Mike's Take: New DT commit

The Hurricanes landed a commitment from one of the state's most heavily recruited defensive line prospects on Wednesday night. Read on for a commitment analysis from CanesTime's Mike Bakas.

Anthony Moten announced his commitment to Miami tonight.

What to Like: At 6-foot-4 and 300 pounds, Moten already has the physical size you look for in a major college prospect at the defensive tackle spot. He plays with excellent quickness, good leverage, and does a nice job of creating a lot of problems in opposing backfields. His strength is a plus for someone his age as well. Moten is very active on the interior of the defensive line. He creates good contact and does a nice job of creating a new line of scrimmage. He also plays at one of the state's premier prep programs and is used to being in a winning and competitive environment. From a technical, size, and strength standpoint, he should be able to compete right away.

What may concern you: Like a lot of top notch interior defensive linemen at the prep level, Moten tends to take some plays off. He wears down at times and that negatively impacts his motor and his technique. It's rare for a 300-pound kid to play at a high level on every play in high school so this isn't a big surprise but it's something that Moten will look to improve upon at the college level.

Bottom Line: The Hurricanes need defensive tackle prospects badly in the 2014 class, and Moten was one of the state's most heavily recruited players at the position. A one-time Florida commitment, Moten was offered by the Hurricanes as a junior and has been actively recruited by UM ever since. He also had scholarship offers from schools like UF, Florida State, and South Carolina. He becomes Miami's fifth defensive tackle commitment in the 2014 class, and look for the Canes to add at least one more to a spot where only four players have been getting meaningful playing time this season. Three of those four players are seniors. Only Olsen Pierre returns, so it makes sense for the Canes to sign 6+ here. Getting Moten is a big one for the Hurricanes.

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