~ The following article was contributed by beloved Eye of the Hurricane blogger and recruiting guru, bg1906 ~
What’s good EOTH family! As promised, back with Part II, Defensive recruits. I know you all want the goods, so no time to waste, let’s get right into it…
Gall is a 6’5’’, 285 lbs OT prospect from Archbishop Moeller High School in Cincinnati, Ohio. Moeller, one of the premier high schools in the state of Ohio, annually puts out top Division 1 talent and Gall is one of their top recruits for the Class of 2013. Gall is a big kid that plays with a good base, good leverage, and he’s a finisher. He also has a good initial punch at first contact. It’s usually very difficult for schools like Miami to go in and poach prospects from states like Ohio because most Ohio kids grow up wanting to be Buckeyes. So the staff should be commended for going into hostile territory out of state and getting one of their better prospects to commit.
Johnson is a big time TE/WR prospect that most project as a pass catching TE in college. At the time of his commitment to the Canes he already had over 40 offers from many of the top schools in the nation including: Arkansas, Auburn, Clemson, Florida, Notre Dame, LSU, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Tennessee, and USC, just to name a few. He currently stands at 6’5’’ and weighs in at 230+ lbs. He has incredibly strong hands and is a sure handed pass catcher. He doesn’t have blazing speed but he really knows how to use his body to get position on defenders and you can count on him to make the tough catch. He’s an ESPN 150 player and an EXCELLENT pick up by the staff. He, Standish Dobard, and Jeremy Kerr give the Canes a top flight TE/H-Back Class. Very impressive!
Since the last update the Canes also had a decommitment but it shouldn’t have come as a surprise to anyone that truly follows Canes recruiting. WR/ATH Jayron Kearse decommited and like WR Levonte Kermit Whitfield says he wants to go through the recruiting process. Kearse is now a 2 time decommit having decommited from both Auburn and now Miami. He says, like Whitfield, the Canes are still very much in play, but I’d say watch out for Clemson here. He went up there and LOVED it and the fact that he’s friendly with All Everything WR Sammy Watkins could play a factor. Honestly, at this time, I’d say don’t count on him being a Hurricane.
Now that that’s covered, let’s move on to the 2013 prospects on Defense.
This is a GREAT year for DT in the state of Florida, and as it stands right now, the Canes have one DL commitment and that is from DT Keith Bryant (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=irW-szX4qBI) (Delray Beach, FL) out of Atlantic HS. Bryant measures in at 6’2’’ and 306 lbs and is very highly thought of as he has over 50 offers. He’s cat quick off the ball, plays with good leverage, has a great motor, and is incredibly aggressive, as he plays the game with a big time nasty streak–all great qualities for a DT prospect. When watching his highlights you can’t help but notice how many plays he makes in the opposing teams backfield. He has offers from virtually EVERYONE in the country but LOVES the Canes. He’s visiting a lot of schools however, and that may concern some fans; however, Bryant maintains that his mom wants him to experience this once in a lifetime process and see as much as he can. Yet, no matter where he’s been, he’s always steadfastly maintained that he’s a Miami commitment and plans on going to Miami to fulfill his lifelong dream of being a Hurricane.
Another BIG TIME prospect the Canes are hot on the trail for is DT prospect Jaynard Bostwick (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5y2qWdbheXc) (Port St. Lucie, FL). Bostwick, who checks in at 6’4’’ and 290 lbs, plays both DT and DE in high school team’s scheme and he also plays the game the way Al Golden likes to see it played, with incredible passion. He utilizes his hands really well to shed blocks and has good assortment of moves when getting off of blocks. He’s very highly thought off prospect as his offer list is a who’s who in college football including: Alabama, Florida, LSU, Florida State, Oregon, and of course Miami. He grew up a Miami fan and is the cousin of Canes LB Thurston Armbrister. He’s maintained throughout the process that we are the team to beat, but lately he’s also warmed a bit to Oregon. However, in the end when it’s all said and done, I think he’s a Cane.
Next up is University School’s Maquedis “Quay” Bain (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YMO-r42xOgg) (Ft. Lauderdale, FL) . Bain is a basketball player turned DT and he has very good agility for a person his size. He struggles with his effort at times, but he has all the athletic tools and abilities to be a special prospect. He’s currently committed to Florida State and has been for quite awhile, but he’s visited Miami a TON lately and if I had to guess I’d say we are in very good standing with him even though he still does consider himself an FSU commitment. His recruitment will be one to watch as apparently there is a high level of interest between Bain and the UM coaching staff. A DT haul of Bryant, Bostwick, and Bain would most assuredly have to be looked at as the top DT class in the country IMO. Several other DT prospects are also being recruited, though the 3 mentioned above seem to be the primary targets.
