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Miami Football Recruiting: Lack of DT Recruits Will Haunt the Canes'

MIAMI GARDENS, FL - SEPTEMBER 15: Anthony Chickillo #71 of the Miami Hurricanes runs with the ball after making an interception against the Bethune-Cookman Wildcats on September 15, 2012 at Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida. The Hurricanes defeated the Wildcats 38-10. (Photo by Joel Auerbach/Getty Images)
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David MayerCorrespondent IFebruary 6, 2013

Heading into this recruiting season I knew the defensive line had to be the coaches primary concern. Last season's unit struggled in pressuring the quarterback and stopping the run.

So I figured the Hurricanes would sign at least three or four defensive tackles. Miami ended up with one—Community College transfer Ufomba Kamalu.

Miami also got Hunter Knighton who was recruited as an offensive lineman but can also play defensive tackle, but other than that Miami had no other defensive tackle signing.

Instead the Hurricanes recruited three tight ends and three linebackers.

Did I miss something? The Hurricanes currently have 10 linebackers and five tight ends on the roster.

Did the coaches not see how poorly the current tackles were last season?

Now don't get me wrong, I understand that Miami tried everything they could to snag 4-star prospect Keith Bryant (chose FSU), but there had to be others out there who could have helped.

Miami now must turn the focus on making what they have, better. And quite honestly, I don't have that much faith in that concept because I have seen the tackles play.

The only defensive tackle on the roster that has the opportunity to be great is Curtis Porter. The problem with Porter is that he hasn't been able to stay healthy for an entire season.

To be brutally honest, the rest of the tackles showed very little talent last season. In fact, it may even be a suggestion to move Anthony Chickillo to tackle?

I mean I trust Al Golden in whatever his decision is regarding the defensive line this upcoming season, but it would have given the Hurricane faithful more assurance if he was able to snag a couple more.

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