Nine Canes start school early

The Hurricanes were hoping to have several of their incoming freshman recruits start school early so they could be here for spring practices. Nine of them have enrolled for the spring semester and CanesTime.com breaks down the roles each may play heading into the spring.

QB Jacory Harris -- The record-setting quarterback from Miami Northwestern will have a chance to give Robert Marve a run for his money for the starting job. Getting Harris in for spring ball was huge because of the competition factor for the spring. It'll also give him a tremendous opportunity to push Marve for the starting spot in 2008.

QB Cannon Smith -- Like Harris, Smith has a huge opportunity since there are only three scholarship QB's on the roster heading into the spring. With a strong spring, Smith could push Harris and Marve for playing time.

FB Patrick Hill -- The Canes badly needed a fullback in this year's class since they don't have a pure fullback on the current roster. Adding Hill was huge and getting him here for spring was even bigger. With a strong spring, he'll be given every chance to win the starting job going into the fall.

FB John Calhoun -- Interestingly, Calhoun became the first student in his high school's history to graduate H.S. a semester early. He'll be able to compete for playing time at fullback and will bolster the special teams unit.

WR Aldarius Johnson -- This was huge because Johnson is widely considered the state's best receiver prospect this year. He has all the physical tools you look for in a receiver and he'll have every opportunity this spring to win a starting job since the Canes don't bring back many proven receivers.

DL Marcus Forston -- The Canes are thin at defensive tackle and that hurt them last season on defense. Forston, who is rated the nation's top defensive tackle by Scout.com, will have a chance to make an immediate impact. The returning players here aren't as talented as Forston and don't have a whole lot of experience on him.

LB Arthur Brown -- Scout.com's No. 1 rated player for most of the year, Brown is expected to push for playing time right away and most people wouldn't be surprised to see him in the starting lineup very early this season.

LB Sean Spence -- Because of his understanding of the game and his tremendous football instincts, Spence will likely shoot up the depth chart right away. How far he goes up it will depend on how well he does this spring.

PK Jake Wieclaw -- The Canes need another kicker to go along with Matt Bosher and Wieclaw provides that answer so getting the near record-setting kicker in for spring was huge since he'll likely play a key role on the UM special teams units this season.


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