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Big JUCO DT Picks Canes Over USC

Wednesday, October 23, 2013 9:35am
By: Brian Geisinger

I suppose some news doesn't travel coast-to-coast very quickly, because yesterday when defensive tackle recruit Michael Wyche - who plays for East Los Angeles (Calif.) College - pledged his commitment to Al Golden's Hurricanes, he wasn't even aware of the newly released NCAA sanctions on Miami.

He told Canesport.com: "It's funny, because I didn't even know about the NCAA stuff today. I committed and then the coaches told me about it."

Wyche, who is a 6-4, 340 pound run-stuffing menace, initially committed to Southern California back in May. However, the three-star defensive tackle recently had a change of heart: "Miami just seemed like a better fit as far as what I need. They're giving me a chance to come in and compete for a starting job. And they need more help. Hopefully I can give them the help they need."

USC was far from the only other school interested in the JUCO's talents, though; Wyche also had offers from Troy, Arkansas State, and Washington State.

Wyche, who will still take his official visit to the school when the Hurricanes play Virginia, plans to enroll at Miami this January. Once he's there, Wyche expects to immediately start competing for playing time at the defensive tackle spot.

According to his coach, Steve Mojarro, Wyche brings a lot to the table: "When he gets on the field, he's an impact player because he demands a double-team, triple-team sometimes. Something real special about him as a defensive lineman is he comes forward, and as he comes forward he's making moves."

While growing up, Wyche has had to deal with a lot - and, honestly, that's putting it lightly. For more on him and his backstory, check out the video below.

 

Read more here: http://miamiherald.typepad.com/umiami/2013/10/welcome-to-the-u-canes-land-dt-recruit-hours-after-ncaa-sanctions-announced.html#storylink=cpy

Read more here: http://miamiherald.typepad.com/umiami/2013/10/welcome-to-the-u-canes-land-dt-recruit-hours-after-ncaa-sanctions-announced.html#storylink=cpy