Fans of the Miami Hurricanes and their recruits have had a roller coaster couple of days. On the downside, ballyhooed wide receiver recruit Sam Bruce celebrated the two week anniversary of his signing with Miami by withdrawing from St. Thomas Aquinas following a photo that allegedly shows the teenager brandishing a gun. To this point, Miami has indicated that it does not believe the incident will affect Bruce’s ability to be a part of the team in 2016.
Fewer than 24 hours earlier, the ‘Canes made more a more aggressive move, extending a scholarship offer to a prodigiously talented young passer who they think just might be their quarterback of the very distant future.
As noted by the Sporting News, Georgia eighth grader Harrison Bailey was extended a scholarship offer by Miami coach Mark Richt Tuesday evening. Already 6-foot-3 and 175 pounds, Bailey is a skilled and refined middle schooler who is scheduled to attend Hillgrove High School in Powder Springs come August 2016. He already owns an 8-minute highlight reel (you can see it below) that showcases the youngster connecting on deep balls and making plays in the run game. Due to both his size — which should continue to increase — and his talent, future scholarship offers are likely to follow.
Apparently Richt and company didn’t want to take that chance.
“He said we usually don’t offer young bucks like you but you’re talented and we think you can handle it,” Bailey told youth sports network Youth1. “We don’t think you’ll get a big head and we want to offer you a scholarship.”
Whether being the first school in the game for Bailey is enough to eventually land his future commitment remains to be seen, but it certainly didn’t hurt Richt’s long term recruiting goals or Bailey’s ever-growing profile.