June Offer Board: OG

The Hurricanes signed four offensive linemen in their 2014 class, and already have four committed in the 2015 class. They're not done, though, and so lets take a closer look at the remaining targets with the focus here being on the guards.

Leeward Brown emerged as one of the top interior offensive line prospects in South Florida as a junior at Miramar High last season. After taking a Junior Day visit to Miami earlier this year, he committed to the Canes. Several other schools are still actively recruiting him but he remains solidly committed. If there would be a school that could become a factor down the road, it'd be West Virginia.

Tyler Gauthier plays mostly left tackle at Venice High but at 6-foot-4 and 310 pounds, he likely projects best as an interior offensive lineman at the college level. Gauthier landed a handful of Division 1 offers this spring, including one from Miami, and the Canes accepted his commitment after they watched him perform at camp earlier this month. He's a solid commitment.

(note: the following players are those I believe have legit offers from Miami, and are still considering the Canes)

Matthew Burrell is a four-star prospect on Scout, and is one of the most heavily recruited kids in the Washington DC area. At 6-foot-4 and 305 pounds, Burrell landed a very early offer from Miami. Most people believe he'll stay close to home and choose a school like Ohio State or Virginia Tech but he hasn't officially narrowed down his list, which still includes Miami.

Javon Patterson is one of the most heavily recruited prospects in the state of Mississippi. At 6-foot-4 and 290 pounds, Patterson landed an early offer from Miami but the Canes, and everyone else, will have a hard time pulling him away from his home state.

Connor Dyer could project as either a guard or tackle at the college level. At 6-foot-5 and 280 pounds, Dyer is one of the top line prospects in the state of Texas. Miami offered him in the spring, but he's being recruited nationally and has visited several schools already and one wasn't Miami. That will be their only chance, and it seems like a longshot right now.

Jalen Merrick has only been playing football for two years now but at 6-foot-5 and 320 pounds, he's become one of the state's most heavily recruited OL prospects. Miami offered the New Smyrna Beach High standout a few weeks ago. Since he grew up a basketball player, Merrick never really followed any one team. Miami's first challenge will be getting him on campus for a visit this summer. He has some interest, but it's hard to tell how much since he's never visited and hasn't cut down his list at all.

Mike Horton has emerged as one of the top OL prospects in the Atlanta area. At 6-foot-4 and 300 pounds, Horton has been adding major offers lately. Miami was one of the schools to jump into the mix, and he's expressed some interest about coming down for a visit. Until that happens, it'll be tough for Miami competing with the SEC schools who have been offering him lately.


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