Another Paradise Camp has come and gone, and like always, it was a success, headlined by some incredible recruits and several commitments before the weekend was over.
No doubt about it, and I think everyone can agree, the pure freakish talent and ability of Darnell Washington was talked about most.
If you want a recap of several players that attended Paradise Camp, read KappaCane’s article.
But to me, Tyler Van Dyke established himself as one of the ambassadors for the future of Miami football; if he hadn’t already done so.
The quarterback from Connecticut (Suffield Academy) who’s part of the 2020 recruiting class, Van Dyke committed to Miami back in late April. I had heard great things about him, and he was one of the guys I was most excited to watch at Paradise.
Really excited to see Van Dyke workout with Dan Enos this weekend— marshthomas (@hurricanesmarsh) June 18, 2019
The hype for Van Dyke grew even more days prior to Paradise Camp, when it was announced that he’d been going to the Elite 11 Finals. Van Dyke will be teaming up with fellow 2020 UM recruit five-star RB Don Chaney Jr.
Big news for Miami commit Tyler Van Dyke going to the Elite 11 Finals! https://t.co/YMYuW4Ofj5— StateOfTheU.com (@TheStateOfTheU) June 20, 2019
Being able to work with offensive coordinator Dan Enos, all UM fans were anxious to see how he could perform with a variety of plays and types of passes. Though nobody was surprised at how well he did, the reaction everyone had to Van Dyke’s performance was like nothing they had ever seen before.
Tyler Van Dyke has an NFL arm— Manny Navarro (@Manny_Navarro) June 23, 2019
Seen @Tyler_Van_Dyke throw 3 passes now. This dude is real quarterback. Wow.— Manny Navarro (@Manny_Navarro) June 23, 2019
Okay, yeah, I know everyone’s put it out there. I’ll just add to it.— Christy Chirinos (@ChristyChirinos) June 23, 2019
It’s been fun watching Tyler Van Dyke tonight. The pop when his passes hit some of those receivers. The deep passes.
Whether he was throwing to Washington or to 2020 UM WR commit Xavier Restrepo, Van Dyke looked all the part of what you wanted to see from your future quarterback.
Tyler Van Dyke looks like the real deal. He’s been threading the ball all night, most recently on a sweet post route outside the numbers to Xavier Restrepo, NFL throw. Favorite targets have been Restrepo and Darnell Washington in 7-on-7’s— Stefan Adams (@stefan_adams305) June 23, 2019
If you watch film on Tyler playing at Suffield Academy (CT), you’ll see that he’s able to distribute the ball around to a plethora of different receivers, which is great, considering all the young talent Miami already has at the receiver position.
Tyler Van Dyke reports he went 8 for 8 in seven-on-seven work today. Aot of those completions were to Darnell Washington. "I was trying to throw it to him a lot."— David Wilson (@DBWilson2) June 23, 2019
As a pro-style quarterback, Van Dyke has been compared to Kirk Cousins by scouts. He’s tremendous throwing the deep-ball with soft touch, has shown nice movement in the pocket, and is for the most part an accurate passer. He obviously has room for improvement, but judging off his play this past weekend you have to be excited. While there will be some who doubt Van Dyke based on the fact that he’s from Connecticut, he seemed to prove a lot of people wrong at Paradise.
Tyler Van Dyke has very much looked the part tonight. pic.twitter.com/YN2Ma36o40— David Wilson (@DBWilson2) June 23, 2019
Last season as a junior, Van Dyke threw for 1,899 yards, 14 touchdowns and five interceptions. He completed 57% of his passes, averaging 8.5 yards per completion.
What also has impressed me about Van Dyke is his commitment to Miami, his interaction with other UM commits, and the apparent vision that he has for the Hurricanes in the future. Van Dyke told 247Sports that he's trying to get IMG WR Michael Redding, as well as Fort Myers OT Cayden Baker, trying to get them both to come to Miami. So not only is he working to get more weapons at receiver, but also doing his part to build that offensive line.
He obviously showed excitement in Elijah Roberts and Chris Washington committing to Miami over the weekend as well.
Now yes, I’m hyping him up, all of South Florida is hyping Van Dyke up, but here’s the thing: Don’t just assume that he’s going to walk into Coral Gables in 2020 and immediately be the starting quarterback. Tate Martell, N’Kosi Perry and Jarren Williams, who are all insanely talented, they all have three seasons remaining of eligibility. All we’re saying is, so far, so good for Van Dyke.