If there is one thing the University of Miami has done consistently over the past two seasons it's recruit offensive linemen. Counting Seantrel Henderson, the nation's consensus No. 1-rated high school left tackle in 2010, the Hurricanes have netted 11 offensive linemen in their last two recruiting classes.
When you consider UM was only able to bring in four combined (Orlando Franklin, Tyler Horn, Harland Gunn, Ben Jones) in coach Randy Shannon's first two classes in 2007 and 2008, you begin to appreciate the tough coaching job assistant coach Jeff Stoutland has ahead of him. The good news for UM? The last couple of classes have featured some highly-regarded players, most of whom fill the bottom five of our Top 60 player rankings.
> 56. Malcolm Bunche, OL, Fr.: Originally part of UM's '09 signing class, Bunche spent a year at Milford Prep in N.Y. where he played a lot and developed plenty. At 6-7, 328 pounds, he expected to compete at right tackle, but spent of his spring at right guard, a position currently expected to be filled by senior Joel Figueroa, who has been troubled by shoulder injuries throughout his career. Bunche is definitely big enough and athletic enough to move to tackle if needed. But with Henderson's arrival, he likely would only move out there in the case of injury. Barring that, I expect Bunche to see a lot of time on the scout team, where he'll receive plenty of competition from other incoming freshmen Jermaine Barton and Andrew Tallman, who probably will not end up at tight end.
> 57. Stephen Plein, OL, R-Fr.: A tight end at Fort Myers High, Plein redshirted last season before seeing a lot of playing time during the spring at left tackle. With Franklin out, he and Cory White took the majority of snaps on the left side. Plein looked to be a little further ahead of White, but barring injuries will likely spend another season on the scout team and trying to add more weight. He was listed at 6-6, 260 in the spring.
> 58. Jared Wheeler, OL, R-Fr.: Wheeler (6-5, 330) started for four years at Plantation American Heritage High, but will likely spend another year on the scout team developing barring injury to anybody in front of him on the depth chart. He has spent most of his time at UM playing at left guard, where sophomore Brandon Washington and junior Harland Gunn are entrenched.
> 59. Shane McDermott, OL, Fr.: A U.S. Army All-American at Palm Beach Central, McDermott arrived in the spring hoping to compete with junior Tyler Horn. McDermott, though, struggled a little adjusting and had a couple mishaps on snaps. Still, the 6-3, 275-pounder has a lot of upside and has coaches excited about the future. With St. Thomas Aquinas standout Brandon Linder arriving this summer and expected to work some at center, McDermott could potentially move to guard down the line. But it all depends on injuries and how Stoutland wants to line his guys up. If Horn is injured, most expect Washington to slide over from guard to center.
> 60. Cory White, OL, R-Fr.: Another tight end turned offensive lineman, White played a lot at left tackle in the spring with Franklin out. At 6-5, 260 pounds, he still needs to add some more weight before he sees the field. He will likely spend the year on the scout team once again.