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Miami Hurricanes football signee Sam Bruce expected to enroll in June

Wide receiver Samuel Bruce Jr. is expected to enroll at the University of Miami in June after graduating from Westlake Prep.
Wide receiver Samuel Bruce Jr. is expected to enroll at the University of Miami in June after graduating from Westlake Prep. ctrainor@miamiherald.com

Sam Bruce, the University of Miami signee who left Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas after an incident that involved an alleged photo of himself holding a gun, enrolled at Cooper City Westlake Prep on February 19, his mother, Tracye Wilkerson, told The Miami Herald on Friday.

Bruce is expected to graduate in early June and enroll at Miami for the second summer session later that month, Wilkerson said.

No police report was filed regarding the incident, which was first reported by The Miami Herald on Feb. 17. It revolved around a dispute with an older, former Aquinas male student over Bruce's ex-girlfriend, according to a source familiar with the situation. The source said the photo ended up in the hands of the former student.

The former student has a younger sibling at the St. Thomas Aquinas, Canesport.com reported earlier this week, and Wilkerson told The Herald it was prudent to have Bruce attend a different school "to remove him completely from the situation.''

Bruce, a talented receiver, is considered one of the prizes of the 2016 UM signing class. Rated as a four-star recruit, he was ranked as the seventh best receiver in the country by Rivals.com. An Under-Armour All-American, the blazing-fast Bruce, who also is a special teams star, is expected to help the Hurricanes right away.

"He's good to go,'' Wilkerson said. "There's a silver lining in every cloud. I truly believe that. You have to think through what you do before you do it. For some reason, Sam was supposed to complete his high school days at Westlake, which we have found to be a phenomenal school."

After the incident, Bruce helped with a youth clinic at the Tamarac Sports Complex and addressed the children, saying on a video, "I had a previous incident where I basically could have lost it all. I made a dumb decision... I really could have lost it all.''

Bruce had a 3.2 cumulative grade point average as of late January, his mother said, adding Friday that he will “finish strong academically.’’

Susan Miller Degnan: 305-376-3366, @smillerdegnan

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