For the third time in eight days, Marcus Fleming showed up for a Mark Richt Football Camp on June 11. The 3-star wide receiver made the trip this time — for the second time — with his teammates at Miami Southridge High School to play in a 7-on-7 tournament in front of Miami coaches.
Eight days earlier, Fleming put on a show in front of Hurricanes wide receivers coach Ron Dugans. The 5-foot-11, 175-pound receiver reeled in deep balls, made plays in the middle of the field and even played cornerback in Coral Gables, Fla. Miami Southridge won the first Mark Richt Camp tournament of the summer. Fleming walked away with an offer from the hometown team.
“He was like, I have received a scholarship to the University of Miami. I was excited,” Fleming told DieHards on June 3 in Coral Gables, recalling his conversation with Dugans. “It was exciting. I was happy.
“I’ve been waiting on this for a little while now.”
Less than two weeks later, felt comfortable enough to commit to his dream school. The junior returned for two visits June 10 and 11, then another June 13 with his mother. Fleming committed before he left campus.
I’m glad to say I’m committed to the university of Miami 🙌🏾🙌🏾 I wanna thank my mom & everyone else who supported me such as @CoachDD_Cooney @r81dugans @MarkRicht @Andrew_Ivins glad to stay home 🤞🏾📗📙📗📙 pic.twitter.com/4js0ryQ58T
— 3️⃣ (@_humble_3) June 13, 2018
“I was just trying to make sure I was comfortable,” Fleming told DieHards after he made his decision.
This spring, plenty of schools became comfortable with Fleming. The No. 290 overall prospect in the 247Sports.com rankings for the Class of 2020, Fleming went from mostly unknown as a sophomore to a player with more than 30 offers. The Miami Herald named Fleming to second-team All-Miami-Dade County on the strength of a monster season at Miami High School.
He carried his play over to the 7-on-7 circuit, helping South Florida Express win the adidas 7v7 national championship. National powers lined up, but in-state teams such as Florida and the Hurricanes always appealed most to Fleming.
Dugans, however, is picky about offering players without seeing them in person. The wide receivers coach wanted to see what Fleming could do at one of the on-campus camps.
It’s impossible not to be attracted to Fleming’s raw speed. At the Richt Camp on June 11, a crowd of Miami coaches formed near the right sideline of every Southridge game. Fleming nearly always lined up in front of them and regularly left cornerbacks in the dust. After Fleming hauled in one long touchdown, Richt simply turned to Dugans and raised his eyebrows. The coach was excited to find out Fleming was visiting with his mother in the coming days.
After a few visits of simply spending time with coaches and players, Fleming’s Wednesday visit gave him a real chance to see the campus and facilities. The local prospect loved it all.
“Everything. The campus and everything,” Fleming said. “The new indoor facility they’re building and the dorm rooms.”
Fleming’s blazing speed is only the starting point. The wideout is shifty with the ball in his hands, too. With a few more additions to his skill set, Fleming has the makings of an excellent slot weapon.
The young athlete knows what he needs to do, too. When asked what the priority is this offseason, Fleming summed his plans up in two words: “Weight room.”