The day after another startling series of recruiting improprieties at the University of Miami surfaced, its most prominent bay area recruit said he remains "100-percent" committed to the 'Canes.
Jesuit rising senior WR/S Travis Johnson, who committed to UM a month ago, told the Times on Saturday the latest Yahoo Sports report -- which links members of second-year coach Al Golden's staff with improper benefits given to UM recruits -- hasn't yet affected his decision.
"I'm going to play it out, see how it goes overall, see what comes out of it, and then I'll just probably make my decision then," Johnson said between games of the Sling 'n' Shoot seven-on-seven tournament at USF. "But I'm solid with the Miami Hurricanes right now."
South Plantation RB Alex Collins is taking a similar approach, waiting to see what punishments the NCAA doles out before reconsidering his choice. The lifelong UM fan, who committed to the Hurricanes over Florida State, Wisconsin and others, is a four-star prospect and ranked by Rivals as the country’s No. 185 recruit.
“Just wait and see what happens,” Collins said at the USF tournament. “I don’t want to overreact. I just want to wait and see what’s going on.”
Yahoo Sports first reported last summer that longtime UM booster and convicted Ponzi schemer Nevin Shapiro provided impermissible benefits to dozens of 'Cane players and recruits for nearly a decade. The program already was bracing for major NCAA sanctions in the wake of that report.
Johnson, ranked the nation's No. 77 rising senior recruit by ESPN, said he has visited the Coral Gables campus three times and never has received any type of improper benefits nor seen them given to others.
"I just get handshakes and things like that, that's all," Johnson said. "Empty handshakes, that is."
Asked to place a percentage on the strength of his commitment, Johnson said "100 percent."
"I don't have any doubts in my mind right now (despite) all the allegations coming out," he said. "But until anything's proven, I'll make my decision then. But as of right now, I'm 100 percent."
Staff writer Matt Baker contributed to this report.