Mike's Take: New S commit

The Hurricanes landed a commitment from safety Marques Gayot on Friday night. CanesTime's Mike Bakas breaks him down as a prospect, and talks about what it means for the Hurricanes.

What to Like: Marques Gayot is a very physical safety prospect. At 6-foot-1 and 210 pounds, Gayot has enough size and bulk to one day grow into an outside linebacker. He is a big hitter who provides a very physical presence. He lines up close to the line of scrimmage and shows the ability to take on blocks, get off, and make plays. He also plays some on the offensive side of the ball. He's lined up as both an outside receiver and as a tight end in high school. Gayot has the speed and athleticism to stay in the secondary but could one day grow into an outside linebacker.

What may concern you: The Hurricanes need to get faster in the secondary. That's one issue this year's defense had. By landing Gayot, they're not getting a real fast safety prospect. They're getting a bigger, more physical player who would have ideal speed if he were playing as an outside linebacker. The potential problem there is whether his body will be able to handle the added weight necessary to grow into that position. He doesn't have a long frame like a Thurston Armbrister.

Bottom Line: Gayot is one of the top safety prospects in South Florida this year. He committed to Louisville early in the process and Miami never stopped recruiting him. He had other offers from schools like Arkansas and USF so he was recruited like a three-star player. That gives Miami a pair of three-star safety prospects locally. While Ryan Mayes adds some much-needed speed and athleticism, Gayot brings a big, physical safety to the table. Kiy Hester, Sunday night's commitment, is a combination of both.


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