Miami's coaches have done a tremendous job of addressing that need.
The team needed a Junior College transfer to come in and make a difference. They couldn't afford to simply sign a bunch of high school players and rely on them making a big impact right away. They needed a guy who was a little further along, more physically mature, and more technically advanced.
They went after what most felt was the nation's best Juco tight end, and they got him to sign here. Beau Sandland is a 4-star player from California. At 6-foot-5 and 255 pounds, Sandland is a tremendously talented player who also looked hard at schools like Oklahoma, Nebraska, and Arizona State before choosing to become a Hurricane. Sandland will likely play a major role in Miami's offense next season. He will give the Hurricanes two legitimate pass-catching weapons at the tight end position, along with returning starter Clive Walford. He's a huge addition to this year's class, and will start school next week.
Miami's success of recruiting tight ends in this year's class didn't start with Sandland. Several months earlier they landed a major commitment from 4-star Standish Dobard. At 6-foot-4 and 235 pounds, Dobard is a pass-catching specialist from the state of Louisiana. He grew up wanting to be a Hurricane, and Miami's coaches did a great job of making sure to get him in the fold early. Despite being heavily recruited by a lot of SEC schools throughout the year, Dobard never wavered on his commitment or took any other visits. He is a tremendous athlete who will likely see a lot of looks in the passing game next season.
Jeremy Kerr committed to the Hurricanes back in the summer. At 6-foot-5 and 250 pounds, Kerr was used mainly as a blocker at the high school level and many project him to play offensive tackle at the college level. Either way, he adds another physical presence to the mix for Miami.
The only known tight end prospect still remaining is Indiana's Nate Wozniak. At 6-foot-7 and 260 pounds, Wozniak is much like Kerr in terms of being used more as a blocker. Because of his size and growth potential, Wozniak could end up growing into an offensive tackle at the college level. He visited Miami last month but the Canes have since landed a tight end commitment (Sandland) and an offensive tackle commitment (Hunter Knighton) so getting Wozniak in this small class probably isn't quite the priority it once was. He will likely sign elsewhere.
Expect Sandland to play a major role next season. Dobard will likely be the team's third tight end -- especially in passing situations. Miami will go from having one pass-catching weapon in 2013 to three in 2013. That's what this recruiting class of tight ends has done to the roster.