Pre-season Recruiting Update: WR'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.

That huge wide receiver class from 2008 has now been in the program for three years. The Hurricanes signed seven receivers that year and the results haven't been real good. One player (Thearon Collier) transferred, three of them (Davon Johnson, Tommy Streeter, and Kendal Thompkins) have put up very minimal production totals so far, while three have been solid (LaRon Byrd, Travis Benjamin, and Aldarius Johnson). The three who have put up solid production numbers will all be seniors this fall so heading into the 2011 season the Canes will need to build some depth with some of the younger players. Allen Hurns is a sophomore with some promise and the Canes inked two receivers in the 2011 class – speedster Phil Dorsett and small-school standout Rashawn Scott.

The Hurricanes made recruiting wide receivers a big priority for the Class of 2012 and as a result they had four players committed there by the time August rolled around. Jontavious Carter is a 6-3 sleeper from the state of Georgia. Lightly recruited, Carter came to Miami's camp and impressed soon after landing an offer from the Canes and taking it. He's considered a big target who can really run and jump. D'Mauri Jones is a small school standout from north Florida, and is another 6-3 receiver with some nice athletic ability and upside. Angelo Louis-Jean is widely considered the top wide receiver prospect in Palm Beach County and was the most heavily recruited of the four commitments. He is expected to come in and play right away for the Canes. One of the top local guys, Herb Waters, committed to the Canes after landing an offer following one of the summer camps. He played mostly quarterback and running back as a junior last season but has shown excellent skills as a wide receiver at various camps and combines this offseason.

The Hurricanes are still aggressively recruiting some other receivers, which indicates that they would like to add a fifth one to this recruiting class. The top target appears to be Maryland's Stefon Diggs, a five-star player who is being recruited by every major college program in America. He's indicated strong interest in Miami and has already been here for an unofficial visit. He is close friends with top running back prospect Wes Brown and the two of them have hinted at possibly playing together in college.

Diggs isn't the only remaining target. The top local one appears to be either Miami Northwestern's Amari Cooper or Ely's Avery Johnson. Cooper says he almost committed to the Canes following one of their summer camps in June. He missed most of last season with an injury but has looked very impressive at various camps and combines this offseason. Florida State and Alabama appear to be the top competition for him right now. Johnson has been committed to LSU for several months, primarily because that's where his brother (Patrick Peterson) played the last few seasons. Miami hasn't stopped recruiting the 6-3 talent and the Canes have received a few visits from him this offseason. He is strongly considering taking an official visit to Miami, and is still being recruited nationally despite the LSU commitment.

Maryland's Cyrus Jones and Ohio's Dwayne Stanford are two other top out of state prospects who may take official visits here but both are considered longshots for Miami.


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