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Mike's Take: New Miami commit DeeJay Dallas

The Hurricanes landed a commitment recently from one of the top prospects in the entire state of Georgia. Read on for a full analysis of it from CanesTime's Mike Bakas.

DeeJay Dallas was one of Mark Richt's first commitments in the 2017 class when he gave his pledge to the University of Georgia last July. He de-committed from Georgia right after Richt was let go and now he re-united with him when he committed to Richt's Hurricanes last week.

What to Like: At 6-feet and 190 pounds, Dallas does absolutely everything from Glynn Academy. He plays quarterback, running back, wide receiver, defensive back, and even returns kicks. He literally never leaves the field at the high school level -- a real baller. He doesn't just play all over the place - he's very productive. Offensively, he ran for over 1,000 yards and scored 13 touchdowns. He'll be the team's full-time starter at quarterback this coming season. Playing football and making plays just comes naturally to him. His best position at the next level is probably in the secondary. He's a natural athlete with solid athleticism and solid size. He should also factor into special teams early in his career at the college level because of his nose for the football and his ability to make plays with the ball in his hands. In the secondary, he's a physical presence and a plus athlete who should be able to make a smooth transition to playing there full-time once he gets to college.

What May Concern You: Despite being such a dynamic playmaker at the prep level, Dallas lacks elite level athleticism. He's not the type of kid who can occasionally do things on the field that most kids can't. He has to work hard at his craft and is a max effort/hustle type of player (positives). He doesn't have the foot speed to project as a top notch cornerback at the college level and is probably better suited to play safety. His ball skills will certainly help him when balls are in the hair and it would seem that he projects better as a free safety in coverage but that's something he'll have to work on once he gets to the college level.

Bottom Line: Dallas is one of the best pure football players in the state of Georgia for the 2017 class, and is being recruited like one of its best prospects. His other scholarship offers include schools like Alabama, Florida State, Florida, and Clemson. There aren't many defensive back prospects in the entire country who are being recruited harder. He's a legit 4-star prospect from that standpoint, and UM has traditionally struggled in pulling those types of players from SEC country. From that standpoint, this is a huge commitment for Richt and the Canes. Since he's already been to schools like UGA, FSU, and Florida, his commitment would seem to be a bit stronger than someone who has never been to see the schools who could end up being competition down the road. His commitment seems rock solid, and he's now one of 15 pledges for the Hurricanes in the 2017 class. Three of those 15 are defensive backs and he becomes the third player from outside the state of Florida to announce in favor of Miami.

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