The Miami Hurricanes just landed one of the most talented recruits in program history.
Five-star shooting guard Lonnie Walker announced on Twitter Wednesday morning his commitment to The U, and in doing so, picked Jim Larranaga's program over the likes of Villanova, Kentucky, Arizona and Syracuse. Villanova was considered the favorite, as Walker plays in nearby Reading, Pa. He's ranked 21st overall in 247 Sports' composite database for 2017 recruits.
Walker to Miami was at 6 percent in 247's Crystal Ball. This will almost certainly be the most surprising commitment by any five-star player in the 2017 class.
Check out his commitment on Twitter. Shocking the world, using a Muhammad Ali photo -- and there's Larranaga, Photoshopped in behind him.
"He's a coach like no other I feel like he will put me in the position as a great player and as a great person academically," Walker said about Miami and Jim Larrañaga. "I feel like he will drive me to that next level. The way he approached me and showed love, showed that I was a priority and that he believes that I'm a special kid."
Miami assistant Adam Fisher led the recruiting efforts on Walker, and in landing him, Walker joins his former fellow AAU teammates Davon Reed and Ja'Quan Newton at The U. Miami has won 119 games since Larranaga took over the program in 2011. Walker is the third five-star player Larranaga has pulled in just over a year, joining Bruce Brown and Dewan Huell.
If Brown and Huell are on the roster next season, in addition to Newton and others, Miami will be a surefire preseason top 15 team. Walker, a tremendous scorer and joins four-star point guard Chris Lykes and four-star center Deng Gak in Miami's 2017 class. New Zealand native and small forward Sam Waardenburg is also in the mix.
Miami now has the No. 9-ranked class in America.