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LB Ja’Corey Hammett Flips UM Commitment, Heading To West Virginia

Andrew Ivins, 247Sports

In shocking fashion, the Miami Northwestern five have lost a member.

Three-star linebacker Ja’Corey Hammett announced his decision to flip his commitment to West Virginia Wednesday, opening up another scholarship for the Miami Hurricanes.

“I want to thank the University of Miami for being interested in me, Hammett said via social media. … “With that being said, I will be de-committing from the University of Miami and I will be committing to the University of West Virginia.”

Heading into the 2019 season, Hammett was unranked and under the radar in the recruiting world. However, a breakout junior season in which he recorded 63 tackles and 11 sacks en route to Class 5A state title that put him on the map.

The 6-foot-3, 205-pounder received his first offer from Tennessee January 18. Immediately after his announcement, the University of Miami jumped into the picture, offering Hammett four days later.

It didn’t take Hammett long to decide that UM was his next destination, as he committed four days after his ‘Junior Day’ visit.

“It was mind-blowing, it was awesome,” Hammett told 305Sports.

Hammett spoke to 305Sports in July about his goals for next season and overall recruitment.

Hammett’s de-commitment creates fewer tensions for the Hurricanes at the linebacker spot, with Miami Killian four-star Tyler Johnson and Orlando Edgewater three-star Deshawn Troutman already expected to play at that position. In addition, another spot opens up for a potential 2021 recruit.

UM’s recruiting class has now dropped to No. 11 in the country by 247Sports Composite Team Rankings. That number’s bound to climb back up, with a pending commitment from five-star defensive tackle Leonard Taylor, who’s choosing between Miami and Florida this Thursday.

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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