The Hurricanes signed just one cornerback in its 2013 class so signing a few this year will likely be a priority. The group they signed in 2012 seems to be turning out to be pretty good so two or three will be the likely number this year.
Chris Lamons and Nigel Patten are the two best local prospects for the Hurricanes right now, and both have offers from Miami. At 5-foot-10 and 180 pounds, Lamons plays mostly quarterback at Plantation High but has had a tremendous offseason working out at cornerback at various scouting events. He grew up a Miami fan, and there's a lot of mutual interest. Patten is part of another loaded senior class at Booker T. Washington. At 5-foot-9 and 175 pounds, he's a very good cover guy. Florida State offered him first and seems like the main competition right now.
Going around the state, the next closest offer appears to be all the way up in the panhandle. Tallahassee Lincoln's Kendall Randolph plays a lot of quarterback in high school but projects best as a cornerback -- or possibly even a safety -- in college. At 5-foot-11 and 180 pounds, Randolph has offers most of the premier schools and Florida State -- especially because of the distance -- will likely be the top competition here in the end. Pulling a kid from Lincoln is very easy for Miami, especially someone like Randolph who is being recruited nationally.
Kiy Hester (6-1/200) is a big, physical cornerback prospect from the state of New Jersey. He expressed some early interest in Miami but hasn't really talked about the recruiting process too much with the media yet. He's a player Miami offered very early on, and is still on the radar.
Staying in the Northeast, Jalen Tabor might be the top defensive back prospect in that region this year. At 6-foot-2 and 185 pounds, he has ideal size, speed, athleticism, and ball skills. He seems like the total package, and is being recruited by everyone including Miami. He hasn't narrowed down his list yet so it's tough to tell what Miami's chances are.
The Hurricanes have been very active in recruiting the state of Georgia this year and one of the top cornerbacks in that state -- Wesley Green -- was offered by Miami last month. At 5-foot-11 and 170 pounds, Green hasn't cut his list down but seems to have some interest in the Hurricanes.
After not recruiting the state of Texas the last couple years, Miami seems to be back there this year. Two of its top defensive back prospects -- Tony Brown and Arrion Springs -- claim offers from Miami. Brown (6-0/190) is Scout's No. 1 cornerback prospect nationally, and will be tough to get out of his home state. Springs (6-1/190) is a talented corner/safety combo who says his dream school growing up was Miami. He is the player to really keep a close eye on from outside the state.
The Hurricanes have also been very active in California. Adoree Jackson is the state's most heavily recruited cornerback this year, and Miami offered him early on. At 5-foot-10 and 170 pounds, Jackson doesn't seem to have a whole lot of early interest in leaving the West Coast, however.