The not-so-obvious Tampa tie to Miami Hurricanes' QB battle
The Palm Beach Post's Matt Porter updated us on the Miami Hurricanes' quarterback battle as Mark Richt tries to replace NFL-bound Brad Kaaya.
It's worth a read, and it includes the headline that redshirt sophomore Evan Shirreffs "appears to be the leader." The reason why has some Tampa Bay ties.
It has nothing to do with former Jefferson High quarterback Cade Weldon, who enrolled early at UM. Or former Jesuit High quarterback Vincent Testaverde. Or Jack Allison, who went to Palmetto High not far from here.
Former four-star quarterback Dwayne Lawson was a Miami commit at Hillsborough High in the class of 2015. He decommitted fairly late and eventually signed with Virginia Tech. That left UM in need of a quarterback in that class. And that late in the process, most of the big names had already made up their minds.
The Hurricanes' James Coley, Porter writes, called to offer Shirreffs a scholarship the day after signing day. Two years and two months later, he's the apparent frontrunner for the ‘Canes, while Lawson is trying to join Illinois (and former Bucs coach Lovie Smith) after a stop in junior college.