What did the Miami Hurricanes recruits say on signing day?

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It’s the biggest day in the life of a High School Senior Athlete. What did the newest Miami Hurricanes say after signing to play for the U?

Signing day brings all kinds of chaos, flips, affirmations and outrage from jilted fanbases. The public hangs on the words spoken by athletes in their late teens. What was the deciding factor in the newest Miami Hurricanes decision to play for Mark Richt?

The Miami Hurricanes signed four players during the traditional signing period in February. They previously added 19 during the inaugural early signing period in December. Both players that signed late and those that signed early had thoughts about Miami, the signing process and their decisions.

Defensive tackles Jordan Miller and Nesta Silvera, wide receiver Marquez Ezzard and cornerback Nigel Bethel all signed their Letters of Intent to become Miami Hurricanes during the traditional February National Signing Day.

Silvera and Ezzard are four-star players and Bethel and Miller three-stars. Silvera has the best chance to play as a true Freshman. The Hurricanes depth has been depleted at defensive tackle. They lost starters Richard McIntosh Jr. and Kendrick Norton, plus primary backup Anthony Moten.

Silvera ingratiated himself to Hurricanes fans by staying home. He added to that by repping the 305 and 954.

Ezzard’s commitment to Miami gives the Hurricanes a deep receiving core. He is the fourth wide receiver and third four-star receiver signee in Miami’s Storm ’18 class. Ezzard spoke to High5Sports in Atlanta about his game.

Ezzard brings size and playmaking ability to Miami. He is a tough receiver to bring down. The Hurricanes now have one of the most talented receiving corps in the country. He is the only February signee on the offensive side of the ball.

Bethel and Miller were much-needed signees. Miller helps build depth at a depleted position. Miller adds a playmaker in the return game and more speed coveted by the coaching staff.

Miller is massive at 6’4 330 pounds. He was late coming on in the recruiting process. After initially committed to Georgia Southern, Miller also received offers from Tennessee, South Carolina, Virginia, Georgia Tech and at the last minute, Alabama. He spoke about the recruiting process to Jacksonville.Com.

"“Once I got Georgia Southern [to offer] and then trying to sign early, I decided to wait…And I waited. I got kind of nervous…I didn’t think I’d get anything else. I was kind of in limbo, Miller said. “Then I got that Miami offer and I said, ‘this is the right choice.’”"

Miller started his career at small school Palatka and moved on to Sandalwood for his Senior season. He is impressive on tape.

Bethel was another late addition. He gives the Hurricanes good size at 6’0 but probably needs to add some bulk at only 165 pounds. Bethel is one of four cornerbacks in the Storm ’18 Class. With three cornerbacks returning, Bethel could be a candidate to redshirt.

Bethel expressed his gratefulness to about attending Miami via Twitter.

Every school is going to miss on many players. The time is to now focus on who is coming and not who the Miami Hurricanes missed out on. Mark Richt and his staff did a great job. The Hurricanes have their first top ten class in a decade.

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With Richt as Head Coach, top ten finishes in recruiting should become the norm. Richt is the right coach to lead Miami back towards National prominence, They made some huge steps to get there this season.