Miami gets good start on 2011 recruiting class

June, 7, 2010
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Just because Miami didn't appear in the initial ESPN class rankings doesn't mean the program won't end up there -- especially if the staff continues to lure in talent like ESPNU 150 wideout Eli Rogers and quarterback Teddy Bridgewater.

Those two commitments seem very similar to what happened with the 2008 recruiting class of quarterback Jacory Harris, when seven Canes came from Miami Northwestern, including wide receiver Aldarius Johnson.

Are Bridgewater and Rogers the next star duo in Miami's offense?

Possibly, but Tom Luginbill of ESPN Recruiting tells me Bridgewater has a lot of polishing up to do as a passer.

Luginbill called Bridgewater a "terrific athlete who has been an improviser in the spread offense that has not played with much structure or fundamental mechanics on a consistent basis. (Offensive coordinator Mark) Whipple will need to groom and develop him as a pocket guy or add more spread elements to their offense. He makes a lot of plays and is a dynamic prospect, but very green."

Here's what ESPN's Billy Tucker had to say about Rogers, who is rated the No. 20 receiver in his class by ESPN Recruiting:

"While Bridgewater may have stole most of the headlines on Friday, the Canes landed another ESPNU 150 commitment we feel is falling under the radar in this 2011 receiver class. Bridgewater's main target at Northwestern may actually have a chance to contribute earlier with his great versatility."

"Rogers has great speed and explosiveness to help him separate off the line and out of his breaks as well after the catch. He is versatile with the skill-set to play inside or out at the next level and makes plays in the redzone (on the jump-ball) or as a space player. Rogers should obviously contribute as a returner and is really a valuable get for Miami as his recruiting stock would have likely improved heading into the summer."

Miami now has four commits and three are in the ESPNU 150. They have a strong early class, and quality over quantity right now.

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