Pre-season Recruiting Update: TE'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.

Finding a tight end capable of putting up big numbers in Miami's new offense was a big priority this offseason so the UM coaches brought in USC transfer Blake Ayles. He is one of two seniors in the group, along with Chase Ford (who caught a few passes for UM as a junior last season). After that, there isn't much proven depth. The only one of the remaining four with any catches at the position is sophomore Asante Cleveland. Junior John Calhoun, sophomore Cory White, and redshirt freshman Clive Walford are still looking to make an impact. Walford has the most upside of the three. With two tight ends departing after the 2011 season, recruiting a couple for the 2012 class is a must.

The Canes kick started the 2012 tight end recruiting class by taking a commitment from Tallahassee Godby's Brandon Hollifield. At 6-foot-5, Hollifield is considered a very good athlete but Is still very raw. He grew up playing basketball and has only played football for one season. He's still learning in a lot of ways but was impressive enough at one of Miami's camps in June to land an offer from the Canes. Miami fans are hoping he's a younger version of Jimmy Graham, who didn't start playing football at Miami until his senior season and is now the starter with the New Orleans Saints.

Despite the commitment of Hollifield the Canes are still recruiting others at this position, which indicates they will likely take another one. The top three targets appear to be Blake Jackson (a Junior College prospect), Kurt Freitag (Georgia), and Sean Price (Ocala- North Marion). Jackson wasn't recruited out of high school in Arizona but tight ends coach Brennan Carroll knew about him from his days at USC. He's already taken an official visit to Miami and the Canes are very much in the running. Freitag is a regional recruit from the state of Georgia who has all three Florida schools on his final list, showing a strong desire to play college football in the Sunshine State. Price is the most talented of the group and had a lot of interest in Miami growing up. He committed to USF in the spring but is still being recruited by the Canes and will likely take an official visit to the school later in the year.

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