The University of Miami picked up a very large verbal commitment on Wednesday night, as St. Thomas Aquinas defensive tackle Anthony Moten announced that he would be sign with the Canes on National Signing Day. All commitments are non-binding until the Letter of Intent is officially signed on February 5, 2014.
Moten, 6-5, 292, selected Miami over Florida State and the University of South Carolina. Moten had 36 offers from different schools and took his time in making his final decision once he renounced his previous commitment to the University of Florida in July. Moten was on the UM sidelines when Miami hosted Florida at Sun-Life Stadium earlier this season. He joins high school teammate Nick Linder, an offensive lineman, in committing to UM.
“I wanted my family to come see me in every game and I’ve known Coach (Mark) D’Onofrio (UM’s defensive coordinator) and (Head) Coach (Al) Golden since my freshman year,” Moten said. “They run the same scheme that we run here at St. Thomas and I feel that I can fit right in.”
Moten is considered a four-star prospect and has been rated as the 12th-best defensive tackle in the country by Rivals.com; Scout.com has Moten rated as the 16th-best defensive tackle. It is anticipated that Moten will play the three-technique, but can play in either a three- or four-man front. Moten is a pass-rushing specialist.
Moten is the 28th player to commit to UM, and there is wide speculation that he will get a significant amount of playing time as a true freshman. He joins a group of incoming defensive lineman that includes Booker T. Washington’s four-star defensive lineman Chad Thomas and fellow linemate Demetrius Jackson. The group is highlighted by Champagnat Catholic’s four-star defensive tackle Travonte Valentine. Junior college transfer Michael Wyche, a one-time University of Southern California commit, recently pledged to Miami as well.
Golden has made it well known that depth on the defensive line is something that he covets.
“We’re still nowhere we want to be on the defensive line in terms of depth and rotation and all of that,” Golden told The Sun-Sentinel. “That is what it is. We have no excuses moving forward. The handcuffs are off now and we expect to be able to do that.”
Miami is holding one spot open for Dwyer High School’s Johnnie Dixon, the top remaining player from the South Florida area who has not committed as of yet. Dixon is scheduled to announce on November 30.
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