Incoming Freshmen: What to expect

The Hurricanes welcomed 17 new incoming freshmen this week, in addition to the six players who started school in the spring semester. What can we expect from these players this season? Read on...

Stephen Morris enrolled for the spring semester and went through spring football with the team. He had a decent spring game and will be competing for the backup quarterback job along with former walkon Spencer Whipple. A three-star local recruit last year, Morris will either be the backup to Jacory Harris or will likely redshirt if Whipple earns that job.

Running Backs:
Storm Johnson enrolled for the spring semester and drew a lot of high praise from coaches and teammates during spring football. He has a leg up on the players who just started school this week -- Eduardo Clements and Darion Hall. The four-star Clements was the most heavily recruited of the three and could earn some playing time this fall. Hall appears to be a redshirt candidate heading into the fall. Fullback Maurice Hagens will have a chance to compete but is also a strong redshirt candidate.

Wide Receivers:
Allen Hurns went through spring drills with the team and was the only receiver the Canes signed last recruiting season. With a loaded WR depth chart, the Canes will likely redshirt Hurns this fall.

Tight Ends:
The Hurricanes needed tight ends badly so they went out and signed four this past recruiting class. The one most likely to contribute this fall is Juco transfer Chase Ford. Andrew Tallman, who could end up being an offensive tackle by the end of the season, could provide some depth as a blocker. Clive Walford is very raw and needs to bulk up before being ready to contribute. Asante Cleveland could provide a spark with his athleticism.

Offensive Linemen:
Center Shane McDermott and guard Malcolm Bunche both went through spring drills with the team and could be called upon to provide depth this season. Tackle Brandon Linder was the most heavily recruited lineman the Canes signed and will likely earn some playing time as a freshman this fall. Jermaine Barton and Jon Feliciano appear to be a solid redshirt candidates. Tavadis Glenn, a three-star recruit out of Jacksonville, has not yet qualified.

Defensive Linemen:
The Canes signed three players here but only one of them has qualified -- lightly recruited Jeffrey Brown. The Illinois product appears to be a redshirt candidate. Local players David Perry (DE) and Delmar Taylor (DT) have not qualified yet. Taylor is headed to a Junior College while Perry is still trying to qualify in time for the fall semester.

The Canes signed five linebackers -- one of them (Tyrone Cornileus) enrolled in the spring and one of them (Kelvin Cain) has not yet qualified. Kevin Nelson, the most heavily recruited of the five, will likely compete for playing time in the middle. Jimmy Gaines and Travis Williams are athletic outside guys who will have a chance to earn some playing time as well.

Defensive Backs:
The Canes needed corners and so they went out and signed four of them. D'vonta Davis, Keion Payne, and Kacy Rodgers will all compete for playing time this fall, while Jeremy Davis has not yet qualified.

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