Mike's Analysis: New WR commit

The Hurricanes landed a commitment on Saturday when a 6-foot-5 wide receiver announced in favor of Miami at the US Army All-American Game. Read on for complete analysis of it from CanesTime's Mike Bakas.

Lawrence Cager (Calvert Hall College Prep in Baltimore) committed to Miami on Saturday afternoon.

What to like: The first thing that jumps out at you when evaluating Cager is his rare combination of size and speed. He checked into a combine back in the spring at 6-foot-5 and 200 pounds and is now closer to 210. That size enables him to create a lot of immediate mismatches on the perimeter. In addition to having ideal size, he has tremendous leaping ability. He's a 6-foot-9 high jumper and can climb the ladder about as well as anyone you'll see at the prep level. His catch radius is outstanding. He can cut and change directions really well for a player his size, too. He's had a productive prep career on the football field and is also a standout basketball player. Especially when you get down inside the redzone, Cager is a major weapon and should be able to create lots of problems for opposing defenses.

What may concern you: Like most big receivers at this level, he doesn't have blazing speed. We're not talking about straight ahead speed like Tommy Streeter had when he first got to Miami. Cager doesn't have the ability to simply run by opposing corners. He also needs to learn how to become a better route-runner. He's done most of his damage at the prep level by running go routes and that's not something he'll be able to continue doing all the time once he gets into college. The level of competition he's playing against is also not like it is in South Florida so it could take him some time before getting used to the speed of the major college game.

Bottom Line: Cager landed three-star level offers during the spring and then camped at both Alabama and Ohio State, and earned scholarship offers from both because of his performance. He's taken official visits to Virginia Tech, Ohio State, and Wake Forest. Alabama was recruiting him but not as hard as the others. Still, he was recruited like a four-star prospect and is clearly the top wide receiver prospect Miami has committed. It's a big get for the Canes, especially after losing a commitment from 6-foot-3 Emonee Spence recently. Miami's strong preference for big receivers continues, as Cager is now the fifth big receiver the Canes have landed in their last two recruiting classes (while Braxton Berrios is the only one under 6-foot-2). The Canes now have three wide receivers in the 2015 class. They're still actively recruiting a handful of others and are in good shape to land one more (likely either Anthony Jones or Devante Peete).



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