Miami football could be too far from home for Jake Garcia

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One obstacle the Miami football program might have flipping USC four-star QB commit Jake Garcia is the distance from his LaHabra, California home.

Manny Navarro of The Athletic stated earlier this week that an obstacle for the Miami football program to flip four-star USC quarterback Jake Garcia is convincing him to matriculate across country in Coral Gables away from his LaHabra, California home. Garcia’s father reportedly does not like that idea.

Garcia resides in LaHabra, California which is 30 miles southeast of the USC campus. Before Garcia committed to USC in September 2019, he was reportedly leaning towards Miami. The nation’s fourth-ranked pro-style QB in the Class of 2021, commited to the Trojans shortly after 2020 QB Bryce Young flipped from USC to Alabama.

According to Garcia in an interview with 247Sports earlier this month he was aware that USC wants to sign two QBs in their 2021 recruiting class. Four-star QB Miller Moss committed to the Trojans in May. Navarro stated that Garcia is continuing to be in contact with Miami and Arizona State.

Garcia’s former high school coach is now an assistant on Herm Edwards Sun Devils’ staff. New Miami offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee and wide receivers coach Rob Likens who was previously the offensive coordinator at ASU have a relationship with Garcia. With six months until National Signing Day, speculation is early.

Miami has yet to receive a commitment from a QB for 2021. Four-star dual-threat QB Jalen Milroe who is commited to Texas is the other signal-caller Miami is trying to flip. The Hurricanes presently have four QBs on their roster with eligibility remaining in 2021. Tate Martell, N’Kosi Perry, Peyton Matocha and Tyler VanDyke.

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Perry and Martell will be redshirt seniors in 2021. Either or both Perry and Martell could choose to become graduate transfers in their final year of collegiate eligibility and play elsewhere. Matocha will be a redshirt sophomore in 2021 and VanDyke who is expected to redshirt this season will likely be a redshirt freshman.