MIAMI (CBS4) – While short on the usual four and five-star recruits, the University of Miami Hurricanes will still put together a good 2010 recruiting class.
The class, as of 1:30 p.m., is led by two five-star recruits, according to Scout.com.
Defensive tackle Jalen Grimble of Las Vegas will bring his talents to South Beach. The 6’3”, 255 tackle will have to put on some weight to handle himself in the ACC, but he’s rated as the number 2 defensive tackle in the country and will eventually help bolster the Canes’ run defense.
The other star player in the Canes’ class is Tampa defensive end Anthony Chickillo. If the last name sounds familiar, it’s because he is the Canes’ first third generation star, and quite a star at that.
Chickillo stands 6’4” and weighs 235 pounds and reportedly runs a 4.7 second 40-yard dash. He tallied 127 tackles and 18 sacks as a senior. That followed up a junior season that saw him rack up 80 tackles and 12 sacks.
He’s the number three defensive end in the country and was rated as a five-star athlete by Scout.com.
Past those two phenoms, the Canes’ class only has two 4-star players in it. Hollywood cornerback Kevin Grooms, 5’10”, signed with the Canes as a four-star cornerback and Coral Gables linebacker Denzel Perryman inked his name on the dotted line for the Canes on Wednesday.
Miami fans should take solace in the fact that head coach Al Golden held on to as many recruits as he did working with as little time as he did. The state will be loaded with high school football talent in 2012 and Golden will have a full year to work with.
He returns a roster with some good talent at key positions and “the U” is poised to make some noise in the ACC. But, Golden will likely be on a short leash with fans, who wanted a bigger name as a coach.
Golden turned the moribund Temple Owls program into a winner. He’s going to have a lot more talent to work with; but the competition will be much more fierce than anything he saw at Temple, both on the field and on the recruiting trail.