2014 Class Buzz: Defense

2014 Class Buzz: Defense

Peter Ariz
Yesterday we looked at some early buzz for the 2014 class on the offensive side of the ball, today we will look at the defense, which is what most fans are concerned about with the current state of the program. It looks like help is on the way on the defensive line.

DL
Anthony Moten (St. Thomas Aquinas) 6'3, 270
- Moten has the 'Canes out in front by a large distance right now. He has said that on multiple occasions he has almost committed to the 'Canes. He was seen throwing up the 'U" after a big play in his game last week as well. He is close to 'Canes freshman Jelani Hamilton. On the field, he is still maturing physically, which is a good sign considering he is already 6'3, 270. He plays both tackle and end for Aquinas. Moten has been on campus multiple times.

Demarcus Christmas (Manatee) 6'3, 290- Arguably the top DT in the country, it doesn't seem like Christmas is very interested in Miami right now. He is apparently interested in Auburn heavily.

Khairi Clark (Chaminade-Madonna)6'3, 310- A potential top-5 DT in the country, Miami leads for Clark right now and the lead is pretty big. If Miami can land an early commitment from Clark, that would be a great building block for the defensive class.
[video=youtube;ojwoRSHTdSo]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ojwoRSHTdSo[/video]

Keyon Brown (Hardee) 6'2, 230-A good pass-rushing prospect, Brown looks like a 4-star level talent and has FSU and South Carolina near the top right now (neither have offered). Miami has offered and is in the mix.
[video=youtube;5sDNMYPOTko]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5sDNMYPOTko[/video]

Chad Thomas (Booker T. Washington) 6'4, 220- Where Thomas ends up will depend mostly in part to where his close friend and teammate, Matthew Thomas ends up. Like Matthew, Chad has a top two of FSU and Miami. If Matthew comes to Miami, look for Chad to follow suit and vice versa if he were to choose FSU. This kid is an absolute must-get. He can play inside or at DE, but would need to add weight to play tackle consistently.
[video=youtube;LkXscP95qSA]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LkXscP95qSA[/video]

LB *Note*: more LB prospects will definitely emerge, 2014 seems like a down year in South Florida at the position
Vincent Jackson (Tampa Jesuit) 6'2, 230- The teammate of commit Travis Johnson holds over 30 offers and has serious Miami interest. He is very close to Johnson and that will be a big factor for him. Florida is also an early favorite.
[video=youtube;GhAwBLG8HpI]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GhAwBLG8HpI[/video]

Frank Newman (Southridge) 5'11, 210- The hard-hitting Southridge linebacker is not playing football this season due to personal reasons, so it's tough to say how much that will affect his recruitment. He was on the verge of an offer before the season, but will have to perform well in the off-season camp circuit to earn it. He might commit on the spot if he receives it. As long as he clears up whatever personal issues he has, he is a kid that is definitely Miami-caliber.
[video=youtube;oY-dUvZuQio]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oY-dUvZuQio[/video]

Dillon Bates (Ponte Vedra)6'3, 220-The tackling machine from Ponte Vedra holds an early 'Canes offer, but it will be tough to get him away from Tennessee, which is where his father played.
[video=youtube;o4I4FB-hmBg]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o4I4FB-hmBg[/video]

DB
Trumaine Washington (Killian)5'9, 175-A smaller corner, but great speed and ball skills. Has been producing since starting sophomore year for Columbus. He has played at his best when covering the likes of Malcolm Lewis and Ermon Lane. No major offers yet, but he will blow up this season, especially with the way Killian is playing.
[video=youtube;9KNcp7HGQgM]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9KNcp7HGQgM[/video]

Quincy Wilson (University)6'2, 195-One of the head-scratchers early on right now is the lack of an offer for Wilson. I would be stunned if he doesn't get the offer in the coming months. There is talk that he is slowly becoming frustrated by the fact Miami hasn't offered yet (which is valid), and the sooner the staff gives it to him, the better the chances are of landing him. Canes would be the favorite once they offer.
[video=youtube;r6_vx1LRzTU]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r6_vx1LRzTU[/video]

Marquese Dudley-Gordon (Cypress Bay)5'11, 180-MDG is one of my favorite prospects in South Florida right now. He hasn't quite blown up to the extent I thought he would by now, by he has good size and aggressiveness from the safety spot, as well as solid speed. If Miami was smart, they would jump on him before the big OOS schools come calling.
[video=youtube;E6GkHEXEG84]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E6GkHEXEG84[/video]

Nigel Patten (Booker T Washington)5'9, 170-The Booker T standout is on the short side, but has everything else you look for in a corner. He is one of the top track runners in the country, which was on display when he tracked Artie Burns from behind on a kick-off return. Patten has very good cover skills and good hips. FSU has offered him and Miami would be the favorite if they offered.


