It’s July, high school football practice hasn’t even started yet and the Miami Hurricanes are off to a great start with their 2013 recruiting class. The Al Golden Football Camp wrapped up at the end of June, but there are still more commitments to come. Here is a look at the current class.
KEITH BRYANT (6’2/300): The defensive tackle from Delray Beach (Fla.) Atlantic High has dreamed of one day being a Miami Hurricane. In the beginning of the process, Florida State was showing him the most interest and things were starting to shift. Then, after receiving an offer at Junior Day, Bryant committed to the Canes. He has taken many visits and received quite a few offers since being committed including LSU, USC and Florida.
ALEX GALL (6’5/290): Not too long after making his top eight, offensive lineman Gall committed to the Canes on a family vacation down in south Florida. His frontrunners at the time were Miami and Wisconsin. However, the Badgers never offered and Gall wasn’t going to wait around for something that may, or may not come. He has a great relationship with the coaching staff, especially coach Art Kehoe. According to Gall even if another big-time program offers (Wisconsin) that he once considered a dream school, it wouldn’t change anything. He is adamant about sticking with his decision.
TRAVIS JOHNSON (6’3/235): Perhaps the commit that had to work the hardest to earn an offer was this Tampa (Fla.) Jesuit wide receiver. At the Al Golden Football Camp, where Johnson proved himself, he won the TE MVP Award. He, like DT Keith Bryant, committed almost immediately after getting the Hurricane offer. Despite claiming he will take all five official visits, many feel he is a very solid commitment.
ALEX COLLINS (5’11/200): Easily one of the top running backs in the state of Florida, and perhaps the nation, Collins has been on shaky ground in terms of commitment status. He was battling with his interests in Florida State and even took his mom on a visit to Tallahassee (Fla.) to win her over. What could’ve helped UM’s situation was the recent commitment of St. Petersburg (Fla.) Catholic running back Ryan Green. Green is one of the top running backs in the nation for 2013 and Florida State also has another elite running back commitment for 2014 in Joseph Yearby. Collins, from South Plantation (Fla.), named NFL production as the main reason he chose Miami over FSU and that still remains unchanged.
STANDISH DOBARD (6’5/235): Back in Louisiana for consecutive years, Miami landed Standish Dobard from New Orleans (La.) Edna Karr High. He will add versatility to the Canes offense as a blocker and pass-catcher. He is ranked nationally in the top ten at tight end. A lot of elite level programs offered him before he committed to Miami including his hometown team LSU.
KEVIN OLSEN (6’3/200): Perhaps a “must get” for Miami was Wayne Hills (NJ) QB Kevin Olsen. He has the pedigree to go along with his skills on the field. His brother, Greg Olsen who now plays tight end in the NFL for the Carolina Panthers, was a Cane from 2003-6 before being drafted by the Chicago Bears in 2007. Kevin Olsen is said to be built for playing quarterback, a position that he has been refining since grade school. The young talent is considered a very solid commitment.
JEREMY KERR (6’6/250): One of the more interesting commits is St. Petersburg tight end Jeremy Kerr. Miami was his biggest offer and he took little time to make the decision after a great visit down in Coral Gables. Some think, based on the UM coaches still searching for another tight end despite having three committed, that Kerr will end up at another position.
RAY LEWIS lll (5'9/185): Few players have done more for the Miami legacy than Ray Lewis. And now, his son is looking towards the opportunity to add to that. The Lake Mary (Fla.) Preparatory athlete is a strong leader on the field and will work hard to prove that he deserves the opportunity.