High School Recruiting

This Miami Hurricanes 2019 receiver commitment doesn’t fit mold but is highly productive

Doral’s Brieon Fuller has orally committed to the Canes for the Class of 2019.
Doral’s Brieon Fuller has orally committed to the Canes for the Class of 2019. cjuste@miamiherald.com

The Miami Hurricanes became a national powerhouse in the 1980s by signing players who were equal parts speedy and cocky.

But Doral Academy wide receiver Brieon Fuller, who has orally committed to the Canes for the Class of 2019, is a different kind of recruit.

For starters, Fuller does not have blazing speed — at least not yet.

He uses parachutes to improve his 40-yard-dash times and has already lowered it from 4.8 to 4.7.

A second area in which Fuller defies the Canes’ stereotype is his humility.

“I don’t like to brag on myself,” he said. “I’m not that type of guy. I like to see my team humble, too.”

Good luck with that because the Canes, when they have been dominant, have also been, at the very least, supremely confident if not cocky.

Fuller, whose favorite players growing up were Canes receiver Andre Johnson and Canes safety Sean Taylor, does have two traits that fall in line with the best of Miami’s glory days:

He is productive and also loyal to his hometown program.

He made first-team All-County this past season, grabbing 46 passes for 888 yards and 11 touchdowns.

And even though Georgia gave Fuller his first scholarship offer when he was a freshman, Fuller had a plan all along.

“I waited until I got my dream school,” Fuller said. “Miami has been my dream school since I was a shorty.”

Miami Hurricanes coach Mark Richt speaks to reporters about how his team did on National Signing Day at the University of Miami's Schwartz Center in Coral Gables on Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2018.

CRISTOBAL’S NEPHEW A PROSPECT

It would come as no surprise if new Oregon coach Mario Cristobal — a former Miami offensive tackle and the ex-FIU head coach — raids South Florida for talent in 2019.

But it will be particularly interesting to see whether he comes to his alma mater, Miami Columbus, to recruit his nephew.

That would be Luis Cristobal Jr., a rising senior who is set to be a third-year starting center for Columbus this fall.

So far, Cristobal has drawn interest or offers from Marshall, Syracuse, Appalachian State and Boston College.

At 6-2 1/2 and 295 pounds, he looks the part of a center, and he’s a good student, too, compiling a 3.5 grade-point average.

Cristobal said he has followed his uncle’s career closely.

“I can remember when I was 8 years old, going to his practices at FIU,” he said. “He’s been really busy lately [at Oregon]. But we saw him for New Year’s, and he said he was excited to start the process of rebuilding his team.”

Over the years, Luis Cristobal Jr. said he has spent countless hours watching film with his uncle and his dad, former Canes offensive lineman Luis Cristobal.

The kid learned hand placement, proper footwork and everything else that goes with advanced-level blocking techniques.

Luis Jr: plans to throw the shot put and discus this year in track and field. Whenever his football career ends, there’s a chance he will follow his father into law enforcement as Luis Sr. has been a police officer for 25 years.

“It’s got its ups and downs,” Luis Jr. said about police work. “It’s a very dangerous job, but it’s cool.”

The Recruiting Column is a year-round feature of the Miami Herald. If you have a tip or story idea regarding recruiting or an impending college commitment, please contact Walter Villa at: wvilla07@yahoo.com

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