Pre-season Recruiting Update: DB'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.

The Hurricanes enter the 2011 season with three seniors in the secondary and four juniors. Seniors Lee Chambers, JoJo Nicolas, and Wake Forest transfer Mike Williams are all cornerbacks, while fellow cornerback Brandon McGee is a junior. The Canes signed just two cornerbacks in the 2011 class so, as you can see, recruiting cornerbacks for the 2012 class was a major priority. The top three safeties – Ray Ray Armstrong, Vaughn Telemaque, and A.J Highsmith – are all juniors this season and will be back for the 2012 season. However, there's a chance Armstrong and/or Telemaque has a good enough season to leave early for the NFL. The Canes signed just one safety in the 2011 class so safety for 2012 is also a priority.

The Canes addressed the cornerback need nicely throughout the spring and summer, landing commitments from four players. The top prospect of the group is A.J. Leggett, a local standout who committed to Miami under Randy Shannon, switched to Florida State after Shannon was hired, and then jumped back in Miami's favor after Golden got the job. Nate Dortch was a North Carolina commitment until Butch Davis was fired from there and then he jumped on board with the Canes. Larry Hope and Vernon Davis are two local players who were lightly recruited but earned scholarship offers following Miami's summer camps in June.

Recruiting cornerbacks is still a priority for Miami, as the state's most heavily recruited player at that position – Miramar's Tracy Howard – is still uncommitted. He has an offer from the Canes and has Miami in his top three along with Florida State and Florida. That is a recruiting battle that will likely come down to the wire. No safeties are currently committed for the 2012 class but a few key prospects have been identified by Miami, with the top one likely being Deon Bush, a local star who has a lot of interest in Miami. He is being recruited nationally and taking his time with the recruiting process. Landon Collins (Louisiana) and Elijah Shumate (New Jersey) are national recruits with offers from the Canes are both are considering taking official visits to Miami. Signing them, however, should be very difficult for the Canes.

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