Mike's Take: New QB commit

The Hurricanes landed another quarterback commitment in the 2017 class earlier this week. Read on for a complete breakdown of it by CanesTime's Mike Bakas.

Cade Weldon committed to Miami this week.

What to Like: At 6-foot-3 and 205 pounds, Weldon comes from a very potent passing offense at Jefferson High School in Tampa. He put his name on the recruiting map with a very strong sophomore season when he completed over 66-percent of his passes for over 2,100 yards, 20 touchdowns, and nine interceptions. It made him one of the state's most productive sophomore quarterbacks in 2014. He is athletic enough to avoid pass rushes and even make some things happen with his legs. In that department, he's a much bigger threat than most pocket passers, especially Brad Kaaya. Weldon comes from good bloodlines. His father, Casey, was a very good college quarterback at Florida State back in the day. He seems to have a good understanding of the position and the game and seems like a gym rat who is always on the field and in the film room trying to improve his game.

What may concern you: Weldon missed pretty much his entire junior season when he tore his ACL after throwing just six passes in his season opener. What was expected to be a big junior season turned out to be a dud. While he seems to be on track to make a full recovery and be ready to pick up this season where he left off at the end of his sophomore season, there's still some risk involved. While he's accurate and understands the game well, he lacks the arm strength to make all the throws on the field. Plus, he attended quarterback showcase camps at schools like Florida State, Georgia, UCLA, and USC last summer and none of them offered him a scholarship afterwards. That clearly indicated he was not an elite quarterback prospect and still had a lot to prove on the field, which he was unable to do because of the injury.

Bottom Line: South Carolina was his biggest offer beyond Miami. USF and Wake Forest were his other two BCS offers, meaning he was recruited like a three-star player. Weldon has admitted several times in the past that his dream school is Florida State. If the Noles make him an offer at any point down the road, he's gone so that is something Miami will have to monitor closely. His father's relationship with Mark Richt dating back to his days of playing under FSU's former offensive coordinator is likely a big reason why they committed to Miami this week. However, FSU will always be a threat. Weldon became Miami's 9th commitment in the 2017 class and their second quarterback. N'Kosi Perry re-committed to the Hurricanes over the weekend.

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