No long preamble, right to the updates
Shawn Burgess- Becker and Calvin Ridley tweeted that they were announcing a college commitment at South Florida Fire tryouts today. Many media members and bloggers came out to this event. But then...
More Burgess-Becker "Me and Ridley just talked about a lot of stuff. When were ready, we'll let y'all know."
More Burgess-Becker "Me and Ridley just talked about a lot of stuff. When were ready, we'll let y'all know."— Cam Underwood (@UnderwoodSports) February 2, 2014
I then asked "Is that time when you let us know coming today?" Burgess-Becker's Response: "Probably yes. Probably not."
I then asked "Is that time when you let us know coming today?" Burgess-Becker's Response: "Probably yes. Probably not."— Cam Underwood (@UnderwoodSports) February 2, 2014
I'm gone— Cam Underwood (@UnderwoodSports) February 2, 2014
So, like I tweeted, I left the event. Once home (after the event presumably ended) Burgess-Becker tweeted this:
I will not announce today.
I will not announce today.— shawn Burgess (@shawn_burgess2) February 2, 2014
For good measure, Ridley chimed in later also
I will not be committing to a school today
I will not be committing to a school today— c.o.r boyz (@ridley_calvin) February 2, 2014
Even for the 2015 class, the #Crootin' games never stop.
Seems that Treon Harris may not have decided on his final destination yet
Thinking hard..— Treon Harris (@t5_harris) February 2, 2014
After a tip from @motm25 on twitter, we learned that even after his impromptu visit to UF today, Immokalee CB J.C. Jackson would receive an in-home visit from Al Golden tonight.
Im postive ill post a pic of al for u buddy
Im postive ill post a pic of al for u buddy— Ne Rice (@NeJuicyBoss) February 2, 2014
So, the game, it appears, is still on for Jackson.
Visits and non-visits
There were as many as 8 players who were rumored to be potentially visiting Miami this weekend. In the end, less than half of those players made it to campus.
WR C.J. Worton once considered visiting Miami after decommitting from FSU. After deciding not to follow through with that visit, other news on his impending decision came forth. Looks like the Canes are out of this one:
Another player who was rumored to be visiting Miami after a late surge in his recruitment was Alabama commit and 5-star RB Bo Scarbrough. After a quick "will he/won't he?!?!" bit of speculation, we learned that the "won't he" faction were right:
Garcia: "Bo Scarbrough was suppose to take an official visit to Miami this morning, he met with Coach Saban and is now not going"
Garcia: "Bo Scarbrough was suppose to take an official visit to Miami this morning, he met with Coach Saban and is now not going"— Matt and Scot (@MASSonJOX) February 1, 2014
Top target DT Travonte Valentine did not make his visit. He's looking all LSU at this point. Anything else will be a shocking development.
So, if those guys didn't make it for their visits, who did? I'll copy over my blurb from our earlier article previewing the weekend
- ATH Treon Harris - The son of legendary Booker T. Washington coach Ice Harris, and brother of former Cane DB Brandon Harris, Treon is a FSU commit. He was a superb high school QB, and wants an opportunity to play that position in college. Miami finally offered him that chance, and so he's visiting. Sure, he's teammates with commits Chad Thomas and Demetrius Jackson, but I think his decision will be made separate from theirs.
Additions and Subtraction
The on again, off again recruitment of JUCO DT Michael Wyche took a positive turn when, on Saturday afternoon, he decided to finish classes this semester at JUCO, and come to Miami in the summer. Yes, a re-commitment after a decommitment. Read our welcome BACK piece here.
In the evening on Saturday, shocking news that OL commit Reilly Gibbons was flipping from Miami hit twitter.
Gibbons, who had been committed since April, and who hasn't visited Stanford (as far as anyone can tell) means Miami only has 3 OL in this class. While those 3 (Trevor Darling, Nick Linder, and Kc McDermott) were all All-Americans, and 2 (Darling and McDermott) were early enrollees, this loss does hurt the depth at the OL position slightly. Matt Porter of the Palm Beach Post thinks the game may still be afoot, however.
Gibbons flip a surprise, but a move may be coming. At any rate, UM OK at OL. Best 2 OL recruits EE'd. 10 OLs now, 1 commit (N. Linder).
Gibbons flip a surprise, but a move may be coming. At any rate, UM OK at OL. Best 2 OL recruits EE'd. 10 OLs now, 1 commit (N. Linder).— Matt Porter (@mattyports) February 2, 2014
Losing Gibbons, who was NEVER thought to be a flip candidate, isn't a good thing. But, if there's another move that follows this, it could be ultimately okay.
That's it for now. A lot is still ongoing. Further updates when available.