We all know that recruiting never stops, and that means these updates don't either. Let's get into it.
Shaq Quarterman is a bad, bad man
4-star LB commit Shaq Quarterman has already signed a Grant-in-aid agreement which puts him on track to enroll at Miami in January.
But, before he can do that, he's playing high school football, and he's playing damn well. And on Friday Night, he had a highlight reel hit for the ages. Let's take a look:
that game was so fun, not gonna lie, I was enjoying every second of it. although I got obliterated by Shaq, it wasn't too bad.— Spencer (@SpencerMollnow) October 3, 2015
I think I'm about to get famous for the hit I just took— Spencer (@SpencerMollnow) October 3, 2015
I flew 5 yards...— Spencer (@SpencerMollnow) October 3, 2015
Watch out for Shaq they said... It'll be fun they said...— Spencer (@SpencerMollnow) October 3, 2015
*411-PAIN riff plays in background* my neck, my back, I just got Shaq'd— Spencer (@SpencerMollnow) October 3, 2015
I keep watching the video over and over and I'm so lucky I didn't actually get injured. it's still funny too— Spencer (@SpencerMollnow) October 3, 2015
Travis Homer continues to impress
I've been saying for a while that 4-star RB commit Travis Homer is really, really good. And, like Shaq Quarterman, Homer proved my statements true on Friday night with a strong performance.
Photo: Madeline Gray, Palm Beach Post
Homer put his Oxbridge Academy ThunderWolves on his back and powered them to a key District win with a 35 carry, 148 yard performance against a tough opponent in American Heritage-Delray.
And while the game notes are positive, there's more good news regarding this talented speedster. Homer told the Palm Beach Post earlier last week that he's firmly committed to the U. Homer also said he's "just going to keep his prayers up that (Golden) doesn't get fired because I like him a lot". So there's that.
Canes moving up for several local recruits
Even in the face of defeat, the Canes seem to be making some inroads with several South Florida recruits.
First up, 2016 4-star WR Darnell Salomon now has the Canes as his leader. In an interview with recruiting analyst Corey Bender of Scout.com, Salomon said "The U is on top. ... Miami is a great school and real close to home."
Salomon, who transferred to Miami Central this summer, is a big and physical WR. The curious thing to me is that he disappears from games for long stretches of time. Also, for those who follow the recruiting game, you may remember that Salomon was involved in a burglary at the University of Georgia during a camp. Salomon plead guilty to those charges.
So, he's a talented player who had a bad incident in the recent past. And, he has Miami on top of his recruitment. Worth keeping an eye on.
Another 4-star players who has Miami on top is 2017 LB Deandre Wilder. The 6-3, 211lb standout from Carol City HS recently told David Furones of the Miami Herald that while many teams are after him "UM is on top." Why is Miami on top for Wilder? "The coaches" he told Furones. "I get along with the coaches"
This is obviously a positive for Miami, but work will have to be done to secure Wilder's commitment and NLI on his signing day, which is still 17 months away.
Wilder comes from a traditional Miami powerhouse program that has been down for a few years but is now seeing a resurgence. In the past, many Carol City Chiefs have ended up as Miami Hurricanes. Among them: Santana Moss, Ethenic Sands, Willie Williams (yes, that Willie Williams), and, most recently, Allen Hurns and Trayone Gray.
Oh, and CB commit Deion Jackson wants to let you know where he stands.
More and more offers
As I've noted before, Miami has blanketed the country with offers over the past few years. Miami went over the 300 mark this week, and currently have offered 303 players in the 2016 cycle according to 247Sports.
Of note among the new offerees is Tampa Wharton WR DeVontres Dukes. At 6-4, 191lbs, Dukes has very good size, and projectible skills. He's currently committed to UCF, but he may be a viable option for Miami at WR down the road in this cycle. You can see his HUDL highlights below.
Late edit: Dukes decommitted from UCF on Sunday night.
<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-partner="tweetdeck"><p lang="en" dir="ltr">WR Dukes Decommits from <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/UCF?src=hash">#UCF</a>, High on <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/Miami?src=hash">#Miami</a> (VIP) <a href="http://t.co/pIPytCkDcc">http://t.co/pIPytCkDcc</a> via <a href="https://twitter.com/InsideTheU">@InsideTheU</a></p>— Chris Nee (@CNee247) <a href="https://twitter.com/CNee247/status/650885918430117889">October 5, 2015</a></blockquote>
3-star DB commit James Wiggins told David Furones of the Miami Herald after his game on Friday night that he's "a soft commit right now" to the Hurricanes. This is not wholly unexpected, because recruiting involves teenaged kids and their minds can change in an instant.
Wiggins has played well this season, recording several interceptions, including a interception returned for a TD on Friday, and locked down 4-star recruits Freddie Pinder and Kemore Gamble, a 2017 Canes commit, holding the pair to 0 catches in the 38-0 victory.
Nothing concrete regarding Wiggins yet, but as is the case with all recruits, this is something worth watching as this cycle progresses.
Also, 4-star WR Freddie Swain is set to announce his commitment on Friday. While he's a Canes target, and has an official visit scheduled for later this month, the thought is that he'll pick UF.
Target commits elsewhere
In recruiting, you win some battles, and you lose some. This weekend, Miami lost one when IMG Academy 3-star CB Khalil Ladler committed to Virginia Tech.
Canes Hoops is crootin' too
After losing out on the pair of Brison Graham and DeJon Jarreau last week, Canes Hoops kept moving forward with their recruiting for the 2016 cycle with 2 huge official visits this weekend.
5-star PF Dewan Huell (Miami Norland) and 4-star combo guard Tyson Carter (Starkville, MS) were both on campus for their official visits this weekend. According to twitter pictures, they seemed to enjoy themselves, for what it's worth.
Coolin it at the U pic.twitter.com/tMiufN5Okq— Ty (@Tysoncarter11) October 3, 2015
For Carter, the 4-star seems to be headed to his hometown school: Mississippi State. 86% of Crystal Ball predictions for him have him picking the Bulldogs. After missing out on Jarreau (as previously mentioned) pulling the upset and getting Carter to commit would be big.
For Huell, the 5-star is unquestionably the #1 target for the Canes in this cycle. He's a very skilled stretch 4 who plays for a dominant program (Miami Norland has won multiple State Championships in recent years). Huell would not only replace minutes lost when Tonye Jekiri and Ivan Cruz Uceda graduate this year, but he would instantly be the foundation of this team. Huell is an elite player who Miami could build around, and would give them the most dynamic player to wear Orange and Green in many years.
247Sports' crystal ball currently reads 70% for FSU and 30% for Miami.
That's the end of a jam packed Monday edition of the Recruiting Radar. Back with more soon enough.