Not hard, not soft -- this LB lists himself as a "medium'' Miami Hurricanes commit in the world of recruiting

University of Miami 2016 commit and Fort Pierce Central linebacker Greg Simmons was at the Coconut Creek-South Dade spring game on Wednesday night and in an exclusive interview with me (David Furones) listed himself as a “medium” commit.

In the growing world of football recruit commitment levels, Simmons describes a medium commit as between soft and solid, so not as shaky as a soft commit but not as firm as a solid commit.

Another school really making an impression on Simmons, the 6-2, 221-pounder who plays both middle and outside linebacker on top of defensive end for his high school team, is Nebraska.

“Nebraska’s hitting hard. That’s probably one of the hardest that are recruiting me,” Simmons says. “They say my chances of playing early are real. I just take that in consideration. They only have two linebacker commits and they’re both outside, so they want me to join bad.

“When I take all five of my visits, if I like it, I like it. Anything can happen.”

Simmons spoke on what made him want to commit to the Canes in February.

“It was a dream of mine since I was a little kid,” he says. “When you grow older, your mind starts to change, but I still love Miami with all my heart.”

Simmons grew up a “huge” Hurricanes fan, dating back to watching Sean Spence and Graig Cooper when he was younger.

He says he’s being recruited by linebackers coach Hurlie Brown and describes him as “a pops figure to me and a linebacker coach I’d like to play for.”

While Brown is like a father figure to Simmons, he is motivated to excel in football because he wants to do it for his real father. He says his dad could’ve been an NFL talent, but during college, he had to go back home to take care of his mother, who was ill at the time, and cut his career short.

Other schools creeping in for Simmons’ services are Michigan, Maryland, West Virginia and Oklahoma.

Simmons sees himself making a final decision sometime between the end of his senior season and Signing Day 2016.

DAVID FURONES

September 07, 2012

Confirmed: UM Canes DT Luther Robinson will not travel to Kansas State -- not good for a position that was already in need of help

Way up in the sky en route to Manhattan, Kansas for Saturday's noon game at No. 21 Kansas State.

Ah, airplane Internet connection -- the marvels of modern technology.

The not so uplifting news: CaneSport.com reported this morning that defensive tackle Luther Robinson will not be traveling to Kansas State, and I just got it confirmed by a UM official who did not want to be identified. Suffice it to say that the UM official is well informed.

The UM official said Robinson "wasn't out there all week, so I don't believe he'll be traveling. He's currently on the team, but his status is unclear.''

I have a feeling Robinson's future with the team is shaky, but don't know what the resolution will be.

CaneSport reported that "apparently, his dad went off on the coaches this week because he thought Robinson should have played more in Boston. ...Apparently, Luther got caught up in it and actually refused to practice at least one day this week. Details beyond that are still sketchy.''

From what I've been told, this is pretty accuurate.

If you recall, coaches wanted Robinson to switch to the offensive line in the offseason, but he emphatically did not want to do that. Then he got into great shape, Coach Al Golden said, and became part of the rotation at D-tackle.

Robinson forced a fumble in UM's opener at Boston College.

On the newest depth chart released Monday morning (two days after Boston College game), Robinson, a 6-3, 288-pound redshirt junior, is listed as a co-backup (along with redshirt freshman Corey King) behind starter Olsen Pierre.

Golden told us Corey King would travel to Kansas State, but he didn't say anything about Robinson.

SUSAN MILLER DEGNAN