Miami Football: 5 Hurricanes Who Still Haven't Lived Up to the Hype
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While the Miami Hurricanes are looking to add dynamic and impactful recruits on national signing day, some players already on the football roster have yet to live up to the hype.
Players in the past who never quite reached their expected potential include likes of quarterback Kyle Wright, linebacker Kylan Robinson and practically the entire 2008 class.
Head coach Al Golden has done a phenomenal job developing talent over the past two seasons, so fortunately this list was slightly difficult to make.
Each of the following players were given high grades coming out of high school, but hasn't quite lived up to the hype.
Be sure to leave a comment on someone who has yet to meet your expectations too.
Luther Robinson, DT
Robinson will be a senior in 2013.
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Luther Robinson has made the headlines more for his off-the-field events than his on-field dominance throughout his collegiate career.
The senior defensive tackle needed to apologize for his dad's comments concerning Al Golden early in 2012.
Rivals.com rated Robinson as the 18th-best defensive tackle in the 2009 class, but he hasn't backed it up.
Robinson managed a mere 13 tackles—seven solo—in 2012. For comparison's sake, not counting his redshirt season, he has missed more games (17) than he has career tackles (16).
Eduardo Clements, RB
Clements will likely be the backup for Duke Johnson.
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In all fairness, Clements has been stuck behind Graig Cooper, Damien Berry, Mike James and Duke Johnson.
That said, he has only managed 39 carries for 184 yards and three touchdowns after seeing action in 31 career games.
Clements suffered an injury midway through 2012 and missed the final five games.
The former 4-star recruit (per Rivals) needs to make an impact next season, especially if the Hurricanes strike out on top prospect Alex Collins.
Curtis Porter, DT
Porter missed eight games last season.
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Curtis Porter was the 19th-ranked defensive tackle recruit in 2009, according to ESPN.
Not unlike his classmate Robinson, Porter has missed his fair share of games due to injury. He has managed 24 tackles in his career.
He posted eight tackles—2.5 for loss—in the final three contests of 2012, but Miami could use a full season with that type of production.
Porter has one final chance to live up to his ranking as a senior next year.
Seantrel Henderson, OT
Henderson saw action in 11 of 12 games last year.
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A consensus 5-star recruit by ESPN, Rivals and Scout in 2010, Seantrel Henderson headlined a class that brought in each of his fellow starters on the offensive line.
He did earn First Team Freshman All-American honors, but since then has not lived up to his 5-star mark.
Henderson missed four games in 2011 after suffering an offseason injury and started just two of the eight games he played. In 2012, he lost his starting spot to true freshman Ereck Flowers and senior Ben Jones for the first five games.
There have been high expectations for Henderson, but this could be the year he dominates his opponents and improves on a single All-ACC Honorable Mention selection.
Jalen Grimble, DL
Grimble (92) has been this close to a tackle only a few times.
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Statistically speaking, Jalen Grimble has done next to nothing in two seasons of work.
A 4-star prospect (per Rivals) out of high school, Grimble has played in 15 games and earned just six tackles and zero sacks for the Hurricanes.
What Grimble does have as an advantage, however, is he will only be a junior.
With two more seasons to make up for a lackluster beginning to his collegiate career, Grimble has a chance to make a lasting impression in Miami.
But like the other players on this list, that possible impression would've been appreciated a bit sooner.