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Romello Height surprises with commitment to Miami over Kentucky

Romello Height took official visits to Miami and Kentucky the week of June 9. On June 11, he traveled to Kentucky, then after spending 48 hours in Lexington, he headed home for a day, then left for Coral Gables on June 14.

Both schools impressed, but at the end of that week, the linebacker out of Dublin (Ga.) publicly declared Kentucky as his leader.

Over the last couple of weeks, the 6-foot-4, 216 pounder has done a lot of thinking and talked with those close to him. In that time, the Hurricanes emerged as the school and Height has now committed to Manny Diaz and the University of Miami.

"I really just kept praying on it, thinking about it a lot and talked to my dad about it," said Height about his decision. "I went over everything in my mind, I talked it out and I came out with Miami being the best fit for me.

"It has a lot of history, is always has a great defense, the school is great academically and I feel the staff there can help push me for the NFL Draft.

"Miami was just a great fit for me."

The Hurricanes like Height as a defensive end in their scheme, and Todd Stroud oversees that position. He is Height's lead recruiter and he got the news first.

"I told coach Stroud of my decision last weekend. Once I made the decision and discussed it with my dad, I let him know.

"I am not sure if he was completely shocked when I told him I wanted to commit, but I know he was really surprised. I don't think he thought I was close to committing.

"He was excited about it."

The official visit got it started for Height, and the more he thought about, Miami just moved to the top of his list. He feels good about that decision.

"Miami has a lot to like," said Height. "It is just a great school overall. I had a great time down on my visit around the coaches and it just seems like a good fit for me.

"I like the people there, the weather is great and it is exciting to think about playing at a school like that. I was feeling it on the visit and since then, I have just been feeling it more."

Height said his commitment is strong, but that he will continue to "enjoy the process" and take visits to other schools.