My Take: New OL commit

The Hurricanes landed an offensive line commitment over the weekend. Read on for a commitment analysis from CanesTime's Mike Bakas.

Hayden Mahoney committed to Miami over the weekend following an unofficial visit to the school.

What to Like: The first thing that jumps out at you when watching Mahoney is how much size he brings to the table. He's a big kid with long arms and a frame that should enable him to add a lot more weight and strength once he gets into a college weight program. At 6-foot-5, he goes in the 280 range now but you can see him one day being a 320 type kid. He shows off plus athleticism, especially for someone his size. He can get to the second level pretty well, can move laterally fairly well, and he moves his feet well for someone his size. He has the natural athleticism to be a left tackle one day at the college level. Malvurn Prep was one of the better teams in the state of Pennsylvania in 2013 so the Canes are getting the top prospect on a very good prep football team. This will continue giving Miami good connections in that part of the country.

What may concern you: He needs to get stronger. He's not a kid who makes a big collision when he comes off and hits a defender. He's still a little too lean to be a dominating player on the interior. He does play at a small school so even though they're an impressive program the competition he's seeing on a regular basis is nowhere close to what is being played in South Florida, and compared to someone like fellow 2015 OL commit Leeward Brown (Miramar High). Mahoney is likely a couple years in the weight room away from physically being able to contribute at the major college level. Unlike Feder, Mahoney hasn't been to one of Al Golden's summer camps so the coaches have never had a chance to work 1-on-1 with him.

Bottom Line: Mahoney becomes Miami's 7th commitment in the Class of 2015, and their third along the offensive line. He joins Brown (a guard prospect) and Kevin Feder (a tackle prospect) up front in a line class that will likely include one more player. Mahoney's only other BCS offer was from Boston College so he's another lightly recruited player the Hurricanes are taking a commitment from this early in the game. Mahoney actually visited the school about three years ago so he's always had strong interest, which means this is likely a commitment that will stick in the end.


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