June Recruiting Update: TE's

Here is a recruiting update at the tight end position for the Hurricanes.

Current Players: 3 juniors and 2 sophomores

Current Commitments: Standish Dobard, Jeremy Kerr, and Travis Johnson

Dobard (6-4/240) is one of the top overall prospects in the state of Louisiana. With offers from nearly every major program in America, Dobard grew up a Miami fan and committed soon after being offered earlier this year. It's rare that Miami can go into that state and get a kid that everyone in the SEC, including LSU, wants so this is a huge get for the Canes at a major need position.

Kerr (6-6/260) is used primarily as a blocker at St. Pete High. He only caught a few passes as a junior last season and has the size and athleticism to eventually grow into a left tackle at the college level. He visited Miami the weekend of the spring game and left with an offer. Several weeks later, he ended the process by making a commitment to the Canes.

Johnson (6-3/235) had close to 700 yards receiving at Jesuit High last season and emerged as one of the top pass-catching threats in the greater Tampa area. Because of his size, he projects as a pass-catching tight end who can also do some other things in a pro style offense. Johnson had over 40 scholarship offers by the time spring football had ended but his dream school, Miami, waited until after they saw him at camp to offer. That happened yesterday and he committed right away.

Current Prospects: Nate Wozniak and Desean Smith

Wozniak (6-8/270) is a massive tight end prospect who is used mainly as a blocker. The Indiana standout landed an offer from the Canes several weeks ago but it'll be hard to tell how much interest he really has until he takes a visit here. He will likely end up playing offensive tackle at the college level.

Smith (6-4/220) is another nationally recruited tight end prospect from the state of Louisiana. He landed a very early offer from the Canes and says he's still considering it but it will be very tough for the Canes to get him away from schools like LSU and Alabama that he's been favoring for awhile now.

Bottom Line: The Canes didn't sign a single tight end in Al Golden's first two recruiting classes so this was a major need for them. At least two or three were likely needed and they've done a real nice job filling that hole so far. Dobard and Johnson are a tremendous combination, with Kerr likely projecting to play along the offensive line.

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