We Got Next: 2013 Defense Recruiting Prospects Part I
~ The following article was contributed by beloved Eye of the Hurricane blogger and recruiting guru, bg1906 ~
The Class of 2012 has shaped up to be a very, very solid class for Head Coach Al Golden and the Miami Hurricanes. With some 30+ recruits, the 2012 class is truly massive and will provide a solid foundation for the Canes moving forward. However, as we enter into the final 3 weeks before National Signing Day 2012, many including the Miami Hurricanes Coaching Staff have begun to evaluate and offer members of the Class of 2013.
The 2013 Class will not be nearly as large as the one being recruited for 2012 because normally when taking a class with such large numbers, it usually results in much a much smaller class the following year. Nevertheless, though the class may turn out to be small in number, it should prove to be large in quality as the 2013 class is ripe quality, top end talent. As always, a great deal of the nation’s most talented players are right here in our immediate recruiting area, but that will not stop Coach Golden and the Canes Staff from scouring the nation for the best and brightest of the 2013 talent pool.
With that said, here are some names you are going to want to become accustomed with as we move forward into the beginnings of the 2013 Spring Evaluation Period and Recruiting Cycle.
Quick Update – Junior Day
Soon after the release of Part I of this article, the Canes held their first Junior Day of the 2012 year. Luckily for us, we were able to secure 3 additional commitments from some VERY good players while bringing our total number of 2013 commitments to 4, and getting the Canes off to a BLISTERING hot start to the 2013 recruiting season.
WR Kermit Whitfield (Orlando, FL) – Whitfield was highlighted in the original article and has been committed to UM for quite some time now. He’s a nationally ranked track athlete and brings a tremendous amount of speed to the WR position. Whitfield is a pure slot WR and returner type. He’s a bit small at 5’8 and 165 lbs but he is tough as nails and a playmaker. He’s been timed as fast as 4.35 in the 40 yard dash and should be one of the fastest prep players in the nation. His commitment at this time is solid.
WR Jayron Kearse (Ft. Meyers, FL) – Jayron Kearse is the nephew of former Florida Gator and NFL player Jevon “The Freak” Kearse. The family genes have been good to him as he’s inherited Kearse’s freakish size (6’4) and athletic ability. He currently weighs in at 185 lbs but has a frame to carry more weight while maintaining his athleticism. Kearse is widely considered nationally to be one of the best athletes in the entire Class of 2013. His commitment came as a surprise as he had been committed to Auburn for quite some time. However, with Auburn OC Gus Malzahan leaving the Tigers for Arkansas State, Kearse opened up his recruitment and like what he saw at Miami on Junior Day. We can thank c/o 2012 commitment Nate Dortch a bit for this one, as he and Kearse are very close friends. Kearse is projected to play WR at the collegiate level after having played mostly QB for his entire prep career. He will continue to be highly recruited and the Canes will have to work to keep him committed. An incredible athlete with a great size and speed combination, Kearse along with Whitfield provides a potent 1-2 punch at WR and are excellent pick-ups for Coach Golden and the staff!
RB Alex Collins (Ft. Lauderdale, FL) – Alex Collins was most definitely a surprise. Hailing from South Plantation HS, Collins was one of the top rushers in Broward County amassing a total of 1,786 with 28 TD in his first year of playing HS football. Collins is a thickly built athlete at 5’11 and 197 lbs. He runs hard, has good vision, and has very good speed having been timed at 4.45 in the 40. He also doesn’t shy away from contact and that is always a big plus. Collins received the UM offer sometime in December and committed promptly during Junior Day and is another excellent pick-up by the staff.
DT Keith Bryant (Delray Beach, FL) – Keith Bryant is a DT prospect from Atlantic HS in Delray Beach. I’ve mentioned him before as a Top 2013 prospect that favored Miami early on in his recruitment. Fantastic to see it wasn’t just lip service as he committed on the spot upon receiving his offer at Miami’s Junior Day. Bryant is currently 6’2 and 295 lbs, so he already has very good size for a DT prospect. He’s solidly put together and should be one of the more heavily recruited players in the state. Immediately after his commitment, he also received an offer from Alabama, which should tell you the type of player that he is. Bryant plays with a good base, has a quick first step, uses his hands well, and is a run stopping type of DT that can also rush the passer. He plays with a good motor most of the time, but has to get better at consistently playing at a high level at all times. This should come with better overall conditioning and training. Again, another great early get for Coach Golden and staff.
