Elite wide receiver recruit Sam Bruce, a one-time target of multiple SEC schools who signed to play for Miami and former UGA coach Mark Richt next season, is reportedly involved in a strange conflict that has resulted in his parents withdrawing him from St. Thomas Aquinas High School (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.).
According to Susan Miller Degnan and Manny Navarro of the Miami Herald, Bruce is alleged to have used a photo of himself holding a gun “as part of an ongoing dispute with an older, former Aquinas male student.” Both of Bruce’s parents told the Herald that their son is not in trouble but did not elaborate much further than that. The feud dealt with Bruce’s ex-girlfriend, whom family attorney Frank A. Maister says has not been personally involved in the conflict.
“I think it was a desire to do what’s best for Sam at this point,’’ Maister said of the parents’ decision. “He wanted to remove himself from even the potential of any issues.’’
Bruce, the newphew of NFL great Isaac Bruce, is a former four-star prospect who was listed as the 11th-best receiver in the Class of 2016 and a top-100 recruit overall, according to the 247Sports Composite. He is also the highest-rated player in Richt’s first Miami signing class.
Though he remained committed to the Canes from July 2014 through National Signing Day, a handful of SEC powers pursued him after the firing of coach Al Golden, including Florida as well as South Carolina, Alabama and Auburn. A Miami spokesperson told the Herald that Bruce is currently still expected to join the program in May, although the young receiver will still need to enroll in another high school and graduate.