Jelani Hamilton was heavily recruited out of high school but has battled the injury bug the first few seasons here. Now a junior, Hamilton showed flashes of being able to make some things happen in the spring but still needs to maintain better consistency. He was competing with Corey King, another junior, for the defensive tackle spot behind Pierre. Both players still aren't where Miami needs them but they're making strides, especially Hamilton.
Earl Moore has played in a lot of games during his first two seasons here but hasn't made much of an impact. He started to elevate his game during the spring and was able to hold off stiff competition from incoming Juco transfer Calvin Heurtelou for the starting nose guard job. Moore isn't Curtis Porter but he's making improvements. Heurtelou is considered Miami's strongest defensive lineman and has the tools to become a difference maker. He just needs to continue learning and maturing into being a Division 1 player. He showed flashes of it in the spring but needs to stay consistent with it.
The Canes will welcome two more nose guard types during the summer when Courtel Jenkins and Juco transfer Mike Wyche arrive. Wyche, especially, is expected to be able to push Moore and Heurtelou for the starting job.
Anthony Moten, a heavily recruited local player, is also set to arrive this summer. Although he'll be young and inexperienced, don't be surprised if he ends up being the primary guy behind Pierre at the tackle spot.