It’s no secret, the Miami Hurricanes need wide receivers. That’s why the commitment of Braxton Berrios on Saturday was a tremendous boost to the wide receiver recruiting class the Hurricanes hope to ink in February during the 2014 signing day. With the departure of Allen Hurns after this 2013 season, the Hurricanes will be left with only six scholarship wide outs for the start of 2014.
Here’s a look at who will be around:
Sophomore: Stacy Coley, D’Mauri Jones (redshirt)
Junior: Herb Waters and Malcolm Lewis
Senior: Phillip Dorsett and Rashawn Scott
This off season, Miami had two wide outs who left the program, Jontavious Carter (Bethune Cookman) and Robert Lockhart thereby hurting their overall depth at the position.
The 2013 class only brought in Coley, a signing day surprise who’s having an immediate impact for this Hurricane team. Coley leads the team in receiving touchdowns (3) and is second on the team (12) in receptions behind the senior Hurns.
Miami may have scaled back in the 2013 at the wide receiver position because of the fact that the 2012 class was loaded with wide receiver depth. It included five recruits; Robert Lockhart, D’Mauri Jones, Jontavious Carter, Angelo Jean-Louis and Malcolm Lewis.
Of those five, only two remain in Lewis and Jones with both seeing very limited time due to an injury to Lewis in 2012 and Jones still developing behind a lot of talent as a redshirt freshman. Lockhart and Carter both transferred out and Jean-Louis didn’t qualify to get into Miami.
Here’s a look at how Miami currently stacks up at receiver for the incoming class who have verbally pledged to Miami:
Braxton Berrios (WR)- Slot
Darrell Langham (WR)-
Trayone Gray (ATH)
Berrrios will likely occupy the slot role that you currently see Coley and Waters in now. This is the same position that Phillip Dorsett played as a freshman before he moved outside. Gray and Langham, assuming neither redshirt, will likely line up on the outside. So if all things remain as they are, Miami will still have room for two or three more wide outs in the 2014 class. More than likely, they want to get their numbers up to the 10-12 range for scholarship guys. Because of departures, they can likely us and early entry recruit who will enroll at the University in January to slide back to the 2013 class scholarship count and bring in additional numbers at wide out.
Currently it looks like Berrios is an early entree candidate. If so, that would allow Miami to continue to target a recruit who is currently committed elsewhere but who could still have a Hurricane scholarship on the table in order to switch over to Miami late in January or even on signing day.
Homestead high school’s Ermon Lane is one such wide receiver target. The All-American wide out is still on Miami’s radar even though he’s currently committed to the University of Florida. The Berrios (and possible early entry) allows Miami to allow the Lane recruitment to play out slowly with no pressure involved. Because of his proximity to campus, Lane can visit Miami whenever he chooses. This allows the Hurricanes to continue to be in a favorable position.
Johnnie Dixon is a recruit out of Dwyer High (Palm Beach) that Miami expects to land soon. He would make four wide outs in this 2014 class with the possible edition of Lane and J. C. Jackson (another Florida Gator commit) coming on later in the process. Jackson has visited Miami twice lately and the Gators are said to be ‘concerned,’ about where they stand with him according to sources who talk to CaneINsider.
Lastly, Travis Rudolph, also of Palm Beach County, is a continual target for Miami but it appears that he’s not as strongly considering Miami as he maybe once was. But he’s not tipped too much of his hand during his recruitment, so it is really difficult to say where he might be leaning or what he may be planning to do come signing day. If he does end up in Miami, it would be an incredible haul for one key position of need for the Hurricanes.
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