Like many elite football prospects before him, Brevin Jordan had always thought about waiting to reveal his college choice on National Signing Day, drawing the eyes of a wide audience and stirring up suspense.
But the more the No. 1-rated tight end dissected his situation, the more the late drama seemed unnecessary.
The four-star prospect from powerhouse Las Vegas (Nev.) Bishop Gorman announced his commitment to Miami on Sunday, capping a week that included visits to see the Hurricanes and, later, Michigan. UCLA, a longtime suitor, was another program in serious contention.
"To be honest, it was all about coach (Mark) Richt and the relationship I've got with coach (Todd) Hartley," Jordan told Scout.com. "The area is just beautiful and the tight end situation on the roster isn't the best, so I could compete and play as a true freshman.
"They showed me film on how they use their tight ends, and they're recruiting big, athletic tight ends, so I know they're going to use me well."
The 6-foot-3, 257-pound prospect had checked out the Bruins multiple times and had just returned from a trip to Ann Arbor, but what he saw in Coral Gables put the Hurricanes over the top.
"Miami was just a home thing," Jordan said. "Me and my mom both felt it. It's just home. It's a smaller school and just a beautiful area.
"My mom, to be honest, was for UCLA. She wanted me to go to UCLA so bad. But at the end of the day, we've got to do what's best for me. I want to play in the NFL and Miami will get me there. I know they will if I play hard."
From wanting to take his decision date up to February to planning to release a list of top schools to surprisingly announcing a commitment, Jordan's recruitment has been somewhat unpredictable and he said official visits could still take place during the season.
"I don't plan to take visits, but I don't for sure know," Jordan said. "Right now I'm just having fun with it. Maybe some official visits, but right now 110 percent committed to Miami.
"It's fun to be a part of what Miami is building right now. You want to play with the best. You practice with the best, the games will be easier. The momentum we're having, I've talked to guys, and it's fun to be building something special."
Jordan was credited with 27 catches for 501 yards and nine touchdowns in 15 games as a junior last season.
Following Jordan's decision, Miami sat at 17 commitments, including 12 four-star prospects, for the No. 1 position in the Scout.com team rankings.