On signing day next February, Al Golden's University of MIami Hurricanes could be stocking up on some much needed talent at defensive back. And Coach Golden, who isn't allowed to comment on specific recruits per NCAA rules, has to be thrilled.
Jamal Carter, a 6-1, 215-pound four-star safety from Miami Southridge, announced on Thursday afternoon his commitment to play at Miami beginning in 2013.
That would make two big-time DB commitments in one week for Miami. Earlier this week, highly rated Miami Northwestern cornerback Artie Burns committed to UM as well.
Carter, considered the 18th best safety in the country by Rivals.com, told our Manny Navarro on Tuesday that the other programs he liked are LSU, Florida State, Florida and Hawaii. He also said he read the latest Yahoo! report involving new allegations against UM and Golden, and told Manny, "I read it. But I figured it isn't true. I believe Coach Golden. It won't affect my decision."
On Saturday, recruiting analyst Charles Fishbein of Elite Scouting Services told The Miami Herald, “Getting both of those guys [Burns and Carter] would be huge for UM after they did so well to get Tracy Howard and Deon Bush last year. Most fans think they’re going to solve all the problems in one year. But it’s going to take two to three good recruiting years to clean up the mess they had here."
According to various reports, Carter was also offered scholarships from Arkansas, Auburn, Louisville, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Mississippi, Purdue, USF, Texas A&M, Vanderbilt, , Virginia and West Virginia.
Let's just say he was a much wanted commodity and that if he and the other players who have orally committed for the 2013 class keep their word, Miami will be very happy. Four-star quarterback Kevin Olsen, younger brother of former UM TE and current NFLer Greg Olsen, is the gem of the 2013 class. Olsen, 6-3 and 196 pounds, is from Wayne Hills High in New Jersey and rated the eighth-best pro-style quarterback in the country, according to Rivals.com.
Coach Golden told me on Monday that he expects his 2013 signing class to be about half the size as this year's -- that would be around 15 players, give or take.
So far, so good for Golden.
SUSAN MILLER DEGNAN