Miami Football: Does Fifth Decommitment Raise Concern for the Canes?

David MayerCorrespondent IDecember 20, 2012

Nov 17, 2012; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Hurricanes running back Duke Johnson (8) is tackled by South Florida Bulls cornerback Kayvon Webster (6) during the first half at Sun Life Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports
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Wide receiver/tight end Travis Johnson became the fifth Hurricane decommitment of the 2013 recruiting class on Wednesday.

He officially declared it on his Twitter feed (h/t Orlando Sentinel).

"Decommitting from The University of Miami. Opening up my recruiting up [sic]."

Johnson joined Keith Bryant, Alex Collins, Kermit Whitfield, and Jayron Kearse in a growing number of those who verbally committed to Miami at one time.

In all honesty, I am not all that concerned. I understand that many of them are highly-recruited players and this happens every year at every school, but this may be an issue of playing time—or lack of.

The Hurricanes are one of the youngest teams in the country and all these decommitments will most likely have to wait in line for some playing time, which tends to be a priority for high-profile seniors.

The only player that has an opportunity to get immediate playing time was Bryant, a defensive tackle. Everyone in the country knows that the Hurricanes' main concern is the defensive line.

Now according to The Palm Beach Post, Bryant has said that Miami is still a contender, but right now likes Florida State the best. I truly hope Al Golden and the rest of the coaching staff can bring him back for another visit, because the Hurricanes so desperately need a good defensive tackle.

In my opinion, the rest of the decommited players aren't good enough to jump over the Hurricanes starters next season.

Collins had a terrific high school career at running back, but likely wouldn't get much playing time behind Duke Johnson, who is one of the best backs in the entire country. 

Wide receivers Travis Johnson and Whitfield also wouldn't see many opportunities with the likes of Phillip Dorsett, Rashawn Scott, Allen Hurns and Malcolm Lewis on the Hurricanes' depth chart. 

The same goes for Kearse at linebacker. Miami has an extremely young, talented group of  linebackers and I truly believe that he knows that he won't get enough playing time right away.

But those are just my opinions on what I believe is happening with the 2013 class. What are yours?