January Recruiting Update: DB'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 back position.

The Hurricanes started the 2012 season with 13 defensive backs on its roster. Two of those players redshirted, so the number they actually played with all season was 11.

Three of those 11 have graduated and moved on -- cornerback Brandon McGee, safety Andreu Swasey, and safety Vaughn Telemaque. One other, cornerback Thomas Finnie, was arrested recently and is no longer on the team. That leaves Miami with nine defensive backs returning in 2013.

The target number in the 2013 class seems to be three, and two have been committed for several months now.

Artie Burns (6-feet, 185 pounds) plays at Miami Northwestern High. A one-time Alabama commitment early in the process, Miami's coaches were able to change his mind and get him onto their commitment list. He took visits to Florida State and LSU but never seriously wavered from his commitment to the Canes. The Under Armour All-American, who is scheduled to visit here this weekend, is being recruited by Miami to play cornerback but many believe he will have more long term potential at the safety position.

Jamal Carter (6-foot-1, 190 pounds) is another standout local player from Miami's Southridge High. A big, strong, and physical safety prospect, Carter made an early commitment to the Canes. He still took visits to schools like LSU and Oklahoma, but never seriously wavered from his pledge to Miami. He will visit here this weekend, and is expected to come in and make an early impact at safety next season.

The one remaining target at defensive back is Ely's Rashard Robinson. At 6-foot-2 and 165 pounds, Robinson committed to LSU very early in the process. Miami offered him early, though, and never stopped recruiting him. He took an official visit here last month but it didn't change his mind. He seems set on going to LSU, but the Canes are still hanging in there with a chance.

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