Miami recruiting: Back on market, Te’Cory Couch sets Hurricanes visit
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Te’Cory Couch sets new visit after Michigan de-commitment
Te’Cory Couch’s commitment to Michigan was somewhat surprising and brief. The 4-star athlete from Chaminade-Madonna College Preparatory School in Hollywood, Fla., flipped his commitment from Tennessee to the Wolverines on April 14 while on an official visit in Ann Arbor, Mich.
On Saturday, he brought his latest commitment to an end. The defensive back from the Miami metropolitan area de-committed from Michigan via a brief Twitter post.
Officially de-committing from the university of Michigan
— T©️(MD)⚠️ (@TecoryC_16) June 9, 2018
Couch’s commitment to the Wolverines was surprising in part because of how quickly it happened. Even while he was committed to the Volunteers, Couch declared a top 3 with Tennessee, Michigan and Miami. The Hurricanes seemed to be in great position to land the defensive back after hosting him for a junior day March 24, but Couch committed before Miami could bring him back to campus.
The Hurricanes never let up on Couch, though. They recruited him just like they did when he was committed to the Volunteers and even snuck him to campus for an under-the-radar visit in May. The senior already has plans to get back to Miami. Couch will be at Miami on Saturday for the final Mark Richt Football Camp of June.
“Everything’s still good,” Couch said of his relationship with the Hurricanes. “Nothing’s changed.”
Nothing except the status of his recruitment, at least. For the first time since it offered Couch on Feb. 16, Miami is no longer trying to pry the South Florida prospect away from another school. The Under Armour All-American is back on the market and the Hurricanes are now a front-runner.
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Couch’s visit to Miami last month left a strong impression on the 5-foot-10, 148-pound athlete. His junior day visit didn’t give him a real chance for 1-on-1 conversation with cornerbacks coach Mike Rumph and the rest of the staff. With dozens of prospects on campus, it was hard to feel like a priority.
Instead, an individual visit went a long way to doing so. The Hurricanes outlined how they envision using Couch, who plays both cornerback and free safety in high school. The obvious analog on the current Miami roster is defensive back Trajan Bandy, who has overcome his relative lack of size to become a force in the slot.
While the Hurricanes won’t explicitly compare Couch to Bandy, they are pitching Couch on filling a similar role. He may be best suited to playing inside, but Couch is capable of playing outside, too.
“I had already seen everything, I just talked the coaches more 1-on-1 about how they would use me and stuff,” Couch told DieHards. “They don’t really compare me to anyone. They just tell me how they use people and how they’d use me.”
Miami already has a strong foothold at Chaminade-Madonna this cycle with commitments from 4-star safety Keontra Smith and 3-star weakside defensive end Cameron Williams. Couch is particularly close with Smith, although he insists the fellow defensive back isn’t pitching him too aggressively on joining him.
Still, Couch admits he and Smith have talked about potentially playing together at the next level. Right now, it seems more realistic than ever.
And as for the timing of his de-commitment, Couch sounds like a player who sees immediate choices on the table. Considered the No. 244 player in the Class of 2019 by the 247Sports composite rankings, Couch sees options in play.
“I love Michigan. It’s nothing against Michigan,” Couch said. “Most people think I de-committed for a bad reason, but I just see better opportunities elsewhere and that’s all it was.”
WR Marcus Fleming visits Miami for third straight day
The first two weekends of Mark Richt Camps have been an unequivocal success. The Hurricanes have landed three commitments since the first camp kicked off June 2 and hosted numerous major targets, some of whom have visited two or three times.
No prospect has been on campus more often this month than Marcus Fleming. The 3-star wide receiver from Miami Southridge High School landed an offer June 2 at the first camp, then returned for both camps Saturday and Sunday. On Monday, Fleming headed back to Coral Gables for his third visit in as many days, this time with his mother.
Fleming has become the Hurricanes’ top target at wide receiver in the Class of 2020. Ranked as the nation’s No. 286 overall player in the 2020 class by 247Sports.com, Fleming established himself as one of the top wideouts in the Miami metro area this spring. The 5-10, 165-pound athlete has been a consistent standout at the Hurricanes camps this month, playing both wide receiver and cornerback.
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Miami and Florida are the top-2 suitors for Fleming, who boasts nearly 30 offers. The local receiver also camped in Gainesville, Fla., on Friday.
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