Stephenson High School LB Raphael Kirby remains committed to Miami, despite reports that the Hurricanes broke numerous NCAA rules.
“Right now, it’s just allegations … but it shocked me, and it shocked a lot of people,” Kirby told the AJC. “Right now, I’m still committed to Miami, so I’m taking it day by day. But I do know about everything that is going down there.”
Kirby said he talked with Miami assistant Terry Richardson at length: “We discussed the whole situation, what went down and how things transpired. He basically told ’since it’s Miami, the NCAA is going to investigate hard. And time will tell.’ He didn’t really know what was going to happen. As you know, it’s a new coaching staff, and all that stuff had to do with the previous coaching staff. But it’s still the university as a whole. There’s nothing much you can really say about it now. In my heart, I’m being really positive right now. Nothing is really proven yet. I’m going to see what happens.”
Unlike the NCAA, however, it hasn’t taken any time for other schools to let Kirby how that they have a spot for him if he de-commits from Miami. At least 10 schools — including Florida, South Carolina, Vanderbilt, Tennessee and Virginia Tech — have contacted Kirby or his coaches within the last 24 hours.
“There’s a lot going on with other colleges,” Kirby said. “I’m aware of it. I’m not surprised by it.”
The 6-foot, 210-pound Kirby is one of Georgia’s top college football prospects. He is one of 11 Stephenson seniors committed to D1 football programs.
Which college may have inside position on Kirby if he de-commits? It appears to be Florida, which was the runner-up when Kirby committed to Miami in May, with LSU and North Carolina tied for third. Two of Kirby’s Stephenson teammates, RB Mike Davis and DT Jafar Mann, are also committed to the Florida Gators. Once upon a time, Kirby was a top UGA target at linebacker.
“I may take some other official visits; I haven’t really thought about but I should know soon,” Kirby said. What about a trip to the Florida Gators? “I may. Who knows?”
RELATED: Miami was dropped off the shortlist of Woodward Academy defensive tackle Jordan Watkins, who narrowed down UGA, Florida and Stanford on Wednesday. “It’s those three because they are all great schools athletically and academically,” Watkins told the AJC. “That helped them stand out among the top eight. Of course, with some of the other schools dealing with NCAA allegations (Miami), that made it a little easier to get to three.” Other schools scratched off Watkins’ list were Alabama, LSU, Notre Dame and Oklahoma. (Click on story link)
Meanwhile, Buford High School tight end Kurt Frietag has Miami listed among his four finalists, along with Alabama, Florida and Florida State. When asked if he was still considering Miami on Wednesday night, Frietag said “Not as much.” However, Freitag said Miami remains one of his finalists. Even before the NCAA allegations, the Hurricanes were considered a longshot for Frietag, who will make his college decision on Sept. 9. His teammate and good friend, Buford LB Dillon Lee, is committed to Alabama.
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