That explains why the coaches have seemingly made the position a major priority in the 2014 class.
Dalvon Stuckey has already committed to the Hurricanes. At 6-foot-3 and 295 pounds, Stuckey signed with Florida State coming out of high school but was unable to qualify. He enrolled at Pearl River JC and was recently offered by the Hurricanes, and committed almost immediately. He is on track to graduate in December, and will have three years to play two.
The top prospect locally appears to be five-star Khairi Clark. At 6-foot-3 and 310 pounds, Clark plays at Chaminade Madonna High in South Florida. He's widely considered the state's premier defensive tackle prospect in the 2014 class, landed a very early offer from Miami, and says he grew up a Canes fan. Miami seems to be in good shape with him.
Two other defensive tackle prospects from the state of Florida have outstanding offers from the Hurricanes. Bayside High's Travonte Valentine landed an offer from Miami last spring before a lot of other major schools did. The four-star committed to Florida several months ago but recently backed off that decision and has indicated a decent amount of interest in the Hurricanes.
Adam Torres is a very talented two-way lineman from Lyman High near Orlando. At 6-foot-5 and 265 pounds, Torres visited Miami during the month of April and landed an offer a short time later. Florida State and several others have also offered.
The Hurricanes have offered several defensive tackles from out-of-state high schools. The two to keep the closest eye on may be New York's Thomas Holley and Virginia's Jeremiah Clarke. Both players have indicated that they plan to take unofficial visits here within the next few weeks. That would show strong interest from both of them. At 6-foot-4 and 295 pounds, Holley has over 30 scholarship offers. And at 6-foot-5 and 275 pounds, Clark has around 15.
Andrew Brown (6-4/295) is rated as the nation's 2nd best defensive tackle prospect by Scout. The Virginia standout has an offer from the Hurricanes but doesn't seem to have a whole lot of interest. The same goes for four-star Lamont Galliard (6-3/315) from North Carolina.
Michael Sawyers (6-3/295 from Tennessee) has a handful of offers, including Miami. He visited the school recently and came away very impressed so keep a close eye on him.
Jamiyus Pittman (6-2/290) from Georgia and Arthur Williams (6-5/300) from North Carolina are two players who aren't being recruited nationally yet but say the Hurricanes have offered. There is some interest on their part, too.