The Miami Hurricanes recently received commitments from two consensus five-star recruits. K.C. McDermott and Joseph Yearby are both top-notch players, yet both play very different positions.
McDermott, the brother of Canes starting center Shane McDermott, is an offensive tackle. He is ranked as the No. 52 best high school player in the country and the fourth-best tackle. He spurned offers from Ohio State and Notre Dame to wear the green and orange.
So which of these two outstanding players will have the most immediate impact?
McDermott is planning on enrolling early so he can benefit from participating in spring practice in 2014. Miami will be thin at offensive tackle next season with the expected departures of Malcolm Bunch and Seantrell Henderson. McDermott could step in and replace Henderson.
Yearby is not planning on enrolling early which could set him back. On the other hand, running back Randy Johnson may opt for the pros in a couple of years. With not much depth right now at the running back position, Yearby could be Johnson’s immediate replacement.
Overall, it looks as if McDermott will have the most immediate impact. His ability to start as early as next season, and his ability to practice with the team next spring all point to that. Yearby will have to spend at least a season or two behind Johnson before seeing significant carries.
Both players, however, are going to have great college careers.