Ranking the Roster: Safety

Fall camp starts tomorrow at Miami so lets continue breaking down the current roster. Today we focus on the safety position. Read on.

1. Deon Bush -- A national recruit out of high school, Bush is the most experienced safety on the roster. He's played in 32 games, starting 20 of them. He battled through a lot of shoulder injuries early in his career but was at full strength for most of last season and he turned in a very good year, emerging as one of the top safeties in the ACC. He's the hardest hitter in the secondary, has a wealth of experience, will be counted on to be a leader, and should emerge as one of the top safeties in the entire country this season.

2. Rayshawn Jenkins -- A one-time USF commit in high school, Jenkins was able to work his way into the rotation as a true freshman in 2012. He played in nearly every game and even started a couple that season. He became a full-time starter as a sophomore in 2013 and finished the season with 45 tackles and four interceptions. He was expected to be one of Miami's top returning players on defense last season but then was lost for the entire season due to injury. He sat out spring but is expected to be fully healthy to start the season. If so, it'd be a huge boost for this secondary because he's very talented, has lots of experience, and is a playmaker.

3. Jamal Carter -- A heavily recruited local player, Carter didn't see the field a whole lot as a freshman in 2013 because he wasn't totally buying into what UM's coaches wanted to do. He admitted that last year when he started seeing the field a lot more. He played in every game, started a couple of them, and finished with 26 tackles. He lacks Crawford's experience but is a much more talented player and he's expected to start turning the corner this season. He has a big future.

4. Dallas Crawford -- A two-way standout in high school, Crawford started his career in the secondary here but then played running back for the second half of the 2013 season when Duke Johnson was injured. He moved back to the secondary as a junior last season, started five games, and finished the year with 35 tackles. He knows the defense well, started for a good part of spring football, and gives UM a very solid fourth option at the safety spot heading into camp.

The Hurricanes signed a pair of safety prospects in its 2015 class -- Jaquan Johnson and Robert Knowles. Johnson, a four-star recruit, enrolled for the spring semester and turned in a solid spring. He lacks ideal size and speed but has tremendous instincts and should work his way into the rotation early on this season. Robert Knowles was a lightly recruited player who was offered late by the Canes. He's a talented kid with a bright future but a redshirt may benefit him most as long as the Canes stay relatively healthy at the safety spot.


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