By MIKE SMITH
While the football RedHawks have lost several players to the portal, on3.com recently reported Mondrell Dean as an incoming transfer.
It's an intriguing addition for several reasons. Dean, who is coming to Miami as a freshman out of Purdue, was listed as a running back. At 6-3, 240, he would be a REALLY big back!
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The former three-star out of Hurricane, WV, also pops up here and there as an edge defender
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After looking at some high school highlights, there is certainly evidence to support Dean as an impact player on defense. His prep tape shows him all over the place -- running back, receiver and even throwing a pass while on offense. However, he is also "all over the place" on defense. At times, he seems like a one-man wrecking crew.
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It will be interesting to see how this plays out. Perhaps spring ball will provide a bit of clarity -- at least by the spring showcase.
Editor-Publisher Mike Smith
Mike grew up in Mid-American Conference football and basketball territory and returned there after military service. He has been covering MAC football and men's basketball for much of the last several decades.