Two days before National Signing Day, two high school players pledged their allegiance to the University of Miami.
Valley (Alabama) defensive lineman Tyreic Martin committed to the Canes on Monday morning.
Late Monday afternoon, extra-large Orlando First Academy offensive tackle Tre Johnson — 6-7 and 280 pounds — was next.
UM especially needs defensive tackles, and Martin, 6-3 and 270 pounds, played defensive end in high school but could potentially play tackle. He is rated as a three-star recruit by 247Sports.com (82nd at his position) and Rivals.com.
“Excited to say that I’m committed to the University of Miami,” Martin posted on Twitter.
On the other side of the ball, the Canes had no offensive line commitments before Monday.
Johnson, who has a three-star rating from 247Sports.com, took his official recruiting trip to UM this past weekend. He chose the Canes over East Carolina and is rated by 247Sports as the nation’s No. 96 offensive tackle and the No. 148 prospect in Florida in the composite rankings.
“I think this program can be great,” Johnson told CaneSport.com, adding that “Coach Richt, he’s a great guy. I got nothing but positive vibes from all of them.”
The Hurricanes did lose one prospective signee Monday night when Palmyra (New Jersey) High wide receiver Kelvin Harmon chose North Carolina State over the Hurricanes and Mississippi State.
Also on Monday, UM confirmed that receiver D’Mauri Jones is no longer on the roster, leaving five current scholarship receivers: senior Stacy Coley, sophomore Lawrence Cager, senior Malcolm Lewis, junior Braxton Berrios and redshirt sophomore Darrell Langham.
Jones was listed this past season as “contributing on special teams” and seeing “limited action in the regular season.” He had one catch in 2014.
Miami also confirmed that defensive tackle Earl Moore was off the roster. Moore, a tackle, played in all 12 games as a freshman in 2012 and made two starts. He had six tackles. In 2013, he had an interception against Savannah state. He was redshirted as a as a junior in 2014 and mostly saw action on special teams last season.
Both Jones and Moore would have been redshirt seniors.