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2014 Miami Football Recruiting: RedHawks Land Five More Verbals Before Signing Day

In the rush up to this Wednesday's National Signing Day, Miami has gotten verbal commitments from five more players.

Chuck Martin and his staff have been busy in the last moments before National Signing Day.
Chuck Martin and his staff have been busy in the last moments before National Signing Day.
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Chuck Martin and his staff have been busy on the recruiting trail for the past week or so. (But hey, it's not like they missed much with last night's Super Bowl blowout.) And it seems their efforts have paid off: in addition to the prodigal Sam Martin flipping from Miami to Rutgers to Miami again, and the addition of previous Toledo commit Ikeem Allen, the RedHawks have added six new verbals as the National Signing Day clock counts down to zero.

Deion Cineus, DT/OL

Cineus, a 6-foot-5, 320-pound lineman from Miami Beach High School, chose Miami over offers from Hawaii and several Sun Belt schools, as well as interest from Georgia Tech, Louisville, and Miami (FL). He projects as a defensive tackle in college. Cineus was named to the Honorable Mention All-State team for Division 8A. (His commitment was first reported by Adam Dietrich of RedHawk Insider.)

Chris Hudson, TE/DE

Hudson, a 6-foot-6, 240-pound end from Hazard High School in Hazard, Kentucky, joins a number of tight end prospects who have verbaled to Miami. (It's likely that some of these commits will end up as offensive or defensive linemen, because there are simply too many tight ends for it to work out otherwise.) A two-star recruit, he was the fourth-best receiver in small-school Kentucky football, measured by yards per catch, and is also a star on the Hazard basketball team. (His commitment was first reported by Scout.)

Rich Schoen, WR/DB

Schoen, a 5-foot-11, 180-pound wideout and defensive back from Fenwick High School in Oak Park, Illinois, chose Miami after impressive junior and senior campaigns that saw him named to the Chicago Catholic League's First Team as a junior and winning the league's Defensive MVP award as a senior. He was also named to the Illinois All-State Academic Team, an award bestowed by the vote of the Illinois Coaches Association. (His commitment was first reported by his teammate Ryan Smith, about whom more below.)

Ryan Smith, TE

Smith, a 6-foot-5, 250-pound tight end, will join his high school teammate Schoen at Miami, which he chose over offers from FCS schools Western Illinois and South Dakota. As proof that football bloodlines love Miami (Don Shula's grandson played for the RedHawks in the mid-2000s), Smith is the grandson of 1953 Heisman winner Johnny Lattner. (Smith first reported his own commitment, along with Schoen's, in the tweet linked above.)

Kenny Young, RB/ATH

Young, a 5-foot-8, 180-pound running back from Godby High School in Tallahassee, Florida, chose Miami over ten other offers, including a number from MAC and Sun Belt schools such as UMass, Troy, and Florida International. The two-star recruit may project as an overall athlete rather than specifically as a running back. (His commitment was first reported by Scout.)