The Miami Hurricanes may have struckout on signing a quarterback for their 2011 signing class earlier this month, but they're making serious headway for the 2012 season.
Sunday, UM picked up a verbal commitment from Clearwater Countryside junior Gray Crow. The 6-3, 220-pound pro-style passer hasn't necessarily shown a lot on the field yet, but scouts believe he has a lot of upside.
Crow, who received his first verbal offer as a freshman from former Notre Dame coach Charlie Weis after attending one of his camps, is rated the 95th-best player regardless of position in the state by The Herald's Larry Blustein. Last month, Crow was tabbed by Rivals.com as the second-best junior quarterback at the U.S. Army All-American combine in San Antonio.
Although his junior numbers weren't very impressive (103 for 194, 1,439 yards, 8 TDs, 7 INTs), he did play on a team that ran the ball 433 times for 2,978 yards and 45 touchdowns and finished 12-1, losing to state runner-up Tampa Plant in the Class 5A regional final. But, more importantly for the Canes, he's someone offensive coordinator Jedd Fisch apparently likes a lot.
Countryside coach Jerad Davis said Fisch offered Crow about a week before National Signing Day and said Fisch fell in love with what he saw of Crow on tape. The Hurricanes were the first school to offer Crow a scholarship. He committed to UM on Sunday, shortly after flying down with his parents to be a part of UM's Junior Day with about 50 other high school student-athletes.
"I just liked everything Coach [Al] Golden and Coach Fisch told me," said Crow, whose older brother L.D. Crow is the third-string quarterback at UCF. "I got to meet and spend a lot of time with them. I didn't really see any downside of it. Going into the Junior day I knew I really liked Miami from an academic standpoint and the program in general.
"Me, personally I'm a very hard worker. I feel like I can compete against any quarterback in the nation. Yes, the fact only two QBs will be there helped in the deciding factor. But if any QBs would have been in this signing class, I probably still would have committed.
"As far as the offense, we run a college style offense. I'm used to having to see a lot different reads. It's a complex offense. The playbook is very complex. So, I think the transition will be easy because what we do is very similar to what a college offense does such as Miami."
If Crow sounds smart, it's because he is. He has a 3.8 GPA and recently scored a 1380 on the SAT.
"You can hold on one hand how many B's he's ever gotten," said Davis, who was the high school teammate of former UM kicker Jon Peattie. "He's a great kid and a great person, too."
Crow said he's planning on graduating in December and enrolling at UM in January.
The Hurricanes, who picked up a transfer from former Michigan quarterback Tate Forcier on Wednesday, have reportedly offered scholarships to at least two other quarterbacks in the 2012 class. One is Kentucky's Zeke Pike.
> Westminster Christian slugger David Thompson, who set the Miami-Dade County home run record last season with 19 longballs, also attended Sunday's Junior Day event at UM. Last summer, he verbally committed to playing for the Hurricanes baseball team.
Sunday, he told Canesport.com he's committing to UM's football program as well. But Thompson, who was named to Baseball America's All-American Second Team, probably won't ever end up playing in college. He's considered one of the best young up and coming baseball talents in the country.