After the firing of Mark Richt from Georgia, and his subsequent hiring by the Miami Hurricanes, there was much talk of players committed to Richt's program at Georgia becoming targets/prospects for Miami now that CMR is the head man in Coral Gables. While most of that talk centered around a QB, there was movement with another player that could be of supreme interest for Miami.
4-star RB Devwah Whaley (6'0", 209lbs) from Beaumont (TX) Central Senior HS announced late on Monday night that he's decommitted from Georgia.
Our sister-site Burnt Orange Nation had a piece on Whaley, who figures now to be a top target for the Longhorns. And, according to BON, Whaley's recruitment has been, uh, interesting. And I quote:
Hey, recruiting is nothing if not entertaining, right?
Turning the focus to the Miami Hurricanes, there has been substantial chatter that Whaley is very interested in playing for Mark Richt in college. And, simply put, if he wants to do that, there's but one choice for him: the Miami Hurricanes.
CMR has said that while he's not trying to steal recruits from Georgia, he would be open to continuing contact with any player who reached out to him. This is something CMR has repeated at his introductory press conference, and nearly all subsequent interviews.
Now, where could Whaley fit in this class for Miami? He could slot in very well as another 4-star RB commit, joining West Palm Beach (FL) Oxbridge Academy RB Travis Homer. The other RB commit, Jawon Hamilton from Homestead (FL) South Dade has been heavily recruited by UCF and their new coach Scott Frost, who is looking to add speed to the Knights' roster as he brings the Oregon offense to the East Coast.
While I would still have Homer as the top RB of this group, Whaley's talent is undeniable. I would gladly take him on my team, and work the rest out later. And, after last year's famous struggles recruiting RBs (once had 4 4-star players committed at the position, ended up with just one -- a damn good freshman in Mark Walton -- signing and making it to campus), adding a player of Whaley's ability can only be seen as a good thing.
Whaley, who ran for more than 3300 yards and nearly 40 TDs in HS, is scheduled to take an official visit to Texas this weekend. For him to be a realistic option for Miami, he has to schedule and take an official visit to Coral Gables. We should know more about that potentially happening in coming weeks.
For now, enough words; here are Whaley's HUDL highlights. You'll see there's plenty to like.
More to come.