We’ll get more into the position battles later this week and next week, in advance of the Hurricanes’ first practice of the spring on March 21.
To set the table, here’s a review of the players who are 0n scholarship now, and who are expected to be this fall.
Returning (listed in order of class year as of this fall): Malik Rosier, R-Jr., Jack Allison, R-Fr., Evan Shirreffs, R-Soph.
Newly enrolled: Cade Weldon, Fr.
On the way: N’Kosi Perry, Fr.
Comment: Five scholarship quarterbacks will become six when Perry enrolls in May. Only one, of course, will be the starter.
Returning: Mark Walton, Jr.; Travis Homer, Soph., Trayone Gray, R-Jr.
Newly enrolled: Robert Burns, Fr.
On the way: potentially one more. UM is recruiting graduate transfer Tyshon Dye, who last played for Clemson.
Comment: Adding Dye would give Miami another option to compete with Gray and Burns, both of whom have had health issues. UM doesn’t want to run Walton into the ground.
Returning: Braxton Berrios, Sr.; Dayall Harris, R-Jr., Darrell Langham, R-Jr.; Lawrence Cager, R-Soph.; Ahmmon Richards, Soph.; Dionte Mullins, Soph.
Newly enrolled: DeeJay Dallas, Fr.
On the way: Jeff Thomas, Fr.; Mike Harley, Fr.; Evidence Njoku, Fr.
Comment: Spring crew is about as thin as last yer, when Miami used walk-ons regularly. Will get a big boost this summer when Thomas, Harley and Njoku enroll. Dallas could wind up as a defensive back.
Returning: Chris Herndon, Sr.; Michael Irvin II, Soph.; Jovani Haskins, R-Fr.
Newly enrolled: Brian Polendey, Fr.
On the way: none
Comment: A unit in flux without potential first-round pick David Njoku. Herndon should be reliable, but who’s the backup? Numbers are OK here.
Returning: Sunny Odogwu, R-Sr.; Kc McDermott, Sr.; Trevor Darling, Sr.; Nick Linder, Sr.; Jahair Jones, R-Jr.; Tyler Gauthier, Jr.; Tyree St. Louis, Jr.; George Brown, R-Soph.; Hayden Mahoney, R-Soph.; Bar Milo, R-Soph.; Tre Johnson, R-Fr.
Newly enrolled: Navaughn Donaldson, Fr.; Zach Dykstra, Fr.
On the way: Kai-Leon Herbert, Fr.; Corey Gaynor, Fr., Zalon’tae Hillery, Fr.
Comment: Depth is finally good here, and quality is improving. UM lost mainstay Danny Isidora, late-career surprise Alex Gall and a few practice bodies, but that attrition made room for five quality recruits. Odogwu and Linder are recovering from injuries.
Returning: Chad Thomas, Sr.; Trent Harris, Sr.; Demetrius Jackson, R-Jr., Scott Patchan, R-Soph.; Joe Jackson, Soph.; Pat Bethel, Soph.
Newly enrolled: Jonathan Garvin, Fr.
On the way: Deonte “D.J.” Johnson, Fr.
Comment: A position of strength, with two of the ACC’s best starters and plenty of capable backups.
Returning: Anthony Moten, Sr.; Gerald Willis, R-Jr.; Kendrick Norton, Jr.; R.J. McIntosh, Jr.; Ryan Fines, R-Soph.; Tyreic Martin, R-Fr.
Newly enrolled: none
On the way: Jon Ford, Fr.
Comment: Behind the two All-ACC-caliber starters, depth is a little scary. UM hopes Ford is the real deal, and ready.
Returning: Darrion Owens, R-Jr.; Mike Smith, R-Jr.; Terry McCray, R-Jr.; Charles Perry, Jr.; Jamie Gordinier, R-Soph.; Shaq Quarterman, Soph.; Michael Pinckney, Soph.; Zach McCloud, Soph.
Newly enrolled: Bradley Jennings, Fr.; Waynmon Steed, Fr.
On the way: De’Andre Wilder, Fr.
Comment: Miami hopes a second unit emerges behind its three young standout starters. Depth is fine here.
Returning: Ryan Mayes, R-Jr.; Michael Jackson, Jr.; Terrance Henley, Jr.; Sheldrick Redwine, Jr., Malek Young, Soph.
Newly enrolled: none
On the way: Dee Delaney, R-Sr. (Gr.); Jhavonte Dean, Jr.; Trajan Bandy, Fr.
Comment: Delaney, who committed recently, is a huge upgrade to an inexperienced group. Had he not picked UM, this would be a major worry.
Returning: Jaquan Johnson, Jr.; Robert Knowles, R-Soph.; Romeo Finley, Soph.; Jeff James, Soph.
Newly enrolled: Amari Carter, Fr.
On the way: Derrick Smith, Fr.
Comment: Like corner, a little light in numbers and very light in experience.
Returning: Michael Badgley, Sr. (kicker)
Newly enrolled: none
On the way: Zach Feagles, Fr. (punter)
Comment: Two specialists on scholarship is probably enough. Badgley is established as the kicker. Feagles is likely to win the punting job vacated by NFL-bound Justin Vogel.