Despite last-minute interest in Alabama and continued overtures from Florida State, five-star defensive end Chad Thomas of Booker T. Washington Senior High approached the podium at the school's national signing day event, popped "U," and put on a Miami Hurricanes jacket.
It was the highlight of a day that saw the Hurricanes officially sign a solid recruiting class with no last-minute surprises, good or bad.
Despite some indications that defensive tackle Travonte Valentine, out of Champagnat Catholic School in Hialeah, could recommit to the U, he instead chose to attend Louisiana State University. He had revoked his verbal commitment to Miami in early January.
Head coach Al Golden's recruiting class is currently ranked number nine in the country by ESPN, and 12th by Rivals and 10th by Scout.com. In any event, it's considered the second-best crop in the ACC, behind only reigning champs Florida State.
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"The 2014 recruiting class is, without a doubt, the best collection of talent that Al Golden has brought in during his tenure as Miami Hurricanes Coach," wrote State of the U. "With 26 players committed, and 9 of them already on campus, this group features great top end talent, and impressive depth."
In addition to Thomas, the 'Canes also signed Brad Kaaya, an All-American quarterback out of California, as well as some much needed addition to both the team's offensive and defensive lines.
"We're excited," Golden told ESPN. "We had a chance to get through the NCAA investigation. We have a lot of kids that fill a lot of needs for us, particularly in the front seven, which we really think we did a great job there."