5 drafted -- A look back at them as recruits

Five Hurricanes were drafted in the second and third rounds of the NFL Draft on Friday. It's time to look back and see what those five players were like as recruits.

Five Hurricanes were drafted on Friday:

2nd round (46 overall) -- Orlando Franklin to Denver
2nd round (60 overall) -- Brandon Harris to Houston
3rd round (79 overall) -- Leonard Hankerson to Washington
3rd round (81 overall) -- DeMarcus Van Dyke to Oakland
3rd round (86 overall) -- Allen Bailey to Kansas City

Franklin being the first Hurricane taken was a bit of a surprise to a lot of people. He moved to Delray Beach and enrolled at Atlantic High school after moving in from Canada before his junior year in high school. With ideal size and athleticism, it didn't take long for him to become one of the state's most heavily recruited players. A four-star prospect, he held offers from Florida State and Florida and visited those two along with Louisville and Minnesota in addition to Miami. Franklin was part of Larry Coker's final recruiting class at Miami and was a four-year starter here.

Harris was one of the headliners of the banner 2008 class that former coach Randy Shannon landed. The brother of a UM track star and son of a close friend of Shannon's when he signed, Harris was recruited by everyone as a five-star prospect. He also took recruiting visits to Florida, UCF, LSU, and Ohio State before deciding to stay home and become a Hurricane. Harris started all three of his years at Miami and nearly lived up to his five-star billing.

Hankerson was a national recruit coming out of St. Thomas Aquinas High. He was actually one of the first commitments under Shannon, soon after the former coach was announced. A four-star prospect, Hankerson didn't take any other official visits but had offers from schools from all over the country including Ohio State and Florida. After a slow start to his UM career, Hankerson was outstanding over his final two college seasons and lived up to his four-star billing.

Van Dyke was a local two-way player who was once committed to Florida. He switched over to Miami soon after Shannon became head coach. A four-star prospect, he also visited Florida and Ohio State before inking with the Canes. He started most of the games during his four-year career but never emerged as a big time player under the former regime. He is a candidate for a breakout player in the league, especially after running the fastest 40-time at this year's combine. He could be this year's version of Sam Shields.

Bailey, a five-star prospect, was probably the most heavily recruited of the five. Coming from the state of Georgia, he also took recruiting visits to Alabama and Florida before deciding on the Canes. He, too, was in Shannon's first recruiting class. He bounced between end and tackle during his UM days and never lived up to his five-star billing but he was clearly one of the top defensive linemen in that class.

The draft is set to resume today and some more Hurricanes, including linebacker Colin McCarthy, are expected to be selected.


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