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Local Five-Star Wide Receiver Jeremiah Smith Flips His Commitment from Ohio State and Signs with Miami



Mario Cristobal and the Miami Hurricanes are basking in the glory of their most impactful recruiting victory in the entire 2024 recruiting cycle and arguably the most impactful signee in the modern era of the football program. They successfully secured the signature of the nation’s top overall player, local five-star wide receiver Jeremiah Smith from Chaminade-Madonna Prep (Hollywood, Fla.).

This historic moment for the Miami football program involved convincing Smith to flip his longstanding commitment from the Ohio State Buckeyes to Miami and choosing the Hurricanes over in-state rivals Florida and Florida State. The Hurricanes’ consistent and aggressive recruiting approach, coupled with the strategic efforts of Miami wide receivers coach Kevin Beard, ultimately paid off in bringing this coveted prospect to Miami.

Coach Beard had a well-thought-out plan from the beginning. The development displayed by Miami’s wide receivers group during the 2023 regular season played a role in shifting the tide in favor of the orange and green. Mario Cristobal, demonstrating his commitment to the recruitment process, spent countless days in consistent communication with Smith and his family. Despite Smith’s almost cemented commitment to the Buckeyes, Hurricane fans have learned under Cristobal’s leadership that nothing is truly over until pen hits paper on National Signing Day or what we now call Early Signing Day in December.

Smith becomes the centerpiece of Miami’s 2024 recruiting class, representing the one prospect with the potential to shift the national narrative. It signifies a time for South Florida’s best football prospects to stay home and play for the Hurricanes instead of opting for top-tier out-of-state programs. Joining Smith in this impressive wide receiver haul for Miami are four-star prospects Ny Carr, Joshisa Trader, and Chance Robinson.

Furthermore, Smith will reunite with his high school teammates in Miami commitments Zaquan Patterson and Joshisa Trader. He will also reconnect with his youth football teammates from the legendary Miami Gardens Ravens program, including Ryan Mack, Joshisa Trader, Romanas Frederique Jr., and Chance Robinson. This reunion fulfills a vision these young men had of playing together at the collegiate level for Miami since they were children.

As Smith arrives in Miami, he brings with him an impressive high school football legacy. With 179 receptions, 3,116 receiving yards, and 45 receiving touchdowns at Chaminade-Madonna Prep, Smith is arguably one of the most accomplished wide receivers in the history of South Florida high school football. His three consecutive state championship titles only add to the anticipation of what he can achieve at the collegiate level, further solidifying his status as a transformative recruit for the Miami Hurricanes.