Mike's Take: New QB commit

Miami landed its third quarterback commitment in the 2014 class last night when Malik Rosier announced in favor of the Hurricanes. Read on for a commitment analysis from CanesTime's Mike Bakas.

What to Like: Malik Rosier was offered by Miami on May 6th at a time when they already had a commitment from Alin Edouard. Then, even after a commitment from Brad Kaaya, the Canes continued to actively pursue Rosier. He camped here earlier this month and then committed to the Canes last night. The first thing that jumps out at you about Rosier is his arm strength. He has a tremendously live arm, one of the best in this year's class in the South. He can throw it all over the field, and has the arm strength to make all the throws. Rosier is also a real student of the game. His coaches talk about how good of a grasp he has on their offense, and how much time he spends in the film room breaking down opposing defenses. He seems to have a very good football IQ. Along with good arm strength and a high IQ to read defenses, Rosier can make a lot of things happen with his feet. He ran for over 1,000 yards last season showing off some athleticism. He's coming off a productive junior season, and impressed the coaches enough at their camp a few weeks back to make them really push for his commitment.

What may concern you: Rosier checked in at a Nike event a few months back at 6-foot-1 and 191 pounds, meaning he lacks ideal size to play quarterback in a pro style system. And while the Canes are recruiting him to be their quarterback of the future, he's only really had one full year's worth of experience in a pass-happy offense. He played various positions up until his sophomore season, when he played QB in a Wing-T offense. Finally, he led a team that went just 3-7 on the field last season. Sure, it's a team game but most major college quarterback prospects come from productive high school teams.

Bottom Line: Edouard committed to the Hurricanes when Mario Cristobal was here. Since he left for Alabama, the Canes have landed two more quarterback commitments -- Kaaya and now Rosier. With Edouard talking a lot to Louisville about playing in their spread offense, the Rosier commitment makes sense here for the Hurricanes. It appears as though, unless the coaches plan to sign three quarterbacks a year after getting an elite player at the position (Kevin Olsen), one of these guys may end up elsewhere. It seems as though Edouard (to Louisville) is the most likely to flip his commitment to another school. Rosier did not have any other BCS scholarship offers, which means he was recruited like a 2-star player. That is interesting, especially since Kaaya didn't have any other BCS offers at the time of his commitment to the Hurricanes. Both players are upside guys who likely won't be needed anytime soon, especially if Olsen's as good as everyone thinks he'll be.


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