Those other 2 prospects are Deadrin Senat (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KhYGQVJExUc ) (Immokalee, FL) and Derrick Calloway (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x_dAcn1zkl8) (Bradenton, FL). Senat favored Miami early before committing to FSU after UM didn’t accept his initial attempt to commit. He has since decommitted from FSU and is currently going through the recruiting process. The knock on Senat is his size. He’s roughly 6’0 tall (more like 5’10/5’11) BUT he’s strong as an ox with a reported bench press in the 500 lb neighborhood. I don’t know how true that is but if that number is legit you can only say WOW! There are pro-lineman that don’t bench 500 lbs so that leads me to be a bit skeptical, BUT to even make that kind of claim the kid has to be plenty strong. However, Golden and crew appear to like taller DTs so I would think it would take one of the top 3 to fall through before Senat could become a viable option. I was very high on Senat early and still like him as a prospect but having seen more of Bryant and Bostwick, I can see why they are better prospects in the eyes of the coaches.
Calloway is a slight bit taller and has a wide body type. He has good short area quickness however and could probably play both NT and the 3-technique in college. His HS team probably has the best collection of DL in the state as his teammates, DeMarcus Christmas (2014), UCF Commit Blake Keller, and Marquis Dawsey are all D-1 prospects; however, that leads you to wonder if his success is based on the collective or is he just really as talented as he appears on tape. I’ll go record to say that he and Christmas are both BCS caliber DT prospects and he’s deserving of the offers his has, which include Miami, USC, Arkansas, Ohio State, Florida, and Texas A&M. Calloway is mildly interested in the Canes but seems to really like USC at this point. I’d think he’d be a very nice pick up however if he wanted to become a Cane. It is still very early so he’s a prospect to most definitely keep an eye on.
As far as DE prospects the Canes aren’t making too much noise. The top DE in the S. Florida, Joey Bosa (Ft. Lauderdale, FL), already committed to Ohio State and never showed any real interest in the Canes. Others the Canes were interested were Florida commit, Joey Ivie (Dade City, FL), who is a tweener and can play either DE or DT, and Elijah Daniel (Avon, IN), who recently committed to Clemson.
With that being the case, the 2 DEs getting the most attention from Miami right now are Tim Williams (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8EoFTVSSGmc) (Baton Rouge, LA) and Jordan Sherit (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UZ5tWD8Vq98) (Tampa, FL). Williams is strong, athletic, has good short area quickness, uses his hands fairly well, and is relentless. He needs to work on keeping his pad level down, but he’s a top prospect and deserving of the offers he has from the likes of LSU, Alabama, Miami, Florida, Florida State, and USC. He grew up a Canes fan and really likes Miami, BUT he lives in Baton Rouge and it’s VERY HARD to pull a kid out of Louisiana when LSU has targeted that prospect and offered them. This will be a very uphill battle, but as of now, he has legit interest in Miami.
Sherit on the other hand has been offered as a DE and a TE. I haven’t seen much footage of him at TE, but I am impressed with him as a DE prospect. Sherit is more athletic that most would think when you first lay eyes on him, but he was able to display his athleticism this weekend when he placed in the Top 10 overall in the Nike Sparq competition at this weekend’s The Opening at Nike Headquarters in Oregon. He’s relentless and has a very high motor and reminds many people of the Cane’s own Anthony Chickillo. He has a very long stride and a good first step but needs to improve on his technique; however, I like what I see out of him as a prospect. He’s a member of the Team Tampa 7-on-7 team with Miami commit, Travis Johnson, and since Johnson’s commitment, Miami has stepped up its recruitment of Sherit. Sherit is a pretty highly coveted prospect as he holds offers from Miami, Florida, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Oregon, South Carolina, Stanford, Tennessee, and Wisconsin. He’s a smart kid and academics will play a part in his recruitment. Many think he’s a Florida lean because of distance, but I think we have as good a shot as any based on our academic prestige. He’s also enamored with Stanford and Notre Dame. His recruitment will be one to watch as Florida, Stanford, and Notre Dame will probably be our main competition for Sherit.
Well Canes Fam that’s it for now. Please check back next week when I present Part 3 of this series where we will cover some of the Canes higher profile 2013 LB and DB prospects.