Class Impact: Brieon Fuller exits

Class Impact: Brieon Fuller exits

4-star Doral Academy Charter WR Brieon Fuller announced his decommitment from Miami and Surge19 today.


The 6-1, 170-pounder is currently a 4-star in the national rankings. According to the 247Composite, Howard is the #216 player nationally, #37 WR in the country, and the #32 player in The Sunshine State. His decommitment doesn’t change Miami’s #2 class in the nation on both 247Sports and Rivals.


The Background

Coupled with Diamante Howard’s decommitment from the class last weekend, this is now the second departure from Surge19 in a little over a week. What is going on here? To put it bluntly, this is Miami cleaning house, or more accurately, the kids receiving the message that they were no longer a part of UM’s future plans.

Although it wasn’t quite as blatant as the Howard situation, Fuller also hadn’t heard from the coaches for months. While you see this happen at many schools in America, this is becoming a staff policy issue with taking borderline Miami kids too early, and then falling out of love with them a year or so down the line. You’d hope to see this change in the future, because it makes Miami look bad and ultimately just hurts the kids but, based on the 2020 class chalked full of only elite talent, things are getting better in this department.

I actually like Fuller as a player, but if you look under the hood at this situation objectively, there were many things working against him ending up in this class. For starters, he never seemed to be a true fit with Miami from the beginning. You may recall his bizarre original commitment last May, where he committed to Miami, then immediately decommitted, only to recommit, all in a span of 12 hours. Part of the reason for this was his mother was never fully on board with Miami, and after that fiasco, it didn’t take a genius to predict this might be a wild recruitment.

The crop at receiver is deep yet again in South Florida for 2019 and the Canes have limited spots to give out at their deepest position on the roster. Fuller hadn’t been testing well on the field lately, last running a 4.7, which may explain his curious absence from the off-season camp circuit. Personality-wise, he wasn’t fitting in with the 2019 class either and would never hang around the other commits. Fuller had also fallen media silent in recent months, so it was difficult to get a read on what was going on with him. Taken separately, each instance would probably be no big deal, but put it all together, and you get what happened today.

Like with Howard, these types of parting ways are always for the best for both sides. It is also better that this happened now rather than Miami backing off at the end of the cycle and leaving the kid scrambling to find a home at the last minute, something we’ve seen from other programs before.


Future of the Class

Fuller's decommitment brings the total class numbers down to 10, leaving the Canes with one WR committed. Fletcher (FL) 4-star Jeremiah Payton is already on the commit list and is an elite talent at pass-catcher that can play both outside and in the slot. He’s as solid as can be and won’t be going anywhere anytime soon.

The Canes just signed 4 WR’s in the 2018 class, and it’s probably the deepest position on the team. Couple that with three top-notch WR commits in 2020 and WR was never a huge need for 2019. The question at the position really comes down to if the Canes are looking for two or three receivers in Surge19, and we’ll get our answer very soon. If it’s two, you’ll see Ron Dugans and the rest of the staff put all their resources exclusively into South Dade 5-star WR Frank Ladson, who was the likely top target at receiver all along in 2019. A class of Payton and Ladson would be an insane two-man haul and really give Dugans an embarrassment of riches to work with on the already stacked roster. But Ladson isn’t as sure of a bet as he seemed just a few months back with Clemson now heavily involved, although he continues to take frequent unofficial visits to Coral Gables.

If UM wants three wide-outs in the class or a “Plan B” in lieu of Ladson, expect to see more traction with out of state guys like Marietta (GA) 4-star Ramel Keyton and/or Amite (LA) 4-star Devonta Lee, who both recently put Miami in their top groups. Both are still long-shots at best at this time, though. Fuller’s departure may also open up an opportunity for a local kid that had been on the outside looking in to get an offer from Miami. The two most likely candidates at this point are Chaminade-Madonna 4-star John Dunmore and Columbus 3-star Kalani Norris.

Boots

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Been super busy recently, but if this is really just a cleaning house by the staff, good on them. Give us the elites rather than just heads taking roster spots
 
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Been super busy recently, but if this is really just a cleaning house by the staff, good on them. Give us the elites rather than just heads taking roster spots
frankly i've been waiting for them to clean house a little with respect to the 2019. just look at the average star ranking for this class. its relatively weak compared to the others in the top 15 or so teams. i know a few guys are going to get bumped up but the overall talent needs to be upgraded.
 
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Is Fuller not that good or sumthn? He's ranked pretty high
 
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I just don't see us going after 3 WR unless the coaches get a vibe mid season someone will transfer out. I could see us only taking 1 WR based on next years class.
 

