Mike's Take: New CB commit

The Hurricanes landed a commitment from cornerback Dennis Turner over the weekend. Read on to see a commitment analysis from CanesTime's Mike Bakas.

What to Like: Dennis Turner started getting recruited by Miami in the spring. They invited him to camp and he made the most of that opportunity. Turner camped here on Saturday, landed an offer after it, and committed right away. Turner is a very good athlete who can make things happen on both sides of the ball. He is coming off a very strong junior season, in which he was among the most productive pass-catchers in Broward County. He finished the season with 28 catches for 571 yards and six touchdowns. His 20.3 yard average helped display very good speed and quickness. He has the short-area quickness and the ability to make people miss to play in the slot. And he has the straight ahead speed to make big plays down the field. It's on defense, however, where he most attracted the Hurricanes. At 5-foot-11, he has enough length to go along with good speed and excellent ball skills.

What may concern you: Turner projects as a cornerback at the college level but has limited experience playing on that side of the ball. Most of his time up until now has been spent on the offensive side of the football. Turner, who checks in around 165 pounds, will need to add more weight and strength and become a more physical player on that side of the ball -- especially when going up against bigger, more physical receivers.

Bottom Line: Turner had Division 1 scholarship offers from Arkansas, Wake Forest, and North Carolina State so he was being recruited like a three-star player. He has enough size, ideal speed and quickness, and excellent ball skills to project in the defensive secondary. He becomes Miami's first defensive back commitment in the 2014 class.


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