Kerr will be on campus in December

Josh Kerr is an offensive lineman from Strongsville, Ohio and signed with the Hurricanes in 2004. Unlike the majority of his teammates he will report to the team in December.

Even though Josh Kerr is not arriving on campus in August with the rest of his freshmen teammates, he thinks it's for the best.

"I kind of like it," he said. "I get to train for another five or six more months and get bigger. I don't want to come in overweight or anything. I'll join the team for the bowl practices."

Josh has plenty of people helping him with his workouts including his father. His older brother John, a linebacker at Ohio State, will train with Josh when he is back in town. Also helping out Josh is Chris Gizzi, a former Green Bay Packer, and a bodybuilder to help strengthen his legs.

He has a busy summer ahead of with working the Strongsville High School camp on July 10 and then participating in the Big 33 Game on July 24.

"I'm going to play in the Big 33 which will be fun," he said. "I think I am only the third guy from Strongsville to go. It will be fun to play against future teammates such as James Bryant-the linebacker from Pennsylvania. Also, I'll see how I play and how good I am compared to the rest of the guys."

Currently Kerr is 6-foot-4 and 278 pounds. He has added about six pounds since his senior season. The coaching staff at Miami wants Kerr to show up in Coral Gables in the 285-to-290-pound range. He has 4.9-40 speed and wants to slowly bring on the weight so it does not affect his speed.

He played guard, tackle, and some center in high school. For the Hurricanes he will be a guard.

When he arrived on campus for his official visit he knew he wanted to be a Hurricane and it was the place for him.

"When I hit Miami and I saw the coaches and facilities, I knew that is where I was going."

He is fully aware of the tradition at Miami and is excited to be a Hurricane.

"Really its awesome for me," he says. "I am going to one of the best programs around. The coaching is awesome just everything. It means a lot because it shows that I can play with these guys."

While at Strongsville High School, in a nice community about 20 miles from Cleveland, Kerr played against the top competition in the state including a number of playoff teams and standout cornerback Ted Ginn.

"He did not impress me that much," Kerr said of Ginn, who played at Glenville. "We had a kicker that was a soccer player and we would sometimes play him at wide receiver. He burned Ginn twice deep downfield blowing right by him."

Kerr mentioned other top players he played against in high school such as DE Ryan Marando (Indiana) and LB Brandon Smith (Ohio State).

"During my senior season we played against playoff teams, but no one really impressed me."

Christopher Stock is a Staff Writer for CanesTime and can be contacted by emailing him at stock@canestime.com.

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