Since Sandland is a Junior College transfer, and Jake O'Donnell is a former defensive end recruit, the Hurricanes only have one recruited tight end among their freshman and sophomore classes now. That means they need to sign one or two in the 2014 class.
The one to keep the closest eye on inside the state of Florida is Plantation's Ravian Pierce. At 6-foot-3 and 215 pounds, Pierce is a tremendous athlete and is a very gifted pass-catcher. He can stretch the field with his speed and athleticism, and brings a lot to the table as a prospect. The Hurricanes were one of his first offers very early in the process. He now has over a dozen. Pierce says he's developed a good relationship with the Hurricane coaches, and Miami is very much in the running.
Outside the state a player to keep a close eye on is Bryce Dixon from the state of California. At 6-foot-4 and 230 pounds, Dixon is a four-star prospect who is being recruited nationally. Miami was one of his first offers and he actually took an unofficial visit here last year so there's definite interest on his end. It will be tough getting him away from the West Coast, however.
More tight ends will emerge down the road but those are two players who have offers from the Hurricanes and who have expressed a strong interest in Miami.