Mike's Take: 4-star LB commit

One of the top linebacker prospects in the entire state of Florida committed to the Hurricanes late last year and has remained solidly committed ever since. Read on for a full breakdown of his game and analysis of his commitment by CanesTime's Mike Bakas.

Zach McCloud committed to the Miami Hurricanes last November.

What to Like: At 6-foot-2 and 220 pounds, McCloud already has ideal size and is built like a major college linebacker as a junior in high school. He has the frame to be a 6-2+ and 240+ 'backer in a few years so he projects to have ideal size. He brings a tremendous amount of athleticism to the table as well. He can run like a lot of safeties and has very good lateral quickness, which gives him a chance to make plays all over the field. He's an explosive tackler and knocks a lot of balls out of ball carrier hands because of it. He's fresh off a productive junior season, too. He seems to be a legit three-down linebacker, something that is never easy to find in a prospect.

What may concern you: McCloud needs to do a better job of taking on opposing blockers. He has a tendency to try going around them instead of taking them head on. While he can get away with doing that in high school and still make a good number of plays, that will change once he gets to college. He also needs to do a better job of wrapping up. He often leaves his feet and lunges on his tackles instead of running through the opposing ball carrier. Those are things a lot of young linebackers deal with, and they're certainly things that can be corrected quickly.

Bottom Line: McCloud's other offers are from schools like Georgia, Tennessee, South Carolina, and Florida State so he's being recruited like a 4-star and like one of the top outside linebacker prospects in the entire state of Florida. He keeps adding offers but has been to Miami a few times since his original commitment, which helped Miami re-affirm his commitment. The Canes have four linebackers committed in the 2016 class but the other three are primarily inside guys. McCloud is definitely the most versatile of the four and seems rock solid with his pledge heading into the summer.

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