Analyzing the 2014 Class: DB

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

COACH: Paul Williams

SIGNED: Kiy Hester, Marques Gayot, and Ryan Mayes

ONCE COMMITTED: Nigel Bethel (Texas Tech)

OTHERS UM WENT HARD AFTER: J.C. Jackson (Florida), Arrion Springs (Oregon), and Tavon Ross (Missouri)

ANALYSIS: With just three safeties returning who saw legitimate playing time in 2013, the Hurricanes needed to sign a couple good ones. They were able to flip Gayot from Louisville and pluck Hester from the state of New Jersey.

Gayot is a big, strong, physical safety who can make a lot of plays up in the box. Hester is more athletic and versatile. He played a lot of receiver and corner in high school so he projects more as a free safety at Miami.

Despite getting three cornerbacks in last year's class, the Canes didn't recruit the position well this year. Mayes is the only signee there, and there's a good chance that he will end up playing safety down the road.

The Canes went hard after Jackson and Springs all year, and then Ross down the stretch. Jackson visited the school several times and would have been Miami's best DB commitment. However, he chose the Gators in the end. Springs grew up a Miami fan but made an early commitment to Oregon. The Canes were able to get him down on a visit but it was too late and they weren't able to change his mind. Ross was a late offer when the Canes realized they needed more DB help. Again, it was too late since he stuck with his original pledge to Missouri.

GRADE: C


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