MIAMI (CBSMiami) – The Miami Hurricanes have come quite a way since the beginning of last season.
The Hurricanes were teetering on completely coming apart under the pressure of the Nevin Shapiro scandal, but as National Signing Day wound down; the U is poised to sign one of the best and largest recruiting classes in the nation.
Total, the Canes will sign roughly 33 players.
Rules limit classes to 25 signings, but several of the signings in the current class enrolled early, meaning they will not count towards this year’s signing class.
At the top of the class has to be local cornerback Tracy Howard.
The five-star prospect out of Miramar made his announcement shortly before 10 a.m. that he will join the Hurricanes next season.
Howard is 6′, weighs 175 pounds, and runs a 4.4 40 yard-dash.
The Hurricane’s class is also led by the number one running back in the country, Randy “Duke” Johnson.
The diminutive running back out of Miami Norland High School is only 5’9” and 180 pounds, but there’s no questioning his production.
Rivals.com lists Johnson as the top running back in the nation and the country’s number 30 overall prospect.
Rivals said Johnson reminds the recruiting experts of Tennessee Titans running back Chris Johnson, who is the last NFL running back to rush for more than 2000 yards in a season.
Past Johnson, the Hurricanes are expected to land the number six defensive back in the country, Deon Bush. The Canes also expect to load up on the defensive line.
The nation’s seventh and ninth ranked defensive ends have both pledged commitments to Miami and could become a fearsome pair for opposing quarterbacks in the future.
The Canes also are expected to sign the number five linebacker in the country, Rapahel Kirby out of Stone Mountain, Georgia.
Overall, UM’s class is ranked in the top 10 in the country, according to Rivals.com.