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Defensive backs Ladarius Gunter and Tracy Howard
Is Miami ready for the post-Duke Johnson era?
Sure, Dallas Crawford and Gus Edwards will be around for at least two more seasons, and freshman Joseph Yearby is expected to be Johnson's successor.
But the 'Canes missed on Sony Michel and Dalvin Cook in 2014, so Golden will be after top running back talent once again. If Miami can snag either Jordan Scarlett, Jordan Cronkrite and Jacques Patrick, each of whom are 4-stars, it would nearly eliminate the depth issue behind Yearby.
Of course, that is much easier said than done when Alabama, Florida State, Ohio State and a host of others are interested in those backs, too.
The Hurricanes absolutely need a tight end.
Behind seniors Clive Walford and Beau Sandland, sophomore Standish Dobard and incoming freshman Chris Herndon are the only two options.
Listed as the second-best tight end in the 247Sports' composite rankings, Devonaire Clarington is a player who meets Miami's needs.
Ultimately, the 'Canes need to find a player who fits James Coley's offense and is at least capable of replacing Walford's expected production.
Believe it or not, cornerback is probably Miami's biggest need in the upcoming class.
Early enrollee Ryan Mayes was the only addition in 2014, and that was perfectly fine. But Ladarius Gunter is entering his final season, and even if Tracy Howard returns for his senior year, the Hurricanes must replace Golden's first 5-star recruit along with Antonio Crawford after the 2015 campaign.
As it stands, Artie Burns, Nate Dortch, Larry Hope and Corn Elder are four possible starters in 2016, which is not a fantastic situation.
Plus, the transition from being a high school cornerback to the collegiate level is one of the more difficult periods for a player. Fortunately for Miami, as will be discussed soon, the current cycle is loaded with defensive back prospects.