March Recruiting Update: TE's

National Signing Day is still almost a year away but the Hurricanes are busy putting together their 2013 class. Today's update focuses on the tight end position.

The Hurricanes have gone two straight classes under Al Golden without signing a tight end. That comes as a big surprise, especially since Golden was a tight end himself and his national recruiting coordinator (Brennan Carroll) coaches the tight ends. It wasn't a need in his first class but it was in the 2012 class. Brandon Hollifield committed back in the summer but ended up signing with Missouri.

There are six tight ends on the current roster and none of them are seniors. Only three are expected to play a key role for the Canes (Asante Cleveland, Dyron Dye, and Clive Walford).

The top in-state prospect at the tight end position for the Hurricanes seems to be Barron Collier's Mike Heuerman. At 6-foot-4 and 220 pounds, he has a brother who plays at Ohio State and his family is from the Midwest. Notre Dame and LSU are also in his top four. He's been to Miami twice in recent months and his interest is growing but it won't be easy for the Canes to keep him in Florida.

At least four tight end prospects nationally have offers from the Canes -- Christian Morgan, Desean Smith, Marcus Baugh, and Josh McNeil. Five-star Adam Breneman (PA) was also offered but he's firmly committed to Penn State now so he's off the board.

Morgan (6-4/245) is one of the top tight ends in the state of Texas. Miami offered in late Febriary and he took a visit here last week. He's a two-way standout who still lists Arkansas and Baylor as his top two, and noted that his mom would like him to stay close to home. Miami is facing an uphill battle, especially they didn't enter his top two following the visit.

Smith (6-4/220) is from Louisiana and landed an offer from the Canes in late January. He currently favors LSU and has an offer from the Tigers so it's going to be very difficult for Miami to even get a visit from him.

Baugh is a California product who landed an offer from the Canes in late February. At 6-foot-4 and 215 pounds, he's a national recruit with offers from Florida, Nebraska, Arizona State, and others. USC has not offered and that seems to be one he'd like to get. It may be tough getting him to come this far from home.

McNeil (6-5/240) is from North Carolina and landed a Miami offer a few weeks ago. In his first year playing football in 2011, he had 62 catches for over 500 yards and six scores. UNC has not offered yet but Clemson, NC State, and many others have. He's never been here so it's hard to tell how serious he is yet about Miami.

One out-of-state prospect to keep an eye on is Louisiana's Standish Dobard. At 6-foot-4 and 230 pounds, he's a four-star prospect on Scout and has offers from LSU, Florida State, Florida, Georgia, Alabama, and many others. In a couple different interviews recently, he's mentioned that he'd like to have an offer from the Canes. Miami hasn't done so yet but if they do, he's a high caliber tight end prospect who seemingly has a lot of interest.


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