Mark Richt’s roll at Miami continues, with the Hurricanes head coach landing two more commitments in the Class of 2017. Both are rated as three-star prospects, but one has a more notable last name, at least for those who remember the 1991 college football season.
Miami received pledges from Denton Guyer tight end Brian Polendey and Tampa Jefferson quarterback Cade Weldon. If the surname “Weldon” sounds familiar, it may be due to Cade Weldon’s father, former Florida State and NFL signal caller Casey Weldon. The elder Weldon played four seasons in the NFL after a stirring collegiate career at Florida State, where he was the runner-up to Desmond Howard for the 1991 Heisman Trophy. Wondering who the elder Weldon’s position coach was at Florida State? You guessed it: Mark Richt.
“I loved the atmosphere down there at practice; everyone’s fired up,” Weldon told Scout. “Coach Richt is a great coach, and an even better man. That relationship with their family played a big role in it. They also have a ton of great tradition.”
Polendey is headed to Coral Gables to help build a new tradition alongside Weldon. A 6-foot-5, 230-pounder, Polendey finished the 2015 season with just nine receptions for 117 yards, two of which went for touchdowns. Still, he’s a skilled route runner, and even better blocker and will be expected to make a difference for Richt’s crew once he fully acclimatizes.
Weldon will be in for even more of a competition once he arrives on campus. He’s the second quarterback commit to pick Miami in the span of three days, following N’Kosi Perry, who is currently rated more highly. Weldon who passed for 2,103 yards on 123 completions as a junior, has both the stats and the big arm to succeed at the next level, not to mention the pedigree. Now, if he can improve as his father once did under Richt’s tutelage, his original three-star rating may soon seem a long time in the past, and a far cry short of his true worth.