2013 Class: Recruiting Awards

2013 Class: Recruiting Awards

The 2013 recruiting class features 16 future Hurricanes. CanesTime's Mike Bakas provides an interesting perspective by handing out some awards.

BEST PLAYER:
Stacy Coley. At 6-foot-1 and 175 pounds, the Northeast High standout has all the tools to become a real difference maker at the college level. He has tremendous speed, top notch athleticism, the size to be an outside receiver, and has outstanding ball skills. He'll be the most talented receiver on Miami's 2013 roster and has a chance to leave here a first round draft pick one day.

MOST IMPORTANT:
Kevin Olsen. At 6-foot-3 and 190 pounds, Olsen provides an elite quarterback the Hurricanes haven't signed in many years. He won a state championship. He has a big arm that helps him make all the throws. He's a coach's son with high football IQ. He's accurate. He has it all. He's been actively recruited by Miami's coaching staff since Al Golden first got the job here two years ago. Stephen Morris was solid in 2011 and should be very good in 2012. However, this program needed an elite quarterback for the future and they now have one in Olsen.

BIGGEST EARLY IMPACT:
Beau Sandland. At 6-foot-5 and 255 pounds, he's an elite pass-catching tight end prospect who has already spent a couple years at the Junior College level. He's physically more advanced than any other player in this class. He walks into a situation at tight end that is very appealing to a newcomer. Clive Walford showed flashes down the stretch in 2012 and has a bright future. However, Sandland could be an All-ACC type of player in 2013. That was badly needed in this class. He and Walford should give Miami some mismatches in two tight end sets.

BIGGEST STEAL:
Alquadin Muhammad. The four-star defensive end prospect was recruited nationally. Most expected him to pick Notre Dame all year. Most players from his school have signed with Rutgers over the years. He had a lot of other opportunities but he picked Miami. That's a steal -- especially considering how badly Miami needed pass rushers in this class. He will likely be the team's most naturally talented pass rusher in 2013.

BIGGEST 'WAIT AND SEE' PROSPECT:
Alex Figueroa. He was lightly recruited out of high school in Virginia last year. Because of an injury, he didn't even play football in 2012. No one else really recruited him. Miami needed linebackers badly in this recruiting class. Several linebackers in South Florida who ended up signing with SEC schools were passed up by the Canes. This one will be worth watching closely over the next few years. Not many linebacker coaches across college football have produced as many NFL players as Mike Barrow since he got here, but he should have a nice project to work with here for the next few years.

BIGGEST LOSS:
Matthew Thomas. Some would argue that it's Alex Collins because of how talented he is and how big a role he could have played in 2013. However, Thomas was the most talented player in south Florida this year. The Canes needed linebackers badly. He comes from a high school in Dade County that will produce high quality players every year. He could have helped a defense, which was one of the worst in all of college football in 2012, right away. And, unlike Collins, he signed with Miami's arch-rival. It's a huge loss, even bigger than losing Collins.

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