Calvin Jackson, a three-star wide receiver out of Coral Springs Charter, decided on Tuesday to commit to Toledo.
After talking to my family and coaches I am proud to announce I am committed to the university of Toledo pic.twitter.com/nLgVP2uXWP— The BLUR 1⃣1⃣ (@C_jackson0) June 23, 2015
Jackson joins Miami Jackson's Desmond Phillips and Miami Carol City's David Hood as South Florida prospects committed to the Rockets, a program trying to create an imprint in the area.
The stellar national ranking follows a 2014 season where the Falcons won their first district title in program history and advanced the furthest they have in the postseason, reaching state semifinals.
"Look what hard work can do when you put it together and it pays off," says coach Devin Bush, entering his third season at the helm for Flanagan. "Personally, we weren't trying be ranked in the country. Our goal was to try to win a national title, try to win the district and try to get to states.
"It's good for a pat on the back because we worked so hard. We'll enjoy it today, but tomorrow, that's over with."
The ranking even put Flanagan ahead of perennial power St. Thomas Aquinas, which placed 16th on the list. The top five will be released in the coming days.
Here's the video MaxPreps created on Flanagan.
More big news (or B1G news) came from Flanagan Friday as linebacker/safety Devin Gil, a former Miami Hurricanes commit, committed to the Wolverines. This comes two days after teammate Josh Metellus committed to Michigan and within the week of the commitment of Cooper City's Rashad Weaver.
Bush believes defensive coordinator D.J. Durkin had a lot to do with the commitments of his Falcons.
"They like his style of play," he says. "They like what he's trying to do and what he's trying to do and what kind of attitude they're trying to personify on that field."
The commitments come less than a week after Bush, his son in four-star linebacker Devin Bush Jr., Gil and Metellus were all in Ann Arbor. Coach Jim Harbaugh also came down to South Florida the previous weekend to assist Bush in hosting a camp.
In other recruiting news, junior college defensive tackle Walvenski Aime decommitted from the Miami Hurricanes just nine days after his original commitment.
The loss in the 2016 class continues a trend of missing out on interior defensive linemen in recruiting for Miami in recent years.
AJ Blades, son of former Miami Hurricanes great Al Blades and current University School cornerback and UM commit, stopped by to speak with the Miami Herald at the Miami Dolphins 7-on-7 last Saturday.
Here's everything he had to say.
The UM football team continues to be on a roll in recruiting this summer.
The Hurricanes added a commitment to their 2017 class in Southridge four-star wide receiver/tight end Kemore Gamble after he attended the Al Golden Football Camp at UM on Sunday.
Being close to home and the education UM can offer were among his reasons for siding with the Canes.
"It's close to my house. It's laid out for me -- education and stuff like that," Gamble said. "The coaches are cool to hang around with, the players were saying a lot of good things."
At 6-2, 220 pounds, Gamble is primarily being recruited at tight end but can be flexible and line up out wide or even in the slot.
He becomes the eighth commitment in UM's 2017 class, which also added tight end Tre McKitty on Tuesday.
As a 2017 recruit, Gamble still has a long way to go before his signing day. He calls himself a hard commit but will still be considering Florida or Tennessee.
"They would have to show me a lot of love," Gamble said.
He had the Gators and Vols leading Miami before coming away impressed with what he saw on campus on Sunday.
Here are his highlights below.
The Miami Hurricanes added a commitment from 2017 tight end Tre McKitty on Tuesday.
The big-bodied 6-4, 225-pound prospect from Tampa Catholic chose Miami over other early offers from several SEC schools, including Florida, Auburn, Tennessee and Mississippi State, according to 247 Sports.
Thank you to all the coaches But after talking with my family Im blessed to be able to say I have committed to TheU🙌🏾 pic.twitter.com/yJ6nZcDOBx— Tre' mckitty (@T_mckitty) June 16, 2015
McKitty becomes the Canes' seventh commitment in the class of 2017 and first tight end, a position that is also not currently represented in the 2016 class but sees plenty of depth on Miami's current roster with junior Standish Dobard, sophomore Chris Herndon, redshirt freshmen Jerome Washington and David Njoku and junior Jake O'Donnell.
McKitty is impressive on film, making good use of his large frame on several catches.
Miami Jackson linebacker Shemar Smith, the reigning Miami Herald Defensive Player of the Year, is going into his senior season with a chip on his shoulder to prove the recruiting services wrong on his two-star rating.
In this exclusive interview with the Miami Herald, Smith, who lists a Texas offer among many others, talks recruiting and a variety of other topics at the Miami Dolphins 7-on-7 last Saturday.
The Miami Hurricanes are looking to return to DB U status in a few years.
UM got its fourth commitment from a defensive back -- and fifth overall -- in its class of 2018 from Columbus defensive back Josh Jobe.
Jobe is a long, athletic 6-1 and joins Thomas Burns of Miami Northwestern, Al Blades Jr. of University School and Jalen Patterson of Citra North Marion as other defensive backs in Miami's 2018 class, which also has a commitment from Booker T. Washington linebacker Billy Joseph.
"They're getting somebody who is almost identical to Deon Bush," Columbus coach Chris Merritt said. "Very similar build, long body, athletic -- almost like a carbon copy. Just like Deon, he's going to have the ability to play corner or safety, but he's got a lot of development [ahead of him]. In our terms even, he's still a baby."
Jobe played sparingly on defense and plenty on special teams as a freshman, including a kick return for a touchdown at Highlands High in Kentucky.
"For a freshman to break the lineup like he did was pretty special," Merritt said. "We anticipate him being an every-down player for us this year coming up."
Jobe had one other offer early in his recruitment from Cincinnati. He will get plenty of other offers before he signs three years from now, but Merritt sees him sticking with the Canes all the way through.
"The school everybody wants an offer from in Dade County is University of Miami," Merritt says. "That's where you set the bar."
Check out Jobe's highlights below for a look at the Deon Bush resemblance.
Here are some shots I took from the Miami Dolphins 7-on-7 event on Saturday at Central Park in Plantation.
Carol City quarterback Stephen "Buckshot" Calvert was very impressive with the accuracy on his throws. Here he is dropped back ready to let one rip.
One of the more talented teams definitely appeared to be Gulliver, especially with a pair of UM commits in Dionte Mullins and Joseph Jackson. While eventually eliminated in an upset against Coral Reef, this was Mullins all smiles after a game-clinching touchdown grab against Taravella.
Canes fans will love this one. Legacy Cane Al Blades Jr., a 2018 commit from University School, repping the school he's committed too. I have a video interview with him that will be published soon, so make sure to check back to the blog for that.
You want to know what a Defensive Player of the Year looks like? Here's Jackson linebacker Shemar Smith below. A video interview with him will also be up soon.
Seven teams will continue play on Sunday in Booker T. Washington, Carol City, Coral Reef, Dillard, Fort Lauderdale, Miramar and Pahokee.