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The Work 2-15

The Work 2-15

Peter Ariz

**As has been reported on this site and others, Miami is currently in a phase where the staff has to reconfirm all old commits. The staff is asking all of them to either camp or come to campus and meet with the coaches. One spot that Miami will be very picky with this cycle is linebacker, after success in the 2016 class. Miami plans on taking two linebackers for the 2017 class, but of course a lot can change between now and next February. St. Thomas Aquinas LB Tyler Dunning and Miami Central’s Waynmon Steed are currently committed to the Canes. Look for a decommitment from Dunning soon, as he is not in Miami’s plans at the moment. This staff is looking for linebackers who can run.

**At cornerback, Miami got who they think could wind up as a top-5 cornerback prospect nationally in Chris Henderson, Jr. With Henderson Jr.’s commitment, Canes fans have speculated that his high school teammate Trajan Bandy could be next for Miami, although I’ve been told that is unlikely. Bandy is a tremendous playmaker in the defensive backfield. He packs a punch when he hits and has top-notch coverage skills, but Miami is not big on him. They want size though, which is unfortunately something that Bandy lacks. This was the case with the Golden staff for Bandy and it remains an issue with the new staff. 2018 DB Joshua “Woogie” Jobe might end up being the best of that Columbus group though, and he is currently a Canes commit. Jobe projects as a versatile corner/safety prospect with a frame reminiscent of Deon Bush.

**A cornerback prospect to keep a close eye on is Mater Academy’s Latavious Brini, whose length at 6-2, 190 intrigues Miami. I wrote about Brini impressing at last year’s South Florida Express tryouts when he had just turned 16 years old, and now his recruitment is starting to take off. UF, LSU, Miami, and West Virginia have all offered in the last month. The staff is making him a priority early in the process, but UF holds an early lead.

**Miami is tracking under-the-radar DL prospect Rashad Colson, who recently transferred from Hialeah Miami-Lakes to Carol City. Colson holds offers from Baylor and Temple, but at 6-5, 280 with a lot of raw talent, Colson is poised to blow up. Between WR Kevaugh Dingle, LB DeAndre Wilder, potentially Colson, and 2019 RB Nayquan Wright, look for Miami to be spending a lot of time around the Carol City/ Miami Gardens area. Colson’s highlights from HML here - Rashad Colson - Rashad (Freak) Colson highlights - Hudl

**On the heels of Chris Henderson’s commitment, Miami is expecting “another big one soon”. So keep your eyes peeled for that.

Comments (123)

Not surprised about Dunning, but sucks to hear about Steed. Really like him.
I love the fact that the coaches are dropping players that they don't think will work for them. I like steed a lot but if the coaches don't think he's good enough then il deal with it.
With how select they are being with the junior day, hopefully we see some big time commits to get the momentum rolling
and now we begin the process of trying to guess who the next big commit is.
Damn they only taking 2 LBs? I thought they would bring in 3 more this year too. Must be planning on trying to bring in quite a few d-linemen and dbs.
Steed can really play. Would be fine if we swapped Dunning for Wilder, N. FAYgan
I don't understand the issue with Bandy, we took Wright this year, and he's tiny.

The only explanation I come up with is they don't want too many tiny guys
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I don't understand the issue with Bandy, we took Wright this year, and he's tiny.
Wright is a LaMarcus Joyner type, very versatile..can play both S and Nickle Corner if need be....hell one game this yeat he had 20+ tackles!!!
I don't understand the issue with Bandy, we took Wright this year, and he's tiny.

I think that's the problem. Wright is 5'9, young is 5'9 and johnson at safety is 5'10. I think they want to insert size and speed into the secondary.
"Another big one" my guess would be an OLinemen
I like the staff going for speed at LB'er. Can't believe they're just looking to ink 2 even after signing 3 in 2016 class. So question is who's the other one(s) besides Wilder? F'agan, Miller or Marchiol? 3 would seem optimal. As frat boy back in the day I never saw the allure with UF/Gainesville, I mean boring and corny long before I started hating them. Brini should not pass on the opportunity of the big lights in Miami because things are going to blow up at the U. Let's hope we can secure Colson. We need DLinemen like Bama needs culture.
We recruiting on a whole different type of level this year... everyone coming in will be a straight up killer..... no more specials or reaches.

No Brainer types... we back trying stack the chips again...

This is so refreshing....

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Surprised to read that about Steed.

On Bandy, is he that much smaller than Malek Young or maybe we just are ok with only have 1-2 of those types?