What to Like: At 6-foot-6 and 240 pounds, Archibald has ideal size for a major college tight end prospect. He has excellent length and the frame to carry a lot more weight without losing any speed or athleticism. He's a talented pass catcher with soft hands and shows the ability to really stretch the field. He plays a lot of wide receiver so he's used to making plays in the open field. He also plays some on the line and plays defensive end as well so he's a kid with a lot of experience playing with his hand on the ground. He's a rare two-way guy who should be able to come in and make a quick transition to the major college level. Athletically, he's what you look for in someone his size. He flashes the ability to make a lot of plays on the defensive side of the football as well, and that could be an option for him down the road as well.
What may concern you: While he certainly has the size and athleticism to become an impact pass-catcher at the college level, he doesn't have a whole lot of experience doing it at the prep level. He caught just eight passes for just over 100 yards as a junior last season so we're not talking about a Clive Walford or Beau Sandland who came into the program after catching 40 passes. He also comes from a smaller area north of Tampa, where the competition isn't quite at the same level as it is in South Florida. Having said those things, he seems to have all the tools to make a smooth transition and become an impact player in the passing game early on.
Bottom Line: The Hurricanes will be losing both Walford and Sandland following the 2014 season so they'll need to find some replacements. Archibald is a tremendous start. USC, Alabama, Auburn, Tennessee, and Florida were some of his other offers so he's already being recruited nationally and like a four-star prospect. The Hurricanes have now landed a trio of very talented pass-catchers in the last three recruiting classes (Standish Dobard and Christopher Herndon). Don't be surprised if the Canes still try adding one more to the 2015 class. Archibald becomes Miami's 6th commitment in the 2015 class, and he's the most heavily recruited player in the group so far.