Miami has worried for months about the strength of Josh Jobe‘s commitment to his hometown Hurricanes. On Saturday, the 4-star cornerback finally broke off his pledge.
Jobe, who just wrapped up his senior season at Cheshire (Conn.) Academy, flipped his commitment from No. 11 Miami to No. 4 Alabama while on an official visit in Tuscaloosa, Ala. The defensive back announced his decision on Twitter and stated he plans to sign his National Letter of Intent with the Crimson Tide on Dec. 20.
I want to thank all coaches from the University of Miami but at this time I have to do what is best for me, my future and my family. I will be signing with the University of Alabama on December 20th. #Rolltide pic.twitter.com/bjzoVk94UM
— JJ (@JoshuaMJobe) December 16, 2017
Jobe is a Miami native and previously played at Miami’s Christopher Columbus High School. Florida High School Athletic Association rules, however, prevented the senior from playing his last high school season in state because he turned 19 well before his senior year. When he made the move from Connecticut, Jobe said he would let other schools get involved his recruitment. Michigan and Alabama both made early pushes, although it quickly became a two-team battle between the Hurricanes and Crimson Tide. Alabama was able to seize late momentum and secure Jobe’s commitment.
Miami did its due diligence to keep Jobe in the fold. The athlete, who has also played some wide receiver, ate dinner with coaches in Coral Gables, Fla., during October when he was back in South Florida for an aunt’s funeral. A month later, Jobe watched the Hurricanes rout then-No. 3 Notre Dame in Miami Gardens, Fla. The trip to Hard Rock Stadium was the only game visit of his senior year.
This weekend’s visit to see the Crimson Tide, however, was the only official visit he’ll take. Jobe never made it up to Ann Arbor, Mich., and skipped out on a trip to see the Hurricanes. Almost all of Miami’s Class of 2018 is currently on campus and on track to sign with the Hurricanes this week. Jobe is instead going in a different direction.
This choice has seemed inevitable for a while. Jobe, who projected as a safety for Miami, constantly talked up Alabama more than the Hurricanes during interviews and even told 247Sports’ Hank South earlier this month the Crimson Tide had a “120-percent chance” to flip him. Miami sent defensive coordinator Manny Diaz, cornerbacks coach Mike Rumph and safeties coach Ephraim Banda up to Cheshire earlier this week to make a final pitch, hoping to convince Jobe to hold off on signing and instead take an official back to the Miami metropolitan area in January. The trip briefly seemed to go well, although not well enough to sway the 6-foot, 185-pound prospect.
Jobe’s de-commitment leaves the Hurricanes with four 4-star committed defensive backs, including three cornerbacks. Cornerbacks Al Blades Jr., Gilbert Frierson and D.J. Ivey, plus safety Gurvan Hall leaves Miami with a strong core and a chance to get stronger.
The Hurricanes remain in the mix for 5-star cornerback Tyson Campbell, hope to make a push for 5-star cornerback Patrick Surtain Jr,. and have lined up official visits with 3-star cornerback Nigel Bethel and 3-star safety John Huggins. Miami also made an in-home visit with 4-star cornerback Asante Samuel Jr. earlier this month. The Hurricanes will certainly try to land at least one more defensive back and could opt to take two.
Jobe’s de-commitment drops Miami one spot in the 247Sports composite team rankings. Georgia assumes the No. 3 position by percentage points. The Hurricanes rank No. 4 with 271.03 points to the No. 2 Bulldogs’ 271.73.
Alabama, meanwhile, continues its meteoric rise in the recruiting rankings with its fourth 4-star verbal pledge from a since Oct. 29. The Crimson Tide is up to No. 8 with 250.18 points.
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