The Miami Hurricanes and head coach Al Golden want to keep their homegrown talent away from other in-state schools, specifically rivals like Florida State and Florida. That’s exactly what they did yesterday when they received a pledge from Miami Killian High School athlete Jaquan Johnson via-twitter.
One thing that helped the ‘Canes jump in front was the possibility to play early. It’s hard to blame a high school kid who wants the opportunity to contribute to his future team the moment he steps on campus. Of course there will be a huge learning curve and some hard times to begin with, but that isn’t stopping Johnson’s determination.
Growing up a ‘Canes fan made the decision a little bit easier for him. He knew it was the right place for him because it was home and he grew up watching his cousin, now Miami Dolphins running back Lamar Miller play for the ‘Canes.
Golden is getting a phenomenal athlete who excels on both sides of the ball. You will likely see him in the secondary, which is where he will earn the most playing time. He is a hard worker with a great attitude, discipline and knack for understanding his position.
This is only the beginning for the Canes recruiting class as they already have a few other 4-star prospects on their commitment list. Top prospects will once again start funneling to Coral Gables if they begin to turn things around this season. The best way to start that turnaround is to begin the season by avenging their blowout loss to Louisville from last season.
They finally seem to be heading on the right track, and if they can continue to add playmakers like Johnson, they will soon be back in national contention.