Bryant "B.J." Dubose will remain a Hurricane.
The 6-4, 230-pound defensive end/tight end and two-time All Broward First Team selection from Oakland Park Northeast High (whose nickname is the Hurricanes) committed to UM on Sunday -- although he was hoping to keep it a secret until National Signing Day.
"That was the plan," Dubose said of his commitment. "But you know how these websites are. They hear something and they call you nonstop."
So why did he pick the Canes? "It just felt like the place for me," Dubose said. "I felt most comfortable there."
Dubose, who visited UM this weekend, played in high school for former Canes running back Donnell Bennett. He's considered a three-star recruit by both Rivals and Scout.com. Dubose had 60 tackles, 11 sacks and an interception as a senior as he helped lead Northeast to the Class 6A regional final. As a junior, he had 55 tackles and 13 sacks.
"I'm just very proud of him as a person," Bennett said. "He's grown so much on and off the field. He's starting to get the gist of this growing up thing."
Bennett said Dubose still isn't a full academic qualifier for college, "but he's pretty close."
"I'm not sure what he needs -- the guidance counselors handle that," Bennett said.
Bennett said Dubose would have his National Signing Day event at school at noon on Wednesday.
> Orlando Lake Nona quarterback Kevin Sousa scratched the Canes off his list Saturday night according to his high school position coach Anthony Paradiso.
"He's probably going to make a decision between Wake Forest and South Florida in the next day or so," Paradiso said. "We called coach Fisch last night and shared that news with him. We were up at South Florida this past weekend. With Kevin being new to football and Wake Forest and USF having recruited him for awhile, he just feels more comfortable with those guys. They know him better and he knows them better."
At this point it appears UM will either land Dwyer's Jacoby Brissett (visiting UM today) or end up with a transfer or prep school quarterback.
> Dubose becomes UM's 15th commitment and fourth defensive end to join this class. UM is expected to land JUCO DB Byron Moore when he makes his announcement on Monday night. Moore is choosing between UM and Tennessee. The Hurricanes have at least 16 scholarships to offer in this class -- if not more.