The Miami Hurricanes finished with the No. 8 recruiting class in the nation for the 2018 cycle. A major reason for that top-10 finish is the local talent that’s staying home, especially on defense.
Defensive end Gregory Rousseau and cornerbacks Gilbert Frierson and DJ Ivey are among Miami’s highly touted recruits who spurned other offers to remain in the 305 for their college careers.
In a story by Miami Herald reporter Susan Miller Degnan, the trio of early enrollees explained to Miami broadcaster Joe Zagacki what attracted them to Coral Gables.
Per the Miami Herald:
“I just really wanted to help the city out,” said 6-6½, 225-pound Rousseau, a 4-star prospect by Rivals.com, which rated him as the 15th-best player in the country; and a 3-star by 247Sports and ESPN. “The coaching staff is great. I wanted to build something, and not be one of those people who go out of state.
“I really wanted to build a legacy here.”
— Canes Football (@CanesFootball) February 7, 2018
Frierson, Frank Gore’s 6-1, 186-pound cousin, told Zagacki, “It’s great knowing my family is behind me, my neighborhood is behind me, my school is behind me. It’s major.
“Growing up watching my cousin Frank Gore play here, that motivated me.”
As for 6-1, 175-pound cornerback Ivey, he could have gone to Auburn, Georgia or South Carolina, but no way was he leaving his hometown.
“It was very important for me, because I’m from here,” he told Zagacki. “I want to represent where I was from. We’re trying to bring it back. … And of course my mom, she’ll be able to come to most of my games.”
You’ve got to love the South Florida loyalty from these prized prospects. They had plenty of options but nothing compares to the allure of bringing The U back to its rightful place atop the college football world.