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A Look Back at the 2012 Recruiting Class: Part 2

In this series we're taking a look back at the University of Miami 2012 recruiting class to see how the talent stacks up on the field three years after they've signed their letters of intent. Are they making a deep impact on the field? Are they still at Miami?!

Kirby leads us into Part 2 of the look back at the 2012 recruiting class for Miami
Kirby leads us into Part 2 of the look back at the 2012 recruiting class for Miami
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If you're new to this thread, we at State of the U are reviewing the recruiting class of 2012 for the Miami Hurricanes. Those student athletes, assuming they started using their eligibility right after their senior year of high school, would be either seniors in college or redshirt juniors. In the first article we reviewed the highest ranked players (1-6) per ESPN rankings and the results were very good overall for the Canes. In this piece we'll check out the next group which will be 7-12. How have they done since coming on to campus? Check it out after the jump!


Raphael Kirby, Stephenson High School, #13 OLB

The first player up in our run down is senior Raphael Kirby. He came to the Canes as a big hitting four star linebacker out of Georgia and many thought with the relatively thin depth at linebacker he would be an instant impact type player. However, it took him three years to actually become a starter among the linebackers. Before his junior season he racked up a meager 26 total tackles while playing primarily on special teams. During last season as a junior was when he "made the jump" to the starting rotation (started all 13 games). As a starting outside linebacker he amassed 54 tackles and two interceptions. Solid numbers considering he played next to the tackling machine Denzel Perryman.

Heading into next season Kirby will be counted on as both a full time starter at middle linebacker as well as a locker room leader. My prognostication is that he improves on his numbers again by totaling about 70 to 80 tackles, gets a few interceptions again and is a solid leader in the locker room. I'd say he has an outside shot as a second or third team all-conference player.

Preston Dewey, St. Andrews High School, #21 QB

This is my third year doing these look backs and I have to say, the 2012 class so far (through 7 players) has had the least amount of roster attrition when comparing to the others. Well, all good things must come to an end. As the first quarterback on this list, Preston Dewey had a lot of intriguing tangibles and intangibles he brought to Coral Gables. At his Texas High School he was coached by former college quarterback great Ty Detmer who raved about Preston and his mechanics. In Preston's highlights you could clearly tell he had the accuracy to make any throw on the field, it was all there.

However, Dewey never made it onto the gameday field for Miami. Even though Detmer raved about Dewey's potential it was only after a small sample size. Leading up to Dewey's senior season he broke his throwing wrist which caused him to miss the season. At Miami, Dewey redshirted and after a few more injuries as a backup he decided to hang up the laces as a redshirt sophomore due to a lingering back issue.

Daniel Isidora, Cypress Bay High School, #17 Guard

Injuries have played a part in Daniel Isadora's career at Miami too but so far they haven't derailed it. Isidora came to Miami as a solid three or four star recruit. During his true freshman season he redshirted to retain eligibility and learn from offensive line coach Art Kehoe. In the early part of the next season, his redshirt freshman season, he sustained a freak injury to his foot and missed all but the last two games. Heading into last season there were questions about what, if anything Isidora could provide when it came to the offensive line and he answered the doubters in spades. During the 2014-2015 season Isidora started every single game on the offensive line and was counted on as a road grader for Duke Johnson and the Miami running game.

Going into his redshirt junior season in 2015, Isidora looks to again be counted on as a starter for the Canes at either the guard or tackle spots. As of the publishing of this article it's still up for debate where Isidora fits next season but what no one doubts is whether or not he will start. Due to the lack of depth throughout all of the ACC in returning starters along the offensive line, Isidora has a chance to become a second or third team all-conference player next season.

Jelani Hamilton, Saint Thomas Aquinas High School, #37 DE

When starting to review this class I've started to realize the true depth of it. Here we are at the tenth player in the class and we're still looking at high three star, bordering on four star talent. The negative side to that however is that most of these players have played well but not great for the Canes.

Hamilton was another local product who was also a potential game breaker off the edge in this class. However, when comparing him to the other edge rusher in this class in Tyriq McCord he's had quite a different journey to the field. Hamilton came to UM not wanting to play defensive tackle even though his body type may have blended itself to the position at roughly 6'3" 280 pounds. He played sparingly throughout his first two seasons totaling only 10 tackles. The possible nadir for him came when he was asked to redshirt last season. At first he didn't take it well but eventually realized he could work on his game and learn from the coaching staff rather than trial by limited fire on gamedays. Last season was very much "a breather" type season for Hamilton.

With the redshirted season behind Hamilton, coaches have raved about his conditioning (he was hurt multiple times the last few seasons) and his overall positive, "get after it" attitude during practice this fall. I think Hamilton will be a viable rotation player along the defensive line next season and could potentially wrestle away a starting position throughout the season at either side of the defensive end positions.

Rob Lockhart, Fork Union Military Academy, WR (Post Grad)

Chalk up Robert Lockhart to the list of transfers from this class. Lockhart came to Miami out of the post graduate system via Fork Union Military Academy. He was rated as an elite player coming from the prep ranks as a solid four star prospect. However, after barely playing his freshman season and being jumped on the post spring depth chart by the likes of Stacey Coley, as a sophomore he decided to leave the program.

Post leaving Miami, Lockhart attended Hinds Community College and was quickly offered by both Nebraska and Ole Miss. He chose the Cornhuskers as his next landing spot. However, after his commitment in 2014, coaches on the Cornhuskers staff were notified that Lockhart had "some issues" to work out before joining the team. After trying to search to see if he actually joined the team, I couldn't find anything so... It looks like Robert Lockhart maybe out of football.

Jawand Blue, West Boca Raton High School, #18 MLB

Unfortunately we are going to finish up this section of the recruiting class with a historically bad "dud." Blue was yet another local product that came to Miami as a solid three star recruit who looked to add some much needed depth to the linebacker unit. As a freshman he redshirted and during his redshirt freshman year he got time on the field in mop up duty accounting for a few tackles and playing primarily on special teams.

Heading into the 2014 spring, Blue was going to be counted on in the linebacker rotation. He may not have been a starter as the middle linebacker but he was looked to as a solid "depth" player. However, during the preseason he was charged with sexual assault and once the allegations were confirmed he was immediately kicked off the football team and out of school. It doesn't look like any other school has tried to sign Blue since the incident occurred a few seasons ago.


As we've progressed from Part 1 to Part 2 the class is starting to take a turn.. As we've gone deeper into the class we're starting to see recruits who either transferred once they entered the program, career ending injuries during their time here or didn't make it to UM at all. We'll have to see how things shake out in the continuing analysis of this class in the near future. It's not looking too inspiring though..

A Look Back:

Part 1