If there's one thing we've figured out by now it's that new Miami RedHawks head football coach Chuck Martin isn't happy with the current state of the school's offensive line, and he's doing something about it. After focusing heavily on offensive line during his shortened recruiting period leading up to the 2014 recruiting class being signed, Martin's already netted verbals from four offensive lineman for his 2014 class.
One of those lineman is big 6-foot-5, 287 pound offensive tackle Peyton Truitt, who committed to the 'Hawks in early May. A 2-star (247Sports composite) offensive line prospect out of West Lafayette, Indiana, Truitt was expected to be a lock to Miami's conference foe Ball State according to some recruiting experts, and is receiving heavy interest from both Purdue and Indiana, as well as Vanderbilt and Michigan State. But according to Truitt, Miami is the only school that really makes sense for him.
"I visited [Miami] a week prior to the offer, for junior day. I loved it. I loved everything," Truitt told Hustle Belt. A week after getting the offer, Truitt visited Oxford, Ohio again and committed on the spot.
"It took some serious thinking because I previously had some other summer plans. Camping at other schools, but then I sat down with my parents, we made a matrix, with no school in mind, just saying what we wanted from a school academically, athletically, what the campus is like socially, the entire spectrum of college and Miami checked every single box," Truitt said. "I pulled the trigger there, which was the perfect time, in coach Martin's office."
An A student at Indiana's top public school, Truitt, who carries an unweighted 3.5 GPA while taking a course load heavy in AP courses, says the main determining factor in choosing Miami was the program's rich academic tradition. A sentiment he shares with some fellow members of Miami's 2015 class.
"They're ranked in the Top 25 in undergrad business schools, which is what I want to study. Their academics are incredible which sat well with my parents, which was also influential in my decision process. Then I loved coach Martin and his staff and I love the way the program is heading. There's just a lot of big positive things going on at Miami right now."
One of those positives is coach Martin himself. Tasked with restoring a team coming off a winless season to its once prestigious level of performance, Martin has brought a renewed level of energy and excitement to the Oxford, Ohio program. Through assembling a top notch staff, bringing in some high-profile transfers from schools such as Notre Dame, and going hard after prospects who seemed destined for bigger Power 5 conference schools, Martin is putting together a fantastic foundation for a long rebuilding process.
Getting to be a part of that rebuilding process swayed Truitt's decision to attend Miami in a big way.
"It's going to be hard. It's not going to be easy. It's going to be a challenge and challenges are fun. I'm really looking forward to the next couple of years and the process of helping rebuild Miami football."
Truitt, who once had plans to camp or visit other schools, has cleared his calendar for the summer and is already preparing himself to make an impact in what is shaping up to be an exciting rebuilding process.
Currently an offensive tackle, Truitt will likely shift inside to guard at Miami, and says he's looking forward to getting his chance to compete for a spot on the 'Hawks line. With an athletic frame, excellent drive, and solid skills, Truitt looks to be an excellent grab for a Miami class that's filling up with talented lineman quick.
Want to see some of Truitt's blocking highlights?Check out his Hudl page.