Analyzing This Year's Class: Defense

Randy Shannon seemed very excited today when talking about the newest group of Hurricanes. Lets take a closer look to see why.

Adewale Ojomo -- Watching this kid's tape for the first time last spring, I was extremely impressed. I immediately called him to see who was recruiting him. This was way back in March. He told me that he already had an offer -- from Miami. It was clear that Randy Shannon made this kid a priority from day one. He has a tremendous first step off the ball and always plays with a good motor. Teams often ran away from him and he made a bunch of plays in pursuit. Size-wise, he's exactly what you look for. He's a tremendous athlete, who also plays basketball, and has good bloodlines with three first cousins playing in the NFL. He reminds me of a Jamaal Green type of player.

Chris Perry -- After nearly losing him in January, the Canes got Perry back on the commitment list. He's an athletic big man, who could play on either side of the ball. I think he even has more upside on offense but that likely won't happen since he's the only tackle in this year's class. He has very quick feet and eats up a lot of double teams because of his size. I think his best days are definitely ahead of him.

Allen Bailey -- His coach calls him a freak. There isn't a more impressive physical specimen anywhere this year. Bailey dominated the competition in Georgia. At 6-foot-3 and 270 pounds, however, he will likely grow into a defensive lineman in college. He reminds me a lot of Tron LaFavor, a Cardinal Gibbons standout linebacker who later played at Florida and is now a defensive tackle for the Baltimore Ravens. Bailey is an outstanding football player, one of the top couple in this entire class.

Damien Berry -- Here's another kid who made a big impact at more than one position on the field. In helping lead Glades Central to the Class 3A state championship, Berry actually played mostly running back and ran for just under 1,000 yards before hurting his knee towards the end of the season. He's already had it worked on and his status going into the offseason is still unknown. He's a tremendous football player who loves playing and loves laughing and having a good time on the field. His father, Kenny, played at UM with Randy Shannon back in the 80s.

Jared Campbell -- Once a Washington commitment, Campbell switched over to Miami after getting a scholarship offer from the Canes. He's a three-sport star and played cornerback and running back in high school. He'll likely be a safety in college. He's a tremendous tackler who brings a lot of intensity and a tremendous work ethic to the table. He has a lot of the same intangibles as his brother, Calais.

Joseph Nicolas -- Coached by former UM linebacker Michael Barrow at Homestead on defense, Nicolas is a big time player. He's a tremendous athlete, who also played receiver (and caught about 25 passes) and returned kicks as a senior. He plays basketball and runs track and was among the premier defensive back prospects in the entire state this past season.

DeMarcus Van Dyke -- There wasn't a faster defensive back prospect in the entire state this year than Van Dyke, who also played receiver and returned kicks for Pace. He's a track standout and ran the second fastest 40-time on the entire Scout.com Combine Tour last year at 4.32. At 6-foot-1 and with that speed, he has a tremendous upside.

Doug Wiggins -- He might not be the biggest or fastest kid out there but all Wiggins did in high school was make plays. He was tied for the county lead in interceptions as a junior with seven and was a three-year starter at quarterback for the NMB Chargers. Wiggins played corner as a senior and teams rarely picked on him but he likely projects as a safety at the college level.


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