The Hurricanes career of freshman wide receiver Sam Bruce is over before it began.
Bruce, UM’s top-rated signee in the 2016 class, was dismissed from the program Monday for multiple violations of the team’s code of conduct, according to a UM statement.
UM said Bruce failed to “meet the clear expectations established to be a part of the Miami football program. We wish Sam well with his future academic and football endeavors.“
Bruce, from Fort Lauderdale-St. Thomas Aquinas, was a four-star recruit. He was expected to be an immediate contributor as a true freshman, but he was suspended the first three games of the season for an incident during his senior year of high school in which he was shown in a photo brandishing a gun. He transferred schools after the incident.
While suspended he broke his leg playing pickup basketball, which put him out for the year.
A source said UM had a long list of disciplinary issues with Bruce, and a major one was Bruce lied to coaches about playing basketball, a frowned-upon but not prohibited activity. Bruce claimed he was injured while riding his bike.
As a recruit, Bruce, 5-foot-8 and 180 pounds, was rated as high as the No. 7 wide receiver nationally by Rivals.com. Early last month, coach Mark Richt sounded encouraged about Bruce’s progress.
“Great practice player,” Richt said. “Works hard. Brings a lot of energy. He’s not getting as many reps as the other guys, so he’s fresher. But when he gets his reps, he’s going full-speed. He looks like a player.”