Miami football loses 3-star LB commit Ja’Corey Hammett to West Virginia

PITTSBURGH, PA - OCTOBER 26: (Photo by Joe Sargent/Getty Images)
PITTSBURGH, PA - OCTOBER 26: (Photo by Joe Sargent/Getty Images) /

The Miami football program lost three-star linebacker Ja’Corey Hammett from the Class of 2021. Hammett announced his flip to West Virginia on Wednesday.

Three-star linebacker Ja’Corey Hammett announced via Twitter on Wednesday that he is flipping his commitment from the Miami football program to West Virginia. The decision by Hammett dropped Miami from 10th to 11th in national rankings. Hammett published a note thanking Miami and announcing his commitment to WVU.

Hammett had been commited to Miami since January 26. The decision by Hammett costs the Hurricanes one of the five commits from Miami Northwestern. Hammett is the 632nd ranked player, the 39th ranked outside LB and 88th player in Florida in the class of 2021. Hammett was one of three LBs commited to Miami for 2021.

Three-star OLB Tyler Johnson from Miami Killian and three-star ILB Deshaun Troutman from Orlando Edgewater are still commited to Miami. The Hurricanes remaining commits from Northwestern are four-stars, WR Romello Brinson and safety Kamren Kinchens and three-stars, TE Khalil Brantley and CB Tim Burns.

Miami is expected to make up the loss of Hammett with the anticipated announcement that five-star defensive tackle Leonard Taylor from Miami Palmetto will commit to the Hurricanes on Thursday. Taylor’s teammate five-star CB Jason Marshall is eventually expected to commit to Miami as well.

Hammett originally chose Miami over West Virginia, Kentucky, Nebraska, Pittsburgh, South Carolina, Tennessee and a handful of Group of Five schools. Hammett is the ninth player to de-commit from Miami in the Class of 2021. Four of those de-commits have since re-commited to the Hurricanes.

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The Miami staff is reportedly not likely to be upset with the loss of Hammett as it opens another scholarship in the class. With Taylor, Marshall and their Palmetto teammate four-star safety Corey Cousins continued being big priorities for the Hurricanes in recruiting losing Hammett is not a huge de-commit.