2012 Class Analysis: Defensive Tackles

The Hurricanes signed three defensive tackles in the 2012 recruiting class so lets take a closer look at the group.

Coming Back: The Hurricanes return seven defensive tackles from the 2011 roster -- senior Darius Smith (21 tackles); juniors Curtis Porter (15 tackles) and Luther Robinson (3 tackles); sophomores Olsen Pierre (4 tackles) and Jalen Grimble (0 tackles); and freshmen Corey King and Junior Alexis. Smith was a starter for most of the 2011 season. Porter would have played a major role but was injured for most of the last two seasons so his health is a major concern. Robinson missed all year with an injury and hasn't given much production in his time here. The other four are still largely unproven.

Ones who got away: A pair of five star defensive tackle prospects took official visits to Miami but ended up signing elsewhere. Darius Hamilton (Rutgers) and Eddie Goldman (Florida State) were heavily recruited by the Canes. No instate defensive tackles who ended up at other schools had offers to Miami.

Best part about this class: The Canes only offered two in-state prospects at this position and they got both of them. By getting Dequan Ivery (6-1/315), they're getting a classic run-stuffer that hasn't been a part of the last two recruiting classes here. A lot of schools made a late run at Jacoby Briscoe, including Tennessee, but their efforts fell short in the end. The three defensive tackles weigh 305 pounds on average so the Canes are definitely getting bigger up front.

Most concerning thing about this class: While Earl Moore was offered during the spring and was committed for most of the year, Ivery and Briscoe were not offered until late in the process. LSU never actively recruited Briscoe (from Louisiana) and neither FSU nor Florida ever actively recruited Ivery (who is from Lake City, located between Gainesville and Tallahassee).

Jacoby Briscoe
On the field: Briscoe helped lead his team to the state championship game. He was a second-team all-area selection after the season and played his best football of his career during the playoff run late in the season.

The recruiting process: Briscoe landed offers from BCS schools like Texas Tech and Texas A&M during the season before getting offered by the Canes in early January. He committed right away and visited on the 20th. Tennessee offered late but he decided not to visit and inked with the Canes.

As a prospect: At 6-foot-4 and 310 pounda, Briscoe already has ideal size. He moves well for a player his size and was active on the field -- not just a guy who eats up blockers. He has a good motor and seems to have a real passion for the game. He brings things that the Canes haven't gotten in the last two recruiting classes.

Dequan Ivery
On the field: Ivery was a huge clog in the middle of the Columbia defense. He did a great job eating up double teams and allowing his linebackers to make plays behind him. He finished his senior season with 22 tackles as a space-eater. He helped his team reach the state playoffs.

The recruiting process: Ivery had scholarship offers from Louisville and USF during the season and made a commitment to Louisville in December. Miami came through with an offer a few weeks later and he decided to visit on January 20th. The Canes were able to flip him at the last minute.

As a prospect: Smith (a senior) and Porter (a junior) are the only two players like him on the current roster so he fills a nice need. At 6-foot-1 and 315 pounds, he brings a tremendous amount of size and power (both much needed) to the position. He's a classic two-gapper who should be able to see the field early on.

Earl Moore
On the field: Moore finished his senior season with 52 tackles and one sack. He was a first team all-area pick following the season and helped his team reach the state playoffs.

The recruiting process: Moore became a major college recruit in the spring of his junior season when he collected offers from schools like Miami, Tennessee, South Carolina, USF, and North Carolina. He committed to the Hurricanes over the summer and never wavered on that.

As a prospect: At 6-foot-1 and 290 pounds, Moore might be the strongest player in this entire class. He's very quick on his feet for someone his size and plays with very good leverage. He's tough to handle inside and brings a lot to the table as an athletic run-stuffer.

Looking Ahead: The defensive tackle position is very strong in the state of Florida for the 2013 class. The Canes already have a commitment from Delray Atlant8c's Keith Bryant (6-2/290), who will likely get recruited like a four-star. Centennial's Jaynard Bostwick (6-4/270) and Maquedius Bain (6-4/265) also have offers from the Canes. Bain is committed to FSU but the Canes are still very much in the picture. Georgia's Montravius Adams (6-3/285) will get recruited nationally and has been offered by Miami already and has shown some early interest.

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