McMeans verbally commits to UM

It may be a while but help appears to be on the way for the University of Miami offensive line. Lackawanna College offensive lineman Tyler McMeans verbally committed to the University of Miami Friday, adding that the opportunity to work with UM offensive line coach Art Kehoe and the chance of playing right away made the decision an easy one.

"I want to sign as soon as I can. The biggest thing influencing me was that Coach Kehoe will be my position coach," said the 6-5, 350-pound guard who also made unofficial visits to Penn State and Maryland. "I felt comfortable with the way he runs the offensive line. In my opinion Miami has the best reputation right now when it comes to the offensive line. I kind of like the weather there because I can be outdoors all year long."

"They need to fill some gaps on the offensive line. They will be losing pretty much their whole offensive line. I'll probably be playing guard or tackle."

Lackawanna College spokesperson Guy Valvano said that McMeans told him UM made an offer he couldn't refuse.

After spending four years in the Marines right out of Clarion High School, McMeans, 23, is a little further developed than most players at his position. Lackawanna College coach Mark Duda said that McMeans' is extremely agile and quick for a player his size.

Duda added that he hasn't seen a player with so much potential since UM player and current Minnesota Viking Bryant McKinnie- a former member of the Lackawanna College football team. McKinnie attended Lackawanna College before winning the Outland Trophy as a senior and helping the Hurricanes win the national title in 2001. Duda said that Kehoe ‘loves' McMeans' combination of strength and quickness.

"I haven't seen anybody with so much ability and potential since the ‘Big Guy (McKinnie)' was here," said Duda. "Tyler came here a little older and a little more mature than Bryant. Tyler already was a full-grown man when we got him, and maybe that's why he appears to be a little bit more agile. I think Tyler was also further along in his development as far as movement is concerned."

McMeans said he would major in business at Miami

"I want to do a lot better than I did last year," said McMeans. "I want to keep getting better along with the team. I'm not really satisfied with what I did my freshman year here. Now is the time for me to focus on what's ahead."

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