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.''
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>— 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.