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After final spring scrimmage, UM Hurricanes get huge 2019 commitment at critical spot

Miami offensive players, including center Tyler Gauthier (74) and current left tackle Tyree St. Louis, watch as the Hurricanes face Clemson in the ACC Championship Game at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, N.C. on Saturday, Dec. 2, 2017.
Miami offensive players, including center Tyler Gauthier (74) and current left tackle Tyree St. Louis, watch as the Hurricanes face Clemson in the ACC Championship Game at Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte, N.C. on Saturday, Dec. 2, 2017. adiaz@miamiherald.com

The Hurricanes wrapped up spring with a big, as in 6-5 and 290 pounds, surprise on Saturday.

Four-star offensive tackle Michael Tarquin, of Belleview (Florida) High, committed to UM's recruiting class of 2019, nicknamed #Surge19.

Tarquin is ranked the 26th best tackle by 247Sports and 29th by rivals.com, and plays a position considered one of the most important in college football — and one at which the Canes could use more help .

He announced his pledge on social media.

"I have been all over,'' Tarquin posted on Twitter. "North, South, East, and West. I have met a lot of good people along this process. I want to thank all the coaches who have recruited me, and everyone else who has helped me with this game I love. With much consideration, I can now say that I am committed to The University of Miami Hurricanes!! #Surge19.''

Mark Richt zooms in on the UM quarterbacks competition after the final spring scrimmage on Saturday, April 21, 2018.

Tarquin chose the Hurricanes over offers from programs that, according to multiple recruiting sites, included Oklahoma, Nebraska, Oregon and Clemson, Auburn and Florida.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" data-lang="en"><p lang="und" dir="ltr"><a href="https://t.co/iMU59ptWRJ">pic.twitter.com/iMU59ptWRJ</a></p>&mdash; Michael Tarquin (@Mike_Tarquin70) <a href="https://twitter.com/Mike_Tarquin70/status/987731787194535937?ref_src=twsrc%5Etfw">April 21, 2018</a></blockquote> <script async src="https://platform.twitter.com/widgets.js" charset="utf-8"></script>

Tarquin told Canesport.com: “I was in the room with coach [Stacy] Searels, coach [Mark] Richt, coach [Jorge] Baez and I said `Hey, I’ve been everywhere, have seen so many different places and now I know I’m coming to Miami. I told them `I’m committed’ and coach Richt got up, was excited, gave me a hug. It was great.”

The Hurricanes' recruiting class of 2019 now has 11 commitments, including three offensive linemen, for a No. 8 team ranking by rivals and No. 7 by 247Sports.



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