ATH
JoJo Robinson (MNW) 5'11, 175-The FSU commitment is very soft to the 'Noles right now. I wouldn't even consider him to be "committed" in all honesty. He will be a 'Cane if the staff goes hard after him.

Travis Rudolph (Cardinal Newman) 6'0, 175-One of two 2014 commits for the 'Canes, Rudolph is putting up huge numbers this year at WR. When he first committed in the summer, I was told he was recruited as a CB, but positional decisions change so frequently. If he keeps having success at receiver like he is this season, I would look for him to start out at receiver here.
[video=youtube;GL5GwWIjHRE]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GL5GwWIjHRE[/video]
 

Comments (35)

D
 
Shyt so the best DT in the country doesn't like us, and a SEC school leads shocker. Still gotta go hard after him need all the elite help on that line to be a top 5 program again.

Pete do you think the staff will go hard after Christmas even if he has no interest or you think they wouldn't waste there time?
 
Golden has time to work on Christmas.

Those are the type of guys who shouldn't be getting away.
 
Golden has time to work on Christmas.

Those are the type of guys who shouldn't be getting away.


yea I agree you cant let the number one prospect at DT leave. Thats our biggest need and we have to land these kids if we want to be the U again.
 
My fault missing Jon Jackson. Kid is a stud having a breakout year.
 
Hate on my boy Peter Pan all you want., but he does provide us with a mountain of knowledge pertaining to South Florida Recruiting.

I really like Quincy Wilson. Kid is going to be a stud. He really stood out to me on that game vs Ohio i believe. Bain at the time was looking lazy and had no urgency.
Pete, what is your take on Trumaine Washington, if we offer, is he a Cane lock? Him and Prime time jonhson over at the "K" are ballin out... Also, isnt Frankie Newman from the Ridge-Jamal Carter's cousin?
 
Are Chad and Michael Thomas related, by any chance?
 
Hey Pete, great job as always. Is it possible to list the guys measurables after the name, school? Thanks again.
 
Pete,

What are some of the big high school matchups tonite in So Fla?
 
Hate on my boy Peter Pan all you want., but he does provide us with a mountain of knowledge pertaining to South Florida Recruiting.

I really like Quincy Wilson. Kid is going to be a stud. He really stood out to me on that game vs Ohio i believe. Bain at the time was looking lazy and had no urgency.
Pete, what is your take on Trumaine Washington, if we offer, is he a Cane lock? Him and Prime time jonhson over at the "K" are ballin out... Also, isnt Frankie Newman from the Ridge-Jamal Carter's cousin?

Love Trumaine's game..he has very good ball skills and has great cover skills. He has showed up in all his big match-ups. Yes, he is a lock if offered and has told me he would commit on the spot.

Don't know if Jamal and Frank are cousins, but they are very close
 
Pete,

What are some of the big high school matchups tonite in So Fla?

Belen-Homestead 4@Belen
MNW-Carol City 7:30@Traz

Saturday
Killian-Southridge 7@Harris
Booker T.-Orlando Jones (Kermit Whitfield's school) 7@Traz

Couldn't do a full preview this week, I was busy with school
 
sounds like we are in good shape on D for 2014, provided we land the DL prospects
 
Great information, Peter, thanks! Yes, per Kilgo, the top DL targets look good. I'm not so sure about LB and DB, or DL depth, though. Unlike the Offense write-up, the D lineup looks more speculative and less talented overall. Do you get the sense the coaches feel that way? Will we need to go OOS a lot here?
 
Hate on my boy Peter Pan all you want., but he does provide us with a mountain of knowledge pertaining to South Florida Recruiting.

I really like Quincy Wilson. Kid is going to be a stud. He really stood out to me on that game vs Ohio i believe. Bain at the time was looking lazy and had no urgency.
Pete, what is your take on Trumaine Washington, if we offer, is he a Cane lock? Him and Prime time jonhson over at the "K" are ballin out... Also, isnt Frankie Newman from the Ridge-Jamal Carter's cousin?

Love Trumaine's game..he has very good ball skills and has great cover skills. He has showed up in all his big match-ups. Yes, he is a lock if offered and has told me he would commit on the spot.

Don't know if Jamal and Frank are cousins, but they are very close
In the interview I did a while ago he said they are cousins
 

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