The Miami Hurricanes have landed a commitment from class of 2017 offensive lineman Zalonte Hillery, according to Inside the U.
A three-star recruit from Brunswick, Georgia, Hillery has a built-in connection with his new head coach Mark Richt, who served as the former head man at Georgia.
Standing at 6-foot-6 and weighing 280 pounds, Hillery became the second prospect to commit at Miami’s Paradise Camp. He also had offers from powerhouse programs such as: Alabama, Florida, Clemson, Oregon, South Carolina, Mississippi State, and North Carolina.
The Hurricanes class of 2017 has now ballooned to 17 prospects. Hillery becomes the third offensive lineman to join, including current top grab Navaughn Donaldson, who is a four-star and ranked as the 15th best lineman in the nation by 247sports.
It’s an impressive group that Richt has put together in his first recruiting class at his alma mater, since Al Golden was removed (mid-season) following an 8-5 record in 2015.
Having lost to both rivals in Clemson and Florida State, the ‘Canes are looking to change the landscape under Richt and return to elite contention.
Hillery will join Miami at an interesting time in the program’s history. Starting in 2017, all ACC teams will be required to play another Power 5 Conference opponent in their non-conference schedule. The ‘Canes have already locked up Notre Dame to fill that requirement in 2017, welcoming them to the U in the second year of a back-to-back series with the Irish.
As imperative as inking prospects from across the country, it has added significance when Miami can sign players from their own paradise camp, in which Hillery fits the bill.