Nick Fanuzzi became the starting quarterback going into his sophomore season but injuries prevented him from playing a whole lot. Still, at 6-foot-4 and 200 pounds, he had all the tools the coaches look for.
"I can beat you a lot of ways," he said. "I'm a gamer. I can make plays with my feet and make plays in the passing game. I'm a guy, who at the end of the game, wants the ball and a chance to win the game for my team. I consider myself a good leader for my team and I think that's one of the most important things for a quarterback."
Fanuzzi, who also plays varsity baseball, got off to an excellent start to his junior season before a shoulder injury ended it halfway through.
"I played in the first five games and averaged 200 yards passing and 100 yards running a game," he said. "We went 3-2 in those games with two very close losses. We beat a team that went on to play in the state finals. This year, we have a lot of kids coming back and we're hoping to win a state championship."
"A lot of schools were coming at me," he said. "Florida, Alabama, Texas, a lot of them were recruiting me. Miami and Texas were my two favorites. Texas is only an hour away and they're a great program. I started getting recruited by Miami early in my junior year by Coach Werner. When he left, Coach Berry picked up and I decided to go down there for Junior Day."
The talented quarterback enjoyed the Junior Day experience and left with a scholarship offer from the Hurricanes.
"I had a chance to meet Coach Coker and Coach Berry first hand," he said. "I got a great feel for them and the area and the school. Coral Gables is a very unique place to be. The tradition they have with football is unbelievable."
Fanuzzi keeps in regular contact with UM coach Todd Berry, who he's very impressed with.
"He seems like a great coach and I'm very excited to have him as my future coach," he said.
Fanuzzi, who carries a 3.3 GPA and a 20 ACT score, is done with other schools. He's a Hurricane.
"I know I'm going to UM and that's that," he said. "I looked at some other schools and Miami just was the best fit. I'm gonna stay in touch with the Miami coaches, meet my teammates, and get a feel for it through other visits later in the year."
Fanuzzi said he'd like to spend time recruiting other players for the Hurricanes, as many top quarterbacks who make early commitments have done in the past.
"I'm all for finding more guys to come to UM with me," he said. "If I need to talk to a top receiver or something, I'm all for it. Miami's where I'm going and I'm very excited about it."