As I wrote in Friday's Miami Herald article, UM freshman All-American quarterback Brad Kaaya is a powerful recruiting tool for the Hurricanes.
He also could scare folks away, such as high school senior quarterbacks who might otherwise have come to Coral Gables to play for UM.
Thursday night, four-star quarterback Dwayne Lawson of Hillsborough High in Tampa -- UM's only committed quarterback for the Class of 2015 -- posted this on his Twitter feed:
"I want to thank all the coaches at the university of Miami for the opportunity but I've chosen to go another route in this recruitment."
Can't blame him.
Lawson, listed by ESPN.com as 6-4 and 200 pounds, is rated by ESPN as the sixth best duel threat quarterback in the Class of 2015. According to a HokieHaven.com report from the Rivals network, Lawson is now glowing about Virginia Tech.
With Kaaya a superstar in the making (and already there in terms of first-year quarterbacks), and fellow freshman Malik Rosier at Miami already having learned the playbook, Lawson realized that barring injury, he'd likely be keeping the bench warm.
"At the time when I committed [in May], it was the best opportunity for me,'' Lawson told HokieHaven.com. "They had a freshman quarterback playing and all these other things going on and I felt like that was the best decision. He's probably gonna be there another three years. I wish him the best, I wish the program the best and we'll see what happens from there. I don't consider myself committed there anymore.''
Quarterbacks should keep in mind that Rosier, who is redshirting this season, is a baseball player as well -- and look what happened to former Canes quarterback David Thompson, who started out as a duel-sport Cane but left football to concentrate on baseball.
UM also has Gray Crow among its scholarship quarterbacks. Crow, a very smart young man who also has mastered the playbook but did not get on the field this season, is a 6-3, 235-pound third-year sophomore who was recruited out of Clearwater Countryside as a three-star prospect. He played in two games in 2013, completing six of eight passes for 55 yards and a touchdown, with one interception. Coaches switched him to tight end/H-back before the 2014 season, then switched him back to quarterback after he requested it.
Fifth-year seniors Ryan Williams and Jake Heaps are in their final season of eligibility.
Wanted: another quarterback recruit to replace Lawson.
SUSAN MILLER DEGNAN