OL Matt Romine: Miami Visit a "9"

Offensive line recruit Matt Romine recently visited Coral Gables on an official visit to the University of Miami. Despite some less than ideal weather conditions, he came away impressed.

"I liked it a lot," Romine said of his visit. "I got to meet a lot of people and get the full view of the Miami program. I had been down there for spring practice for two days but I didn't really get the full view that you get on an official visit. The food was great. They took me to some great places. That was probably the best part and it was definitely the best I've had on any visit so that's a plus. Despite the weather, I think it was a 9."

Despite the wonderful visit, Matt Romine, like many other recruits in this class, was disheartened a bit to hear that offensive line coach Mario Cristobal had accepted the head coaching position at FIU.

"It has a big effect on me. He was my position coach. I was recruited by Coach Berry but Cristobal also recruited me a lot and I feel I had a great relationship with him so it's kind of a loss. Despite that, I think he did what he thought was best for himself and I respect that."

Cristobal's loss affects Romine not only because Cristobal was recruiting him, but also because he is an offensive lineman and Miami currently has no offensive line coach. The uncertainty of Miami's future in that particular regard has Romine concerned, but he remains open to what new head coach Randy Shannon will have to tell him.

"Miami is a great place, that's why they are in my top three or four. I wouldn't say it took them out of it totally," Romine said of Miami's chances. I'm going to see who they get. I'm going to talk to Coach Shannon and take it from there.

"Coach Shannon is supposed to call me tonight, so I'll get to talk to him and get more into the details of what's going to happen with the program. I like Miami, but it's a tough situation down there and now losing Coach Cristobal is going to be tough."

Being that Romine is from Oklahoma, many believe that OU is a clear-cut favorite for both him and his family. Romine spoke about the pressure to commit to hometown Oklahoma:

"The pressure isn't necessarily from my family, but it is from other fans. Around my school, there's a bunch of OU fans. When it comes to my family, they are supportive of my decision whatever it is. My mom and dad are helping me with my decision but they are supportive of wherever I go. It's the people outside my family, the OU fans that are pushing me towards there."

Romine says that he will still wait to make an announcement until the Army All American game, which will be held on January 6th. He will go to school projected as an offensive tackle.

"I'm looking at announcing at the Army All American game. Scout.com is the only site that has me as a guard. So far, every coach that's recruited me has recruited me as a tackle. I'm trying to get my weight up, and I'm weighing about 280 lbs. now."

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