Miami's Chances: Defensive Tackles

National Signing Day is still several months away but it's not too early to look at what Miami's chances are with some key recruiting prospects. This report focuses on the defensive tackles being recruited.

Defensive tackle was a major need in Miami's 2013 recruiting class, and it remains unclear how well they filled that need. That's a big reason why this position remains a major priority for the 2014 class.

The Canes have gotten off to a fast start with three commitments before the start of the season, all while still being heavily involved with some other very good players at the position.

Dalvon Stuckey was the first player to commit to the Canes. At 6-foot-4 and 300 pounds, Stuckey signed with Florida State out of a high school in the Florida Panhandle. He was unable to qualify, however, and enrolled at a Mississippi Junior College instead. Miami offered him in the spring, and he committed soon after. Florida State has not followed up with an offer yet and if they do, it could make things a bit tougher for the Canes to hang onto him. CHANCES: 80%

Courtel Jenkins was the next defensive tackle who was added to the commitment list. At 6-foot-2 and 315 pounds, this New Jersey two-way lineman started getting recruited by Miami in the spring. He was invited down to one of the summer camps last month, and impressed the coaches enough there to land a scholarship offer. He committed to the Canes right away. Since schools in his home area, such as Rutgers and Syracuse, have not offered yet, it could become more of a challenge if those schools start going hard after him later in the year. CHANCES: 85%

Travonte Valentine was the third defensive tackle added to the commitment list when he announced in favor of the Canes in early July. Considered the most talented of the three commitments, Valentine (6-5/300) has a tremendous combination of size, strength, and quickness. A one-time Louisville and Florida commit, Valentine says he's done with the recruiting process. However, hanging onto a player who made three commitments before the start of his senior season will never be an easy thing to do. CHANCES: 75%

It seems like the ideal number at the defensive tackle position this year is four. The most ideal situation for the Canes would be keeping the three current commitments and adding the player they seem to be recruiting the hardest among all others -- St. Thomas Aquinas standout Anthony Moten. At 6-foot-4 and 285 pounds, Moten was offered by the Canes last year but committed to Florida back in the spring. He's since backed off that decision and says Miami, Florida State, and South Carolina are his main three. The Canes seem to be in solid shape heading into the season. CHANCES: 35%

Thomas Holley (6-4/300) is widely considered the top overall prospect in the state of New York this year. He has over 30 scholarship offers, including one from Miami, and visited here earlier this summer. He hasn't named any favorites but the Canes are somewhere on his list. CHANCES: 15%

Calvin Heurtelou taking an official visit here in mid-June indicates Miami has an interest in adding a second Juco defensive tackle to this year's class. At 6-foot-4 and 290 pounds, Heurtelou is also considering offers from schools like Missouri, Kansas State, and Rutgers. CHANCES: 15%

Arthur Williams is a talented player from the state of North Carolina, and Miami was his first offer. He never seemed too interested after getting it, however. CHANCES: 10%

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