Miami’s 2017 class got a little bit longer on Tuesday afternoon with the addition of Hamilton Heights (IN) athlete Sterling Weatherford. Weatherford, a two-star prospect per Scout, stands at 6’5” and 205 pounds and looks to be an intriguing developmental player as he runs a 4.5 40-yard dash as well.
Super excited to be announcing my commitment to Miami of Ohio for… https://t.co/TTIrHDp2Ym— Sterling Weatherford (@sweatherford2) August 2, 2016
Weatherford held four offers in addition to Miami, a group that includes Ball State, Davidson, North Dakota, and Western Illinois. He plays basketball as well, which is a nice asset to have as a skill player, especially as a defensive back. Judging from his Hudl film (which you can see below), you love his ability to strike people from the safety position but he’s raw in coverage. Taking a redshirt year to get bigger and learn the ins and outs of his position would be huge for both him and Miami, as he has plenty of athletic ability.
Weatherford’s commitment brings Miami class to 13 so far in a recruiting season where the staff is being more deliberate in who they go after than in seasons past. With Chris Glaser flipping his commitment to Virginia recently, it may be time to pursue some offensive line prospects. The RedHawks currently have five uncommitted offers out for the unit, according to 247Sports.