Miami recruiting: Florida State DE commit plans Paradise Camp visit
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Florida State DE commit Mike Morris plans to visit Miami
The signs point to Mike Morris winding up with Florida State. The 4-star strongside defensive end from American Heritage School in Delray Beach, Fla., committed to the Seminoles in 2016, and his father played for Florida State, too. He has visited Tallahassee, Fla., twice since coach Willie Taggart was hired by the Seminoles in December and is starting to feel comfortable with the new coaching staff.
That doesn’t mean Morris will not keep his options open or the hometown school has no chance to flip him. The defensive end has visited Miami twice since the start of March and already knows he’ll be back this summer. While he’s still working his way back from a right hip labral tear, Morris expects to be at Paradise Camp even if he’s not cleared for contact.
“Even if I don’t play,” Morris told DieHards, “I’ll be at the Paradise Camp, just watching.”
Morris continues to feel good about his longstanding commitment to Florida State, but there are plenty of schools he is keeping in touch with. The 6-foot-7, 265-pound defensive lineman took an unofficial visit to Michigan on March 22 and another to Tennessee on April 7. The Wolverines have been on his radar for a while, and he wanted to get a better feel for the Midwest. His visit with the Volunteers came mostly because of how many Tennessee coaches were with the Seminoles previously.
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The Hurricanes, however, have played host to him most frequently. Morris first met new defensive line coach Jess Simpson on March 3, when the in-state prospect watched the men’s basketball regular-season finale at the Watsco Center. He took another under-the-radar trip to Coral Gables, Fla., in the spring. Miami didn’t practice that day, so Morris took a tour of the campus and spent time with the coaching staff.
“Just after one of the junior days,” Morris said. “I don’t think practice was going on. I went to just tour the facilities, chill with the coaches.”
After a couple of in-person meetings with Simpson, Morris feels comfortable with the new assistant coach, although he communicates more frequently with defensive graduate assistant Alex Devine and offensive director of player development Jorge Baez. Simpson’s experience with the Atlanta Falcons appeals to Morris, as does his time as coach at Buford (Ga.) High School.
“I really like him, especially coming straight from the NFL,” Morris said. “He knows what you need to do to get there. He was also like scouting players, so that’s really nice.”
Morris, whom the 247Sports composite rankings place No. 18 at his position, will probably also make it down to campus sometime in June. American Heritage probably will play in one of the Hurricanes’ 7-on-7 tournaments, and Morris should be able to play tight end.
For now, though, Morris is taking his time with his rehab. The end will not play in the Stallions’ spring game, and he’s not doing much work on the defensive line in practice. Instead, he is working primarily as a receiver while he tries to get back to 100 percent.
Morris’ blend of length, power and quickness is what makes him such a tantalizing prospect. The senior said Miami envisions him primarily as a defensive end, but he has the size to move to defensive tackle.
While this spring will be limited, Morris should be able to get back to full speed.
“I’m feeling amazing. I’m just trying to take my time. I don’t want to rush back and hurt it worse,” Morris said. “It’s awkward, but it’s just going to feel like that.”
Miami lands in top 5 for in-state CB John Dixon
Miami still doesn’t have a true defensive back committed in the 2019 class, but the Hurricanes aren’t lacking for in-state options. While the heart of their class will probably come from the Miami metropolitan area, the Hurricanes have options elsewhere in the state.
The most notable of the group at this point may be John Dixon, a 3-star cornerback from George D. Chamberlain High School in Tampa, Fla. On Wednesday, the in-state defensive back put out a top 5 and Miami made the cut.
— JDixon$ (@Jxnny_Dixon) May 2, 2018
The 5-11, 170-pound athlete hinted a decision should be coming soon and he’ll pick from the Hurricanes, Alabama, South Carolina, Ohio State and Penn State. Dixon, who also plays wide receiver, recently transferred across town from Paul R. Wharton High School.
The top 5 is mostly unsurprising. Dixon has frequently mentioned the the Gamecocks and Buckeyes as top suitors. He also visited Miami for its junior day March 24. Georgia is probably the most surprising exclusion after Dixon mentioned the Bulldogs as one of his favorites in March. The Nittany Lions, meanwhile, are a newer suitor after offering March 20. The Crimson Tide have sporadically been mentioned as a suitor, too.
