Pre-season Recruiting Update: OL

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.

This is one of the deepest and most talented positions on the entire team heading into the 2011 season. However, three of the guys on the two deep are seniors and will be gone following this season and two more will be seniors next fall. Joel Figueroa, who was recently granted an extra year of eligibility, is back and will work in at both guard at tackle. Harland Gunn is a senior starter at guard, while Tyler Horn is a senior starter at center. Brandon Washington, an All-ACC pick last season, will be a senior guard in 2012. The Canes signed just one offensive limeman in the 2011 class and that player (Taylor Gadbois) wasn't able to enroll for the fall semester. He's expected to join the team in January, after spending a semester at Prep School. The Canes need a few more.

If Gadbois is one, Norland's Ereck Flowers would be two offensive linemen for the 2012 class. Flowers committed to the Canes during the spring and ended up being one of the most heavily recruited offensive line prospects in south Florida. He's big enough to play guard or tackle but seems to have the athleticism to play tackle. Despite two commitments already from players who should end up being tackles, the Canes are still recruiting several more. The biggest name is Arik Armstead, who rates as the nation's top overall prospect. The USC commitment, where his brother currently plays, is still being recruited by the Canes and says he will likely take an official visit here. Ronnie Stanley (Las Vegas) and Kyle Murphy (California) are two other West Coast kids who plan on taking official visits to Miami and both players are being recruited nationally. The top tackle prospect in-state appears to be Palm Beach County's Avery Young. Unfortunately for Miami, Young is leaning towards leaving the state of Florida for college. His brother went to NC State and became an NFL player there after the Florida schools didn't recruit him out of high school.

The top in-state guard prospect appears to be Cypress Bay's Danny Isidora. At 6-foot-4 and 330 pounds, he's a massive prospect who has an offer and has the Canes at the top of his list. New Jersey's Ryan Brodie is a regional recruit who has an offer from the Canes and will likely take a visit here. California's Jordan Simmons is a national recruit who is still considering taking an official visit to Miami. Both players are considered longshots for the Canes, however.

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