Mike's Take: Miami DB commit

One of Miami's most recent commitments came from one of the most talented safety prospects in south Florida. Read on for a full analysis of this commitment from CanesTime's Mike Bakas.

Deerfield Beach standout safety prospect James Pierre committed to Miami several weeks ago.

What to Like: One of the first things that jumps out at you when watching Pierre is how intensely competitive he is. That's something that often separates South Florida players from most others and Pierre has that in his game. He's very confident, wants to compete against the best, and genuinely believes he's the best player on the field every time he steps on it. When you watch him in a camp setting, he's often jumping to the front of the line and calling out some of the top opposing receivers. At 6-foot-1 and 175 pounds, he has good length with long arms and lots of range. He brings a good amount of athleticism to the position, too. He covers a lot of ground and can drop down and play some at cornerback because of his overall speed and athleticism.

What may concern you: Pierre needs to get bigger, stronger, and become a more consistent tackler. His technique needs work. He often throws his entire body at opposing players instead of wrapping up and properly using his legs to drive through ball carriers. He has a tendency to take plays off every now and then, something he won't be able to afford to do at the major college level.

Bottom Line: Pierre had scholarship offers from schools like North Carolina, Kentucky, Cincinnati, Syracuse, West Virginia, and Wisconsin at the time of his commitment to Miami in late May. He was being recruited like a solid three-star prospect, not as an elite safety prospect. He is one of two safety commitments in Miami's 2016 class, along with Cedrick Wright. They're different types of players, though. Wright is smaller, stronger, and more physical. He's probably the better player right now. Pierre is bigger, more athletic, and probably has more upside of the two. Pierre has been on several other college campuses since his commitment to Miami so hanging onto his commitment won't be easy. He'll likely take some official visits later in the year and so it'll be interesting to keep an eye on heading into the season.


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