Canes looking to add a 2nd Juco DT

The Hurricanes landed a commitment last month from Mike Wyche, a one-time USC commitment. They're trying to add a second Juco D-Line commitment, and have one major target.

DT Calvin Heurtelou: 6-3/310

2013 stats: Playing on the interior of the defensive line at Scottsdale Community College, Heutelou finished the 11-game season with 59 tackles (5th on his team), 14 for loss (3rd), four sacks (4th), and two fumble recoveries (1st). It was a productive season for the talented sophomore.

As a prospect: With ideal size already, Heurtelou brings a lot of good qualities to the table. He's very strong, and is very difficult to move around at the point of attack. He shows the ability to hold up, and sometimes even beat, double teams. He uses his hands well, and moves his feet pretty well for a player his size. He seems to have the physical skill set to be able to play early in 2014, especially if he's able to enroll for the spring semester.

Recruiting: Heutelou landed an offer from the Hurricanes way back in the spring. He took an official visit here over the summer. He then took in-season visits to Missouri and Tennessee. Just when it appeared those two schools might have the edge, Heutelou said the Hurricanes jumped back into the mix in a serious way. He took a December visit to Rutgers as his 4th trip. He was expected to announce his decision earlier this week. His coach told Scout last week that he's planning on signing with the Hurricanes. It hasn't happened yet, however.

Bottom Line: The Hurricanes need lots of help at the defensive tackle position. The Canes used a rotation of four defensive tackles in most games this season, and three of those players will be gone after the season. Beyond Olsen Pierre, the Canes don't have any proven players at the position. That's why recruiting Juco defensive tackles was a big priority this year. They had Dalvon Stuckey committed at one point but he flipped to Auburn last months. Now Mike Wyche, a one-time USC commit, is committed. The Canes also offered Claude Pelon (Nebraska) and Edmond Boateng (Arizona State) along the way. Heutelou seems to represent Miami's last chance of adding a quality DT prospect to its 2014 class. He's still working to get necessary college credits transferred, which is likely the holdup on his signing. As of now, Miami seems to be in good shape. If the Canes land him, and he enrolls for spring, he'll likely have a very good chance of competing for a starting spot next to Pierre in the spring and into the summer.


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