Jermaine Grace to Miami: 4-Star Linebacker Commits to Canes

David KenyonFeatured ColumnistFebruary 6, 2013

Jermaine Grace via 247sports
Jermaine Grace via 247sports

Late-rising linebacker Jermaine Grace ended all speculation and committed to the Miami Hurricanes.

Behind a paywall, Rivals.com reported Grace was delaying his announcement because he and his coach Damon Cogdell were attempting to have it on TV, and the third try was the charm.

Grace chose the Canes over Louisville and Tennessee on an ESPNU Signing Day Special.

The 4-star from Miramar (FL) High School had been considered a heavy Hurricane-lean for much of the recruiting process.

Miami survived a late charge from Charlie Strong and the Louisville staff which includes a former Hurricanes coach in Clint Hurtt.

He is ranked the 11th-best outside linebacker prospect and 138th overall by ESPN.

Grace told ESPN's Corey Long in March 2012 he made a promise to former teammate, top cornerback recruit and current Hurricane Tracy Howard.

He said, "I made a promise to Tracy that we'd go to the same school and we shook hands on it and everything. But what's good for him might not be the best for me and he understands that."

What was best for both players, as it turns out, was heading to 'The U' to play college football for head coach Al Golden.

He joins another former teammate at Miami in wide receiver Malcolm Lewis as well.

Grace's 247sports profile shows 110 tackles, four sacks and an interception in his senior season.

The Hurricanes now have 17 commitments in the 2013 class.