The hits keep coming for Miami’s Class of 2020. For the third time in less than two months, the Hurricanes suffered a significant defection from their top-ranked class. This time it’s Jermaine Burton, a 4-star wide receiver from Marietta (Ga.) High School, who announced his de-commitment Sunday.
Burton made a sudden commitment to Miami in December, but backed away from his pledge Sunday via a brief Twitter post.
Announcing that I am de-committing from the University Of Miami. I just want some time to think and see other places and enjoy the process……
— Jermaine Burton Jr.🎱 (@_OfficialJBD) May 13, 2018
Burton’s initial commitment came when he was at IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla. While at the elite Florida private school, Burton became close with wide receiver Brian Hightower, who early enrolled with the Hurricanes in January, and 4-star athlete Avantae Williams, who had committed to Miami’s 2020 class earlier in 2017.
Burton, however, moved home to Georgia in January and Williams returned to DeLand (Fla.) High School. The 6-foot-2, 180-pound Burton visited Georgia for the Bulldogs spring game and now wants to take additional visits.
Burton’s commitment to Miami was something of a surprise when it happened. The Hurricanes only offered Burton a few weeks before he made his commitment without visiting Coral Gables, Fla. He built a strong relationship with wide receivers coach Ron Dugans, though, and made his decision. The junior visited campus for the first time March 12 and told DieHards it made him feel good about his commitment.
A little more than two months later, it’s clear he didn’t feel good enough to shut everything down quite yet.
Burton likely will become one of the most sought-after wideouts in the nation in the next year. The 247Sports.com rankings peg him as the No. 111 overall prospect in 2020, and his profile only continues to rise. Burton won wide receivers MVP at The Opening regional in Buford, Ga., on March 25, beating out Jadon Haselwood, the No. 1 wide receiver in the 247Sports composite rankings for the Class of 2019.
Burton claims more than a dozen offers, including Miami, Louisville, Syracuse, Florida, Alabama, Georgia, Auburn, LSU, Mississippi State, South Carolina, Kentucky, Tennessee, Southern California and Oregon.