Back in April Marques Gayot - who plays his prep ball for Lake Worth (Fla.) Park Vista Community - committed to Charlie Strong and Louisville. He was the latest in a string of talented South Florida prospects to pick the Cardinals.
However, after months of strong commitment to Louisville, Gayot has changed his mind. Late last week, Gayot flipped his college decision - decommitting from Louisville, and giving a verbal to Al Golden and the Hurricanes.
The timing for the change is interesting, though. Miami and Louisville are set to play against each other in the Russell Athletic Bowl on Dec. 28.
Standing 6-2 and weighing 205 pounds, Gayot has fantastic size for a safety. He's played varsity football for four years for Park Vista; he intercepted 11 passes his freshman season - a school record. He finished his prep career with 32 career interceptions. 247Sports.com has him rated as a three-star recruit, and the No. 67 safety in the country - and the No. 118 prospect in the state of Florida.
Here's what Gayot's high school coach Brian Dodds told the South Florida Sun Sentinel about his star defensive back:
"We knew he was a special player. He’s the right size to play at the major college level. He’s got all the intangibles. He’s worked hard. He’s really a well-rounded young man."
Gayot intercepted five passes this season for Park Vista - one of which was returned for a touchdown. He also recorded 23 tackles.
Travis Klabon, Gayot's position coach at Park Vista, told CanesSport.com that the change in Gayot's heart - between the Cardinals and the Hurricanes - came just a few weeks ago: "The entire Miami defensive staff came to see him. They sold him on they wanted him."
Here's more of what Klabon likes about Gayot:
"He's just a smart football player. He comes off to the sidelines and says `Coach, they're doing this.' He has solutions to problems from a football standpoint.
"He's also an extremely hard worker. It's nice to have a leader, dedicated kid in addition to his savvy being around the ball."
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