Mike Harley was offered by Miami on Sunday, according to Scout.com recruiting analyst Corey Bender.
At 5-foot-9 and 155 pounds, Harley is a talented senior slot receiver at St. Thomas Aquinas High.
Harley started getting FBS offers in the spring of 2015 when schools like NC State, West Virginia, Louisville, Mississippi State, and Wisconsin sent offers his way. He was being recruited like a 3-star prospect heading into the summer of his junior year. That's when he attended camps at Florida's Big 3 - Miami, Florida State, and Florida. The result? He didn't get offered by any of the three.
Fast forward to the summer of 2016 and Harley attended camps at West Virginia and Miami. He didn't impress Miami's previous staff in 2015 and so he tried doing so with the new staff in 2016. The result? No offer. That's when he decided to make a commitment to West Virginia. It seemed like a good fit, and most other schools stopped actively recruiting him at that point.
Miami remained interested, and the offer over the weekend confirmed that. Trying to figure out why Miami waited so late in the process to make the offer is tough. It's possible that Harley's senior season has been so impressive that Miami's staff had to make the offer. Even though we live in an era where mid-season offers make people think the kid might not be as good a prospect as others being recruited, lets not forget that Butch Davis once made a living waiting until mid-season to offer a lot of his players. He wanted to get a real good idea of how the kid performed as a senior before making a final decision. If that is the case here, it's encouraging.
Another possible reason for the late offer is because of the loss of Sam Bruce, a kid who plays the same position as Harley. Bruce, a 4-star in last year's class, was kicked off the team earlier this season. Harley could be viewed as a possible replacement for Bruce.
The Canes have two wide receiver commitments right now but they are outside guys (Evidence Njoku is 6-foot-4 while Kevaughn Dingle is 6-1 and close to 200 pounds). Harley is more of a slot receiver who lacks ideal size but has tremendous short-area quickness.