Mike's Analysis: New DE commit

The Hurricanes landed a commitment from one of the top defensive end prospects in south Florida on Thursday. Read on for analysis of this from CanesTime's Mike Bakas.

Richard McIntosh committed to Miami on Thursday.

What to Like: At 6-foot-4 and 240 pounds, McIntosh has ideal size for a major college defensive end prospect. He has long arms and has the frame that should enable him to be in the 275 range in a couple years. He's very athletic, especially for someone his size. It's not rare to see him jumping in the air and knocking balls down or chasing down running backs from behind. He comes off the ball quickly and quite often simply runs by the opposing offensive tackles at the prep level. He has a nose for the football and has all the physical tools to develop into a very good edge rusher at the next level.

What may concern you: He often wins because of his quickness off the ball, which won't be such an advantage at the college level. He often just runs by opposing tackles, which means he'll need to develop some pass rushing moves at the next level. He'll need to play with better pad level and better hand placement to effectively become the player he's capable of being. His strength will need to improve as well.

Bottom Line: Florida, West Virginia, and Wisconsin were some of his other offers so he was being recruited like a high 3/low 4 star type prospect. Miami has actively recruited two defensive end prospects in South Florida this year, and McIntosh was one of them (Jason Strowbridge is the other). He gives Miami four edge rushers in this class, joining Scott Patchan, Jamie Gordinier, and Claude George. Gordinier and especially George could be OLB types in a 3-4, while McIntosh and Patchan are more traditional guys for a 4-3 alignment. The Canes are doing a nice job of loading up on pass rushers in this class, and now they have commitments from two of the state's most heavily recruited defensive ends. If they can finish out by landing Strowbridge, they will have cleaned up nicely at this position.


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