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Four-star linebacker, Raul Aguirre, talks decision to return home and commit to Miami

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Four-star linebacker, Raul Aguirre, moved from Miami at around 10 years old. For his college career, he announced he’d be returning home, and committing to the University of Miami.

Aguirre is a six-foot, two-inch, 220-pound linebacker out of Whitewater High School in Fayetteville, Georgia. He is ranked as the No. 9 linebacker, No. 11 recruit in Georgia, and the No. 121 overall recruit in Georgia. On Wednesday night, Aguirre joined me on Instagram Live for an interview to discuss his commitment and more.

Raul Aguirre Interview

Although Aguirre played his high school football in Georgia, he is from Miami, and started playing football while he lived there. “I don’t go around saying that too much, but definitely from there [Miami],” Aguirre said.

Going into his senior year, Aguirre decided to go back home and commit to the University of Miami. While the decision had much to do with returning to be around his family, there was more to it for him. “I had to look at myself and ask myself where I wanted to shine at,” Aguirre said. “Not in a cocky way, but I feel like wherever I go, I’ll make an impact on the team. So where would I go, and where would I enjoy shining at.”

Aguirre joins a Miami recruiting class that has been electric this summer. The Hurricanes have landed 10 commitments since June 1, Aguirre being the most recent. “Definitely a little family they’re building,” Aguirre said. “Being able to commit, a right when I committed, the next minute, I had one of the players hit me up and add me into a group chat saying ‘hey man, this is all the guys,’ and having them congratulate me was big.”

But Alabama was a close second in Aguirre’s recruitment, along with Ohio State. “Alabama, they definitely have a great program, and they ain’t gonna ever stop,” Aguirre said. “Nick Saban, him being around there, having the right mindset, Coach Cristobal’s from over there, so it’s definitely similar to that. Ohio State’s been on top of my list too.”

Since Coach Mario Cristobal and his staff got to Miami this spring, recruiting for the Hurricanes has definitely been on a rise. Cristobal had recruited Aguirre, as he did many of Miami’s commits, during his time at the University of Oregon. “Coach Cristobal, him recruiting me when he was up at Oregon, letting me know how much of a good player he thinks I am,” Aguirre said. “And him going to Miami and recruiting me down there, it definitely was a big impact.”

Miami looks to be on pace to continue their momentum throughout the rest of the summer, and they could make another addition to their class on July 22 with the commitment of four-star offensive tackle, Olaus Alinen, who is down to Miami, Alabama, Georgia and Ohio State. In addition, three players that Miami has a good chance to land commit on July 23 in four-star safety, Joenel Aguero, four-star linebacker, Malik Bryant, and four-star offensive tackle, Payton Kirkland. “They ain’t done. It’s going to be interesting for a lot of people who they get next.”

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