Analyzing This Year's Class: Offense

Randy Shannon seemed very excited today when talking about the newest group of Hurricanes. Lets take a closer look to see why.

Robert Marve -- Marve took over a 1-9 program his freshman year that hadn't been to the state playoffs since 1981. He had the tough task of putting the team on his shoulders and carrying it to some success. He did that and more. He took them to win a state championship in 2006 and did so in impressive fashion. Marve was the only Division 1A signee on his team this past season. That's amazing. He's not the biggest kid out there (6-1 1/2 and 190) but he's got everything you look for in a quarterback. He's gutsy. He's a tremendous leader. Kyle Wright has an NFL body with an NFL arm but seems to be missing "it" as a quarterback. Well, Marve's doesn't have the NFL body or arm but he has "it" as a quarterback. He's as intense a competitor as I've seen come out of this state in the 7 years I've been covering recruiting in Florida.

Lee Chambers -- Randy wanted speed and playmakers and that's what he got. Chambers played hurt for most of his senior season but still finished strong. He's the type of player who can be used in a lot of different ways. He can return kicks or punts, run the ball between the tackles, or even line up as a slot receiver. He brings a tremendous amount of versatility to the table.

Graig Cooper -- Cooper's been tremendously successful in recent years. He was named Mr. Football in Tennessee as a senior. Then he went to Milford Prep Academy, where he averaged close to 15 yards per carry and became the nation's most explosive Prep School player. He's considerably faster than any running back on UM's roster right now and had he been on this team in 2006, he would likely have been the kick/punt return specialist. He's clearly a kid who make an impact in different ways -- and early.

Shawnbrey McNeal -- The first thing that jumps out at you about McNeal is his speed. He's legitimately one of the fastest recruits in the nation. Every time he touches the ball, anything can happen. Not many kids can say that at a high level. I think they'll use him like Devin Hester. He'll move around a little but his primary role will likely be to bring back some serious excitement to the special teams units -- both in the return game and by blocking kicks.

Daniel Adderley -- A lot of people aren't sure about the commitment of Adderley, mainly because he didn't have any other Division 1 scholarship offers and Steve Spurrier never recruited him, despite being only a couple hours away. One thing you've gotta like about him is how productive he was. He's a playmaker and at 6-6, he might have the body to grow into a tight end down the road since the Canes didn't sign a tight end this year. His coach says he's a better prospect at this age than a few of his former players, who are now in the NFL, were.

Kayne Farquharson -- When I watch this kid, I think about Reggie Wayne. He's not the fastest or quickest kid out there but he's so strong and runs such good routes. It's tough to handle him off the line because of his strength. He's very passionate and nobody will have a better work ethic. With UM's lack of depth at receiver, dont be surprised if this kid ends up starting a couple games this fall.

Leonard Hankerson -- His size is impressive. He's a legit 6-2 and real close to 200. His position coach at St. Thomas was former NFL great Cris Carter, who has prepared Hankerson well for the college game. He understands how to run a good route. He understands how to cut off a route. He understands how and when to attack a ball. He understands how to block. The sky's the limit with Hankerson, who just needs to work on playing with a lot of passion and intensity when the ball's not coming to him regularly. He looked very average throughout most of the state championship game vs Lakeland before looking like a future NFLer in the closing minutes when the game was tight and on the line in overtime.

Jermaine McKenzie -- I remember watching drills at the Scout.com Combine in Boca last May and thinking to myself, man, this kid catches everything. He has some of the best hands you'll see. He's a legit 6-2 and does a lot of the little things well. He ran a 4.4 at a camp last year on a laser time so he has big time speed. He may need a year in the weight room to bulk up and to get physically prepared for the college game.

Orlando Franklin -- A towering right tackle prospect, Franklin was tremendous as a senior at Atlantic. I love guys who play defense too and he did a lot of that. He's got long arms and he's very strong. He has a big, thick body so he'll be able to play at 320+ and maintain his quickness. He's still learning the game since he hasn't played for long and took a year off. His upside is tremendous, however.

Harland Gunn -- He's a mauler inside. They tried him at center at the US Army All-American Game and he quickly got moved to tackle because he and the quarterbacks couldn't get the timing down on their snaps. He'll likely play guard at UM and has a tremendous upside. He comes off the ball low and with lots of intensity. Strength-wise, he's tough to beat.

Tyler Horn -- I've always liked recruiting offensive lineman from well-coached schools who are used to winning. That's where Horn, who projects as a center, comes from. He's not only the winningest but also the smartest kid in this year's class and was a first team All-State pick and team MVP on one of the top teams in the state of Tennessee. And at 6-4 and 290+, he has the frame to be a real good one. I think he's a major sleeper in this year's class and will be a lot better than people are giving him credit for.


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