Posted by Bryan Fischer
Al Golden has been tasked with turning Miami back into a national power and while he has a terrific talent base in South Florida, he's still going to go after some recruits nationally. Golden and the Hurricanes added one such national recruit this past week as Doyletown (Pa.) athlete Jake O'Donnell committed to the school after going through the coach's summer camp in Miami.
"I told him `I'm ready to be a Hurricane,' and he was very excited," O'Donnell told CaneSport.com. "I picked Miami because of the legacy of the football program. That stands out in the college football world. And what Al Golden did at Temple, he really turned that program around and I'm sure he'll do the same if not better at Miami."
The 6-foot-6, 240-pound O'Donnell not only was familiar with what Golden did at Temple, but actually attended one of his camps there. Primarily a defensive end/tight end in high school, he played a little linebacker and offensive tackle last year as well. Although it's uncertain what position O'Donnel will play at Miami, he's glad the recruiting process is over and he's found his school.
"It really felt right," he said. "People tell you once you go to the school you're meant to be at you'll know. And I knew. After I got back to Pennsylvania I took some time to think it over. The more and more I thought about it the more and more it made sense to go there."
O'Donnell racked up 43 tackles, four sacks and one forced fumble on defense as a junior and selected Miami over offers from Temple, Syracuse, North Carolina and West Virginia. He becomes the Hurricanes' 13th commitment for the class of 2012.