Early Look: 2014 Recruiting -- OL

The 2014 recruiting class is loaded with quality prospects. CanesTime's Mike Bakas takes a look at what might lie ahead for the Hurricanes.

Currently: The Hurricanes return three seniors (T Seantrel Henderson, G Brandon Linder, and C Jared Wheeler), three juniors (T Malcolm Bunche, G Jonathan Feliciano, and C Shane McDermott), two sophomores (T Ereck Flowers and T Hunter Wells), and two redshirt freshmen (G Danny Isidora and T Taylor Gadbois).

2013 Class: Miami currently has three commitments -- T Sunny Odogwu, T Hunter Knighton, and G Alex Gall. The first two players mentioned have already enrolled into school. The last remaining target is G Denver Kirkland, and there's a real good chance he'll ink with the Canes next week.

2014: All the elite programs in college football load up on linemen every year. Even if the Canes sign four this year, look for them to sign 3-4 more in next year's class. There are several with early scholarship offers already.

Three of the four offensive linemen Miami has signed since Al Golden took over are tackles. And two of the three current commitments are tackles. That position will be less of a priority than guard but the state's top prospect in 2014 is a tackle. His name is K.C. McDermott, and he's the younger brother of Shane. At 6-foot-6 and 280 pounds, McDermott has ideal size, strength, athleticism, and football IQ. He already has over 20 scholarship offers and will be able to pick his school. He's a better prospect coming out than any of the linemen the Canes have landed during the Al Golden era. Miami will be in good shape, especially because of his family connection here.

Another offensive tackle to keep an eye on is Reilly Gibbons. At 6-foot-5 and 270 pounds, Gibbons is a blocking tight end at St. Pete Catholic. He may project as a guard but he already has offers from over 20 schools, including Miami.

Most of the other early offers out are to interior linemen. The most notable one is Miami Central's Trevor Darling. A tackle in high school, Darling is 6-4 and 290 pounds and projects as a very good interior lineman. He's already been committed to the Canes for several months now.

Corey Martinez is another in-state guard prospect to keep an eye on. Miami has offered him and Martinez (6-4/275) has some interest. The Tampa Catholic standout is someone to keep an eye on for next year.

The Hurricanes also have offers out to a pair of out-of-state guard prospects -- New Jersey's Quenton Nelson and Louisiana's Garrett Brumfield. At 6-foot-5 and 295 pounds, Nelson is a lot like Gall from this year's class. He has some early interest. Brumfield (6-4/290) took a visit here last summer but recently named a top three that didn't include Miami so he might already be considered somewhat of a longshot.


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