Late last night the Canes were able to fill that spot -- and in a major way -- in the form of New Orleans (Edna Karr HS) standout Standish Dobard.
At 6-foot-4 and 235 pounds, Dobard has ideal size for a tight end prospect. He has long arms and the frame to add a lot more weight at the college level.
On the field, he's excellent. He caught over 30 passes as a junior last season and scored seven touchdowns. He plays a lot of wide receiver at the prep level and his athleticism and playmaking ability really jumps out at you on film. That's a big reason why he has offers from schools all over the country.
He brings top notch athleticism to the position. He ran a laser 4.85/40 at Under Armour back in January and jumped 30 inches. He really moves around like a receiver out there and should be able to create a lot of mismatches at the college level.
Not only does Dobard bring ideal size, athleticism, and production to the table, he also does it for one of the state's premier programs. Karr High has played in each of the last two Class 4A state championships in Louisiana. He comes from a great program that is used to competing for state titles and creates a very competitive environment for its players.
Dobard, who is also very solid inside the classroom, was recruited nationally. Alabama, Auburn, LSU, Florida State, Florida, and Georgia were just some of his major offers. He always wanted to be a Hurricane, though, and Miami just recently offered him a scholarship.
He will be the most heavily recruited tight end prospect Miami has signed in several years. He'll compete for five-star honors on Scout this year and is widely considered one of the top few prospects in his home state. LSU just played for a national title and offered him early in the process. It didn't matter. He plans to be a Hurricane, which is a huge get for Miami.
Dobard will be tough to hold onto for the next 10-11 months since he'll likely continue getting actively recruited by other premier programs. By him growing up having a strong desire to one day be a Miami Hurricane, though, should really help Miami's chances of holding onto him.
Dobard becomes Miami's fifth commitment for the 2013 class, and their first tight end.