Terry McCray via 247Sports
Darrion Owens—3-star OLB; 6'3", 216 lbs; Orange Park, Fla.
Juwon Young—3-star OLB; 6'2", 228 lbs; Albany, Ga.
Mike Smith—3-star OLB; 6'2", 210 lbs; Miami, Fla.
Terry McCray—3-star ILB; 6'2", 215 lbs; Pompano Beach, Fla.
Overall, linebacker was the Hurricanes' greatest position of need—yes, more important than the defensive line. Denzel Perryman is the lone proven player, and Thurston Armbrister is the only other with significant experience.
Darrion Owens and Juwon Young join a relatively inexperienced group of Raphael Kirby, Alex Figueroa and Jermaine Grace, who are all looking to earn a starting job during the 2014 season.
Note: Tyriq McCord will be a factor at outside linebacker opposite Perryman, but his role as an every-down player is another story.
Known for unleashing brutal hits on the field, Owens and Young are early enrollees and adjusting to the rigors of college life. While they are likely to be special teamers next season, look for one of them to best the other for a significant role as a sophomore.
Terry McCray is the most unpolished of the group, and he will sit behind Kirby for at least two seasons. McCray figures to be an inside linebacker, especially considering the young players above him on the outside.
Smith has been listed as an outside linebacker by scouting services, but he will almost certainly move to an edge-rushing role as a defensive end.