January Recruiting Update: OL

National Signing Day is less than a month away and the Hurricanes are hoping to finish strong with their 2013 recruiting class. Lets take a closer look at where the Canes stand at the offensive line position.

The Hurricanes played with 12 offensive linemen in 2012, and they are losing two to graduation -- tackle Benjamin Jones and guard Jeremy Lewis.

Four seems to be the target number in terms of how many the coaches want to sign in the 2013 class. They've already gotten three committed, and have one major target remaining.

Alex Gall was the first player to commit to the Hurricanes. At 6-foot-5 and 295 pounds, Gall is considered one of the top interior offensive line prospects in the state of Ohio. He plays for Moeller High in Cincinnati, which is considered one of the premier prep programs in the entire Midwest region. It's a great place to pull players from, and the Canes are getting a good one with Gall. He picked the Canes over Cincinnati, Louisville, North Carolina, West Virginia, and others.

Hunter Knighton was the next to add his name to the Hurricane commitment list along the offensive line. At 6-foot-6 and 265 pounds, Knighton plays at The Hun School in New Jersey. Miami started recruiting him in the spring. They invited him down for camp back in June, and he was impressive enough there to earn an offer from the Canes. After taking visits to Boston College and Boise State, Knighton came down here for a visit and that's when he decided to end the recruiting process and become a Hurricane. He's considered a very good athlete. Some of the schools even recruited him to be a defensive lineman. Knighton projects as a left tackle in college. He will begin classes next week.

The third player to commit to the Hurricanes up front was Sunny Odogwu. At 6-foot-8 and 310 pounds, Odogwu was born and raised in Nigeria. He moved to the U.S. a couple years ago and just started playing football when he got here. Miami recruited him out of high school last year in the Baltimore area but he was unable to qualify so he attended prep school this past season. He added a lot of weight, strength, and knowledge of the game. The right tackle prospect took a visit to Mississippi State and considered a few other schools before making his pledge to the Canes a couple weeks ago. He's expected to start classes next week.

With three commitments in the fold, Miami seems to have one major target remaining on the offensive line -- four-star Denver Kirkland. At 6-foot-4 and 320 pounds, Kirkland helped Booker T. Washington High in Miami win a state championship last month. He's considered one of the state's top line prospects. He plays right tackle now and would likely start his college career there, although it's possible he could end up being a guard. Kirkland took in-season visits to Florida State and Ole Miss, and is currently on a visit to South Florida this weekend. He plans to see Miami and possibly USC later this month before making a final decision. This will likely come down to a Miami/Florida State battle, and the Canes have put themselves in good position down the stretch.

A wildcard to keep an eye on here is Joshua Outlaw. At 6-foot-4 and 275 pounds, Outlaw is one of the top offensive line prospects in the state of Georgia. A one-time Florida commitment, Outlaw took an in-season visit to Utah and is at Washington this weekend. He is set to see TCU next weekend. Miami has been in the mix, too. Outlaw may have to attend Prep School for a semester but he's someone the Canes have shown a lot of interest in -- likely in case things don't work out with Kirkland like they hope.


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