After a bit of a quiet period in recruiting, one that saw OL Leeward Brown and RB Jordan Cronkrite decommit, the Canes finally got back on the positive side of things by securing 2 intriguing commitments for the 2015 class.
First, Spain Park (AL) CB Michael Jackson committed to Miami. Jackson is a big athlete for the position at 6'2" 190lbs. According to multiple interviews, Jackson was not interested in staying in-state for college, and looked elsewhere. With the Canes' need for DBs (had only 1 committed prior to Jackson's pledge), Jackson definitely fills an area of need.
Jackson chose Miami over Georgia, LSU, and Nebraska. He hails from the same state as current DB Ladarius Gunter, and is more advanced than Gunter was at the same stage of his development. While there are areas in which he can improve, Jackson should develop into a nice player in the future. You can see his HUDL highlights below:
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Next, Gattica JUCO (NJ) TE Jerome Washington committed to Miami. Washington is another big athlete, standing 6'5" 255lbs. Washington is a late bloomer, who went to JUCO after not having the options he would have liked coming out of High School. And, after the decommitment of Bowman Archibald 6 weeks ago, Washington is only player we have committed at Tight End in this class.
Washington chose Miami over Alabama, Nebraska, Washington, and Rutgers. I know some will say that this is just Al Golden continuing his NJ pipeline, but Washington is more than just a location-based pickup. He has great size and projectable skills. And, he comes in with 4 years to play 4, so he's more valuable than your typical JUCO transfer. Win-win situation in my eyes. You can see his highlights by CLICKING THIS LINK RIGHT HERE.
The strange thing for both of these commits is that they have come without a batsignal, or #WelcomeToTheUSelfie, or any acknowledgment from the staff. While that may be for a specific reason, reports are that both commits have been accepted by the staff. So, for now, we'll end as always by saying...