New Miami football coach DeMarcus Van Dyke stated that he has a head start working with the cornerbacks because helped recruit all of them. Van Dyke was the assistant director of recruiting for Miami since 2019 before being elevated to CB coach last month. Van Dyke was the defensive quality control analyst in 2018.
Miami returns its entire secondary in 2021 plus added former four-star CB Tyrique Stevenson as a transfer in the offseason. Stevenson will likely start opposite Al Blades Jr. or D.J. Ivey. Te’Cory Couch is the projected slot CB. In his first season as a position coach, the familiarity Van Dyke has with the CBs will help him.
The CBs should also know what to expect from Van Dyke. Having an experienced unit should help Miami improved their pass defense. Miami finished 65th in pass defense in 2020 allowing 233.9 yards per game. The Hurricanes’ pass defense needs to be strong immediately with the season opener against Alabama.
Alabama quarterback Bryce Young is a former five-star signee and Heisman Trophy candidate. Returning wide receiver John Metchie should challenge to win the Biletnikoff Award and be an All-American candidate. The Miami CBs have their work cut out for them against the Crimson Tide.
"“I’ve got a head start because I know these guys. I know what they can do and I’m going to make sure I get everything out of them…I know what DJ [Ivey] can do. I know what Te’Cory [Couch] can do. I know what Al [Blades Jr.] can do. I know what Isaiah (Dunson) can do, Marcus Clarke.I expect those guys to keep getting better every day in practice and on into game day."
Miami needs a lot of improvement from their CBs in 2021. Couch was the only CB for Miami in the top 250 nationally in 2020, ranked 238th. Stevenson was ranked slightly higher at 222nd. Louisville and North Carolina shredded the Miami secondary for over 300 yards and the Hurricanes allowed over 270 yards three other times.
Van Dyke was promoted because of his elite skill as a recruiter. The Miami football program needs Van Dyke to develop the Hurricanes CBs to play at a higher level on the field. Miami has too much talent at CB to not receive better play from the position. Miami has five four-star CBs on its roster with two three-stars.
Van Dyke will be tasked with recruiting CBs for the 2022 class and beyond. The Miami football program needs to be able to keep the deep talent pool of CBs in South Florida at home. Too many big names like Stevenson have signed elsewhere out of high school. Stevenson returning home from Georgia is a good start.