Ah, those "Welcome To The U" tweets that pop up on Twitter every now and then. Each is a not-so-secret code that a new young football player has pledged his verbal (and non-binding) commitment to the Miami Hurricanes.
Canes' receivers coach and national recruiting coordinator Brennan Carroll authors those tweets that likely bring every social-media crazed UM fan to life. He doesn't put the recruits' names because of NCAA rules, but the kids themselves usually broadcast the information via social media.
This afternoon it was long and lean Wellington High School receiver Ahmmon Richards -- Class of 2016 -- who posted on Twitter that he was "Verbally committed to the "U."
Richards, 16, is a four-star player who was recruited by Carroll and according to 247Sports.com is the seventh of seven four-star commitments in the 2016 class, which 247 ranks No. 1 in the nation. He is one of four receivers in that class and reportedly chose UM over offers from Georgia, Louisville, Marshall, FAU, West Virginia, Tennessee and Florida -- among others.
He is listed as 6-2 and 172 pounds.
Anthony Chiang, who covers high school football for the Palm Beach Post, said Richards caught 29 passes for 468 yards and three touchdowns last season as a sophomore. He also had four interceptions and returned one kickoff for a touchdown.
"I committed to coach [Al] Golden and [Brennan] Carroll,'' Richards told Canesport.com on Tuesday. "They were really excited, said that it was a win for them to get another great player in that class.
"Coach Carroll is a down-to-earth guy, really cool, the kind of guy I like.''
Carroll's corresponding tweet included an old-time photo of former Cane Dwayne Johnson, now immortalized as "The Rock,'' standing next to Carroll "circa 2001"
SUSAN MILLER DEGNAN