Miami continued to build on its strong 2016 recruiting class Sunday afternoon as it picked up commitments from defensive end Ben Kimpler and tight end Johnny Lumpkin.
Kimpler, the 6'6", 217-pounder from Libertyville (IL) and three-star recruit according to 247Sports Composite, committed to the RedHawks over Western Michigan among others, as he discussed on EdgyTim.com:
"It was just everything about Miami," he said. "They offer a great education, a football program that is on the rise and I would also play for some great coaches... [Miami] offered me and recruited me as a defensive end while Western Michigan wanted me as a tight end and that was a bit of a factor. I had two great schools to decide from in the end and I'm just very happy and excited about my choice."
With 9.5 sacks in his junior season, the all-conference player looks to be as disruptive at the next level as he is in high school:
Lumpkin, meanwhile, is a 6'6", 230-pound TE commit hailing from Douglass (GA) who also dabbles at DE at his high school and provide a huge target for quarterbacks to throw to:
Both Kimpler and Lumpkin fit Chuck Martin's recruiting M.O. at Miami, which is to find big, athletic kids that might be a little too lean to get P5 offers, but (given that they use their time in college to develop their bodies) they can grow to be playmakers at this level.