Analyzing the 2014 Class: WR

Miami's 2014 recruiting class is in the books. Lets take a closer look at their efforts. This piece focuses on the wide receiver position.

COACH: Brennan Carroll

SIGNED: Darrell Langham, Tyre Brady, Braxton Berrios, David Njoku, and Trayon Gray.

ONCE COMMITTED: Travis Rudolph (Florida State)

OTHERS UM WENT AFTER: Ermon Lane (Florida State), Curtis Samuel (Ohio State), Johnnie Dixon (Ohio State), and Austin Roberts (UCLA),

ANALYSIS: The Hurricanes needed wide receivers in this year's class so they went out and signed five of them. Four of the five stand 6-foot-2 or taller so you can tell there was a major need to get bigger at the position.

Langham, at 6-foot-4, is the biggest of the group. The Palm Beach County standout committed to the Canes over the summer and never wavered. He was recruited by a lot of people and will give the Canes a much needed weapon on the outside.

Brady, at 6-foot-3, is a big, strong, physical receiver who helped his South Dade team win a state title this past season. A one-time Kentucky commitment, the Canes were able to get him to flip after offering him.

Berrios is an ideal slot receiver prospect. At 5-foot-9 and 175 pounds, he has excellent short-area quickness. He has experience as both a QB and RB as well so he's very good with the ball in the open field. He was actually probably the most heavily recruited player of the group. Unfortunately, a torn ACL will likely cause him to redshirt in 2014.

Njoku is another 6-foot-4 target. A standout from the state of New Jersey, the one-time Rutgers commitment could be a big outside receiver or more likely an H-Back down the road for the Canes.

Gray was a prep quarterback at Carol City High. At 6-foot-2 and 210 pounds, he was offered by Miami as a wide receiver. He's a tough kid with plus speed and athleticism.

The Hurricanes had Rudolph committed way back during his junior season. He was one of the most heavily recruited wide receivers in the whole nation so losing him, especially to FSU, was a tough loss for the Canes.

Rudolph wasn't the only elite WR prospect from Palm Beach County to get away. Despite visiting Miami several times, Dwyer's Johnnie Dixon chose Ohio State over Miami in the end. Lane was the most heavily recruited receiver from Dade to sign elsewhere. Samuel, not Njoku, was the WR from Jersey that Miami wanted most early on. Roberts' father, Alfredo, played at Miami and he considered coming here and took an unofficial visit before ending it early on by choosing UCLA.

Njoku will likely end up at H-Back and Gray may have issues qualifying down the road. If that's the case, the Canes signed three receivers here -- one for each of the three primary receiver spots (Langham X, Brady Z, and Berrios slot). From that standpoint, they filled their needs. Losing some of the key local kids was disappointing, however.


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