Where did Miami's talent come from?

Yesterday I wrote a piece on how talented Miami's junior and senior classes are compared to the rest of the country. 10 Hurricanes are expected to be drafted in April and so lets take a closer look at where those 10 kids came from.

CBS Sports has draft grades on 10 Hurricanes heading into the final week of the regular season. They're listed below along with the story on how they got here.

1. Duke Johnson (2nd round grade) -- One of Dade County's all-time leading rushers, Johnson committed to the Hurricanes as a junior at Miami Norland. He made his commitment to then coach Randy Shannon and never wavered, even after Shannon was fired and replaced by Al Golden.

2. Denzel Perryman (2nd) -- One of the nation's top linebacker prospects out of Coral Gables High, Perryman started getting recruited by Miami under Shannon. He later said that a big reason why he picked Miami, even after the coaching change, is because of his relationship with former UM coach Mike Barrow.

3. Clive Walford (2nd-3rd) -- After growing up a basketball player and having quit football once, Walford decided to make a run on the gridiron during his senior season at Glades Central. "I had three offers in basketball and after I started playing football I was getting all kinds of offers," Walford said this week on why he decided to make the switch. Former UM assistant Clint Hurtt offered Walford in the spring of his junior year -- before he ever started a varsity game. It was an excellent evaluation by Hurtt and Walford was already on the roster when Golden arrived.

4. Ereck Flowers (2nd-3rd) -- The state's most heavily recruited offensive tackle his senior season at Miami Norland High, Flowers was offered by Golden and his staff in the spring of his junior year and he committed to Miami not long after that.

5. Ladarius Gunter (4th) -- A very lightly recruited Junior College transfer from Kansas, Gunter appeared to be headed to South Florida when the Hurricanes found and offered him in Golden's second recruiting class. It was an excellent evaluation decision by the current staff.

6. Phillip Dorsett (4th) -- Widely considered one of the fastest recruits in the entire country his senior season, Dorsett was recruited like a three-star prospect from St. Thomas Aquinas High. He originally committed to Shannon and Golden was able to keep him in the fold.

7. Anthony Chickillo (4th-5th) -- A third generation legacy recruit, Chickillo originally committed to the previous coaching staff in September of his senior season at Alonso High. He was being recruited nationally at the time and opened things back up when Shannon was fired. After taking visits to Florida and South Florida, Chick re-committed to the Hurricanes and Golden a few weeks after Golden got the job here.

8. Thurston Armbrister (6th) -- After a successful prep career at Hollywood Hills High, Armbrister went through the entire recruiting process with no FBS scholarship offers. Miami offered him after signing day and landed him. "He had great length, he was very athletic, and he was smart," defensive coordinator Mark D'Onofrio said about Armbrister earlier this year on why the Canes offered him. It turned out to be an excellent evaluation decision.

9. Olsen Pierre (6th-7th) -- A very lightly recruited defensive line prospect from the Philadelphia area, Pierre was committed to Golden at Temple. When Golden got the job here, Pierre was the only player that he offered from his previous commitment list. It turned out to be an excellent decision and a rock solid evaluation.

10. Jonathan Feliciano (6th-7th) -- A three-star offensive line prospect from Western High in Fort Lauderdale, Feliciano was recruited by the former coaching staff under Shannon and Jeff Stoutland. He had just completed his redshirt season when Golden got the job.

Five of the 10 players on this list (Johnson, Walford, Dorsett, Chickillo, and Feliciano) were once committed to Shannon. Two others (Perryman and Flowers) were being recruited by the former staff and Golden was able to later secure their commitments. The other three (Gunter, Armbrister, and Pierre) were excellent evaluation decisions by Golden's staff on lightly recruited players.

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