Emonee Spence first committed to the Hurricanes way back in January following a visit to one of the program's Junior Day events. Today, he says he's changed his mind.
"I just wanted to thank the Miami coaching staff for giving me an opportunity of being a Cane but I don't feel it's best for me," Spence said today.
At 6-foot-2 and 185 pounds, Spence is another in the long line of big wide receiver prospects for the Hurricanes. He's coming off an excellent senior season for a Flanagan team that made it all the way to the state semifinals. Spence finished the season with 31 catches for 700 yards and seven touchdowns -- all good for second on his team.
The one thing that jumps out at you most when watching Spence is his leaping ability. He has tremendous ability to climb the ladder and go up over defenders and bring down the football. He was expected to become a major redzone weapon for the Hurricanes. He lacks ideal straight ahead speed and the ability to change directions but his size and leaping ability made up for it. Some were concerned that he wasn't even able to lead his own high school team in receiving. That status belongs to Keavon Mitchell, a smaller senior with less upside.
Since his commitment to the Canes back in January, Spence continued getting recruited by several other major programs. Scholarship offers came from schools like Auburn, Louisville, Purdue, and South Florida.
As of now he's expected to end up at Louisville but USF is also seriously in the mix. It appears the Canes are out of the mix now.
Spence's decision leaves the Hurricanes with just two wide receiver commitments in the 2015 class -- Ely's Therrell Gosier and Louisiana's Terrell Chatman. Both players were lightly recruited and so the Hurricanes will need to find some replacements in a hurry. They need game-changers here, especially with the loss of Phillip Dorsett.
Da'vante Phillips, a 4-star from Miami Central, was on UM's campus over the weekend but is expected to pick Florida State in the end. Antonio Calloway, a speedy standout from Booker T Washington, has Miami on his final list and could very well end up in this recruiting class. St Thomas Aquinas standout Devante Peete is another big receiver the Hurricanes are trying to get.
No matter how you view Spence as a prospect, today's news is not good for the Hurricanes. He was considered the best prospect of the three wide receiver commitments and it means Miami must really turn up the heat on top notch receivers down the stretch.