The Hurricanes expect a large class of early enrollees, which will certainly help. Players who enroll early jump in UM’s offseason program (Mark Richt and Co. call it “mat drills”), and are allowed to participate in spring ball.
UM can’t officially confirm this (NCAA rules), but here is a list of recruits who have publicly said they will join the next week (in alphabetical order, click on links for stories):
* Safety Amari Carter (Palm Beach Gardens High). Has a good chance to play early, given Miami’s graduation losses at his position.
* Wide receiver/cornerback/unofficial recruiting ambassador DeeJay Dallas (Brunswick, Ga.-Glynn Academy). It’s unclear where he’ll play, but he’s a talented athlete.
* Offensive lineman Navaughn Donaldson (Miami Central High), a top-rated commit. Miami hopes he will become starter-caliber in year one. The expectation is, he’ll push for playing time at a tackle or guard spot.
* Defensive end Jonathan Garvin (Lake Worth High), who has an impressive highlight tape and should be a big part of the defensive line of the future (present, perhaps). Richt is living large in Palm Beach these days.
* Safety Billy Gibson (Miami Southridge High), who like many UM recruits, is a big Sean Taylor fan. UPDATE: Gibson decommitted from Miami on Jan. 7.
* Linebacker Bradley Jennings (Jacksonville-Sandalwood High), the son of a former Florida State linebacker.
* Tight end Brian Polendey (Denton, Texas-Guyer High), who has a chance to see some action in a position group that loses David Njoku.
Burns, Carter, Dallas, Donaldson and Garvin told the Post they would enroll early. Canesport (among others) reported on the plans of Dykstra, Gibson, Jennings, Polendey, Steed and Weldon.