Golden talks about this class

The Hurricanes signed 26 players on Wednesday. It's widely considered Al Golden's best recruiting class since he arrived at Miami. Read on to see what he's saying about it, position by position, and why he believes the 2015 class will be even better.

On the defensive line:
They'll make an impact. Start with the front. Chad Thomas is an elite player. He's an excellent pass rusher. He brings speed off the edge and is physical enough to take on blockers. Demetrius Harris, Trent Harris, guys like that make us feel much better about our depth there. Inside, we probably made the most gains. AJ Moten is a premier player at tackle. We brought in three nose tackles and two Junior College players. Calvin Heurtelou is here now at 324 pounds. He gives us strength we need. Mike Wyche has a great respect of life and will provide us some leadership. He'll make an impact. Courtel Jenkins is another young man we're excited about.

On the linebackers:
I'm most excited about the linebackers, the size of them. Juwon Young is 240 pounds. Darrion Owens is 6-foot-3, 230 pounds. Michael Smith is a kid we thought the world of. Terry McCray is 6-2, 6-3, 228 pounds. It's a big, physical group of linebackers. That's the breakdown of the front seven.

On guys playing multiple positions:
Gray could play receiver or running back for us. We are excited about him. I fell in love with him after ten minutes of camp. Njoku is a big athlete, an ex receiver. We'll see where he goes with his body. He's 218 at 6-4. He can move around, put him at H and in space.

On the quarterbacks:
Brad, number one, he's always been a winner. Now he's a champion. He stayed with us throughout the whole process. We're grateful to him for his loyalty. He's 6-4 with a big arm. He's very bright, came and visited us 11 months ago, and you could tell right away how bright he is. He came to camp, we challenged him, and he did a great job there. He's got the tools. Malik Rosier is another quarterback. He will be playing baseball for the Canes. He's one heck of an athlete. Big hands, strong arm, excellent mobility. He can run the ball. He can throw it in the pocket really well. He brings the element of being able to make plays with his feet. They're both very smart players.

On the offensive line:
It was huge. They are who what they thought we were. Darling and McDermott are exactly what we thought they were. They will help us. We've already seen gains in the weight room. They are smart, tough. You couldn't have two finer families. We will continue to look. We may add another one because of numbers. Nick Linder will come in and play center. At 275 pounds, he's from that same cloth. He will work, scrap, put in the hours. Nick is no stranger to any of that. Offensive line is a position I will continue to look at because our numbers are not where they need to be.

On the DB's:
We needed two safeties. We think we got two great ones. Kiy Hester had everyone on him. We couldn't be more thrilled. He played multiple positions. He has good ball skills. Marques Gayot, both are big safeties. Gayot is physical. Watch his tape. Both are smart and comfortable kids. Ryan Mayes can play corner or free safety. We will start him out at corner and then go from there.

On missing guys late:
We took a run at some other guys like everyone else. Last year I was working against the cap. It was hard to overcome. This was different. Some kids may have said yes but we already had guys at those positions. Like having four defensive tackles already, for example. Guys who said they were coming came and that says a lot about them.

On adding another big back:
Joe is not 6-foot but he runs hard. Andreu Swasey talks about how hard he works. What you may not know is Duke Johnson's 202 pounds. Yearby is following Duke's footsteps. He will get stronger. We have Dallas and Gus. I don't think we'll go after another back. I'd rather save it and get two running backs next year.

On the 2015 class:
We just had our first Junior Day on Sunday and it was the best attended day we've had, and it had the best quality. That's a direct result of the NCAA violation being lifted.

On the tight ends:
Herndon is an H. Njoku is an X who can give us some plays as an H. Chris played receiver at Norcross. He'll come in at 235, 238. He'll come in a little bigger than Clive. He comes from a great program. We're excited about him. We came close to taking another tight end but Clive bailed us out (by coming back for his senior season).

On moving past the NCAA stuff:
There were some homes I left in December and it felt like I left something. I realized I didn't have to spend ¾ of my time there defending the NCAA talk. It felt good. It felt good just to talk about the University of Miami. All other coaches ever said about us is the NCAA stuff. It was a little too late for this group. 90-percent of this class was done when it came out. We couldn't even address it personally until December. We will reap the benefits of that moving forward with the 2015 class.

On spring injury updates:
Duke and Joe are definitely out. We will send something out (to the media) next week to update you guys where we're at.

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