How did Paradise Camp weekend go for the Hurricanes? A look at each commitment Miami received, plus other tidbits

The Hurricanes held Paradise Camp this past weekend at the University of Miami in Coral Gables. (Photo from Steve Gorten)

What kind of weekend did the Hurricanes football program have? A productive one.

Miami hosted its third annual Paradise Camp, and it was a big success. About 200 high school football players took part in the two-day event held at the Coral Gables campus, which featured a pool party/cookout Friday and actual football drills on Saturday night. Continue reading “How did Paradise Camp weekend go for the Hurricanes? A look at each commitment Miami received, plus other tidbits”

Recruiting: Blue-chip LB Anthony Solomon commits to Miami Hurricanes

Anthony Solomon posted the following images on Twitter after announcing his college decision. (Twitter)

[One encouraging sign for UM’s offense entering 2018]
[Backup QBs pushing starter Malik Rosier]

One of Miami’s major goals in recruiting: rebuild its linebacker unit.

Anthony Solomon should help them do so.

Solomon, a four-star recruit from Fort Lauderdale-St. Thomas Aquinas, announced his commitment to UM on Wednesday.

Listed by Rivals at 6-foot and 200 pounds, Solomon is the No. 6 inside linebacker (No. 155 overall) in Rivals’ rankings. He is No. 12 among outside linebackers (No. 175 overall) according to 247Sports. ESPN rates him No. 115 overall and No. 11 among outside linebackers. He is a consensus four-star recruit.

Rivals called him a “hyper-athletic linebacker that shines in coverage and possesses impressive ball skills. Should he maintain his versatility as he packs on muscle, his ceiling is incredibly high.”

Solomon picked UM over Michigan, and also had offers from multiple other programs including Alabama, Auburn, Clemson, Florida, Florida State and Georgia.

Miami, which signed four-star prospect Patrick Joyner for 2018, also has three-star linebackers Jesiah Pierre (6-2, 220) and Samuel Brooks (6-1, 195) in its 11-member 2019 class, which is rated No. 2 nationally by 247Sports.

UM needs new blood with starters Shaq Quarterman, Michael Pinckney and Zach McCloud entering their junior seasons. All will be eligible to turn pro afterward. No guarantee they will, but the potential exists. Backups Mike Smith and Charles Perry are seniors, and UM lost reserves Jamie Gordinier (retired because of injury) and Darrion Owens (transfer).

Miami is hopeful its 2017 class — sophomores De’Andre Wilder, Bradley Jennings and Waynmon Steed — can emerge as starter-caliber players by the end of this season. Solomon, along with Joyner and the other 2019 commits, represent the next wave.

See Solomon’s highlight tape here:

Recruiting: OLB Diamante Howard decommits from Miami Hurricanes

Diamante Howard (247Sports)
Diamante Howard (247Sports)

[Saturday notes: QB mobility, RB change, OL absent, DE ‘problem]
[A look at Miami’s expected depth chart through three practices]
[7 talking points with Blake James, incl. UM-FIU at Marlins Park]
[Video: The most interesting quotes from UM spring practice]
[UM Sports HOF ceremony date; Mark Richt spring speaking tour]

A longtime Miami commit has backed off his pledge.

Diamante Howard, a Class of 2019 outside linebacker at Miami Southridge High, announced on Twitter he is no longer a member of Miami’s upcoming recruiting class.

Diehards reported Miami had “cooled” in the last year on Howard, who committed in 2016. According to Diehards, Howard (6-foot-2, 178 pound) “never filled out physically in the manner Miami hoped and schools have begun to look at the linebacker as a prospect in the secondary.”

According to 247Sports, Howard is a three-star recruit and the 590th-best player nationally.  He also happens to be the cousin of the late Sean Taylor, the beloved UM Sports Hall of Famer.

UM’s 2019 class, which is ranks second nationally per 247, includes 11 commits. Two of them are three-star linebackers: Jesiah Pierre (6-2, 220, from Mount Dora Christian) and Samuel Brooks (6-1, 195, from Miami Northwestern).

