OL Very Excited About Commitment

Montreal (Quebec) Edward Montpetit offensive lineman Jonathan St. Pierre received excellent news on Sunday. "I went on a visit to the University of Miami and I was offered a scholarship when I was there," St. Pierre said.

"I decided to go and so I committed to Coach Kehoe. I can't beieve I'm getting an opportunity to play at Miami. It's going to take a few days for reality to sink in (laughing)."

At 6-foot-3 and 300 pounds, St. Pierre has finished school and will be enrolling at UM for the start of spring semester next month. St. Pierre is excited about getting a head start.

"I'll be getting a jump on some of the other guys," he said. "It won't be easy my first year so being there for the spring and getting the coaching I'll get from Coach Kehoe is going to be great. It's going to mean a lot. I'm really going to have to bust my tail to make something happen."

St. Pierre had a chance to watch his future teammates up close on Saturday during practice.

"I really enjoyed watching them practice," he said. "Coach Kehoe is a real fired up kind of guy. He makes everyone understand that when you're on the practice field, there is no wasting time. It's time to strap it up and get it on. The practices there are very competitive, real enthusiastic. I can't wait to be a part of that."

The talented offensive lineman said he believes he will fit in really well with the current team.

"Those guys were great," he said. "I hung out with some of the linemen, guys like John Rochford. It's like one big family there. Those guys always have each other's back. They practice really hard with each other and it pays off."

St. Pierre will be the fifth offensive lineman to play at UM in the last decade. He hopes to carry on the strong tradition.

"I had a chance to meet Coach Kehoe when he was up here working the combine in Toronto," he said. "He's coached Richard Mercier, Sherko, Brett Romberg, and now Joe McGrath. They've all enjoyed it at Miami and all had good careers. Hopefully I can do the same. They really rasied the bar so high, hopefully I can continue on the tradition of Canadian offensive linemen coming to Miami and playing well."

St. Pierre, who has been playing football for the last nine years, had a chance to meet some of the other coaches on the visit, including Larry Coker.

"All the coaches were really great, really nice people," he said. "Larry Coker's a great guy. He reminds me a lot of my head coach here. He's real calm, never yells at his players. He keeps a strong relationship and he treats everyone like you're his own son. It creates that big family atmosphere that I liked so much."

St. Pierre, who is 20 years old and will start UM as a freshman, carries a 3.2 GPA and scored a 980 on the SAT when he was 18 years old. English is his second language. He's ready to take it to Miami.

"I've been following Miami real closely for the last three years," he said. "They've been my team. I've always thought about someday playing football in the NCAA. It's not that popular here so it's sometimes hard to get the exposure you need. I'm thankful Coach Kehoe noticed me because now I have a chance to live out a dream and play for the Canes."

St. Pierre -- who had scholarship offers from programs like Marshall, Michigan State, and N.C. State -- plans to play center at UM.

"I'll probably be a center but I can play guard too if they need me to," he said. "I'm just glad that I'll be getting the opportunity to play at Miami."

St. Pierre said another reason why he's so high on Miami is because of strength coach Andreu Swasey.

"He's a great guy," he said. "He spoke to everyone at once and really had some good things to say. His guys work hard. He doesn't believe in all the steroids and drugs and everything and you won't see any of that stuff around there. He's there to make sure everyone works hard. It won't be a problem for me. All I do besides football is workout at the gym and run track and field during the offseason. I'm bench pressing 350 pounds now so I think my strength is where it needs to be. I believe Coach Swasey can make me a much better player because of strength and conditioning and I know a lot of other guys on the visit feel the same way."

Speaking of those other players, St. Pierre had a chance to talk to several of them.

"I hung out with Brian Toal, another linebacker from New Jersey, James Bryant, and Peterson from Texas," he said. "They all liked Miami but none of them committed. There were some Florida guys there too having a good time."

St. Pierre ended the conversation by telling me how he can't stress enough how big an opportunity this is going to be.

"I still can't believe I'm going to be a Miami Hurricane next month," he said. "I can't explain how much that means to me. I'm going to work harder than I ever have before. Joel Rodriguez is going to be a senior next year and the starting spot will be up for grabs. The other guys better be ready to compete. They have some incredible talent on the field. The speed is unbelievable. If I can help block for those guys, it would be a really special feeling. I can't wait. I'm not thinking about the NFL or anything. I just want to become the best player I can be with the help of Coach Kehoe and Coach Swasey and do well in school. All I know is that I'm now a Miami Hurricane!"

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