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Four-star quarterback Jake Garcia is officially a Miami Hurricane

#GarciaToTheU is complete.

Four-star quarterback Jake Garcia announced his commitment to the University of Miami Wednesday afternoon on an Instagram live.

Garcia, at 6-foot-2 and 195 pounds, is the No. 2 rated pocket passer in the nation in the class of 2021 and the No. 18 overall ranked prospect in the ESPN 300. Garcia is Miami’s highest rated quarterback commit since 2003.

Originally committed to the University of Southern California, Garcia announced his decommitment from the Trojans two weeks ago on social media. The quarterback visited Coral Gables twice last year and has been heavily recruited by Miami coaches, fans and other commits from the class of 2021.

Garcia is the third top-50 recruit to sign with the Hurricanes Wednesday, following five-star defensive tackle Leonard Taylor, the No. 6 recruit in the country, and five-star safety James Williams.

When Garcia initially went live on his Instagram page to announce his commitment, an announcer at the venue he was at with his teammates accidentally introduced Garcia as a Miami commit. Garcia then shut down his live feed after saying the announcer was mistaken, but he returned minutes later to announce his commitment to the Hurricanes.

Garcia played his first three years of high school in Southern California, but transferred to Valdosta High School in Georgia after California postponed the fall football season. Garcia was then deemed ineligible to play at Valdosta and transferred to Grayson High School in Loganville, Georgia. In six games for Grayson this season, Garcia threw 10 touchdowns with 916 passing yards, completing 51 of 87 attempts with three interceptions.

As the only quarterback to sign in this class so far, Garcia will join freshman Tyler Van Dyke, redshirt freshman Peyton Matocha, junior N’Kosi Perry and redshirt senior D’Eriq King.

With Garcia’s commitment, Miami now has 21 commitments from the 2021 class.

Photo credit Instagram/@jakegarcia6

December 16, 2020


Isabella Didio

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