Jermaine Grace is an intriguing outside linebacker prospect who also has the ability to play some safety if need be. He'll be flashing that talent at the next level soon enough, as the 4-star recruit has finally reached a verdict on where he will play college football.
The Miramar High School star from Florida will be taking his talents to Miami.
Jermaine Grace to Miami. No #swaghat, but the Mirmar OLB mentions current local Canes as a reason for his pick— Chip Patterson (@cnpatterson3) February 6, 2013
At 6’1”, 195 pounds, Grace has the size and more importantly, the athleticism, to play outside linebacker at the collegiate level. He’s simply a terror for opposing offenses to deal with and is capable of tracking down the ball-carrier, making plays on balls in the air and getting to the quarterback on pass rushes.
247Sports’ composite rankings list him as a 4-star prospect, and he’s regarded as the 19th-best outside linebacker recruit in the nation. He also comes in as the No. 287 overall player in this year's class, which makes him quite an asset for the Hurricanes.
As an instinctual player, it helps that Grace is one of the better open-field tacklers in the class and is great at bringing his man down without added support. He often makes great reads and seems to have a nose for the ball.
What Grace needs to do to improve is add some bulk and strength to his somewhat wiry frame, something that can easily be accomplished with a weight-training program and meal plan on the Miami campus.
Coach Al Golden should be proud to have landed such a coveted prospect, considering he was drawing heavy interest from Louisville, Tennessee, Florida State, North Carolina, Pittsburgh, South Florida, Texas A&M and other top-flight programs.
It was clear that Miami needed some new blood at the outside linebacker position and the recruiters were wise to zero in on Grace. The young man has a ton of upside and promises to pay dividends on his scholarship.
Keep an eye out for him, as Grace will surely be making noise on Saturdays in Miami shortly.