Jermaine Grace has long been a considered a Miami lean. Today, he made it official and committed to the University of Miami. Grace had originally planned to announce his choice on national signing day but decided to push his timeline up and made his choice at a ceremony at Miramar High School just moments ago.
Grace, listed at 6'1" and 200 pounds, fits the mold of a kid that will likely see early snaps in a special teams role at for the Hurricanes. While smaller than what Miami typically looks for in their system, he more than makes up for it with his passion and work ethic towards the game. Grace is as instinctive a LB as you will see and is always around the ball. He's quick, moves well in space, and gets good depth in coverage which is something the Canes currently lack at the linebacker position. He fills quickly and does a good job of wrapping and finishing his plays.
Grace is fresh off an official visit to Louisville this past weekend which had Miami fans a little nervous given the track record Charlie Strong is building down in South Florida the last few years. In the end, however, Louisville and his other finalist Tennessee ended up losing out to Miami. One of the main determining factors for Grace was his relationship with former teammate Malcolm Lewis and Tracy Howard and it looks like the Canes could be slowly putting together a pipeline together at Miramar High School. Miramar has been a hotbed of talent in South Florida sending multiple players to FBS level football over the last few years, including West Virginia teammates and potential 1 st round picks Geno Smith and Stedman Bailey.
Grace becomes the 8th 4 star commitment in Miami's 2013 class and their 15th overall.
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WELCOME TO THE U!