January Recruiting Update: DT's

National Signing Day is less than a month away and the Hurricanes are hoping to finish strong with their 2013 recruiting class. Lets take a closer look at where the Canes stand at the defensive tackle position.

The Hurricanes played with nine defensive tackles in 2012. Jalen Grimble was moved to defensive end over the last couple games of the season, and Jacoby Briscoe redshirted. Therefore, the number was really seven -- and many of those spent a good part of the season banged up.

The only player not returning for 2013 is graduating senior Darius Smith. If Grimble stays at defensive end, the Canes currently have seven players at the position.

While that's probably enough, the overall quality of the group needs to improve. That's why the Canes have made recruiting high profile defensive tackles a priority in this year's recruiting class.

Keith Bryant and Jaynard Bostwick are the two primary recruits at the position for Miami right now.

Bryant (6-foot-2, 300 pounds) committed to the Hurricanes last January. The Delray Atlantic standout remained pledged to the Canes until late in the season when he decided to open things up and start taking other visits. He saw Purdue during the season, which was just to spend the weekend with a couple of his teammates. He visited Florida State this past weekend, and the Noles seem to be Miami's top competition right now. Bryant is scheduled to visit Tennessee next weekend, and will see Miami either this coming weekend or the first weekend in February. He grew up a Miami fan but has expressed a lot of interest in Florida State, and this is one that will likely go down to the wire.

Bostwick (6-foot-4, 290 pounds) is the higher rated of the two players. The West Centennial standout has cut his list down to three -- Miami, Florida, and Alabama (where he visited last weekend). He is scheduled to visit Florida next weekend, and will see Miami either this coming weekend or in early February. Bostwick says he grew up a Canes fan, and has a relative (cousin Thurston Armbrister) on the current roster. He will likely wait until around Signing Day to announce his decision, but Miami seems to be in good shape at this stage of the game.

Dee Liner (6-foot-4, 290 pounds) is a four-star player from the state of Alabama. He made an early commitment to Auburn, but backed off that recently following their coaching changes. He visited Alabama this past weekend, and that's where most expect him to end up now. He's maintained contact with Miami's coaches throughout the process, and has hinted at possibly taking a visit here this weekend. If he comes, Miami still has a chance. However, pulling him from his home state, and away from Auburn and Alabama, will be extremely difficult.

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