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Miami Hurricanes' 2014 National Signing Day Wish List

David KenyonFeatured ColumnistJanuary 15, 2014

Miami Hurricanes' 2014 National Signing Day Wish List

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    J.C. Jackson via 247Sports
    J.C. Jackson via 247Sports247Sports

    The Miami Hurricanes' coaching staff has already recruited one of the nation's best classes, and national signing day, which is on Feb. 5, may bring some more talent.

    Despite three recent decommitments, the 2014 class has addressed all needs, bringing in prospects at nearly every position.

    But Miami isn't done yet.

    It's time for Al Golden and Co. to put the finishing touches on the group, and his wish list shows from where those pledges may come.

    Sure, Golden would love to snag previous targets like Sony Michel and Johnnie Dixon, but realistic chances to receive a commitment are a main component in compiling The Tie's wish list.

    Note: All rankings and information courtesy of 247Sports.

Daniel Gresham, Running Back

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    Hailing from Fort Worth, Texas, Daniel Gresham is a 4-star all-purpose back who, per 247Sports, is also the nation's second-best fullback.

    Immediately following his official visit to "The U" in July, Gresham named Miami his leader.  Later on, however, he committed to Louisville.

    But newly hired coach Bobby Petrino is not honoring Gresham's scholarship (h/t Jeff Greer of The Courier-Journal), and with Gresham's recruitment open once again the 'Canes should be all over the Texan.

    Senior Maurice Hagens' eligibility expired after the 2013 season, and Walter Tucker is the only fullback on the roster. Tucker is not a true fullback; in fact, he might be a linebacker.

    Gresham is a big-bodied back who would provide the Miami backfield with another physical runner—behind only Gus Edwards in that category.

Brayden Lenius, Wide Receiver

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    He hasn't been discussed much, but Brayden Lenius may be en route to Coral Gables, Fla., following his high school quarterback and Miami commitment Brad Kaaya.

    Lenius is not a burner by any stretch of the imagination, but he utilizes his height to tower over defensive backs and reach the ball.

    According to 247Sports, Miami offered a scholarship to Lenius on Jan. 2., making it five FBS offers for the 3-star receiver.

    The scattered interest bodes well for the Hurricanes, considering the competition is Minnesota, Utah, San Diego State and Washington State.

    Ultimately, it will probably come down to whether or not Lenius prefers to stay close to home or is comfortable moving 2,750 miles away.

David Njoku, Wide Receiver

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    David Njoku via 247Sports
    David Njoku via 247Sports247Sports

    A 3-star receiver from New Jersey, David Njoku is another lesser-known name on the recruiting scene.

    Njoku decommitted from Rutgers in October 2013, at which point Miami became a front-runner for the state's No. 23 player, per 247Sports' Composite Rankings.

    Per Bill Kurelic of 247Sports (subscription required), Njoku is scheduled to visit Penn State on Jan. 17, and he will check out Ohio State on one of the following weekends.

    Njoku was on campus in mid-December, so Golden will certainly have some convincing to do because of the upcoming visits being fresh in the receiver's mind.

Travonte Valentine, Defensive Tackle

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    Travonte Valentine via 247Sports
    Travonte Valentine via 247Sports247Sports

    Travonte Valentine was one of the focal points of the Miami class, and Golden reined in the massive, 4-star defensive tackle in early July 2013.

    Then, after a six-month wait amid rumors of Golden leaving for Penn State, Valentine notched his third decommitment. At this time LSU is the team to beat, while the Hurricanes sit in second place.

    With the dead period ending Jan. 15, Miami is definitely going to spend a strong amount of time recruiting Valentine and will not ease up until signing day.

    If he eventually signs with the 'Canes, Valentine is their most college-ready defensive tackle who is coming from the high school ranks.

Gavin Bryant, Linebacker

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    And this is where the wish list gets slightly wishy.

    Gavin Bryant is currently committed to Tennessee, but the Hurricanes' coaching staff is working hard to flip the 4-star linebacker.

    According to Nate Adelson of 247Sports (subscription required), Bryant will take an official visit to Miami during the weekends of either Jan. 24 or Jan. 31.

    Bryant's best assets are his ability to recognize plays and his closing speed, two things all successful linebackers strive to possess.

    If Golden was able to recruit Bryant, Valentine and a receiver, signing day would be a complete success.

J.C. Jackson, Cornerback

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    J.C. Jackson is a soft commit to Florida, but that will likely change by signing day.

    The Hurricanes have made a concerted effort for their top cornerback recruit, who visited the university in mid-December.

    Though Miami is relatively deep in the secondary, especially since Tracy Howard, Ladarius Gunter and Artie Burns return next season, Jackson has the potential to become a No. 2 corner.

    And as teams graduate to spread offenses, more talent is a necessity in the defensive backfield.

    Florida State has been coming on strong, but Brendan Sonnone of the Orlando Sentinel notes that defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt's departure for Georgia may affect Jackson's recruitment.

    Ultimately, Golden will attempt to lure the 4-star athlete to Miami, keeping Jackson from recommitting to FSU and signing with the 'Noles or sticking with Florida.

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