Miami Football Recruiting: 6 In-State Stars Al Golden Must Land in 2014
The Miami Hurricanes are off to a quick start in the 2014 recruiting cycle, having already received four commitments from top high school players.
After taking heat for missing out on top South Florida prospects in February, head coach Al Golden has secured each of these non-binding commitments from players in "The State of Miami."
Two players who will be discussed are current commits, but remember how crazy the recruiting game can be. Until the respective player's name is on a national letter of intent, it is far from official.
Here is an early look at six in-state recruits the 'Canes must land in 2014.
Note: All profiles and rankings taken from 247sports.com.
A pair of teammates from Miami Central High School are committed to Miami as of this writing, but we all know how fast that can change.
Trevor Darling, a 6'5", 300-pound offensive lineman, would provide the 'Canes a bulky replacement as four starters will be seniors next season.
Running back Joseph Yearby flipped his commitment from Florida State to the 'Canes citing his relationship with new Miami offensive coordinator James Coley.
Golden must keep these two South Florida studs committed all the way until signing day.
Kc McDermott, OL
Kc McDermott is the brother of current senior Miami offensive lineman Shane McDermott.
Additionally, he already has the Hurricanes in his final two, according to 247sports behind a paywall.
At 6'6" and 285 pounds, McDermott would give the Canes another big and talented blocker alongside Darling.
Khairi Clark, DT
While Golden put together a solid 2013 class, the Hurricanes struck out on the defensive tackle position.
Two tackles—Curtis Porter and Luther Robinson—will graduate after next season, and Khairi Clark has the potential to easily replace the seniors.
Oh, by the way, 247sports lists Miami as the only team with "warmer" interest on Clark's board.
Golden must do everything he can to keep Clark on the road to Coral Gables.
Sony Michel, RB
Duke Johnson, unfortunately, must eventually move on to the next level, and Sony Michel would be more than a suitable replacement.
Though the 'Canes already have Yearby committed, the 5-star from Fort Lauderdale, Fla. is another must-get for Miami.
Sure, Golden would survive without the second-best back in Michel, but take a moment to imagine a one-two punch with Yearby and Michel.
Scary, isn't it?
Michel's tradition-loaded top five includes Miami, but Georgia and Notre Dame show "warmer" interest on his board.
Golden will undoubtedly be in a battle for the hometown player.
Ermon Lane, WR
Lane is 247sports' top rated receiver.
The 5-star wideout goes to Homestead High School, a mere half-hour drive away from Miami.
CaneInsider's Jon Bastian notes the Hurricanes linebackers coach, Michael Barrow, is his uncle. Lane also told Bastian that Miami is his "dream school."
Need I say more?
I don't, but I will say a little.
The pursuit of Ermon Lane has surely intensified as ex-Miami commit Travis Rudolph recently told Rivals.com's Kynon Codrington he was decommitting from the school.
Golden has an early advantage in Lane's recruiting process and finishing with his signature on a NLI is a very attainable goal.