St. Thomas Aquinas’ Sam Bruce Chooses Hurricanes

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Updated: July 22, 2014
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Sam Bruce announced his commitment Tuesday on the AutoNation Sports Report

BY J.T. WILCOX | Senior Writer
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A big thing will sometimes come in a small package.

The University of Miami believes that.

St. Thomas Aquinas receiver Sam Bruce announced his verbal commitment to the Hurricanes Tuesday night on the AutoNation Sports Report radio show on 560 WQAM with Larry Blustein and J.T. Wilcox.

The 5-foot-9, 182-pound dynamo is considered a four-star recruit, the No. 6 wide receiver in the 2016 class and becomes Miami’s sixth verbal commit for the class of 2016 – joining Gulliver Prep receiver Dionte Mullins, who announced his commitment on July 4th.

Bruce, the nephew of former NFL star Isaac Bruce, chose the Hurricanes over Notre Dame, Ohio State and Alabama; saying Miami felt almost too good to be true.

“It made sense in a lot of areas,” Bruce said. “Its close to home, so my family can come watch me play every game. I’ll get a great education there too. I want to major in communications and that’s one of the things the university is known for. And the biggest thing was probably the fact that Miami is family. I really liked that.”

Check out Sam’s full interview on the AutoNation Sports Report on 560 WQAM

“[Miami] felt right to me. I liked the fact that everything they do is centered around the ‘U’ family,” Bruce added.

Though Bruce is will be entering his junior season this coming fall, he was resolute in his commitment.

“I’m excited and thankful right now. Its been a long journey. I’ve worked hard since my freshman year and I was blessed to get the offers that I wanted from the schools that I wanted to explore. And I’m happy to make the choice that I did,” Bruce said.

Bruce set the social media world ablaze with a photo that he tweeted out two weeks ago during a visit to the University of Miami. The photo, which included fellow St. Thomas Aquinas teammate Jordan Scarlett and South Plantation’s Rodrick Archer – a Florida Atlantic commit – flashing the “U”.

“That picture pretty much summed up everything. The whole time we were there it was fun, it was comfortable and I really felt a part of the family,” Bruce said.

Scarlett, a four-star 2015 running back, recently de-committed from FAU and announced his commitment to Miami at Nike’s The Opening in Oregon on ESPNU earlier Tuesday evening.

Bruce’s skill set is tailored for the wide-open college game. He has the speed (clocked at sub 4.5 in the 40-yard dash) and agility to beat defenders at the point of attack. His versatility will serve him well at the next level too. He can work inside in the slot, go outside or even come out of the backfield as a running back.

What surprises defenses is his power and leaping ability. Despite his smaller build, Bruce is a willing downfield blocker and powerful leaper that attacks the ball at its highest point.

In 2013, Bruce led University School in receiving with 835 yards and 10 touchdowns on 55 receptions and he was contributor on the Suns 2012 Class 3A state championship team as a freshman.

Shortly after the football season, Bruce – along with a handful of other U-School football players – transferred to St. Thomas Aquinas. The Raiders, who went 10-3 and lost to eventual Class 7A champion Palm Beach Dwyer in the third round of the playoffs this past season, will enter the 2014 season as one of the top 25 teams in the country.

A true athlete, Bruce also competed in track for St. Thomas Aquinas this past spring; helping the Raiders capture the Class 4A team title.

Not short on swagger, Bruce said he’s not going to settle for minor goals in the upcoming season.

“Anything less than a national championship won’t cut it,” Bruce said. “Everyone at St. Thomas is working hard and we’re all working towards the same goal. Everyone has the same mindset and that’s winning. I’m not going to let anyone settle for anything less or give anything less than a national championship effort. I’m not losing,”