Miami Football: 4 Freshmen the Hurricanes Can Build Around

David KenyonFeatured ColumnistFebruary 11, 2013

Miami Football: 4 Freshmen the Hurricanes Can Build Around

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    With national signing day in the rear-view mirror, the Miami Hurricanes football team will begin to prepare for the 2013 season with 16 new players.

    Though head coach Al Golden isn't afraid to use true freshmen, playing time for these young players will be at a premium. Miami returns 20 starters overall and more than 30 on the two-deep roster.

    The 2013 class does, however, hold a few signees who will be leaders for the Canes in the coming years.

    Here are four players Miami head coach Al Golden can build future teams around.

Kevin Olsen, Quarterback

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    A 4-star out of Wayne Hills, New Jersey, Kevin Olsen is considered by many to be the Canes' quarterback of the future.

    Olsen was rated the seventh-best pro-style quarterback by 247Sports, but he can also move out of the pocket with little problem.

    He could become a similar threat in the pocket as former Hurricane great and national champion Ken Dorsey, except with more mobility.

    Olsen will be redshirting in 2013, which only adds to his high ceiling at the collegiate level.

Stacy Coley, Wide Receiver

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    Stacy Coley may have provided the biggest surprise on NSD—especially for Florida State fans.

    Ranked the fourth-best receiver by 247Sports, Coley brings a combination of speed and hands to a Miami receiving corps that was plagued by drops in 2012.

    But as far as the future is concerned, Coley could become a featured receiver with excellent versatility.

    Between his excellent hands and route-running ability, Coley's skills can be utilized both on the outside and in the slot.

    Coley will likely see a solid amount of playing time in 2013, but his future impact may be scary—for Miami's opponents.

Al-Quadin Muhammad, Defensive End

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    First, Al-Quadin Muhammad was a surprise visitor to the UM campus.

    Then, he shocked the experts and picked the Canes over Notre Dame and Alabama.

    The undersized defensive end from New Jersey powerhouse Don Bosco Prep was one of the biggest late-rising stars of the 2013 class. He has—and here's that word again—the potential to be an absolute menace for the Miami defense.

    Muhammad's versatility will be seen in the form of being used as an edge rusher or dropping back into coverage.

    Miami has a gem in Muhammad, and he could be disrupting offenses the moment he steps on campus.

Artie Burns, Cornerback

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    The final player on this list might see the field more than any other player mentioned.

    Artie Burns may immediately earn playing time as a cornerback, but few would be shocked to see him take over Duke Johnson's role as kick returner.

    In an ESPN article, Burns is said to be considered one of the nation's top hurdlers and may have a chance to compete in the upcoming Olympic Games.

    If that doesn't say "speed," I'm not sure what does.

    Golden could also utilize Burns as a safety in the future alongside now-sophomore Deon Bush to form a lethal tandem for Miami's defense.

    Burns' pure speed and ball-hawking instincts are a perfect combination in a leader for years to come.