Less than two weeks after securing a top-10 recruiting class on National Signing Day, the Hurricanes are already making significant additions to their 2019 recruiting class.
The latest of those additions came Tuesday afternoon as four-star wide receiver Jeremiah Payton of Duncan U. Fletcher High in Neptune Beach verbally committed to the Hurricanes via an announcement on Twitter.
“First off, I want to thank God. Without him, nothing is possible. I’ve dreamed about this day and this is a dream come true,” Payton wrote on Twitter. “I would also like to thank my mom and dad. Without them, I wouldn’t be the JP I am today. They have taught me hot to remain humble. I have OFFICIALLY VERBALLY COMMITTED TO THE UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI.”
Several Miami coaches — including receivers coach Ron Dugans and tight ends coach Todd Hartley — acknowledged the commitment with Twitter posts of their own, none of which, of course, referenced Payton by name.
That they came minutes after his announcement, though, was a strong indication it was Payton’s post they were acknowledging.
The 6-foot-3 ,180-pound Payton is the 11th player to pledge to the Hurricanes 2019 class, which is currently ranked No. 1 in the nation by 247Sports.com.
Ranked among the nation’s top 100 players and the No. 15 receiver in the nation by 247Sports.com, Payton considered offers from the likes of Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Georgia Tech and Louisville, among others.
He is the highest-rated player in Miami’s 2019 class and the second four-star receiver to pledge, joining Brieon Fuller of Doral Academy Charter in Miami. Fuller committed to the Hurricanes last May.
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1. WR Jeremiah Payton: The Neptune Beach (Fla.) Fletcher four-star gave defensive backs fits most of the day. The 6-foot-2, 180-pound Payton has the speed to make plays down the field, and attacks the ball when it’s in the air. Payton is a big, athletic target on the outside that has a knack for making plays. Miami is considered the team to beat for Payton.