The Hurricanes landed a commitment on Sunday evening from one of the area's most talented defensive back prospects. Read on for a full analysis of it from CanesTime's Mike Bakas.
Miami Edison defensive back Robert Knowles committed to Miami tonight.
What to Like:
At 6-foot-1 and 180 pounds, Knowles played a little bit of everything at the high school level. He played mostly safety but also bounced from cornerback and receiver as well. As a safety, he shows the ability to drop into coverage and be a natural center fielder. He covers a lot of ground back there and has excellent ball skills. When the ball's in the air, he has a way of finding it and making a play on it. He had several interceptions over the last two seasons. He's also very physical. He's knocked opposing receivers out of games. He causes fumbles. He was used in various blitz packages. He brings a lot of versatility to the table as a safety prospect. He's a competitive kid who wants to be the best at everything he does. He's a playmaker in Miami and should be able to make an impact right away at the college level. The speed of the game won't be too much for him.
What may concern you: One of the reasons he went so lightly recruited is because he's never tested well. He ran a 4.8+ at Nike. He jumped only 29 inches. His shuttle times weren't good. For whatever reason, he doesn't test well and so a lot of people wondered how it would translate onto the field. He needs to work on his academic standing as well in order to become a full academic qualifier.
Bottom Line: Knowles committed awhile back to FIU. Then Miami started recruiting him at the end of the season. While he didn't formally get offered until yesterday, it was likely only a matter of time before he was going to end up in this year's recruiting class. Despite being so lightly recruited, he's one of the most talented players in Miami's class and he should be able to make an early impact. He doesn't have Deon Bush's size but his cover skills and big-hitting ability are on that level. He has a chance to be a real difference maker down the road. Knowles becomes Miami's third defensive back commitment, joining Jaquan Johnson and Michael Jackson. There's a good chance Marcus Lewis will be next and if he picks Miami the Canes would have one of the nation's most talented classes in the secondary.
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