An Inside Look: DB's

It's easy to look over the list of players who signed with the Hurricanes. CanesTime.com gives you an inside look at how this year's recruiting class was assembled -- the hits, the misses, the other schools involved, when important things happened along the way, and much, much more. You don't want to miss this!

Covering the Canes, I'm blessed with an opportunity to talk to all the recruits and to see what's really going on. All of this information was obtained through my discussions with the players so there may have been other players involved that I'm not aware of. Enjoy!

Cornerbacks:
Cornerback seemed to be a major area of need for the Hurricanes in this recruiting class and they went after several of them.

Patrick Johnson, Brandon Harris, T.J. Bryant, Janoris Jenkins, and Xavier Brewer -- all in-state players -- had offers from the Canes before the May evaluation period began. On March 24, Johnson committed to the Hurricanes and in early April, Brewer took an unofficial visit to Miami from Jacksonville.

More names began to emerge in May. Three more players claimed offers -- Burton Scott, Travis Howard, and Jeremy Brown. In addition to those three, there were players like George Baker and David Rowe who were now on the radar but without offers from the Canes.

So heading into the summer, it looked like the Canes had one commitment and seven others on the board with offers. In early June, Brewer committed to Clemson. On July 2, Bryant cut his list down to 10 and Miami made the cut. Then in late July, Scott committed to Alabama.

So heading into the season, the Canes had one commitment and five others on the radar with offers. Things began to change quickly. In September, Brown and Jenkins committed to Florida and Johnson began taking visits (his first was to Florida). In October, Howard committed to Ohio State and Johnson took another visit (LSU). In November, Johnson took a third visit to Georgia and by that time new names began to emerge -- Alonzo Lawrence and Aaron Hester (a UCLA commitment since March). By this time, Rowe (Rutgers) was no longer being recruited, while Baker was still talking to Miami but without an offer. Johnson's commitment status was very shaky at best.

So heading into the offseason, the Canes had no firm commitments and seven players on the radar (all except Baker had offers and they were still chasing Jenkins). It wasn't long before another name began to appear -- Adrian Bushell, who played his junior season at Miami Pace before moving to Texas for his senior season. That was short-lived, as he committed to Florida a few weeks later.

The month of January was going to be very important. By this time, the Canes had backed off Johnson, who tried enrolling early at LSU (the NCAA flagged his test score, however). Jenkins enrolled early at Florida, ending Miami's chances of changing his mind. The main targets seemed to be Harris, Bryant, Lawrence, Hester, and Baker.

On January 9th, Bryant cut his list down to six and Miami made the cut. The Canes also got back into the Burton Scott mix, although he never ended up taking a visit here. Hester visited in mid January but re-affirmed his commitment to UCLA a few days later. By this time, Baker was no longer being recruited. He ended up signing with USF. So heading into the home stretch with just a few weeks left, the Canes had three main targets at corner -- Harris, Bryant, and Lawrence.

Bryant visited during the week and then Lawrence and Harris visited on the 25th. A week later, Lawrence announced for Alabama, saying the Canes finished second. Then on NSD, Harris (who was recruited by pretty much everyone) picked the Hurricanes as expected, while Bryant inked with USC, saying afterwards that Miami was his second choice.

Safeties:
While it didn't look to be a priority early on, the Canes ended up making the safety position a big priority based on the number of players they offered and signed.

C.J. Holton, Joseph Wylie, and Will Hill all had offers from the Canes prior to the May evaluation period. Before May rolled around, Hill made it clear that he wasn't real interested in the Hurricanes. Holton committed to Florida State in April and Wylie committed to the Canes in APril. At the time of his commitment, Wylie claimed offers from schools like Georgia Tech, Auburn, and Ole Miss.

The May evaluation period brought brought more offers to safety prospects. Mark Barron, Dee Finley, Spencer Adams, Joseph Ibiloye, and Karnell Hatcher were now claiming them. In addition, the Canes were starting to recruit several others -- Jerico Nelson (Purdue), Victor Johnson (Oklahoma State), Darrell Simmons (South Carolina), Stephen Atkinson (Boston College), C.J. Odom, and T'Sharvan Bell (Auburn).

So heading into the summer, the Canes had one commitment, offers to about seven others and interest in about six more. In early June, Atkinson took an unofficial visit to Miami and left without an offer. He committed to BC a few days later. Nelson came to Miami's camp and left without an offer. Finley and Hill both made June commitments to Florida, while Ibiloye committed to Oklahoma that same month.

By the end of June, the Canes had one commitment and it looked like four others had offers from the Canes. August brought more news. Odom claims that's when the Canes offered him a scholarship. Hatcher cut his list down to two on August 2nd and Miami was on it along with LSU. Adams cut his list down to seven and the Canes were on it. Barron committed to Alabama. Meanwhile, the Canes were still recruiting Holton, who committed to FSU back in April.

So heading into the season, the Canes had one commitment and were still actively going after four others who had offers (Holton, Odom, Hatcher, and Adams). Adams had eliminated Miami in September and later picked Clemson. Odom committed to Miami on October 9th, becoming the second safety commitment for the Canes. Holton took an unofficial visit to Miami in October and began saying things were even between the Canes and Noles. Hatcher committed to LSU in early November and that's about when a few other names began to appear.

Daniel Andrews told CanesTime.com in early November that Miami had just offered him. A teammate of five-star running back Jamie Harper, Andrews also had offers from Florida and Clemson. Two California safeties were now on the radar -- Vaughn Telemaque (who had been offered) and Herman Davidson.

December brought more news. The best was that Holton switched his commitment from FSU to Miami, giving Miami three safeties in this class. They weren't done there, however. Justin Feagin, a finalist for the Player of the Year in Florida in 2007, was now talking to the Canes but he never got offered or invited to visit.

Heading into January, the Canes had commitments from Wylie, Odom, and Holton. They wanted more. Telemaque, who visited in mid-January, seemed to be the biggest priority. Andrews committed to Clemson in early January, without even visiting Miami. Victor Johnson, without an offer from the Canes, committed to Oklahoma State. Davidson had narrowed his list down to Miami and North Carolina soon after his visit to Miami.

So heading into the final week, it looked like the Canes were in position to land one of the two safeties from California. It was Telemaque who committed a week before NSD, giving the Canes four safeties in this class. Davidson inked with North Carolina on NSD.

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