Sam Bruce (St Thomas Aquinas HS) made an early commitment to the Hurricanes.
What to Like: Bruce is the real deal. He's one of the most electrifying wide receivers in the entire country for the 2016 class. Bruce has excellent speed, outstanding quickness, and has difference-making ability. He's very strong. He's tough. He makes tough catches and can do it in traffic. He's a threat to hit a home run every time he touches the football. He's also very instinctive and understands the game very well. He's a solid route-runner who is very explosive in and out of his breaks. He can make you miss inside a phone booth. Bruce is part of an elite program at St. Thomas Aquinas, and is fresh off a state championship so he's used to being in a winning environment and it's always good when the Canes land players from elite South Florida programs like the one he plays at.
What may concern you: The biggest knock on Bruce as a prospect is that he's only 5-foot-8. Major college coaches say all the time that if you're a 5-8 receiver, you better be able to do special things. Bruce definitely can but it doesn't change the fact that he lacks ideal height for a major college wide receiver prospect. He's not going to win many jump balls and may have a difficult time against taller cornerbacks at the next level.
Bottom Line: If he were an inch or so taller, you'd be watching a younger version of Santana Moss. He's that type of player, that type of game-breaker. Bruce is one of three very talented wide receivers committed in Miami's 2016 class. With offers from schools like Florida State, USC, Ohio State, and Alabama, Bruce is being recruited like a five-star player. He made a very early commitment to the Canes when he and best friend Jordan Scarlett (2015 RB prospect) pulled the trigger for the Canes. Scarlett switched his pledge to Florida at the end of the recruiting process so keep an eye on the Gators here because they could be in line to flip Bruce like they did with Scarlett. He's arguably the most talented overall player in Miami's 2016 class at this time.