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Miami Hurricane recruit recap: Week 14

Leonard Taylor and Brashard Smith’s game-changing plays get Miami Palmetto to final four

NCAA Football: Independence Bowl-Louisiana Tech vs Miami
Miami Hurricanes head coach Manny Diaz coaches his team during the Independence Bowl in 2019.
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2021 Miami Hurricane verbal commitments Leonard Taylor and Brashard Smith continue to make game-changing plays on Miami Palmetto’s march toward a state championship.

Taylor and Smith led Palmetto to a 10-7 victory over Vero Beach in the Class 8A-Region 3 final last Friday night.

Taylor was again dominant from his defensive tackle position as he intercepted a pass early and forced a fumble that preserved the game late for Palmetto.

Smith scored Palmetto’s lone touchdown of the game in the first quarter.

Miami Central is a region champion yet again after a convincing 40-0 victory over Fort Myers-Dunbar last Friday night. The Rockets outscored three Southwest Florida opponents 113-37 to win Class 6A-Region 4 over the past three weeks.

My favorite highlight of this week (and maybe the entire season) is from 2021 verbal commitment Laurence Seymore. Let’s just say Seymore won the battle against his man on this short touchdown run by former UM target Amari Daniels.

The Hurricanes have ten verbal commitments still alive in the FHSAA playoffs, including four playing who have already earned a spot in their respective classification’s state championship game.

In Georgia, 2021 defensive line commitment Thomas Davis did his best to ensure his Valdosta (Ga.)-Lowndes team would still have a shot at the AAAAAA state title. Davis had 11 tackles and a sack in Lowndes 21-13 win over Kennesaw (Ga.)-North Cobb in an AAAAAA Quadrant 1 semifinal.

In Texas, Elijah Arroyo caught two passes for 29 yards and a touchdown in Frisco (Tx.) Independence’s blowout victory. Arroyo now has 635 receiving yards and 12 touchdown catches heading into the postseason.