– 2014 S/WR Michael Johnson (6’3, 185, 4.49/40) of Champagnat Catholic visited the University of Miami for Junior Day last weekend. His head coach, Mike Tunsil, also visited UM with Johnson. Coach Tunsil gave Deep South Recruiting some details regarding the visit. “We split up into offense/defense, and we went with Paul Williams. We went upstairs, watched some film and got to know everyone better,” Coach Tunsil said. “Michael loved everything about Miami. We know they want two safeties next year, so he definitely liked that. He’s high on their board and a player they want. Coach Williams wants more film and they want Michael to camp in June. Being there for the first Junior Day is a good sign because there were high priority prospects in attendance.”
Tunsil shared his opinion on the current Hurricanes staff. “I like what they’re doing. People have to realize they’re recruiting under the cloud of the NCAA, considering that I feel like they’re recruiting well. I like Coach Al Golden, he’s an honest man, and when they clear that hurdle, Miami will become Miami again under his leadership.”
– 2014 RB/SS TJ Harrell (6’1, 210, 4.48/40) of Tampa Catholic continues to see his list of impressive offers grow. This afternoon, he received his 17th from FSU. He also owns verbal offers from Mississippi St., Georgia, Florida, UCLA, Purdue, USF and UCF to name a few.
“I’m expecting my next two offers to come from Indiana and San Diego St.,” Harrell told Deep South Recruiting. “I met UF head coach Will Muschamp yesterday, he said he wants to see my face around campus more. I’ve visited UCF, USF, and Florida, but I’m still wide open, no frontrunners yet. It’s going to be a difficult decision, because not only do I have to pick a position, but a program that wants me at that position.” Georgia has offered him as a RB and multiple others like him at safety. There may be opportunities at certain programs for Harrell to play both ways.
Harrell also mentioned the Tampa Catholic staff expects college coaches by the dozens in the spring to scout him and teammate 2014 OL Corey Martinez (6’4, 290) and a multitude of underclassmen. TJ Harrell Junior Film
– 2014 RB Joseph Ledet (6’0, 208, 4.49/40) of South Beauregard HS in Louisiana is receiving interest from programs all across the country. He’s heard from Duke, Mississippi St., LSU, and ULL most recently. “I spoke to a coach from Duke, and they’re ready for me to visit, so I’m beginning the process of setting that up.”
In the last few weeks, Ledet has emerged as a prospect that will command serious attention from college recruiters. “I’ve been selected to the Louisiana Bootleggers 7-on-7 team. Guys like Trey Quinn and Jacory Washington are on the team, so playing with top prospects like them is a tremendous honor. I’ve also been selected to the NUC100 Combine and I’ll play for Team USA next month.”
South Beaugard’s senior-to-be bears watching and is a prospect on the rise. Here’s his junior film: Joseph Ledet Highlights
– 2013 CB Barry Higdon (6’3, 185, 4.4/40) of Chaminade Madonna has verbally committed to Hawaii. Higdon visited Honolulu last weekend and that put the Warriors over the top. “It’s paradise. I love the atmosphere and the location. The people are awesome, the coaching staff is great, and the fact that they were on me throughout the process told me they really wanted me to be a Warrior. Head coach Norm Chow is a great coach and I can’t wait to play for him. We spoke a lot during my visit, and I think Hawaii is the best place for me to be.”
Higdon talked about his chances of playing early. “Coach Chow said if I come in, work hard, there’s a good chance I’ll play right away. He told me come in with the mindset to work hard, learn the system quickly.”
One of his goals as a freshman at Hawaii is to step on the field early. “I want to contribute right away, and I eventually want to bring Hawaii their first Jim Thorpe Award.”
– 2014 QB Alin Edouard (6’2, 185, 4.49/40) of Hialeah HS is getting interest from Cincinnati, Boston College, and Louisville, among others.
He recently attended the Under Armour Combine. “It was awesome, I had a really good time. Getting coaching from former NFL quarterbacks was exciting,” he said. “I felt I performed at a high level, that I stood out. We worked on taking the snap from center, my drops, my touch and accuracy when I throw the ball, and reading defenses.”
Named 2nd Team All-Dade by the Miami Herald, Edouard will compete for a spot on the Florida Fire 7-on-7 team February 2nd. “We have tryouts coming up, so I’m getting ready for that. We’ll also travel to visit schools unofficially again this summer like we did last summer. We’ll go to Ole Miss, South Carolina, FSU, Memphis, and hopefully Oregon.” Although he plans on camping at Miami this summer, Edouard reports no contact recently from UM. Alin Edouard Junior Film
– Michael Bradley