Howard told Diehards that he is now interested in Florida, Georgia, Tennessee and UCF.

SPRING FOOTBALL  2018 

[Porter’s Day 2 recap, video chat]
[Watch N’Kosi Perry, Miami QBs throw at practice]
[Jackson hoping to prove he’s no one-hit wonder]
[DL believes it still has talent to excel]

[Rosier: If UM isn’t ‘dominating ACC, something’s wrong]
[Perry stepping up as a leader, teammate says]
[Lingard a ‘freak,’ two other freshmen stand out]
[Early observations from Miami practice]
[10 important storylines to follow]

Recruiting: 2019 LB Samuel Brooks commits to Miami Hurricanes

(Twitter.com/NoLimitSam1)

[Who is Jess Simpson, Miami’s new DL coach?]

[Injured Berrios pulls out of combine]

[5 takeaways from Miami-VT | Video | ACC bracket set]

The Hurricanes added a local linebacker to their 2019 recruiting class.

Samuel Brooks, a senior-to-be at Miami Northwestern High, committed to Miami on Saturday.

Brooks, listed at 6-2 and 195 pounds, chose UM over South Carolina, according to 247Sports.

He is the No. 55 outside linebacker in 247Sports’ rankings. ESPN and Rivals haven’t ranked him, but like 247Sports, those websites consider Brooks a three-star recruit.

Since January, he has collected offers from Arkansas, North Carolina State, Auburn, Florida, Northern Illinois and the Gamecocks.

Brooks tore the ACL and MCL in one of his knees as a junior, but UM expects a full recovery.

“When I got injured that took a lot of eyes off of me, but Miami was always there,” Brooks told InsideTheU. “Every time that I talked with them they just asked if my knee was getting better, but were never really concerned about the future. They just recruited me like everyone else. I’m ahead of schedule with the recovery and everything so they are excited.”

Miami is looking for its next wave of linebackers, with Shaq Quarterman, Michael Pinckney and Zach McCloud entering their draft-eligible junior seasons. The other linebackers in Miami’s 2019 class are three-star prospects Diamante Howard (Miami Southridge High) and Jesiah Pierre (Mount Dora Christian). UM signed one in 2018, three-star Patrick Joyner.

The Hurricanes have 12 commits in the 2019 class — more than anyone in the nation — and rank No. 1 in 247Sports’ composite ratings.

Brooks’ highlight tape:

Recruiting: WR Jeremiah Payton commits to Miami Hurricanes

In this image from a UM-produced video, wide receivers coach Ron Dugans shows Stacy Coley the physical side of a drill. (YouTube)
In this image from a 2016 UM-produced video, wide receivers coach Ron Dugans shows Stacy Coley the physical side of a drill. (YouTube)

[DL coach Kuligowski leaves Hurricanes]

The Hurricanes added a four-star wide receiver to their 2019 recruiting class.

Jeremiah Payton, from Neptune Beach-Fletcher High, announced his commitment on Tuesday.

Payton (6-3, 180) is ranked 83rd among all 2019 prospects by 247Sports, and 15th among wide recievers. ESPN ranks him 105th and 20th at his position. Rivals lists him 156th and 29th at his position. He chose UM over offers from Alabama, Arkansas and more than a dozen others.

He becomes the highest-rated player in Miami’s 2019 class, which also includes four-star wideout Brieon Fuller (Miami-Doral Academy). With his commitment, 247Sports now ranks UM’s group of 10 commits No. 1 nationally for 2019.

Payton’s highlight tape:

Recruiting: OL Kingsley Eguakun commits to Miami Hurricanes

Mark Richt poses with Kingsley Eguakun at last summer’s Paradise Camp on UM’s campus. (Twitter)

Miami added another offensive lineman to its 2019 class Friday.

Kingsley Eguakun, a guard-center prospect from Jacksonville-Atlantic Coast, told 247Sports he gave a commitment to UM. He later announced the move on Twitter.

