After recording a 15-yard sack in the second quarter of the U.S. Army All-American game, Jefferson DE Tyriq McCord made his college choice in front of a live national television audience.
“I think I’m going to take my talents to South Beach,” McCord said in his halftime announcement.
The four-star recruit chose the Hurricanes over South Carolina, Georgia, TCU and Southern California. He still plans to visit the Trojans (Jan. 13) and the Horned Frogs (Jan. 20) later this month.
McCord said that he sat down this week with his parents to make his decision once they joined him in San Antonio. His relationships with the people at his prospective schools were the most important factor in his decision, he said.
“Any of these institutions can give me a great education,” McCord said Thursday. “So I focused on my relationships with the coaches and the players.”
The 6-foot-3, 220-pound McCord finished his senior season with 59 tackles and 11 1/2 sacks, as well as three forced fumbles and one interception. He also made 14 receptions for 276 yards and a touchdown playing tight end.
McCord joins Hillsborough DT Earl Moore, Admiral Farragut DB Rayshawn Jenkins, and Countryside QB Gray Crow as area players committed to Miami.