The Miami Hurricanes are in the midst of a very strong recruiting season.
However, with their poor job in recruiting defensive linemen last year and their horrendous effort in stopping the run and rushing the passer last season, the Hurricanes have to land a playmaker at that position this time around. The question is who?
I’ll tell you who. Defensive end Lorenzo Carter is hands down the best defensive end in the country. A junior at was Norcross High School, he led his team with 136 tackles and 18 sack on their way to winning the 5A Georgia state championship. In addition, Carter was selected first-team All-State as a junior.
Carter is 6-foot-5 and 235 pounds. Tall, lean, and super quick, it is easy to draw comparisons to Miami Dolphins legend Jason Taylor or Dolphins 2013 first-round draft pick Dion Jordan. He is a natural pass rusher, and will be a nightmare for opposing offensive tackles. However, he needs to bulk up a bit to become more effective against the run.
It is possible that Carter could be moved to outside linebacker if he signs with Miami, but with defensive coordinator Mark D’Onofrio move away from a traditional 3-4 defense, that appears less likely.
What interest does Carter have in the Canes? Considerable interest apparently.
According to Canessports.com, Carter grew up a Hurricanes fan. While that doesn’t put Miami in the lead in the recruiting horse race, it is important not to underestimate the power of a teenager’s team loyalty. The Hurricanes would be wise to use Carter’s affinity for the team, and hopefully they will be able to land yet another top recruit.
Chris Cunningham is a College Football Writer for RantSports.com. You can reach him on Twitter @cunn1431.