Miami recruiting: Florida State DE commit still high on Hurricanes
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In-state DE Quashon Fuller plans Paradise Camp visit
This weekend was one of the most important in Quashon Fuller’s recruitment. The 4-star strongside defensive end from Lehigh Senior High School in Lehigh Acres, Fla., has been committed to Florida State since February 2017, but he had been open about his uncertainty with the new coaching staff. The defensive end publicly groused about how long it took coach Willie Taggart and his staff to reach out. Fuller has said he doesn’t feel like the priority he once did, even after attending junior day Feb. 17.
The door opened for a number of major suitors, including Miami. Fuller decided to give the Seminoles another shot this weekend, though. He returned to Tallahassee on Saturday and finally got to sit down for a one-on-one conversation with Taggart. He told DieHards before the trip he wanted to “see where their heads are at.” For now, Fuller feels good about his pledge to Florida State.
“Actually, everything came out good,” Fuller told 247Sports.com’s Christopher Nee on Sunday. “I still feel like I can be here for four years. I am still committed. The coaches were great. We had a good connection today.”
Wassup Nole Nation did you miss me 📍👋👋 #GoNoles
— Quashon Fuller (@quashonfuller) May 12, 2018
Still, the past couple of months gave teams such as the Hurricanes a chance to make up ground.
Miami has coveted Fuller for more than a year. The Hurricanes offered the 6-foot-4, 260-pound defensive lineman last May, just a few months after he committed to the Seminoles. He had built a strong relationship with former defensive line coach Craig Kuligowski, who now has the same job at Alabama, and is building a relationship with new defensive line coach Jess Simpson.
Fuller finally visited Coral Gables, Fla., for the first time on March 20. He had a chance to sit down with Simpson and watch one of Miami’s first spring practices.
“It was actually pretty good. They have more stuff than I expected, and I was just glad to see Miami,” Fuller told DieHards last Monday at a Lehigh Senior practice in Lehigh Acres. “It was really intense and stuff like that, and I see how those boys was playing and they looked like they were trying to chase a national championship. That’s what I like.”
Thank Miami I had fun and will be back. 🙌🙌🙌‼️ pic.twitter.com/DOS56SsmN8
— Quashon Fuller (@quashonfuller) March 20, 2018
He also likes the Hurricanes’ level of communication. Hearing from coaches frequently is important to Fuller — it’s why he was recently uncertain about the Seminoles — and Miami is as persistent as anyone, even with two relatively new coaches serving as the senior’s primary recruiters.
Simpson is heading up Fuller’s recruitment, but new outside linebackers coach Jonathan Patke is also recruiting the in-state prospect.
“It’s actually pretty good,” Fuller said. “I actually talk to them probably two or three times a week and I like how they keep that communication going, and stuff like that. It shows how much they care and I actually pay attention to that.”
Florida, Alabama, Georgia and Tennessee are also pushing to flip Fuller, who ranks No. 19 at his position in the 247Sports composite rankings for the Class of 2019. He’s already visited all six of the schools he’s considering and plans to do so again this summer.
For the Hurricanes, Fuller has a specific plan already in mind. The senior plans to attend Miami’s major camp event in July.
“I know at Miami I’m going to be doing the Paradise Camp,” he said.
Elite CB Chris Steele locks in official visit with Miami
Chris Steele has spent the better part of the year discussing an inevitable visit with the Hurricanes. Miami offered the 4-star cornerback from St. John Bosco High School in Bellflower, Calif., on Jan. 23, and he immediately told DieHards he hoped to visit the Hurricanes.
It appears the visit will finally happen. The 6-1, 185-pound defensive back locked in his official visit to the Miami metropolitan area Monday. The elite prospect will take his official visit with the Hurricanes the weekend of June 16. Steele will already be in Florida for the National 7v7 Football Association National Championship in Bradenton.
Locked in my OV with The University of Miami. #Surge19 😎🙌🏽
— steele 🎒 (@KinggChris7) May 14, 2018
Steele named Miami to his top 8 on Thursday, cutting his list down from 14. As of now, Steele’s visit with the Hurricanes will only be his third official. Steele visited Oklahoma the weekend of April 14 and LSU the weekend of April 21, although the Tigers didn’t make the latest cut. Southern California seems to have the early edge thanks to Steele’s frequent unofficial visits at USC and his proximity to Los Angeles.
The crux of the Hurricanes’ appeal at this stage is the program’s history and cornerbacks coach Mike Rumph. In March, Steele told DieHards that Rumph is one of the coaches with whom he’s closest.
“Who wouldn’t want to play for a coach like Coach Rumph? He played in the league, played at Miami,” Steele said. “He has the exact same mindset as me. He has that mindset to where — how can I word this? I was on the phone with him yesterday. I can’t say his exact words, but his words to me were basically, ‘We treat receivers like little girls.'”
Miami offers fast-rising in-state ATH Damarius Good
Damarius Good is becoming one of Florida’s premier late bloomers in the 2019 cycle and the Hurricanes delivered the unranked athlete his biggest offer yet Friday. Miami is the ninth school to offer the 6-foot, 183-pound senior from Lake Brantley High School in Altamonte Springs, Fla., since April 24.
— DG2 (@DamariusGood) May 12, 2018
Pitt, Syracuse, Central Florida, South Florida and Florida Atlantic are among the other new suitors the in-state prospect. Good, who primarily plays quarterback and running back, turned heads at the Florida High School Athletic Association track and field championships earlier this month. The back finished eighth in Class 4A in the 200-meter dash, clocking in at 21.79 seconds.
Good’s speed could make him an option at a number of positions. He was most effective as a running back for Lake Brantley, though. Good ran for 374 yards and 3 touchdowns on 43 carries in eight games as a junior.
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