Miami recruiting: Hurricanes still in good position with Ahmmon Richards’ brother

Miami recruiting-Mark-Antony Richards

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Two years ago, two brothers helped give Wellington (Fla.) High School one of the more thrilling offenses to ever grace Palm Beach County. Ahmmon Richards was a superstar senior wide receiver ready to begin a standout college career at Miami. Mark-Antony Richards, the younger brother, was a freshman already picking apart defenses as a running back.

It was just a brief moment in the story of the Richards brothers, whose profiles have risen significantly during the past few years. Ahmmon Richards was voted a preseason All-American before beginning his sophomore year with the Hurricanes this fall. Mark-Antony Richards is now a 4-star athlete ranked as the No. 165 player in the Class of 2019 by the 247Sports composite rankings.

It’s unlikely, but if a handful of variables play out in a certain way the Richards could be reunited in Miami Gardens, Fla. If Ahmmon Richards sticks around for his senior season and Mark-Antony Richards picks the Hurricanes, they could share the field at Hard Rock Stadium.

“It would be an honor to possibly play with him at Miami,” Richards told DieHards on Tuesday, “but based on his decision – whether he enters the draft early or stays for his senior – everybody here loves him and would love to see me go to Miami and play with him, but at the end of the day it’s wherever I feel most comfortable. He respects that.”

Richards says his recruitment is still open despite the expectation some have for him to ultimately pick the Hurricanes. While he spends nearly every Saturday in stadiums watching No. 13 Miami play, he still plans to make a trip to Gainesville on Nov. 25 when No. 21 Florida hosts Florida State and he’ll be in Tallahassee to watch the Hurricanes face the Seminoles.

It’s still impossible to deny the influence his exposure to Miami has.

“I would say I have no favorites, but Miami – that’s a school that I’m interested in. They definitely have a good opportunity in the long run,” Richards said. “They believed in me from the start. I have much respect for Miami. I’m still giving every school an opportunity.”

Richards is one of the more intriguing – and important – junior targets on the board for the Hurricanes. He’s the No. 11 athlete in the nation, and schools are pitching him on playing running back, wide receiver or safety.

This fall, Richards is starting at both running back and free safety for Wellington and is off to the best start of his still-young career. The 6-foot-1, 192-pound junior ran for 111 yards and a touchdown on 16 carries during a 34-20 loss to Wellington’s Palm Beach Central on Monday, giving Richards a fifth straight game with 100 all-purpose yards. He also had a 15-yard catch and scored a 2-point conversion, although he did lose a fumble while lining up at quarterback for Wellington’s final three drives.

Miami’s pitch to Richards extends beyond his brotherly tie and early involvement. The athlete said coach Mark Richt is allowing Richards to pick his position, although defensive coordinator Manny Diaz, safeties coach Ephraim Banda and cornerbacks coach Mike Rumph are Richards’ main recruiters. The flexibility the Hurricanes are offering could be an X-factor in a close race.

“I’m the kind of player that I’m going to come into your program and I’m going to give it my all,” Richards said. “Really, I just want to step on the field, so wherever I can play the fastest and develop as a player, that’s what I’m going to do.”

Commit stats tracker

Last week has been one of the busiest on the high school football calendar. Make-up games for Hurricane Irma filled the early part of this week, leaving some teams with three games in eight days. It meant a chance for some Miami commits to put up some big stats lines. Here how they all fared and where their numbers now stand this year:

(** indicates stats may be incomplete)

RB Lorenzo Lingard

High school: University (Orange City, Fla.)

Team record: 2-1

Last week: Lorenzo Lingard put together another big game to help University High School pick up a 40-21 road win against Lyman High School in Longwood, Fla. The 5-star running back ran the ball 26 times for 154 yards and a touchdown, according to the Orlando Sentinel. The senior also had a touchdown called back Thursday.

Season stats: 67 carries, 426 yards, 5 touchdowns; 2 catches, 5 yards

Next: University hosts Oviedo (Fla.) High School for a district game Friday in Orange City.

TE Brevin Jordan

High school: Bishop Gorman (Las Vegas)

Team record: 4-2

Last week: Brevin Jordan scored a touchdown for the fifth straight week to help Bishop Gorman High School to win a crosstown matchup with Spring Valley High School 63-0 at home. The 4-star tight end, who also occasionally plays outside linebacker, logged 3 catches for 88 yards and a touchdown during the Thursday rout.

