Gordinier Commits To 'Canes

Jamie Gordinier

Miami coach Al Golden went to his alma mater to land his latest commit as Red Bank (N.J.) Catholic defensive end Jamie Gordinier joined the 2015 class.

Some kids flip hats around on a table or pull t-shirts out of bag in announcing their commitments. Others have lavish parties.

What did Red Bank (N.J.) Catholic defensive end Jamie Gordinier do in committing to Miami?

"I called coach (Al) Golden and he was the only one in the office and he was running round trying to find other guys but no one was around," Gordiner said. "He told me to call (assistant) coach (Mark) Donofiro, so I called and told him. Coach Golden said he knows to commit to school have to have a lot of trust with coaches in the program."

So, what did Gordinier do celebrate?

"My parents are at a sports banquet with my younger siblings," Gordinier said. "I talked to my coach about it earlier today and now I'm just hanging out at home by myself."

Gordinier is from the same high school that produced Golden, and the ‘Canes seemed to be in the leader for a while.

The 6-foot-4, 230-pound Gordinier was also considering Boston College, and Duke was also an option, but the history of Miami combined with the climate and the program's prestige made it a simple decision.

"I think it's a perfect combination of football and academics," Gordinier said. "When I went down there, I felt comfortable around the coaches and the players, and the campus is great. I felt like it was perfect fit, and I wanted to go to school in the south."

Miami recruited Gordinier as a hybrid who can play linebacker and defensive end.

"I feel I can help them out with my pass rush," Gordinier said. "They say I can play as a SAM linbcker or they can move me to rush end, or I can play middle linebacker if they need me.

"I want to be on the field as soon as possible. I feel comfortable at both (linebacker and defensive). Growing up, I was a middle linebacker and when I got taller I moved to the outside. I like linebacker more. I feel like that is where I always played, and you can be more of a player maker there."

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