2017 OL Commit Kadeem Telfort Following in Flowers’ Footseps


Over the past couple of months, Miami’s recruiting class has grown in size, whether it be new pledges for 2016, 2017 or 2018 players. But in late February, it grew in a very big way- by 6 feet, 5 inches, and 330 pounds. Those would be the measurements of standout Miami Norland offensive tackle Kadeem Telfort, who pledged his commitment to the Canes, and joined what’s becoming a star-studded 2017 class.

“It’s been my dream school since I was a kid,” explains Telfort.

“Obviously (former Miami Norland OL) Ereck Flowers went there, so I just wanted to follow in his footsteps, he’s one of my role models.”

Flowers- who’s projected as a first-round pick in the upcoming NFL Draft, is the latest Cane set for NFL stardom.  Telfort is looking to continue that tradition in Coral Gables.

“The offensive line is going to be good. Because Coach (Kehoe) makes sure you have your technique down pat, and make sure you do everything well, so when you get on the field you’ll just dominate.”

While he’s looking forward to following in Flowers’ footsteps, he says they didn’t discuss his recruitment.

“We talked about how to get faster, improve my max (lift), talk about the draft and stuff.”

Telfort possess excellent upper body strength, but also has the explosion to take on linebackers down field. While many lineman will openly express a preference to run block over pass block, Telfort’s tape shows a player who’s comfortable and capable regardless of the play call.

2017 standout RB Robert Burns spoke about his role in Telfort’s commitment, and how excited he was to play with him. The feeling is certainly mutual.

“Our relationship is very strong. We talk a lot about sports. He’s a very good player, and he wanted me to block for him at the next level. So I like the idea, and I just committed right away to Miami.”

Telfort, who also owns offers from Louisville and North Carolina State, says he’ll play a big role in recruiting other players to Miami, and valued committing so early in the process.

“It was important because the way I looked at it, we already had a quarterback , a running back, and a couple of receivers, so why not an offensive lineman to finish off the offensive side. And we picked up some defensive players too.”

He even has his recruiting pitch ready.

“So far we have the best recruiting class in my point of view. And there’s a lot to come at the University of Miami.”

Telfort says he was expecting a Miami offer, but like his coaches at Norland, was surprised it came so early. But when it came, he was ready to commit a day later.

“They (the Miami coaches) felt great, because they offered me the day before and they thought it was going to be a while to make my decision. but they were very happy when I made my decision.”

While he plays tackle at Norland, he stresses he can play anywhere on the line, which can go a long way in his goal of seeing the field as a true freshman.

“It’s going to help me as a true freshman, because if one of our players goes down, I can go in at any spot. And the coach knows that I can go in because I can play that position.”

So, what can Miami fans expect in Telfort?

“Great attitude, they’ll be getting a player both good on-and-off the field, in the classroom as well as on the field.  And a national championship.”

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