Ranking the Roster: DT

As we continue breaking down the entire Hurricane roster as the start of fall camp nears, today's piece focuses on the defensive tackle position.

1. Calvin Heurtelou -- Recruiting Junior Colleges for defensive tackles is very risky. Sometimes they work, and sometimes they don't. Heurtelou is a success story from that standpoint. He came in and started 12 games last season for the Canes, and was often their best interior lineman. He missed the spring because of an injury, which was discouraging, but all signs are that he'll be 100-percent to start the season. If so, watch out. He has size, strength, and loads of talent. He had a decent season in 2014 and should be ready to have a big year in 2015.

2. Ufomba Kamalu -- Miami's top playmaker of the interior defensive linemen, Kamalu was a Junior College transfer before the 2013 season. He was able to work his way into the rotation right away and showed improvement last season. He started a few games and should play a big role for the Canes this fall. He has an impressive combination of size and athleticism and now he has plenty of experience to go with it. He's a good candidate for a breakout season, and don't be surprised if he ends the season as a legitimate NFL prospect.

3. Courtel Jenkins -- Perhaps the most pleasant surprise of last year's freshman class, Jenkins played in 12 games last season and was on the field very early in most of them. There were times when he looked like he might be the team's top interior lineman last season. His size, experience, and intelligence have him primed to play a major role at the nose position for the Canes this fall.

4. Gerald Willis - An incoming transfer from the University of Florida, Willis was heavily recruited nationally as a senior in high school. He played in Florida's rotation last season, and brings a tremendous amount of upside to the table. He still needs to get bigger (listed at 6-2 and 255) but will have plenty of time for that since he's ineligible to play this fall. He will redshirt, and be expected to play a key role heading into next spring.

5. Michael Wyche -- A Junior College transfer prior to last season, Wyche struggled with his weight early in the season. Once he got it under control he was able to work his way into the rotation late in the season. This is his final chance being a senior, and he should be counted on to provide reliable minutes off the bench.

6. Anthony Moten -- A heavily recruited player out of South Florida, Moten only played in a handful of games last season. He has a tremendous combination of size, quickness, and athleticism and the talent is definitely there for him to make an impact. However, it needs to translate onto the field before getting terribly excited about how big a difference he'll be able to make.

7. Earl Moore -- After playing in 12 games and starting two of them as a true freshman, Moore's playing time has steadily decreased. He redshirted in 2014, and he seems buried on Miami's depth chart heading into fall camp. He had his best spring, by far, and that provides hope that he'll be able to contribute some off the bench.

Ryan Fines and Kendrick Norton are a pair of incoming freshmen. Fines was lightly recruited but has ideal strength and gives maximum effort inside. He's likely going to redshirt though. A lot of people believe Norton will end up playing offensive line but he'll be given his first look on defense. He, too, is likely going to redshirt.

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