Mike's Take: New DE commit

The University of Miami landed a huge commitment earlier today when four-star Alquadin Muahmmad pledged to the Canes on national TV.

This is a huge commitment for the Hurricanes for a number of reasons.

Muhammad, 6-foot-4 and 240 pounds, is a tremendous athlete. He's long, athletic, and explosive. He will be one of Miami's most athletic defensive ends next season.

On the field, he's tremendous. A lot of high quality athletes are just that, and it doesn't always translate to the football field. For this kid, it does. He's a premier pass rusher. He's a game-changer at the prep level. He's probably athletic enough to be an outside linebacker in a 3-4 defense. He will come here and provide an immediate boost as a pass rusher.

It's also good to know that he plays at one of the nation's premier prep programs. Don Bosco Prep is used to winning. They're used to competing for championships. They're used to playing great schedules. He knows what it takes to work, to compete, and to win football games. He will come in here well coached, and should help open a pipeline to a premier school in a great state for recruiting high school football players.

Notre Dame seemed to have the early lead in recruiting Muhammad but the Canes never stopped competing. They never stopped battling. They were able to change his mind. Last year they came real close to landing 5-star Darius Hamilton from the same high school but he chose Rutgers in the end -- something many people expected this kid to do. Instead, Al Golden and his staff went in there and made it happen.

Defensive end was a huge need for Miami in their 2013 recruiting class. They severely lacked a pass rush in 2012, and so far they've added Juco standout Devante Bond and now Muhammad. The biggest remaining target at this position appears to be Louisiana 4-star Tim Williams. If the Canes can land him, and it's very possible, it would have to be considered one of the nation's top recruiting classes at the defensive end position.

Pass rushing woes likely won't continue in future seasons the way the UM coaching staff is recruiting this year.


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