2002 Defensive Signee Profiles

The majority of the 2002 recruiting class is on the defensive side of the ball. This is one of our better defensive back classes in some time. Here are some details on each recruit.

DE John Wood, 6-3, 220, Hialeah, FL/American
*First team All County selection by the Miami Herald
* No. 3 defensive end and No. 57 overall player in the state by Florida Kids
*Had 45 tackles and 14 sacks as a senior
*Had 38 tackles and 4 sacks as a junior
*Bench-presses 290 pounds
*Also lettered in track (shot put) and basketball
*Timed at 4.65 in the 40
*Participated in the CaliFlorida all star game
*Coached in football by Morty Bernstein
*Chose Miami over Florida and North Carolina State

DE Alton Wright, 6-5, 225, Houston, TX/Jones/Kilgore C.C.
* Signed with UM out of high school two years ago
*Spent the last two seasons at Kilgore Community College
*Registered 36 sacks as a senior in high school
*A first team All Southwest Junior College Conference selection after the 2000 season
*USA Today Honorable Mention pick for Texas Player of the Year in high school
*No. 8 defensive end and No. 67 overall Junior College player by JC Football Magazine
*Timed at 4.65 in the 40
*Also lettered in track and basketball in high school

DT Baraka Atkins – 6-4, 240, Sarasota, FL/Booker
*No. 14 defensive end by TheInsiders.com
*No. 4 defensive lineman and No. 36 overall player in the state by Florida Prep Football
*No. 5 defensive lineman and No. 35 overall player in the state by Florida Kids
*First team Class 5A all state selection
*Had 78 tackles and 24 sacks as a senior
*Registered 20 sacks as a junior
*Was named the defensive MVP of the Larry Coker summer camp in June of 2001
*Timed at 4.90 in the 40
*Also lettered in track and basketball
*Participated in the CaliFlorida all star game, where he scored the only defensive touchdown
*Chose Miami over Florida, Ohio State, and Virginia Tech

DT Kareem Brown, 6-5, 265, Miami, FL/Norland
*Did not play his senior season
*Played on both the offensive and defensive lines as a junior
*No. 24 defensive end by TheInsiders.com
*No. 1 defensive lineman and No. 13 overall player in the state by Florida Prep Football
*No. 3 defensive lineman and No. 33 overall player in the state by Florida Kids
*Had a 81-percent blocking grade as a junior
*Timed at 4.90 in the 40
*Participated in the CaliFlorida all star game
*Possesses a 32-inch vertical jump
*His high school coach says he's as good an athlete as Andre Johnson at this age
*Coached in football by Nigel Dunn
*Chose Miami over Florida, Oklahoma, and LSU

LB Antonio Reynolds, 6-5, 230, Akron, OH/Buchtel
*A Division 11 All-Ohio selection as a senior
*Played both linebacker and defensive end during his high school career
*No. 43 defensive end by TheInsiders.com
*Had 88 tackles, 6 sacks, and 1 interception as a senior
*Had 110 tackles and 8 sacks as a junior
*Timed at 4.55 in the 40
*Also lettered in basketball and track
*Chose Miami over Pittsburgh, Tennessee, and Cincinnati

LB Nate Harris, 6-1, 200, Miami, FL/Edison
*Two-time first team All Dade County selection by the Miami Herald
*Comes from the same high school as current Hurricanes William Joseph and Carlos Joseph
*No. 11 linebacker and No. 74 overall player by TheInsiders.com
*No. 10 linebacker and No. 68 overall player by Student Sports
*No. 4 linebacker and No. 31 overall player in the state by Florida Prep Football
*No. 5 linebacker and No. 58 overall player in the state by Florida Kids
*First team Class 6A all state selection
*Had 105 tackles, 8 sacks, and 7 caused fumbles as a senior
*Had 136 tackles, 12 sacks, 5 caused fumbles, and one interception as a junior
*Timed at 4.67 in the 40
*Participated in the CaliFlorida all star game
*Also lettered in track
*Coached in football by Corey Bell
*Chose Miami over Florida, North Carolina State, and Michigan State

DB Terrell Walden, 5-11, 155, Miami, FL/Edison
*First team All Dade County selection by the Miami Herald
*Comes from the same high school as current Hurricanes William Joseph and Carlos Joseph
*No. 8 defensive back and No. 69 overall player by TheInsiders.com
*No. 9 defensive back and No. 64 overall player by Student Sports
*No. 7 defensive back and No. 33 overall player in the state by Florida Prep Football
*No. 2 defensive back and No. 27 overall player in the state by Florida Kids
*First team Class 6A all state selection
*Had 40 tackles and 8 interceptions as a senior
*Had 23 tackles and 2 interceptions as a junior
*Had 17 catches for 323 yards and 5 touchdowns on offense as a junior
*Timed at 4.35 in the 40
*Participated in the CaliFlorida and Dade/Broward all star games
*All-state performer in track
*Competed at Junior Nationals for track last summer
*Coached in football by Corey Bell
*Chose Miami over Florida, Michigan State, and North Carolina State

