Just got off the phone with HIaleah coach Marc Berman, who confirmed that dual-threat quarterback Alin Edouard has decommitted from the Miami Hurricanes.
The news was first reported by SFHSSports.com.
This comes as no surprise. It was just a matter of time. I don't think anyone who knows anything about the situation ever thought Eduoard would be a Hurricane.
Someone well entrenched with the Hurricanes told me more than a month ago that Edouard was not expected to play at UM. The Hurricanes already have West Hills (Calif.) Chaminade High junior Brad Kaaya, a 6-4, 213-pound, four-star pro-style quarterback (Rivals) committed to UM for 2014, as well as three-star (Rivals) quarterback Malik Rosier of Mobile, Ala.
Rivals.com has Edouard as a three-star player. He told me in the spring that he was 6-1 1/2. He weighs about 180.
When I talked to Alin in May, he told me that UM, his "dream school'' that he orally pledged to in February, was no longer a lock.
He said back then that the coaches had barely communicated with him, and that then-new offensive coordinator James Coley had only talked to him for the first time through a private message on Facebook.
Just now, Berman told me he was contacted by Edouard this morning and told of the news.
"According to what he told me,'' Berman said, "He wasn't feeling it like before. He just didn't feel the same way. A lot of schools give him a lot of communication via social media and things like that, and I guess he wasn't getting that kind of feedback from Miami. He felt it would be better to keep his options open at this particular time.
"He wants to play this season and make a decision after this season.''
Edouard threw for 198 yards and ran for more than 60 yards this weekend, Berman said, in Hialeah's 32-0 victory over Miami Springs.
Berman said he is a huge Al Golden and UM supporter, and does not tell his players where they should or shouldn't go.
"I think Coach Golden has done a great job since he's been at Miami,'' Berman said. "I have a good relationship with a lot of those coaches. My job is to give my players as many opportunities as they can get. I tell them the pros and cons. ''
Edouard completed 64 of 132 passes for 926 yards and nine touchdowns, with nine interceptions as a junior last season. He ran for 559 yards and seven touchdowns.
Edouard is good friends with former Miami Northwestern quarterback Teddy Bridgewater, in his junior season at Louisville. In May, Edouard told me he had talked to at least two Louisville coaches, including head coach Charlie Strong, and was very interested in the Cardinals.
Edouard also noted Syracuse, USF and Tennessee as options to replace UM should he decommit, which obviously, has now happened. Berman also named Cincinnati, Wisconsin and Nebraska as school that had expressed interest in Edouard.
"The only thing I know,'' Berman said, "is he had been trying to call the UM coaches during the week. I know he spoke to someone at UM via social media to inform them."
SUSAN MILLER DEGNAN