June 19, 2015

Flanagan ranked No. 9 in preseason poll, Gil commits to Michigan

Devin BushMaxPreps released rankings 10-6 in a national preseason 2015 Early Contenders poll on Friday and Flanagan ranked ninth.

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.

AIME DECOMMITS

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.

June 18, 2015

June 17, 2015

UM adds Southridge 2017 TE/WR Kemore Gamble

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.

 

June 16, 2015

Canes get Tampa 2017 TE

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.

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.

 

June 15, 2015

Jackson's Shemar Smith motivated for senior season

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.

 

June 14, 2015

Deon Bush-like 2018 DB commits to UM

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.

June 13, 2015

Sights from Dolphins 7-on-7

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.

Buckshot

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.

Dionte Mullins

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.

AJ Blades

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.

Shemar Smith

Seven teams will continue play on Sunday in Booker T. Washington, Carol City, Coral Reef, Dillard, Fort Lauderdale, Miramar and Pahokee.

June 12, 2015

Daewood Davis commitment not accepted by UM ... yet

In the wacky world of recruiting, you can add another story that had everyone confused, including those involved.

It appeared Thursday night that the Miami Hurricanes added another commitment to their class of 2017 with speedy 6-2 wide receiver Daewood Davis of Somerset Academy. Davis announced on Twitter his intention to commit to UM and tagged head coach Al Golden and wide receivers coach Kevin Beard.

Davis says he texted Golden that he was committing earlier Thursday night after receiving the UM offer last month from defensive coordinator Mark D'Onofrio. He proceeded to release his commitment news on social media before receiving a reply.

Then Friday Davis heard back after reports surfaced that he was not being accepted into the class. He says he was informed by UM coaches that there was a miscommunication within the team on whether he had been offered, and after a meeting, coaches decided not to accept his commitment to their scholarship offer -- yet.

Davis and Somerset offensive coordinator Willie Hill both told the Miami Herald that UM still has its offer on the table for Davis but that they want to let the media firestorm the entire situation has drawn die down before allowing him to commit.

So essentially, Davis was offered by UM, he took UM up on that offer and then UM was unsure it actually did offer and told him the team will not accept his commitment at this time -- but will eventually. So Davis' recruitment is still technically open and he lists Miami as the leader for his services.

 

What does Davis mean by "the right way?"

He says when he is ready to commit he will let his coach call first and confirming that he has his spot.

What made it odd from the start was that there was no confirmation on the Hurricanes end.

Whenever a recruit commits to the Canes, UM football coaches and staff usually send a "bat signal" on social media of "#WelcomeToTheU" as a way to announce the good news without referencing the player directly. College coaches are not allowed to comment on recruits publicly by name under NCAA regulations.

No such "bat signal" had been made by UM football coaches or staff.

Earlier Friday morning InsideTheU reported "Davis has lied about having a Miami offer and Miami is not accepting a commitment from him."

Davis responded to the allegations on Twitter saying, "Why would I lie about an offer I got in May?"

Davis has been a UM lean since he first announced that he received that offer and already proved he's willing to choose the Canes over other early offers from Louisville, N.C. State, Duke, Utah, Syracuse, Indiana and Marshall.

"I just [chose] Miami because they have an excellent program and coaches," Davis told the Miami Herald in a message. "I just want to bring a national title to South Florida, and I wanted to [commit] before my season started."

Says Hill of his talented receiver: "Has the intangibles that you can't coach -- speed, size, quickness and IQ. Daewood Davis has the 'it' factor. He is a gamer."

Here are some highlights on the electric speedster, whose 40-yard dash time is listed at 4.38 seconds on his Rivals profile.

 

June 09, 2015

Canes pick up commitment from 2017 LB Aundre Ricardo-Kearney

The Miami Hurricanes got a commitment in their 2017 class from Jacksonville Mandarin linebacker Aundre Ricardo-Kearney.

The 6-0, 210-pound rising junior who first received the UM offer two months earlier was present at the Al Golden Football Camp on Sunday and decided to commit Tuesday.

Ricardo-Kearney says he grew up a Hurricane fan, has a great relationship with the coaches and likes that UM is a private school that offers a good sport management program.

The Hurricanes were his father’s favorite team and he had that fandom passed down to him. He says Michael Irvin and Ray Lewis are two of his biggest role models.

On his visit, Ricardo-Kearney loved the beach and surrounding area to campus but also came away impressed with UM’s facilities.

“They have the Canes Zone – where all the football players eat – the locker room, the weight room, the strengthening facilities. It’s great. They’re even building a new hospital on campus,” Ricardo-Kearney said. “That was a big part of my decision. I was like, ‘They take care of you.’”

Ricardo-Kearney becomes Miami's sixth commitment in the Class of 2017 and third linebacker, joining Fort Lauderdale Dillard's Tyler Dunning and Miami Central's Waynmon Steed.

He was also strongly considering UNC, Marshall, Illinois and Cincinnati out of a group of 11 total offers.

He plans on visiting UNC on June 20 and is contemplating whether he will still visit Marshall.

Ricardo-Kearney adds that Florida and Georgia are two schools currently showing interest but who haven’t offered yet, but he’s calling himself “solid” to Miami and says it won’t be easy for another school to get him to flip.

 “That school would have to offer me a treasure and a rainbow,” he says.

Ricardo-Kearney plays both outside linebacker and running back but is being recruited at outside linebacker.

Highlights: 

 

June 08, 2015

Tyler Dunning: "I'm all Cane right now"

Dillard linebacker and 2017 UM commit Tyler Dunning did an exclusive video interview with the Miami Herald at the UM 7-on-7 last Sunday.

 

Since it's hard to hear with all the blaring music, here are some of his quotes.

Why did you decide to commit to UM when you did?

"I felt it was a good opportunity to come here and it was already close to home," Dunning says. "I like everything about the school. I like the vibe, I like everything."

Dunning says he's even trying to recruit his teammates on a talented Dillard defense -- most notably 2017 defensive end Jon Ford, who has a Miami offer and 2016 defensive tackle Aaron Thompson and linebacker Kenneth Ruff, who are waiting on UM offers.

"I tell them all the time that if they come we're going to bring the U back, there isn't any point in leaving," Dunning says.

Dunning adds Ruff is considering South Carolina and Thompson LSU, but "if Miami offers, they're going to come."

He says other schools coming on strong are FAU, FIU, Alabama, Georgia and South Carolina but adds "I'm all Cane right now. My decision isn't changing right now."