Position: Defensive tackle
Location: Bradenton (Fla.) Manatee
Recruiting: Fines committed to Miami. He also had early scholarship offers from teams like South Florida and Arizona while other programs such as Florida, Florida State, and Nebraska were showing interest.
What to like: There's a lot to like about Fines. This is a strong defensive tackle prospect that can play the three-technique or over the center. This kid plays with outstanding leverage. While Fines may not be the quickest off the ball, he wins more times than not because he knows how to play low. And in this game low man wins. Sometimes you see him get underneath and drive linemen backwards and really push the pocket and move the line of scrimmage.
Fines really does a nice job of disrupting. Even when he's double teamed he often defeats two, whether he splits them or just holds his ground at the point of attack. Fines also shows some deceptive lateral mobility and the ability to make plays down the line of scrimmage.
Lastly, this is a kid that plays hard and plays hard on every down.
What may be of concern: There are a few areas of concern. First, Fines doesn't possess great foot quickness. But hey, he is what he is, a guy that's strong and disruptive and can plug up the middle. By no means would I call him a pass rusher. But again, that's not what he is.
And while he can shake blockers, you would like to see him have more violent hands. That will come as he continues to master this position.
Overall analysis: Fines is a solid pickup for the University of Miami. This is a hard working kid that plays with a great motor. He's not flashy but he will do his job and be productive in the middle of that Miami defense. Fines should excel against the run.
This past season he played alongside four-star defensive tackle DeMarcus Christmas (Florida State signee). Now it will be his show and the opposing team's emphasis will be on him more than ever. It will be interesting to see how he handles that and develops this season overall.
What's interesting is that he's a move in from the state of Colorado. He picked Bradenton Manatee over Ft. Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas at this time one year ago.