Mike's Take: New OL commit

The Hurricanes landed a commitment over the weekend from a massive offensive line prospect. Read on for a full analysis of this news from CanesTime's Mike Bakas.

Navaughn Donaldson committed to the Hurricanes over the weekend. He's a 2017 prospect.

What to Like: At 6-foot-5 and 335 pounds, Donaldson is a massive offensive line prospect. He plays at Miami Central, one of the premier prep programs in the entire country. He's very strong and shows very good pop whenever he makes initial contact with a defender. He definitely has the ability to push defenders off the line of scrimmage, and really wear on them as the game goes along. He has long arms and flashes the ability to play either tackle or guard at the prep level (even though he definitely projects as a guard at the college level). He moves laterally extremely well for someone his size, which is always something that you look for in major college offensive line prospects.

What may concern you: He tends to rely on his size more than anything. Even though he flashes the ability to move well laterally, he gets sloppy with his footwork at times and just leans on opposing defenders. He's more of waste-bender at this stage and learning to bend at the knees is something he'll need to do. Anytime players are nearly 340 pounds before the start of their junior years, weight control could be an issue down the line. He needs to clean up his fundamentals too and work harder to give maximum effort on every play. Again, some of these things are very common with players at this age and size.

Bottom Line: Donaldson also had scholarship offers from schools like North Carolina, North Carolina State, and Illinois so he's being recruited like a 3-star prospect right now. It's always encouraging to see UM making early offers to players who could potentially become heavily recruited -- especially the ones in South Florida. He went to Florida State's camp but the Noles didn't offer. If they do down the road, they could become a legit factor. It's still very early for 2017 kids so all this commitment really means is that Miami is No. 1 on his list heading into the season. The Canes have really struggled recruiting offensive linemen lately and he's actually the first commitment at the position in the 2016 and 2017 classes. It's a solid addition for the Canes at this stage of the game.


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