Eguakun, listed at 6-foot-3 and 293 pounds, is not yet rated by recruiting websites. He was offered by Miami last April and visited UM for last July’s Paradise Camp. According to 247Sports, he had offers from Louisville and UAB and was being recruited by Florida.

He is the third offensive lineman in the Hurricanes’ 2019 class, which ranks sixth in the 247Sports’ composite ratings (yes, it’s still very early). The others are three-star tacke Brandon Cinningham, of Mississippi, and Palm Beach Central High three-star tackle Renato Brown.

View his highlights:

https://twitter.com/Keguakun/status/951945972971638784

Recruiting: RB Marcus Crowley commits to Miami Hurricanes; notes on Samuel, Jobe, Surtain

A general view of a helmet at Miami practice at Greentree Fields, Aug. 2016. (Miami Herald)
A general view of a helmet at Miami practice at Greentree Fields, Aug. 2016. (Miami Herald)

[2018 QB Williams commits to Miami]

[Rosier knows starting QB job isn’t promised]

[UM recruiting 2018 December overview: Offense | Defense]

[Orange Bowl: Miami, Wisconsin have plenty in common]

Miami has a running back commit for 2019.

Marcus Crowley, a three-star prospect (according to Rivals) from Jacksonville, committed to the Hurricanes. He plays at Trinity Christian, the same school as UM freshman safety Derrick Smith and junior defensive tackle Kendrick Norton. He is listed at 6-foot and 200 pounds.

Miami’s 2019 class, which is rated eighth nationally by 247Sports (note that many players from that cycle have yet to be sized up), includes a wide receiver (four-star Brieon Fuller), two offensive linemen (three-stars Renato Brown, of Palm Beach Central, and Brandon Cunningham), two three-star defensive athletes listed as outside linebackers (Diamante Howard and Jesiah Pierre), and unrated defensive tackle Denzel Daxon.

Several of UM’s top targets, according to 247Sports, include five-star Davie-University School athlete Josh Sanguinette and four-star running back Kenny McIntosh, four-star Bradenton-IMG Academy offensive lineman Evan Neal, four-star Wellington athlete Mark Richards (Ahmmon’s brother) and four-star Fort Lauderdale-Cardinal Gibbons defensive end Khris Bogle.

Noteworthy: 

* Per Canesport, Miami is once again recruiting Florida State commit Asante Samuel, a four-star cornerback/nickel, after Jimbo Fisher’s departure to Texas A&M. “It’s a chance,” Samuel told Canesport when asked if Miami was in it.

* Four-star UM safety commit Josh Jobe told Canesport he was not taking an official visit to Miami — but will see Alabama next weekend, before signing during the Dec. 20-22 early signing period. Jobe, formerly of Miami-Columbus and attending prep school in Connecticut, said he is still committed to the Hurricanes but choosing between Alabama and UM. He told 247Sports there was a “120 percent chance” the Crimson Tide could convince him to change his commitment from the Hurricanes.

* Rivals.com national analyst Rob Cassidy reported this on the nation’s top-rated cornerback, five-star prospect Patrick Surtain Jr.:

“Miami has made a strong move with Surtain in recent days, but the Hurricanes and everyone else are still chasing the Tigers. Alabama and Clemson still have a puncher’s chance, with Ohio State being the dark horse. Surtain will not announce a commitment until Signing Day in February, so his upcoming official visits will likely mean everything.”

Video: Ed Reed’s speech to Miami Hurricanes recruits at 2017 Paradise Camp

Hurricanes great Ed Reed was one of the former UM stars who returned to campus Saturday as guest coaches for Paradise Camp. He was the featured speaker at the event, and shared five-plus minutes of advice with recruits after the camp ended.

See the entire video above, and click here for more thoughts from Reed on his personal coaching aspirations and future plans.

