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: Miami Hurricanes get four football commitments; one basketball transfer to visit

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)

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It was a busy weekend for Miami recruiting, though none of the players interested in UM will make an impact next season.

The Hurricanes added four prep underclassman football recruits and secured a visit from a basketball transfer who will sit a year before suiting up.

Two of the football players are from the class of 2020: Henry Gray (6-foot-1, 180 pounds), a cornerback from Miami Central High, and Naples tight end Dominic Mammarelli (6-4, 220). Both are rated four stars by 247Sports. They join UM’s nine-player 2020 class, which is headlined by five-star wideout Leonard Manuel (Ocala).

Miami also picked up its first pair of 2021 commits, both of them unranked: Miami-Monsignor Pace safety James Williams (6-3, 200) and Miami Central offensive guard Laurence Seymore (6-1, 270). Canesport and 247Sports were first on the commitment news.

On the court, Oklahoma transfer guard Kameron McGusty (6-5, 190) will visit Coral Gables this weekend, a program source confirmed.

McGusty, who according to CBS Sports’ Jon Rothstein is also considering Virginia Tech and Houston, will have two years of eligibility after sitting out this season. He was ESPN’s 46th-ranked player in the 2016 signing class and the 10th-ranked shooting guard. Ceding playing time to lottery-bound freshman Trae Young last year, McGusty averaged 8.0 points, down from 14.4 as a freshman.

 

Recruiting: DL Willie Moise commits to Miami Hurricanes; updates on 2019, 2020 classes

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)

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The biggest news regarding Miami’s defensive line this week was the addition of new position coach Jess Simpson.

Mark Richt expressed plenty of excitement over Willie Moise’s commitment.

“Big recruiting news yesterday!” he tweeted Friday. “And I do mean BIG!”

Moise, a defensive tackle from Hollywood-Chaminade, pledged to Miami for 2020. He is not yet rated by recruiting websites, but according to 247Sports holds offers from LSU, Oklahoma, Tennessee, Pittsburgh and Kentucky.

He is listed at 6-foot-3 and 275 pounds. His Chaminade team won a Class 3A state title last year.

According to 247Sports’ database, the Hurricanes, one of six programs with a commit for 2020, are the only team with more than three. They are off to a killer start, too: Two of them are rated as five-stars, and three more are four-stars. Wide receiver Leonard Manuel is the seventh-best 2020 recruit in the nation, per 247, and athlete Avantae Williams is 14th. Defensive ends Tre’Von Riggins (69th) and Samuel Anaele (78th) are top-100 players, while receiver Jermaine Burton (107th) is just outside.

Miami’s 2019 class, like the 2020 group, has more commits (11) than anyone and as such, ranks first in the nation. It is headlined by four-star receivers Jeremiah Payton and Brieon Fuller.

 

Recruiting: DL Trevon Riggins commits to Miami Hurricanes

Craig Kuligowski (YouTube)
Miami defensive line coach Craig Kuligowski (YouTube)

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Since its recent rise as a prep football powerhouse, IMG Academy in Bradenton has been good to Miami.

The Hurricanes added another IMG product to its future reserves Wednesday, when Class of 2020 defensive lineman Trevon Riggins announced his commitment.

According to 247Sports, Riggins — who played at Lakewood High before transferring to IMG — is a four-star recruit (65th overall) and the fourth-best strong-side defensive end in his class. He is not rated by Rivals or ESPN. He is listed at 6-foot-4 and 260 pounds.

He participated in the Under Armour Future 50 event at that company’s All-America game in Orlando last week and told Diehards a commitment to UM could be coming soon (or later).

UM’s 2020 class, rated No. 1 nationally at this early juncture, also includes five-star wideout Leonard Manuel (second-best at his position, sixth overall) and two of Riggins’ highly rated teammates: five-star athlete Avantae Williams (13th overall, top-rated among players considered “athletes) and four-star receiver Jermaine Burton (101st overall, 22nd at his position). Hialeah-Champagnat athlete Marc Britt, who is unrated, has also committed.

The Hurricanes signed four-star IMG receiver Brian Hightower in the 2018 class and three players in 2015: four-star offensive tackle Tyree St. Louis, defensive end Scott Patchan and three-star defensive tackle Ryan Fines. UM has also welcomed numerous walk-ons from the school.

