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Wednesday, February 6, 2013
Miami gets ESPN 150 LB

By Corey Long

ESPN 150 linebacker Jermaine Grace committed to Miami on Wednesday afternoon, choosing the Hurricanes over Louisville and Tennessee.

Grace joins four-star wide receiver Stacy Coley as two of the Hurricanes' signing day commitments. The 6-foot-1, 210-pound linebacker cited education and distance as his two primary reasons for staying close to home.

"I loved the educational programs at Miami and I really got close to the staff and the players," Grace said. "Playing with my former teammate Tracy Howard is also something I am looking forward to.

Former Miramar products Howard and wide receiver Malcolm Lewis both signed with Miami last year.

What is the impact of Grace's decision?

Instant Analysis

What it means for Miami: Grace had been a Miami lean for a year – pretty much the minute his former teammate and best friend Tracy Howard signed with the program. Grace should develop into a quality tackling machine in college. Miami keeps a strong pipeline with Miramar together and the relationship between program and school is getting stronger.

What it means for Louisville: Louisville was looking for a late steal here and it didn’t happen. The Cardinals hoped Grace would lead their defense into the ACC.

Turning point: Really the turning point was Howard’s commitment a year ago. From that point on Grace wanted to be a Hurricane.

Surprise (scale of 1-5): 1. There were a few other programs that took a run at Grace as he was Miami’s to lose from the beginning.

Immediate impact (scale of 1-5): 3. Grace will have to put on some weight but he should be able to get on kick coverage teams right away.