In the report, it says from July to September 2017, Gatto (“aka Jim”) was scheming with four associates to funnel payments totaling $150,000 “at the request of at least one coach” to a “top” Class of 2018 high school recruit labeled “Player12” to attend “a private research university located in Florida.
It says Gatto, “in coordination with” at least one coach at the implicated school, would funnel payments to “Player-12” in order to get that player’s commitment to play at “University-7” and then to help “ensure” that player would sign with Adidas, NBA agent Christian Dawkins, and financial advisor Munish Sood, who are also facing charges.
UM Director of Athletics Blake James responded in a statement: “The University of Miami is aware of the indictments handed down today by the Department of Justice involving several men’s college Basketball programs, Coaches, financial advisors, agents and apparel executives.
Also charged were Merl Code of Adidas, Jonathan Brad Augustine of the Adidas-sponsored AAU team 1 Family, and Rashan Michel, a native of Birmingham, Alabama, whose company sells high-end custom suits to many NBA and NFL players.
The high school player in question is not named, but five-star forward Nassir Little of Orange Park plays for Augustine’s AAU team and in August narrowed his choices to Duke, North Carolina, Arizona, Georgia Tech, and Miami.
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