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St. Thomas Aquinas defensive tackle Anthony Moten orally commits to the University of Miami

Surprise, surprise. Anthony Moten is going to be a Miami Hurricane.

Moten, a 6-4, 275-pound defensive tackle from Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas, announced his oral commitment to UM on Wednesday night over Florida State and South Carolina.

“It came down to my family and I've been knowing [UM defensive coordinator] coach [Mark] D'Onofrio and [UM] coach [Al] Golden since my freshman year,” Moten said on a video with South Florida High School Sports.

Moten's announcement comes to no surprise, but reassurance to Canes fans, who have been longing for his pledge.

Moten, a consensus four-star prospect by Rivals, 247Sports, ESPN and Scout, currently plays alongside friend and current UM commitment Nick Linder at Aquinas. He cited Linder, and his connections with UM's staff as instrumental factors in choosing UM. Miami's defensive scheme, similar to Aquinas' defense, was also a factor as well. 

Moten, who was once a University of Florida commitment from April to July earlier this year, becomes the 28th commitment to an already vaunted 2014 recruiting class where he will line up alongside local four-star prospects Chad Thomas and Demetrius Jackson (Miami Booker T. Washington), Travonte Valentine (Hialeah Champagnat Catholic), and Mike Smith (Miami Northwestern) for years to come.

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Michael

Glad to have the Big Fella we need the Talent at DT to help us close out these 3rd down plays.

Eddie

Need more running backs 200 lbs need cook at I time we had Gore, Portis , and McGhee at same all made all pro get to Michel also

Dmac

This is a nice pick up but my concern is development. .I see no indication that current defensive staff can coach the talent they have..

Pee Gee

Dmac, not sure if you're a fan or a hater but you're way off. If there's one thing this staff has shown in the few years they've been here is that they develop players. Jacory looked his best once Shannon got the hook. I can go on and on with a few more kids, but the one who stands out most is Olson Pierre,who seems to be developing very nicely. A 2-star or 3-star prospect (depending on the recruiting website) with no major D1 offers, he seems to be setting himself up to play on Sundays in a few years.

DMac09

Welcome to The U. I am excited.

ronnie nuggets

Finally a good DT recruit! Let's hope Coach D'Onofrio doesn't waste this man's talent and turn him into a stand straight up at the snap and Waltz with the guard and center.

Dmac

Pee Gee.. I'm a fan but also a realist if development was taking place we wouldn't have the same soft defense for over 3 years...there are plenty school playing better with less talent ie..vt. it is obvious the coaching is lacking at line backer and dline. The secondary I would take a wait and see approach because they play so much zone its hard to evaluate. U can't keep coaches just for recruiting ability barrows has not coached the line backing core with the same passion and disciple he played at.. every coach should be evaluated at the need of the season..I would take a strong loom at auburn pervious head man at d coordinator.

Chief Thunder Cloud

He will need 2 years of JUCO first to get his GPA above 2.3.

dorsey1

This defense since this staff has took over has been the worst defense in UM history make no mistake-

Pierre,please he's regressing just like the rest of them-If you watching the VT game it was telling.The statistics are all there since this staff came aboard.

canesallltheway

moten, valetine, chad thomas and trent harris...d line will be monster in near future..finally

Kissimmeecane

Veron Hargreaves & Kevin Patrick will fix these problems were having.

realitymyfriend

I'm tired of hearing this garbage. The simple fact is there is no talent to coach right now. None. Not one junior or senior d-lineman will play in the NFL. One linebacker (Perryman) will play in the NFL. Thats it. They are no match for the talent that Va Tech has on their line. I don't know how you can't see that. That will soon change though.The talent is on the way. It's so funny that I heard these same things about Butch Davis. Everyone wanted him fired. I see plenty or parallels. Patience my friends. It's coming...you just have to see through the bad times. When it gets here it will be sweet.

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