With less than a week before National Signing Day, UM pulled a scholarship offer from Booker T. Washington All-American offensive lineman Denver Kirkland, angering Booker T. coach Tim “Ice” Harris.
Harris said Thursday it was unfair for the Hurricanes to pull their offer right after his team’s state championship parade through Overtown.
Harris, who worked on UM’s staff under Randy Shannon and whose son Brandon was a standout cornerback at UM, said he had assured UM coaches privately that Kirkland had decided to sign with UM and was simply waiting until National Signing Day to announce. But because Kirkland wasn’t willing to commit before then and make the announcement public, Harris said, assistant Micheal Barrow told him the program “was moving in a different direction.”
“Coach [Al] Golden visited the school [Thursday] before our parade and told Denver everything he wanted to hear,” Harris said. “Then, a couple hours later, everything changed. … This isn’t the way UM should be doing business, not with the kids in their own backyard.”
Harris said Barrow asked for a private meeting following the parade and asked Kirkland flatly if he would commit. Harris said Kirkland told Barrow UM was in the top three, but he wanted to wait until signing day to announce.