Miami's Chances: Defensive 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 defensive ends being recruited.

The Hurricanes signed just two defensive ends in the 2013 class -- Quan Muhammad and Devante Bond. They're still not enrolled in school yet, although Muhammad is expected to start practicing with the team later this week.

The lack of numbers at this position in Al Golden's first two classes made it a big priority with the 2014 class. The Canes already have three players committed and have some more on the radar.

Chad Thomas was the biggest target. A five-star prospect from Booker T. Washington High in Miami, Thomas has been recruited hard by the Hurricanes for two years now. At 6-foot-5 and 245 pounds, he had offers from everyone but committed to the Canes earlier this month. Everyone will likely still recruit him, and he may take some other visits later in the year but the Canes are definitely the team to beat moving forward. CHANCES: 85%

Soon before Thomas announced his plan to become a Hurricane, Demetrius Jackson became the first Booker T. Washington defensive lineman to commit to the Canes. At 6-foot-5 and 215 pounds, Jackson never played football until this past spring. He grew up a basketball player but had a solid spring that caught the attention of Miami's coaches. After impressing the coaches at their camp with his overall size and athleticism, Jackson landed and offer and committed. CHANCES: 95%

Just yesterday, the Canes landed another elite level defensive end prospect when Winter Park High standout Trent Harris announced in favor of the Canes. At 6-foot-2 and 230 pounds, he's a four-star prospect who had offers from Florida, Florida State, Ohio State, Alabama, and many more. Harris visited here last month and came away extremely impressed. Despite growing up a Gator fan, Harris pulled the trigger in favor of the Canes. Look for Florida, along with several others, to continue recruiting him. CHANCES: 80%

With three players at the position already committed, the Canes will likely take just one more. The most likely of the targets appears to be Rohan Blackwood. At 6-foot-5 and 210 pounds, he grew up a basketball player and is a lot like Jackson as a prospect. He's not at the same level as players like Thomas and Harris yet but he could become a very good player down the road. He was offered in the spring, visited here last month, and there's a good chance he'll end up in this class if given the chance. CHANCES: 40%

Harold Landry is one of the top defensive ends in North Carolina. He made an early commitment to Boston College but expressed some interest in Miami after they offered him a scholarship. He's on the radar, but considered a longshot. CHANCES: 10%

Kevin Bronson landed an offer from the Canes following a strong performance at their camp. At 6-foot-3 and 240 pounds, the Village Academy standout recently said the Hurricanes have backed off with their recruiting efforts lately. Still, he could be a kid to keep an eye on down the road in case anything happens with the three current commitments. CHANCES: 10%

Andrew Williams, Keyon Brown, Kentavius Street, Lorenzo Carter, Gerald Willis, Lorenzo Featherson, and Chris Slayton are all uncommitted defensive end prospects who have offers from the Hurricanes. Unfortunately, none of them seem to have much interest. CHANCES: 5%


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