2013 Defensive Prospects
Defensive End was a heavily recruited position for the Canes in 2012 as they took 5 DE commitments (Jelani Hamilton, Dwayne Hoilett, Tyriq McCord, Gabriel Terry, and Jake O’Donnell). In 2013, the Canes have pegged out a few more good prospects that they will recruit and these are Canes fans should know. The 2 biggest names of this group are Jordan Sherit (Tamp, FL) and Joey Bosa (Ft. Lauderdale, FL). Both are incredible talents and are being heavily recruited by programs around the country.
Sherit hails from Miami but now attends school in Tampa where he plays with current Cane commit Earl Moore. In many ways he reminds most people of Cane DE Anthony Chickillo. Sherit and Chickillo, as well as Moore, are all close friends, and we find ourselves in a very good position early to land Sherit at some point. He has a good motor and is relentless in much the same mold as Chickillo. He has a ton of early offers but seems to really like Miami and USF at this point, but I would guess Cane before its all said and done. He will be an excellent pick-up.
Bosa is from St. Thomas Aquinas and is another in the long line of stellar athletes there. He’s being nationally recruited and seems to be an Alabama lean at this time. He doesn’t currently have a Canes offer, but you’d have to think that will change soon. Alabama has offered and if he holds true to his word, you would have to think that they are in the driver’s seat, BUT never count out the home team.
One other name that has been mentioned early is Devin Washington. Washington is a hybrid DE/OLB prospect that attended Junior Day and is a teammate of Miami commit Kermit Whitfield. Washington is still looking for the Canes to offer and if they do we should easily be #1 on his list as well.
- Jordan Sherit (Tampa, FL): http://www.ncsasports.org/football-recruiting/fl/tampa/hillsborough-senior-high-school/jordan-sherit
- Joey Bosa (Ft. Lauderdale, FL)
- Devin Washington (Orlando, FL): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6sSRRINNuks
While there appeared to be a shortage of true, quality DT prospects in the state of Florida in 2012, 2013 is a much different affair as there are several top-end DT prospects in the state that Canes fanes should keep an eye on.
Keith Bryant as discussed above is already a Cane commit and a top DT prospect in the state for 2013.
Deadrin Senat is also another DT prospect that has recently set the combine scene on fire by winning several combine DL MVPs, and in doing so has earned himself some offers from the likes of Miami, Georgia Tech, North Carolina, USF, and Tennessee. Senat is a short and squat (6’1) type DT who is quick off the ball and is quite stout at 311 lbs. He’s very strong (400 lbs bench and 525 lbs squat) and is quite athletic as he also participates in Track throwing the shot put and discuss. Senat has a good swim move as a pretty good motor as well. He plays for a loaded Immokalee team that has been good to us in the past (Edgerrin James and Javarris James) and early in the process he has UM as his #1 school and I’d expect him to be a Cane.
Derrick Calloway has a Canes offer and is part of a DOMINANT DL for State Champion Manatee HS. He, along with DeMarcus Christmas, are a FORCE to be reckoned with for Manatee and their combined DL efforts utterly dominated First Coast in the State Championship Game this past December. Calloway is 6’2 and 305 lbs. He has a good first step, uses his hands well, plays with leverage, and is excellent in pursuit as a DL prospect. He would be a good get and would open the door to a program that is pretty loaded for 2013.
- Keith Bryant (Delray Beach, FL) – Committed to Miami: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F2yN67OpxH0
- Deadrin Senat (Immokalee, FL): http://www.hudl.com/athlete/315915/deadrin-senat
- Derrick Calloway (Bradenton, FL): http://www.hudl.com/athlete/406458/derrick-calloway
Stay tuned for Part II on LB and Secondary prospects!