Mike's Take: Elite WR commit

Miami secured an early commitment from one of the state's top wide receiver prospects. Read on for a full breakdown and analysis of his game by CanesTime's Mike Bakas.

Ahmmon Richards committed to the Hurricanes way back in June of last year.

What to Like: At 6-foot-3 and 180 pounds, Richards already has ideal size for a major college wide receiver prospect. He, especially has the height, and has the frame to add a lot more weight even before he gets to college. On top of being 6-3, he has tremendous leaping ability. He can climb the ladder and get jump balls about as well as anyone in this year's class, which makes him a major weapon inside the redzone. He creates a lot of mismatches down in that area because of those things. Richards is also tremendously productive at the prep level. A lot of kids have ideal size or speed or athletic ability but then don't use it to produce. This kid does -- at a high level. He had over 1,600 yards receiving and 23 touchdowns last season alone! He also plays on defense and picked off five passes. While he's a very good wide receiver prospect, he might be just as good a prospect at the free safety position. Either way, he's considered an elite level prospect.

What may concern you: Like a lot of kids built the way he is, Richards needs to get stronger and more physical and he able to make more plays over the middle and in traffic. Bigger, more physical corners can provide some problems for him at times and most of his plays are made either in space or on the perimeter. He gets away with that in high school but will have to become a more complete player to have a big impact at the college level. He also lacks breakaway speed and short-area quickness.

Bottom Line: Richards has the size, leaping ability, versatility, and production numbers to be considered one of the top few wide receiver prospects in the state of Florida for the 2016 class. Alabama, Ohio State, Penn State, and Tennessee were some of his other offers so he was getting recruited like a 4-star recruit and still is. While he remains firmly committed to the Canes, a lot of other schools are still going hard after him. He's currently one of three wide receiver commitments for Miami, and is the biggest of the three. It would be considered a huge recruiting success if Miami were able to keep him committed for a year and a half before signing day of 2016.

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