January Recruiting Update: DE's

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 defensive end position.

The Hurricanes played the 2012 with eight defensive ends on the roster. That number went to one the final couple weeks of the season when Jalen Grimble was moved to play the position.

All nine of those players are returning in 2012 but they severely lacked the ability to apply pressure on the quarterback. The most talented one of the group, Tyriq McCord, was limited to pass rushing situations because of his lack of size.

Recruiting defensive ends who can come in and really get after the opposing quarterback has been a major priority for the Canes this entire recruiting season.

Devante Bond was the first player to pull the commitment trigger in favor of the Hurricanes. A Junior College transfer, Bond (6-3, 235) finished this past season with 17 sacks and 26 tackles for loss. He flashed good ability to apply pressure on the quarterback, and chose the Canes over schools like Syracuse, Fresno State, and Houston.

The other current defensive end commitment is from four-star Alquadin Muhammad, who pledged to the Hurricanes at the US Army All-American Game earlier this month. At 6-foot-4 and 230 pounds, Muhammad was recruited like one of the nation's premier players at his position. Playing at one of the nation's premier prep programs, Muhammad picked the Canes over schools like Notre Dame, Ohio State, and Rutgers.

The Hurricanes might not be done just yet. Four-star Tim Williams, one of the top prospects in the state of Louisiana, is scheduled to visit here this coming weekend. At 6-foot-4 and 220 pounds, Williams is considered a premier pass rusher. He took a visit to Alabama this past weekend and wants to see Miami before making a final decision in the next week or so. He grew up with a lot of interest in becoming a Hurricane and there's a solid chance of it happening, but Bama may be tough to beat in the end.

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