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September 3, 2012
Rivals.com recruiting analyst Kynon Codrington answers readers' questions regarding the Southeast region.
What are Alabama's chances of landing Laremy Tunsil? Is the success of the offensive line under Nick Saban a factor? -- Ty Meeks from Atlanta (via Facebook)
How are the Hurricanes doing with recruiting in "the state of Miami"? -- Mike from Ormond Beach, Fla. (via email)
Delray Beach (Fla.) Atlantic defensive lineman Keith Bryant fills a position of need in this class. Miami lacks an elite defensive tackle and Bryant can help add depth. Artie Burns out of Northwestern and Jamal Carter from Southridge are two versatile defensive backs. Pardon the pun, but Burns is a burner. He has world-class speed and can play corner or safety. When healthy Carter is an above average free safety with playmaking ability as a punt returner. Perhaps one of the more underrated committed prospects is Plantation (Fla.) South Plantation running back Alex Collins. Collins led Broward County in rushing last fall and is one of top backs in the area. Miami will have to fight to hold onto him as Florida State and Wisconsin are making a push to flip him. If they can keep Collins and lock up area stars such as five-star Matthew Thomas along with four-stars Denver Kirkland, Stacey Coley, Jordan Cunningham, and Jermaine Grace they have a chance to finish with a top 15 class.
Which of the Big Three in Florida are doing the best job recruiting for the Class of 2013? -- Leigh from Coral Springs, Fla. (via email)
Miami has a long way to go if they plan on catching in state rivals although they closed well last year reeling in Tracy Howard and Malcolm Lewis. Kevin Olsen is the headliner of the class. The Elite 11 quarterback looked great this summer on the camp circuit. Tampa (Fla.) Jesuit three-star tight end Travis Johnson is a great pick up for Tight End U. Johnson doesn't have the best body and isn't the fastest, but he has sure hands. Alex Gall of Moeller isn't a big name, but he is capable tackle that should develop under Art Kehoe. I don't think Golden and his staff can unseat Florida. But if Miami can pluck a couple of local prospects like I mentioned earlier in Thomas, Kirkland, Cunningham, Coley, or Grace they can challenge Florida State's standing. It's going to be difficult and you can expect for Florida and Florida State to use the looming NCAA sanctions against Miami in every recruiting battle.
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