June Recruiting Update: DE's

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

Current Players: 0 seniors, 2 juniors, 11 sophomore, 1 RS-freshman, and 4 true freshmen

Current Commitments: none

Current Prospects: Alquadin Muhammad, Joe Mathis, Tim Williams, Jordan Sherit, and Corey Smith

Muhammad (6-4/240) plays at one of the premier high school programs in the state of New Jersey. Miami offered him early and he's expressed interest in taking a visit here at some point. Just like with Darius Hamilton last year, it'll be hard for the Canes to get him away from his home state, or region.

Mathis (6-4/250) is one of the top pass rushers in the state of California this year. He could play inside or outside at the college level. Miami offered him early on but he's currently leaning towards staying in his own region. If he takes a visit to Miami at some point later in the year we'll learn a lot more about his interest in the Canes.

Williams (6-4/235) is one of the top overall prospects in the state of Louisiana. While he says he grew up a Miami fan and the Canes are already having success recruiting that state this year, it's going to be tough because Alabama and LSU have made him a priority and he's already been to both campuses for visits. His longtime interest in Miami is the best thing the Canes have going for it here.

Sherit (6-3/235) is one of the top in-state defensive end prospects. The Tampa area product has over 30 scholarship offers and he says the grew up following the Canes. He's close with current DL Anthony Chickillo, too. Miami isn't recruiting him nearly as hard as some other schools, like Florida, so their interest in him seems to be a bit up in the air right now.

Smith (6-7/250) is from the state of Louisiana, too, and he's been talking to UM defensive line coach Jethro Franklin. He told Scout that Franklin talked about the possibility of growing into a left tackle in college. While he has some interest in Miami, the Canes seem to like him more on offense and he wants to stay on defense.

Bottom Line: After signing four players here last year, it's not a big need in the 2013 class. They will likely sign just one. Throw in the fact that it's not a good year for defensive ends inside the state and the someone may emerge here later in the year. Williams seems like the combination of best prospect who is most interested right now.

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