Mike's Take: New DE commit

The Hurricanes landed a huge commitment today when a four-star defensive end prospect from the central Florida area chose the Canes over Florida State, Florida, and others. Read on for a commitment analysis from CanesTime's Mike Bakas.

Winter Park High defensive end Trent Harris committed to the Hurricanes today.

What to Like: The first thing that jumps out at you about Harris is his ability to get after the quarterback. He has a tremendous first step off the ball and can really dip his shoulder and explode into opposing backfields. There aren't very many prep defensive ends who can get upfield and create havoc quite like this kid can. He is a true pass-rushing specialist. He also has the speed and change of direction skills to play in space, or be an outside linebacker in a 3-4 defense. From a pure athletic standpoint, he's what you want at either spot. He was very active as a junior, finishing with 50 tackles and 12 sacks in 10 games. Harris also comes from an area of the state (Orlando) that has been very pro-Florida State and Florida over the years. Six months ago, Miami was barely on Harris' radar so pulling even and then getting his commitment is a huge pull for the Hurricanes.

What may concern you: At 6-foot-2 and 230 pounds, he lacks ideal size and length to be an every down player at the defensive end position. He doesn't have real long arms either, so his 6-2 frame is likely all he'll get. He relies so much on speed and quickness at this level that he'll need to learn to play with better techniques and leverage at the college level -- especially if he's going to be defending the run.

Bottom Line: Harris is a premier pass-rushing prospect. With scholarship offers from schools like Alabama, Florida State, Florida, Ohio State, Georgia, and more, he was recruited like a high four/low five star prospect. I have him rated 17th overall in Florida, and 2nd among defensive ends (behind UM commit Chad Thomas). Defensive line is a major need in the 2014 class, and the Canes now have commitments from the top three players at that position on my Preseason Top 100 list. Harris looks a lot like a young Oliver Vernon the way he plays. It's a huge get for the Hurricanes, a potential game-changer at a huge position of need.


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