCS bowl games in the early 2000s. Ironically enough, he began to like Alabama as he got into middle school, looking up to Mark Ingram at running back. 

So Uche has offers from two of his all-time favorite teams growing up.

Here are Uche's highlights:

 

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.