Pre-season Recruiting Update: DL

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 have lots of talent and depth at the defensive end position going into the 2011 season but three of those players are seniors – Adewale Ojomo, Marcus Robinson, and Andrew Smith – and one (Olivier Vernon) will be a senior in 2012. After that, everyone is unproven so recruiting defensive ends was a big priority for the 2012 class. Defensive tackle doesn't have the same amount of depth but it, too, has some hole. The expected starters are senior Micanor Regis and junior Marcus Forston, who has the skill set to possibly leave early for the NFL with a big 2011 season. The Canes have just one freshman or sophomore on the roster at that position (Jalen Grimble, who played mostly defensive end in high school).

The Hurricanes did a nice job of filling the need at defensive end over the spring and summer. Four players committed, with the headliner being St. Thomas Aquinas standout Jelani Hamilton, who was recruited nationally. Trent Taylor committed very early in the process. Dwayne Hoilett, a lightly recruited player from Vero Beach, committed to the Canes after landing an offer following one of the summer camps. The same thing happened with Jake O'Donnell (Pennsylvania) after one of the camps.

Despite having four commitments at the position, the Canes don't appear to be done just yet. St. Thomas Aquinas standout Bryan Cox Jr. (his father played many years with the Miami Dolphins) has an offer from Miami and is still considering it. Tyler Knox (South Carolina) and Adolphus Washington (Ohio) are two out of state prospects who are still considering taking an official visit to Miami.

Defensive tackle recruiting seems to be a bit of a head scratcher. Only one player – Tampa's Earl Moore – is committed so far and it doesn't seem like many scholarship offers are out to others. The top remaining target is likely Eddie Goldman (Washington DC), who is being recruited by everyone in America, has been to Miami for a visit before, and has always listed the Canes at or near the top of his list. Either way, it appears there will be six or seven defensive linemen in Miami's 2012 class.

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