Terry McCray had seen the recent rash of commitments at the University of Miami and didn’t want to wait any longer to join the party. On Tuesday, he verbally committed to become the 24th member of Miami’s class of 2014. The three star recruit (according to ESPN) chose the Hurricanes over offers from Syracuse and West Virginia.
The Pompano Beach, Florida native has played defensive end for much of his high school career but projects as an outside linebacker at the next level. At 6-foot-3 205 pounds, McCray has the frame to add more weight and will likely redshirt his first year on campus in order to do so.
The most noteworthy aspects of McCray’s game are his tenacity and relentlessness. He’s an aggressive defender who loves to track down plays all over the field. Perhaps that’s why he had 13 sacks and 20 tackles for loss as a junior.
He will be raw as an outside linebacker. Especially since he has virtually no experience in pass coverage. However, he has shown tremendous athleticism, and in time, he could develop into a quality player on the second level. Part of that development will include getting better at taking on blocks from fullbacks and pulling guards. He lacks the overall strength to take blocks on thick, but that will improve with practice.
Even if his progress as a linebacker is slow, he’ll be able to contribute as a special teams player early thanks to his versatility.
McCray is the second linebacker commit for Miami, joining Juwon Young from Albany, Georgia.
B.L. is an ACC Football writer for Rant Sports and can be followed on Twitter @coachlip.