Mike's Take: new DE commit

The University of Miami landed a commitment from a defensive end prospect on Friday night, so lets take a closer look at him and what it means.

What to Like: The Hurricanes were one of the worst teams in all of college football in 2012 in terms of putting pressure on opposing quarterbacks. Their defensive ends simply weren't able to create much havoc and so recruiting a player who could come in and help right away was a big priority. Because of the opportunity for someone to come in and play right away, the Canes decided to look into the Junior College ranks as well to find a player. Sierra JC's Devante Bond was a player they identified early in the process, and gave him an offer during the season. At 6-foot-3 and 230 pounds, he has enough size to come in and play right away. He registered 26 tackles for loss, including 17 sacks, this past season so he proved (at the Juco level) that he can apply some pretty good heat to the quarterback. He seems to have a good take-off, he brings plus athleticism, and is a kid who should be able to crack the rotation next season for the Canes.

What may concern you: Bond wasn't heavily recruited out of high school, and he wasn't heavily recruited out of Junior College this season. Premier pass rushers are hard to find, granted, but none of the big time programs who recruit California offered him. This is clearly an evaluation test for the Miami coaches. Bond's only played at a high level for one season. You always like to have Juco transfers start in January so they can go through spring football with the team. Since Bond won't graduate until May, that eliminates him from being here for several months leading up to the start of the season.

Bottom Line: The Hurricanes brought in 4-star defensive end Alquadin Muhammad for a visit last weekend as well. He's expected to choose Notre Dame, however. Another key target here is 4-star Tim Williams from the state of Louisiana. Florida State seems to be in the driver's seat there, however. Bond is a kid Miami clearly wanted, despite still being in the mix for some of those high profile high school players. He fills an immediate need, and the hope is that he'll be able to come in and provide a spark as a pass rusher since that's something the Canes desperately needed in 2012, and didn't get from their current group.

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