James Williams leads Miami Hurricanes commits recruiting QB Jake Garcia

LOUISVILLE, KENTUCKY - SEPTEMBER 19: (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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Miami Hurricanes 2021 commits led by five-star athlete James Williams are continuing trying to flip four-star USC QB commit Jake Garcia.

The 2021 Miami Hurricanes recruiting class currently ranks 13th nationally but are without a quarterback commit. Five-star athlete James Williams who is projected to play safety, linebacker, or striker in college is leading the 2021 Miami commits in an attempt to flip USC four-star QB, Jake Garcia.

Garcia is one of two QBs committed to USC for 2021. Four-star QB Miller Moss is committed to the Trojans in May after Garcia had been committed to USC since September 2019. Garcia has visited Miami twice. One of those visits was during Paradise Camp in June 2019. That was under the old offensive regime.

New Miami Hurricanes offensive coordinator and QBs coach Rhett Lashlee visited Garcia earlier this year and has continued to be in touch with the current Georgia resident. Garcia plays for Grayson High School outside of Atlanta after transferring from Valdosta High School where he moved from Atlanta.

With California postponing high school football to the spring, Garcia left the Golden State to play in Georgia this fall. The plan for Garcia is to enroll early at USC in January. The expectation would likely be the same if Garcia flips to Miami. David Furones of the Sun-Sentinel spoke to Williams and Miami Northwestern TE Khalil Brantley.

"“I’m getting after him. I’m going to try my hardest to get him…He’s still trying to [say he’s set with USC]. I’m going to leave it up to God.”"

Garcia has been steadfast in his commitment to USC. He has finally gotten playing time at Grayson this season after the California schools postponed their season and Garcia was ruled ineligible at Valdosta. Garcia is the 39th ranked player and fifth-ranked pro-style QB and player in Georgia in 2021. Brantley spoke to Furones.

"“I’m still trying to get at Jake Garcia while he’s up there doing his thing at Grayson. Just going to keep working on him, see when push comes to shove when Signing Day gets here… I feel like we’re still in it.”"

Miami has four scholarship QBs on the roster. Starter D’Eriq King will likely leave for the NFL following this season. The Hurricanes also have second-team redshirt junior QB N’Kosi Perry, redshirt freshman Peyton Matocha and true freshman Tyler VanDyke. With the extra year granted by the NCAA, the eligibility remains in 2021.

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Perry is on course to graduate and could enter the transfer portal looking for opportunities elsewhere to definitely earn playing time. As it stands now, Perry and VanDyke would be the favorites to become the starters in 2021. If King doesn’t return, Manny Diaz and Lashlee could look to the 2021 transfer portal for a QB.