The Miami Hurricanes added a huge piece to their 2015 recruiting class when Bradenton, Florida, (IMG Academy) 3-star offensive tackle Tyree St. Louis committed to the Hurricanes Tuesday afternoon.
St. Louis selected Miami over offers from Florida, Tennessee, Mississippi State and Ole Miss among others.
The 6'6", 300-pounder is one of the nation's fastest-rising recruits, and he becomes the 21st pledge for head coach Al Golden's club.
In this exclusive Q&A with Bleacher Report, find out why the talented lineman is headed to Coral Gables.
B/R: Discuss your recruiting process up to this point and what made you decide to pull the trigger now?
Tyree St. Louis: Well, I had an amazing recruiting process. I know now because I've taken all my visits and looked at all of my options. I've sat down and discussed it with my family, and I know now that this is the final decision. This is where I want to go. There's no more questions that need to be asked.
B/R: What set the Hurricanes apart? Who recruited you from Miami, and what did you like about their approach?
St. Louis: It was mainly [offensive line] Coach [Art] Kehoe. He's the best in the business. I know I can learn a lot from him. He's sent a ton of guys to the NFL. He's the best coach doing this right now, and I think that's why it's the best choice for me. He's been doing this for over 30 years, and most of those are at Miami as the offensive line coach. Miami is an up-and-coming program. They put more players in the league than any school, other than probably USC. They have amazing fans and family tradition. Great facilities. Great coaches. It seems like the perfect place for me.
Coach Kehoe and Coach [Larry] Scott approached me by laying everything out for me. They basically told me that if I chose Miami, I would be playing for the best OL coach in the business, have a chance at playing early, and I'd also be playing against some of the best players in the country. I'd also be close to home, and it would be easy for my family to come and see me. It won't be a tough place to go transportation-wise.
B/R: Miami is building a strong class. Have you reached out to any of Miami's commits? Who are you most excited to play with?
St. Louis: A few guys from IMG Academy are committed to the University of Miami. One guy, Ryan Fines, he's committed to Miami, and we might get a few more guys down there, too. One player I'm excited to play with is Tyriq McCord. He played at Jefferson High School here in Tampa, and I went up against him a few years ago when I was a freshman. He's a great player.
B/R: Who is your all-time favorite Hurricane?
St. Louis: It wasn't just one guy. It was all of the great players. The guys like Ray Lewis, Ed Reed, Dwayne Johnson, Bryant McKinnie and so on. Just a lot of legendary guys.
B/R: Miami is a school famous for playing with swagger. What do you feel needs to happen for "The U" to rise to prominence once again?
St. Louis: We just need guys who want to go to work. I'm a player who is a hard worker. I just try to play with great technique. I'm always ready to work.
B/R: Any final message for Hurricane fans?
St. Louis: I'll see you soon. It's an amazing place, and I can't wait to get down there!
Sanjay Kirpalani is a Featured Columnist for Bleacher Report. Unless otherwise noted, all quotes were obtained firsthand.