Randy Shannon and the Miami Hurricanes took a huge step towards landing a top 10 recruiting class for 2011 on Friday.
Teddy Bridgewater, one of the most coveted high school quarterbacks in the nation, verbally committed to the Canes.
The current Miami Northwestern quarterback is ranked as the No. 7 QB in the ESPNU 150 and the No. 9 QB by Rivals.com.
As a junior, Bridgewater threw for over 2500 yards and 32 touchdowns with 300 rush yards and five rushing touchdowns. Bridgewater has great mobility and a strong arm which makes him the ultimate threat at quarterback.
Canes fans have known about Bridgewater for several years now. Bridgewater replaced current Canes’ starting quarterback Jacory Harris at Miami Northwestern after Harris’ graduation. In his first year at starting quarterback, the sophomore Bridgewater led Northwestern to the state 6A Finals but fell short to Sanford Seminole.
Due to scholarship limitations, this year’s recruiting class will need to be about quality rather than quantity. Quarterback is a huge need for the Canes this year, and there was no doubt who the Canes wanted.
Bridgewater will be the only QB signed by the Canes this recruiting class.
Bridgewater couldn’t have picked a better situation than signing with Miami. He should be able to redshirt his first year at UM while Harris is playing his senior year.
After Harris graduates, Bridgewater will be able to compete with A.J. Highsmith and Stephen Morris for the starting job. Bridgewater will also be able to play his college football only minutes away from his home and there are eight former Miami Northwestern players on the UM roster.
Bridgewater’s commitment to the Canes could also play a huge role in the decisions of other recruits. Several recruits may be on the fence about where to commit, and his decision could cause a domino effect for big-time recruits joining the Canes, especially for players on the offensive side of the ball.
Knowing that one of the best quarterbacks in the nation could be throwing passes to them might entice players to join Bridgewater in Miami.
Verbal commitments are not binding, and the Canes will not be 100 percent sure that Bridgewater will commit till national signing day. But Canes fans have to be excited about one of the best players in the nation wanting to play for them, especially since he is in their own backyard.