Early Look: 2014 Recruiting -- DE's

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 two seniors (Shayon Green and Kelvin Cain), one junior (Anthony Chickillo), three sophomores (Ricardo Williams, Jelani Hamilton, and Tyriq McCord), and two redshirt freshmen (Jake O'Donnell and Dwayne Hoilett).

2013 Class: Two defensive ends are currently committed to Miami -- four-star Alquadin Muhammad and Junior College transfer Devante Bond.

2014: With just one difference maker so far from the 2012 class, the Canes needed a lot of help at this position in the 2013 class. While they've landed two so far, it's not enough and Bond will already be a junior. This position, again, will be a priority in the 2014 class. Several players already have offers, and are being actively recruited.

The state's top prospect for 2014 is Chad Thomas. At 6-foot-5 and 240 pounds, Thomas helped lead Booker T Washington to a state title this season. He's an elite level prospect who has a lot of early interest in Miami.

There are a few other in-state defensive end prospects to keep an early eye on. Keyon Brown (6-2/230) from Hardee is a very skilled edge pass rusher. Miami was one of his first offers, and he has expressed some interest. Getting Jacob Pugh (6-4/210) from Godby High in Tallahassee won't be easy but Miami's already started actively recruiting the talented young pass rusher.

Miami has done a very nice job actively recruiting the state of New Jersey since Al Golden took over. Look for that to continue with the 2014 class, as two defensive ends have already been offered. Garrett Dickerson (6-4/240) from Bergen Catholic is one. He's a premier pass rusher who has shown some early interest in Miami. Andrew Trumbetti (Northern Valley Regional High) is another one. At 6-foot-5 and 250 pounds, he's already being recruited nationally and Miami's one of those schools chasing him.

Miami has been very active in Georgia the last couple years and a player to watch from there in the 2014 class is Norcross defensive end Lorenzo Carter. At 6-foot-5 and 235 pounds, Carter already has an offer from Miami and has expressed some early interest in the Canes.

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