Kerr Talks About Commitment

When Strongsville, Ohio standout offensive lineman Josh Kerr returned from his official visit to the University of Miami a couple weekends ago, he was pretty sure where he wanted to go.

"When I got back, I really thought Miami was the best opportunity," Kerr said. "At the time, it was just a matter of getting everything worked out so that I could work my way into a scholarship."

The patience Kerr displayed, even after successful visits to West Virginia and Cincinnati, paid off.

"I got the word from Miami that I do have an offer and I committed to them Sunday night," he said. "I'll be officially signing with them on Wednesday. I'm very excited."

The talented offensive lineman, who checks in at 6-3 1/2 and 265 pounds, will take a different route than the other incoming kids.

"I'm gonna be using a greyshirt," he said. "Basically, I won't start school there until next January. The more I think about it, however, the more happy I am with it."

Kerr talked about the many positives that coming for the spring semester brings to the table.

"Most of the new offensive linemen don't play right away anyway," he said. "Instead of being in Miami and working out all year, I'll be up here. I have a lot of connections up here with the Cleveland Browns. My coach played there so he knows some of those guys. I may spend some time working out at their facilities. I'll definitely be ready. I'll move to Miami in December and start practicing for their bowl game. If I redshirt next year, I can still have four more years to play so I could actually be there for 5 1/2 years total."

Kerr explained why he isn't going to make it onto UM's campus until the spring semester.

"My grades are a little low," he said. "I may not be able to get the grades to start at Miami right away so this will give me more time to make sure everything is OK and that I will have no worries about it."

Kerr said it was a difficult choice, especially when he had a chance to enroll at West Virginia and Cincinnati for the fall semester.

"I really liked both of those programs and the coaches were great," he said. "The biggest factor was that I was concerned with the attitudes of the players. If they were to go 12-2, they would all be happy and consider their season a huge success. At Miami, going 12-2 and not playing for the national championship is considered a disappointment. The players feel as if they didn't get it done and it'll motivate them to come back even stronger the following year. Every kid's dream going to play college football should be to win a national title. At Miami, every player on their roster shares that same goal. I feel as if I can fit in really well with them. I want to be at a place and be around players where losing two games isn't good enough. Hopefully we'll be able to win some championships while I'm at Miami, because I know that's their biggest goal every year."

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