That's because four of them have already made clear their plans for the fall -- offensive lineman Brandon Washington, linebacker Antonio Harper, linebacker Zach Kane, and safety C.J. Odom all plan on attending Milford Prep Academy in New York for the fall semester.
The biggest loss is Washington, who was one of just two offensive linemen UM signed back in February. Washington, who didn't take any official visits because he didn't take the ACT until after National Signing Day, was considered a better prospect coming out of high school than Joel Figueroa, who will likely be one of the team's starting guards this season.
Harper had surgery to repair a torn ACL last fall and is still rehabbing. Because of his size and growth potential, his future could be on the defensive line, where the Canes are bringing in three new ends -- Marcus Robinson, Andrew Smith, and Gavin Hardin.
Kane was part of what looked like a big linebacker class that has been narrowed down to just a few. Only three -- Sean Spence, Arthur Brown, and Jordan Futch -- were on campus working out as linebackers this summer.
Odom was part of a talented secondary class that included safeties Ramon Buchanan, Joseph Wylie, and Vaughn Telemaque although one of those guys will likely start out at corner. In addition, the Canes already have a commitment from Prince Kent, a highly rated safety prospect from Georgia, for the Class of 2009.
Washington, Odom, and Harper were all three-star prospects according to Scout.com, while Kane was given a two-star status. Interestingly, none of the four took visits to any other schools this past recruiting season, even though Washington told CanesTime.com last week that he plans to do those this fall.
There is still some paperwork work that needs completed before a few other freshmen can report as well, including C.J. Holton, Brandon Marti, and Gavin Hardin. All three are expected to report by this weekend.