OL High on Kehoe, UM

A few years ago Ryan Harris was one of the most heavily recruited offensive linemen in the entire nation. The St. Paul (Minn.) Cretin-Derham standout chose Notre Dame over Miami in the end. College coaches are back in town this year for Rafael Eubanks.

"I'm friends with Ryan," Eubanks said. "I was only a sophomore when he left but I was able to learn some things from him."

One of the similarities between the two is their ability to play with tremendous technique. Eubanks, like Harris, credits his offensive line coach.

"My O-Line coach (Andrew Bishoff) has been great," he said. "He's taught me so much about technique and things like that. I owe him a lot of credit for getting me to where I am today."

Eubanks is now a 6-3, 285-pound two-way lineman who projects on the offensive side of the ball in college.

"I played guard last year and I'm a center now," he said. "I think the versatility will help me out when I go to college. I'll be willing to play wherever I'm needed."

Eubanks, who has helped his team to a 4-2 start this season, said technique is just one of the reasons he's in the position he's in today.

"In addition to my technique, I think I have good footwork," he said. "I am good at taking the right steps and I can move my feet quickly. I finish blocks and do a lot of pulling. Like I said, I owe all of that to my great coaches."

The talented lineman, a full academic qualifier who is also on the school golf team in the spring, has become one of the most heavily recruited players in the Midwest region.

"Right now I'm looking at Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin, Notre Dame, Miami, Oklahoma, Tennessee, and Maryland," he said. "All of them offer a lot and I'm still wide open -- none of them stand above the rest right now."

Eubanks talked more about his interest in the Hurricanes and vise-versa.

"My offensive line coach is real good friends with Art Kehoe," he said. "He's been friends with him for awhile and even goes down for Miami's camp during the summer. They go way back. He sent Coach Kehoe a tape and I guess they liked it a lot. He came to my school at the end of May. I guess they liked me because they offered me a scholarship. I have a great deal of respect for Coach Kehoe because he's one of, if not the best offensive line coach in the whole nation. And of course they have a tremendously successful football program."

The talented lineman said there are a few things he'll look at when breaking down his favorites.

"I'm looking at the academic programs as well as football," he said. "That's always been number one to me. And basically, I have to feel comfortable around the coaches -- especially the O-Line coach."

Eubanks has one visit scheduled (Iowa- Dec. 10) and plans on taking all five.

"More than likely, they'll all be after the season," he said. "I'll finish them up probably in January and that's when I'll be able to sit down and make a decision. Right now, I'm really wide open."

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