University of Miami football fans finally have the news they have awaited for so long.
Dionte Mullins, a four-star receiver out of Miami Gulliver Prep, has been cleared by the NCAA Eligibility Center and will join the Miami Hurricanes on Friday, UM announced Thursday evening.
Richt had said more than once during camp — including after Thursday’s practice — that the program was optimistic that Mullins, who needed to be cleared academically after turning in work from the summer, would arrive. And it couldn’t happen at a better time.
The Canes were down to six healthy scholarship receivers after sophomore Lawrence Cager tore his ACL this summer and it was learned Tuesday that talented freshman Ahmmon Richards has been ailing with turf toe.
Mullins, 5-10 and 180 pounds, missed all of his senior high school season in 2015 because he was academically ineligible. Regardless, he was still ranked as the 11th-best wide receiver, 19th-best player in Florida and No. 92 in the ESPN300 ratings, according to the UM media guide, which includes Mullins and his smiling face in it.
Mullins did play in the Under Armour All-America Game on Jan. 2 in the Orlando Citrus Bowl, now known as Camping World Stadium. In that game, he showed his considerable skills when he, according to the Miami Herald game story, “reached back and snared a touchdown pass with one hand to make what most considered the most memorable play’’ of the game.
“I didn’t know I caught it,’’ Mullins said, “and I saw the ball in my hands and then I just made sure I ran into the end zone. I shocked myself.’’
Said Richt of Mullins on National Signing Day: “He’s got tremendous speed and agility. I think he, like all of them, will get a little more polished in his route-running skills and all of that. When you talk about raw ability at that position, he’s what you’re looking for.’’