Mike's Take: New DT commit

Manatee standout defensive tackle Ryan Fines committed to the Hurricanes a couple nights ago. Read on for a commitment analysis from CanesTime's Mike Bakas.

Ryan Fines committed to the Hurricanes a couple nights ago.

What to Like: At 6-foot-3 and 290 pounds, Fines brings an excellent combination of size, strength, toughness, and aggressiveness to the table as a prospect. He'll likely start his college career over 300 pounds and it's rare to see kids at that size play with the same level of aggressiveness that Fines displays at times. He's strong enough to take on double teams and quick enough to penetrate into opposing backfields to make plays behind the line of scrimmage. Fines also comes from one of the state's premier prep programs (Manatee) and this will be the first player the Hurricanes have gotten from there in many years. It should help start a pipeline into that school.

What may concern you: Fines isn't the most athletic or explosive kid you'll see at the position. He typically wins with size, strength, aggressiveness, and how well he's been taught to play the position. You'd like to see him play with more quickness and a better first step. That could come in time. He wasn't terribly active in terms of making plays in opposing backfields last season, which is common for nose tackle types but not players like Fines.

Bottom Line: The Canes have been loading up on quality defensive tackles lately and this is another good addition. He's a quality player from an elite program, and someone who should be able to come in and see early playing time. Fines also had an offer from USF and will likely add some more in the spring. He will likely end up recruited like a solid three-star kid. Fines becomes Miami's fifth 2015 commitment, and their first along the defensive line.


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