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5-Star ATH James Williams Commits To Miami

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Shocked is an understatement. The Miami Hurricanes have accomplished what many thought was impossible.

Out of the blue Tuesday evening, the nation’s No. 1 athlete, James Williams, announced his commitment to the University of Miami on social media.

“I will announce that I will not be leaving the Sunshine State of Florida and Shutting down my recruitment and will be singing to the University of Miami,” he said in an Instagram post. “And I will always and forever rep my city to the day I die.” 

Williams becomes Miami’s top-rated recruit in their 2021 recruiting class and could become the first five-star signee since Lorenzo Lingard back in 2018. Such a commitment gives the Hurricanes the No. 11 recruiting class in the country and No. 3 in the Atlantic Coast Conference, behind North Carolina and Clemson.

Williams, listed at 6-foot-5, 220 pounds, does a tremendous job using his athleticism and size that haunt quarterbacks and receivers all night long. The hometown star strives at the secondary position, being a threat to any pass that goes up in his side. Such remarkable play has the five-star listed as the No. 10 overall player in the 2021 class and the No. 1 player in the Sunshine State by 247Sports’ Composite Rankings.

The Opa Locka, Florida native last played at Western High School (Davie, FL) but will be transferring to play football this upcoming season at American Heritage School (Plantation, FL).

Williams, who collected an offer from UM in 2018, was previously committed to his hometown team before decommitting on May 7, 2019, following a disappointing 7-6 season, matched with the resignation of coach Mark Richt and the involvement of numerous Power Five schools in his recruitment which ultimately led to his decision.

Still, Miami never quit on the highly touted prospect.

At one point in time, Miami’s chances of acquiring James Williams were slim to none, especially when the Hurricanes weren’t listed in the recruit’s ‘Top 3’ back in February.

However, Manny Diaz’s Hurricanes kept pushing for the nation’s No. 1 ranked athlete in the country and were surprisingly in his ‘Final 2’ on June 18.

Despite expectations of him leaning towards Kirby Smarts’ Bulldogs, Williams’ potential to leave a lasting legacy for his hometown team played a drastic impact on his decision.

Williams becomes commit No. 19 in UM’s 2021 recruiting class, joining Romello Brinson, Laurence Seymore, Jacolby George, Jabari Ishmael, Thad Franklin, Elijah Arroyo, Savion Collins, Kamren Kinchens, Michael McLaughlin, Ryan Rodriguez, Tyler Johnson, Ja’Corey Hammett, Kahlil Brantley, Tim Burns Jr., Allan Haye, Deshawn Troutman, Malik Curtis and Andres Borregales.

If all goes well, Williams would be Miami’s 13th highest ranked signee of all time. In addition, he would be the Canes’ highest ranked signee since Marcus Forston, who was a part of the 2008 recruiting class.

Michael Yero covers all of South Florida’s major pro teams, along with high school sports for 305 Sports. He also covers sports for Immaculata-La Salle High School’s student newspaper, the Royal Courier.

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