Miami Booker T. Washington Sr. High has been known to produce some of the most heralded football players in the nation throughout the years. So, it should come as no surprise that the Miami Hurricanes are putting a lot of their recruiting efforts into trying to persuade those prospects to stay home for college. Not only does this football program produce college ready players, they produce wins on the grid-iron as well. They are the reigning Class 4A State Champions, and they are primed to make a run to become back-to-back state champions.
"We have the potential to be very good," Tornadoes offensive coordinator Tim "Ice" Harris Jr. said. "On paper, I think this is probably one of our better team's with have had, even including last year's team-- Overall, the training has gone well and we look forward to the season. We feel we have a shot not only for the state championship, but also a national championship."
The Hurricane's coaching staff has already extended scholarship offers to four of Booker T. Washington's rising seniors, of which one has already verbally committed to the ‘Canes. That commitment came yesterday from defensive end Demetrius Jackson (6'5/225).
"It's huge for him and we are all excited for him," Harris Jr. said. "He grew up playing football in the same little league program all our guys played in. He's fast, he can run, he has all the physical tools. His best years are way ahead of him as a football player, because he's an athletic freak. We are just looking forward to continuing to develop him, and to make sure he's ready to perform and show up as a Miami caliber football player during the season."
Booker T. Washington's quarterback Treon Harris (6'0/182) is another rising senior that holds an offer from the ‘Canes. The standout athlete has already had a stellar high school career at the quarterback position, leading his team to a state championship during his junior season.
"Treon (Harris) is going into his third year as a starter, and to this point he's 24-3 as a starting quarterback in high school, playing in Dade county," Harris Jr. said. "He has a chance right now to kind of cement himself as probably one of the best quarterbacks to come through South Florida, if not the entire state of Florida."
As of right now, Harris holds a host of other scholarship offers, including the likes of Clemson, Florida, Florida State, Mississippi, Mississippi State, NC State, South Florida and Central Florida.
Harris plans to continue playing quarterback at the next level, but he has not completely shut the door on the possibility of playing a different position.
"Right now, the few schools he's really closing in on are all quarterback schools (offered Harris as a quarterback)," Harris Jr. said. "At this moment, it looks like he'll be making the decision to play quarterback in college. That could change, just because we understand the recruiting process is long-- If it wasn't at the quarterback position we felt that defensive back would be the next move he would make, not so much wide receiver."
Another player being recruited by Miami is running back Mark Walton (5'10/180), who will be a sophomore next season.
"He's a big kid," Harris Jr. said. "He looks like he's about to head into college. He has all the physical tools-- We look forward to his future, and after this season he'll be a guy that will really become a big part of the recruiting scene.
The Hurricanes are also recruiting defensive back Nigel Bethel II, and he has had Miami near the top of his list of schools for a while now. There is no indication to when he may commit, but Miami coaches have made him a priority.
Defensive end, Chad Thomas also has Miami high up there. It looks like he will not commit anywhere until national signing day.