WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. — Deajaun McDougle has plenty of familiarity with Miami. The 3-star wide receiver from Deerfield Beach (Fla.) Hihg School is only coming up on his junior year, but he’s already visited the Hurricanes four or five times — and that was all before Miami even offered.
That finally changed May 1. Hurricanes assistant coach Ron Dugans stopped by Deerfield Beach for a practice and extended an offer to one of South Florida’s best for the Class of 2020.
“I had a few conversations with Coach Ron,” McDougle told DieHards on Saturday after the Bucks spring game win against Glades Central of Belle Glade, Fla. “He came out to watch me and he saw what I can do, so I think he’s really on me now.”
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McDougle expected the offer to come for a while. The 5-foot-10, 160-pound receiver visited Miami for its underclassman day on March 31 and had a chance to talk with Dugans. The wide receivers coach made an effort to start building a relationship with McDougle and let the wideout know he was keeping tabs on him.
“He talked to me, he wanted to take a picture, he said he wanted to work out,” McDougle said. “He said he was going to come see me for spring.”
The Hurricanes once again had coaches in attendance Saturday, at least in part to see McDougle. Seven schools descended on Palm Beach Lakes for a spring scrimmage. While most coaches were gone by the time Deerfield Beach kicked off around 8 p.m., defensive coordinator Manny Diaz stuck around for the first half of the Bucks win.
The coaching staff — and Miami’s success — has helped put the Hurricanes on the map for the South Florida prospect. Miami sent out its offer to McDougle a few weeks after 5-star wide receiver Leonard Manuel de-committed from its 2020 class and a couple of weeks before 4-star wide receiver Jermaine Burton did the same.
McDougle, whom 247Sports.com ranks as the No. 47 player in Florida for his class, could become a more serious option in the coming months as he competes at camps in Coral Gables, Fla.
“I didn’t grow up a Miami fan,” McDougle said, “but Miami caught my attention over the past year.”
Interest is already significant in McDougle, though. The junior claims nearly 30 offers and will visit 33 schools next month on a bus tour with teammates. Stops will include Florida State, Mississippi and Oklahoma, which McDougle also visited April 14.
At this point, the Sooners are one of the standouts in McDougle’s recruitment, along with Ohio State and Penn State. North Carolina and South Carolina are among some of the other notable offers for the athlete.
McDougle plans to visit the Hurricanes again for some of their camps. He’ll certainly be at Greentree Practice Fields for Paradise Camp in July. But with all he already knows about Miami and Dugans, McDougle feels good about where the Hurricanes stand.
“He’s a great coach. Great background, where he’s been. He recruits good receivers,” McDougle said. “He knows how to spread the ball. Everyone gets the ball.”