Analyzing the 2014 Class: DE

Miami's 2014 recruiting class is in the books. Lets take a closer look at their efforts. This piece focuses on the defensive end position.

COACH: Jethro Franklin

SIGNED: Chad Thomas, Trent Harris, and Demetrius Jackson

ONCE COMMITTED: none

OTHERS UM WENT HARD AFTER: Kentavius Street (NC State) and Lorenzo Featherston (Florida State)

ANALYSIS: The Canes return just four proven defensive ends in 2014 so they really needed to add some pass rushing help. They offered several kids, both inside and outside the state, back in the spring but were able to secure commitments from three players by the time August rolled around.

Thomas is an elite level prospect who was recruited by everyone. They got his commitment early and were able to hand onto it, despite Thomas taking late trips to Florida State and Alabama. He should be able to make an impact right away.

Jackson is a player they really liked after watching him in the spring and at their summer camp. Despite making an early commitment to the Canes, Jackson still got recruited hard by schools like Arkansas, Louisville, and Texas down the stretch. At 6-foot-5, he's long and athletic and his best pass rushing days are ahead of him.

Harris can play end in a 4-3 alignment or OLB in a 3-4. He's not as big as the other two kids (6-foot-2) but has tremendous athleticism and pass rushing skills. He was recruited like a 4-star kid, and it was a big get for the Hurricanes going into the Orlando area and grabbing him.

The two players the Canes made a strong effort at down the stretch were both from the state of North Carolina. They had Kentavius Street scheduled for a January visit but it never happened after he decided to stay home and commit to NC State. Featherson made the visit in late January but the Canes were unable to flip him from Florida State.

Miami added much needed pass rushing help with the three players they landed but they wanted another one, which is why they went hard after kids like Street and Featherson.

GRADE: A


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