Incoming Freshmen: Tight Ends/Defensive Ends

The Hurricanes have recruited and signed two of college football's best tight ends in recent years with Bubba Franks, now a Green Bay Packer, and current junior Jeremy Shockey.

With the graduation of Robert Williams after this coming season coupled with the possibility of losing Jeremy Shockey early to the NFL, the Hurricanes made the tight end position a priority in recruiting last year, and are doing the same this year.

While Kellen Winslow will most likely end up playing tight end at the University of Miami because of his size and athletic ability, the Hurricanes will start two a days with Brandon Sebald.

Defensive end was another position where the Hurricanes wanted to add depth. And while I think Leon Williams will eventually grow into a defensive end because of his natural size, the Canes went into New Jersey and signed one of the Northeast region's most heavily recruited players.

Both Sebald and Carroll played both ways in high school and could play either position at the University of Miami.

At 6-foot-5 and 245 pounds, the Accord (N.Y.) Randout Valley standout was one of the top two-way players in the state of New York last season.

As a senior, he caught 28 passes for 473 yards and six touchdowns. Defensively, he had 103 tackles, 23 sacks, and 38 quarterback hurries, while leading his team to the state championship.

Sebald picked the Hurricanes after visiting and also considering Virginia Tech, Michigan State, and Syracuse.

The Lakewood, N.J. standout also played both ways in the prep ranks. At 6-4 and 225, Carroll had 20 catches for 292 yards and one touchdown on offense. Defensively, he had 117 tackles, 18 sacks, and 23 tackles for loss.

Carroll chose Miami over Penn State, Ohio State, and Boston College.

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