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University of Miami's No. 1 recruiting class adds two All-Americans Monday

Southridge wide receiver Mark Pope (3) celebrates on the sidelines after catching a fourth-quarter touchdown pass to take the lead as Miami Southridge beat Orlando Dr. Phillips for the Class 8A state championship at Camping World Stadium in Orlando on Saturday, December 10, 2016
Southridge wide receiver Mark Pope (3) celebrates on the sidelines after catching a fourth-quarter touchdown pass to take the lead as Miami Southridge beat Orlando Dr. Phillips for the Class 8A state championship at Camping World Stadium in Orlando on Saturday, December 10, 2016 adiaz@miamiherald.com

And another one...

The stars just keep committing.

A few hours after Miami Southridge’s nationally heralded receiver Mark Pope committed to the University of Miami’s top-ranked 2018 recruiting class Monday via social media, causing Hurricanes coaches to erupt on Twitter, another big-time prep player committed to the Canes.

Four-star safety Gurvan Hall of Palm Beach Lakes High, rated the 11th best safety in the nation by 247Sports.com and the 16th best by Rivals.com, has pledged his allegiance to the Hurricanes.

“The time has come...’’ Hall began in a post on Twitter after 9 p.m. “...In the most humble way possible I’d like to let everyone know that for the next four years I’ll further my education at the University of Miami!!!! #GoCanes #TheU”

UM coach Mark Richt, who had already sent out a tweet about Pope’s commitment, was really fired up after Gurvan committed.

“Don’t go to bed yet and call the fire department!’’ Richt tweeted. “The block is on fire! It’s a great day to be a knock em back shut down Hurricane! UFamily!”

Pope, a four-star player rated by 247Sports as the nation’s third best wideout, is the young man who secured Southridge’s first state title since 1993 with a 72-yard touchdown sprint in the fourth quarter against Orlando Dr. Phillips in December.

“PLEASE RESPECT MY DECISION,’’ Pope wrote on Twitter, with an emoji of praying hands. “…After praying on it and discussing it with my family I truly believe the University of Miami is where I fit best both education wise and football wise! At this time I will like to COMMIT to the U BABY!’’

Pope, 6-1 and 175 pounds, is rated the sixth best receiver by Rivals. Extremely fast and also talented as a kick returner, Pope had offers from schools such as Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Tennessee and LSU.

Gurvan, also about 6-1 and 175, told CaneSport.com that UM safeties coach Ephraim Banda “is like a father figure toward me, [UM true freshman] Amari [Carter], Trajan [Bandy] and the other recruits. He’s a great dude.’’

UM’s 2018 recruiting class is rated No. 1 by 247Sports, Rivals and Scout.com and includes five-star running back Lorenzo Lingard from Orange City University High.

University of Miami football coach Mark Richt talks about the first day of spring practice on Tuesday, March 21, 2017.

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