Season stats: 27 catches, 478 yards, 5 touchdowns, 1 2-point conversion; 2 carries, 5 yards; 1 tackle

Next: Bishop Gorman goes on the road Friday to face Ed W. Clark High School for a league game in Vegas.

QB Artur Sitkowski

High school: IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.)

Team record: 3-0

Last week: After going down with an injury a week earlier, Artur Sitkowski didn’t play during IMG’s 21-0 win against Miami Northwestern High School on Saturday in Bradenton. Zack Annexstad, a 3-star prospect committed to Minnesota, started in the 4-star quarterback’s place.

Season stats: 37 for 62, 304 yards, 2 touchdowns, 3 interceptions; 18 carries, negative-12 yards

Next: IMG hits the road to face Venice (Fla.) High School on Friday.

WR Mark Pope

High school: Miami Southridge

Team record: 3-1

Last week: Mark Pope and Miami Southridge High School cruised to a 36-0 home win against Miami Killian High School on Monday. Four days earlier, the 4-star wide receiver had 3 catches for 41 yards during another home win against Miami Palmetto High School of Pinecrest, Fla.

Season stats: 6 catches, 139 yards, 1 touchdown**

Next: Southridge goes on the road Friday for a marquee matchup against Miami Carol City High School in Miami Gardens, Fla.

CB Al Blades Jr.

High school: St. Thomas Aquinas (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.)

Team record: 3-1

This week: St. Thomas Aquinas High School suffered a surprising 12-0 road loss to Centennial High School on Friday in Peoria, Ariz. Al Blades Jr., a 4-star cornerback, recorded 1 tackle.

Season stats: 3 tackles, 1 pass defended

Next: Two of Florida’s best defenses square off Friday in Fort Lauderdale when St. Thomas Aquinas hosts Deerfield Beach (Fla.) High School.

CB Josh Jobe

High school: Cheshire (Conn.) Academy

Team record: 3-0

Last week: Josh Jobe finally made his Cheshire debut during Friday’s 35-14 road win against Brunswick School in Greenwich, Conn. The 4-star cornerback will also play some wide receiver this year, but exclusively played defense to start. He didn’t record any stats aside from a 35-yard punt return.

Season stats: N/A

Next: Cheshire will be back on the road Saturday against Suffield (Conn.) Academy.

WR Brian Hightower

High school: IMG Academy

Team record: 4-0

Last week: Brian Hightower broke out with Annexstad behind center. The 4-star wide receiver grabbed 6 catches for 120 yards and a touchdown to help IMG beat Miami Northwestern on Saturday in Bradenton.

Season stats: 19 catches, 199 yards, 2 touchdowns

Next: IMG makes the short trip across county lines to face Venice on Friday.

S Gurvan Hall

High school: Palm Beach Gardens (Fla.) Community

Team record: 3-2

Last week: Palm Beach Gardens Community High School bounced back from a crosstown rivalry loss to William T. Dwyer High School on Thursday by beating Jupiter (Fla.) High School 27-3 on Monday at home. No stats were reported for 4-star safety Gurvan Hall.

Season stats: 2 catches, 26 yards; 14 tackles, 2 tackles for loss; 1 punt-return touchdown.

Next: Palm Beach Gardens goes on the road Friday to face Pahokee (Fla.) High School.

CB Gilbert Frierson

High school: Coral Gables (Fla.) Senior

Team record: 2-3

Last week: Gilbert Frierson took part in a five-overtime thriller Monday in Miami. Coral Gables Senior High School ultimately fell to Miami High School 55-48 and Frierson had a long punt return called back. The 4-star cornerback also had 2 punt-return touchdowns during a road win against Miami Beach (Fla.) High School.

Season stats: 3 catches, 120 yards, 2 touchdowns; 2 punt-return touchdowns

Next: Coral Gables takes on Miami’s Booker T. Washington High School on Saturday in Miami.

RB Cam’Ron Davis

High school: Miami Carol City Senior (Miami Gardens, Fla.)

Team record: 3-1

Last week: Cam’Ron Davis ran for 45 yards and scored a touchdown on a 68-yard swing pass to lead Miami Carol City Senior to a road win against crosstown rival Miami Norland High School, 21-0. The 4-star running back, who also plays some outside linebacker, also ran for 19 yards and a touchdown Thursday in Miami during a blowout win against Hialeah-Miami Lakes High School of Hialeah, Fla.

