Mark Richt and the Miami Hurricanes flipped Kentucky commit Keontra Smith on Sunday, earning a commitment from the South Florida native and Chaminade-Madonna Prep star, according to a report from Andrew Ivins of InsideTheU.com.
The 4-star safety is ranked as the No. 220 overall player and No. 12 safety in the country in the Class of 2019, according to the 247Sports composite rankings.
And with the switch coming on Mother’s Day, Smith made it clear family was a driving force in his decision.
“It’s close to my family,” Smith said. “All throughout my childhood it was a dream to just play at Miami. It’s a big school where big-time players make big-time plays in big-time games. I chose to do it [on Mother’s Day] because I want to be special for my mom. I want to stay home for her.”
Smith is also looking forward to making Miami’s famous turnover chain a regular part of his game day wardrobe.
“That turnover chain is so inspiring. I can’t wait to wear it,” he said.
The Hurricanes have been in strong position to flip Smith for some time. He told DieHard’s David Wilson that an announcement was coming two weeks ago despite a nearly year-long commitment to Kentucky.
This makes 13 commitments in the Class of 2019 for Miami. 247Sports ranks the class No. 7 in the nation.