Miami Prospect Profile: TE Josh McNeil

Let's take a closer look at the prospects for Miami's 2013 recruiting class. Today, we look at tight end Josh McNeil.

Josh McNeil -- Durham (NC) Hillside HS

Scout Ranking: 4-star and No. 7 TE

Measurables: 6-foot-5 and 240 pounds with 4.8 speed

2011 Stats: McNeil finished last season with 60 catches for 620 yards and in seven touchdowns -- his first year playing organized football.

What they're saying: McNeil has only played one year of high school football, so his best is still well ahead of him. He really catches the ball well with his hands, he is very fluid for a big athlete, and he has the perfect frame for a tight end. He is still learning how to block, how to set his hands, and he is still getting stronger. He still has to improve his route running too, but he has the tools to be elite. Natural athlete with soft hands. - Chad Simmons/

Recruiting Status: McNeil has narrowed his list down to Miami, Florida, Alabama, Georgia, and Washington State. He was a one-time East Carolina commitment and now his recruiting coach from there is at WSU. He has an offer from the Canes. He was set to announce at The Opening between UGA and Bama but not says Miami is back in the mix as well.

What he's saying about Miami: "I watched them growing up and it's a great program. They put a lot of players into the NFL and have a nice tradition of tight ends who have come out of there."

Miami angle: The Hurricanes needed some tight ends badly in this recruiting class, after not signing one in each of the last three classes. McNeil was one of the first ones offered but the Canes have offered and gotten commitments from Jeremy Kerr and Travis Johnson since then. Still, he's a very talented pass-catching tight end prospect who says he still has a lot of interest in Miami. The question now could become whether or not the Canes plan on signing three receiving tight ends in this year's class. If they do, McNeil seems to be right at the top of the list of candidates for that next spot.

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