Class Impact: Samuel Brooks exits

Class Impact: Samuel Brooks exits

2019 Miami Northwestern linebacker Samuel Brooks decommitted from the Canes after the Manny Diaz departure news became official late last night.


The 6-2, 195-pounder is currently a 3-star in the national rankings. According to the 247Sports Composite, Brooks is the #723 player nationally, #45 OLB in the country, and the #97 player in the Sunshine State. His decommitment moves Miami’s 2019 class ranking down to #30 on 247Sports and #37 on Rivals.


The Background

Brooks had been committed to Miami since March and seemed like a true Hurricane. He said the only place he ever dreamed of playing college football was at Miami. In the middle of a superstar junior campaign for Northwestern leading the county in sacks and TFL, Brooks suffered a devastating knee injury that had people questioning whether he’d ever play football again. Miami was one of the few FBS teams that stuck by him after many backed off, and UM planned to honor his scholarship regardless. As such, Brooks was one of UM’s most solid commits in this class throughout, but the departure of both his coordinator and position coach Manny Diaz to Temple gave him pause, and he decided to open things up to make sure he was making the right decision.


Future of the Class

Brooks' decommitment brings the total class numbers down to 14, and leaves Miami with two linebacker commits. St. Thomas 4-star teammates Anthony Solomon and Avery Huff remain in Surge19 at LB, but Solomon already has one foot out the door and is expected to flip to Michigan next week. Huff told CIS yesterday that although he wanted to play for Diaz, he is still strong with Miami.

The Canes thought they were done at LB for 2019 and completely stopped recruiting the position after Huff pledged back in May. However, at this point, UM will likely only land one of the original trio in Huff and it leaves them scrambling to fill the empty spots.

Plant City 3-star LB James Gordon IV is a Minnesota commit and has been the staff’s preferred choice to take Solomon’s spot ever since he started wavering. Miami offered Gordon a few weeks back and have been working overtime to get him to officially visit during one of the final weeks, sending coaches multiple times for in-home visits with Gordon and his family. As of now, it appears those efforts have gone for naught, as Gordon does not plan to visit on the final weekend before signing day. Since he is expected to sign early, it seems like Gordon is not likely to end up in this class as of now.

The third STA linebacker of the bunch is 3-star Jahmar Brown, who Miami has had their eye for over a year. The Canes originally would not take his commitment back in May, so Brown ended up pledging to South Carolina. Miami reached out to Brown yet again to gauge interest when Solomon started wavering last month, but did not give him a firm offer. With Brooks now gone, Miami has pushed for Brown to make a last minute visit this weekend, so we’ll see if he shows up on campus. If he doesn’t, Brown is expected to sign with South Carolina next week.

While they wait on the others to decide, Miami has been slow playing Rockledge 3-star Octavious Brothers. Brothers has received multiple in-home visits from the staff the past few weeks but has not actually landed an offer as of yet. Brothers has seen Syracuse and UNC on official visits in the past month. Since he is not signing early, Brothers could become an option down the line if Miami misses on the Gordon and Brown.

Lastly, Brooks is not completely out of the picture just yet though, as he is still considering Miami and is making his UM official visit this weekend. However, recommits are rare in recruiting, and UM should recruit with the mindset that he won’t be in this class so as to not be left hanging; if he is, then it’s a bonus.

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Hopefully, Simpson's connections in Georgia and here in Florida will bring in some good recruits. He is a hard worker for sure and seems to have a way with the kids.
 

g8rh8rMD

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I think Brooks will be back this weekend if UM still wants him.
Did you read what the man just said? We didn't drop the guy, he de-committed. Has nothing to do with whether UM still wants him and has everything to do with the kid making a decision in the best interests of his football career. He wants to come to Miami, but he needs to know that a qualified adult will be running things and not another one of Richt's relatives.
 

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read on another site the staff may cancel his trip tho... they're upset about him de-committing. huge mistake if true
 

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I think Brooks will be back this weekend if UM still wants him.
Have to wonder how many of these guys are just waiting to see who gets hired and if that person still wants them. Though they should think of other factors as that coach could be gone for good or bad reasons before they are done as well. Just like at any school.

With the amount of crying I see from supposed "fans" on here, no wonder some of these recruits are so wishy washy. People wondering why other schools who go through worst don't have their class fall apart? Maybe its because their fans still back them and hope things will turn out good? This fan base is just full of extreme emotional swings where everybody is the best or the worst. Most of them were crying Diaz was the worst until he got hired as a HC somewhere else, now he is the best.
 

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read on another site the staff may cancel his trip tho... they're upset about him de-committing
If he's not going to sign until Feb, they should just kindly ask him to postpone his trip until a DC has been hired. There is zero point whatsoever in him burning an official right now. But you don't burn bridges with recruits.
 

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I think he'll be back. I understand why he decommitted. What if the new DC or LB coach doesn't want guys who played DE in hs? Like a Shannon for example. Could at least weigh his options out before signing. With that being said we better get him back 😂😂
 

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Have to wonder how many of these guys are just waiting to see who gets hired and if that person still wants them. Though they should think of other factors as that coach could be gone for good or bad reasons before they are done as well. Just like at any school.

With the amount of crying I see from supposed "fans" on here, no wonder some of these recruits are so wishy washy. People wondering why other schools who go through worst don't have their class fall apart? Maybe its because their fans still back them and hope things will turn out good? This fan base is just full of extreme emotional swings where everybody is the best or the worst. Most of them were crying Diaz was the worst until he got hired as a HC somewhere else, now he is the best.
Agree with most of this...And yes I think the kid is just reacting...Diaz has created quite a culture with the defense/turnover chain, etc...And Brooks just wants to make sure.
 

