Mike's Analysis: New WR commit

Sam Bruce, one of the state's premier overall prospects, committed to Miami as part of their 2016 class last week. Read on for a breakdown and analysis of this from CanesTime's Mike Bakas.

Sam Bruce announced his commitment to Miami last week.

What to Like: Bruce has outstanding quickness and acceleration. He's the type of player who can make defenders miss inside of a phone booth. He has soft hands and is able to make big things happen every time he touches the football. He seems to play his best in the biggest moments, and is ultra competitive as a player. He posted very good production numbers as a sophomore last season, grabbing 55 passes and scoring 10 touchdowns. Just a rising junior, he's one of the state's quickest, most explosive, and most productive wide receiver prospects. Now playing at St. Thomas Aquinas High, Bruce is part of one of the state's premier prep programs. Despite being a bit short, he is well built (180 pounds) and can catch balls in traffic and over the middle surprisingly well for someone his size. He's very strong.

What may concern you: At 5-foot-8, he will be somewhat limited. That's only natural, especially since he doesn't have elite (although very good) leaping ability. He'll likely be limited to playing in the slot. While he has tremendous quickness and ability to change directions, he doesn't have tremendous straight ahead speed. It's solid but he's not someone who will consistently run by people.

Bottom Line: With scholarship offers from schools like Alabama, Florida State, and Ohio State, Bruce was recruited by just about everyone. He was being recruited like a 5-star player. He has tremendous quickness and athleticism, and has been very productive on the field. He's clearly one of the state's premier wide receiver prospects. He's now one of six Hurricane commitments in the 2016 class, and that includes a trio of outstanding WR prospects. Bruce is a difference maker, a game-changer and someone who can come in and make an early impact.


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