Hurricanes Keeping More Area Stars Home

Larry Blustein
April 18, 2018 - 11:43 am
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Larry Blustein

If you grew up in South Florida and follow the University of Miami football program, you know the drill when it comes to local recruiting.

No matter how many star-rated players the Hurricanes land from all over the country, the only thing that matters is to most of the fans and supporters is locking down the 305/954/561.

For years, no matter how much success this program has had, fans will also dwell on the nationally-rated prospects that escaped the Hurricanes from South Florida – and over the past three years – you can see that shift starting to change again.

After last Saturday night’s annual Spring Game at Hard Rock Stadium, it is evident that the rise to the top is loaded with athletes that have played high school football in Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach. In fact, heading into the spring, 38 players are currently in Coral Gables and another group of locals coming in over the next two months.

“Having followed recruiting down here since the 1980’s, it has always been about who Miami didn’t get from down here,” said Dana Wiley of Prep Films – Florida. “But if you look at the roster – through the years – you will find that they have been able to keep a ton of stars home. Every football hotbed is going to lose locals.”

While some continue to focus on who the Hurricanes don’t sign every year, it would be wise for them to do some research on the players they have landed and have kept home.

During the past few regimes, many battles have been lost to the state schools – as well as to powers all over the country – but that has always happened. Even when Fran Curci and Pete Elliott had .500 teams, a number of local stars opted to stay home – because they grew up ‘Cane fans – and as an Independent, they played some quality schools every year.

“When recruiting South Florida, you have to understand that there is so much high level talent, everyone cannot stay home,” longtime analyst C.J. Kroll pointed out. “You can definitely see what Mark Richt and this staff have done to keep local standouts at home.”

Here is a look at players who are currently on the Hurricanes’ roster – with less than a week another scrimmage away from the end of spring:


Colvin Alford, S, Miami Coral Reef

Robert Burns, RB, Miami Gulliver Prep

Calvin Carrie, WR, Fort Lauderdale Westminster Academy

Gilbert Frierson, DB, Coral Gables

Jonathan Garvin, DL, Lake Worth

Gurvin Hall, S, Palm Beach Gardens

Kai-Leon Herbert, OL, Plantation American Heritage

D.J. Ivey, DB, Homestead South Dade

Gregory Rousseau, DE, Hialeah Champagnat Catholic

Delone Scaife, OL, Miami Southridge

Waynmon Steed, LB, Miami Central

Darian Stephenson, LB, Miami Westminster Christian

Daquris Wiggins, WR, Miami Southridge


Trajan Bandy, DB, Miami Christopher Columbus

Amari Carter, DB, Palm Beach Gardens

Navaughn Donaldson, OL, Miami Central

Nicholas Ducheine, TE, Miami Dade Christian

Jon Ford, DL, Fort Lauderdale Dillard

Corey Gaynor, OL, Parkland Douglas

Mike Harley, WR, Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas

Travis Homer, RB, West Palm Beach Oxbridge

Shaun Walker, LB, Fort Lauderdale Cardinal Gibbons

De’Andre Wilder, OLB, Miami Carol City


Danny Dominguez, FB, Miami Gulliver Prep

Justin Goldberg, OL, Weston Cypress Bay

Michael Irvin, Jr., TE, Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas

Joseph Jackson, DL, Miami Gulliver Prep

Robert Knowles, DB, Miami Edison

Zach McCloud, OLB, Lantana Santaluces

Ammon Richards, WR, Wellington


Jhavonte Dean, DB, South Dade

Trayone Gray, RB, Miami Carol City

Demetrius Jackson, DL, Miami Booker T. Washington

Jaquan Johnson, S, Miami Killian

Darrell Langham, WR, Lantana Santaluces

Charles Perry, LB, Royal Palm Beach

Sheldrick Redwine, DB, Miami Killian

Mike Smith, FB/LB, Miami Northwestern


The Hurricanes’ local connection will continue into the summer – when recruits Nesta Silvera (DL, Plantation American Heritage), Mark Pope (WR, Miami Southridge), Al Blades, Jr. (DB, Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas), Patrick Joyner (DE, Homestead South Dade), Nigel Bethel (WR, Miami Northwestern) and running back Cam’Ron Davis (Miami Carol City) add to that impressive total of football players from South Florida.

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