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Miami Hurricanes 2016 Freshman Profile: Shaq Quarterman

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In an effort to keep even the most hardcore Miami fan up to date on their favorite players, SOTU will be running a Freshman Profile series. In these posts, our writers will profile UM's newcomers for 2016. That way, when the season get's here, you hopefully will have a new found love for the team on the field.

Shaq Quarterman

MLB - 6'1 245 Fr. - Orange Park, Fl

A 'Canes commit since June of 2014.

Early Enrollee was a starter at MLB during Spring Ball, and consistently earned praise from the Coaching Staff.

Produced 7 tackles and a sack during the Spring game.

Mature beyond his years:

Thunderous tackler who was a 4 star recruit across the board coming out of H.S.

Summary:  It takes a very special player to come in as a true freshman and start at MLB for a major D1 program. It's almost as unique as coming in and starting at QB your first year. Well consider Shaq Quarterman a defensive version of Brad Kaaya.  YES, he is going to be that good. Perhaps Denzel Perryman is a better comparison, but you get the drift.  If you listened closely to Head Coach Mark Richt and DC Manny Diaz this spring, they were very effusive in their praise of this young man. More often than not they were reserved, even if optimistic, with many other players they faced questions about. That should tell you a lot about Quarterman. His play in the Spring Game where he was constantly around the ball, should tell you even more. With Juwon Young likely off the roster, he faces even less competition to start at MLB.  But even if Young was around, it appears as though Shaq had already locked down this spot. He's blessed with great size and speed, and is already earning raves from another UM staffer, Strength and Conditioning Coach Gus Felder.  So he is only going to get bigger, stronger, and speedier. That's a frightening proposition for the 'Canes opponents. On the field, his instincts and god given abilities consistently allow him to get to the right place at the right time.  There will of course be a learning curve, especially when Miami faces some of the better teams on its' schedule. But I still expect Quarterman to have something close to a freshman All-American campaign this year.  90+ tackles and 5 or more sacks should be well within his reach in Diaz' attacking scheme.  The Hurricanes D will have rely heavily on Quarterman in 2016.  I expect him to be more than up to the challenge.