Mike's Take: New DT commit

The Hurricanes landed a huge commitment today when they flipped a player from USC at a major position of need. Read on for an analysis from CanesTime's Mike Bakas.

Michael Wyche flipped his commitment from USC to Miami this afternoon.

What to Like: At 6-foot-4 and 330 pounds, Wyche plays the nose and will fill a major hole in Miami's defense next season with the graduations of Curtis Porter and Justin Renfrow. That's the position he'll play for the Hurricanes. He's a gifted pass rusher and has very quick feet and good athleticism for someone his size. From a quickness and athleticism standpoint, he's probably even more impressive than Porter and Renfrow. He's been very active in the middle of his team's defensive line this season. His 415-pound bench press shows off tremendous strength, especially in his upper body. He's very difficult to handle with just one blocker, and should provide a lot of trouble for opposing linemen. He is expected to graduate in December, which means he'll be able to start here in time for spring football which is something that always raises a player's ability to make an early impact. There's a good chance he'll be in Miami's starting lineup right away next season.

What may concern you: His physical conditioning could be an issue right now, although being able to go through UM's offseason workout program will be a major boost. He shows the tendency to take plays off at the Juco level, and improving his conditioning and motor is something he'll need to do before being able to play at the major college level. He's already been in college for three years (he's technically a redshirt sophomore), which means he'll only have two years to play at Miami.

Bottom Line: This is a huge addition to Miami's 2014 recruiting class. Huge. On the same day the NCAA announced Miami's penalties, the Canes went out and stole a player from USC's commitment list -- a player who is living just miles from the SC campus right now. Wyche becomes Miami's 26th commitment, their third at defensive tackle, and their second Juco player in there. Anthony Moten, a four-star player from St. Thomas Aquinas, remains a big priority for Miami in what should end up being a four or five player class at the defensive tackle spot.


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