Miami Football: 2014 Predictions for Each Early Enrollee

Chris Bello@itsauthingblogContributor IFebruary 12, 2014

Miami Football: 2014 Predictions for Each Early Enrollee

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    Joseph Yearby will help Miami build some depth at running back behind Duke Johnson.
    Joseph Yearby will help Miami build some depth at running back behind Duke

    The Miami Hurricanes hauled in 26 new players on national signing day and the 12th-ranked class in 2014.

    Head coach Al Golden and his staff worked to address needs, going heavy at deficient positions, in order to resurrect "The U" over the coming seasons.

    Of the two dozen-plus newbies, Miami recently welcomed nine early enrollees, who are already on campus and working toward earning some playing time in the fall.

    Let's get to know the nine recently added Hurricanes, whom they're set to replace and the odds of each one seeing the field for The U this upcoming season.

    Note: All recruiting rankings courtesy of

Braxton Berrios

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    Credit: 247Sports

    Player/Position: Braxton Berrios, Wide Receiver

    Height/Weight: 5'8", 170 pounds

    Losses at Position: Allen Hurns

    Playing Time This Season

    Berrios—a 4-star prospect out of North Carolina—seemed primed for some early playing time come fall, but an offseason knee injury could impact that.

    According to the Sun-Sentinel's Christy Cabrera Chirinos, he tweeted that he tore his ACL at the Under Armour All-America Game in early January, though little has been mentioned on the matter since regarding surgery or recovery time—he's since deleted the tweet.

    Will he be ready by August? If so, he should help the Hurricanes offense this season.

    Aside from Miami losing Hurns to the NFL, there is instability at wide receiver due to a rash of injuries. Phillip Dorsett is still working back from a midseason MCL tear, while Rashawn Scott never regained form after an opening-game shoulder separation.

    Miami also saw little out of Malcolm Lewis last season, after a 2012 ankle injury knocked him out of the lineup.

    Stacy Coley and Herb Waters also return next season, but there is room for the speedy Berrios if he can work himself back into playing shape over the coming months.

Trevor Darling

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    Credit: 247Sports

    Player/Position: Trevor Darling, Offensive Guard

    Height/Weight: 6'5", 330 pounds

    Losses at Position: Seantrel Henderson, Brandon Linder and Jared Wheeler

    Playing Time This Season

    Darling is projected to play guard, which needs a boost with both Linder and Wheeler leaving a hole on the line. Miami has a dozen offensive linemen on the roster, and Darling is one of two early enrollees at the position, which gives him a leg up on the competition.

    Jon Feliciano and Shane McDermott are the lone veteran seniors on the squad, leaving many empty slots on the line.

    Ereck Flowers returns for his junior year and should be a benchmark for a newbie like Darling. An early enrollee in 2012, Flowers played 12 games at tackle, started four games and went on to earn a letter.

    Like Flowers, Darling is a Miami-bred product who played against top-flight high school competition. The talented lineman will come in battle-tested and ready to compete for a starting spot.

Trent Harris

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    Credit: 247Sports

    Player/Position: Trent Harris, Defensive End

    Height/Weight: 6'2", 231 pounds

    Losses at Position: David Gilbert and Shayon Green

    Playing Time This Season 

    Miami picked up eight defensive linemen in this year's recruiting class—four of which are ends, with Harris being the lone early enrollee at the position.

    The recently departed Gilbert and Green both played end last season, which opens the door for Harris to see immediate playing time if he can overcome the learning curve. 

    Fellow ends Chad Thomas, Mike Smith and Demetrius Jackson will all be in the fold come fall, but Harris can get a leg up on all three, having been on campus since January.

Calvin Heurtelou

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    Credit: 247Sports

    Player/Position: Calvin Heurtelou, Defensive Tackle

    Height/Weight: 6'3", 304 pounds

    Losses at Position: Curtis Porter, Luther Robinson and Justin Renfrow

    Playing Time This Season

    Heurtelou and Michael Wyche are two JUCO transfers that Miami picked up at defensive tackle for 2014, as well as true freshmen Anthony Moten and Courtel Jenkins.

    Of the four, Heurtelou is the lone early enrollee, and coupled with the age, size and experience that comes from JUCO play, he can have a big-time impact in the fall.

    The losses of Porter, Robinson and Renfrow, as well as the porous overall line play, all but ensures that Heurtelou, Wyche, Moten and Jenkins will be relied upon this upcoming season.

