Miami Football Recruiting: Impending QB Competition Good Sign for Canes

David KenyonFeatured ColumnistMay 16, 2013

Brad Kaaya via 247Sports
Brad Kaaya via 247Sports

Following a torturous recruiting cycle in which head coach Al Golden had to save scholarships for the majority of the year, the Miami Hurricanes coaching staff is already loading up on prospects for the 2014 class.

CaneInsider's Kyle Pumariega broke the news of the latest commitment on Monday.

Confirmed through sources, QB Brad Kaaya has committed to The University of Miami.

— Kyle Pumariega (@KylePuma) May 13, 2013

Kaaya is now the second committed quarterback for Miami, the other being Alin Edouard, a local product from Hialeah High School.

With Kaaya's commitment, many people speculated how long it would be until 4-star recruit Edouard decommitted from the 'Canes.

Susan Miller Degnan of The Miami Herald addressed this situation shortly thereafter.

Edouard, however, said he would not back down from a quarterback battle, and as he later said, "there will be competition anywhere you go."


— Alin Edouard #10 (@ALLEN_EDWARD2) May 14, 2013

While Edouard still is committed to Miami, he recently told 247Sports his commitment wasn't the strongest.

“My commitment to Miami is not strong anymore. It’s getting kind of weak now,” Edouard said Saturday afternoon at the spring jamboree held at FIU. “I’m having concerns and my people are having concerns also. Right now it’s kind of so-so.”

With that being said, Charlie Strong and Louisville took full advantage of the Kaaya commitment and its impact on Edouard, as noted by Dieter Kurtenbach of the South Florida Sun Sentinel.

To recap, Alin Edouard has had Miami and Louisville visit him today.

— Dieter Kurtenbach (@dkurtenbach) May 14, 2013

Louisville's coaching staff will keep trying to steal Edouard from the 'Canes, but Edouard staying committed really would not be a bad thing for the Miami program.

247Sports lists Edouard as a dual-threat QB and Kaaya as a pro-style passer, so they bring slightly different skill sets to the field.

Because of his superb running ability, I've called Edouard a "perfect fit" for offensive coordinator James Coley in the past, and I won't back down from that.

Kaaya's highlights show his rocket arm, excellent accuracy and phenomenal touch. Kaaya is more like Stephen Morris than Edouard, and, well, 'Canes fans kinda like the way Morris plays.

With Morris graduating following the 2013 season, Miami is left with a solid group of signal-callers in Ryan Williams, Gray Crow, Preston Dewey and incoming freshman Kevin Olsen.

Edouard's speed is something that cannot be matched by any quarterback on the roster, and speed at every position is an invaluable asset to a team.

Kaaya surely is not as fast as Edouard, but he makes up for it with his ability to set up a play.

According to ESPN Insider, Kaaya does a nice job selling fakes and can freeze safeties and linebackers to fit the ball into seams and holes in coverage.

Kaaya, like Olsen, is very experienced in a shotgun-heavy offense, and Coley's offense will utilize plenty of shotgun.

So, what is the bottom line?

Both talented players give Miami more offensive options, the 'Canes need to keep them both and the once-thin quarterback position keeps getting deeper and better in Coral Gables.