Landing a commitment last week from Standish Dobard was a huge step in the right direction. At 6-foot-4 and 230 pounds, Dobard is rated 4th nationally by Scout and the Louisiana product also had offers from schools like LSU, Alabama, Florida State, and Florida. He's a premier prospect who gives Miami a big boost at that spot. He grew up wanting to be a Hurricane so it's going to be tough for any other schools to go in and change his mind later on.
Despite the Dobard commitment, the Canes are still recruiting some others at this spot. That means they will likely take another one in this class.
The top in-state target appears to be Barron Collier's Mike Heuerman. At 6-foot-4 and 220 pounds, Heuerman has become the state's most heavily recruited player at his position. He cut his list down to four about a month ago -- Miami, Ohio State, Notre Dame, and LSU. Now it appears to be down to a final two -- Miami and Ohio State. His brother, Jeff, is a Buckeye tight end and they've been considered the favorite for a long time. The Canes have done a great job getting into the mix but it'll be tough to get him. He plans to announce his final choice later this month.
Henry (6-6/230) is widely considered the top tight end prospect in the state of Arkansas and has over 20 offers. He helped his team win the 4A state title last season and had over 1,000 yards receiving and 17 touchdowns. He's already taken an unofficial visit to Miami this spring and remains wide open with the recruiting process. Arkansas may end up being the team to beat considering his location and the fact that his father played there.
McNeil is one of the top prospects in the state of North Carolina. He finished last season with 60 catches for 600 yards and seven touchdowns. At 6-foot-5 and 230 pounds, he has over 20 offers and plans to see Miami real soon and says he'd like to cut his list down very soon. He plans to announce his commitment on May 25th.
Two other out-of-state prospects who claim offers from the Canes are Marcus Baugh from California and Desean Smith from Louisiana. It's going to be very difficult for the Canes to get them away from their home states, however.