A few weeks ago, Tyree St. Louis knew where he wanted to go to school.
St. Louis, a four-star offensive tackle from Bradenton (Fla.) IMG Academy, had been talking with his family about the pros and cons of all the schools he had the option of attending and in the end, it was Miami that prevailed.
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"I just felt really comfortable there and I just feel like I can take my talents there and get better," said St. Louis, who stands at 6-foot-5, 300 pounds. "I was always looking for a place with nice academics, a good campus and a place that can get me ready for the next level."
St. Louis said coaching was a major deciding factor for him joining the Hurricanes over his other finalists, Tennessee, Florida and Mississippi State.
"He played a big part because he has coached a lot of big-name guys," St. Louis said of offensive line coach Art Kehoe. "He can better my game and get me ready for the NFL because that has always been my dream."
While St. Louis has yet to visit the campus, that will change next month when he attends Miami's "U" Day, an event where all top recruits tour the campus, facilities and stadium and enjoy barbecue.
St. Louis said Miami came into the picture three to four months ago when they offered.
"They told (IMG Academy head coach Chris Weinke they'd been looking hard at me since my sophomore year," he said.
St. Louis decided not to wait it out until signing day because he was confident Miami would remain the leader.
"I just felt like I have taken enough visits and didn't need to wait it out anymore," he said. "It was unfair for me to not go ahead and commit if I knew where I was going."
St. Louis said he's open to the possibility of redshirting his freshman season.
"I wouldn't mind," he said. I'd get that one extra year to train, learn the offense and get bigger and stronger and mentally tougher and be ready my sophomore year."
Adam Krohn is a Southeast Region football recruiting analyst for Rivals.com. You can
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