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Breakdown of commitments: Miami lands four-star SDE Rueben Bain

Breakdown of commitments: Miami lands four-star SDE Rueben Bain

Competition was fierce in the recruiting wars for the strongside defensive end Rueben Bain. Auburn, Alabama, Florida State, Louisville and Miami took turns wooing Miami Central’s four-star talent, but in the end, the Hurricanes landed their prized recruit from the backyard.


Bain is one of the elite defensive end in the Class of 2023. Line up anyone against Bain, the big man is going to impact the game. The Rockets coaching staff was able to use his versatility by positioning him as a tech 6 or 4, but they were also able to slide him into a tech 3 to disrupt the opponent’s run and pass attack. The move proved successful against IMG Academy this season, allowing Bain to take over in the latter stages of the game.


The relentless engine to get into the backfield stalking running backs and running backs separates Bain from the rest. Bain is a mix of power and speed with a playful feel that allows him to make big plays. Over 10 games during his senior campaign, Bain is credited with 52 tackles, 37 tackles for a loss and 28 sacks.


When head coach Mario Cristobal took over the Miami program, one of his mission statements was to keep local talent home for college; he delivers. Of the 24 verbal commitments, 16 are from the Sunshine State, including six from the Miami area. Coach Cristobal’s drive down the recruiting trail is carving out a niche that will alienate other state programs and make it harder for ACC, Big Ten and SEC teams to poach talent of the region.

On the talent front, Miami landed a third defensive end in the class who can rush the passer and defend against the run. Bain joins four stars Jayden Wayne and Collins Acheampong as rookies who are expected to make an impact on the pitch sooner rather than later.


“They’re a local team, coach (Mario) Cristobal is trying to bring the ‘U’ back and do what he does in college,” Bain said. “He’s used to winning. They have a foundation. He was doing it at Oregon where they had first-round picks. He knows what he’s doing, especially in the trenches.

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