June 9, 2006

VanDyke talks Cane commit

After weeks of speculation, Miami (Fla.) Central athlete/cornerback Demarcus Van Dyke has made a commitment to an in-state powerhouse.

"I have committed to the University of Miami," Van Dyke said. "That's the NFL school. You know you go there with a swagger and they put a lot of their guys into the NFL, so I just wanted to get it done.

The 6-foot-1, 160-pound Van Dyke chose the Hurricanes ahead of Florida. He had offers from more than a dozen schools, including Michigan and Oklahoma.

"It's UM all the way," he said. "I may go on some visits, but I am 100 percent committed to UM right now."

A recent conversation with a family member swayed things in the direction of the Canes.

"I was talking with my grandfather and he asked me what the best thing was for me," Van Dyke said. "I told him what was best for me was the NFL and it seems like every defensive back that goes to UM ends up in the NFL."

Van Dyke, who is expected to play cornerback for the Hurricanes, is excited about joining a unit led by Miami defensive coordinator Randy Shannon, who also was Van Dyke's recruiter of record.

"It's exciting because coach Shannon is a great defensive coordinator," Van Dyke said. "They had a great defense this past year."

Van Dyke, who runs a 4.3-second 40-yard dash, added that there may be a chance he gets used in the kick return game.

He is the Canes' sixth verbal commitment and second this week, joining Belle Glade (Fla.) Glades Central safety Damien Berry, who pledged to Miami on Wednesday.

Berry and Van Dyke mark the first and second commits from the state of Florida for Miami in the class of 2007.


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