Early Look: 2014 Recruiting -- DT's

The 2014 recruiting class is loaded with quality prospects. CanesTime's Mike Bakas takes a look at what might lie ahead for the Hurricanes.

Currently: The Hurricanes return two seniors (Curtis Porter and Luther Robinson), two juniors (Olsen Pierre and Jalen Grimble), three sophomores (Corey King, Dequan Ivery, and Earl Moore), and one redshirt freshman (Jacoby Briscoe).

2013 Class: The Hurricanes have one commitment right now, and it's from Junior College transfer Ufomba Kamalu. They're still actively recruiting at least three others but it's unclear on what those three players will decide to do.

2014: Miami's need here will be based largely on what the remaining three targets decide on next week. Still, the Canes need a lot of help on the interior of their defensive line, and a few players will be worth watching.

The biggest name to keep an eye on is Khairi Clark. At 6-foot-3 and 310 pounds, the Chaminade-Madonna standout has an offer from Miami, grew up a Canes fan, and is rated by Scout as the No. 1 defensive tackle prospect in the nation for the 2014 class. He's an elite level player and Miami seems to be in good shape early on.

DeMarcus Christmas helped lead Bradenton Manatee to a state title his sophomore season. He then followed that up with a strong junior season. At 6-foot-4 and 290 pounds, he's a premier talent. He is already committed to Florida State, but Miami isn't done recruiting him.

Two other local players will be worth watching -- St. Thomas Aquinas standout Anthony Moten (6-3/275) and Hialeah's Tony Baxter (6-2/290). Both are very quick and athletic inside players who make a lot of plays. They're both drawing a lot of early attention, and the mutual interest between each of them and Miami is strong right now.

While there will be several quality defensive tackle prospects outside the state, 2014 seems like a year when Miami can stay in Florida and get the players they want from their home state.


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