On Sunday morning, the Miami Hurricanes added a big piece to the 2019 recruiting class when Hollywood (FL) Chaminade-Madonna 4-star Safety Keontra Smith flipped his commitment from the Kentucky Wildcats to the hometown Canes.
A 5’11” 195lb Safety, Smith has made a name for himself both in pads and on the camp/7v7 circuit. Smith helped Chaminade-Madonna win a 2017 State Championship with his stellar play in the secondary.
For Miami, this is a big get. Smith has visited campus multiple times in the past year, and even though he was committed to Kentucky, it was widely known that that pledge was tenuous, at best. Today’s move to flip from Kentucky to Miami proves that to be true.
Additionally, this is yet another instance of Miami poaching top end talent that Kentucky had gotten to commit early, before their recruiting profile really took off. Prior to Smith, Miami pulled the same move by taking QB Jarren Williams from Kentucky in the 2018 recruiting cycle.
It may seem “mean”, but those moves, to take Kentucky commits whose athletic profiles far exceed those of players whom the Wildcats can reasonably recruit, is what Miami should be doing. Bigger brand, better program, most history, exponentially more relevance, and we went in there and took who we wanted from Kentucky. That’s how things should work.
Moving back to Smith, he’s the 1st DB commit for Miami in the 2019 recruiting class. He joins his HS teammate 4-star DE Cam Williams in committing to Miami, and is the 13th commitment for Miami overall in this class. By adding Smith, Miami jumps up to the #4 class nationally and #1 in the ACC for this cycle at this time.
For a better idea of the player Miami just poached from Kentucky, check out Smith’s HUDL highlights below: