Miami recruiting: Hurricanes’ strong start impresses pair of IMG juniors

Miami recruiting-Evan Neal-Noah Cain

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With 11 seconds left in Miami’s 24-20 win against Florida State, if you were looking at the sidelines you could get a glimpse into the style Mark Richt coaches with.

He wanted to let Malik Rosier take one last shot at the end zone. He wanted to let his quarterback make a play – as long as he didn’t try to do too much.

Watching the game on TV, Evan Neal could read the coach’s lips. It was exactly the sort of message he likes to see.

“I like the way coach Mark Richt coaches. Even in the Florida State game, I was watching. It even showed him on the TV. I read his lips. He said, ‘Be smart. Take the shot,'” said Neal, a 4-star guard from IMG Academy. “I like those type of coaches.”

Wins like the one Saturday are games Richt can point to when he meets with recruits during the next couple months. They serve as proof he has the Hurricanes moving in the right direction after years of wallowing in mediocrity.

The path to a Class of 2019 as good as its Class of 2018 for Miami could go through Bradenton, Fla., where two of the Hurricanes’ most highly touted targets are playing for IMG. Neal is arguably most important. The 6-foot-8, 385-pound offensive lineman is considered the No. 5 guard by 247Sports composite rankings. He has the ability to play either tackle or guard at the next level and considering Miami’s dearth of tackles in this class, he’ll be a priority.

The entire start to the season has been encouraging for Neal, who is also considering the Seminoles, Alabama and Georgia. The win against Florida State only solidified his early optimism.

“Watching Miami lose to Florida State for the past seven years and then to win the game with 11 seconds left on the clock, that’s big time,” Neal said.

The win and strong start left the same sort of impression on Noah Cain. The 5-star running back is the top-ranked junior at his position and has frequently listed the Hurricanes among his favorites.

The 5-11, 215-pound back went a little more in depth about Miami on Tuesday. To him – and most recruits – it’s not just about rivalry wins, but there’s no denying it helps.

“They were close to beating them last year and that was kind of a depleted team, so this year to get that win at Florida State, that’s big time for them national-wise,” Cain said. “They’re going to keep building from there.”

Commit stats tracker

Last week was one of the busiest on the high school football calendar. Make-up games for Hurricane Irma filled the early part of the week, leaving some teams with three games in eight days. It meant a chance for some Miami commits to put up some big stats lines. Here how they all fared and where their numbers now stand this year:

(** indicates stats may be incomplete)

RB Lorenzo Lingard

High school: University (Orange City, Fla.)

Team record: 2-2

Last week: Lorenzo Lingard ran wild for his best game of the season Friday. The 5-star running back piled up 338 yards and 4 touchdowns on 24 carries during University High School’s 50-49 loss in Orange City.

Season stats: 91 carries, 764 yards, 9 touchdowns; 2 catches, 5 yards

Next: University continues district play Friday with another home game against Winter Springs (Fla.) High School.

TE Brevin Jordan

High school: Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas)

Team record: 5-2

Last week: Brevin Jordan scored a touchdown for the sixth straight week during Bishop Gorman High School’s 56-0 road rout of Las Vegas’ Ed W. Clark High School on Friday. The 4-star tight end, who also plays some outside linebacker, had a 25-yard touchdown run on a direct snap plus a 15-yard catch in Vegas.

Season stats: 28 catches, 493 yards, 5 touchdowns, 1 2-point conversion; 3 carries, 30 yards, 1 touchdown; 1 tackle

Next: Bishop Gorman hosts crosstown rival Desert Oasis High School in another league game on Friday.

QB Artur Sitkowski

High school: IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.)

Team record: 4-0

Last week: Artur Sitkowski returned to action for the second half of IMG’s 38-14 road win against Venice (Fla.) High School on Friday. The 4-star quarterback went 5 for 10 for 19 yards. The senior also had 4 carries for 14 yards.

Season stats: 42 for 72, 323 yards, 2 touchdowns, 3 interceptions; 22 carries, 2 yards

Next: IMG is off this week before traveling to Salt Lake City, Utah, to face East High School on Oct. 20.

WR Mark Pope

High school: Miami Southridge

Team record: 3-2

Last week: Mark Pope didn’t catch a pass, but had 2 carries for 7 yards during Miami Southridge High School’s 44-0 loss to Miami Carol City Senior High School of Miami Gardens, Fla., on Friday in Miami.

Season stats: 6 catches, 139 yards, 1 touchdown; 2 carries, 7 yards

Next: Southridge is off this week before hosting Homestead (Fla.) High School for a district game Oct. 19.

CB Al Blades Jr.

High school: St. Thomas Aquinas (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.)

Team record: 5-1

This week: Al Blades Jr. logged 2 tackles during St. Thomas Aquinas High School’s 14-0 win against Deerfield Beach (Fla.) High School on Friday in Fort Lauderdale.

Season stats: 5 tackles, 1 pass defended

Next: St. Thomas Aquinas returns to district play with a home game against Fort Lauderdale High School on Friday.

CB Josh Jobe

High school: Cheshire (Conn.) Academy

Team record: 4-0

Last week: Josh Jobe grabbed his first interception for Cheshire during a 35-5 road win against Suffield (Conn.) Academy on Saturday.

Season stats: 1 interception

Next: Cheshire hosts a Canadian team Friday when St. Joseph High School of Ottawa comes down to Connecticut.

WR Brian Hightower

High school: IMG Academy

Team record: 4-0

Last week: Brian Hightower led IMG with 4 catches for 59 yards and a touchdown during its win in Venice.

