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Jermaine Grace stepped to the podium on the stage at Miramar High School's auditorium Wednesday afternoon. Fourteen family members and close friends were flanked behind him.
And behind them was a giant "U" logo attached to the curtain, which presumably meant Grace, who was wearing an orange shirt under his grey vest, was going to announce he was signing with the University of Miami and not Louisville or Tennessee.
Lights, camera, inaction.
Grace stood there for more than five minutes waiting for a cue from someone involved with ESPNU's coverage of National Signing Day. This would be another of the numerous announcements to be made on live television.
Approximately 200 classmates, teachers, teammates and family members were in the auditorium, and they remained quiet as Grace kept standing there and shuffling his feet.
Grace finally looked into the camera and broke the silence.
"I'm going to the University of Miami," he said as he put on a Hurricanes' hat and flashed the "U" sign. Cheers and shrieks erupted from the audience and family and friends.
Grace, a 6-foot-1, 205-pound linebacker, will join former Miramar teammates Malcolm Lewis and Tracy Howard, who signed last season with UM.
Asked why he chose the Hurricanes, Grace said, "Family, the education and if I come there and produce like I'm supposed to I'll be able to get on the field there. Also being coached up by Micheal Barrow (linebackers coach) and just being able to have a great head coach that's going to be looking after my best interests."
The decision on where he would play college football came down to UM, Louisville and Tennessee. Grace said he made his decision "probably a week ago. Sat down with friends and talked about it. Louisville was 70 percent, Tennessee was probably 90 percent at the end and Miami was 100 percent. Those guys live right down the street from Miami and they can come and see me any time they want to."
Grace said he didn't lose any sleep over his decision - "No. I prayed on it and thanked God that when I go to Miami that it would be the right choice," he said.
Though he told his mother and friends of his decision a week ago, he didn't tell UM.
"Actually I didn't let him (Al Golden) know," Grace said. "I played with him a little bit."
A reporter asked Grace what he knew and thought about the NCAA's investigation into the football program.
"They told me if anything happens they still want me to come to the school," he said. "The investigation really has nothing to do with me. Right about now everything is smooth, no investigation right now."
Does he follow it?
"I have, I heard by the grapevine and everybody else that it was over with. If it wasn't I still was going to go to Miami, so it didn't really matter to me."
Grace has told UM coaches he wants to wear his high school number 5, which was worn last season senior running back Mike James, and he wants to room with Lewis.
"It's going to be awesome," Grace said of becoming teammates again with Lewis and Howard. "We've grown up together since we were 5 years old. I feel if we stick this out we'll be in the NFL or wherever we're going to be we'll still be together. I'm looking forward to it. I dream of it every night."
Grace said Lewis and Howard made a video recording of their first day at UM last year and he has watched it. Ironically, he didn't grow up as a fan of the Canes or any other team.
"Actually I didn't have a football team, I just played the game," he said. "My uncle Rico always talked about Miami, and I watched Ray Lewis while I was growing up, also they were the home team."
Of Golden, Grace said, "He's a great guy and going to be able to coach me up. I like him a lot. I like the tie."
When asked his thoughts on Matthew Thomas' decision to spurn the home town team for FSU, Grace didn't hesitate. "Hey, I'm sure he did what he felt was best for his future and I can't blame him one bit. I wouldn't want to compete against me either."
He said he plans to attend the Summer I session "and looking forward to seeing my dorm room. I'll be at spring practice watching them."
Grace's mother, April Chestnut, said she was "very excited, happy with his decision. I get to see him play at home, see him on weekends. If it was any other decision I don't know what I would have done. I can actually see the stadium from where I live."
And what kind of a young man is her son at home?
"He's quiet," she said. "He loves to play football on the video games, eats a lot, he's real humble, mellow, laid back. He's been playing football since he was 5. Tracy is a neighbor, and Malcolm and Jermaine played at the same Optimist park in Miami Gardens."