Mike's Take: New S commit

The Hurricanes added a safety commitment in Miami Northwestern's Ryan Mayes earlier this week. Read on for analysis on this commitment from CanesTime's Mike Bakas.

What to Like: Ryan Mayes committed to the Miami Hurricanes on Monday night. Mayes put his name on the recruiting map as a junior last season at Dr. Krop High in Miami. It's there that he emerged as one of the more explosive receivers in the area. Mayes finished his junior season with eight catches for 214 yards and four touchdowns. In other words, he made the most of his limited opportunities. He's a kid who makes big things happen when the ball is in his hands. On defense, he was active too, finishing the season with over 40 tackles and picking off two passes. As a safety prospect, which is where he will likely play in college, Mayes brings ideal size at 6-foot-1 and 185 pounds. He has tremendous ball skills, and can also become an asset in the return game. Mayes camped at Miami earlier this month and was obviously able to show the Hurricane coaches some of the intangibles that you can't always see on film. He seems like a competitive and coachable kid to go along with the size and ball skills.

What may concern you: Despite making a lot of big plays last season, Mayes is not a burner. Sure, his 5.0/40 time at a Nike Camp before his junior season isn't a real good indicator of his true speed, but he's probably a legit 4.7 kid on the field right now. And with that said, he's more of a free safety prospect. Often times when you have kids with less than ideal speed in the secondary, they often play up as the strong safety. Mayes still needs to prove that he can play up in the box and make a lot of plays. And now that he's at Northwestern High in Miami, it'll be interesting to see if he can continue putting up big numbers that we saw from him in flashes last season.

Bottom Line: Mayes has plus size, tremendous leaping ability, excellent ball skills, and the ability to do some things with the ball in his hands in the open field (possibly indicating a future in the return game). He seems to have the intangibles you look for. However, he needs to become a more physical player at the position and he lacks ideal speed for a free safety. Mayes had just one other BCS offer, from Syracuse, so he was recruited like a high 2/low 3 star prospect. He grew up a Miami fan so getting more offers later likely won't matter to him. He is Miami's first safety commit in the Class of 2014. They will likely sign one more at the position.


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