Claude George committed to Miami soon after taking an official visit to the school back in June. Today, the Hutchinson Community College standout defender de-committed from the Hurricanes according to Scout JC recruiting expert Derek Young.
George, 6-foot-3 and 235 pounds, put his name on the recruiting map with a solid freshman season at Hutchinson in 2013. He had 11 scholarship offers at the time of his commitment to the Hurricanes back in June including schools like Washington, Colorado, and Cincinnati.
He had official visits scheduled to Washington and Iowa State at the time of his commitment and decided to cancel those. Now, those schools are seemingly back in play. Arizona State is one of his newest offers.
In seven games this season, the outside linebacker has 35 tackles, 7.5 for loss, 1.5 sacks, one interception, and two blocked kicks.
The Hurricanes currently have one pure linebacker committed (Charles Perry) and two pure defensive ends (Scott Patchan and Richard McIntosh). George was one of two players who had been committed to play that hybrid position. New Jersey three-star Jamie Gordinier was the other.
Getting Quan Muhammad back in the spring -- something that seems to be up in the air at the moment -- would be a big plus for the Canes at this position, especially since there doesn't seem to be anyone else favoring the Canes at the moment. As of now, McCord and Harris will be the two primary guys there going into the spring and the coaches will hope to get Gordinier in school for the spring semester. Getting George back on the commitment list doesn't appear to be a strong possibility at this point -- especially since he's already taken his official visit here.
George isn't a big loss in terms of his ability. He's not considered a premier prospect but when Miami's coaches took his commitment back in June it became clear they wanted Junior College help at that spot. Throw in the questionable return of Muhammad and it's very likely the Canes will start to pursue another Junior College transfer at this position. No one seems to be on the radar at this time but stay tuned.