Lerentee McCray, the 6-foot-2, 200-pound four-star linebacker from Dunnellon, Fla., made his childhood dream come true when he committed to Miami on Friday, July 6.
"Miami is in my heart," McCray said. "I love everything about them. It's been my dream school since I was little. I love the coaches and the whole staff and the school is great too. It's not too big or too small, plus I have a lot of fun with the players."
McCray, ranked No. 83 in the country by Scout.com, says he spoke with Miami's linebacker coach Michael Barrow on Friday night and told him of his decision. "Coach Barrow was really excited," he said. "He told me that I was the first player he started recruiting when he was hired at Miami.
"I haven't had a chance to talk with head coach Randy Shannon, but coach Barrow said he told him about it on Saturday."
McCray, who says he has over 40 scholarship offers, says he's "95 percent" sure about his commitment, but admits he still wants to take a few official visits during the fall.
"I think I'm gonna take a few visits to see what it's like," McCray said. "Coach Barrow talked with me about it and said it would be okay. He told me that other schools are still gonna try to recruit me, but I promised him that I'm solid with Miami. I just want to take a few visits just to be sure. It doesn’t matter who else comes after me."
He says he chose the 'Canes over Florida (No. 2 choice), Auburn, LSU and Florida State. All of his favorites have offered.
He reports a 2.6 core GPA and a 16 ACT, which he plans to retake in the fall.