Which Miami Hurricanes true Freshmen are most likely to start in 2018?

MIAMI GARDENS, FL - DECEMBER 30: De'Andre Wilder /
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Miami also has to replace Thomas and his backup Trent Harris at defensive end. Harris led Miami this season with 8.5 sacks and also had 10.5 tackles for loss. Joe Jackson returns at one end. Miami also has Demetrius Jackson and productive Freshman Jonathan Garvin returning.

Michael Irvin II technically returns as the starting tight end. He started the final two games of the 2017 season for Miami. In reality, Christopher Herndon IV was the starter through all the regular season games. He missed the last two games with a torn MCL.

Freshmen Brevin Jordan and Will Mallory are regarded as the best tandem tight end signings in the class. Several recruiting sites expect Jordan to be the primary target at tight end this season. Mallory is the prototypical end zone tight end. He gives the Hurricanes a bigger threat in the red zone than Jordan. Mallory is 6’5, Jordan 6-3.

The secondary returns everyone but cornerback Dee Delaney. Miami’s incoming Freshmen in the secondary should make an impact this fall, but it would be a surprise if any of them broke through to become starters.

Cornerbacks Al Blades Jr and Gilbert Frierson are four-stars players that should eventually become a big part of the Hurricanes future. Gurvan Hall is another four-star defensive back at Safety.