With National Signing Day 2013 virtually at an end, the Miami Hurricanes closed strong despite what some Miami fans may think.
The Canes’ 2013 class was littered with some star-studded players, like the No. 5 ranked quarterback Kevin Olsen, the No. 7 ranked wide receiver Stacy Coley and the No. 19 ranked outside linebacker Jermaine Grace.
Some Miami fans view the 2013 class as a subpar due to missing out on top targets, like 5-star running back Alex Collins (Arkansas), 5-star linebacker Matthew Thomas (FSU) and 4-star offensive lineman Denver Kirkland.
However, this class is far from a failure. When Miami missed out on Collins they went out and snagged Gus Edwards, a highly touted big back out of New York.
Golden spoke highly of Edwards, saying:
We sought out to get one or two running backs and we are still uncertain of Eduardo Clements‘ future in terms of his injury…we brought in Gus Edwards, we needed a big back this year and we think Gus fulfills that 6’1, 230-pounds and can run between the tackles.”
When Miami was snubbed by Booker T Washington linebacker Matthew Thomas, they landed Miramar stud Jermaine Grace, who in my opinion, is pretty comparable to Thomas.
Don’t forget about safety Jamal Carter and defensive back Artie Burns. These two will wreck havoc in Coral Gables for years to come. Carter is ranked the No. 22 safety and Burns is ranked the No. 12 cornerback.
How about defensive end Alquadin Muhammad? The 6-4, 230-pound end is ranked the No. 5 SDE and will definitely help out with Miami’s sluggish pass rush.
Some think that Miami failed to fill the need at defensive tackle and that is accurate to a degree. Miami landed a monster at tackle in Ufomba Kamalu, the No. 10 ranked defensive tackle. They also secured defensive tackle Hunter Knighton who had offers from Boise State, Purdue, West Virginia and Boston College, per 247Sports.
For those of you concerned with star-ratings, Miami may have not landed the nation’s top-tanked defensive tackles, but remember, Miami brings back Curtis Porter, Luther Robinson, Olsen Pierre, Jalen Grimble and Ricardo Williams — not to mention some others who Golden can transition into that spot.
How could we forget offensive lineman Sunny Odogwu. The 6’8, 307-pound lineman will certainly become a force to be reckoned with in the near future.
Miami is fine at wide receiver but added No. 7 receiver, Stacy Coley. From what I have seen and read, Coley is the real deal. His addition on National Signing Day was a welcomed surprise.
So to say that Miami’s 2013 class was lackluster, well maybe it was (if you’re into star-ratings). The class may not be laced with as many star athletes as some spoiled fans have come to expect year after year. The Canes’ did however, string together a very strong group of commits, many who never waivered on their decision to become Canes’, and that is exactly what Miami needs. Don’t be surprised if you see some of these 2013 commits seeing action next season.
How Miami’s class ranks according to the big four:
- 247Sports: No. 17
- Rivals: No. 44
- Scout: No. 28
- ESPN: No. 21