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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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