Wednesday, February 21, 2018
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Ray Lewis III follows father to Miami Hurricanes

CORAL GABLES — For Ray Lewis III, going to Miami has been a safe assumption since the day he was born.

His father, newly retired Ravens star linebacker Ray Lewis, played for the Hurricanes. His mother is a Miami graduate as well. So picking a school was easy for their son.

Lewis III was one of 11 players to send letters of intent back to Miami on Wednesday, joining five early enrollees in a class that the Hurricanes believe can make an immediate impact.

Lewis III, listed as an athlete after playing running back and picking off four passes on defense his senior year, sent his letter of intent in early Wednesday. Then, his father at his side, he went through a ceremonial signing later in the day at his school, Lake Mary Prep near Orlando.

"I made a stand my junior year in college, the year he was born, that it was time for me to go to the league," said Ray Lewis, whose last game was the Super Bowl he helped the Ravens win Sunday. "Now the year that he's walking into college I've made another stand that it's time for me to leave the league. Him being born has been a factor in entering the league and leaving the league."

MISSES: The Hurricanes missed out on several blue-chip targets, including a pair of Miami Booker T. Washington High teammates in linebacker Matthew Thomas (Florida State) and offensive lineman Denver Kirkland (Arkansas). Miami was also hoping for more help on the defensive line.

SWAG: Many expected wide receiver Stacy Coley to sign with Florida State. Instead, he pulled out a cap with the word "Swag" and done in Miami colors to announce his decision. His goal: "Win a national championship."

STATE OF MIAMI: Two of Miami-Dade's top prospects signed with the Hurricanes, as expected: defensive back Artie Burns of famed Miami Northwestern High, and defensive back Jamal Carter of Miami Southridge.

Strong Ties: Linebacker Jermaine Grace had people guessing until late in the day, when he announced his intention at Miramar High, the same school that produced 2012 Miami signees Tracy Howard and Deon Bush.

"My auntie, she's in love with Coach (Al) Golden," Grace said. "That's a big reason why I came, too. He's just a great guy. He's got a great spirit."

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