ESPNU 150 commits breathe new life into Miami

With the commitments of ESPNU 150 prospects Deon Bush (Miami, Fla./Columbus) and Tyriq McCord (Tampa, Fla./Jefferson) over the weekend, the Miami Hurricanes are still a force to be reckoned with in recruiting.

Bush, a 6-1, 185-pound four-star defensive back, was a huge get as head coach Al Golden wants to keep the elite prospects of Miami-Dade County at home.

He chose the Hurricanes over Alabama and Auburn, two programs that have snatched local prospects from Miami this season already. Alabama grabbed four-star wide receiver Amari Cooper from Northwestern H.S. and Auburn received the commitment of four-star athlete Ricardo Louis from Miami Beach H.S.

Bush, however, saw his best opportunity to play was not too far away from where he resides.

"It's a good situation with Miami losing a lot of defensive backs," Bush said. "There's an opportunity to compete for playing time immediately and maybe start if I work hard."

McCord's commitment was a little more surprising. For months it appeared that the 6-foot-3, 225-pound four-star defensive end was headed to South Carolina but a final talk with his parents put Miami in front.

"My parents liked all of my top schools but they really loved the academic situation at Miami," McCord said. "And the academics is huge to me because I want to make the most of my time in college."

With cornerback and defensive lineman being positions of major need for Miami, expect both players to see significant time on the field next year barring injury.

"I think Miami is a good place to make an impact," McCord said. "And the program isn't going anywhere.

"A lot of people have taken shots at Miami and coach [Al] Golden but it's still a great place to play and the future of the program looks bright."

Although McCord says he' s solid in his commitment, he will take an official visit to Southern California on Jan. 20. McCord also said a previously planned official visit to TCU has been canceled.