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Wednesday, February 20, 2013
Miami rises up recruiting rankings

By Andrea Adelson

Thanks to two post-signing day pickups, Miami has moved up the latest ESPN RecruitingNation class rankings to No. 15, six spots higher than they were three weeks ago.

The Hurricanes recently signed ESPN 150 tight end Derrick Griffin, the No. 1 prospect at his position. He flipped his commitment from Texas A&M and signed Tuesday, and will reportedly play both football and basketball for Miami.

They also signed ESPN 300 running back Cornelius Elder, a four-star athlete out of Nashville, Tenn. Miami has now signed 19 to the class of 2013, including seven ranked in the ESPN 150 and eight overall in the ESPN 300. That is especially impressive, considering the NCAA investigation that has loomed over the program throughout the recruiting process.

Miami's move up means a few ACC teams moved down. Virginia Tech dropped one spot to No. 20, and North Carolina moved down one spot to No. 21.