Miami football recruiting update: Canes start strong in 2014

Steve Mitchell-US PRESSWIRE

Are the Hurricanes on the way to being "back?" A strong start to 2014 recruiting is a start.

The Miami Hurricanes are off to an excellent start with their 2014 football recruiting class. Much of the potential threat of additional NCAA sanctions stemming from the Nevin Shapiro scandal has been blunted as the NCAA badly flubbed the investigation. Al Golden and his staff are now in year three, and their relationships in South Florida seem to be improving, particularly with the addition of offensive coordinator James Coley, a Miami native who came to the Coral Gables from Florida State.

Commitments since National Signing Day: Joseph Yearby, Kc McDermott, Alin Edouard, Nick Linder

Decommitments since National Signing Day: Travis Rudolph

Current class

Kc McDermott, Palm Beach (Fla.) Central High School: McDermott is one of the elite offensive line recruits in the country. Both of his older brothers played college football, and he'll carry on their legacy at Miami. The coaching and tips he has received from them show in his game, and he is quite technically sound. McDermott might not have the highest ceiling in the class, but he probably has the highest floor. At 6'6 and 285 pounds and just 16 years old, McDermott could grow into a very good college tackle and be a multi-year starter for the Hurricanes, who he chose over 40 other BCS offers. McDermott is a consensus five-star recruit.

Joseph Yearby, Miami (Fla.) Central High School: Yearby is one of the best running backs in the country. He's not big, and doesn't have elite speed, but there are plenty of reasons why he is deserving of a five-star ranking. To find out why, check out Bud Elliott's recruit scouting report.

Trevor Darling, Miami (Fla.) Central High School: Miami is fortunate to have two top-end offensive tackle recruits in its 2014 class, and while Darling is not on McDermott's level, he's not far off. Be sure to check out our scouting report of the 6'5, 300-pound Darling, who chose Miami over 20 other BCS programs.

Alin Edouard, Hialeah (Fla.) High School: Edouard is a solid three-star quarterback prospect out of South Florida. While listed at 6'1 and 180 pounds, he is actually more of a pocket passer than a dual threat. Edouard uses his feet to move around and find throwing lanes, more than he does to gain yards. Edouard is considered one of the top-30 quarterback recruits nationally.

Nick Linder, Ft. Lauderdale (Fla.) St. Thomas Aquinas High School: Linder is the little brother of Brandon Linder, a starting guard for the Hurricanes. He's undersized at 6'1 and 265 pounds, and if he is ever to play at all for the Hurricanes, it will be many years down the road. However, the pedigree is something to like, and even if he doesn't start, he could prove to be valuable for depth purposes.

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