Landing a tight end in this year's class would have been nice and it's something the Hurricanes would like to have done, especially considering they offered more than a half dozen of them. Unfortunately, they didn't sign one and that makes the tight end position a major priority heading into the Class of 2009.
It looks like four tight end prospects were offered during the early stages of the spring -- back in March. Those four were Blake Ayles, Tyler Edwards, Brandon Moore, and Mark Wedderburn. Ayles (USC) never mention Miami among his top five choices but the other three had some interest in the Hurricanes following the offer and heading into the spring evaluation period in May. Jacksonville's Sean Stackhouse (Kentucky) was talking to the Canes early but wasn't recruited again after an unofficial visit to Miami in April. He did not have an offer from the Canes. Moore committed to Michigan on May 18.
Several new tight end prospects appeared on the radar during the month of May -- Kavario Middleton, Dwayne Allen, Nathan Nord, Nick Plato, and Elijah Epperson. None had offers from Miami, however, heading into the summer. Nord landed one right after an excellent performance at Miami's summer camp. Unfortunately for Miami, Nord committed to Louisville, where his uncle was tight ends coach, on June 10. Edwards took a summer visit to Miami and was listing the Canes as one of his top four schools.
On July 12, Middleton's coach told Scout.com that Miami had just offered him. On the 19th, Wedderburn committed to Penn State and a week later Ayles committed to Southern Cal.
Heading into the 2007 season, it looked like there were three main targets at tight end (who all claimed Miami offers) -- Middleton, Allen, and Edwards. Epperson (Arkansas), Plato (Kansas), and Bo Reliford (still unsigned) were also still on the radar screen but without offers. Those three were never asked to visit and fell off Miami's radar by season's end. In addition, Middleton committed to Washington in November and Edwards (LSU) had eliminated Miami from his list during that same month.
While most of Miami's top targets at tight end had eliminated the Canes by late November, a new name jumped out. He was Junior College standout Gerald Harris, who told Scout.com in early December that Miami was now actively recruiting him and that he'd likely commit to the Canes during an official visit in mid-December. Those plans fell through, however, as Miami stopped recruiting him before the visit ever took place. He later signed with Ole Miss.
So heading into the Christmas season, it looked like only Allen (who had been committed to Georgia since December 2006) was a possibility. That changed when Moore, a Michigan commitment, contacted the Miami coaches after Lloyd Carr had been fired a few weeks prior. Moore told Scout.com at the time that he wanted to visit Miami before making his Michigan commitment final. That visit took place in January and Moore re-affirmed his Michigan commitment just a few days later. By that time in January, Allen had eliminated the Hurricanes and it became clear that this class woukd not have a tight end in it.