Mike's Take: New DT commit

The Hurricanes landed a big defensive tackle commitment today. How good is he? How will he fit into UM's defense? What type of impact can be expected? Read on for a commitment analysis from CanesTime's Mike Bakas.

Calvin Heurtelou says he has committed to the Hurricanes. UM has not yet officially confirmed his signing but the Scottsdale Community College standout defensive tackle is now a Hurricane.

What to Like: 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.

What may concern you: Like a lot of defensive tackle prospects who can win interior battles simply because of their size and natural strength, Heurtelou needs to continue working on the technical aspects of his game. He has a tendency to come off the ball high and let opposing linemen get to his body. While he flashes the ability to control the line of scrimmage at times, he also takes some plays off. And despite being a productive and quality player at the Juco level, Heurtelou wasn't really recruited nationally. Did a lot of high profile programs who recruit Junior College players not see him as a kid who can make a difference over the next two seasons?

Bottom Line: The Hurricanes are hurting badly for defensive tackles. Olsen Pierre will return in 2014 as a regular starter. The other three returning from the current roster -- Earl Moore, Corey King, and Jelani Hamilton -- are very unproven. They were unable to crack the rotation as sophomore in 2013, so the Canes needed to add a couple Juco transfers to the mix. They've been able to do that with the additions of Michael Wyche and now Heurtelou. Both players will be given every chance to win a starting job next to Pierre in the spring. Heurtelou seems to be the more active player right now, while Wyche is more of the nose guard type. Still, it's refreshing to know that Miami was able to sign two of the six Juco defensive tackle prospects they offered in this year's recruiting class.


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