Five recruits are officially enrolled

Getting a few players in for the spring semester was a big priority for the Hurricanes, especially at certain positions, and the Canes accomplished that goal. Five of the current commitments are now officially enrolled in school.

Five current commitments are now enrolled at the University of Miami and will be able to go through all of the offseason workouts with the team, along with spring football. The five players are tight end Beau Sandland, tight end Standish Dobard, offensive lineman Sunny Odogwu, offensive lineman Hunter Knighton, and linebacker Alex Figueroa.

Sandland -- This was a huge commitment for the Hurricanes. At 6-foot-5 and 250 pounds, Sandland was widely considered the nation's top Junior College tight end prospect. He seriously considered schools like Nebraska, Oklahoma, and Arizona State before choosing the Hurricanes. Especially considering Miami's lack of depth at tight end, Sandland will likely be expected to make an immediate impact.

Dobard -- One of the nation's top prep tight end prospects, Dobard comes from Louisiana. He grew up a Miami fan, and the coaches were able to secure an early commitment from him. At 6-foot-5 and 230 pounds, Dobard is an athletic pass-catching specialist who will likely see a big role as just that in 2013. Because he's a couple years behind Sandland, he likely won't play as big a role in 2013 but he's a tremendous prospect entering the program.

Odogwu -- Miami needed some offensive linemen in this class to provide some depth for 2013, and they were able to get two of them into school already. Odogwu is fairly new to the game of football. He grew up in Nigeria and has only played for a couple years now. He graduated high school last year but didn't qualify and spent this past season at a prep school. The Hurricanes were able to land the 6-foot-8, 310-pounder. He projects as an offensive tackle and the question is which side of the line he'll end up being better at.

Knighton -- One of the top line prospects in New Jersey this year, Knighton came to camp last summer and earned a scholarship offer. He considered a few other schools that had offered him as a defensive lineman before choosing the Canes. At 6-foot-5 and 270 pounds, Knighton has an ideal frame and top notch athleticism. Now he just needs to add weight and strength, which getting into school early will really help.

Figueroa -- The Hurricanes need linebackers, and getting one into school early -- especially after the departure of Gionni Paul -- was important. At 6-foot-2 and 215 pounds, Figueroa was recruited by Miami last year but he was unable to get his grades in order to quality for a Division 1 school. He went to prep school instead, and became a full qualifier there. He went lightly recruited so it'll be interesting to see if the Hurricanes made the right decision here. Being able to enroll early probably helped his chances of getting an offer and being in this class.

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