Mike's Take: New QB commit

The University of Miami picked up its second commitment of the day earlier tonight. This one comes from a 2014 prospect, and Mike Bakas breaks it down.

Alin Edourd committed to the Hurricanes tonight. He had received scholarship offers from FIU, Louisiana, Ole Miss, and App State before the Canes and Penn State offered earlier today. Edourd attended Junior Day on Saturday, and committed to the Canes tonight.

What to Like:
Edourd brings a lot of athleticism to the position. As a quarterback at Hialeah High last season, Edourd finished the season with almost 600 yards rushing and seven touchdowns. With 4.8 speed in the 40, he isn't a great athlete or super fast but he's athletic enough to make plays with his feet -- a lot like Stephen Morris. Edourd is a local player who is very well connected in the South Florida community with a lot of other players the Hurricanes are actively recruiting already. He's a kid who will be able to help build this recruiting class over the next several months. Finally, Edourd has a live arm. He's able to make most of the throws. He's a sharp kid who understands the game well and his best days should be well ahead of him.

What may concern you:
At 6-foot-1 and 180 pounds, he lacks ideal size for a major college quarterback. And with 4.8 speed (and 25-inch vert), he doesn't really possess the athleticism to play wide receiver or defensive back in college. He will be a college quarterback, although he's probably better suited to play in a spread offense.

While Edourd put up a lot of yards on the ground last season, he didn't exactly light up opposing defenses through the air. He was under 50-percent for the season, so his accuracy will need to improve. He threw just as many interceptions (nine) as he did touchdowns, so his decision-making will also need to improve before he's able to take his game to the next level.

Bottom Line:
Miami just signed Kevin Olsen, who they thought was the top quarterback prospect in the entire nation in the 2013 class. That was a year after signing three in the 2012 class. Signing a quarterback in the 2014 class probably isn't a huge priority and it's a year when taking a local player like Edourd who will need time to develop in the system makes a lot of sense. To Miami, Edourd is a different prospect in the 2014 class as he would have been in the 2013 class. He's a solid follow up to landing an elite player like Olsen, who should be ready to compete for the starting job as soon as Morris graduates.

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