New commit 'a throwback'

The Hurricanes received a recent commitment from a sleeper linebacker. Read on to find out what his head coach has to say about him.

Toms River North HS (NJ) head coach Chip LaBarca believes that newly committed linebacker Zach Kane is a "throwback" and that is what attracted the University of Miami to the 6-foot-2 220 pound linebacker-fullback.

"He is aggressive and has a tremendous motor," LaBarca said. "He plays every play like it is the last play. He is an aggressive downhill tackling machine. Simply destructive."

"After you see his tape you'll see a four or five-star guy," he continued.

Today, LaBarca and Kane received a visit from Miami offensive line coach Jeff Stoutland, which was his first visit from any school.

"The coach said how much the head coach (Randy Shannon) likes Zach and how much he reminds him of Dan Morgan."

He also believes that Kane is a great contrast from the current group of linebackers that Miami has offered.

"They see something they want in their team. He is a tough guy and they are trying to get toughness," LaBarca said. "From what the coaches tell me, the other linebackers they have are athletic, but not guys that want to hit you in a drill. Also they are grabbers and not hitters or tacklers. Zach is."

LaBarca believes that ultimately Kane will grow to 240 pounds and that the Hurricanes will line him up at middle linebacker. Suiting up for Miami, LaBarca believes is something he has always wanted to do, which is why he sent them his senior game tape, which ultimately led to his current recruitment.

"This is all happening very quickly, but Miami is one of the places that he wanted to go," LaBarca said. "When he was growing up UM was his favorite teams. They got on him very fast after he sent in his tape. They loved him. They saw him on film and when they saw him called him eight times the following night."

LaBarca said he believes more offers will follow after other schools see his big offer, but believes that he won't waver.

"I think Miami is getting on him now because once he gets on him others will come and word leaks out on the kid."

The late interest in Kane is of no surprise to his head coach. He worked hard in the off-season to make the jump this season

"He was a late bloomer," LaBarca said. "He was a tremendous player at the end of last year. He matured a lot and gained weight. He was always a aggressive and tenacious player but he became a better football player this year."

"He just learned the position better. But he always had the mentality and toughness and that is what Miami liked."

Next week, Kane will receive a visit from the Cincinnati, which has already offered him. LaBarca expects Iowa to offer him soon as well. Rutgers has shown interest as well but hasn't offered.

LaBarca said that Kane is an academic qualifier and that he will enroll in the summer. In the meantime, Kane will be working primarily in the weight room preparing for college.


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