More from Paradise Camp 2017: 

[Richt, old Canes fired up about future]

[Young Playmaker: Irvin high on UM’s Richards]

[Four-star 2019 OL commits to Miami]

[Catching up with Ed Reed]

[Camp speeches: Reed | Irvin]

Ed Reed speaks to recruits at Miami's Paradise Camp 2017. (Matt Porter/The Palm Beach Post)
Ed Reed speaks to recruits at Miami’s Paradise Camp 2017. (Matt Porter/The Palm Beach Post)

Video: Michael Irvin’s speech at Miami Hurricanes Paradise Camp: ‘Write your story well’

Michael Irvin spoke to a couple hundred recruits Saturday at Miami’s second annual Paradise Camp.

Moved to say a few words after Ed Reed gave a lengthier speech, Irvin’s message was brief and focused.

“We’re reminiscing about our history,” he said of the former Hurricanes who coached at the camp.

“You’re writing yours. Let me tell you: Write well. Don’t let anybody write your story for you.”

Write well, he said, “so you can one day be like us, and reminisce well.”

More from Paradise Camp 2017: 

[Richt, old Canes fired up about future]

[Young Playmaker: Irvin high on UM’s Richards]

[Four-star 2019 OL commits to Miami]

[Catching up with Ed Reed]

[Camp speeches: Reed | Irvin]

Michael Irvin speaks to recruits at Miami's Paradise Camp 2017. (Matt Porter/The Palm Beach Post)
Michael Irvin speaks to recruits at Miami’s Paradise Camp 2017. (Matt Porter/The Palm Beach Post)

Video: Ed Reed on aspirations of coaching Miami Hurricanes, future plans

Ed Reed has heard the question — Is ‘The U’ back? — so many times, he has an answer ready.

“Miami has never left,” he said.

“Teams go through things. Teams struggle. Last time I checked, we’ve still got championships here. We’ve been through sanctions and stuff like that. We’ll come up out of it. We have before. We’re back? We’ll see. It’s another year. A new year. We’re gong to take it one practice at time, one game at a time.”

Reed, almost certainly a future Hall of Fame safety (college in 2018, pro in 2019), was one of the former UM stars who returned to campus Saturday as guest coaches for Paradise Camp. He gave a speech to a couple hundred recruits afterward. The main message: make good choices.

Check back later Sunday to see the full video.

After that, we caught up with Reed for a few good minutes:

* He couldn’t watch the Hurricanes last year, given his duties as an assistant defensive backs coach with the Buffalo Bills. His thoughts on Miami:

“I just know coach is doing the right things, saying the right things to these guys,” he said. “Players have to take control.”

* What’s next for Reed, personally?

“I’m thinking 500 million, maybe a billionaire at some point,” he joked. “I’m trying to get my future comfortable as far as my finances and my life.”

Reed said he’s building a park in his home neighborhood of Saint Rose in New Orleans, working on his foundation and spending time with his family, including his 9-year-old son, Edward (who, interestingly, is a Patriots fan).

“The biggest thing right now is kids, the communities, and building up these young men,” he said.

* In January, Reed wasn’t retained by new Bills coach Sean McDermott. He spent one year in Buffalo, his first coaching opportunity, under Rex Ryan, who was fired in December. Ryan, his former defensive coordinator with the Baltimore Ravens, predicted Reed would be a head coach one day.

After Al Golden’s dismissal in 2015, Reed was a popular choice among fans to return to Coral Gables as a coach. Does he have aspirations of coaching at Miami?

“Yeah, I definitely do,” he said. “You will see me here, you’ll hear about it, I guarantee it. If coach wants me, needs me to come here and help, I’m going to come here and watch film with the guys, talk to them. I’ve got a couple recruits here I would love to work with if they came here. That’s on them, that’s going to be on coach. I definitely will be back here helping out in some form or fashion.”

More from Paradise Camp 2017: 

[Richt, old Canes fired up about future]

[Young Playmaker: Irvin high on UM’s Richards]

[Four-star 2019 OL commits to Miami]

[Catching up with Ed Reed]

[Camp speeches: Reed | Irvin]