Analyzing the 2014 Class: LB

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

COACH: Micheal Barrow

SIGNED: Terry McCray, Darrion Owens, Micheal Smith, and Juwon Young

ONCE COMMITTED: none

OTHERS UM WENT HARD AFTER: Andrew Beck (Texas), Kenny Young (LSU), and Antonio Smothers (Arizona)

ANALYSIS: The Hurricanes needed to load up on linebackers in this year's class and it's exactly what they did. Aside from defensive end, linebacker is also the only position where Miami did not lose a single commitment from. A lot of credit goes to Barrow for that.

Getting Young was huge. A Georgia kid with several SEC offers, Young committed to the Hurricanes and never wavered. Getting him into school for the spring semester was a major bonus. He's one of the top recruits in this year's class.

Pulling players out of Jacksonville is never easy, especially when they have SEC type offers. That's what Barrow was able to do in landing Owens, who committed to the Canes over the summer and never took any other visits.

Smith has been one of the premier edge rushers at the prep level in Miami over the last few seasons. He's athletic enough to play OLB, where he will line up for the Canes. Like the others, he never wavered on his commitment to the Canes.

McCray landed an offer from the Canes back in the spring and then committed here over the summer. Despite late interest from schools like Alabama and LSU, they never offered and he stayed strong to his commitment to the Canes.

The only other linebacker who even visited was Smothers. Miami unsuccessfully made an early run at Beck and a late run at Young. Getting a fifth player here would have been just a bonus on top of what appears to be a very solid group.

The Canes added much needed size and depth with this group, and it looks like a couple of these kids will be able to make an early impact.

GRADE: A


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