Posted: 10:07 am Saturday, December 14th, 2013

Football: Park Vista S Marques Gayot switches commitment to Miami 

By Anthony Chiang

After verbally committing to Louisville in April, 2014 Park Vista safety Marques Gayot never ruled out Miami.

He continued to attend Hurricanes games and visited UM’s campus. On Friday night, Gayot officially switched his verbal commitment from Louisville to Miami.

The 6-foot-1, 205-pound senior said he changed his mind because UM is “close to home” and the “program is on the rise.” Gayot is also excited to have the opportunity to compete for playing time right away.

“When I went down there, coach Al Golden sat me and my dad in a room and basically put it all out on the line right there,” Gayot said. “He said they really needed me because they are limited with safeties. I have a great opportunity to come in and play.”

Hurricanes defensive backs coach Paul Williams and defensive coordinator Mark D’Onofrio visited Gayot’s home on Wednesday and helped cement Gayot’s decision to commit to Miami.

“It was just a great experience for the University of Miami to come inside my house,” Gayot said. “When he came, my family was just so excited because they never thought I would come this far.”

Gayot, who is rated as the fourth-best prospect on the PBGametime recruiting Big Board and a three-star recruit by 24-7 Sports, is the first safety in the Hurricanes’ 2014 recruiting class. Miami allowed 233.4 passing yards per game in the regular season.

Three players from Palm Beach County are now part of Miami’s 2014 recruiting class — Gayot, Palm Beach Central offensive tackle Kc McDermott and Santaluces wide receiver Darrell Langham.

In a recent visit to Miami, Gayot got to know current Hurricanes defensive backs Deon Bush, Tracy Howard and Rayshawn Jenkins.

“It’s amazing,” Gayot said. “I love it here. I felt like I was already on the team.”