Recruiting Review -- Defensive Tackles

While the Canes loaded up on defensive ends, it certainly didn't stop them from actively recruiting some of the top defensive tackles from the state of Florida -- and the entire country.

The Canes made local standout Antonio Dixon (6-3, 340) from Booker T. Washington a main priority. After taking recruiting visits to Rutgers, Florida, and South Florida, Dixon finally committed to the Hurricanes after a weekend visit to UM in mid January.

"This is a great place," he said of UM. "I love it here."

While the competition wasn't real strong for Dixon, there was stiff competition when the Canes began recruiting Orlando's Joe Joseph.

At 6-foot-3 and 265 pounds, Joseph was actively recruited by many premier programs. He took official visits to Florida, Tennessee, and South Florida in addition to Miami before picking the Hurricanes. When UM sent five coaches to close the deal, he committed on the spot.

"Having five coaches here was pretty crazy," Joseph said. "Miami's a great place because of the success they have but it's also a great educational opportunity."

Wharton, Texas standout Kellen Heard (6-6, 365) is the biggest kid on UM's list of signees from this past recruiting class. The talented big man has played on both sides of the ball but projects as a defensive tackle in college. He visited LSU, Baylor, and Texas A&M in addition to Miami.

"I really didn't feel comfortable anywhere except for Miami," Heard said. "I even kept looking around some after I committed but I knew all along that I'd be going to Miami."

While the Canes successfully landed those three talented tackles, three others got away. Orlando's Aaron Jones picked FSU over Miami in a heated battle, Louisiana's Darryl Richard signed with Georgia Tech, while New Jersey's Shukree Barfield stayed close to home by signing with Rutgers -- a day after National Signing Day.

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