DB Devin Hester, 5-11, 175, Riviera Beach, FL/Suncoast
*Parade All-American
*USA Today First team All-American
*No. 1 defensive back and No. 3 overall player by TheInsiders.com
*No. 1 defensive back and No. 3 overall player by Student Sports
*No. 1 defensive back and No. 1 overall player in the state by Florida Kids
*Gridiron Greats Preseason Top 100 selection
*First team Class 3A all state selection
*Member of Sunshine Network's All Gridiron Team
*Had 22 catches for 522 yards and 3 touchdowns receiving as a senior
*Had 87 carries for 766 yards and 10 touchdowns rushing as a senior
*Timed at 4.33 in the 40
*Possesses a 38-inch vertical jump
*Was named the MVP of the CaliFlorida all star game
*Also lettered in track
*Coached in football by Carl Gibbons
*Chose Miami over Florida State and North Carolina State

DB Glenn Sharpe, 6-0, 170, Miami, FL/Carol City
*First team All Dade County selection by the Miami Herald
*No. 24 cornerback prospect by TheInsiders.com
*No. 2 defensive back and No. 6 overall player in the state by Florida Prep Football
*No. 4 defensive back and No. 16 overall player in the state by Florida Kids
*First team Class 6A all state selection
*Had 35 tackles and 5 interceptions as a senior
*Had 7 interceptions and returned 5 punts for touchdowns as a junior
*Timed at 4.45 in the 40
*Possesses a 38-inch vertical jump
*Participated in the Florida-Georgia and Dade/Broward all star games
*Also lettered in track
*Coached in football by Walt Frazier
*Chose Miami over North Carolina State, LSU, and Rutgers

DB Travarous Bain, 5-11, 175, Miami, FL/Northwestern
*Son of former UM defensive back Tolbert Bain
*Comes from the same high school as current Hurricanes Vernon Carey, Jarrell Weaver, and Jermell Weaver
*No. 7 defensive back and No. 38 overall player in the state by Florida Prep Football
*No. 7 defensive back and No. 62 overall player in the state by Florida Kids
*Had 34 interceptions and 5 interceptions as a senior
*Had 8 interceptions as a junior
*Participated in the Florida-Georgia all star game
*Timed at 4.35 in the 40
*Also lettered in track in which he competed at Junior Nationals two straight years
*Coached in football by former UM standout DB Roland Smith
*Chose Miami over Florida, North Carolina State, and Arkansas

DB Greg Threat, 6-0, 175, Tallahassee, FL/Lincoln
*First team All Big Bend selection as a senior
*No. 15 cornerback by TheInsiders.com
*No. 5 defensive back and No. 50 overall player in the state by Florida Kids
*First team Class 4A all state selection as a senior
*Had 46 solo tackles and 4 interceptions as a junior
*Played as both a cornerback and wide receiver as a senior
*Helped lead his team to the Class 4A state title as a senior
*Timed at 4.50 in the 40
*Also participated in track
*Ran a 50.1 in the 400m
*Coached in football by David Wilson
*Chose Miami over Florida, Georgia Tech, and Notre Dame

DB Brandon Merriweather, 5-11, 170, Apopka, FL
*Comes from the same high school as former Hurricane standout Warren Sapp
*Helped lead his team to the Class 6A state championship as a senior
*No. 25 safety by TheInsiders.com
*No. 8 defensive back and No. 34 overall player in the state by Florida Prep Football
*No. 2 safety and No. 10 overall player in the state by Florida Kids
*First team Class 6A all state selection as a senior
*Member of the Sunshine Network's All Gridiron Team
*First team All-Central Florida member
*Had 55 tackles and 3 interceptions as a senior
*Also returned 4 punts for touchdowns
*Participated in the Florida-Georgia all star game
*Timed at 4.55 in the 40
*Also lettered in track and basketball
*Coached in football by Rick Darlington
*Chose Miami over Florida State, Florida, and South Carolina

PK Jon Peattie, 6-3, 200, Clearwater, FL/Countryside
*No. 13 kicker by TheInsiders.com
*Member of the Sunshine Network's All Gridiron Team
*Connected on 12-of-15 field goals with a long of 57 as a senior
*Hit 28 of 38 kickoffs as touchbacks
*Averaged 36 yards per punt as a senior
*Participated in the Florida-Georgia all star game
*Timed at 4.9 in the 40

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