Back In High School

The University of Miami had five players selected in this weekend's NFL Draft. Lets take a closer look at what they were like as recruits a few years back.

Brandon Meriweather was the first Hurricane player drafted on Saturday. Coming out of Apopka High near Orlando, Meriweather was a four-star recruit by and was rated as the No. 27 safety prospect in America.

Playing his senior season at 5-foot-11 and 180 pounds, Meriweather finished his final prep season with 85 tackles and five interceptions as he helped lead his team to the Class 6A state championship. Meriweather picked the Hurricanes over Florida State, Florida (visited), and South Carolina (visited). He committed to Miami in late January.

Jon Beason was the second Hurricane player picked on Saturday. Coming out of Hollywood (Fla.) Chaminade-Madonna, Beason was a four-star recruit by and was considered the nation's 16th best safety prospect.

Playing his senior season at 6-feet and 210 pounds, Beason played on both sides of the ball as he led his team to the Class 2A state championship game. He had 811 yards and 12 touchdowns at fullback and finished the year with 75 tackles and five picks at safety. He also played basketball and ran track. Beason also visited Florida State, Georgia, and Tennessee before inking with the Hurricanes after an early February commitment.

Greg Olsen was the third Hurricane selected on Saturday and it wasn't a big surprise that he was the No. 1 tight end picked. Coming out of Wayne Hills (N.J.) High, Olsen was pegged as the nation's premier tight end prospect by and given five-star status.

Playing his senior season at 6-foot-5 and 240 pounds, Olsen led his team to the state championship by catching 38 balls for 703 yards and 14 touchdowns. He also had 87 tackles and 15 sacks as a defensive end. Olsen actually inked with Notre Dame after taking visits to Miami and Tennessee as well. However, he left Notre Dame after his brother, Christian, was beaten out for the starting quarterback job by Brady Quinn. Olsen transferred to Miami as a freshman.

Baraka Atkins was the first Hurricane selected on day two of the draft when he became a fourth round selection. Coming out of Booker High in Sarasota, Atkins was rated as a four-star recruit by and pegged as the nation's 16th best defensive end prospect.

Playing his senior season at 6-foot-4 and 245 pounds, Atkins finished the year with 78 tackles, 25 sacks, and four caused fumbles. The Defensive MVP of the Miami summer camp before his senior season, Atkins picked the Hurricanes over LSU (visited), Florida, and Ohio State. He also participated in track and basketball in high school.

Kareem Brown was the fifth and final Hurricane drafted this past weekend. The former Miami (Fla.) Norland standout was pegged as a four-star recruit and the nation's 25th best defensive end prospect.

Brown was forced by the FHSAA to sit out his senior season because of his age. As a junior, he had 90 tackles and 17 sacks. That performance, at 6-foot-4 and 265 pounds, was enough to put his name on the national recruiting map. He inked with Miami after also taking visits to LSU, Florida, and Oklahoma. Brown also played basketball at Norland.

Of the five drafted, two of them (Beason and Brown) played different positions in high school while another didn't even sign with UM coming out. With recruiting so popular these days, this should provide some insight into what the best of the best leaving Miami looked like as recruits coming out of high school.

Recruiting profiles can be obtained on by going to their player bio page and then clicking the drop down menu above their photos on the right. Scroll down to the bottom of the drop down menu to where it lists the player's high school.

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