ANALYSIS: This position is probably the weakest on the entire team in terms of what players were returning from the 2013 team. Primarily, they played just four players at this position last season and three of them have moved on. In other words, they needed to hit a home run when recruiting this position.
They made it very clear early on that they wanted a couple Junior College transfers in this class. They landed Stuckey early on but he later flipped to Auburn before ultimately signing with Arizona State. They successfully replaced him with Wyche, a former USC commit.
Heurtelou was one of several Juco DT prospects the Canes were trying to land after the season. He made a visit here over the summer so they liked him early on. Getting him into school for the spring semester was a huge plus. Because of that, he'll have a legitimate chance to win the starting job next to Olsen Pierre in 2014.
The Canes landed a pair of prep DT prospects over the summer in Jenkins and Valentine. Jenkins, a nose tackle prospect, committed to the Canes after being offered at camp. Valentine, who had committed to Louisville and Florida before picking UM, ended up going elsewhere. It's always a tough loss when one of the nation's most heavily recruited DT prospects, who lives in Miami, signs with an SEC school.
They tried, unsuccessfully, flipping Gaillard from Georgia as a possible replacement for Valentine.
Moten is considered the most talented player of the group. A 4-star prospect from nearby St. Thomas Aquinas High, he was once committed to Florida but the Canes never stopped going hard after him.
The Canes added much needed size, good numbers by signing four, and they were able to sign a Juco kid at midyear. Losing Valentine hurt and it could have finished even better but the Canes certainly improved their roster with this group.