Miami Hurricanes Leading for Blue Chip OT Avery Young After Latest Visit?

Randy ChambersAnalyst IJanuary 23, 2012

With National Signing Day just around the corner, teams are racing to try and land as many top prospects they can get their hands on.

One of the teams that is doing a fabulous job at this point with the recruiting process is the Miami Hurricanes. Despite having one of the biggest scandals of recent memory hanging over their university, they are still putting together one of the most talented and one of the deepest classes this season. And there's a great chance they'll likely end up with even more talented players before this whole process is over with.

You can add offensive tackle Avery Young to the list of players who are considering becoming a member of the Hurricane family. He's rated as one of the most talented offensive linemen in this year's recruiting class at 6'5", 292 pounds and is very quick off the ball. He would be a great addition to Miami's offensive line, especially considering they've added tons of top players at the skill positions.

Young is from Florida, so he ended up saving his visit to Miami for last. The Hurricanes were never really considered a favorite to land him, as he's also looking at schools like Auburn, Florida, Georgia and Alabama.

But after his recent visit at the Miami campus, you can consider the Hurricanes in the race, with a good chance to win it. So much so that Young will have a Miami hat on the table when he makes his decision on February 1.

"I was able to see the campus a lot more. The campus was real nice," Young said. "And before I hadn't gone around the area. There are things I didn't even know that were around. It's a nice college atmosphere, nice college life. Being by the water, the docks, fishing, that's big—that's all I do is fish."

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All he does is fish and protect the quarterback apparently, because he's rated as a 5-star player on nearly every top recruiting site and his upside is tremendous. Adding him to the offensive line would only solidify this recruiting class and where this Hurricane team is heading.

"I thought I knew where I was going ... but I have no idea right now."

That has to be great news if you're a Hurricane fan, because it likely means that he's torn between two teams—the Hurricanes likely being one of them. Are they the favorite? Possibly. But one thing is for certain, and that's that Miami has a much better shot at landing him than they did a couple of weeks ago.

Randy Chambers is a B/R Featured Columnist that covers College Football and the NFL. You can contact him @Randy_Chambers or