Mike's Analysis: New LB commit

The Hurricanes landed a commitment from linebacker Claude George a few days ago following his visit. Read on for analysis of that from CanesTime's Mike Bakas.

Claude George visited Miami last week and committed to the Hurricanes soon after.

What to Like: The Hurricanes still need pass rushing help, especially considering one of the two starting defensive ends (Anthony Chickillo) will be gone after the 2014 season. George provides that. He finished his first season at the Junior College level with nine sacks and several tackles behind the line of scrimmage. He brings a lot of athleticism to the table as an edge rusher, which makes him a hybrid type of player there -- someone who can play OLB in a 3-4 and then put his hand down to rush the passer in a 4-3. Quality pass rushers like that, especially those who will already have two years of college experience, aren't always easy to find. He'll fill a nice role there and should have a chance to come in and compete right away. He's expected to be start school in January, which would help accelerate the learning curve.

What may concern you: At 6-foot-2 and 230 pounds, he's not the biggest kid around. While playing with his hand down, he could struggle at times against opposing offensive tackles who are taller with bigger wingspans. And while he's athletic enough to play in space at the Junior College level, you wonder if any added weight will negatively impact his ability to play there at the major college level considering he's not an elite level athlete such as a Tyriq McCord and Quan Muhammad. Despite being more productive in rushing the passer than teammate Marquavius Lewis in 2013, George doesn't have that size/athletic combo which prevented him from getting recruited at the same rate. And, like most Juco transfers, it'll be worth monitoring whether or not George will be able to get into school in time for the spring.

Bottom Line: He actually reminds me a lot of Devante Bond, who signed here but was unable to quality and instead went to Oklahoma. George had offers from schools like Washington, Illinois, Colorado, and USF when he committed so he was being recruited like a three-star prospect. He becomes Miami's second hybrid DE/OLB commitment, joining New Jersey's Jamie Gordinier. The Hurricanes are trying very hard to land Lewis, his teammate, so George being there in his ear all season can't hurt. While not an elite prospect, George helps fill a need and should be able to help early on -- especially if he's able to start in January and go through spring football in 2015.

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