"My parents were definitely on board with it," Moten said. "It was definitely the players and coaching staff [at Miami]. My parents said Miami was good choice and they can now go to my games. But it was my decision."
Moten, 6-foot-3, 292-pounds, has long been sought after by the Hurricanes as well as many other schools. In fact, he made an earlier commitment to Florida before backing off that pledge. But tonight he pulled the trigger with the ‘Canes over Florida State and South Carolina. One of the big reason was the coaching staff.
"They have been on my since my freshman year. I camped there," Moten said. "I love coach Frank [Jethro Franklin] and coach [Mark] D'Onofiro. They have a great relationship with me and my parents."
Moten has really turned into an elite recruit and he has made a lot of progression over the past 12 months. He had a terrific spring and summer. In fact, he was a camp standout among all the bluechip defensive line prospects at the prestigious Opening event out in Oregon in July.
"I am a three-technique," Moten said. "I am a good person who runs to the ball and can do everything. I think I am a good all-around athlete."
Moten is part of a terrific defensive line class in general that's headed to Coral Gables. On the inside you have Moten, Travonte Valentine (Hialeah, Fla./Champagnat Catholic) and junior college transfers Dalvon Stuckey (Popularville, Miss./Pearl River) and Michael Wyche (Monterey Park, Calif./East Los Angeles). Then you have edge guys like five-star defensive end Chad Thomas (Miami, Fla./Booker T. Washington), Trent Harris (Winter Park), Demetrius Jackson (Miami, Fla./Booker T. Washington) and Michael Smith (Miami, Fla./Northwestern).
"In a couple of years we will be running things and have one of best defensive lines with Travonte and Chad. We expect to do big things. We went to the Florida/Miami game. Then we went to the Opening together and me and Chad talked. We have a good chemistry."
With this being Moten's second commitment, is Miami his final answer?
"I am sticking with the ‘U'. It's the best decision for me. Hopefully we get a couple more players to the U and get things started," Moten said.