Mike's Take: New LB commit

The Hurricanes landed a commitment from LB Michael Pinckney last night. Read on for analysis of this from CanesTime's Mike Bakas.

Michael Pinckney committed to Miami last night. He's a 2016 grad.

What to Like: The first thing that jumps out at you about Pinckney is his ability to run and find the football. He runs very well, navigates through traffic very nicely, and shows good instincts to be able to find the ball carrier and make the play. He seems to be athletic enough to be able to play in space, making him a three-down player at the linebacker position. He's very productive at the prep level, and makes a lot of plays in opposing backfields. He's clearly one of the top linebacker prospects in the greater Jacksonville area, and gives the Hurricanes an early commitment where they always seem to struggle getting players from.

What may concern you: At 6-feet, Pinckney lacks ideal height for a major college linebacker prospect. He needs to find better ways to disengage blockers to be able to make even more plays. He's an explosive player at the linebacker spot but, like a lot of players at his age, he needs to do a better job of wrapping up ball carriers and becoming a more fundamentally sound tackler. He shows a tendency to leave his feet instead of driving through the ball carrier.

Bottom Line: After Chauncey Gardner flipped his commitment from Miami to Florida last week, Pinckney is now Miami's only commitment in the Class of 2016. He'll likely emerge as one of the most heavily recruited 'backers in north Florida. Miami's biggest challenge will be keeping him committed, especially since they haven't done well, traditionally, in the Jacksonville area. It's a good start to the 2016 class, but it's a long time away from signing day so this one will be worth monitoring.


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