Anevski Chooses RedHawks, New Coaching Staff

When Shane Montgomery was let go as Miami head football coach, OL John Avenski thought his chances of becoming a RedHawk left town with Montgomery and his old staff. Enter Mike Haywood. The new head coach of the RedHawks helped to convince Anevski that only the coaches changed; the school and everything about it stayed the same.

When Shane Montgomery was let go as Miami head football coach, OL John Avenski thought his chances of becoming a RedHawk left town with Montgomery and his old staff.

Enter Mike Haywood.

The new head coach of the RedHawks helped to convince Anevski that only the coaches changed; the school and everything about it stayed the same. And so on an official visit this past weekend Anevski made it official, verbally committing to Haywood and his staff.

"With the old staff, I liked them a lot," said Anevski, out of Elder HS in Cincinnati. "But it was more for the school and the people. I got along with everyone. It made you feel comfortable. "

Something else Anevski said he felt comfortable with was the way Haywood described the offense he would be bringing to the team.

"[Coach Haywood] told me it will be a similar offense to Notre Dame," said Anevski. "Nothing is really changing position wise. They will implement some new things on offense, and that's pretty much it."

Miami was just 2-10 last season, but part of what makes Anevski so comfortable in his choice is the commitment to winning he sensed in the new staff.

"They just want to win again," said Anevski. "They have a plan how to win. They know what has to be done to get the program back, and I'm excited for it."

Anevski said his decision came down to Miami and two big conference schools, Illinois and Louisville. Both of which have experienced more recent success on the field than the RedHawks.

However, the thought of playing in a BCS league didn't faze Anevski during his recruitment. He even said he is looking forward to butting heads with big conferences foes.

"I think the BCS is overrated," said Anevski. "There is great football all around. You see what happens to some of the big time schools when they play MAC schools. [Miami] is Division I and so is everyone else. It's about knowing you can compete against anyone in the country."

Anevski's commitment makes him to first to join Miami's 2009 recruiting class since Haywood came on board. But, Anevski said he is just the first in a long line of players waiting to jump on board.

The new commit even laughed off the idea Miami might be behind schedule on recruiting.

"They're getting some big time players," said Anevski. "It's just not known the public. Soon it will be out there that they are getting big time players."

Anevski is even doing his part to make sure the new recruiting class takes shape they way he and coaches expect.

Said Anevski, "They've got me making some phone calls."

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