Mike's Take: New Miami OL commit

The University of Miami landed its fifth commitment for the Class of 2014 on Wednesday night. Mike Bakas breaks it down.

Nick Linder committed to Miami on Wednesday night. The younger brother of Miami guard Brandon Linder, Nick is a center prospect from St. Thomas Aquinas High.

What to Like:
Nick Linder is a very good football player. He comes from one of the state's premier prep programs. He's used to being in a winning and competitive environment. At 6-foot-3 and 275 pounds, he plays both center and guard at the prep level but projects as a center in college. He's very smart and has the ability to make all the line calls. Miami has a very good center in Shane McDermott right now, and Linder can end up being that same type of player down the road. He's also a tough kid with good feet, and someone who knows the game very well. He will put in the necessary work to take his game to the highest level.

What may concern you:
You always like to have kids who have the ability to play any of the line positions. Linder will never be a tackle at the college level so he may lack some of the versatility as some other offensive line prospects coming out. And at 6-foot-3, he lacks the ideal height that a lot of people consider ideal for a lineman -- even a center.

Bottom Line:
The younger brother of Miami's best offensive lineman right now, Nick made up his mind pretty quickly following the offer from the Hurricanes. He's one of two younger brothers of current offensive linemen. McDermott's brother, Kc, is a five-star offensive tackle prospect. By getting Nick, the Canes are getting a very good player from an elite program. They're getting a smart kid, a tough kid, and one who will likely end up being the same type of player as Shane McDermott is now. This is a very good pickup for the Hurricanes, and one that seemed like it was only a matter of time before happening.


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