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UM gets commitment from QB Cade Weldon, son of former FSU star

Tampa Bay Jefferson quarterback Cade Weldon officially committed to the Miami Hurricanes on Monday, March 21, 2016.
Tampa Bay Jefferson quarterback Cade Weldon officially committed to the Miami Hurricanes on Monday, March 21, 2016. Tampa Bay Times

His father, former Florida State quarterback Casey Weldon, was the Heisman Trophy runner-up to Desmond Howard in 1991.

Weldon’s FSU quarterbacks coach at the time?

Current Miami Hurricanes head coach Mark Richt.

Now, Tampa Jefferson High School quarterback Cade Weldon says he’s headed way down the road to the University of Miami.

Weldon committed late Monday to the Hurricanes “SQUAD17” recruiting class of 2017, ranked second in the nation behind Ohio State by 247Sports.com.

He joins 2017 dual-threat quarterback pledge N’Kosi Perry, another three-star player who committed to Miami on Saturday, as well as Carol City High four-star receiver Kevaughn Dingle of Miami Gardens.

UM also garnered the commitment late Monday of 6-5, 240-pound tight end Brian Polendey, a three-star player from Denton (Texas) Guyer High School. Polendey, who attended UM’s Junior Day on Saturday, told Canesport.com: “First thing for me is my education. Honestly, it’s one of the best schools in the world. And obviously football. I want to be part of something special there.’’

As for Weldon, listed by 247Sports as 6-2 and 203 pounds, he is ranked as the 18th best pro-style quarterback by Rivals.com and the 30th best by 247Sports.

Weldon tore the ACL and MCL in his right knee in late August of last year. In 2014 as a sophomore, Weldon threw for 2,103 yards and 20 touchdowns, with nine interceptions.

His father Casey, now 47, completed 189 of 313 passes for 2,527 yards and 22 touchdowns as a senior in 1991 – the year the Canes won their fourth of five national title.

Casey Weldon played in the NFL for Philadelphia, Tampa Bay, San Diego and Washington Redskins.

The Canes now have 14 commitments for their 2017 recruiting class.

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