MIAMI, FL - SEPTEMBER 17: Head Coach Al Golden of the Miami Hurricanes leads the team onto the field for his first home game against the Ohio State Buckeyes on September 17, 2011 at Sun Life Stadium in Miami, Florida. The Hurricanes defeated the Buckeyes 24-6. (Photo by Joel Auerbach/Getty Images)
The Miami Hurricanes closed extremely well on National Signing Day and look to have a good start for the 2013 class with many top recruits visiting for the spring game.
The Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) University School will be well represented, as Jordan Cunningham and Maquedius Bain both plan to attend.
Cunningham is a nice receiver prospect who has received ratings of three and four stars. He is high on Miami and Stanford, but also claims offers from Florida, Florida State and Notre Dame. Cunningham has both good control and height (6'3"), but lacks top end speed and quickness, and must get stronger. Cunningham's sister attends Miami and a commitment is not out of the question.
Bain is a promising defensive tackle prospect. He is rated three or four stars by the various services. While still being technically committed to the Seminoles by virtue of refusing to decommit, Bain has named Miami his leader and visited the Coral Gables campus at least four times since his last visit to Tallahassee. His decision to attend Miami's spring game instead of Florida State's has many FSU insiders believing the 6'5", 285-pounder is Miami's to lose. Bain has voiced concerns about Florida State's depth chart (which is loaded), and Miami can certainly offer an opportunity for early playing time. Bain is so raw, however, that early playing time is the last thing he needs. But whipping out the depth chart of an opponent and failing to mention the (almost) certain red-shirt is not an unfair tactic in the recruiting wars.
Cane fans are hopeful that Al Golden can sway Naples (Fla.) Barron Collier High School tight end recruit Mike Heuerman over the weekend. Heuerman is a four-star recruit and his brother, also a tight end, plays for Ohio State. Miami is a long-shot here, particularly with the recent commitment of Standish Dobard. However, the 'Canes are the only in-state school of his top four, which also consists of LSU, Notre Dame and the Buckeyes, which means the Hurricanes have a shot. Heuerman decides on April 27.
Also making the trip will be linebacker Jermaine Grace out of Miramar (Fla.) High School. Grace is undersized at 6'1" and 195 pounds, but moves very well. Aside from Miami, he claims offers from Florida, Florida State, Penn State, North Carolina, Texas A&M, South Florida, West Virginia and Tennessee. Some of those might not be committable. Graded as a three-star recruit, Grace may not be done growing.
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