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Did you read what the man just said? We didn't drop the guy, he de-committed. Has nothing to do with whether UM still wants him and has everything to do with the kid making a decision in the best interests of his football career. He wants to come to Miami, but he needs to know that a qualified adult will be running things and not another one of Richt's relatives.
Did you read what Ivins reported? That UM is none too happy with the de-commit...That's why I said "if we still want him"
 

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So, the kid publicly tells the world he's de-committed and essentially thrown more fuel on the fire - and yet he's starting or on an official visit? Does this make any sense? What am I missing?
 

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... I'm just numb at this point man.
 

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Did you read what Ivins reported? That UM is none too happy with the de-commit...That's why I said "if we still want him"
No, I didn't read Ivins. Fair enough for UM to be displeased, but there is no way we're getting him to re-commit this weekend, short of announcing the hire of Aranda or Venables by COB today. Point stands that we didn't drop him, he dropped us, and for good reason. We're not getting him back unless and until we can convince him that he's going to be playing under a coaching staff that will suit his skills and advance his career.

My point was, it's not as simple as "if we want him". Not even close.
 

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2019 Miami Northwestern linebacker Samuel Brooks decommitted from the Canes after the Manny Diaz departure news became official late last night.


The 6-2, 195-pounder is currently a 3-star in the national rankings. According to the 247Sports Composite, Brooks is the #723 player nationally, #45 OLB in the country, and the #97 player in the Sunshine State. His decommitment moves Miami’s 2019 class ranking down to #30 on 247Sports and #37 on Rivals.


The Background

Brooks had been committed to Miami since March and seemed like a true Hurricane. He said the only place he ever dreamed of playing college football was at Miami. In the middle of a superstar junior campaign for Northwestern leading the county in sacks and TFL, Brooks suffered a devastating knee injury that had people questioning whether he’d ever play football again. Miami was one of the few FBS teams that stuck by him after many backed off, and UM planned to honor his scholarship regardless. As such, Brooks was one of UM’s most solid commits in this class throughout, but the departure of both his coordinator and position coach Manny Diaz to Temple gave him pause, and he decided to open things up to make sure he was making the right decision.


Future of the Class

Brooks' decommitment brings the total class numbers down to 14, and leaves Miami with two linebacker commits. St. Thomas 4-star teammates Anthony Solomon and Avery Huff remain in Surge19 at LB, but Solomon already has one foot out the door and is expected to flip to Michigan next week. Huff told CIS yesterday that although he wanted to play for Diaz, he is still strong with Miami.

The Canes thought they were done at LB for 2019 and completely stopped recruiting the position after Huff pledged back in May. However, at this point, UM will likely only land one of the original trio in Huff and it leaves them scrambling to fill the empty spots.

Plant City 3-star LB James Gordon IV is a Minnesota commit and has been the staff’s preferred choice to take Solomon’s spot ever since he started wavering. Miami offered Gordon a few weeks back and have been working overtime to get him to officially visit during one of the final weeks, sending coaches multiple times for in-home visits with Gordon and his family. As of now, it appears those efforts have gone for naught, as Gordon does not plan to visit on the final weekend before signing day. Since he is expected to sign early, it seems like Gordon is not likely to end up in this class as of now.

The third STA linebacker of the bunch is 3-star Jahmar Brown, who Miami has had their eye for over a year. The Canes originally would not take his commitment back in May, so Brown ended up pledging to South Carolina. Miami reached out to Brown yet again to gauge interest when Solomon started wavering last month, but did not give him a firm offer. With Brooks now gone, Miami has pushed for Brown to make a last minute visit this weekend, so we’ll see if he shows up on campus. If he doesn’t, Brown is expected to sign with South Carolina next week.

While they wait on the others to decide, Miami has been slow playing Rockledge 3-star Octavious Brothers. Brothers has received multiple in-home visits from the staff the past few weeks but has not actually landed an offer as of yet. Brothers has seen Syracuse and UNC on official visits in the past month. Since he is not signing early, Brothers could become an option down the line if Miami misses on the Gordon and Brown.

Lastly, Brooks is not completely out of the picture just yet though, as he is still considering Miami and is making his UM official visit this weekend. However, recommits are rare in recruiting, and UM should recruit with the mindset that he won’t be in this class so as to not be left hanging; if he is, then it’s a bonus.
Channing Crowder was jst telling a story of his recruitment on WQAM right now.
He was committed to UF until Spurrier left for the NFL job in D.C.
He immediately decommitted and committed to UGA.
When UF brought Zook on, Zook told Crowder, "Just give me an official visit" to try to change his mind.
Channing declined Zook's offer.
Then Zook poached Charlie Strong from Lou Holtz South Carolina staff.
Strong had been recruiting Crowder for USCe.
Crowder said he was committed to UGA for 2 weeks.
As soon as Zook brought Strong to UF, Crowder recommitted to UF.

His point was basically, Miami might be able to stem the decommitment tide by hiring a new DC that recruits are familiar with really soon.

I wonder who would be a Charlie Strong-like hire for Miami right now. By that I mean someone who is already recruiting the same guys we are and might be able to keep guys committed and bring back guys who decommitted.

The most important quality is obviously competency in teach and calling the defense, but recruiting impact, especially this late in the game, is very important as well.
 

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I'm not complaining about losing a tiny linebacker who had a serious injury.
 

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