The hire of Mark Richt is starting to pay off immediate dividends for Miami, as Richt and the Hurricanes were able to secure a major commitment from class of 2016 four-star defensive end Patrick Bethel on Monday.
Bethel, an Under Armour All American, made the announcement on his Twitter page saying:
“First and foremost I’d like to thank God for blessing me with such an amazing opportunity, and his many blessings in general. I would like to announce that after prayer and discussion with my parents I have (sic) decide to commit to the University of Miami. I would like to thank all the schools that have been gracious enough to offer me a scholarship. I would like to thank all my family and friends that have provided the (sic) upmost support to me through this process. I would also like to thank the Miami coaches and staff for their support as well. I did not choose Miami to “continue a legacy.” I chose Miami to create my own destiny, to provide the best for myself, and most importantly to bring back that lost Swagger. Thank you and goodbye!”
At long last… pic.twitter.com/MnLpsVeGYC
— Pat Bethel (@Pat_Bethel93) December 15, 2015
Patrick Bethel is the son of former Hurricanes tight end Randy Bethel.
Bethel, a 6’3”, 249-pound strong-side defensive end from Vero Beach, Florida (Vero Beach High School) is rated as a four-star recruit according to 247 Sports. The site ranks Bethel as the No. 222 overall recruit and the 10th-best defensive lineman in the country. 247 Sports also ranks Bethel as the 34th best football player in the state of Florida.
He chose the Hurricanes over strong interest from Tennessee, Auburn, Alabama and Arkansas. Bethel is Miami’s 18th commitment of the 2016 class, a recruiting class that ranks as the 15th best in the country according to 247 Sports.