Zach McCloud Decommits From UM

Alan McGonigle, Sports Editor

Senior LB Zach McCloud announced this week that he is decommitting from the University of Miami. McCloud committed last year, but on Twitter Thursday he said, “After careful consideration and talking things over with my family, I have decided to re-open my recruitment.”

Amidst all the controversy surrounding the firing of University of Miami head coach Al Golden, and a disappointing season, UM was looking at next year hoping new recruits would revive the once prominent program. According to the Sun Sentinel, in addition to McCloud, Miami has lost 3 commitments since the firing of Golden: RB Zack Moss, WR Ahmmon Richards, and CB Al Blades Jr.

“My decision to decommit was a business move; it’s not smart to sign to a team and not know who your coach will be,” said McCloud. “I had to do what was necessary to protect my future.”

Chief Coach Bradley said that it is not a big deal.

“He just felt like it was best to explore his options and I don’t think it is a big deal because he was planning on taking 5 of his visits anyway,” said Coach Bradley. “They (Miami) don’t even have a coach named yet so that should be expected. He also is not the only one, a lot of those kids from that class have decommitted too.”