Hey guys! Good to see you. I know it's been a while since I've done a recruiting update, and that's really because, well, there hasn't been much to update.
The Canes already have 21 players committed in the #Swag16 recruiting class, and those players are pretty solid from what the conversation has been.
And, not only do they seems to be solid, they're dominating the competition.
WR commit Ahmmon Richards continues to embarrass defenders and showcase his playmaking ability. Here's a clip for proof:
RB commit Travis Homer has also been a dominant player, as evidenced by this school-record 99 yard TD run (video says 96, but school says it was 99)
Homer's run has been noticed nationally, garnering praise from MaxPreps and USAToday, among others. Homer also earned Athlete of the Week from West Palm Beach's CBS12, a feature you can see below:
Other offensive commits such as QB Jack Allison, WR Sam Bruce, RB Zack Moss. and WR Reginald Hendersonhave all gotten off to fast starts for their team. Each of the above listed players has already had a 2+ TD game in the first few weeks of the HSFB season.
On the other side of the ball, the defensive players have been making things tough for opposing offenses. Gulliver Prep DB Cedrick Wright gets a special shoutout this week after recording, and this isn't a typo, 27 tackles vs Belen Jesuit last week. Belen runs a Wing-T offense, and run on nearly every play, so there are tackles to be made. And, Wright made them. All of them.
LB Shaq Quarterman, an projected early-enrollee who has signed a Grant-in-aid agreement, told Canesport.com "This is the game we're all coming to." So, expect there to be plenty of visitors for this weekend's game against Nebraska.
Speaking of visitors for this weekend's game, 2 prospective targets will be on campus Friday and Saturday for their first Official Visits.
DE/OLB Marvin Terry (6'1", 218lbs), South Oak Cliff HS, Dallas, TX
DE/OLB Marvin Terry (6'1", 218lbs) will be making the trip to Coral Gables from his Dallas, TX home. Terry is a player who is being recruited by many schools, including Baylor, Texas Tech, and Wisconsin in addition to Miami. He is a player who projects at either the RUSH or OLB spots.
Despite average size for an edge player, Terry is über-productive. He's a tackling and sacking machine. Don't believe me? Just take a gander at his stats from his sophomore and junior years of HSFB.
Crystal Ball predictions for Terry's final destination have 67% picking Oklahoma and 33% picking Texas Tech. But, like always, recruiting is a funny game where anything can happen. A strong OV to the Gables this weekend could put Miami squarely in the conversation for this dynamic defender.
ATH Mecole Hardman Jr. (5'10", 175lbs), Elbert County HS, Elbert County, GA
ATH Mecole Hardman Jr. (5'10", 175lbs) is a 5-star prospect, and one of the best recruits in the country. Dynamic doesn't even begin to describe Hardman's playing abilities. He's an electric playmaker, which you'll see in a bit.
Hardman is being recruited by a plethora of schools, with programs such as Auburn, Tennessee, Michigan, Georgia, Florida State, Alabama, and Clemson joining the Canes in their pursuit of the U.S. Army All-American.
As good as the current Canes commits have been so far this HSFB season (and believe me, they've been GREAT), Hardman has been even better. His latest offensive masterpiece was a 267 yard, 5 TD performance that included the game winner.
Hardman, who plays QB for his HS, did all his damage rushing in this game. But, Miami is recruiting him as a WR primarily, and WR Coach Kevin Beard is the lead recruiter for the Canes' pursuit of Hardman. And, before you think "Hardman is a QB, he can't transition to another position", 2014 5-star Deon Cain did the same thing and is already thriving for Clemson. And, fellow 2014 5-star ATH Torrance Gibson would already be on the field for Urban Meyer's team if he hadn't fought this same transition until he saw that it would be YEARS before he saw the field in Columbus. Oh, and nearly all of TCU's WRs are players who have transitioned to the position after playing QB in high school.
But, back to Hardman, he could be an impact player at any skill position on the field. QB in a read-option system. RB. WR. CB. S. KR. PR. He really can do it all.
Hardman told InsideTheU that he's seriously considering Miami ($), and a strong visit could put the Canes in a favorable position for this elite athlete. I like to focus on one thing as "the top story" of every recruiting weekend, and that thing for this week is Hardman's reaction to his visit to Coral Gables. Highlights? Highlights.
Canes Hoops hosting visits, too!
Earlier this week, our basketball guys let us know that Canes Hoops will be hosting 2 top talents from Louisiana this weekend. DeJon Jarreau, a 6-3 combo guard, and Brison Gresham, a 6-9 power forward, teammates both at the high school and AAU levels, will be on campus for their official visits.
For more information about the pair and their visit, check out this piece from earlier this week.
That's it for now. Be sure to leave a comment and vote in the poll below!