Mike's Take: New OL commit

Kevin Feder made a commitment to Miami today. Read on for a commitment analysis from CanesTime's Mike Bakas.

Kevin Feder became Miami's second commitment for the Class of 2015 today.

What to Like: At 6-foot-9 and 300 pounds, Feder's size is the first thing that jumps out at you. He's one of the tallest and biggest kids you'll see. He has the frame to add a lot more weight and become an absolutely massive offensive tackle at the college level. He actually played mostly defensive tackle as a junior this past season but projects best on the offensive side of the ball. He has enough foot quickness to handle the edge rushers. His long arms really help, and he's able to move laterally pretty well for a player his size. Feder comes from one of the top prep programs in New Jersey (Don Bosco Prep) so he's used to being in a winning and competitive environment. He's a very smart kid who understands the game very well. He's a kid Miami's coaches had a chance to work closely with last summer at camp, and that's when the scholarship offer was given. UM has tracked his progress for several months now, so they know a lot about him as a prospect.

What may concern you: Feder projects as an offensive tackle in college but, as mentioned above, he doesn't have a whole lot of experience playing the position. He could enter college a bit raw in terms of his techniques. Despite getting the Miami offer very early, Feder doesn't have any other scholarship offers at this time and that's despite having spent time at both Penn State and Boston College summer camps last year.

Bottom Line: When it comes to offensive linemen, a position that requires so many intangibles to properly evaluate, I always prefer kids the coaches have already spent time with in a competitive setting. That happened in this case last summer. They liked him enough to offer him before his junior season. That shows you how much they like the kid. He continues Miami's strong pipeline into the state of New Jersey. He's another kid coming in from an elite program. By all accounts, it's a very good early commitment for the Canes. He'll likely add more offers over the next few months but he's already been here a few times and has always had strong interest in Miami so it's going to be very difficult for any other school to change his mind down the road.


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