Pre-season Recruiting Update: RB's

Football season is almost here, which means recruiting is about to kick into high gear again. To catch everyone up to speed on what's going on lets take a look at where things stand for the Hurricanes.

The Hurricanes lost three of their top five rushers from the 2010 season – Damien Berry and Graig Cooper received free agent deals with NFL teams while Storm Johnson transferred out. The top two guys coming back are Mike James and Lamar Miller. James is only a junior and will likely play two more seasons here. Miller, only a sophomore, has an NFL skill set so a strong 2011 season could mean he could be on his way to the next level after this fall. Sophomore Eduardo Clements is back at running back after spending the spring and summer on defense. Redshirt freshman Darion Hall doesn't seem to be a factor here. At fullback, C.J. Holton is a junior who just came over from linebacker while sophomores Maurice Hagens and Billy Sanders still have a few years remaining.

Duke Johnson, who many people consider to be the top overall player in the state of Florida for the Class of 2012, made an early commitment to the Canes and remains firm with that decision. He's an electrifying player who will bring with him big expectations. He is a Lamar Miller type talent.

The Canes seem to want more and the top two targets appear to be Maryland's Wes Brown and Pennsylvania's Drew Harris. Both players are being recruited nationally and both players have a lot of interest in Miami. Brown visited over the summer for one of the camps and has said on numerous occasions that Miami is his top choice heading into the fall. Harris seems to be more wide open at this point and hasn't really singled out any schools for being at the top of his list. Brown is more likely for Miami than Harris but landing either one would be considered a huge get for the Canes.

A running back class of Johnson and one of those two kids would have to be considered one of the best in college football and there's still a real good chance of that happening. Miami isn't currently recruiting any fullbacks for the Class of 2012.

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