Miami Football: Recent Commits Proof 'Canes Are Trending Upward

David KenyonFeatured ColumnistJune 26, 2014

Shaquille Quarterman
Shaquille QuartermanCredit: 247Sports

News on the recruitment front slowed tremendously for the Miami Hurricanes. And tremendously was not a good thing.

Significant updates included a pair of relatively unknown players—3-star defensive end Jamie Gordinier and 2016 linebacker Michael Pinckneycommitting to "The U." Solid pickups, sure, but not glamorous, program-changing players by any means.

Then, 2016 athlete Chauncey Gardner flipped from Miami to the University of Florida and 2015 offensive lineman Kevin Feder switched to Ohio State. Rather quickly, "Hey, at least the 'Canes are pulling someone" morphed into "Oh. There goes another."

But then Jack Allison happened.

Bleacher Report's Adam Lefkoe caught up with David Lake of 247Sports and asked if Allison was the program's quarterback of the future.

A simple verbal pledge from the 4-star unleashed a fury of momentum for Al Golden and his coaching staff. While the commitments may not have been directly connected, a handful of prospects then announced their collegiate intentions.

The following day, Shaquille Quarterman, who is 247Sports' No. 1 linebacker in the 2016 class, immediately became the key defensive recruit for the next cycle. Quarterman attends the same school, Oakleaf, that the Hurricanes entered to snag Darrion Owens during the 2013 cycle.

The 6'1", 237-pound linebacker told InsideTheU (subscription required), "I had been thinking about committing for a little while and Miami was always one of my favorite schools. It was easy to make them my choice."

Per Rivals' Matt Shodell (subscription required), Quarterman said his pledge is "very solid. I don't think any person should commit and decommit later. When I make a commitment I really want to stick with it."

Stranger things have happened, but Miami has been a long-time favorite and he wants to remain loyal. Quarterman is the type of player who becomes a cornerstone in a recruiting class—heavily pursued, commits early and never wavers.

In-state offensive tackle Geron Christian essentially replaced what Miami lost when Feder flipped. Dual-sport athlete Therell Gosier completed a Tuesday trifecta, giving the 'Canes four new commitments in just two days.

But it didn't stop there.

Linebacker Claude George visited the school and returned home before pledging to Miami, rounding out the five new commits in just three days. Last season, he racked up 51 tackles, including 15.5 for loss with 9.0 sacks, five pass breakups and one interception.

According to Nate Adelson of 247Sports (subscription required), George said, "I like where the program is headed and it just felt like the right place for me. We're going to have a great season and I'm proud to join the Hurricane family."

Plus, he attends JUCO powerhouse Hutchinson and plays alongside several highly ranked prospects. If Miami manage to grab another player from the school, such as defensive end Marquavius Lewis or D-tackle Jeremiah Ledbetter, George is even more valuable.

The 'Canes had not received a signature commit for a couple months, but Allison and Quarterman highlighted an outstanding recruiting week for Golden and his staff.

"[Miami coaches] want to compete for national championships again," the Oakleaf linebacker told InsideTheU. "They said 2016 will be the class that puts them over the top."

Of course, the pair of high-profile commitments doesn't mean Miami can sit back, relax and wait for a group of elite prospects to flock to Coral Gables. But the 'Canes are off to a fantastic start.

With an offensive standout like Allison and eventual defensive cornerstone in Quarterman on board, the Hurricanes are most definitely on an upward trend.


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