Linebacker is a major need for the Hurricanes in the 2014 class. They signed just two linebackers in the 2013 class, and one of the three who signed in the 2012 group is already gone (Gabe Terry).
Michael Smith is the only linebacker in South Florida with an outstanding offer from the Hurricanes right now. At 6-foot-3 and 230 pounds, Smith is a pass rushing specialist from Miami Northwestern High. He is probably best suited to be an outside 'backer in a 3-4 defense, and has a lot of interest in the Hurricanes.
Two players in other parts of Florida have outstanding offers from the Canes -- Tampa Jesuit's Vincent Jackson and Ponte Vedra's Dillon Bates. At 6-foot-2 and 230 pounds, Jackson has offers from just about everyone but doesn't seem to have a whole lot of interest in the Canes. Bates, 6-foot-2 and 220 pounds, is considered the second best linebacker prospect in north Florida behind FSU commitment Kain Daub. Bates' father played at Tennessee, and they seem to have the edge over everyone else.
The Hurricanes have been active in recruiting linebackers from the state of California this year. 4-star Dwight Williams (6-1/215) and 3-star Tyler Cook (6-3/215) don't have a whole lot of interest in the Hurricanes but two others do. 3-star Jordan Perez (6-2/220) recently said the Hurricanes are at the top of his list. He has some regional offers right now and plans to visit the school sometime in the very near future. D.J. Calhoun (6-1/210) is one of the most talented players in the state of California. He's being recruited nationally but grew up a Miami fan so the Hurricanes are very much in the running at this point.
One of the top linebacker prospects in the Midwest is Nyles Morgan (6-3/220). The 4-star from the Chicago area landed an offer from the Canes earlier this spring and told Scout over the weekend that Miami's one of the schools recruiting him the hardest right now. It won't be easy pulling him from the Midwest but the Canes are definitely in the mix.
Chris Register (6-4/230) is one of the top linebacker prospects in North Carolina this year. He's being recruited regionally, and landed an offer from the Canes recently. Miami doesn't seem to be at the top of his list right now, however.
Raymon Minor (6-4/215) is one of the top linebacker prospects in the state of Virginia, and he landed an offer from the Hurricanes in April. He's starting to get recruited nationally.
Moving to the South, the Hurricanes are actively recruiting a handful of linebacker prospects. Louisiana's Kenny Young (6-2/225) is being recruited by just about everyone and doesn't seem to have a whole lot of interest in Miami right now. Alabama's Gavin Bryant (6-2/235) was offered by Miami a few weeks ago but seems to be on the verge of making a commitment to Alabama. Georgia 3-star KeShun Freeman (6-3/215) was offered by Miami last month and says he plans to make a visit to the school sometime in the very near future. He's someone to keep a close eye on. Juwon Young (6-3/230) described his recent Miami offer as "eye-popping" and is someone to follow closely now from the state of Georgia.