Recruiting: All-American underclassman Avantae Williams commits to Miami Hurricanes

Mark Richt addresses reporters before Miami visits Georgia Tech. (Matt Porter)

Mark Richt addresses reporters before Miami visited Georgia Tech in 2016. (Matt Porter)

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The commitment of five-star running back Lorenzo Lingard wasn’t the only good news Miami received on Thursday.

One of the top freshman in America last year, athlete Avantae “Tae” Williams, committed to the Hurricanes shortly after. Williams is reportedly Lingard’s cousin.

Williams was named a MaxPreps freshman All-American in his first season at Deland High, in which he recorded 77 tackles and forced two fumbles playing safety. At 6-feet and 170 pounds, he also could play on offense.

According to 247Sports and the Orlando Sentinel, Florida, South Carolina and Georgia offered Williams.

He is the first player to commit to Miami for 2020. According to 247Sports, only one other school — Texas A&M — has accepted a pledge from a rising sophomore.

UM has three players committed for 2019 — five-star defenders Akeem Dent (Pahokee) and Diamante Howard, and unranked linebacker Jesiah Pierre.

 

UM’s 2018 class, headlined by Lingard, includes eight prospects and is ranked No. 2 nationally.

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