Scout Ranking: 4-star and No. 6 OLB
Measurables: 6-foot-4 and 190 pounds with 4.55 speed
2011 Stats: Kearse plays quarteerback in high school and finished his junior season with 1,600 yards rushing and 17 rushing touchdowns.
What they're saying: "Kearse does so many different things well on the football field. He is such a versatile athlete and some schools like him as a wide receiver, some call him an athlete, but Scout likes him as a linebacker. He is a very rangy linebacker that moves with ease. He is going to add a lot of good weight in the years to come and he will need to learn the position once he settles in, but he has a very high ceiling at this position." -- Chad Simmons/Scout.com
Recruiting Status: He first committed to Auburn last summer. He then backed off that and switched his pledge to Miami back in January. He then backed off that commitment about two weeks ago and says his final five are Miami, Auburn, Clemson, Notre Dame, and USC.
What he's saying about Miami: "There is a lot of tradition at Miami, especially at wide receiver, so being a receiver coming in, I feel honored. Some of the best ever played receiver at Miami, so I just want to fill the shoes of Michael Irvin, Andre Johnson, and guys like that the best that I can. It is crazy thinking about the guys that played receiver at The U."
Miami angle: Kearse plays quarterback now but is being recruited by most schools as a wide receiver with the chance of possibly ending up on defense. He has a tremendous combination of size and athleticism. Miami was the second school he committed to. He went to USC for a visit earlier this week on his own dime so they're definitely in the mix. Don't rule out Clemson, either. The top three appear to be Miami, Auburn, and USC in no real order. Official visits and how he gets recruited down the stretch will likely tell the story in the end.