Mike's Take: Miami's New D-End Commit

The Hurricanes landed a recent commitment from a standout defensive end prospect from the state of Maryland. CanesTime's Mike Bakas breaks it all down. Read on for a full analysis.

Izon Pulley is Miami's newest commitment.

What to Like: At 6-foot-4 and 255 pounds, Pulley already has ideal size for a major college defensive end. He has an excellent build for someone his age and definitely looks the part from a physical standpoint on the field. Size wise, he will be able to step onto the field and contribute right away. He shows good athleticism, especially for someone his size. He has fluid movements, he shows good burst getting upfield, and he generally has a very good combination of size and athleticism. He also plays for one of the premier prep programs in the greater DC/Baltimore area. He's used to playing in a competitive environment. He comes from a well-coached program and should be able to compete right away from that standpoint.

What May Concern you: Pullley hasn't always been the most productive defensive end, despite having a nice display of size and athleticism. He can be very quiet at times in terms of making plays. He doesn't always flash game-changing ability as a pass rusher, and will need to keep his motor running all the time. He sometimes lets opposing linemen get into his pads so using his long arms will also help.

Bottom Line: Pulley also had offers from schools like Iowa, Cincinnati, UConn, and Boston College at the time he committed to the Hurricanes so he was being recruited like a 3-star player. He's considered one of the top defensive end prospects in the state of Maryland. If some of the bigger programs that recruit that area chase after him down the road, he may have something to think about. He's now one of five defensive ends committed to Miami in their 2016 class, which indicates their need for players at that position.


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