The Hurricanes, as they have been for months, still hope wide receiver signee Dionte Mullins will be able to suit up for the team.
But he can’t yet.
A Wednesday report from the Miami Herald said Mullins, from nearby Gulliver Prep, had qualified and could be with the team as soon as that evening. However, a team source told The Post that Mullins had yet to qualify for admission.
The source said the team believes Mullins, who was taking online classes to bring up his admissions profile, earned the grades he needed. However, UM’s admissions office had not signed off as of Wednesday afternoon.
Coach Mark Richt will speak to reporters after UM’s 6 p.m. scrimmage, which is closed to the media.
Mullins, 5-foot-10 and 180 pounds, sat out his senior season at Gulliver for academic reasons. Despite that, he was named an Under Armour All-American and played in the annual showcase game of the same name.
The Hurricanes are down to six healthy scholarship receivers, with sophomore Lawrence Cager out for the season (ACL) and freshman Ahmmon Richards dealing with turf toe. Richt commented Tuesday that Richards, a highly regarded player since his arrival, “hasn’t been the same” since his injury.
A team source said redshirt sophomore Dayall Harris has struggled with dropped passes — an affliction that also affected redshirt sophomore Darrell Langham and others in the spring. Richt is pleased with freshman Sam Bruce, but said the July arrival is “still learning.” Miami is hoping seniors Stacy Coley and Malcolm Lewis and junior Braxton Berrios remain healthy and productive.
Walk-on Malik Mayweather is among those taking second-team reps at the slot (“Y”), a spot waiting for Mullins.
“We need him bad,” the source said.
Mullins attended a UM practice last Saturday in street clothes. He is listed on the UM roster as No. 84, a jersey he will wear if he qualifies.
His Gulliver teammate, safety Cedrick Wright, enrolled last week. Wright was also late in qualifying.