Miami Booker T. Washington cornerback Nigel Bethel II withdrew his commitment from the University of Miami on Wednesday night, and announced Thursday that he is heading to Texas Tech.
Bethel, rated a four-star prospect by Rivals and ESPN, said he knew he wanted to flip his pledge for “about two months now.” He informed UM head coach Al Golden, linebackers coach Micheal Barrow and defensive backs coach Paul Williams before announcing his new pledge on Twitter a day later.
“I felt the opportunity at Texas Tech was great for me,” Bethel said. “I felt like I wanted to leave Miami and take my talents elsewhere.
“Nothing really that made me want to decommit. I just felt like getting away was a really good opportunity for me to go into a real college environment, and do what I got to do. I just don’t want to stay in Miami any longer.”
Bethel’s announcement is a major blow to UM’s Class of 2014 recruiting class, which he was a part of since committing to the Hurricanes in July. Bethel is the second decommitment in UM’s class, joining Hialeah Champagnat Catholic defensive lineman Travonte Valentine, who decommitted amid rumors of Golden leaving UM for the head coaching position at Penn State. Miami's class could also be affected by Deerfield Beach running back Brandon Powell, who picked up an offer from the University of Florida on Wednesday, and will make a final decision on Thursday to attend either UM or UF.
Bethel, who said he wanted to see more out of UM’s defensive schemes under the coaching of defensive coordinator Mark D'Onofrio, said going to Texas Tech will help him with “just me becoming a man, and growing up.” His mind was set on decommitting from UM, “but I never said anything.”
Along with the “great college environment” and sold out crowds during football games, Bethel said his relationship with Texas Tech defensive backs coach Kevin Curtis was the main factor he flipped to the Red Raiders.
“I talked to [Curtis] every day, even though I was committed to Miami,” said Bethel, who took an official visit to Texas Tech on Sept. 20, 2013. “And it showed me that he wanted me.
“I just felt like he was real serious about the things he was saying.”
Bethel has until National Signing Day on Feb. 5 to make the move official. He did, however, receive an encouraging message from the UM coaches during their talk.
“They wanted me to stay and things like that,” Bethel said, “but said if I felt there was a better opportunity out there, they said they would always support me.”
Nachalie DeJesus hit the game-winning three-pointer with 20 seconds to play to seal Ferguson’s 67-66 win over Lourdes.
DeJesus’ shot put an end to Lourdes’ furious comeback. Ferguson led by 20 points in the second half and by 16 at the start of the fourth quarter before Lourdes went on its run.
“They made some changes defensively,” coach Gabriel Lazo said. “But much respect to Lourdes, they battled back.”
The win places Ferguson in complete control of the top seed in District 15-8A. The Falcons split two games with South Miami and swept two matchups with Lourdes.
“We swept Lourdes for the first time ever,” Lazo said. “We’re 17-2, that’s a big deal.”
The Falcons can officially seal the number one spot in their district with a win over Coral Gables on Tuesday.
•Northwestern 40, Doral Academy 30: NW (13-4):
Huell 13, Jan. Davis 12, Williams 8, Mills 5, Miller 2.DA:
Machado 13, Neres 6, Rivero 5, Gomez 3, Drafals 3. Rebounds: Mills 11. Assists: Mills 5. Steals: Jan. Davis 7. Blocks: Mills 4. Three-pointers: Williams 2, Huell, Machado 2.
•Reagan 54, Westland 22: REA:
Rubio 8, Arroyave 8, Saied 6, Molina 1, Guzman 6, Montoya 4, Guerrero 21.WL:
Hatem 4, Trujillo 5, Urbita 2, Payero 6, Alonso 5. Three-pointers: Arroyave 2, Guerrero 3.
•Booker T. Washington 58, Miami Springs 30: BTW (15-2):
Leite 9, Bello 22, Durant 15, Miller 8, Burke 2, Matthew 2.MS:
Zapata 5, Jones 12, Kingcode 2, Romero 6, Jackson 1, Harrell 1, Membrero 3. Steals: Bello 7, Leite 5. Assists: Leite 5, Bello 5. Rebounds: Leite 4, Bello 7. Blocks: Leite 3, Harris 1.
•Miami Christian 38, Princeton Christian 32: MC (5-2):
Lopez 28, Cordeau 4, Duenas 6. Steals: Lopez 6, Cordeau 5. Rebounds: Cordeau 8.
•Late Wednesday - Gulliver 43, Florida Christian 40 (OT): FC:
Jimenez 24, 7 rebounds, 6 steals. Prince 5. Martinez 10 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 steals.
