Canes have a new TE

Basketball season is over and now the Hurricanes have a new tight end. Read on to learn about a kid UM is hoping becomes the next Jimmy Graham.

Raphael Akpejiori is now a member of Miami's football team. NCAA rules allow student athletes five years of eligibility. He spent four years playing basketball here and is trying to spend the 2014 on the gridiron.

He practiced with the team today, and has caught the attention of the coaching staff already.

"We'll see what he can do," Al Golden said after Tuesday's practice. "You can't coach 6-7 and all that stuff. He can run and seems like a great kid and we'll see what he can do."

Many remember this is the path that Jimmy Graham, the best tight end in pro football right now, took to becoming a quality tight end.

"I'm sure this was the conversation once about Graham or (Antonio) Gates," Golden said. "We are excited to see what he can do for us."

Akpejiori, who started 10 games over the last four years in basketball, scored 97 points and grabbed 128 rebounds throughout his career.

Originally from Nigeria, Akpejiori (pronounced AHK-peh-jour-ee) prepped at Sunrise Christian High in Kansas. He is now 23 years old.

At 6-foot-7 and 245 pounds, he has the size and athleticism you can't teach. His size/speed combo is as impressive as any tight end on the current roster.

Clive Walford is the projected starter there this coming fall but Beau Sandland is close and Standish Dobard is having a tremendous spring. Jake O'Donnell is also vastly improved so this is shaping up to be a loaded position for the Hurricanes halfway through spring.


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