2016 Miami Recruiting Class: It’s Mark Richt’s first recruiting class as the Miami head coach, and he did a nice job. Next year, he’ll have to do a superior one.
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Miami Football Recruiting Class Overview
The bigger and better classes are coming. As is this isn’t all that bad on the high side, with enough big-time talents sticking close to home to have more potential NFL players than anyone outside of Florida State and Clemson, but Mark Richt hasn’t had a whole bunch of time to work. Give him a year and the Hurricanes will come up with top ten-caliber hauls, but as is, this isn’t all that bad.
The Class Is Heavy On …
Receiver. The defensive backs are excellent, and it’s a good class overall, but the deepest position is receiver. Throw in tight end Jovani Haskins, and the Hurricanes are starting out the Mark Richt era with a great group of pass catchers for down the line. Sam Bruce was the biggest signing – at least in terms of talent, not size – while Dionte Mullins, Latrell Williams, and Michael Irvin – yeah, son of that Michael Irvin – were all local products sticking around close to home.
The Star of the Class Is …
LB Shaquille Quarterman, 6-2, 239 – WR Sam Bruce might turn out to be the biggest signing with his quickness and speed, and QB Jack Allison might be in the starting quarterback mix down the line, but it’s Quarterman who has the look and game of the potential next great Miami linebacker. Alabama, Ohio State, Auburn, Florida and Michigan were after him, but he attended the Georgia camp – that might have been why he stuck with his early commitment to the Hurricanes when Richt was hired.
The Team’s Biggest 2016 Depth Chart Hole Is …
Wide receiver. The secondary needs a boost losing most of the key parts including safeties Dallas Crawford and Deon Bush, but the front seven should be terrific. Stacy Coley’s return for another year helps the receiving corps, but losing Rashawn Scott and Herb Waters is a problem. Fortunately, QB Brad Kaaya is back to hopefully make everyone better.
2016 Miami Football Recruiting Class
Jack Allison QB 6-5 185 Parrish, Fla. / Palmetto
Pat Bethel DL 6-3 270 Vero Beach, Fla. / Vero Beach
Sam Bruce WR 5-8 180 Fort Lauderdale, Fla. / St. Thomas Aquinas
Romeo Finley DB 6-1 200 Fort Walton Beach, Fla. / Niceville
Jovani Haskins TE 6-4 225 Bergenfield, N.J. / Bergenfield
Travis Homer RB 5-11 180 West Palm Beach, Fla. / Oxbridge
Michael Irvin, Jr. TE 6-3 237 Fort Lauderdale, Fla. / St. Thomas Aquinas
Joe Jackson DL 6-5 245 Homestead, Fla. / Gulliver Prep
Jeff James, Jr. DB 6-1 185 Orlando, Fla. / Olympia
Tre Johnson OL 6-7 297 Orlando, Fla. / First Academy
Tyreic Martin DL 6-3 273 Lanett, Ala. / Valley
Zach McCloud LB 6-2 220 Lantana, Fla. / Santaluces
Dionte Mullins WR 5-10 187 Homestead, Fla. / Gulliver Prep
Michael Pinckney LB 6-0 215 Jacksonville, Fla. / Raines
Ahmmon Richards WR 6-1 181 Wellington, Fla. / Wellington
Shaquille Quarterman LB 6-1 239 Orange Park, Fla. / Oakleaf
Cedrick Wright DB 5-9 180 Homestead, Fla. / Gulliver Prep
Malek Young DB 5-9 185 Fort Lauderdale, Fla. / Coconut Creek