Mike's Take: New CB Commit

The Hurricanes landed a big commitment over the weekend when Nigel Bethel announced for Miami. Read on for a commitment analysis from CanesTime's Mike Bakas.

Miami (Fla) Booker T. Washington cornerback Nigel Bethel committed to the Hurricanes over the weekend.

What to Like: Bethel is a natural cover corner. He has tremendous football instincts, excellent foot work, and he flat out understands how to stay in the hip pocket of opposing wide receivers. Bethel comes from an elite program and is used to winning, playing in big games, and playing in a competitive environment. Bethel is a strong kid for a cornerback his size, and will mix it up and show a physical side that a lot of players his size don't have.

What may concern you: At a hair under 5-foot-9 and 175 pounds, Bethel lacks ideal size for a major college cornerback prospect. And with 4.6 speed, he lacks ideal speed and athleticism for a major college corner prospect. A lot of good college cornerbacks also played on the offensive side of the ball in high school. Bethel doesn't do that, and it makes you wonder how good his ball skills will be while playing cornerback at the college level.

Bottom Line: Bethel is one of the state's top cornerback prospects. He also had scholarship offers from schools like Florida State, West Virginia, and Tennessee so he was recruited like a high three/low four star prospect. He's a top 50 kid in the state, and Miami did a good job securing his commitment before the season started. He joins Dillard's Dennis Turner as the two cornerback commitments in this class. Look for the Canes to add one more at that spot.

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