The Miami Hurricanes keep bringing in the hometown boys and just like his Booker T. Washington teammate Nigel Bethel did Friday, star defensive end Chad Thomas committed to the Hurricanes on Saturday morning.
Thomas, a 6-foot-5, 240-pound specimen of an athlete, got the red-carpet treatment while at FSU camp on Thursday, but it wasn’t enough and he decided to stay home with the Hurricanes, according to a text message from Bethel.
Thomas, the No. 29-ranked player in the Sentinel’s 2014 Florida Top 100, also posted his choice to his Twitter account, @F5_Chad: “I’m a Hurricane.”
And apparently he’s an F5 Hurricane, at that.
Hurricane Chad brings the UM commitment count to 23 players for the 2014 class and he joins Bethel and another BTW teammate Demetrius Jackson, his bookend defensive end on the other side of the Tornadoes defense.
Of Miami's 23 commitments, 12 are from Miami-Dade or Broward counties as the 'Canes have been gaining ground in reharnessing their grasp on South Florida.
In the past two seasons at Booker T., Thomas has nine sacks and registered 119 tackles, an average of about four tackles a game for the Tornadoes, whose starters don’t usually get back on the field much past halftime in most of their lopsided victories.
Booker T. has been in the Class 4A state title game in each of the past two seasons, losing to Jacksonville Bolles in 2011, but then returning the favor in a rematch this past season.
Miami 2014 commitments (23)
CB Nigel (Patten) Bethel, 5-9, 175, Miami Booker T. Washington
OL Trevor Darling, 6-5, 330, Miami Central
QB Alin Edouard, 6-1, 181, Hialeah
OL Reilly Gibbons, 6-6, 278, St. Pete Catholic
ATH Trayon Gray, 6-1, 190, Miami Carol City
DE Demetrius Jackson, 6-4, 230, Miami Booker T. Washington
DT Courtel Jenkins, 6-2, 310, Wayne (N.J.) DePaul Catholic
QB Brad Kaaya, 6-4, 213, West Hills (Calif.) Chaminade Prep
WR Darrell Langham, 6-5, 190, Lantana Santaluces
OL Nick Linder, 6-3, 278, Fort Lauderdale STA
TE Ryheem Lockley,6-4, 220, Middlesex (Va.) vis Fork Union Mil.
CB Ryan Mayes, 6-2, 180, Miami Norwestern
OL Kc McDermott, 6-6, 301, Palm Beach Central
LB Darrion Owens, 6-3, 215, Orange Park Oakleaf
QB Malik Rozier, 6-2, 205, Mobile (Ala.) Faith Academy
DT Dalvon Stuckey, 6-4. 305, Defuniak Springs Walton (Pearl River CC)
DE Mike Smith, 6-2, 210, Miami Northwestern
DE Chad Thomas, 6-5, 240, Miami Booker T. Washington
RB Walter Tucker, 6-2, 215, Plantation American Heritage
CB Dennis Turner, 5-11, 175, Fort Lauderdale Dillard
RB Joseph Yearby, 5-9, 177, Miami Central
LB Juwon Young, 6-3, 228, Albany (Ga.)
DT Travonte Valentine, 6-4, 297, Hialeah Champagnat Catholic
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