Miami recruiting: All-American guard commit Cleveland Reed plans officials

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Miami is on its way to one of the best recruiting classes in the nation, and David Wilson and the DieHards.com team are in the eye of the storm to help you track the Hurricanes. Read daily notebooks here at 10 a.m. ET Monday through Friday and follow us on Twitter for the latest Miami recruiting news.

Cleveland Reed not ready to shut down recruitment

Fort Meade (Fla.) Middle-Senior High is a small school in a small town. It competes in Class 1A, the smallest classification in the Florida High School Athletic Association, and can be overlooked even in Polk County.

There hasn’t been a shortage of superstars to come through the small town, though. Brandon Fulse, who went on to play tight end for Auburn, was an Under Armour All-American in 2011.

Now Fort Meade has a second. Cleveland Reed, a 4-star guard committed to Miami, received his honorary jersey for the Under Armour All-America Game on Thursday. He’s a few months away from stepping out of the shadows and getting to prove himself in January on high school football’s biggest stage in Orlando.

“It’s a dream come true,” Reed told DieHards on Thursday. “Going against the top players in the country, that’s most exciting thing about it.”

Just as exciting is the opportunity to represent his town of about 5,000 people. His school, as the name suggests, is one of the few public schools in Florida to house both a middle and high school, and even that leaves the school with only about 700 students.

But Fort Meade still produces stars. Onterrio McCaleb, who spent some time in the NFL, is a former Miner, as is Andrew McCutchen. Reed wants to be the next.

“Fort Meade’s a small town,” said Reed, who plays tackle, guard and defensive tackle. “We have some of the best athletes, in my opinion, in Polk County. We’re just a small town. We’re all for each other and everyone’s got each other’s backs.”

Reed, who ranks as the No. 8 guard in the 247Sports composite rankings, isn’t sure the next time he’ll visit the Hurricanes and Miami won’t be his only visit destination. The senior said he also plans to see North Carolina, Florida, Alabama and Oklahoma after his season ends.

He doesn’t plan to early enroll with the Hurricanes, so he has until National Signing Day in February to make a final decision.

“My recruitment’s been good,” Reed said. “It’s been a roller coaster, but it’s been good.”

Miami sends out offers to pair of 2018 defensive ends

It doesn’t look like Miami is going to settle for just another defensive tackle to round out its Class of 2018 defensive line. The Hurricanes have ramped up the search for a defensive end and sent out a pair of offers to senior prospects Thursday.

The higher profile prospect to pull in an offer is Elijah Wade, a 4-star weakside defensive end from Arbor View High School in Las Vegas. Wade is ranked No. 14 at his position and has a long list of suitors, including Vanderbilt, Nebraska, Southern California, UCLA and California. He already has official visits lined up with the Cornhuskers and Bruins. He hasn’t given a significant update to his recruitment since June, though, so Miami probably has room to make a push.

The longer shot is Chris Collins, a 3-star defensive end from Benedictine College Preparatory in Richmond, Va.

The nation’s No. 29 weakside defensive end committed to North Carolina in May. He doesn’t seem likely to waver, but the Hurricanes’ strong start is leaving a good impression on prospects nationally.

Miami only has one defensive end committed so far, Gregory Rousseau, a 3-star weakside defensive end from Champagnat Catholic School in Hialeah, Fla. He has primarily played safety and wide receiver. The senior is probably a better fit as an outside linebacker in a 3-4 defense.

Miami is also trying to flip 3-star weakside defensive end Patrick Joyner away from Florida State. The senior is a teammate of 3-star Hurricanes cornerback commit D.J. Ivey at South Dade High School in Homestead, Fla.

RB Cam’Ron Davis, ATH Nigel Bethel shine on ESPN2

A handful of Miami commits and targets got a chance to play on a national stage Thursday when ESPN2 came to Miami to broadcast Miami Northwestern Senior High School’s district game against Miami Carol City Senior High School of Miami Gardens.

Miami Northwestern Senior did what most teams do against Miami Carol City Senior and loaded the box to slow 4-star running back Cam’Ron Davis. Miami Northwestern pulled out a 16-7 win, but the Miami commit punched in a touchdown during the first quarter to tie the game at 7-7.

The more impressive performances were from a pair of Hurricane targets for Northwestern.

On offense, Nigel Bethel was the Bulls’ most reliable big-play target. The 3-star athlete plays both wide receiver and cornerback for Northwestern, and Miami is targeting him as a defensive back. He named the Hurricanes a finalist along with Florida and Georgia.

On defense, Samuel Brooks put relentless pressure on Miami Carol City. ESPN2 credited him with 5 quarterback hurries and the 3-star outside linebacker finally broke through for a 21-yard sack during the fourth quarter. The pass rusher went down with an injury on the play and had to be carried off the field.

The junior hasn’t quite blown up as a prospect – he only has five other Power 5 offers – but he was probably the most impressive player on the field Thursday. He attended Miami’s Paradise Camp in July.

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