Mike's Take: New DL commit

The Hurricanes landed a commitment from one of the top defensive line prospects in the state of Georgia over the weekend. Read on for a commitment analysis from CanesTime's Mike Bakas.

Quentez Johnson committed to the Hurricanes over the weekend.

What to Like: At 6-foot-3 and 330 pounds, Johnson is a massive interior defensive line prospect, which is something the Canes haven't had a whole lot of lately. Even as a junior in high school still, Johnson already has the size and strength to be able to come in and compete for early playing time as a nose guard. He does a very good job of playing with good leverage and really eating up double teams. He's very tough to handle for even two opposing offensive linemen at the high school level. He is considered a very good run stuffer. He also plays at a very good prep program in the state of Georgia, an area of the country the Canes have become very active in.

What may concern you: Like many nose prospects, Johnson doesn't offer much as a pass rusher. His motor needs to be able to run better and he has a tendency to take some plays off. Then again, those are all traits that a lot of 330 pound high school kids carry with them on the field. He's a decent athlete but isn't going to be terribly active in opposing backfields.

Bottom Line: Johnson also had offers from schools like Michigan State, Florida State, USC, and Tennessee so he was being recruited like a high three star kid. Schools like Georgia, Alabama, and Auburn haven't offered him quite yet. He becomes Miami's 11th commitment in the Class of 2015 and their second interior defensive lineman (Ryan Fines). Miami's recruiting success in Georgia has continued. One thing to keep an eye on with Johnson will be whether the Canes will be able to hold his commitment. It's early and he's never been on this campus before for a visit. And if some of those major SEC schools start offering, things could get a lot tougher for the Canes. Still, he fills a big need for the Canes and is a quality prospect from a very good area of the country. This is considered a very good commitment for the Canes, and he's probably one of the top five prospects the Canes have committed for the 2015 class.


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