April Recruiting Update: DE

National Signing Day is still 10 months away for the Class of 2014 but there's a lot going on. Read on to see the latest with Miami's recruiting efforts at the defensive end position.

The Hurricanes were in desperate need of some pass rushers after the 2012 season. Redshirt Dwayne Hoilett will help some there but it's a reason why they went out and landed two premier pass rushers -- Alquadin Muhammad and Devante Bond. All three players are expected to play roles for the Canes in 2013.

The Hurricanes have continued making defensive end a priority in the 2014 class. They've offered over a half-dozen players and several of them are still considering the Hurricanes.

Chad Thomas is the biggest name on the board right now. He's a 5-star caliber prospect from Booker T. Washington High in Miami. At 6-foot-5 and 230 pounds, Thomas landed a very early offer from the Hurricanes. Florida State seems like the primary competition right now, and this will likely end up being a signing day decision.

Another player from South Florida to keep an eye on is Hardee's Keyon Brown. At 6-foot-2 and 235 pounds, he's a very talented pass rusher who has a lot of scholarship offers. Miami was one of the first big schools to offer him. He plans on making his commitment in the early part of the season. Miami is very much in the running for a player who reminds a lot of people of Olivier Vernon.

A player to keep an eye on from the Panhandle is Jake Pugh. At 6-foot-4 and 220 pounds, the Tallahassee (Godby) standout is one of the premier pass rushers in the entire state. Most of the top programs that recruit the South, including Miami, are actively recruiting him. Because of his location, however, it's likely going to be very tough for the Hurricanes to pull him in the end.

The Hurricanes are actively recruiting a pair of defensive ends from the state of Georgia as well -- Lorenzo Carter and Andrew Williams. Both are 4-star players who are being actively recruited by a lot of schools from around the South. Carter landed an offer from Miami several months ago, while Williams was offered a couple weeks ago. They're two more players to keep an eye on. It'll be hard to tell how serious they are about Miami until they take visits here.

The Hurricanes have offered some other defensive ends from other areas, such as New Jersey's Andrew Trumbetti, who have already committed to other schools (Trumbetti is pledged to Notre Dame). Others will emerge down the road, and CanesTime will have it covered so stay tuned.

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