Mark Richt and Manny Diaz added a fast, experienced cornerback to their recruiting class the night before signing day.
Junior college corner Jhavonte Dean, a Homestead native who plays at a Texas junior college, announced his commitment to Miami, 247Sports reported and Dean later confirmed. A one-time Alabama commit, he chose the Hurricanes over Arizona State and Utah.
Dean (6-2, 180) plans to finish the spring at Blinn College in Brenham, Texas and enroll at UM in May. He brings speed — he reportedly runs in the 4.3-second range in the 40-yard dash — and physicality to a cornerback group that has no upperclassmen after losing Corn Elder and Adrian Colbert. Dean will have three years to play two seasons for the Hurricanes.
More about him:
CB Jhavonte Dean
Size: 6-2, 180
School: Blinn College (Brenham, Texas), via Homestead-South Dade High
Stats: 23 tackles, five pass break-ups in his second year in junior college; 18 tackles, nine pass break-ups in his first season. (247)
Stars: Four (Rivals, ESPN), three (247)
Rank: No. 2 junior college cornerback, 8th overall JUCO (ESPN), No. 2 JUCO CB, 34th overall JUCO (247), No. 8 overall JUCO (Rivals)
Projection: Starting cornerback. Dean won’t arrive at his chosen school until the summer – he still has another semester of junior college to go – but at UM, he would have the experience and speed (4.3s in the 40) to start immediately in a rebuilding secondary. He is physical and confident, ESPN wrote — “He seems to relish one-on-one opportunities” – though he can improve his tackling.
Fun facts: Grew up in Homestead, as noted above … Played on the same youth team as current Hurricanes Dionte Mullins, Joe Jackson and Cedrick Wright … Committed to Alabama last summer and dropped that commitment amid interest from Miami … West Virginia made a late push … Earned the Alabama offer after running a stopwatch-timed 4.3-second 40-yard dash at Crimson Tide summer camp … Will have three seasons to play two years, meaning he could redshirt if need be … Wore No. 6 during his Miami official visit … Signed with Cincinnati as a three-star recruit in 2014.
On tape: Hudl highlights: http://www.hudl.com/profile/3424853/jhavonte-dean