Fans of the Miami Hurricanes have entered the truest form of the football offseason, where spring practice has concluded, summer camp is just out of grasp and the next campaign seems like years away.
But recruiting never ends.
Head coach Al Golden and the Miami assistants will be reaching out to 2015 recruits throughout the summer months, looking to snag a few verbal commitments as the next class begins to take shape.
The Hurricanes are already off to a solid start, but many elite targets in the current class are worth watching as the respective players slowly move ever so closer to signing day.
Torrance Gibson, Quarterback
Torrance Gibson has always been an important prospect for the 2015 class, but a new development makes him even more significant. Sitting alongside Bleacher Report's Michael Felder, 4-star quarterback and high-priority Miami target Brandon Wimbush gave his pledge to Penn State.
Gibson stars at nearby American Heritage, so the 'Canes can visit him whenever the 5-star gunslinger sees fit and vice versa.
However, Gibson is worth watching because he may not be headed to Miami. On Twitter recently, the left-hander provided his top schools:
Though "The U" is currently listed seventh, it's been said before and cannot be stressed enough that should Gibson choose another program, it will not for a lack of trying by Golden and Co. If he commits elsewhere, the Hurricanes will then be forced to move to Plan C.
Nevertheless, Gibson will remain on Golden and Co.'s radar. It's impossible to ignore a player who threw for 19 touchdowns to just three interceptions while racking up 2,852 total yards in your program's own backyard.
Tyrek Cole, Cornerback
If he doesn't supplant Ladarius Gunter during the 2014 campaign, Artie Burns will easily replace the senior in 2015. But the Hurricanes are still looking for Tracy Howard's successor, and they are hopeful to find him at Howard's alma mater.
Miramar defensive back Tyrek Cole has already given a verbal commitment to Florida State, but Miami will carry on recruiting against its rival. The 4-star cornerback has tallied 74 tackles, four interceptions and 32 pass breakups over the past two seasons.
Bleacher Report's Edwin Weathersby compares Cole's skills to Alterraun Verner of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, who deflected 32 passes in 2012 and 2013 combined.
With talents like that, the 'Canes will be pursuing the cornerback until early February. And fans should be following him—not tweeting at him—like yesterday.
Devonaire Clarington, Tight End
Perhaps the most valuable offensive target for Miami is tight end Devonaire Clarington.
Gibson, Wimbush, Jordan Scarlett, Shawn Burgess-Becker, Calvin Ridley and a few other receivers are certainly more impactful, but Clarington potentially fills the biggest position of need for Miami.
According to of Ryan Bartow of 247Sports (subscription required), the 4-star tight end loves the hometown school but expects constant communication from the team.
"They have a lot of resources," Clarington said. "I can see my family if I stay here and the weather is good. If I go somewhere else, then I am going to have to adapt quick to different weather. Miami has a lot of reasons to stay, but if they aren't on their job then I will make a decision."
After hauling in 46 passes for 890 yards last season at Westminster Christian, Clarington transferred to Champagnat Catholic for his final season before college.
Of course, all that means is that the 'Canes get to track him down at a different school and continue to hold off Mario Cristobal and Alabama.
Tim Irvin, Athlete
A local 4-star athlete, Tim Irvin is near the top of the Miami board.
The Hurricanes are recruiting Irvin as a safety, but he has made his presence felt on both offense and defense in high school. Through his junior season, Irvin has amassed 2,055 yards and 23 touchdowns on the ground, 1,249 yards and 11 scores as a receiver, 147 tackles, five interceptions, two sacks, and two forced fumbles.
Jordan Cronkrite, Irvin's teammate at Westminster Christian, recently committed to Miami, and the running back told David Lake of 247Sports (subscription required) that he would be helping the 'Canes recruit:
I am going to try my hardest to help Miami recruit and bring in the best guys. I know guys like Tim Irvin, Jaquan Johnson, Tarvares McFadden, and Torrance Gibson. They are on my 7-on-7 team. I will just tell them that with Miami you can look at the past with all the South Florida guys that stayed at home and had success at UM. We should bring that back.
Miami fans hope Irvin is truly part of a package deal that would also bring 4-star Jaquan Johnson to The U, which could be a result of Cronkrite's encouragement and could eventually entice Clarington, a former high school teammate, as well.
While that scenario will lead many into dreamworld, followers of the 'Canes should be keeping tabs on those four prospects along with Gibson and Cole.
Note: All recruit information courtesy of 247Sports.
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