2022 is a recruiting class that is stacked to the gills with defensive line talent in South Florida, and for the Hurricanes, several of these players are top targets to land in this upcoming cycle. When you look at guys like Marvin Jones Jr., Shemar Stewart and Kenyatta Jackson, Miami is going to have do their very best to try and keep some of them in South Florida.
Two players in particular would be home runs for Miami, Dante Anderson and Daniel Lyons from Homestead High School in Dade County.
Dante Anderson and Daniel Lyons. Keep the Homestead Duo in South Florida pic.twitter.com/vSJGjDJmFf— 4’s Up Podcast (@4sUpPodcast) December 29, 2020
The “Homestead Duo” have risen their play to become two of the top defensive lineman in South Florida, and are high on the radars of Manny Diaz and the hometown Canes. Lyons and Anderson both started at Southridge, before transferring to Homestead. Both received offers from Miami in June of 2019.
Blessed the receive a(n) offer from The university of Miami @CanesFootball @CoachBanda @CoachBaker_UM @coachstroud @SWiltfong247 @Andrew_Ivins @JerryRecruiting @Rivalsfbcamps @CanesFootball @Cassidy_Rob @CoachPop_Cooney @CoachPatJCooney @philipsimpson1 pic.twitter.com/5am5fYUlYH— Dante Anderson ¹ (@Dante11Anderson) June 14, 2019
Blessed To Receive a(n) Offer From University Of Miami @Andrew_Ivins @SWiltfong247 @JerryRecruiting @larryblustein @CoachBanda @coachstroud— Daniel Lyons ⁵ (@danielgoated_) June 14, 2019
@CoachPatJCooney @philipsimpson1 pic.twitter.com/RPpLnrtTc4
Anderson is perhaps my favorite 2022 pass-rusher, and someone who I've been preaching to Miami fans recently.
Next 2022 recruit I’m talking about is 4-star defensive end Dante Anderson out of Honestead. In a class stack with elite pass rushers, Anderson is right near the top of the list. If the Canes get this guy, they’re getting one of the top pass rushers in the country. pic.twitter.com/kdHRgXFBYZ— Marsh (@hurricanesmarsh) December 29, 2020
Anderson is ranked by 247 Sports as the #6 wide defensive end in the 2022 class, #9 player in Florida and #48 player nationally. As a junior in 2020 for Homestead, Anderson totaled 27 tackles and 10 sacks, playing in only six games. The year before at Southridge, Anderson had 10 sacks, over 20 TFLs and 4 pass-breakups.
Dante Anderson. Get familiar with this name Canes fans. Elite pass rushers in South Florida pic.twitter.com/9jQIoDVArs— Marsh (@hurricanesmarsh) December 30, 2020
At 6-3 and 205 pounds, Anderson may be a little lighter for a pass-rusher, but fits the mold for what college programs are looking for nowadays as someone who can create constant havoc. He has great short-area quickness, and can explode out of a 2-or-3 point stance with the speed of a linebacker.
And while he’ll need to put on size at the next level, he’s the type of defensive end that Miami loves, one they can develop through David Feeley’s strength and conditioning program. If you look at Gregory Rousseau, he was 6-6 205 pounds coming out of high school, and UM turned him into a player that had 15.5 sacks in 2019, and is a likely first-round selection in the upcoming NFL Draft.
Anderson recently dropped his 15 school list in January, which included the Canes.
It Was All A Dream Top 15 ! pic.twitter.com/HBmvv50vsb— Dante Anderson ¹ (@Dante11Anderson) January 18, 2021
Then you have Lyons, and those who have watched him play are speaking very highly about him.
247 Sports has Lyons ranked as the #18 defensive tackle in 2022, #36 player in Florida and #248 player nationally. In 2020, Lyons registered 10 TFLs and 5 sacks.
Listed at 6-4 270 pounds, Lyons is a defensive tackle who’s a fluid and athletic lineman, moving well for someone his size. Watching his tape, Lyons has a similar playing style to 2021 Miami commit Leonard Taylor, someone who lines up at DT but has the ability to run like a defensive end.
2022 defensive tackle Daniel Lyons pic.twitter.com/31K5xCWaHL— 4’s Up Podcast (@4sUpPodcast) February 9, 2021
Lyons is a dual-threat on the interior, and can get to the quarterback as well as clog the middle and stuff the run. Much like Taylor, Lyons shows great pass-rushing skills, and is explosive at the snap of the ball. His quickness isn’t based off a 40-yard dash number, but instead by watching his film and seeing how successful Lyons is when it comes to beating offensive lineman and getting in the backfield.
Daniel Lyons has been a beast for Homestead. He forces a fumble on fourth down and the Broncos take over. pic.twitter.com/dHWr0vyV5P— David Wilson (@DBWilson2) November 27, 2020
Both Lyons and Anderson would be great fits for Manny Diaz’s aggressive defense, and even though they’re not labeled as a package deal, the addition of the two would be huge for the momentum of the 2022 class for Miami.