Miami has its quarterback. It was announced on Wednesday during a ceremony that Jake Garcia will be signing with Hurricanes. The All-American broke down the decision with Greg Biggins of 247Sports. The former USC was also considering both Arkansas and FSU down the stretch and held over 25 scholarship offers from schools around the country.
Garcia, who the industry-generated 247Sports Composite ranks as the nation’s No. 5 pro-style passer, is in line to become the second-highest ranked quarterback to ever sign with Miami. He joins a UM recruiting class that is full of offensive weapons and includes a pair of five-star prospects on the defensive side of the ball in tackle Leonard Taylor and safety James Williams.
Manny Diaz deserves a ton of credit for the commitment as does offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee. Diaz first started building a relationship with Garcia last spring and was able to get the blue-chip talent campus twice before he committed to the Trojans. Lashlee is the one that was ready to pounce on Garcia once he formally opened his recruitment back up and was able to get things across the finish line after the Razorbacks made things interesting in the eleventh hour.
Garcia is expected to enroll early and start classes at Miami in January. That means he will get a jumpstart on learning Lashlee’s system. It’s unclear at the moment if current UM starting quarterback D’Eriq King will return next season for a sixth year, but if he does leave for the NFL Draft, that could open the door for Garcia to potentially see the field as a true freshman as he would join a Hurricanes’ quarterback room that should include N’Kosi Perry, Tyler Van Dyke, Peyton Matocha and Tate Martell, assuming of course that no one transfers out.
As a senior, Garcia has appeared in six games at Loganville (Ga.) Grayson. He tossed a pair of touchdown in a quarterfinal playoff win this past Friday, which means that he’s two wins away from a state title. Should Garcia earn a ring in the Peach State’s second-highest classification, it would be quite the journey as he’s at his fifth high school in four years.
Garcia played his freshman season at Long Beach Poly in California. He then spent the next two years at nearby Narbonne. Garcia was set to play his senior season at La Harba, but once the California Interscholastic Federation decided to postpone its fall sports due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, he moved to Georgia in hopes of having a senior season before he enrolled early at the college of his choice. Garcia surfaced at Valdosta where he appeared in one game before the Georgia High School Association ruled him ineligible to compete. That’s how he ended up at Grayson.
247Sports national analyst Greg Biggins has compared Garcia in the past to current Tennessee Titians quarterback Ryan Tannehill. 247Sports director of scouting Barton Simmons is just as high on Garcia.
“Jake is an impressive looking prospect. He’s got a really strong arm. He’s really athletic. He’s got a great frame. On paper he’s got everything you’re looking for and that points to a lot of upside and potential,” Simmons said.
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