Miami recruiting: 4 Hurricanes commits win Florida state championships

The Florida high school season wrapped up Saturday with the final state championship games, and several Miami recruiting commits and targets returned home with state titles.

Three scholarship commits headed to Orlando this year with a chance to hoist a trophy. Throw in a couple other top remaining Hurricanes targets and it was a successful weekend for at least half a dozen players with Miami ties.

So, for one last time in 2017, let’s run through the top performing future Hurricanes from the past weekend. Without any major skill position targets in action, some standout defensive performances stole the show.

ATH Marc Britt

Class: 2020

High school: Champagnat Catholic (Hialeah, Fla.)

Size: 6-foot-2, 180 pounds

247Sports composite ranking: unranked

Recruitment status: Committed to Miami on Dec. 8, 2017

Marc Britt had a busy Friday. A still-unranked athlete in the Class of 2020, Britt helped Champagnat Catholic School win a state title during the day, then committed to Miami during the evening.

The sophomore shined as a wide receiver, pulling in 3 receptions for a game-high 87 yards and 1 touchdown during Champagnat Catholic’s 24-7 win against Jacksonville’s University Christian School. Britt also has played free safety at times, but not during the Class 2A championship game at Camping World Stadium in Orlando.

Instead, Britt showed why the Hurricanes could afford to accept his commitment so early. Two of Britt’s receptions went for more than 35 yards, including his 36-yard touchdown grab during the fourth quarter.

DT Nesta Silvera

Class: 2018

High school: American Heritage (Plantation, Fla.)

Size: 6-foot-2, 295 pounds

247Sports composite ranking: No. 15 defensive tackle, No. 166 overall

Recruitment status: Committed to Miami on Feb. 14, 2017

Nesta Silvera was his typically dominant self. His performance against Baker County High School of Glen St. Mary, Fla., in the Class 5A championship game was a bit different, though. The 4-star defensive tackle came away with a strip during the second quarter and ran it back 57 yards for a touchdown. American Heritage triggered a running clock by halftime and breezed to a 44-15 win Friday in Orlando.

The running clock meant the Patriots, ranked No. 3 in the MaxPreps Xcellent 25, didn’t need much from Silvera after halftime. The senior finished with 9 tackles and 1 tackle for a loss. American Heritage logged 1 sack during the blowout win.

All that mattered, however, was Silvera and American Heritage winning their third state title in four years. And the Army All-American defensive lineman got to don a Patriots turnover chain at Camping World Stadium before he’ll try to earn one for four years with the Hurricanes.

DE Gregory Rousseau

Class: 2018

High school: Champagnat Catholic

Size: 6-foot-7, 235 pounds

247Sports composite ranking: No. 25 weakside defensive end, No. 463 overall

Recruitment status: Committed to Miami on April 22, 2017

During the final game of his high school career, Gregory Rousseau got to show off everything that made him great for the Lions. The 3-star weakside defensive end made defensive plays in space, wreaked havoc in the backfield and displayed his talents as a goal-line threat on offense during Champagnat Catholic’s win against University Christian in the 2A title game.

The senior’s greatest contributions Friday in Orlando came on defense, where he has primarily been a free safety during his career. Rousseau finished with 9 total tackles, leading the Lions with 6 solo tackles, 3 1/2 tackles for a loss and 2 1/2 sacks. Champagnat Catholic racked up 7 sacks and intercepted the Christians once.

Rousseau’s other primary position during his career was wide receiver, where he was an all-state player a year ago. His playing time was limited there, but he made one key play at Camping World Stadium, hauling in a 2-point conversion to give Champagnat Catholic a 14-7 lead just before halftime.

T John Campbell

Class: 2018

High school: Dr. Phillips (Orlando)

Size: 6-foot-5, 303 pounds

247Sports composite ranking: No. 36 offensive tackle, No. 497 overall

Recruitment status: Committed to Miami on July 3, 2017

Dr. Phillips High School held control most of the way Saturday and hung on for a 17-7 win against Atlantic Community High School of Delray Beach, Fla., in the Class 8A championship game at Camping World Stadium.

John Campbell started in his usual spot for the Panthers, manning the left tackle position during the victory. The offensive lineman helped Dr. Phillips win its first state title after falling in the championship game last year.

The Panthers, however, won without much offense. Dr. Phillips became the first team since 2002 to win a Florida High School Athletic Association state title without scoring an offense touchdown during the game. Campbell, a 3-star offensive tackle, and the Panthers offense managed fewer than 200 yards.

LS Clay James

Class: 2018

High school: Cocoa (Fla.)

Size: 5-foot-11, 215 pounds

247Sports composite ranking: unranked

Recruitment status: Committed to Miami as a preferred walk-on on July 13, 2017

Cocoa High School fell just short of winning a state championship, falling 13-10 to Jacksonville’s William M. Raines High School in the Class 4A final Thursday in Orlando.

James is exclusively a long snapper for the Tigers, so his workload on scoring plays was limited. Cocoa hit a 46-yard field goal during the second quarter and also converted its only extra-point attempt at Camping World Stadium. The Tigers punted 7 times for an average of 38.4 yards.

The unranked long snapper isn’t on track to start as a freshman but is viewed as the Hurricanes’ future at the position. The senior won’t arrive in Coral Gables with a scholarship, although he is on track to earn one down the road. Miami will have a pair of senior long snappers on the roster next season, allowing James to redshirt.

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