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Flanagan star linebacker Devin Bush Jr. chooses Michigan

Flanagan linebacker Devin Bush Jr.
Flanagan linebacker Devin Bush Jr. MIAMI HERALD STAFF

Devin Bush Jr. let his emotions show when Flanagan clinched its first trip to state and later when it won its first state championship.

Flanagan’s star linebacker almost got choked up again Wednesday morning at his school’s gym when announcing his college destination.

His mother Kesha was there to back him up.

“I’m going to … the University of Michigan, Go Blue,” Bush Jr. said.

And with a nod to his mom, she opened the jacket she was wearing to reveal a Michigan T-shirt underneath formally declaring her son’s intention to join the Wolverines.

Bush Jr., rated the No. 5 inside linebacker in the country by Rivals.com, became the third member of the recently crowned Class 8A state champion Falcons to commit to Michigan along with safety Josh Metellus and linebacker Devin Gil.

“I’m just so excited right now and I can’t wait to get up there in January,” Bush Jr. said. “It came down to the feeling I had inside about Michigan. A lot of people wanted me to go to FSU, but I wanted to leave Florida.”

Bush Jr. had 67 tackles this season to cap a stellar four-year career at Flanagan.

“Coach [Jim] Harbaugh said he could sleep better last night after he told him,” Bush Jr. said. “I got a little emotional because I was just thinking about coming to Flanagan as a freshman and how much work went into turning this program around.”

Bush said he made his decision shortly before last week’s state final in Orlando and called Harbaugh on Tuesday night.

Bush Sr., Flanagan’s coach the past three seasons and an FSU graduate, said his son is enrolling early and will depart for Ann Arbor on Jan. 4.

“I’m really proud of him for making the best decision for him,” Bush Sr. said. “I was allowed to make my own decision when I was in his position coming out of high school so I didn’t want to push him to go to my alma mater just because. This is his time and it’s a dream come true to see our little baby grow up and turn into an excellent young man.”

Bush Jr. is one of seven players in the South Florida area committed to Michigan. Another Wolverines target, Miami High’s Keyshawn “Pie” Young, spoke to Bush Jr. by phone shortly after his announcement.

“I’m really looking to bring some South Florida swag to Michigan and play lights out defense. We changed the program at Flanagan and I’m going up there [to Michigan] with some friends and hopefully we can do the same thing.”

MORE FOOTBALL

Jackson had two players sign Wednesday that will enroll early at their respective colleges. Linebacker Shemar Smith signed with Oregon State University, and offensive lineman Carl Phillips signed with Alabama State.

Smith, The Miami Herald’s Class 5A-Independents Defensive Player of the Year in 2014, totaled 90 tackles (58 solo) and 15 sacks this past season. Phillips, an All-Dade first team player as a junior, had 40 pancake blocks and did not allow a sack this season.

GIRLS’ BASKETBALL

▪ Keys Gate 70, Hialeah Education Academy 20: KG (13-0): Denis 22, Velez 20, Moore 12, Tyre 6, Charlton 4, Klinar 3, Dorsey 3. HEA: Torres 14, Rodriguez 6. Half: KG: 49-8. Rebounds: Denis 18. Assists: Tyre 5. Steals: Tyre 7, Velez 7.

▪ SLAM Academy 52, (Miramar) Somerset 21: SLAM (8-4): Franco 11, Perez 9, Rodriguez 8. Rebounds: Rodriguez 3. Steals: Franco 3.

▪ Tuesday: Pace 50, Hialeah High 48: Hia: Campbell 2, Jones 34, Betties 5, Celestine 7. Pace: Jenkins 18, Wilson 14, Petitcar 2, Johnson 1, Narin 15. Half: Pace 26-20. 3-pointers: Jenkins 2, Jones 1, Betties 1, Wilson 1. Rebounds: Narin 8. Assists: Wilson 4. Steals: Wilson 4.

▪ Miami Country Day 54, Flanagan 43: MCD (9-3): M. Alvarez 10, S. Provenzano 2, C. Lewis 5, M. Edwards 2, D. Jackson 4, K. Marshall 16, L. Pierre 13, A. Berry 2. Flan: Marquez 2, Oramas 12, Harrigan 13, Howard 10, Mompelas 6. Half: MCD 27-23. 3-pointers: Oramas 2, Alvarez 2, Lewis 1, Marshall 2, Pierre 3. Rebounds: Edwards 8. Assists: Lewis 6. Steals: Marshall 2, Jackson 2, Edwards 2, Provenzano 2.

BOYS’ BASKETBALL

▪ SLAM Academy 81, MAST Academy 29: SLAM (10-1): Brown 32, L.Tyler 19, K.Tyler 14. Rebounds: Bain 10. Assists: Brown 4. Steals: Tyler 5.

▪ Coral Reef 52, Killian 29: CR (9-0): Ruiz 4, Boria 4, Arabitg 6, Farradas 14, Escoto 1, Iser 6, Holcombe 14. Kil: Russo 5, Smith 3, Katz 6, Anthony 7, Cuscus 3, King 4, Culatazul 1. Rebounds: Holcombe 10. Steals: Holcombe 2.

▪ South Miami 68 Ferguson 43: SM: Dawson 18, Stewart 13, Arnold 9, Davis 12, Hall 9, Wright 3, Ferguson 2. Ferg: Navarra 2, Perez 4, Adan 21, Fernandez 7, Smith 3, Gonzalez 6. Half: SM 32-19. Rebounds: Stewart 11. Assists: Arnold 6. Steals: Dawson 5.