•Westwood Christian 76, Keys Gate 70: WC (14-5):
Pineda 5, Hernandez 12, J Joseph 13, Desinor 21, A Joseph 4, Aguero 2, Thrush 3, Jou 4. Rebounds: Jou 10. Blocks: Jou 5. Assists: Joseph 4. Steals: Reyes 4.
•Westminster Christian 67, Greater Miami 16: GMA:
Luis 2, Raynal 4, Jose 2, Josiah 3, Webly 1, Andrew 4.WC
: Miller 8, McLean 12, Brown 21, Stewart 7, Raine 3, Velazquez 1, Avery 2, Riviera 4. Assists: Miller 7. Rebounds: Stewart 6.
•Florida Christian 55, Ransom Everglades 47: FC (12-5):
Cardoza 11, Thompson 5, Wicks 3, M. Herschman 6, Sikora 13, Campbell 6, Perez 11. RE: Woolworth 2, Ertel 3, Bonner 2, Rivlin 18, Mourning 20. Three-pointers: Thompson 1, M. Herschman 1, Rivlin 2, Mourning 4. Rebounds: Sikora 12. Steals: Cardoza 6. Blocks: Sikora 5. Assists: Cardoza 7.
•TERRA 2, Central 1:
TERRA: Alexser Cortez goal, assist. Agustin Cioni goal. Alan Eden assist. TERRA 7-5-4.
•MAST 3, Florida Christian 2:
Daniel Godoy 2 goals. Alfredo Rodas goal. Oryan Lechter assist. Daniel Regalado assist.
•Miami Country Day 6, Greater Miami Academy 1:
Sam Benson 2 goals. Cameron Ivory goal, assist. Teddy Pornprinya goal. Ryan Amoils goal. Jorge Castro goal. MCD 5-10-2.
•Miami Springs 1, Homestead 1:
Samuel De La Rosa assist. Carlos Rodriguez goal. Cira Jones 3 saves. Erick Gonzalez save. HOM 8-2-3.
•Ransom Everglades 4, Miami Country Day 0:
Celine Ferraro goal, assist. Bailey Parker goal. Caroline Kolski goal. RE 7-3-4.
•St. Brendan 2, Mater Academy 1:
SB: Alexa Dussaq 2 goals. Alex Cinney assist. Nicole Dennis assist. Mallory Ryan 2 saves in goal. MA: Karly Vilar goal. SB 15-3-3. MA 15-5-2.
•LaSalle 3, Coral Shores 2:
Dani Pena 2 goals, assist. Clarissa Halvorssen goal. Karina Santin assist. Nicole Baldassini assist.
SLAM at Princeton Christian, 5:00
Doctors Charter at Northwest Christian, 6:00
Pinecrest Prep vs. Riviera Prep, 6:30
Westminster Christian vs. LaSalle, 7:00
South Dade vs. Sunset, 7:30
Miami Country Day vs. Curley, 7:30
North Miami Beach vs. Killian, 7:30
Jackson vs. TERRA, 7:30
Doral Academy vs. Mater, 7:30
Northwestern vs. Belen, 7:30
Coral Reef vs. Varela, 7:30
North Miami vs. Krop, 7:30
Miami High vs. Miami Beach, 7:30
Mourning vs. Goleman, 7:30
Hialeah Gardens vs. Hialeah, 7:30
Booker T. vs. Edison, 7:30
Southwest vs. South Miami, 7:30
Braddock vs. Coral Gables, 7:30
Coral Park vs. Columbus, 7:30
Miami Country Day vs. Curley, 3:30
American Heritage vs. Gulliver, 3:30
Archbishop Carroll vs. Keys Gate, 3:30
Miami Beach vs. South Miami, 3:30
Southwest vs. Coral Gables, 3:30
Jackson vs. Westland Hialeah, 3:30
Westwood Christian vs. Archemedian, 4:00
Coral Park vs. Columbus, 4:00
SLAM vs. Dade Christian, 4:00
Ransom Everglades vs. Edison, 4:00
Ronald Reagan vs. Miami High, 4:00
Archbishop McCarthy vs. Doral Academy, 4:00
Krop vs. Mourning, 6:00
Somerset vs. Hialeah Educational, 3:30
Princeton Chris. vs. Redland Chris., 3:30
Community School vs. Keys Gate, 3:30
Southridge vs. Hialeah Gardens, 5:00
Pinecrest Prep vs. Riviera Prep, 5:00
Miami Country Day vs. Curley, 5:30
Glades Day vs. Florida Christian, 7:00
Pace vs. Palm Beach Gardens, 7:30
Coral Gables vs. South Dade, 7:30