RedHawks Make Initial 27 Offers: Part One

The Miami RedHawks have gotten off to a fast start in their recruiting of the 2008 high schoool football class. Thus far, Miami has offered 27 high schoolers. RedHawk Insider's three part series looks at these initial offers in alphabetical order, and where they would fit in at Miami. Part one takes a look at the first seven offers the RedHawks have handed out.

The Miami RedHawks have gotten off to a fast start in their recruiting of the 2008 football class. Thus far, Miami has offered 27 high schoolers. Many are considered a reach by Mid Major standards, but considering the success Miami had recruiting big time prospects last year, the program certainly has some confidence in recruiting similar talent this year. RedHawk Insider's three part series looks at these initial offers, and the competition Miami has for them.

The offers start with Mike Adams, an OL prospect from Dublin, Ohio. Adams is considered one of the best linemen, not just in Ohio, but in the whole country. Already he has been offered by Ohio State, Michigan, Notre Dame, LSU, and Tennessee, among others, making him the first in a line of huge reaches for Miami.

Running back Darius Ashley, like Adams, has been receiving some heavy interest from some big time schools. Ashley, however, has yet to receive offers from many of those schools, likely due to his size. He is only 180lbs, however that hasn't stopped his production. In his sophomore campaign, he led St. Xavier to a state title with 28 touchdowns. This past season, he had 17 touchdowns, finding the endzone in every game but one.

One of the great rising studs on this list is quarterback/running back Salvadore Battles of Youngstown, OH. Battles plays QB in high school, but his 11 rushing touchdowns make him an appealing running back prospect. Miami was wise to act quickly on Battles since there have been rumors of Ohio St. coach Jim Tressel visiting with Battles's coach Brian Shaner. Currently the only other reported offer for Battles is from Kent St.

Brandon Beachum is a linebacker prospect, also from Youngstown. Beachum might remind RedHawk fans of a recently graduated lineback, Terna Nande, especiall for his weight room routine. Beachum bench presses 320 pounds, and squats 540. He also got touches as a running back for his Cardinal Mooney team. Beachum is currently sporting offers from Illinois, Wisconsin, Colorado, Oklahoma, and Pittsburgh, among others.

Justin Brown is a tight end prospect, and is the third straight Youngstown product on the list. Although he is yet to garner much attention nationally, he is one of only two juniors to have attended the first session of last summer's Ohio State junior camp. At the camp, he was projected as a future defensive end, however it seems he is more than capable of playing either position at the next level.

Last year the RedHawks added three potential big-play receivers in Fitzgerald Bobo, Jamal Rogers, and Chris Givens. Now, they turn their attention to Bakari Bussey. Bakari is a two sport star, also representing Lakota West in track at the state tournament. Bussey had a fantastic junior year, averaging 17.1 yards per catch. Bussey is also no stranger to Yager Stadium, catching three balls for 93 yards and a touchdown, as Lakota opened their season with a win over Moeller in a game played at Miami's stadium. It is yet to be seen is that will help fend off BCS schools such as Michigan St., Illinois, and Tennessee.

Fred Craig of Cincinnati's St. Xavier Prep is one of the fastest rising prospects in Ohio. Virutally unknown until his Junior year, Fred is now being seen as one of the top safety or linebacker recruits in Ohio. In the state playoffs this year, Fred tallied two touchdowns from the defensive side of things, once blocking a punt, and another time after a fumble recovery. He has already taken a visit to Ohio State, and has interest from several other BCS schools around the country.

Stay turned Tuesday night when we go through the next ten RedHawk offers. The next two installments will be for Total Access Pass subscribers only, so get on board while the gettin' is good!


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