You know that much-maligned Miami Hurricanes defensive line? It looks like it will receive a big reinforcement next season.
Wednesday, Miami picked up its ninth commitment from a defensive lineman when St. Thomas Aquinas defensive tackle Anthony Moten announced he was choosing the Hurricanes after considering offers from several schools including, Florida State and South Carolina.
Moten, a 6-foot-5, 280-pound preseason Sun Sentinel Super 11 pick, joins a highly-rated recruiting class that already features commitments from several of South Florida’s top d-linemen including Booker T. Washington’s Demetrius Jackson and Champagnat Catholic’s Travonte Valentine.
Throughout the season, Miami coach Al Golden has addressed depth issues on the defensive line and that lack of depth has clearly become a priority for him and his staff on the recruiting trail.
Now the hope is that some of those players will be able to make an impact sooner rather than later.
“We got three defensive linemen basically in the summer,” said Golden, referring to transfers David Gilbert and Justin Renfrow, as well as junior college signee Ufomba Kamalu. “We’re still nowhere we want to be on the defensive line in terms of depth and rotation and all of that. That is what it is. We have no excuses moving forward. The handcuffs are off now and we expect to be able to do that.”
Moten, who was a Sun Sentinel Super 11 selection, can play as a three-man-front defensive end or as a pass-rushing defensive tackle in a four-man-front. He was committed to Florida from April to July, but once he opened his commitment, Miami looked to be his top choice. That relationship only strengthened when the Hurricanes beat Florida in September, with Moten looking on from the sidelines.
Moten's size and versatility could make him an immediate-impact player upon reaching Coral Gables. He still has to sign a National Letter of Intent on Feb. 5 to make the commitment official. St. Thomas Aquinas does not allow for early college enrollment.
The Hurricanes' 2014 class is nearly full. Miami has 28 commitments with Moten, which is pushing the team's limit. The team's top remaining target is also a South Floridian — Dwyer wide receiver Johnnie Dixon.