Miami Hurricanes Weekly Recruiting Wrap 12/7
Miami Hurricanes Weekly Recruiting Wrap 12/7
–With a de-commitment this week, came a commitment from linebacker Alex Figueroa. He is 6-foot-4, 220-pounds and is very athletic. He adds much-needed size to Miami’s linebacker group.
–The Hurricanes lost their fourth commitment for the Class of 2013 in defensive tackle Keith Bryant. He confirmed with CaneInsider.com that Florida State and South Carolina are in his top three along with Miami. Besides quarterback Kevin Olsen, Bryant was the highest ranked recruit on Miami’s commitment list.
On his top three and de-commitment: “When asked if he de-committed and asked if Florida State and South Carolina were in his top three, Bryant responded, “That is correct.”
–More bad news came for the Canes when four-star defensive back commitment Jamal Carter reached out to LSU expressing interest in the Tigers. CaneInsider.com was the first to report this and since, Carter has officially set up a visit to Baton Rouge, La., after a very positive in-home visit from LSU coach Corey Raymond.
–Junior college tight end Beau Sandland (6-6/25) narrowed down his college choices recently after an official visit to Miami. His visit went great and the Canes made up some ground.
On his official visit to Miami: “It definitely helps them,” Sandland said. “If I hadn’t gone out there I probably wouldn’t have heavily considered going there. It’s tough to really consider somewhere unless you’ve been there.”
On his mother’s role in the recruiting process: “She’s been with me through the recruiting process,” Sandland said. “It’s been me and her. I want her to be comfortable and be on board with whatever I want to do and I want her to see what I see in a college. I want her to get the questions she has answered and to see how she feels about these schools because I value her opinion. She would like for me to be close to home like any mother, but either way she would support me 100 percent. Education and the academic side of it is important for her. The coaching staff is important to her. She wants me to go where I’m most comfortable and be the most successful. She wants me to go somewhere I can go make an impact and they take care of me.”
On his top college choices: “I have narrowed it down to three earlier than I expected, Arizona State, Nebraska and Miami. Therefore, I will not take my official visit to Texas Tech as I had planned for this weekend.”
–Booker T. Washington offensive lineman Denver Kirkland talked recruiting with CaneInsider.com moments before he went over to talk with four Miami coaches last Friday night after his state playoff game against Cocoa High School. He named Miami in his top college choices.
–Miami has been focusing on a lot of JUCO players and recently offered a punter/kicker out of California. Sam Irwin-Hill—a native of Australia—was shock when Miami defensive line coach Jethro Franklin called him out of the blue and offered a full scholarship to the University of Miami.
On getting the offer: “It’s the first time I heard from Miami and it was a straight-up offer from them,” Irwin-Hill said of his recent interaction with Miami. “So, it’s a good thing to get. A bit overwhelming and humbling at the time not having contact and then get a call with the offer. Coach Franklin offered me, he was impressed by my highlight tape. It’s good to see not just offense and defensive players going to the NFL, but you see kickers going to the NFL (in reference to Matt Bosher). So, that is good to know being a kicker-punter. ”
On his background: “I’m from a small town called Bendigo (AU), it’s two hours north of Melbourne,” Irwin-Hill said. “I found myself playing Australian rules football and soccer as a kid. I never played American football back home, but the last year before I came here I joined a program called Prokick Australia. That academy is designed specifically to take kickers and punters that have the potential to play Division 1 football and bring them over to America and get them scholarship offers. I ended up at a junior college because of my academic situation. I was looking at some big schools at the time, but at the same time a junior college in San Francisco was a big opportunity for me. They were the No. 1 ranked junior college in the nation last year.”
–It’s that time of year again. Yes, the holidays, but also the FHSAA Football State Championship games held at the Florida Citrus Bowl Stadium in attraction packed Orlando, Fla. The accumulation of an entire season’s hard work led to this weekend and XOFan.com will be in attendance to bring our readers up-to-date information about the top high school prospects. In the two-part state finals–spread over the next consecutive weekends–Class 1A-4A kicks-off this Friday at 1:00pm and the final game of part one begins Saturday at 7:00pm. Class 5A-8A State Championship games take place Dec. 14-15.