Mike's Take: MLB commit

Miami landed a very early commitment from one of the top middle linebacker prospects in the state of Florida. Read on for a full analysis of him from CanesTime's Mike Bakas.

Michael Pinckney was an early commitment to Miami.

What to Like: Pinckney is very active. He plays in the middle for Raines High in Jacksonville and makes a lot of plays all over the field. He plays with good instincts and simply has a good nose for the football. When he gets to opposing ball carriers, he's an explosive tackler who causes a lot of fumbles and big hits because of it. He has good strength, plays with a very good base, and is a playmaker on the defensive side of the ball. Jacksonville has always been a tough area for Miami to recruit and he's one of the top prospects in the city so getting him committed early was huge for the Canes.

What may concern you: At 6-feet, he lacks ideal height for a major college prospect at that position. While he's a solid athlete, he lacks top notch speed from the inside and doesn't strike you as someone who would be a good fit at any of the three linebacker spots. He'll likely be only a middle guy. His cover skills can improve as well.

Bottom Line: Pinckney landed a very early offer from Miami and despite making an early commitment he continues getting actively recruited by other programs. With offers from schools like Florida, Tennessee, South Carolina, and others he's being recruited like one of the state's top middle linebackers. He's actually one of three MLB commitments for the Canes in their 2016 class. He might not be Denzel Perryman but he's a very impressive prospect and a good commitment for Miami.

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