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Miami Hurricanes 2016 Early Enrollees Profile: Patrick Bethel

The Under Armour All American and 'Cane legacy is a ferocious pass rusher.

Vero Beach 4-star recruit and early enrollee Patrick Bethel is another in the long line of UM legacies (his father Randy was a TE from 1988-90) hoping to succeed in Coral Gables.

But the younger Bethel plans to make his own noise, rather than follow in his dad's footsteps....

"I did not choose Miami to ‘continue a legacy,’" he wrote when committing (via Twitter). "I chose Miami to create my own destiny, to provide the best for myself, and most importantly to bring back that lost Swagger."

Bethel is terrific prospect who gets in the opposing back field in a hurry.

He already has great size (6'3 250 ish) for the DE position and surely will add some bulk as he tries to make an impact as a freshman.

Bethel, like Jack Allison, is a 4 star recruit almost unanimously across the recruiting boards.

Given he got to campus early, there's a decent shot he competes for early snaps.

That and the fact he can flat out play.

Summary: As UM moves from the painful days of the 3-4 back to their more classic 4-3, players like Bethel are a must.  The kid uses his hands well already, and his athleticism is apparent.  He'll need to improve some things, like getting his pad level lower. But with new D line Coach Craig Kuligowski on board, there is chance for Bethel to improve all facets of his game and turn into a special player.  If all goes well, think a Kenny Holmes/Kennard Lang type. This is a great pick-up for the program.