It’s no secret Sam Bruce has several SEC suitors. And in light of the firing of Al Golden, it would appear from the outside the Miami commit could potentially reconsider his status with the Hurricanes, but doing so ignores one simple fact: Bruce’s roots are firmly planted in south Florida.
The 5-foot-8, 180-pound receiver from St. Thomas Aquinas (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) is a native to the area. It’s where he took up gymnastics as a fourth grader — it was either that or ballet — and took in Miami football. His link to the Hurricanes doesn’t end there, either. Bruce has known Miami receivers coach Kevin Beard since his days at University High School (Davie, Fla.), before he transferred to Aquinas in January of 2014.
“(Beard), he’s been an influential person to not just my football career but my life since my freshman year of high school,” Bruce told SEC Country. “He’s been a big instrument in my life. Him being my receivers coach at the collegiate level would be unbelievable.”
Of course, the makeup of Miami’s coaching staff remains to be seen and it will likely take some time to develop. Bruce doesn’t believe his former receivers coach is headed anywhere, but he understands the schematics of college football. Only if Beard were to part from his post at Miami would Bruce consider the possibility of looking elsewhere.
“It’s really going to depend on if they bring in another receivers coach, which I highly doubt,” Bruce said. “(Beard) is not only a great coach, but he’s a great person. That’s what Miami needs — it needs not only a great mentor but a great recruiter. That’s definitely what (Beard) is.”
As noted last week, several SEC programs continue to pursue the 4-star receiver, including Florida, Alabama and Auburn. The Gators have long been considered the heavy favorite to land Bruce, per 247Sports.com’s Crystal Ball predictions, even in light of his commitment to the Hurricanes.
But it’ll be easier said than done.
“As of now, I’m committed to Miami,” Bruce said. “I’m just waiting to see who they’re going to bring in as a head coach. I know it’s going to take some time. I know it’s probably going to happen after the season.”
Bruce is rated as the No. 58 player in the country and the No. 5 receiver overall.