Mike's Take: New LB commit

The Hurricanes landed a commitment today from one of the top linebacker prospects in south Florida. Read on for a commitment analysis from CanesTime's Mike Bakas.

Terry McCray is a linebacker prospect from Pompano Beach (Fla) Ely and he committed to the Hurricanes during an unofficial visit to the school today.

What to Like: At 6-foot-2 1/2 and 215 pounds, McCray brings much needed size to the table for the Hurricanes. Miami has several undersized linebackers and McCray will help in that department. He comes from a good prep program in South Florida and seems to have a good football IQ. He understands the game and is around the football a lot. He makes a lot of plays at or behind the line of scrimmage and with a little more growth he could become a very good edge pass rusher. He also has experience playing both inside and outside linebacker at the prep level, and he stays on the field for all three downs at all times. Ely has always produced high quality players. They have a fairly new coaching staff there, and this is a big step in the right direction. LSU has out-recruited the Canes at this school in recent years, most notably Patrick Peterson a few years back, and the Tigers recruited McCray. This is a big step in the right direction for Miami in terms of being able to get the top kids from Ely again.

What may concern you: As indicating by his running a 4.92/40 and a 4.63/shuttle at one of the Nike events this past spring, McCray lacks ideal speed and quickness for a major college linebacker prospect. That's probably one of the reasons why he didn't collect even more scholarship offers. While he's a three-down linebacker in high school, his ability to play in space is still in question -- which makes you wonder whether he can be an every down linebacker at the next level.

Bottom Line: McCray checks in at No. 82 on my Top 100 list, and No. 11 among linebackers. He's No. 3 among linebackers in south Florida, and one (Michael Smith) is also committed to the Hurricanes. The Hurricanes need to load up on linebackers in this year's class, so accepting McCray's commitment this early makes total sense. He's a quality player with some nice upside and now gives the Canes four linebacker commitments. With offers from schools like West Virginia, Syracuse, and South Florida, McCray was recruited like a three-star prospect.

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