It was understandable for Miami fans to be uncertain about their team’s latest commitment Friday. Marc Britt is a member of the Class of 2020 without a star rating on any of the major recruiting websites. The scouting profile for Britt is told only through seeing him play in person for Champagnat Catholic School in Hialeah, Fla., or watching his highlights on Hudl.
At least one question that Champagnat Catholic coach Dennis Marroquin saw on Twitter was easy to answer. “Is he fast?”
At 6-foot-2 and 180 pounds, it would be easy to mistake Britt for a burly possession receiver. His reply quickly dispelled any worries. It was a video of Britt’s play at the Hurricanes’ Paradise Camp, and the young pass catcher was dominant.
“He had picked up a couple offers already,” Marroquin said. “Obviously, Miami saw him in person and liked him, and obviously saw him perform very well.”
Having just wrapped up his freshman season, Britt was one of the top performers in Coral Gables, Fla. He shredded college-committed defensive backs with quick feet at the line of scrimmage. He burned past cornerbacks with sheer acceleration on go routes. Britt left the camp with an offer from the Hurricanes.
2020 Champagnat WR Marc Britt put himself on the map last night at Paradise Camp. Offered on spot by the #Canes.
— Peter Ariz (@PeterAriz) July 24, 2017
The athlete’s recruitment hit at least a temporary end point Friday when Britt committed to Miami. The sophomore said it has been effectively over since the summer. Britt grew up a Hurricanes fan and firmly placed himself on Miami’s radar at that July camp. Once his hometown school made him an offer, he knew where he’d end up.
“It’s the hometown,” Britt told DieHards on Friday after he committed. “It’s my dream school.”
Britt made the most of the interest from the hometown team this fall. The athlete, who plays both wide receiver and some free safety, spent just about every Miami home game watching from the stands at Hard Rock Stadium alongside 3-star weakside defensive end Gregory Rousseau, a teammate with the Lions and 2018 Hurricanes commit. Britt was simply waiting to commit himself until he wrapped up the high school season.
— Marc Britt(P6) (@marcbritt_P6) December 9, 2017
It made Friday a particularly busy day for the underclassman. Champagnat Catholic kicked off in the Class 2A championship at 10 a.m. in Orlando. The Lions wrapped up their second state title in five years early in the afternoon with a 24-7 win against Jacksonville’s University Christian School. Britt helped Champagnat Catholic seal the game, scoring the final touchdown during the fourth quarter at Camping World Stadium.
This is the sort of player the No. 11 Hurricanes are getting, Marroquin said. Britt does just about everything well with his blend of size and speed. His knack for making his biggest plays during the biggest moments, however, separates Britt.
“He definitely had a great season. He’s definitely a big-time player for us. Makes big plays and makes big plays at the right moment,” Marroquin said. “He’s known to put teams away.”
Almost exactly a year earlier, when Britt was a freshman, the athlete delivered the Lions’ biggest play of the season to seal a spot in the 2016 state championship game. Champagnat Catholic bumbled through more than half of a 2A semifinal against Northside Christian School of St. Petersburg, Fla., until Britt won a jump ball for a 30-yard touchdown to give the Lions the lead for good during the third quarter. He essentially singlehandedly carried Champagnat Catholic down the field, pulling in another 26-yard catch and breaking off a 15-yard run during the same drive.
Britt’s play as a freshman quickly made him one of the more tantalizing young receivers in Florida. Syracuse offered him in January and Wake Forest followed up with an offer in May. Purdue eventually made it three Power 5 offers before Miami offered during the summer.
The Hurricanes coaching staff had plenty of chances to get an even closer look at Britt this fall with all of his visits to watch the team play. The coaches gave him a simple message and it resonated.
“Keep the talent in Miami,” Britt said he heard, “305.”
While Britt still has a long way to go until he suits up for the Hurricanes, it’s currently hard to find an obvious flaw in his game. His speed is a weapon. His frame at his age is maybe his most clear strength. The sophomore is dangerous both as a deep threat and as a jump-ball target in the red zone.
This fall, Britt was arguably the most dangerous offensive weapon on the state champion squad. He finished with a team-leading 26 catches and 498 yards. His 8 touchdown catches were tied for most on the team.
Britt still might be an unknown to most of the country, but it won’t be that way for long. He already has a reputation in the Sunshine State, and Miami won’t let him leave.
“He’ll go down as one of the best in the state of Florida,” Marroquin said, “and when you’re one of the best in the state of Florida you’re one of the best in the country.”
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