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.

MARK SINGER

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.

RUSSELL QUINOA

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.

MARK SINGER   

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.

 

James Pierre flips commitment from UM to UNC

Is this the start of the fallout for UM following the loss to FSU?

Three-star safety out of Deerfield Beach, James Pierre, announced on Twitter Tuesday that he has decided to decommit from the Hurricanes and join the North Carolina recruiting class.

In an interview with 247 Sports, Pierre said his mother wanted him to get away from the "craziness" in South Florida.

Pierre, who committed to the Canes in May, told Scout in July that his recruitment was becoming a two-team race with the Tar Heels jumping into the picture.

Pierre adds to the list of 2016 prospects to decommit from Miami, which includes Coral Gables running back Amir Rasul (FSU), Pahokee athlete McArthur Burnett (UF), Flanagan safety Devin Gil (Michigan), Cocoa defensive back Chauncey Gardner (UF), Lake Gibson defensive tackle Keyshon Camp (USC) and Fort Scott (Kansas) CC defensive tackle Walvenski Aime (FSU).

 

October 09, 2015

Updates on Mater's Brini, Herrington and Varela's Stringer

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Russell Quinoa//FOR THE MIAMI HERALD

Three-star  Mater Academy 2017 Safety Latavious Brini, has narrowed his top three so far to Louisville, Temple and FIU. Brini (6-2, 190 pounds) said "I'm planning to visit my top 3 in the next couple of months."

Unranked athlete TJ Herrington is currently deciding between two state schools -- FAMU and FAU. The 6'2, 195-pound Herrington is not currently planning on going on any visits. Herrington was glowing about his time with FAMU, he said "I had such a great time at the FAMU camp. I really liked it there."

Unranked Varela wide receiver Jay Stringer currently has 10 offers between Division-I and Division-II schools. Stringers top 3 are Colorado State, Massachusetts and FIU. The 5-11, 165-pound Stringer is also planning to make a trip to D-II Valdosta State very soon.

RUSSELL QUINOA