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frankly i've been waiting for them to clean house a little with respect to the 2019. just look at the average star ranking for this class. its relatively weak compared to the others in the top 15 or so teams. i know a few guys are going to get bumped up but the overall talent needs to be upgraded.
Well fuller was one of only a few four stars, so the rankings weren’t helped here (Not that it makes him a take, just clarifying).
 

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And this is a trend, as far as “Player A stopped hearing from the staff, decomitts”

How many schools operate this way? I’m assuming it’s routine. But it’s a delicate balance. If a coach outright drops you and tries to be up front, it can look like a lack of loyalty to someones pledge even if they try to do the right thing and the evaluation simply changed.

But this just looks like a lack of integrity when a kid essentially gets ducked until he gives up and moves on. All these kids handle it really well, fwiw. Very mature.
 
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Pete said this would happen months ago
 

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I just don't see us going after 3 WR unless the coaches get a vibe mid season someone will transfer out. I could see us only taking 1 WR based on next years class.
Agree with this. We have 5 frosh wrs on the roster (Njoku redshirted). Two sophs. Three commits already for ‘20. ‘19 is one or two kids. Payton is committed. Ladson is a take all day every day, imo. But not sure we should take anyone else unless it’s an elite kid, and do n9t see any way to make the numbers work for three wrs in this class. There are much bigger roster needs elsewhere.
 
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Plus Imo Mark Richards is gunna want to start on offense, which means he'd play WR.

Payton, Ladson, and Richards as an athlete would be what I want. If we don't get Ladson, maybe Dunmore. Otherwise I'm fine with just going for the elite Wr prospects and just taking Payton and Richards. 2020 class is loaded
 
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And this is a trend, as far as “Player A stopped hearing from the staff, decomitts”

How many schools operate this way? I’m assuming it’s routine. But it’s a delicate balance. If a coach outright drops you and tries to be up front, it can look like a lack of loyalty to someones pledge even if they try to do the right thing and the evaluation simply changed.

But this just looks like a lack of integrity when a kid essentially gets ducked until he gives up and moves on. All these kids handle it really well, fwiw. Very mature.
Its apart of the game. The kids know the deal and it's best for all parties. If we call a kid and tell him we pulled his offer it can be emotionally devastating to the kid and make us look bad. This way each party can say the other never reached out and gradually reach this point where they've been separated for a while but now it's been made official.
 

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I really hope the third Njoku brother improves his stock so we can get him. Just think it would be really cool to get the 3 brothers to all come here.
 
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And this is a trend, as far as “Player A stopped hearing from the staff, decomitts”

How many schools operate this way? I’m assuming it’s routine. But it’s a delicate balance. If a coach outright drops you and tries to be up front, it can look like a lack of loyalty to someones pledge even if they try to do the right thing and the evaluation simply changed.

But this just looks like a lack of integrity when a kid essentially gets ducked until he gives up and moves on. All these kids handle it really well, fwiw. Very mature.
Happens everywhere. If these kids can dip out on a coach at anytime, coaches should be able to change their minds as well. Sometimes kids don't develop the way you hope.
 
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I just don't see us going after 3 WR unless the coaches get a vibe mid season someone will transfer out. I could see us only taking 1 WR based on next years class.
We have Payton and I believe there is a spot reserved for Ladson no matter what. I would be fine with one though its our deepest position.
 
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4-star Doral Academy Charter WR Brieon Fuller announced his decommitment from Miami and Surge19 today.


The 6-1, 170-pounder is currently a 4-star in the national rankings. According to the 247Composite, Howard is the #216 player nationally, #37 WR in the country, and the #32 player in The Sunshine State. His decommitment doesn’t change Miami’s #2 class in the nation on both 247Sports and Rivals.


The Background

Coupled with Diamante Howard’s decommitment from the class last weekend, this is now the second departure from Surge19 in a little over a week. What is going on here? To put it bluntly, this is Miami cleaning house, or more accurately, the kids receiving the message that they were no longer a part of UM’s future plans.

Although it wasn’t quite as blatant as the Howard situation, Fuller also hadn’t heard from the coaches for months. While you see this happen at many schools in America, this is becoming a staff policy issue with taking borderline Miami kids too early, and then falling out of love with them a year or so down the line. You’d hope to see this change in the future, because it makes Miami look bad and ultimately just hurts the kids but, based on the 2020 class chalked full of only elite talent, things are getting better in this department.

