Mike's Analysis: New WR commit

The Hurricanes landed a commitment from one of the top wide receiver prospects in south Florida today. Read on for analysis of this by CanesTime's Mike Bakas.

Ahmmon Richards committed to Miami on Tuesday.

What to Like: Richards flat out makes plays. Regardless of how big or fast or athletic a skilled position player is, he better be making plays at the high school level if he wants to have success in college. Richards does that -- on both sides of the ball. At 6-foot-1, he has good length and does a nice job of getting up in the air. Because of those things, he has a large catch radius. He has good football instincts and runs good routes. He understands how to set defenders up and make cuts at just the right time. His hands are very good, and his coach says that only three passes that touched his hands fell to the ground in 2013. He's an athletic kid who will likely get faster as he gets older and grows into his body and matures.

What may concern you: At 170 pounds, Richards is very thin and will need to add some weight and strength. Bigger, more physical corners might give him a tough time coming off the line of scrimmage. He isn't real proven running routes over the middle yet either. He has above average speed but can't really be considered a burner at this age yet.

Bottom Line: Richards had scholarship offers from schools like Georgia, Ohio State, Louisville, and West Virginia in addition to Miami so he was being recruited like a high three-star prospect. He is the seventh commitment in Miami's 2016 class, and their fourth receiver. He adds to a group that can be considered the nation's best WR class for that year. He's another quality prospect from South Florida that the Canes locked up early on.


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