Mike's Take: 4-star LB commit

The Hurricanes landed an early commitment from Scout's top-ranked middle linebacker in the state of Florida. Read on for a full analysis of this from CanesTime's Mike Bakas.

Shaquille Quarterman is a middle linebacker from Oakleaf HS in Jacksonville. He was one of Miami's first commitments in the 2016 class.

What to Like: Quarterman is a pure mike linebacker in every sense of the word. At 6-foot-1 and 245 pounds, he has a thick build and really brings it from a physical standpoint. He's an explosive tackler who creates a lot of damage when he attacks opposing ball-carriers. He has a good nose for the football. He plays for a very good team that finished last season with a 12-1 record and a berth into the third round of the state playoffs. On that strong team, Quarterman was their best player. He averaged over 10 tackles per game so he makes a lot of plays. He has ideal size, strength, instincts, and production numbers that have made him become one of the state's most heavily recruited linebacker prospects.

What may concern you: Quarterman can struggle in coverage at times. He's not natural when playing in space so we're not talking about a player who could end up playing either outside linebacker spot. He can be a three down linebacker at the college level but he's going to have to continue learning how to play in coverage. He also lacks top notch straight ahead speed, even though his instincts make up for a lot of that.

Bottom Line: Quarterman made a very early commitment to Miami because they were one of his first offers and they were his favorite team growing up. Since then he's added offers from schools like Florida, Auburn, Tennessee, Michigan, and Georgia. All those schools and many more are still chasing hard after him so it's not going to be easy for Miami to hang onto him -- especially if the Canes struggle on the field again this fall. He's being recruited like one of the state's top overall prospects and it'd be a huge get if the Canes can keep him committed -- especially since he's a Jacksonville kid and the Canes have always struggled recruiting that area.

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