Canes land big OL commitment

One day after landing a commitment from one of their weekend visitors, Miami landed a second one when offensive lineman Malcolm Bunche pledged to the Hurricanes. Read on to see what he's saying about the Canes.

Malcolm Bunche landed a scholarship offer from the University of Miami last spring and had a successful unofficial visit to the school over the summer. A few weeks after returning from that visit to Miami, Bunche announced his commitment to Rutgers.

Despite his commitment to the Scarlet Knights back in August, Bunche still got recruited by Miami throughout the season. The hard work by the Miami coaching staff paid off after the season when Bunche de-committed from Rutgers and began seriously considering the Hurricanes again.

The talented big man, 6-foot-6 and 320 pounds, took his official visit to Miami this past weekend and earlier today he committed to the Canes.

"Miami's a great school and a great program," he said. "My visit was great. Miami never stopped recruiting me and I developed a real good relationship with offensive line coach Jeff Stoutland. They have a lot of tradition there, too."

Coach Stoutland, who helped recruit Bunche to Miami along with linebackers coach Micheal Barrow, was a big reason why the Canes landed the talented lineman.

"I really like Coach Stoutland a lot," he said. "He's been to my house before and he's just a great person and a great coach. They speak very highly of him and I can see why."

Another reason for his commitment to the Canes is the fact that Miami doesn't return a single right tackle to their team next season after all three players who played the position in 2008 have since graduated.

"There's a real good opportunity there," he said. "They need offensive linemen, especially to help out in their running game."

Bunche's father, Curtis, played in the NFL so Malcolm comes from good football bloodlines. Curtis talked about how much the Miami coaches have liked his son since they offered him last spring.

"Coach Stoutland came through in the spring and saw his film and they offered him right after that," he said. "His exact comment was that Malcolm's one of the top five offensive line prospects in the whole country. They really like him."

Bunche, who says he also considered Maryland, is Miami's 20th commitment for the Class of 2009 and their fifth along the offensive line, joining Jermaine Johnson, Cory White, Jared Wheeler, and Brandon Washington.

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