The Player: Evan Shirreffs is a quarterback from Jefferson High in Georgia. At 6-foot-6 and 195 pounds, he led his team to a 12-1 record as a senior this past season. He completed 60-percent of his passes for 1,560 yards, 15 touchdowns, and just three interceptions. After starting just four games as a junior due to an injury, it was the his first full season as the starting quarterback at the high school level.
The Recruit: Shirreffs was probably the most lightly recruited player in this entire recruiting class. He landed scholarship offers during his senior season from Columbia and Georgetown -- both non-FBS schools -- and took official visits to both schools after the season. Miami started looking his way shortly after Dwayne Lawson, a three-star from Tampa who had committed to the Canes back in the spring, announced that he was backing off his Miami pledge. Lawson ended up signing with Virginia Tech. Shirreffs took an official visit to Miami on January 23rd but did not have an offer from the Canes at that time. Miami made late runs at two local quarterbacks -- Torrance Gibson (Ohio State) and Lamar Jackson (Louisville) -- but both players signed elsewhere. Shirreffs did not sign with anyone on signing day, holding out hope that Miami would have a spot available after Wednesday. It happened, and he signed with the Canes on Thursday.
Bottom Line: Miami badly needed a quarterback in its 2015 class. Ryan Williams and Jake Heaps both graduated and Lawson bounced from the class late in the season. The Canes went into Signing Day with just two scholarship quarterbacks -- Brad Kaaya and Malik Rosier. It was likely going to be tough all year to land a top flight kid at the position because of the success Kaaya had as a true freshman in 2014. A year like that is usually when a school takes a player who is lightly recruited and won't expect to compete for the starting job right away. Shirreffs is one of the first quarterbacks Miami started chasing as soon as Lawson bounced so it's encouraging from that standpoint. He has ideal size and is fresh off a strong senior season. He'll have a few years to continue learning and developing his skills before getting a legitimate chance of winning the job.