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Miami Lands Raphael Kirby

(via antnixus)

Al Golden is off to a very solid start with his 2012 recruiting class, most notably in landing highly sought after local products like A.J. Leggett and Angelo Jean-Louis. Last night he received a commitment from Georgia LB Raphael Kirby, who chose Miami over Florida only four days after being offered a scholarship. Kirby is rated by Rivals as the #128 prospect in the country, and he joins fellow Georgian Jontavious Carter (a wide receiver) as the only current out-of-state commitments. Here (via Canesport) is Kirby on the decision:

"Miami, when they offered they immediately jumped to my top," Kirby said. "It's just such a great school, great tradition. I'm looking to get the U back to where it needs to be."

He continued:

I've always liked the U, so I couldn't turn them down. I've rooted for Miami since I was small. It was something about Miami that I love, and it all started with knowing Ray Lewis went there. He's one of my favorite players."

Kirby also told Canesport that he doesn't plan on taking any visits, though that is almost always a lie. Along with Norland's Keith Brown, Kirby is Miami's second four-star recruit at linebacker, a position group that desperately needs an infusion of talent and size.