ONCE COMMITTED: Reilly Gibbons (Stanford)
OTHERS UM WENT AFTER: Chad Mavety (Florida State), Jaden Gault (Wisconsin), Damian Prince (Maryland), Quenton Nelson (Notre Dame), Corey Martinez (Florida State), Frank Ragnow (Wisconsin), and Demetrius Knox (Ohio State)
ANALYSIS: Offensive coordinator James Coley made a very good point on National Signing Day when he told the school's official website that UM was happy they were able to secure commitments from what they believed were the top offensive line prospects in Dade (Darling), Broward (Linder), and Palm Beach (McDermott).
Losing Gibbons at the last second was a tough loss. He'd been committed for several months and flipped to Stanford a week before National Signing Day. Miami didn't have much of a chance to win him back. The other in-state prospect they really wanted (Martinez) picked Florida State over Miami just before the season started. In the end, the Canes landed the only three South Florida O-Line prospects they wanted, and three out of five in-state.
Unfortunately, none of the six out of state prospects listed above even took an official visit here. A few of them took unofficial visits here over the summer but the Canes simply were never able to generate much interest from that group.
McDermott was one of the most heavily recruited players at this position to come out of Florida in several years. Darling was recruited nationally, and Linder is a very good center prospect.
Even when Miami had all four committed, they were still offering and inviting others down. That indicates they wanted five in this class. Instead, they got only three. They lost a commitment late, couldn't get a single out-of-state prospect to even visit, and two of the three they signed have brothers at UM now. It's an excellent group of three but UM fell short of what they wanted.