Season stats: 18 carries, 89 yards, 3 touchdowns; 2 catches, 88 yards, 1 touchdown**

Next: Miami Carol City hosts Southridge on Friday. Five Hurricane commits will be on the field.

TE Will Mallory

High school: Providence (Jacksonville)

Team record: 0-5

Last week: Will Mallory has still yet to play this season as he deals with a nagging injury. Providence School fell to Orlando’s Lake Highland Preparatory School 35-28 to remain winless with the 4-star tight end sidelined.

Season stats: N/A

Next: Providence will go on the road for a crosstown matchup against Samuel W. Wolfson High School on Friday.

G Cleveland Reed

High school: Fort Meade (Fla.) Middle-Senior

Team record: 2-3

Last week: Cleveland Reed started at left tackle during Fort Meade Middle-Senior High School’s 35-0 loss to Lakeland (Fla.) Christian School on Friday at home. The 4-star guard also occasionally gets time at defensive tackle.

Season stats: N/A

Next: Fort Meade will try to bounce back Friday at home against Avon Park (Fla.) High School.

DT Nesta Silvera

High school: American Heritage (Plantation, Fla.)

Team record: 3-0

Last week: American Heritage School had a bye week, but Nesta Silvera did receive his U.S. Army All-American Bowl honorary jersey Thursday. The 4-star defensive tackle was joined by 5-star cornerback teammates Tyson Campbell and Patrick Surtian Jr.

Season stats: 21 tackles, 5 tackles for a loss, 1 sack

Next: American Heritage returns to action Friday with a road game against against Stranahan High School in Fort Lauderdale.

G Delone Scaife

High school: Miami Southridge

Team record: 3-1

Last week: Delone Scaife started at left tackle during Southridge’s home win against Miami Killian. The 4-star guard also played some defensive tackle during Thursday’s home win against Miami Palmetto, contributing to one of Southridge’s two safeties.

Season stats: N/A

Next: Southridge hosts faces Carol City on Friday in Miami Gardens.

WR Daquris Wiggins

High school: Miami Southridge

Team record: 3-1

Last week: Southridge cruised against Killian on Monday at home four days after 3-star wide receiver Daquris Wiggins caught an 11-yard touchdown to ice another home win against Palmetto on Thursday.

Season stats: 5 catches, 44 yards, 2 touchdowns**

Next: Southridge travels to Miami Gardens to face Carol City on Friday.

T John Campbell

High school: Dr. Phillips (Orlando)

Team record: 4-0

This week: John Campbell, a 3-star tackle, started at left tackle during Dr. Phillips High School’s 41-6 road win against crosstown rival Oak Ridge High School.

Season stats: N/A

Next: Dr. Phillips heads to Apopka, Fla., to face Wekiva High School on Thursday before hosting Apopka High School early next week in a meeting between two of Central Florida’s best.

DE Gregory Rousseau

High school: Champagnat Catholic (Hialeah)

Team record: 4-1

Last week: Champagnat Catholic School posted a 35-0 shutout win at home against Everglades Preparatory School of Homestead, Fla., on Thursday. Gregory Roussea, a 3-star defensive end, primarily plays safety and wide receiver for Champagnat Catholic.

Season stats: 32 tackles, 5 tackles for loss, 3 sacks, 1 forced fumble, 5 passes defended**

Next: Champagnat Catholic travels to face Miami Edison High School on Saturday.

CB D.J. Ivey

High school: South Dade (Homestead)

Team record: 4-0

Last week: D.J. Ivey and South Dade High School posted a 20-0 win against Homestead High School at home. The 3-star cornerback intercepted one pass and broke up another.

Season stats: 18 tackles, 4 passes defended, 2 interceptions

Next: South Dade hosts North Miami Beach High School on Friday in Homestead.

K Bubba Baxa

High school: Pasadena (Texas) Memorial

Team record: 1-1

Last week: Pasadena Memorial High School had the week off, so 3-star kicker Bubba Baxa remains perfect on extra points this year.

Season stats: 7 for 7 on extra points, 0 for 1 on field goals

Next: Pasadena Memorial returns to action Friday with a road game against Dobie High School in Houston.

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