One thing that the Hurricanes have been without for the better part of 15 years is a great offense. After 2002, Miami’s offensive attack has been wildly unimpressive, filled with crummy offensive lines, disappointing quarterback play, and plenty of miscues and dropped passes throughout the years.
However, there is hope, and his name is Dan Enos. Ever since he was hired as the next UM offensive coordinator in January, there has been nothing but high hopes and excitement, as he tries to resurrect this once great offense.
In the 1980’s and 90’s, as well as the early 2000’s, the Hurricanes offense was known as a unit that could throw the deep ball, pound you with the ground game, and punish opposing defenses with a devastating offensive line. Enos is once again building that at UM, not just for the 2019 season, but for years to come.
There has not been this much anticipation surrounding Miami’s offense for some time, as we prepare for another year. Pre-snap motion, new formations, there’s actually diversity going into the Hurricanes on that side of the ball.
But as Enos and the rest of the offensive coaches look to the future as well, it looks even brighter.
First of all, Tyler Van Dyke is the quarterback of the future, and one of the biggest attractions of the 2020 recruiting class. Van Dyke, a 4-star QB out of Connecticut, has done nothing but impress scouts since committing to Miami, and looks to be a great fit Enos and his offense. Working with Van Dyke at Paradise Camp, Enos was able to give the youngster plays, and watch make throws that he’ll be making in the next couple years when gets to Miami.
“Van Dyke has it all. He is the most polished Miami quarterback prospect since I can remember.” I can’t take credit for anything but this. His mechanics are as sound as it gets. Everything else...it’s all Tyler. https://t.co/uNi3rDHmSx— Travis Meyer (@tmeyer5starqb) May 3, 2019
Then at running back, 5-star Don Chaney Jr. has been the talk of the town ever since committing to Miami, and his mix of athleticism plus size will make him one of the more deadly weapons for the Canes in years. Chaney also possesses great vision to go along with his 4.4 speed.
Miami RB commit Don Chaney with one of the plays of the day so far at @TheOpening Finals. pic.twitter.com/L3uyPSi2cB— Andrew Ivins (@Andrew_Ivins) July 2, 2019
Though, what makes me most excited about the future of Miami’s offense are the receivers in the 2020 class. Xavier Restrepo, Michael Redding III and Marcus Fleming are the three right now, and hopefully Dazalin Worsham will join the class as well. With those four at WR, expect the Hurricanes to put up monster numbers in the passing game.
Keep hearing good things about Xavier Restrepo from Paradise Camp. Kid is gonna be a weapon for Miami in the coming years— Bring Cave/Daz/Chantz/Issiah To Miami (@hurricanesmarsh) June 26, 2019
With great hands and terrific speed, Restrepo has the playmaking ability to turn a game around, and in my opinion is one of the most underrated recruits in the country.
#Canes WR commit Michael Redding turns on the jets and leaves DB De’Arre McDonald in the dust for 6 #TheOpening pic.twitter.com/mzjrJYysPV— Stefan Adams (@stefan_adams305) July 1, 2019
As the 28th ranked receiver in the country for the 2020 class, Redding is a player who Miami worked hard to get, and whose talents will be fully utilized once he gets to UM. With 4.5 speed, Redding can stretch the field and burn the DB deep.
Miami 2020 Top247 WR commit Marcus Fleming with a 93-yard score. pic.twitter.com/qVYXlElTI5— Andrew Ivins (@Andrew_Ivins) September 29, 2018
Fleming is a receiver who I really like, and someone who won the Florida state championship in the 100 and 200 meters. Whether it’s a go-route or a slant over the middle, Fleming can be the guy that can move the chains and get into the end zone.
Hoover 20, Hewitt-Trussville 13 :00 2nd quarter. Paul Tyson to Dazalin Worsham on a 71-yard TD pass for the Huskies. Can you say Lightning! Uncle Mo has switched sides. Wow! pic.twitter.com/Ut2B0U7RcR— Alabama7AFootball (@AL7AFootball) November 18, 2017
Now with Worsham, he de-committed from Alabama last week after attending Paradise Camp in Miami the previous weekend. With all signs pointing to him becoming a Hurricane, this would be yet another huge step in building Enos’ offense for the future. Tremendous speed and route-running ability, Worsham also has the strength to break tackles in the open field. Without question, Dazalin is one of the biggest targets for Manny Diaz and his staff.
Moving to the tight end position, the Hurricanes have Dominic Mammaerelli out of Naples already committed. Though not talked about as much as the receivers, Mammaerelli is a stud at 6-4 and 235 lbs, presenting a great threat as a blocker as well as pass-catcher.
We all know that Darnell Washington has been the subject of conversation since he attended Paradise Camp and rightfully so. The #1 ATH in the country. Washington is an absolute monster, and seems impossible to cover. If Enos and Miami were able to land him to team up with Mammaerelli, the Hurricanes would have arguably the best tight-end attack in the nation. Washington also bonded with Van Dyke and Restrepo at Paradise Camp.
Massive TE Darnell Washington showing some route running ability pic.twitter.com/Iq4oFNkV7f— Barton Simmons (@bartonsimmons) July 2, 2019
Miami’s offensive line has been under much scrutiny over the past several years, and for good reasons, they’ve flat-out been awful at certain points. However, there is optimism! Enos and new OL coach Butch Barry are reeling in recruits to make up their championship line. Antonio Smith, Chris Washington and Jalen Rivers are the three so far, and they have fans and the staff ecstatic about where this unit is headed.
Thank you @RivalsCamp for having me!! I truly enjoyed the experience and competition pic.twitter.com/4C3wYe57fY— Big J (@JalenRivers01) June 26, 2019
And as of Tuesday, Miami got even better news regarding their offensive line. While he hasn't committed to UM, OT Issiah Walker de-committed from South Carolina on Tuesday, and is one of the top recruits that UM is looking at.
July 3, 2019
Coach Barry working with Issiah Walker. @CanesInSight pic.twitter.com/STqVG0gQLN— Matthew Suero (@Matthew_Suero) June 16, 2019
Obviously Miami still has plenty work to do, especially with Worsham and Walker, as they try and lock them up and secure an even better recruiting class. That being said, you have to feel confident and extremely excited about where Dan Enos is taking this Hurricanes offense.