Fresh off a top-15 class in 2014, Miami's staff got to work on the current active cycle Wednesday night, doubling up by landing two in-state commitments in one evening.
It started with 3-star defensive tackle Ryan Fines from Manatee High School in Bradenton, Fla., according to Brandon Odoi of CaneInsider.com:
Correction, the newest #Canes commit Ryan Fines (Manatee) is a DT. He becomes Miami's 4th verbal in the 2015 class. 6'3 292 3-star commit— Brandon Odoi (@Brandon_Odoi) February 20, 2014
Later, 3-star offensive guard Leeward Brown from Miramar High School pledged his name to the 'Canes as well, per Ryan Bartow of 247Sports:
Fines is the higher-rated player of the two, though neither is a sexy, jump-off-the page type prospect. A 6'3'', 285-pound defensive tackle, he ranks as the No. 50 player at his position, the No. 104 player in Florida and the No. 797 overall prospect in the class of 2015, according to the 247Sports composite rankings.
Brown is the No. 53 offensive guard, the No. 126 player in Florida and the No. 902 overall prospect in the class. At 6'3'' and a whopping 338 pounds, he appears to have sufficient size to play the position at an FBS level, but he needs to turn his bad weight into good weight these next few years.
According to Nate Adelson of 247Sports (subscription required), Brown was named a first-team All-Broward County selection as a junior last season.
The Hurricanes have offered scholarships to three of his Miramar teammates: Tyrek Cole, Kendrell McFadden and Kahlil Lewis. All three have already committed elsewhere, however: Cole to Florida State, McFadden and Lewis to West Virginia.
"Honestly, there’s not all that much I can do,” Brown said about trying to lure his teammates to Miami, according to Adelson. "It’s their experience and their decision so I won’t get in the way of that."
"But if I do have a chance to convince them the ‘U’ is where it’s at, I’ll put in a few words," he said.
With the two commitments Wednesday night, Miami now has five prospects pledged for the active cycle, all of them 3-star recruits. It moved up 11 spots in the 247Sports team rankings, jumping all the way up from No. 28 to No. 17.
Only Clemson and Florida State have better ACC classes at the moment.