Al Quadin Muhammad, rated the nation's fourth-best weakside defensive end by rivals.com, orally committed to Miami on Saturday during the U.S. Army All-American Game.
It's a huge get for UM, which needs to bolster its defensive line.
Muhammad, from Don Bosco Prep in New Jersey, is considered a potentially dynamic pass rusher who is also effective against the run. But the 6-4 prospect needs to bulk up from 230 pounds. He also could play outside linebacker.
Muhammad chose UM over Alabama and Notre Dame.
UM "showed a lot of support," Muhammad said on NBC. "They showed a lot of commitment."
Muhammad was impressed that UM coach Al Golden traveled back to New Jersey to visit him after Muhammad took a recruiting trip to UM. He had a sack in Saturday's game and also forced and recovered a fumble.
Rated 95th among all prospects by ESPN, Muhammad is UM's third top 100 commitment. The others: New Jersey-based quarterback Kevin Olsen (ranked 67th by ESPN) and Miami Northwestern cornerback Artie Burns (69th).
Virginia-based Alex Figueroa, an under the radar prospect unranked by rivals.com, is UM's only other oral commitment on the defensive line.
UM now has 12 oral commitments, in addition to junior college tight end Beau Sandland, who signed a letter of intent.
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### The Heat waived seldom-used guard Terrel Harris two days before the NBA deadline to guarantee contracts for the entire season. The Heat now has the option of re-signing Harris to a maximum of two 10-day contracts.
The Heat did not immediately fill the vacant roster spot. Kenyon Martin and Chris Anderson are among remaining veteran free agents. Point guard Garrett Temple, who lost a training camp battle to Harris for the final roster spot, is now playing for the Washington Wizards.
Josh Harrellson's Heat contract also would become guaranteed if he's on the roster past Monday.