This Easter weekend has been a big one for Miami coach Chuck Martin and his staff: the RedHawks welcomed fifty-two (52!!) rising seniors to Oxford to see John Harbaugh officially join the Cradle of Coaches, complete with speeches to the team and the recruits by both John and his brother Jim.
And the staff's efforts have already paid off: according to Scout's Allen Trieu, Miami landed its first 2015 verbal Saturday: middle linebacker Carter Masek from East Grand Rapids High School in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Masek, a three-star recruit according to Scout, had an offer from master recruiter PJ Fleck and Western Michigan, plus interest from Michigan, Michigan State, Northwestern, and Wisconsin. He's expected to play as a middle linebacker or an outside rusher (like a hybrid OLB/DE) in college.
Two things stood out to Masek when he committed to Miami: Chuck Martin's history of success and the school's academic reputation. As he told Trieu, who was in Oxford for the weekend's festivities:
"They have a lot of energy. Miami (Ohio) has a rich history of winning and they've had a down streak, but I think they have the right coaches to get it back up, just the success they had at Grand Valley winning national championships excites me.
"Academics definitely played a lot into my decision. They have great programs and opportunities that can help me later in life."
One three-star recruit is more than Don Treadwell and company got last year, so it looks like Martin is off to a strong start from day one.