Corey Gaynor announced his commitment to Miami today. He had previously been committed to the University of Minnesota since July. Gaynor, a 2017 interior offensive line prospect from Douglas High in Broward County, received his first group of scholarship offers back in the spring. Marshall, USF, UCF, Southern Miss, and Bowling Green are some of the schools who made spring offers to him. Minnesota offered him in the summer, a few weeks before he made his pledge to them.
What to Like: At 6-foot-4 and 285 pounds, Gaynor has a solid build. He has ideal height for a guard prospect and has a big enough frame that you can see him being a 310, 315 pound lineman in a couple years. He's not likely a kid who will struggle with his weight early in his career. He's extremely powerful. On film he looks like one of the strongest offensive linemen in this class -- not just in Florida but beyond. When he locks on, he does a great job of driving his guy off the screen. From that standpoint, he brings a tremendous amount of physicality to the table. Size, strength, and toughness will never be an issue with Gaynor and from what people tell me about him he's a lunch pail type kid who will come to work every single day. He's also a kid who could ultimately play either guard or center at the college level.
What may concern you: The main concern here is clearly his level of athleticism. He's not going to blow anyone away with his ability to run or change directions but his hustle will allow him to get 20, 30 yards downfield to throw some blocks. Because he lacks ideal explosiveness for a major college prospect, he's not going to knock anyone's socks off with initial contact -- especially right now at just 285 pounds. He's not someone who will be able to play tackle at the college level because he simply doesn't have the footwork to excel at that position on the next level.
Bottom Line: Gaynor has been recruited like a low-end 3-star kid up to this point. Being a local kid, he's someone Miami's coaches knew about from day one. He visited Miami back in the spring. They watched him during the spring. However, it wasn't until this past weekend that Miami gave him a scholarship offer. From that standpoint, he's one of the more lightly recruited kids in this class. He is now one of three offensive line commitments for Miami in the 2017 class joining Navaughn Donaldson and Zach Dykstra. Gaynor likely won't visit any other schools so his commitment is rock solid.