Miami's Chances: Tight Ends

National Signing Day is still several months away but it's not too early to look at what Miami's chances are with some key recruiting prospects. This report focuses on the tight ends being recruited.

The Hurricanes signed two very good tight ends in the 2013 class when they grabbed Juco transfer Beau Sandland and prep All-American Standish Dobard. Early reports have both players doing really well.

It appears the Hurricanes would like to sign two more tight ends in this year's class. One is already committed. His name is Chris Herndon. At 6-foot-4 and 225 pounds, Herndon grew up playing mostly basketball in the state of Georgia. Now a rising senior on the gridiron, Herndon started getting recruited by Miami back in the spring. He was invited to camp, earned an offer, and committed to the Hurricanes right away. Mississippi State's his only other BCS offer right now. With a strong senior season, it can be expected than Herndon will pick up some more SEC type offers. That could make it a bit harder to hang onto him. However, there's no real threat at this time. CHANCES: 90%

With Herndon already on the commitment list, the Canes appear to be interested in adding another one. The only tight end in-state with an outstanding offer is Plantation's Ravian Pierce. At 6-foot-3 and 215 pounds, Pierce is a pass-catching specialist who is being recruited nationally. Miami offered very early, and he grew up with a lot of interest. CHANCES: 60%

The top out-of-state target right now appears to be New Jersey's Mike Gesicki. At 6-foot-5 and 215 pounds, he's a two-sport standout who landed an offer from Miami back in the spring. He took a visit here and came away impressed. Penn State was his dream school, however, and they've offered so it won't be easy getting him away from Jersey. CHANCES: 20%

The other outstanding offer to an out-of-state tight end prospect is to California's Bryce Dixon. At 6-foot-4 and 230 pounds, Dixon visited here last summer but has since landed offers from all the schools out West. He's turned into a national recruit, and his interest in Miami seems to be fading by the week. The fact that he did take a cross-country visit here at one point indicates there could still be some interest, despite all the attention he's getting out West. CHANCES: 10%


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