The Miami Hurricanes moved a step closer Saturday to what they hope will be the securing of their “Swag 16’’ recruiting-class quarterback – as well as two standout linebackers.
Four-star quarterback Jack Allison, four-star linebacker Shaquille Quarterman and three-star linebacker Michael Pinckney signed grant-in-aid agreements for the spring 2016 semester.
Under-Armour All-American Allison, 6-5 and 195 pounds, is from Palmetto High in Palmetto, Florida. He is rated the nation’s No. 6 pro-style quarterback by ESPN, Rivals.com and 247Sports.
Orange Park Oakleaf linebacker Quarterman, 6-1 and 230 pounds, is rated the No. 2 inside linebacker by ESPN Recruiting. He had 137 tackles, eight tackles-for-loss, 3.5 sacks, one fumble recovery and one forced fumble last season.
Jacksonville Raines linebacker Pinckney, 6-0 and 213 pounds, is ranked the No. 15 inside linebacker by 247 Sports and No. 17 by Rivals. He had 75 tackles, three sacks and two fumble recoveries this past season.
The agreement is not binding for any athlete, meaning Allison, Quarterman and Pinckney can change their minds anytime before National Signing Day. However, UM would have to follow through with the scholarship offers. The grant-in-aid agreements also enable coaches to virtually have unlimited contact with the prospects.
A hitch: athletes can sign grant-in-aid agreements with other schools. Last year, running back Dalvin Cook, now suspended by FloridaState, signed grant-in-aid agreements with UM, FSU and Florida.
Allison, like most of the highly rated “Swag 16” recruits, has offers from several programs, but has been all about the U since he committed to Miami last year.
Allison was the MVP at the 2015 Al Golden Football Camp and told Canesport.com on Wednesday that his arm has “gotten stronger’’ and he feels he’s “gotten a lot better.
“I’m talking to Miami coaches all the time,’’ he said, noting that graduating early will help him get “a huge jump’’ for the 2016 season.
After he signed, Allison posted on Twitter: “It’s official and I’m feeling great about it! Can’t wait to finally be a Miami Hurricane! #GoCanes.
Quarterman has been especially wooed by Alabama, and told Rivals he was considering visiting the school.
Pinckney recently visited a South Carolina Gamecock camp, and toured the campus.
SUSAN MILLER DEGNAN