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Miami Hurricanes: First Glance At 2014 Commit List

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2014 Miami Hurricanes Recruit List

Let’s face it: recruiting is the most important facet of success in college football (unless you are Boise State, and can turn 3-star players into system beasts). During the past decade, the quality of athlete Miami has been able to sign has declined steadily; its performance on the field has suffered as a result. Furthermore, the volume of Hurricanes players drafted into the NFL has plummeted, highlighting how much of a talent gap there is between Miami and the top teams in the FBS. This has improved slightly under Al Golden, and combined with a weak ACC, has fans dreaming of Miami returning to the top of the ladder. Below is a list and a short bio of the five commitments Miami has secured for 2014, as of April 4.

Kc McDermott: 5-star Offensive Tackle (Palm Beach Central H.S.)

The jewel of the class thus far committed this week, choosing the 'Canes over Notre Dame, Alabama and Ohio State. This is a massive coup for Golden and Miami. The 6-foot-6, 290-pounder should help recruiting close to home, where the 'Canes have struggled the last several seasons. McDermott seems to have a good attitude and a bright future.

Trevor Darling: 4-star Offensive Tackle (Miami Central H.S.)

The offensive line should be in fantastic shape the next several seasons, thanks to the commitments of McDermott and Trevor Darling. Darling is listed at 6-foot-5, 315-pounds and has tremendous upside. A classic pass-blocking tackle, Darling committed to the Hurricanes in June 2012 and has not wavered.

Joseph Yearby: 5-star Running Back (Miami Central H.S.)

Originally committed to Florida State in 2012, Yearby decided to head to South Beach in late February. He is a 5-foot-9, 190 pounder that is devastating in space. The senior rushed for more than 3,500 yards and 44 touchdowns the last two seasons at Miami Central. With Duke Johnson probably headed to the NFL after the 2014 season, Yearby appears to be in the perfect position to carry on the tradition of Running Back U.

Alin Edouard: 3-star Quarterback (Hialeah H.S.)

An interesting prospect, 6-foot-3, 190-pound Edouard is a dual-threat QB (with 4.6 speed) that most schools covet in modern football. While Kevin Olsen has the pedigree and could have a hold on the future QB job, Edouard will get an opportunity to compete for playing time. His commitment came at UM’s junior day and is far from concrete, but he would serve as an excellent zone-read option at quarterback should he arrive in Coral Gables in a year’s time.

Nick Linder: 3-star Center (St. Thomas Aquinas H.S.)

The younger brother of current 'Canes guard Brandon Linder, Nick Linder should provide depth at all three interior offensive line positions. Linder is another player with excellent upside, and at 6-foot-1, 265 pounds has plenty of experience playing with top recruits at St. Thomas Aquinas.