Mike's Take: New OL commit

Miramar offensive lineman Leeward Brown committed to the Hurricanes a couple nights ago. Read on for a commitment analysis from CanesTime's Mike Bakas.

Leeward Brown committed to the Hurricanes a couple nights ago.

What to Like: At 6-foot-3 and 335 pounds, Fines is a massive interior offensive line prospect. He's a very big, thick kid who plays with a lot of power – both in the upper and lower body. Usually, when he gets his hands on a defender, it's over. He's very good in the running game because he's able to use his size, strength, and ability to get off the ball quickly (especially for someone his size). Brown seems to have good football IQ and a clear understanding of how to play the position. He comes from one of the top prep programs in South Florida, one that has produced several Hurricanes over the last few years.

What may concern you: Like most high school linemen with this much size at such a young age, Brown needs to learn to continue playing through the whistle. While he shows flashes of being able to bend his knees, he also has a tendency to rely on his size and just lean into opposing linemen. He'll have to bend his knees more at the college level because of the change in competition. He'll need to keep his weight in check and learn to become more of a skilled pass blocker.

Bottom Line: The Hurricanes came up one short on the offensive line in the 2014 class so having two committed in the 2015 class (Kevin Feder was the first) means the Canes are on their way to filling their needs at this spot in the upcoming recruiting cycle. Brown will join several former Miramar players on Miami's roster in 2015. He has just two offers now but should get several more in the spring and will likely end up getting recruited like a solid three-star prospect.


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