▪ Miami High 78, Hialeah 46: MIA (6-3): Nicholas 14, Mera 5, Reyes 2, Brown 14, Sierra 13, Davila 4, Garcia 5, Arce 11, Shannon 6, Francisco 4. HIA: M. Stevens 5, Devon 2, J. Stevens 10, Andy 4, Shem 1, Luis 5, Eddie 2, Elijah 1, Pierre 6, Daniel 9, Dantrae 1. Rebounds: Sierra 15. Assists: Reyes 8. Steals: Arce 4. Half: MIA 34-14. 3-pointers: Arce 1, Garcia 1.

▪ Palmetto 65, Homestead 59: Palm: Percy 17, Hardaway 16, Thomas 11, Arvanitopoulos 8, Guerrero 7, Shinhoster 4, Ajabshir 4. Home: J. Collier 30, B. Collier 9, Outten 9, LaCourt 7, J. Virgel 2, Starr 2. Half: Palm 30-28. 3-pointers: Hardaway 4, J Collier 4, B Collier 3, Percy 2, Outten 2, LaGourt, Shinhoster. Rebounds: Arvanitopoulos 8, Thomas 8. Assists: Scott 6. Steals: Thomas 4.

▪ Central 65, American 33: Amer: Johnson 7, Harris 8, Diaz 4, Lopez 6, Petit-Fre 8. Cent: Wilson 18, Cooper 8, Turnier 4, Nunnally 7, Louis 6, Tanis 3, Pierre-Louis 11, Gibson 6, Belcombe 2. Half: Cent 44-15. 3-pointers: Gibson 2, Louis 2, Harris 2, Nunnally 1. Rebounds: Wilson 11. Assists: Wilson 6. Steals: Wilson 7. Blocks: Wilson 5.

▪ Hialeah Gardens 34, Krop 52: Krop: Jeanty 11, James 9, Oconnor 2, Clarke 15, Jean 2, Souza 9, Jones 2, Norman 2. HG: Ocnoa 3, Infante 5, Gonzalez 2, Urquiago 1, Pindea 5, Toledo 7, Martin 8, Burrell 3. Rebounds: Jeanty 10. Assists: Clarke 4.

▪ Tuesday: Southridge 79, Sunset 72: South (7-2): Dean10, Chandler17, Quinones 5, Keller 14, Tisdale 4, Flenor 2, Gonzalez 7, Gamble 6, Oshagae14. Sun: Leon 2, Pierre 8, Nouali 6, Diaz 3, Isaac 16, Veloz 22, Oguendo 7, Ulloa 2, Everett 6. Half: South 41-30. 3-pointers: Isaac 2, Veloz 2, Keller 1, Nouali 1, Diaz 1, Oguendo1. Rebounds: Oshagae 9, Chandler 8. Steals: Gonzalez 6, Chandler 4.

GIRLS’ SOCCER

▪ TERRA 8, Westland Hialeah 0: Alexandra Pepin, Mercy Perez 2 goals, 1 assist each; Vivian Calderon 2 goals; Nikole Bermudez 1 goal, 2 assists; Kianna Bruzzo 1 goal; Karina Bermudez 3 assists; Madeline Dawson 10th shutout. TER 14-0.

▪ North Broward Prep 10, Somerset 2: Rachel Blow 4 goals, 1 assist; Morgan Sherman 3 goals, 2 assists; Morgan Hawes 2 goals, 3 assists. NBP 10-7-1.

▪ Miami Springs 8, Jackson 0: Alyssa Deno 4 goals, 2 assists; Odailys Matos 2 goals, 1 assist; Katherine Inhoof, Grace Blatch 1 goal each. MS 11-3.

▪ Archbishop McCarthy 3, Doral Academy 0: Amanda Perez 1 goal, 1 assist; Izzy d’Ayral, Devyn Encalada 1 goal each; Sofia Mallardi, Victoria Pernas 1 assist each; Jenny Corzo, Tyra Cannady shutout. AM 12-2-1.

▪ MAST Academy 9, Booker T. Washington 0: Sara Widell, Lia Shaw 2 goals each; Claudia Interino 1 goal. Emily Franco shutout. MA 10-5.

▪ Stoneman Douglas 7, Deerfield Beach 0: Emily Morris 2 goals, 1 assist; Cloe Groulx, Daleisha Mowatt, Emma Jacobs, Brittany Berins, Camilla Pacocha 1 goal each. Priscella Camacho 2 assists; Tori Martinez, Brittany Berins, Daniella Infantino 1 assist each. Doug 11-3-1.

▪ Hialeah Miami-Lakes 6, South Miami 0: Samantha Guitterez 4 goals; Aspen Arias, Noelys Martinez 1 goal each; Emily Gomez, Chavelys Leyva, Syann Mark assists. HML 10-3-2.

▪ Palmetto 8, Killian 0: Emily Lamas 3 goals; Ava Gruener 2 goals, 1 assist; Sydney Denkert 1 goal, 2 assists; Alexandra McCarthy 1 goal; Bari Gold 1 goal, 1 assist. Morgan Lang shutout. Palm 15-0.

BOYS’ SOCCER

▪ Braddock 1, Coral Park 0: David Silva goal; Kevin Palma assist; Carlos Ysalgue shutout. Brd 5-3-6.

▪ MAST Academy 6, Booker T. Washington 1: Valentin Sabella 3 goals; Peo Papazian 3 goals, 2 assists; Daniel Godoy 2 assists; Alfredo Rodas assist. MA 9-1-3.

▪ South Florida HEAT 1, Sagemont 0.

WRESTLING

▪ Ronald Reagan 72, Doral Academy 9: Andres Gejo (RR 285) pin in 0:45; Max Correa (RR 120) pin in 1:43; Manuel Gayton (RR 126) pin in 1:47; Jose Reyes (RR 138) pin in 2:33. RR 3-2.

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