Kehoe, Canes putting together stellar OL class
[dropcap]S[/dropcap]igning Day is more than 40 weeks away, but Miami may already have the nation’s top offensive line class locked up.
Four of the Hurricanes’ six verbal commitments are offensive lineman. Three of the four are Rivals.com 4 star recruits.
Not since 2005 has Miami had a recruiting class with three 4-star offensive line recruits, and the Canes may not be done yet.
It should give veteran assistant Art Kehoe, who deserves much of the credit for Miami’s haul, a lot to work with down the road.
The 2013 season will be Kehoe’s third as the offensive line coach on Al Golden’s staff. It’ll be his 29th year overall as a Hurricane.
Kehoe originally came to Miami in 1979 as a junior college transfer offensive lineman. Since then, he’s either played or coached for six Miami coaches and is the only person on the staff of all five of the school’s national championships.
He served as lead recruiter for the Canes’ latest commitment. Reilly Gibbons, a 4-star tackle from St. Petersburg (Fla.) Catholic, committed to Miami on Monday.
The 6-foot-5, 285-pound Gibbons had 37 scholarship offers.
He told the Tampa Tribune that Miami coaches sent him 60 hand-written notes over a three-day period prior to his announcement.
Gibbons is an important recruit on a number of fronts, and he helps Miami get back in the door in the Tampa area.
Kehoe recruits Tampa and has strong ties there, but the Canes did not ink a single Tampa-area recruit in 2013. Miami signed four Tampa recruits in 2012.
The Canes still very much in the picture for Corey Martinez, a 6-foot-4, 290-pound guard from Tampa Catholic. Martinez, also a 4-star prospect, has offers from Miami, Florida State, Georgia, Tennessee, Vanderbilt and Notre Dame, among others.
The headliner of Miami’s offensive line haul is Kc McDermott, a 6-foot-6, 300-pound tackle from Palm Beach Central High in Wellington, Fla. McDermott, Rivals.com’s No. 5-rated offensive tackle, committed to Miami over Notre Dame on April 2. He’s the younger brother of Miami center Shane McDermott and former Colorado State lineman and current Notre Dame graduate assistant Tyler McDermott.
“It’s a combination of (Art) Kehoe and the program,” McDermott told CaneSport.com of the fast start. “As this process keeps getting younger and younger they’re going after kids who are freshmen even. Kids are getting recognized earlier and deciding earlier. They want to make their choices early, get their process done so they can say `This is my school where I want to go, where I want to be, this is the team I want to play for.'”
The Hurricanes’ other offensive line commitments are Miami Central 4-star tackle Trevor Darling (6-5, 330), who pledged to Miami over a year ago, Fort Lauderdale- St. Thomas Aquinas 3-star center Nick Linder (6-3, 278).
UM also has verbal commitments from 4-star running back Joseph Yearby (5-9, 177) of Miami (Fla.) Central and 3-star quarterback Alin Edouard (6-1, 181) from Hialeah, Fla.
“I think we’re going to have the best recruiting class in the nation, let alone the best offensive line class,” McDermott said.
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