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.