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2016 National Signing Day Recap: Miami RedHawks

The presence of Coach Martin is really starting to pay off for the RedHawks on the recruiting trail.

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For a team that has struggled on the field the way the Miami RedHawks have recently, it is crucial to be able to recruit the way Coach Martin and this staff have the past couple years, and this class is no different. Martin has landed 22 solid commitments, including one transfer most anyone who has followed recruiting the past several years should know pretty well.

Meet The Class

Name Hometown (HS) Height/Weight 247Sports Rating Highlights
Tyrece Speaight Columbus, OH (Upper Arlington) 5'10/186 3-star HERE
Danny Godlevske Indianapolis, IN (Bishop Chatard) 6'3/278 3-star HERE
Trent Maynard Indianapolis, IN (Decatur Central) 6'6/304 3-star HERE
DeAndre Huff Covington, GA (Newton) 6'0/185 3-star HERE
Stori Emerson Indianapolis,IN (Ben Davis) 6'2/190 3-star HERE
Tommy Doyle Minneapolis, MN (Edina Senior 6'7/257 3-star HERE
Noah Wezensky Fort Wayne, IN (Bishop Luers) 6'3/190 3-star HERE
Ben Kimpler Libertyville, IL (Libertyville) 6'6/217 3-star HERE
Travion Banks Evanston, IL (Evanston Township) 6'0/175 2-star HERE
Tay Gowan Covington, GA (Newton) 6'3/175 2-star HERE
Dalton Strunk Middletown, OH (Lakota East) 6'6/265 2-star HERE
Nigel Adams Lawrenceville, GA (Central Gwinnett) 5'11/219 2-star HERE
Myles Reid Atlanta, GA (Mays) 6'1/200 2-star HERE
Doug Costin Downingtown, PA (Bishop Shanahan 6'3/255 2-star HERE
Jack Sorenson Lincolnshire, IL (Adlai Stevenson) 6'1/185 2-star HERE
K.J. Hancock Suwanee, GA (North Gwinnett) 6'2/195 2-star HERE
Andrew Homer Cincinnati, OH (St. Xavier) 6'5/219 2-star HERE
Kobe Burse Muskegon, MI (Mona Shores) 6'0/196 2-star HERE
Cameron Turner Saint Louis, MO (Hazelwood East) 5'11/205 2-star HERE
Tee Shepard Fresno, CA (Ole Miss) 6'1/195 4-star JUCO
Kyle Speas Plainfield, IL (Plainfield North) 6'5/220 NR HERE
Tyler Fleetwood Lilburn, GA (Parkview) 6'1/192 NR HERE

Defensive Standouts

One of the biggest needs in this class was in the secondary. Depth in the secondary is something the RedHawks have been lacking the past several seasons. Transfer cornerback Tee Shepard has the chance to come in and become a leader on this defense after transferring from Ole Miss. Shepard had a powerful interview with Alex Alvarado about his announcement, which you can read more about here.

Another player in the secondary who is going to have a chance to make an impact is defensive back Tyrece Speaight from Upper Arlington HS in Columbus, OH. Speaight had several Power 5 looks, and was a crucial addition to this RedHawks team. He knows where the ball is at all times, and is arguably the best recruit in this class.

Offensive Standouts

The two best offensive weapons added in this class for Miami both just so happen to play the same position: wide receiver. DeAndre Huff, a three-star wideout from Newton HS in Covington, GA has the potential to be a game-changer for this offense looking for weapons.

The other standout from the offensive side of the ball in this class is Ben Davis HS in Indianapolis WR Stori Emerson. Emerson has the size and speed needed to make the plays that this offense did not this past season. Emerson has elite ball skills, and his field vision with the ball is something that simply cannot be taught. Emerson and Huff will both have the chance to see the field early, and could help lead this team back into bowl eligibility.

Overall Outlook

For Coach Martin, this class is huge. Take out the UMass class and the RedHawks were clearly the second best  class in the MAC. After losing out on long-time commitment TaMarion Johnson last week (He since has committed to Minnesota) and targets Jalen Cochran (Arizona) and Kiante Enis (Indiana) the strength of this class is impressive. While it's still up in the air as to how these players are going to perform on the field, adding depth at several positions of need is always key in building a successful program.

After going 3-9 last season, it is a crucial season for both Coach Martin as well as the program as they attempt to place themselves in the thick of things in the MAC going forward. Building a program from the ground up in the MAC is never easy, but having such a player's coach and great recruiter like the RedHawks do makes it much more bearable.