Season stats: 23 catches, 258 yards, 3 touchdowns

Next: IMG has the week off before facing East in Salt Lake City on Oct. 20.

S Gurvan Hall

High school: Palm Beach Gardens (Fla.) Community

Team record: 3-3

Last week: Gurvan Hall scored 2 touchdowns during Palm Beach Gardens Community High School’s 35-28 road loss to Pahokee (Pla.) High School. The 4-star safety’s first score came on a 95-yard kick return. The senior’s second came on a 51-yard reception.

Season stats: 3 catches, 77 yards, 1 touchdown; 14 tackles, 2 tackles for loss**; 1 kick-return touchdown, 1 punt-return touchdown

Next: Palm Beach Gardens is off this week before hosting Wellington (Fla.) High School for a district game Oct. 20

CB Gilbert Frierson

High school: Coral Gables (Fla.) Senior

Team record: 2-4

Last week: Gilbert Frierson scored 2 touchdowns during Coral Gables Senior High School’s 34-21 road loss to Booker T. Washington High School in Miami. The 4-star cornerback brought a kickoff back 82 yards for his first kick-return touchdown of the season and also had a 77-yard touchdown catch.

Season stats: 4 catches, 197 yards, 3 touchdowns; 1 kick-return touchdown; 2 punt-return touchdowns

Next: Coral Gables returns to district play Friday at home against Miami Coral Park High School.

RB Cam’Ron Davis

High school: Miami Carol City Senior (Miami Gardens, Fla.)

Team record: 4-1

Last week: Cam’Ron Davis had 3 carries for 10 yards and 2 catches for 13 yards during Miami Carol City’s rout of Southridge.

Season stats: 21 carries, 99 yards, 3 touchdowns; 5 catches, 101 yards, 1 touchdown**

Next: Carol City Senior heads to Miami for a Thursday district game against Miami Northwestern High School on ESPN2.

TE Will Mallory

High school: Providence (Jacksonville)

Team record: 1-5

Last week: Providence School, which has played without Will Mallory this season because of injury, finally picked up its first win Friday with a 47-0 road win against Jacksonville’s Samuel W. Wolfson High School.

Season stats: N/A

Next: Providence returns home Friday to host Episcopal School of Jacksonville.

G Cleveland Reed

High school: Fort Meade (Fla.) Middle-Senior

Team record: 2-4

Last week: Cleveland Reed went both ways for Fort Meade Middle-Senior High School during a 41-7 home loss to Avon Park (Fla.) High School on Friday. Reed has played tackle, guard and defensive tackle for Fort Meade this year.

Season stats: N/A

Next: Fort Meade travels to Lakeland, Fla., for a road game against Tenoroc High School.

DT Nesta Silvera

High school: American Heritage (Plantation, Fla.)

Team record: 4-0

Last week: Nesta Silvera recorded 7 tackles, including a tackle for a loss, during American Heritage School’s 42-3 road win against Stranahan High School in Fort Lauderdale.

Season stats: 28 tackles, 6 tackles for a loss, 1 sack

Next: American Heritage travels to Fort Lauderdale for a district game against Cardinal Gibbons High School on Friday.

G Delone Scaife

High school: Miami Southridge

Team record: 3-2

Last week: Delone Scaife started at left tackle and had a tackle for a loss during Southridge’s blowout loss to Carol City.

Season stats: 1 tackle, 1 tackle for loss**

Next: Southridge has the week off before hosting Homestead on Oct. 19.

WR Daquris Wiggins

High school: Miami Southridge

Team record: 3-2

Last week: Daquris Wiggins was shut out during Southridge’s shutout loss to Carol City.

Season stats: 5 catches, 44 yards, 2 touchdowns**

Next: Southridge has a bye this week and will host Homestead on Oct. 19.

T John Campbell

High school: Dr. Phillips (Orlando)

Team record: 4-2

This week: John Campbell started at left tackle in a pair of losses during the past week, first on the road against Wekiva High School in Apopka, Fla., on Thursday, then at home Monday in a 21-14 loss to Apopka High School.

Season stats: N/A

Next: Dr. Phillips goes back on the road Friday for a crosstown matchup against Freedom High School in Orlando.

DE Gregory Rousseau

High school: Champagnat Catholic (Hialeah, Fla.)

Team record: 5-1

Last week: Champagnat Catholic School posted its third straight shutout with a 32-0 road win against Miami Edison High School. Gregory Rousseau primarily plays safety and wide receiver for Champagnat Catholic despite his status as a 3-star weakside defensive end.

Season stats: 32 tackles, 5 tackles for loss, 3 sacks, 1 forced fumble, 5 passes defended**; 2 catches, 8 yards, 1 touchdown

Next: Champagnat Catholic is off before going back on the road against Fort Lauderdale’s University High School.

CB D.J. Ivey

High school: South Dade (Homestead)

Team record: 5-0

Last week: D.J. Ivey pulled in another interception during South Dade High School’s 37-7 win against North Miami Beach (Fla.) High School on Friday in Homestead.

Season stats: 18 tackles, 4 passes defended, 3 interceptions

Next: South Dade hits the road to face Miami Killian High School on Thursday.

K Bubba Baxa

High school: Pasadena (Texas) Memorial

Team record: 2-1

Last week: Bubba Baxa drilled a 54-yard field goal during Pasadena Memorial High School’s 38-13 road win against Dobie High School on Friday in Houston. The 3-star kicker also made all 5 of his extra-point attempts.

Season stats: 12 for 12 extra points, 1 for 2 field goals, 1 50-plus field goal

Next: Pasadena Memorial returns home Friday to host crosstown rival Sam Rayburn High School.

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