Ryan Mayes

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    Credit: 247Sports

    Player/Position: Ryan Mayes, Cornerback 

    Height/Weight: 6'2", 180 pounds

    Losses at Position: None

    Playing Time This Season

    Mayes should see some playing time at cornerback; however, he won't be too relied upon because the secondary is Miami's strongest defensive position.

    The Hurricanes return Tracy Howard, Artie Burns, Antonio Crawford, Ladarius Gunter, Nate Dortch and Cornelius Elder at cornerback.

    Miami loses some experience at safety with AJ Highsmith and Kacy Rodgers II moving on but will add depth this fall with Marques Gayot and Kiy Hester, who are not early enrollees.

    If the Canes can stay healthy in the secondary, Mayes would be a good candidate for a redshirt, especially with Gunter departing next season and no other cornerbacks picked up in 2014.

KC McDermott

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    Credit: 247Sports

    Player/Position: KC McDermott, Offensive Tackle

    Height/Weight: 6'6", 301 pounds

    Losses at Position: Seantrel Henderson

    Playing Time This Season

    McDermott was a huge pickup for Miami. The coveted 4-star prospect has the size, skill set and potential to hit the ground running.

    The Hurricanes lose the up-and-down Henderson, paving the way for a player like McDermott, who possesses tremendous upside.

    With both him and Trevor Darling as early enrollees, they can make for a somewhat seamless transition on the offensive line as the Hurricanes only lose Henderson, as well as guards Brandon Linder and Jared Wheeler.

    The talented tackle is also younger brother to current lineman Shane McDermott, who redshirted as a freshman in 2010 but has been Miami's anchor at center for the past two seasons.

Darrion Owens

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    Credit: 247Sports

    Player/Position: Darrion Owens, Linebacker

    Height/Weight: 6'3", 215 pounds

    Losses at Position: Jimmy Gaines and Tyrone Cornelius

    Playing Time This Season

    Miami dodged a bullet when Denzel Perryman decided to return for his senior season, which put less pressure on Darrion Owens to have an immediate impact.

    The Hurricanes have some young talent at linebacker that is ready to break out. Sophomores Alex Figueroa and Jermaine Grace, as well as junior Raphael Kirby, are primed for breakout years.

    Miami is still paying a price depth-wise, having parted ways with three linebackers last spring, per the Miami Herald—Eddie Johnson, Gionni Paul and Gabe Terry.

    As a result, early enrollees like Owens and Juwon Young have a good chance at working their way into the rotation this fall, as long as they can pick up the playbook.

Joseph Yearby

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    Credit: 247Sports

    Player/Position: Joseph Yearby, Running Back

    Height/Weight: 5'9", 180 pounds

    Losses at Position: None

    Playing Time This Season

    Unfortunately Yearby is one of two early enrollees who are limping in and nursing an injury. The running back broke his fibula last December and isn't expected to be ready for action until the fall.

    Miami also took a hit when it lost Brandon Powell to Florida late in the recruiting process. He was set to be an early enrollee who would immediately compete for playing time in the spring. That came on the heels of local product Dalvin Cook choosing Florida State in early January.

    Neither Dallas Crawford nor Gus Edwards was able to reach the next level after Duke Johnson suffered a broken ankle last November. The Hurricanes finished the season 2-3 after the sophomore running back's injury, and the inability to move the ball on the ground was a big reason for the backslide.

    Yearby is a smaller back in the mold of Johnson, opposed to the bigger back that the Canes were looking for. Still, the talented 4-star prospect out of Miami Central is too talented not to see the field—especially on special teams, where Johnson shone as a true freshman in 2012.

Juwon Young

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    Credit: 247Sports

    Player/Position: Juwon Young, Outside Linebacker

    Height/Weight: 6'3", 235 pounds

    Losses at Position: Jimmy Gaines and Tyrone Cornelius 

    Playing Time This Season

    Young is one of two early enrollees at linebacker. Both he and Darrion Owens stand at 6'3" and in that bigger mold that Al Golden and staff have been recruiting at the position.

    Both recruits played defensive end and linebacker and will most likely be used in both packages for Miami, much like junior Tyriq McCord was utilized the past two seasons.

    Young's high school coach Felton Williams shared some thoughts with (subscription required) about his linebacker: "He's a great kid, first of all. He has a high football IQ. He's just a football junkie, loves the game. He's also played basketball and throws the shot and discus in track, is a great athlete. I think he can come into Miami and play right away."