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Miami Hurricanes 2024 Recruiting Notebook: OT Deryc Plazz

Miami adds talented tackle to deep, diverse offensive line group.

OT Deryc Plazz brings size and skill to the Miami OL.
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In this installment of The Recruiting Notebook, we meet a talented lineman who could be a solid piece of the Canes offense down the line: Jacksonville (FL) Mandarin 3-star OT Deryc Plazz.

Bio

It’s clear that recruiting the offensive line will be a priority for Mario Cristobal’s Miami annually, and to support that in this class, the Canes turned their attention to Jacksonville (FL) Mandarin OT Deryc Plazz.

A 6’5” 289lb tackle, Plazz has the size that teams covet up front. And, when you consider his good potential, he’s even more of a target for teams to build their long-term plan at OL.

Plazz started as a basketball player, but transitioned to the gridiron as a junior. Then at Jacksonville (FL) Andrew Jackson HS, Plazz started at tackle for an 8-3 playoff team, and helped them win their first district championship since 2009. Plazz self reported 61 pancakes in the season, which is a very good thing for a lineman to have.

After his junior season, Plazz started taking unofficial visits to some of his top schools. Florida State, Miami, and NC State (twice) got visits from the talented linemen early in 2023. Following those visits, Plazz moved to the official visit part of things. And, he made the move to commit to Penn State while on a visit to the Big Ten school.

That commitment, however, lasted about a week and a half. Plazz decommitted from Penn State the day before his OV to Miami. That visit was followed up by an OV to his third finalist, NC State, and then the waiting game ensued.

Luckily for Miami, the wait wasn’t too long. Plazz committed to the Hurricanes on July 7th.

During the spring, Plazz made another move: he transferred from Andrew Jackson to Jacksonville (FL) Mandarin HS. Slotting in at left tackle for the Mustangs, Plazz helped Mandarin win their district and compile an 11-3 record on their way to the FHSAA 4M (bascially rebranded 8A) State Championship game. Mandarin, unfortunately, ran into a Miami (FL) Columbus team that was just a bit more talented, and lost the State Championship game 38-19. Still, Plazz’s play was exemplary through the season, and that should be a positive for all parties.

Recruiting Ranking

On the 247sports composite, Plazz is a 3-star prospect, the #51 interior OL nationally, #101 in the State of Florida, and #709 player overall in this class.

Plazz committed to Miami over Penn State and NC State from a booming list of 40 scholarship offers from around the country.

As A Player

First thing’s first, Plazz has good size with a big frame. A legit 6’5” 289lbs, Plazz should be able to add some good weight and strength as he continues to develop. Plazz also has a plus wingspan — long arms on a big frame are key physical markers for someone who can stay at tackle long-term.

Plazz is a monster in the run game. He’s surprisingly quick, and that gives him the ability to move to the 2nd level to bury defenders with regularity. He’s good at controlling opposing defensive linemen as well, but he’s bigger and stronger than most players he’s facing.

In pass protection, Plazz shows good balance and technique. He routinely stymies opposing rushers, and sets an edge for them to run the long away around to try and get to the QB. This will continue to be an area for Plazz to focus as he moves to the collegiate ranks.

It’s unclear whether Plazz will stick at left tackle or move to right tackle in college, but I believe he has the athleticism and physical build to remain at tackle through his career. He doesn’t have to kick inside like other, smaller players Miami has recruited in the past, but that could be an option in order for Miami to get their best players on the field a few years down the line.

Strengths

  • Height/build
  • Length
  • Performance at LT against good HS comp

Weaknesses

  • Relatively new to the position
  • Will need to refine technique

Miami Outlook

Note: changed this up from just a freshman-season outlook to a career outlook for each player a couple years ago and we’re continuing that style this year as well.

Recruiting Plazz is exactly what Miami should be doing to set up the long-term health of the offensive line. He’s a player with size, skill, and potential, and he won’t be needed for a couple of years. With that, he should have the time needed for physical and technical development so that when he’s needed, he’s ready to make a positive impact.

In a perfect world, Plazz redshirts in 2024 and starts to work his way up the depth chart starting in 2025. The speed with which he’s able to see the field should be dependent on his own development, but targeting his redshirt sophomore year for the year he really starts to make an impact is reasonable.

Plazz should be a solid depth piece for Miami at minimum, but working with Mirabal and Cristobal, he could develop into a fringe (or better) all-conference player years down the line, if given the opportunity for major snaps.


That’s it for this installment of The Recruiting Notebook.

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