In an age in which committing once to a college football program isn’t always enough for fans and coaches to be secure, three-star South Dade cornerback Demeatrius “D.J.’’ Ivey, who has been committed to the Miami Hurricanes since late June, 2016, reaffirmed his pledge by announcing on Twitter that he was “shutting down’’ his recruitment.
“First off,’’ the tweet began Wednesday, “I would like to appreciate my mom for all her doings in my life. I also appreciate all the coaches that have been recruiting me for these past years but I would now announce that I would be shutting down my recruitment. After Paradise Camp, I realized that UM is where I need to be for the next 3-4 years. I am 110% Committed to the University of Miami. #Storm18 #LetsBeTheChange.”
Ivey, listed as 6-0 and 171 pounds by 247Sports, has stayed loyal to the Hurricanes, but was still sought after by Auburn and Georgia, he told InsidetheU.com this week. “Things are great with UM, but other school still hit me up,’’ Ivey said. “The most would be Auburn and Georgia.’’
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The Canes’ #Storm18 recruiting class, with 19 players pledged -- four of them talented cornerbacks -- is still ranked No. 1 by rivals.com, but has dropped to No. 2 behind Ohio State in the 247Sports’ team rankings. It’s also No. 2 according to Scout.com and ESPN.com.
Tuesday at the ESPN Car Wash, coach Mark Richt mentioned several UM legends, including tight end Jeremy Shockey, who were from different areas of the country. But Broward, Dade and Palm Beach County will almost always reap the most signees.
“For the most part,’’ Richt said, “at least two thirds of your team is going to be coming out of that South Florida area.’’
It’s always a good sign when players shut down their commitments. Besides, if you’re a mom, you can’t help but have a soft spot for a young man who begins a tweet by thanking his mother.