Miami offers blue-chip South Florida WR John Dunmore
For a few months, one of the strangest curiosities in South Florida recruiting was Miami’s relationship with John Dunmore. The senior at Chaminade-Madonna College Preparatory School in Hollywood, Fla., is the No. 3 wide receiver in the state — No. 2 in the Miami metro area — yet the Hurricanes had not offered him.
That finally changed Wednesday. Wide receivers coach Ron Dugans watched Dunmore practice at Chaminade-Madonna College Prep and extended a scholarship offer to the 4-star wide receiver.
— Jdsunn__ (@JohnDunmore2) May 2, 2018
At this point, Dunmore appears to be a significant Florida State lean after he called the Seminoles a dream school. The former Florida commit plans to put out either a top 6 or 10 on June 30, though. Miami should have a good chance to crack the list.
“I’m just evaluating all my schools, hearing them out, seeing what they have to offer me,” Dunmore told DieHards on Wednesday. “I’m not really rushing anything.”
Nebraska offers trio of local Miami commits
Nebraska has done an excellent job evaluating talent in Florida since coach Scott Frost arrived from Central Florida in December. On Wednesday, the Cornhuskers picked out a pair of Hurricanes commits as potential targets in the next two cycles.
Nebraska stopped by Doral Academy Preparatory School on Wednesday and handed out offers. Among those offered were 3-star defensive tackle Denzel Daxon, a 2019 prospect, and 4-star strongside defensive end Samuel Anaele, a top-200 player in the 247Sports.com rankings for the Class of 2020.
On Thursday, the Cornhuskers’ push with Miami commits continued. Their latest offer went out to Marc Britt, a 4-star 2020 athlete, who pledged to the Hurricanes in December.
Congrats to Doral Academy Jr. DT Denzel Daxon @DC_zel_93 on offer from University of Nebraska today. #TAI #Mind #Body #Discipline #FreeEducation #PerfectTiming #TrenchSetters@mikejschaefer @Cassidy_Rob @HamiltonESPN pic.twitter.com/eQp02F60tF
— Michael Tunsil (@coachtunsil) May 2, 2018
Congrats to Doral Academy Soph. DE Samuel Anaele @Ebukasammie on offer from University of Nebraska today. #TAI #Mind #Body #Discipline #FreeEducation #PerfectTiming #TrenchSetters@mikejschaefer @Cassidy_Rob @HamiltonESPN pic.twitter.com/nW1jz3QvcU
— Michael Tunsil (@coachtunsil) May 2, 2018
Daxon and Anaele are two of the Hurricanes most intriguing pledges. Both moved to the United States last year and played their first seasons of competitive football in the fall. Daxon committed to Miami in October and Anaele followed Jan. 15.
Both prospects picked up an impressive list of offers before playing an official down for Miami Norland Senior High School in Miami Gardens, Fla., in 2017 and the interest keeps coming. Daxon claims additional offers from Louisville, Georgia Tech, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky and Tennessee. The Gators, Bulldogs and Volunteers have offered Anaele, plus Florida State, North Carolina State, Texas A&M, Michigan, Oregon and Florida Atlantic.
Britt, who plays at Champagnat Catholic School in Hialeah, has seen an even more notable rise this spring. Alabama and Louisville have offered in the past two weeks, joining NC State, Wake Forest, Syracuse, Purdue and FAU as suitors.
Meanwhile, James Williams continues to trend as one of the most coveted prospects in the Class of 2021. The unranked safety committed to the Hurricanes on March 31 and has added a handful of offers since. On Wednesday, Marshall became the latest.
— James Williams (@Begreat_20) May 2, 2018
The Thundering Herd joins both the Seminoles and the Gators as teams to offer Williams since spring practice began at Monsignor Edward Pace High School in Miami Gardens on April 23. He already held offers from Tennessee, Louisville, Pittsburgh, Syracuse and Florida Atlantic.
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