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https://twitter.com/VonRiggins/status/951146418470780928

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Recruiting: WR Marc Britt commits to Miami Hurricanes

Marc Britt (Diehards)

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The Hurricanes landed their third commitment for 2020.

Wide receiver Marc Britt, a 6-foot, 160-pound sophomore at Hialeah-Champagnat, said he’ll play for UM.

“This is definitely the right place for me,” he said on Twitter.

At this way-too-early juncture, recruiting services have not rated Britt, who caught a 36-yard touchdown pass in his team’s Class 2A state championship win over Jacksonville-University.

However, UM’s other two commits — safety Avantae Williams and wide receiver Leonard Manuel — are five-star prospects according to the 247Sports composite ratings.  Only seven schools have listed commitments for 2020.

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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.

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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.”

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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.”

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Paradise Camp 2017: Mark Richt performs annual backflip, top recruits expected to attend Saturday

Mark Richt has taken his annual Paradise plunge.

Growing up in Boca Raton, the future Hurricanes quarterback and head coach learned a fun party trick: how to execute a single backflip off the high-dive, falling backward and hitting the water feet-first. He perfected it during his college days, hanging out at the UM pool, and used to entertain his players and staff at Georgia by doing it during training camp.

Seeing their coach go head-first from 10 meters up — nearly 33 feet — at about 7 mph always got a big cheer.

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Last year, he started a new Miami tradition, flying high off that familiar platform and splashing down to set off the program’s new Paradise Camp recruiting event. Friday he did it again, in front of dozens of players and recruits at a pool party on campus:

Not everyone’s dive was as clean as his, though.

https://twitter.com/CoachMichaelee/status/888576474562928641

Some went with a forward flip:

And some went down the easy way:

https://twitter.com/TweedFlake/status/888551537064255489

Friday was devoted to underclassmen, but Paradise Camp continues Saturday with some of the best 11th- and 12th-grade talents in the Southeast. They will compete in drills and be coached by a host of former Hurricanes stars. Click here for a list.

Miami 2018 commits expected to attend, according to 247Sports, include:

Five-star running back Lorenzo Lingard
Four-star running back Cam’Ron Davis
Four-star receivers Mark Pope and Dee Wiggins
Four-star tight end Will Mallory
Four-star offensive linemen Cleveland Reed, John Campbell and Delone Scaife
Four-star defensive tackle Nesta Silvera and end Gregory Rousseau
Four-star defensive backs Josh Jobe, Al Blades Jr., Gurvan Hall and three-star D.J. Ivey 

Uncommitted recruits of note expected to attend, per 247, include wide receiver Tyquan Thornton, defensive end Kayode Oladele, cornerback Nigel Bethel and 2019 quarterback Zamar Wise. The Post reported two cornerbacks from Palm Beach County, Florida State commit Akeem Dent, a former UM pledge, and Kaiir Elam, will attend.

Recruiting: Ed Reed among guest coaches for Miami Hurricanes Paradise Camp 2017

(Twitter/UM)
(Twitter/UM)

Mark Richt, apparently, does not plan to mess with success.

The second edition of his Paradise Camp will look a lot like the first, with former Hurricanes stars serving as guest coaches to dozens of the nation’s top high school recruits. In the week leading up to the event, Richt tweeted his roster of guest coaches.

Monday, he named four: former UM linebackers Jonathan Vilma, Jon Beason and D.J. Williams, and tight end Jeremy Shockey.

Tuesday, running backs Willis McGahee and Najeh Davenport were added, along with receivers Devin Hester and Michael Irvin.

Wednesday, he named Bryant McKinnie and Brett Romberg, who will mentor the big men up front, and defensive backs Antrel Rolle and Kenny Phillips.

Thursday, two more well known names: defensive linemen Vince Wilfork and Calais Campbell. 

On Friday, Richt dropped a fan favorite: Ed Reed, one of the greatest safeties in history.

Last year, the event debuted with Ray Lewis and Michael Irvin speaking to attendees, UM coaches and former players instructing recruits through drills and everyone — really, everyone — giving positive reviews. Even the lightning decided to stay away.

The invite-only camp, which runs Friday for ninth- and 10th-graders and Saturday for those entering grades 11 and 12, will be held on UM’s intramural fields. The program is building a $34 million indoor practice facility on its usual practice home, Greentree.