Al Golden's strategy of developing relationships with local high school coaches and recruiting the best of the three counties in the Miami area is continuing to pay off as Miami picked up another local commitment in Hialeah (Fla.) cornerback Larry Hope late Wednesday evening.
"I just felt like after me and my dad went over it, Miami was the best decision for me," Hope told InsideTheU.com. "It is closer and UM has a lot of history behind it. I just felt I could make the right decision and right now I'm excited to be a part of the family."
The 5-foot-11, 160-pound cornerback picked up an offer from the school on Sunday after performing well at the Hurricanes' football camp. He also held offers from South Florida, Nebraska, Kentucky and Louisville among others. It's was helping out the local powerhouse that had Hope the most excited though.
"Growing up I never really had a favorite team," he said. "My family has always been Hurricanes fans so I knew a lot of about that. UM has a lot of history and a lot of people have done a lot of great things from there. I'm trying to be the next one."
Hope had 45 tackles and three interceptions last season as a junior and becomes the 11th commitment for Miami. He is the 11th commitment in the 2012 class for Miami. Hope is the second corner for the Hurricanes upcoming class and seventh from the metro area.