Posted by Bryan Fischer
Al Golden has quickly turned the tide in South Florida for Miami, reconnecting with the local high school coaches and recruiting well so far early in the 2012 recruiting cycle. Golden has also looked ahead and applied his touch to the class of 2013 this past weekend by grabbing the commitment of Orlando (Fla.) athlete Levonte Whitfield.
"I got the offer during the day - (my high school) coach told me," Whitfield told CaneSport.com. "When I called coach Golden I told him I committed. I was just happy. Coach Golden, he was very excited. My mom knew I wanted to go there. She's excited, too.
"It feels good to be a Cane. That was my dream. I was a Cane fan from way back in the day."
"Kermit" as Whitfield is nicknamed, is a dynamic athlete who plays receiver, running back and safety in high school. The rising junior held offers from LSU, Ohio State, Florida and Tennessee among others already but it was the Hurricanes' offer that he really had his heart set on.
"When Miami extended the offer his eyes got big, he said, `Yes `sir, yes sir, I'll take it,'" his high school coach and former Miami player Kenard Lang said. "Kermit is a die-hard UM fan ever since growing up. Every time he got one of those other offers it was `Okay, whatever.' He was waiting for Miami."
The 5-foot-9, 175 pound Whitfield is among the fastest in the nation on the track and the football field. He had 326 yards receiving and four touchdowns, 222 yards rushing and four touchdowns on offense. At safety he snagged five interceptions and three sacks and was a mainstay on special teams.
Whitfield's cousin, Marvin Bracy, also holds a Miami offer and is a top state of Florida prospect at wide receiver in the class of 2012.
Whitfield becomes the Hurricanes' first commitment for the class of 2013 to go along with nine in the class of 2012.