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October 21, 2013

Hialeah's Alin Edouard wanted to commit to Miami again before committing to Syracuse

Hialeah quarterback Alin Edouard has found a future home -– for now.

Edouard, rated a four-star prospect by ESPN and three stars by 247Sports, Rivals and Scout, orally committed to Syracuse on Sunday night, roughly seven weeks after withdrawing his pledge to the University of Miami.

Edouard’s ties with UM have been well documented over the last year, with a lack of communication between he and the Hurricanes coaching staff as the leading factor to his decommitment.

But Edouard told the Miami Herald in late September he wanted to rejoin Miami’s 2014 football recruiting class, but could not make contact with the coaches once again.

“I want to commit to Miami again, just don’t know if [Coach Al] Golden will take my commitment,” Edouard said. “I’ve [also] been trying to call [offensive coordinator James Coley], but seems like their busy.”

“Miami is probably where I need to be.”

Edouard was uneasy about not having a place to go to school as his final high school season nears to an end.

He said despite UM being loaded at the quarterback position with Ryan Williams, Kevin Olsen and incoming recruits Brad Kaaya and Malik Rozier, “it’s all about competing.” UM’s current starting quarterback Stephen Morris is a senior this year, while the Hurricanes have Gray Crow, Issac Hoza, Michael Welch and Preston Dewey also listed at the position on the roster.

The Hurricanes also have their eyes set on the Class of 2015. Plantation American Heritage quarterback Torrance Gibson, rated five stars by 247Sports, has been recruited by UM since he was in the eighth grade when Golden took the UM job in 2011. UM also offered rising junior Christian Alexander of Lakeland Christian, currently rated a three-star prospect by Scout and ESPN.

While Edouard heard nothing back from UM, he was getting the most attention from Syracuse, Cincinnati, USF and Tennessee. Louisville, whose starting quarterback Terry Bridgewater (Miami Northwestern) is a close friend of Edouard’s, started to fade out of the picture.

So Edouard pulled the trigger and committed to Syracuse, becoming the 15th pledge for first-year coach Scott Shafer, whose team (3-4) is heading into a much-needed bye week after a 56-0 loss to Georgia Tech on Saturday.

Syracuse offensive coordinator George McDonald was instrumental in securing Edouard’s pledge. McDonald, who Edouard said “was with me throughout the whole recruiting process” was a wide receivers coach at UM in 2011-12.

“I just don’t want to be left out in the cold,” Edouard said back in September, “and Syracuse showing the most love.

“Might just go to the [Cuse] and make a name for myself.”

Edouard took a first step in doing so on Sunday.