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Miami Hurricanes Football: 2017 signees start arriving in Coral Gables this weekend

Some of the 2017 signees hit campus in January, and more will begin to arrive in Coral Gables this weekend.

HC Mark Richt and QB N’Kosi Perry will officially get to work.

The Miami Hurricanes have continued to rebuild and restock the roster through recruiting. 10 11 players enrolled early in January, and participated in Spring Practice. The list can be found right here:

Now, with the academic year ending and HS graduations around the corner, the balance of the 2017 recruiting class ill begin making their way to Coral Gables this weekend. They'll be moving into the dorms, getting their Cane Cards, and becoming the newest enrollees at The U, just ahead of Summer Session A starting on Monday.

This is the group that's on the way now:

QB N’Kosi Perry

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QB N’Kosi Perry looks to earn his way on the field as a freshman.

Mark Richt’s hand-picked, top of the board QB prospect, Perry’s arrival has been long awaited and much anticipated. Absolutely the headliner of the Summer A group. Perry will begin the work of learning the offense and getting an on-field rapport with the receivers to make a run at the starting QB job when fall camp starts in August.

WR Jeff Thomas

WR Jeff Thomas adds speed to the Canes’ roster.

One of the fastest players in America, Thomas looks to add a game-breaking element of pure, unadulterated SPEED that has been missing from the Canes’ offense in recent years. There had previously been some academic concerns with Thomas, but he’s worked diligently to get on solid ground there, and, by all accounts, will be fully cleared and enrolled. That’s a HUGE win for Miami, you guys.

WR Mike Harley

WR Mike Harley, speed merchant

Another speedster, Mike Harley joins Thomas at WR in the arriving group. Both players can score from anywhere on the field, and are equally as dangerous as receivers as they are returners. Speed on speed on speed. Let’s get it.

Citadel CB Dee Delaney

New Canes CB Dee Delaney.

A grad transfer who figures to play a big role right away, Delaney will help to shore up the previously-thin Cornerback position for Miami. While he previously plied his trade at The Citadel at the FCS level, Delaney was thought to be a mid-round NFL Draft prospect for 2017. So, Miami is getting a potential NFL player to come down and hopefully help the team while improving his skill and NFL Draft stock at the same time. Let’s get it.

JUCO CB Jhavonte Dean

CB Jhavonte Dean

Another plug-and-play CB, Dean will see heavy snaps in 2017. A Homestead, FL native, Dean is coming home to continue his football career. He has a great combination of size (6’2”) and speed (4.3-range in the 40), and will continue to grow in working with CB coach Mike Rumph.

CB Trajan Bandy

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Canes lifer and new CB Trajan Bandy

Yup, another CB who figures to play heavy snaps in 2017, Bandy has a tenacity that will play well. He’s short (5’9”) but he plays bigger than his height, and he DEFINITELY has a chip on his shoulder for all those who said that he’s too small to play at Miami. Figure on a lot of nickel and special team snaps for Bandy this year, and a bigger and more diverse role as he develops. Similar to Corn Elder’s developmental path.

OT Kai-Leon Herbert

New Canes OT Kai-Leon Herbert (57)

Miami needs OTs, and Herbert is a good one. He has good footwork and balance, along with long arms that should help him be a good player at Miami. Herbert does need to put on some size and add strength, but he’s already up to 305lbs, so he’s well on his way there.

OG/OC Corey Gaynor

Pancake machine OL Corey Gaynor, just after he flattened some poor kid.

A good and tough interior lineman, Gaynor quickly became a fan favorite with his outspoken nature, love for the Canes, and highlight reel that is FULL of vicious, devastating, bone-rattling blocks. Gaynor has the chance to step into major playing time early, and that wouldn’t be a bad thing.

OT Zalon’Tae Hillery

OT Zalon’Tae Hillery has a ton of potential.

Hillery gets to reconnect with former HS teammate and early enrollee DeeJay Dallas when he hits campus this week. A talented player with good potential, Hillery will probably take a redshirt in 2017. But, he has good size (6’6” 280lbs), and should develop

S Derrick Smith

Physical S Derrick Smith will help restock Miami’s secondary.

A late addition to this article (my bad, guys), Smith is a player with good size at 6’2” 190lbs. He hails from a powerhouse program — Jacksonville (FL) Trinity Christian Academy — and reunites with former HSFB teammate DT Kendrick Norton in Coral Gables. With Miami having lost multiple Safeties in recent years, there is playing time to be had. At the least, Smith should contribute on Special Teams in 2017, with a bigger role possibly on deck in the future.

Those are your Summer A enrollees. And, for clarity, your Summer B enrollees will be

  • DE D.J. Johnson
  • WR Evidence Njoku
  • DT Jon Ford
  • LB De’Andre Wilder
  • P Zach Feagles

Let’s get to work, gentlemen.

Go Canes