Pre-season Recruiting Update: LB'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.

There's a good chance that all three of Miami's starting linebackers this season will be seniors. Sean Spence and Ramon Buchanan are both returning starters as seniors and Jordan Futch is locked in a competition with sophomore Jimmy Gaines going into the season for the middle linebacker job. The Hurricanes have six players behind them on the depth chart but none of them are proven going into the season. That's a big reason why loading up on linebackers in the 2012 class was a big priority for Al Golden and his coaching staff. Five players were committed to Miami going into the start of the season. The headliner of the group is Norland's Keith Brown, a local star who committed to Miami midway through his junior season under former coach Randy Shannon. Brown, who helped lead his team to the state championship game last season, continued to get recruited nationally but has remained firm with his commitment to the Canes.

Georgia's Raphael Kirby was being recruited by a lot of SEC and ACC programs at the time of his commitment to Miami so this has to be considered one of the top catches in this year's recruiting class. He's a big, athletic kid who brings a lot to the table as a prospect.

The remaining three commitments are from in-state players – James Burgess, Reggie Northrup, and Josh Witt. Burgess, whose father played for Miami back in the 1990's, is a standout locally and brings a lot of athleticism to the table. Northrup is one of the top prospects in the city of Jacksonville and picked the Canes over North Carolina following an unofficial visit to the school during the summer. Witt is a lightly recruited player locally who brings quality size and toughness to the table.

Despite those five commitments, the Canes are still recruiting. It looks like the only major target left is Alabama's Kwon Alexander. A five-star prospect, Alexander is being recruited by everyone but says he will likely take an official visit to Miami. Getting him out of the state of Alabama, however, will be very difficult for Miami and everyone else who is still trying.

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