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Miami Hurricanes Football 2017 Player Profile: Mike Harley, Evidence Njoku, and Jeff Thomas

Miami’s three newest WR’s look to make their mark at UM

Mike Harley and Jeff Thomas bring explosiveness and speed to the offense
Andrew Ivins, 247Sports

Mike Harley (5-9 160)

Speed, speed, and more speed. Harley has a small frame but he uses his lower center of gravity to be elusive and shifty. He's an agile WR who also shows great promise as a punt returner in the future. It also helps that he's probably in the top three or so of fastest guys on the team. Obviously, with his size, one would expect to see Harley in the slot a lot. Additionally, I would argue that with his top notch speed and eye-opening route running, he could absolutely be successful on the outside and I would not be surprised if he saw time there this season. He has impressed thus far at Miami and will no doubt only get better. Look for Harley to be a fairly reliable contributor as a freshman in 2017. Starting may be a bit out of reach for this year, but he will be in competition for snaps this year. Harley should make a big play or two, or three, etc in the orange and green this season.

Evidence Njoku (6-6 195)

The next Njoku in line at Miami will wear #83 for the next couple of years. Already turning some heads in camp (I know you saw that catch in Miami's practice highlight tape), Njoku is flashing his athleticism to compliment his terrific size and length. He is the taller but more slender brother compared to the former Miami Njoku. Due to his slim build, I would expect a redshirt this year to build up some extra strength and to continue to develop as a college WR. With that being said, Mark Richt would love to send a 6-6 WR out onto the field to score some red zone TD's this year. As we move through fall camp, we will see if he is ready for the big stage. He is hard to project at this point, but he has the ability to be a nice piece of what should be an incredible WR group during his time at UM.

Evidence Njoku has an impressive 6-6 frame to work with
Andrew Ivins, 247Sports

Jeff Thomas (5-10 175)

Speed, speed, and more speed. Did I say that already? Well, I deem it appropriate when speaking about Jeff Thomas as well. He could be the most game-ready freshman WR at Miami in this class. Any way I look at the WR rotation for 2017, I see Thomas being a major factor and a starter by the season's end. He's polished and can go out and make CB's look silly. Even as a high-end 4-star prospect coming out of East St. Louis, I still see Thomas as having been underrated as a high school player. This year's version of Ahmmon Richards may be too big of a projection for #4 but he will be very productive. He is also a different breed of WR than the Freshman All-American. Thomas will see big-time snaps in 2017 and I will not be shocked if he finishes as Miami's number three most productive receiver of the year.