Impact: Loss of Josh Witt

Jorge Milian of the Palm Beach Post reported yesterday that freshman linebacker Josh Witt's career is over because of a medical issue. Lets take a look at what it means for the Canes.

Josh Witt has been dealing with some concussion issues in recent months and it appears his college career is over before it ever got started.

Witt, 6-foot-1 and 215 pounds, was a three-star prospect from Cypress Bay High in South Florida. He was offered by the Hurricanes following a performance at the team's summer camp last summer and committed to the Canes a short time later.

After enrolling for the spring semester, Witt wasn't able to do much during spring football because of the issue so it was hard to tell what type of player the Canes had at that time.

Witt was an athletic linebacker prospect who could've probably ended up playing strong safety because of his speed, athletic ability, and the way he covered so much ground on the defensive side of the ball.

He was one of several linebackers the Hurricanes signed in last year's class. He and Raphael Kirby enrolled early in order to participate in spring football. That's why a lot of people around the program probably expected them to be the freshman linebackers most ready to make an early impact for the Canes in 2012. That is no longer an option for Witt.

This will free up another scholarship for the Hurricanes. Two players who signed in the 2012 class (WR Angelo Jean-Louis and RB Danny Dillard) are still not enrolled in school yet and now Witt's injury makes three players from the 2012 class who won't be on scholarship to start the season.

Kirby, especially with his ability to play any of the linebacker spots, is the most likely of the three freshman linebackers to log minutes this fall. Gabriel Terry and Jawand Blue, or at least the better of the two during fall camp, will now likely have a better chance of seeing the field at some point this fall.

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