I actually like Fuller as a player, but if you look under the hood at this situation objectively, there were many things working against him ending up in this class. For starters, he never seemed to be a true fit with Miami from the beginning. You may recall his bizarre original commitment last May, where he committed to Miami, then immediately decommitted, only to recommit, all in a span of 12 hours. Part of the reason for this was his mother was never fully on board with Miami, and after that fiasco, it didn’t take a genius to predict this might be a wild recruitment.

The crop at receiver is deep yet again in South Florida for 2019 and the Canes have limited spots to give out at their deepest position on the roster. Fuller hadn’t been testing well on the field lately, last running a 4.7, which may explain his curious absence from the off-season camp circuit. Personality-wise, he wasn’t fitting in with the 2019 class either and would never hang around the other commits. Fuller had also fallen media silent in recent months, so it was difficult to get a read on what was going on with him. Taken separately, each instance would probably be no big deal, but put it all together, and you get what happened today.

Like with Howard, these types of parting ways are always for the best for both sides. It is also better that this happened now rather than Miami backing off at the end of the cycle and leaving the kid scrambling to find a home at the last minute, something we’ve seen from other programs before.


Future of the Class

Fuller's decommitment brings the total class numbers down to 10, leaving the Canes with one WR committed. Fletcher (FL) 4-star Jeremiah Payton is already on the commit list and is an elite talent at pass-catcher that can play both outside and in the slot. He’s as solid as can be and won’t be going anywhere anytime soon.

The Canes just signed 4 WR’s in the 2018 class, and it’s probably the deepest position on the team. Couple that with three top-notch WR commits in 2020 and WR was never a huge need for 2019. The question at the position really comes down to if the Canes are looking for two or three receivers in Surge19, and we’ll get our answer very soon. If it’s two, you’ll see Ron Dugans and the rest of the staff put all their resources exclusively into South Dade 5-star WR Frank Ladson, who was the likely top target at receiver all along in 2019. A class of Payton and Ladson would be an insane two-man haul and really give Dugans an embarrassment of riches to work with on the already stacked roster. But Ladson isn’t as sure of a bet as he seemed just a few months back with Clemson now heavily involved, although he continues to take frequent unofficial visits to Coral Gables.

If UM wants three wide-outs in the class or a “Plan B” in lieu of Ladson, expect to see more traction with out of state guys like Marietta (GA) 4-star Ramel Keyton and/or Amite (LA) 4-star Devonta Lee, who both recently put Miami in their top groups. Both are still long-shots at best at this time, though. Fuller’s departure may also open up an opportunity for a local kid that had been on the outside looking in to get an offer from Miami. The two most likely candidates at this point are Chaminade-Madonna 4-star John Dunmore and Columbus 3-star Kalani Norris.
I get it that Ladson and Payton are 1 and 1(a) on our list, and we will most likely only take 2 WR's this year barring any strange happenings.

BUT .... why do I get the strange sensation in the back of my neck that regardless of what happens with Payton (98% chance he's in the class), and Ladson (maybe 60%) chance he's in, that we will regret not bringing in Dunmore? I just feel he's the kind of player that 3-4 years down the line, we are all thinking "damn, we should have ...."
 
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I get it that Ladson and Payton are 1 and 1(a) on our list, and we will most likely only take 2 WR's this year barring any strange happenings.

BUT .... why do I get the strange sensation in the back of my neck that regardless of what happens with Payton (98% chance he's in the class), and Ladson (maybe 60%) chance he's in, that we will regret not bringing in Dunmore? I just feel he's the kind of player that 3-4 years down the line, we are all thinking "damn, we should have ...."
Maybe. But you could also count Richards as a WR if you want to also.
And the 2020 class is extremely stacked. So hold out for the best of the best in 2019. That to the staff is Ladson and Payton. Maybe with their senior year of film, Dunmore will get that offer?
I'm happy with Just 2 WRs. Same way I'm happy with just 1 TE if we don't get Zipperer. Go for the best. If you don't get them, theres no need to force it, just for the sake of taking players.
 
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Stefan, I'm not sure situations like that are too bad for the kids if done early in the process allowing them to find other schools. Miami accepting the early commitment of a kid raises the kid's stock nationally and usually brings the kid more offers. Now if the kid was dropped in the last minute, then that's really bad.
 
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It sound like Miami fell out love wit him first. This young mane will land of his feat and do well doe.
 
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I know stars do not always equate to players on the field and 3-4 committs probably get bumps before year out, but a little scary to me with 9-- 3 stars and 1- 4 just does not stack up as a top ten class.
 

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