A new crop of football players have arrived in Coral Gables.
Some of them were South Florida high school standouts. Some are transfers. Some are walk-ons. All are vying to make a difference for the Miami Hurricanes, as they began summer school classes Monday as official enrollees, the university confirmed.
Of the 12 incoming players confirmed by UM to have registered for the current summer classes, six signed National Letters of Intent on National Signing Day. They include safety Romeo Finley of Fort Walton Beach Niceville High, running back Travis Homer of West Palm Beach Oxbridge Academy, Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas tight end Michael Irvin II, Orlando First Academy offensive lineman Tre Johnson, Wellington receiver Ahmmon Richards and Miami Gulliver Prep defensive end Joseph Jackson.
Jackson, a four-star standout from Gulliver Prep, told the Miami Herald on signing day that the future “looks bright.’’
“We can probably make some things happen, keep building our team and get stronger,’’ said Jackson, who expects to be joined by fellow Gulliver UM signees Cedric Wright (safety) and Dionte Mullins (receiver) later this summer.
Wideout Richards, a four-star receiver who is badly needed to help fill out a shallow receiving corps, made Canes fans relieved when he tweeted Sunday morning: “On my way to my new home. [Shout-out] to everyone who supports me! Start of a new chapter.’’
Said UM receivers coach Ron Dugans about Richards on signing day: “He’s going to be a red zone threat. He’s a kid that can change direction and is a dynamic player. He’s a baller.’’
The walk-ons are punter Jack Spicer, a Florida transfer who redshirted last season and is out of Estero High; running back Crispian Atkins (Plant City Durant High Class of ’15), who transferred from ASA in Brooklyn, N.Y.; fullback Cesar Castillo, a sophomore who already was a UM student; and receiver Malik Mayweather, who was on the Miami Hurricanes’ scout team in 2013 — his redshirt season — and withdrew from UM in August 2014 before transferring to East Mississippi Community College.
Two other transfers of note are receiver Dayall Harris, a former three-star recruit who transferred from Ole Miss to Copiah-Lincoln Community College this past season and caught 45 passes for 546 yards and three touchdowns last season, according to the National Junior College Athletic Association; and Texas graduate transfer Adrian Colbert, a safety who was a four-star recruit out of Mineral Wells High in Texas, and had committed to former Texas defensive coordinator Manny Diaz – now UM’s defensive coordinator.
The Hurricanes already have five early enrollees on campus: linebackers Shaq Quarterman, Mike Pinckney and Zach McCloud, defensive end Pat Bethel and quarterback Jack Allison. Several others are expected next month for the second summer session.