After landing three running backs in last year's class, getting one this year wasn't a major priority for the Hurricanes. It seems like they took the approach of taking one only if he's the right one. To the best of our knowledge, the Canes offered four of them this year and only one turned out to be a serious option.
Three of the four offers went out in the spring -- Darrell Scott from California, Sam McGuffie from Texas, and Cyrus Gray from Texas all claimed to have landed offers from the Hurricanes in the spring. All were recruited nationally. McGuffie, unfortunately, never really considered the Canes too much and committed to Michigan in July. When Scott gave Scout.com his Top 10 cut on May 1, the Canes were on it. However, when he cut his list to seven on July 7, the Canes weren't included. He ultimately signed with Colorado. Gray claimed an early offer and seemed the most interested in Miami of the three but the Canes stopped recruiting him at some point during the season. He ended up signing with Texas A&M.
In late October, the Hurricanes sent two coaches to visit Jacksonville's Jamie Harper -- who was widely considered the number one running back prospect in the state of Florida this year. Clint Hurtt and Tommie Robinson visited him during the bye week for the Canes and Harper said that's when he was offered by the Hurricanes. The Canes may have been late to the recruiting game for Harper but he was very interested from the start. He ended up taking official visits to four schools -- Clemson, Illinois, Florida State, and Miami. In the end, he signed with Clemson (a school that, he said, was recruiting him very hard from the beginning of the recruiting process). yesterday.
Recruiting a fullback didn't seem like a priority back in the spring and summer and because of that, none were offered too early in the process. However, as the 2007 season went along and the Canes realized they needed help at fullback, a couple were identified as major targets.
John Calhoun's high school coach at Sebastian River was former Hurricane Randy Bethel. He made sure the UM coaches were aware of his talented senior linebacker and so he started getting recruited by the Canes. According to Bethel, after he sent senior tape of Calhoun to the coaches they requested that he switch to fullback. After a few games at fullback, the Canes came in with a scholarship offer in early December and Calhoun committed immediately. He never took any other visits and now is enrolled in school, as the first student ever at his high school to graduate early.
El Camnino JC fullback Patrick Hill was opening some eyes out in California. Texas A&M was the only major school recruiting him early in the season, he told us, and he actually took an official visit there in October. Texas A&M never offered, he told us, but by season's end, the Miami coaches had gotten ahold of his tape and were very impressed. He landed an offer from the Canes in early December, visited the school in mid December, committed while he was here, and is now enrolled in school. He said his only other offer was from FIU.
Look for Calhoun and Hill to get an excellent chance of playing time right away since the Canes are so thin at the fullback position.