The day has come! The spring semester at the University of Miami has started (this morning, by the way) and that means one thing:
The 2016 Football Early Enrollee recruits are on campus and have started college.
This group of 5 players are all 4-star level talents (no, I don't care that one of them has a 3-star ranking right now), and they will look to use this additional time on campus to get integrated to the Miami Hurricanes Football Program.
Today marks the first day of classes for everyone including our early enrollees, welcome to campus guys! pic.twitter.com/8fi5UHKcRz— Canes Football (@CanesFootball) January 11, 2016
The Early Enrollees are:
QB Jack Allison. The 6'5" 200lb Allison, who has was committed to Miami since June of 2014, could be the Canes QB of the future. Allison figures to be redshirted in 2016, but his talent and live arm are undeniable. Allison plans to wear #4 as a Hurricane.
DE Pat Bethel. A strongside DE with a good frame and nice strength, Bethel is quite the player. He's also the son of a former Canes TE, Randy, who played on 2 National Championship teams. If everything goes well, the Bethel family will add another ring to their collection in the future.
LB Zach McCloud. It's hard to be underrated as a 4-star recruit, but to my eyes, that's exactly what McCloud is. He's an outstanding outside linebacker who can come in and be part of the rotation at his position early on in college. McCloud, who decommitted after the firing of Al Golden, recommitted in December.
LB Mike Pinckney. The longest tenured commit in the 2016 recruiting class, Pinckney is another linebacker with great physical skills and incredible instincts. While he's a 3-star rated recruit, I think Pinckney, like McCloud, is underrated. He might not be as ready to play as the other LBs in this class, but make no mistake about it: Pinckney is going to be a good one for the Canes in coming years.
LB Shaq Quarterman. The highest rated recruit of the linebacking trio, Quarterman is a physical specimen who uses good speed and great instincts to affect plays from sideline to sideline. He led all defenders in the U.S. Army All-American game with 5 tackles, a good indicator that he can play, and excel, at the collegiate level.
With the singular best LB trio in America for this cycle, a talented legacy DE, and a prime candidate for Canes QB of the future, this group of 5 early enrollees is a great foundation for Mark Richt's first recruiting class. And, if all goes well, they will be the foundation of WINNING Miami Hurricanes teams for years to come.