The University of Miami netted one of the nation’s top pass rushers and arguably the best defensive player in its own backyard in the class of 2014 on Saturday when Miami Northwestern High defensive end Mike Smith committed to the program.
The Hurricanes also picked up 2014 commitments from Orange Park linebacker Darrion Owens, Fort Lauderdale Dillard cornerback Dennis Turner and Norcross (Ga.) tight end/H-back Christopher Herndon.
Smith, 6-3 and 210 pounds, according to his high school coach, made the commitment while attending another session of the Al Golden Summer Camp. Last season, Smith produced 73 tackles and finished second in Miami-Dade County with 18 sacks.
“He’s a great character kid,” Northwestern High coach Stephen Field said. “Defensive coordinator Luther Campbell has done a really good job making him aggressive. He’s the type of kid you want leading your team.”
Smith played exclusively as a defensive end last season but is being recruited to UM as both a linebacker and defensive end. Florida State, Georgia and Tennessee were all finalists for Smith, who told Field he was ready to end his recruiting process and commit to the Hurricanes.
A consensus three-star recruit, Smith is ranked the 21st best defensive end in the country, according to Rivals.com, 32nd by 247Sports.com and 71st by ESPN.com.
UM struggled producing sacks last season, ranking 113th out of 120 FBS programs with 13 sacks.
Incoming freshman quarterback Kevin Olsen, who was issued three summons for leaving the scene of an accident, failure to report an accident and careless driving on May 25 in his hometown of Wayne, N.J., has had his court date moved both on the calendar and on the map.
Olsen was supposed to go before a judge in Wayne Municipal Court on Thursday but, according to a court administrator, Olsen’s hearing has been changed to Haledon Municipal Court on July 1 at 4:30 p.m. after both Wayne judges recused themselves.
The police report, obtained by the Miami Herald last month, cited a witness, whose name was redacted from the report, saying that he saw Olsen’s black Jeep backing away from a tree that he hit with the vehicle. The witness said the driver exited his vehicle, surveyed the damage, got back in and hit another car parked on the road while leaving the scene — narrowly missing the witness.
“At this point the driver exited the car again and walked away from the scene,” according to the report. The report cited that the witness said the driver’s “face appeared to be bloodied” and that he “appeared to be under the influence of ‘something.’”
UM’s sports information department said Olsen is expected to begin classes at UM next week. Golden told WQAM’s Joe Rose last month he’s confident the situation will not impact Olsen’s future.
Julio Derosier, a former three-star defensive end out of Homestead High who played for College of the Sequoias in California last season and is expected to be a part of UM’s incoming 2013 recruiting class, said by phone Friday he will not finish summer classes until July 31 and won’t arrive in Coral Gables until the fall.
Derosier (6-6, 265 pounds) doesn’t have a lot of football experience, according to his former high school coach Bobby McCray, but has a lot of upside.
Derosier had 15 tackles for loss in five games in 2012 but missed part of the season with a foot injury. He missed all of his senior year at Homestead High with the same foot injury, according to McCray, and then sat out his freshman year in college.
Derosier, who is currently living in Texas with his brother and taking college courses there, said his focus right now is getting his undergraduate work out of the way so when he gets to UM he can focus just on his major. He will be classified at UM as a redshirt sophomore.
Miami Herald sportswriter Barry Jackson contributed to this report.