UM recruiting

L.A. DT recruit Michael Wyche commits to Hurricanes

mnavarro@MiamiHerald.comOctober 23, 2013 

  • UM reaction to NCAA sanctions •  UM president Donna Shalala: “The Committee on Infractions report closes a challenging chapter in the history of the University of Miami. I am grateful to our coaches, staff and student-athletes for their dedication to the University and to intercollegiate athletics. … I also want to thank Atlantic Coast Conference Commissioner John Swofford for his steadfast support. Finally, I want to apologize to the Hurricane family, as we have asked for your patience, faith and support during a difficult time. Thank you for standing with us.” •  Football coach Al Golden: “I want to sincerely thank our student-athletes and their families who not only stood with the University of Miami during this unprecedented challenge, but subsequently volunteered for the mission. … They shouldered the burden, exhibited class and exemplified perseverance for Hurricanes everywhere. Further, I would like to express heartfelt appreciation to our staff and families who did not subscribe to this challenge three years ago, yet courageously adopted it as their own. … They have brought the utmost professionalism, resiliency and integrity to our program. More importantly, they continue to recruit and represent our world-class institution with class and dignity in unprecedented circumstance. Lastly, it is with gratitude and humility that I say thank you to our administration, U Family everywhere and the entire South Florida community for their unyielding support of our young men and program over the last 28 months.” •  Basketball coach Jim Larrañaga: “I am a big believer that success is based on attitude. We continually remind our players that life is 10 percent what happens to you and 90 percent how you react to it. We will continue to approach our work with a positive attitude as we march towards being the best we can be. I am grateful to our administration and counsel for leading us through this difficult journey and I want to thank everyone who loves this University and who has supported the young men who proudly wear the Miami uniform. We are excited about the upcoming season and we are all moving forward.” •  Director of Athletics Blake James: “Our honest and committed efforts to address these allegations have made us stronger. We have already taken many proactive steps to ameliorate any concerns, and we will continue to improve in all areas. Now it is time we look ahead and work diligently to support our student-athletes.”

“Full Speed Ahead” has been the Hurricanes’ mantra through this whole NCAA ordeal, and it appeared to be more than appropriate Tuesday after the football team added another big commitment to its 2014 signing class.

UM landed a nonbinding oral pledge from 6-4, 340-pound defensive tackle Michael Wyche out of East Los Angeles College. Wyche, rated a three-star recruit, had been committed to USC.

“It’s funny, because I didn’t even know about the NCAA stuff [Tuesday],” Wyche told Canesport.com. “I committed, and then the coaches told me about it. They were like, ‘Today is an exciting day.’ I was like, ‘Why?’ And they said, ‘Because now we are moving forward from the NCAA.’ ”

Wyche told Canesport he plans to enroll at UM in January, and that he is a Cane because “Miami just seemed like a better fit as far as what I need. They’re giving me a chance to come in and compete for a starting job. And they need more help. Hopefully, I can give them the help they need.”

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