Miami recruiting: Area RB Daniel Carter expecting words to soon turn into visit
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RB Daniel Carter hopes to visit Miami for first time soon
Daniel Carter lives only a short drive away from Coral Gables, Fla., and has been one of Miami’s top running back targets in the Class of 2019 for quite some time. Somehow, though, the 4-star prospect has never visited the Hurricanes.
Carter expects that to change in the next few weeks. The rising senior from St. Thomas Aquinas High School in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., told DieHards on Saturday he plans to get to campus during the next couple weeks. He could get there as soon as this month once spring practice begins March 20.
“They’ve been contacting me a lot lately,” Carter said in Bradenton, Fla. “I’m definitely trying to see the school because I haven’t been there.”
Carter spent the weekend at IMG Academy for the National 7v7 Football Association Southeast Regional, where his Southern Storm team won their pool and made a deep run into bracket play. Usually known for his abilities to punish teams between the tackles, Carter got a chance to showcase his ability as a receiver in Bradenton.
His balance is ultimately what makes him one of the most coveted prospects in the 2019 cycle. The No. 16 running back in the 247Sports composite rankings, Carter said he’s also hearing a lot from Pittsburgh and Georgia at this point, and Ohio State and Michigan could be factors, too.
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Carter will probably take a handful of visits this spring — he specifically mentioned the Panthers, Bulldogs and Buckeyes, in addition to Miami — and then take official visits during the fall and winter. The 5-foot-11, 205-pound halfback won’t enroll early, so he’s not in a particular rush to make a decision.
“I really want to take my time,” Carter said, “and really focus on the schools that I think I have a better chance there.”
In Coral Gables, Carter is hoping to get a major overview of what the school is like, but mostly he wants to use the time there to talk with everyone in person.
“Talk to the players and coaches,” Carter said, “and see how life is.”
This measured approach means he’s probably not on quite the same timeframe as some of his St. Thomas Aquinas teammates, who say they want to make their decisions before the start of the 2018 season.
It’s not a matter of seeing how schools’ depth charts and recruiting classes take shape, though. Carter committed to play in the Under Armour All-America Game on Thursday and trusts his ability to compete for early playing time no matter where he ends up.
Truly blessed to announce that I will be committing to The UA All-American game 💯🙏🏾✔️ pic.twitter.com/eFg6fLNbIu
— Daniel Carter (@KING__CARTER5) March 9, 2018
For a team such as the Hurricanes, who could have a crowded backfield in 2019, Carter’s mentality makes him a potentially perfect fit.
“I’m not afraid of any competition, so it really doesn’t matter who commits there. It’s just based on me and what I feel like is best for me,” Carter said. “That’s not a factor for me. Not at all.”
News and nuggets from National 7v7 Football Association Southeast Regional:
- Tre’von Riggins wasn’t participating in the event, but he spent most of Saturday watching games. The strongside defensive end, considered a 4-star prospect by 247Sports.com, hasn’t yet talked with new defensive line coach Jess Simpson, but says he’s looking forward to meeting him. The IMG rising junior said he’ll probably visit during his spring break, which begins Saturday.
- Deyavie Hammond recently de-committed from Alabama and before he did the 4-star guard mentioned Miami as a school he’s interested in. Like Riggins, the rising senior from IMG spent Saturday watching games and mentioned a handful of potential visit destinations. He’ll see the Hurricanes during spring practice, and probably check out Florida and LSU, too. His recruitment remains wide open at this point.
- It was a pretty low-key event because for Miami because the Adidas East Coast Invitational was held Sunday in Homestead, Fla. We’ll have full coverage of the event coming in the next 24 hours or so at DieHards.
Miami jumps into early lead for local 2020 CB Henry Gray
Miami already holds the top-ranked class in the 247Sports 2020 composite rankings and the group could get even stronger soon. The Hurricanes sent out an offer Saturday to Henry Gray and the unranked cornerback from Miami Central High School already told 247Sports’ Andrew Ivins he plans to visit the Hurricanes.
“Man, it’s really crazy because I grew up watching them. It’s really my dream school,” Gray said in a message. “I plan on visiting [March 31] with the rest of the 2020 class.”
Blessed to receive my 9th offer from the University of Miami 🙌🏽 #TheCrib @SabbathJoseph @CoachDgip @1coachwhite @paragon52 @Cassidy_Rob @ChadSimmons_ @CraigHaubert @JerryRecruiting @larryblustein @Coach_MannyDiaz @Chris_3K @Andrew_Ivins @DavidFurones_ @CanesFootball pic.twitter.com/ck2o7KFGti
— Henry Gray (@D1bound_zay2121) March 10, 2018
The Hurricanes immediately become the early favorite for Gray, but the 6-1, 170-pound defensive back doesn’t lack for interest. The rising junior claims early offers from Boston College, Syracuse, Kentucky, South Florida and Florida Atlantic. Gray recently transferred from Miramar (Fla.) High School, where he primarily played free safety.
Miami also let its newest member of the coaching staff loose at the end of last week to send out his first offer.
Simpson’s greatest strength as the Hurricanes’ defensive line coach could be his experience in Georgia. Miami frequently dipped into the Peach State as a recruiting destination in the Class of 2018 and continue to do so in 2019.
On Thursday, Simpson identified his first new target from the state. The former Buford (Ga.) High School coach and Falcons defensive analyst offered Kevin Harris on Thursday. It was only part of an avalanche of offers the 4-star outside linebacker pulled in throughout the day.
— Kevin G. Harris II (@kevin_harris2) March 8, 2018
The 6-4, 205-pound edge rusher could be tough to pry away from the region — he’s already visited Clemson twice this month — and the competition only continues to get tougher. Florida State, Alabama and LSU all also offered the linebacker from Grayson High School in Loganville, Ga., throughout Thursday.
Florida offers under-the-radar Miami 2020 ATH commit
Marc Britt never much doubted whether he wanted to play for Miami. The Hurricanes offered him in July and the unranked athlete spent just about every Saturday throughout the fall in Miami Gardens, Fla., to watch the Hurricanes play. He quickly brought an end to his recruitment during December, verbally committing to Miami the day he won a state championship with Champagnat Catholic School in Hialeah, Fla. At the time, Britt’s only other Power 5 Conference offers were from North Carolina State, Wake Forest, Syracuse and Purdue.
Those in South Florida knew it would only be a matter of time before Britt blew up. The surest sign it’s beginning arrived Sunday. The rising junior pulled in an offer from Florida.
— Marc Britt(P6) (@marcbritt_P6) March 11, 2018
At this point, however, it would be a surprise if Britt ever wavers from his commitment. He grew up a fan of the Hurricanes and knew about his decision long before he even announced it. The 6-2, 180-pound athlete is a standout whenever he steps on the field. He should be a foundational piece of Miami’s class. Although he also plays some free safety, Britt will almost certainly be a wide receiver in college, making him one of three pass catchers committed to the Hurricanes’ top-ranked 2020 class.
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