Juco WR on Miami's radar

The Hurricanes have recruited the wide receiver position well this year but they're still interested in one of the nation's top Juco WR prospects.

WR Eric Lauderdale: 6-1/185, 4.5/40

2013 stats: Despite playing in just seven of Saddleback Junior College's 10 games this season, Lauderdale was clearly the team's top receiver. He finished the year with 54 catches for 703 yards and nine touchdowns.

As a prospect: Lauderdale was a lightly recruited high school player from the state of Georgia. He went to Junior College out in California and has really elevated his game. He's a big target on the outside with enough size and athleticism to create some mismatches in certain situations. He has soft hands and is a strong presence, especially in the middle of the field. It's rare for Juco wide receivers to get recruited nationally, and that's what has happened to Lauderdale this year.

Recruiting: Lauderdale landed several offers, including one from Miami in April, back in the spring. He committed to Tennessee a few weeks after taking an unofficial visit there in the spring. He started getting more offers after that commitment, and decided to open things back up in October. He took an official visit to Florida last weekend, and plans to see Nebraska this coming weekend. He also has a visit scheduled for Arizona State in January, which means he's likely not going to be a spring entry into school. Miami, Cal, and maybe Tennessee are in the running for the final two visits.

Bottom Line: Miami offered him back in the spring, and never stopped recruiting him even after his pledge to Tennessee. The Canes landed a commitment from Tyre Brady a couple weeks ago, and if they're able to land Johnnie Dixon (as expected) this coming weekend then the need for Lauderdale could decrease. Still, he's a player to watch for, especially since the Canes rarely offer Juco WR prospects.


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