Miami's Chances: Linebackers

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 linebackers being recruited.

The Hurricanes signed just two linebackers this past Signing Day, and then added a player over the summer (Walter Tucker) who could play the position. With the low numbers, linebacker was a major priority in the 2014 class.

The Canes got off to a fast start this summer, as they've already added four commitments.

Juwon Young was the first player to announce in favor of the Canes. At 6-foot-2 and 225 pounds, Young is one of the top linebacker prospects in the state of Georgia. A low test score has kept some of the premier SEC schools from offering so that could change at some point down the road, which could make it tougher for Miami to hang onto him. He's rock solid for right now, however. CHANCES: 80%

Michael Smith was the second linebacker to announce in favor of the Hurricanes. At 6-foot-2 and 215 pounds, Smith is a very talented edge pass rusher from Miami Northwestern High. He had over a dozen scholarship offers but camped here and decided this is where he wants to be. Smith could play OLB or DE in a 4-3, or he could be an OLB in a 3-4 alignment. CHANCES: 95%

Darrion Owens was the third player to pick the Canes at linebacker. At 6-foot-3 and 220 pounds, Owens is one of the top players in the Jacksonville area. He earned an offer in the spring, camped here, and committed right away. The Hurricanes have never been able to recruit the Jacksonville area really well, so this would be a nice get for them. They've had early commitments from the area in past years, only to see them end up elsewhere. Hopefully that won't be the case here but it's definitely worth watching -- especially if Florida and Florida State and Georgia get more involved with him. CHANCES: 80%

Terry McCray was the fourth linebacker added to this class this summer. At 6-foot-3 and 215 pounds, McCray is a very good edge rusher from Ely HS who also has the athleticism to play in space in a 4-3 defense. McCray wasn't as heavily recruited as the other three, and his commitment to the Canes seems rock solid. That likely won't change, especially since he grew up a Miami fan. CHANCES: 95%

Nyles Morgan is one of the most heavily recruited linebackers in America. At 6-foot-3 and 220 pounds, he's one of the top overall prospects in the Chicago area. Miami offered him early, and he seems to have some interest. Until he visits here, however, it'll be hard to tell how good Miami's chances will be of pulling him away from Big 10 country. CHANCES: 15%

Raymon Minor is another out-of-state prospect who the Canes made an early offer to. At 6-foot-4 and 215 pounds, he's one of the top prospects in the state of Virginia. He recently named Miami in his top three, saying they're one school he definitely plans to take an official visit to. We'll learn more about his real interest then, but it seems to be fairly solid at this stage. CHANCES: 30%

Terrell Lewis is the top-rated uncommitted linebacker prospect on my Preseason Top 100 list. At 6-foot-2 and 210 pounds, the Ocoee High standout has offers from schools like Miami and LSU and Tennessee. He's been fairly quiet with recruiting but has indicated a desire to visit Miami later in the year. CHANCES: 35%

Kenny Young is one of the nation's most heavily recruited linebackers. At 6-foot-2 and 220 pounds, the Louisiana standout came out with his final 10 today and Miami was on it. He's never visited here, however, and getting him away from LSU -- or SEC country in general -- will be a huge challenge. CHANCES: 10%

Vincent Jackson is another talented in-state linebacker prospect who has not yet committed. At 6-foot-2 and 235 pounds, Jackson is more of a middle linebacker prospect from Jesuit High in Tampa. Miami offered him early on, and they're currently in his top five. There seems to be genuine interest coming from both sides. CHANCES: 25%

Dwight Williams is one of the top linebacker prospects in the state of California this year. At 6-foot-1 and 210 pounds, Williams landed an early offer from the Canes and has mentioned on a few occasions his desire to take a visit here. Actually getting that to happen -- and then beating out the schools out West for him -- will be extremely tough. CHANCES: 5%

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