Analyzing the 2014 Class: TE

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

COACH: Larry Scott

SIGNED: Chris Herndon

ONCE COMMITTED: Ryheem Lockley (no one yet)

OTHERS UM WENT AFTER: Tyler Luatua (Notre Dame), Mike Gesicki (Penn State), and Bryce Dixon (USC)

ANALYSIS: The Hurricanes return four scholarship tight ends in 2014, including three who are expected to play key roles for the Canes. The return of Clive Walford for his senior season, Al Golden says, prevented UM from having to sign a second tight end down the stretch.

The Hurricanes offered a handful of prospects last spring. Dixon and Gesicki took unofficial visits here during the summer but never got serious with their interest in the Canes.

Ryheem Lockley was a player the Canes signed last year. He was unable to qualify and went to Fork Union Military Academy for the 2013 season instead. Unfortunately, he wasn't able to quality for this recruiting class either. He made a late January commitment to Marshall but still hasn't signed there yet. Miami stopped recruiting him back in January.

Herndon first appeared on Miami's recruiting radar back in the spring when coach Micheal Barrow found him in the Atlanta area. Barrow got Herndon to come down for camp over the summer and that's when he landed his offer from the Canes. Before long, he was on UM's commitment list. Despite getting some late interest from Mississippi State, Herndon never wavered or took any other visits. At 6-foot-5 and 225 pounds, Golden calls him a bigger version of Walford at the same age. He's a talented pass-catcher who will likely begin to see a role in the passing game in 2015, after Walford and Sandland are finished here. As of now, he and Standish Dobard are the tight ends of the future at Miami.

The Canes needed one tight end. Three of their four primary targets at the position came down to see the school, and one ended up in the class.


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