Mike's Take: 4-star WR commit

One of Miami's earliest commitments in the 2016 class came from one of the nation's most heavily recruited wide receiver prospects. Read on for a complete analysis of his game, his commitment, and more by CanesTime's Mike Bakas.

Sam Bruce committed to Miami even before his junior season started at St. Thomas Aquinas High.

What to Like: Bruce is absolutely electrifying when his hands are on the football. He flat out makes plays. He has the rare ability to turn nothing into something. His short-area quickness is outstanding. You've heard people say that certain players can make defenders miss in a phone booth -- that's Bruce. He foot work is top notch. He runs really good routes and he's the type of player you simply want to get the ball to in as many ways possible. He has excellent straight ahead speed but his ability to change directions, stop on a dime, and do those types of things is even more impressive. Bruce played on an elite St. Thomas Aquinas team last season. He's used to being in a championship environment. He's used to competing at a high level. He has everything you look for in a slot receiver prospect.

What may concern you: At 5-foot-8, he lacks ideal height. While he's very thick and plays stronger than his size would indicate, being 5-8 is not ideal. And while he can go up and get balls in the air, he doesn't have elite jumping ability like some kids. He's a bit one-dimensional from that standpoint.

Bottom Line: Bruce now has offers from just about everyone including Alabama, Ohio State, Florida State, and Florida. Bruce first committed to Miami last summer along with good friend Jordan Scarlett, who was a running back in the 2015 class. They said at the time a big reason why they committed to Miami is because they wanted to play together in college. Scarlett flipped his commitment to Florida late in the year, which makes some Miami people uneasy about being able to keep Bruce committed all year. He's one of three top notch wide receiver commitments for the Canes right now but the coaches are still recruiting others. Keeping him committed would be one of the biggest recruiting success stories of the year for Miami. He's the type of player who could impact games right away in 2016, and his future catching passes from elite quarterback prospects like Brad Kaaya and Jack Allison is very promising.

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