Posted: 6:08 pm Saturday, February 1st, 2014
By Matt Porter
Michael Wyche decided he wants back in, and the Hurricanes will spread their arms wide to welcome him.
After expressing his frustration with his delayed admission to UM and saying he was looking elsewhere, Wyche, a junior college defensive tackle who signed with UM last month, said he wants to be a part of the Canes’ 2014 signing class.
Wyche announced his change of mind on his Twitter account, posting, “I have decided that I am going to do the rest of these classes to satisfy the ACC rule and go to the University of Miami.”
His enrollment was delayed by an ACC bylaw which states a player must attend the same junior college for three consecutive semesters before transferring to one of the conference’s schools.
Wyche, who has played at three junior colleges since graduating from Chesapeake (Va.) Oscar Smith High, has spent the last two semesters at Monterey Park (Calif.) East Los Angeles College.
When reached by phone Saturday, Wyche told the Post he plans to complete his final 12-credit semester at East L.A., and come to Coral Gables in May — which was the original plan.
Wyche said he wished he hasn’t posted the original tweet, which was born out of irritation with the holding pattern in which he found himself, and his denied appeal to have the ACC rule lifted.
“Yeah, I was just frustrated,” Wyche said. “I really wanted to be a Hurricane. I kind of felt like it was going downhill. There was a lot of frustration. I’m just happy its going through right now and I cant wait to be a Cane.”
The Canes can’t wait to have him.
A 6-foot-4, 340-pound junior-to-be, he is expected to see immediate action at nose tackle, a position of dire need for UM. With the graduation of Curtis Porter and Justin Renfrow, the Canes return just one interior linemen with experience (senior Olsen Pierre), along with little-used juniors Earl Moore and Corey King.
Another junior college defensive tackle, Calvin Heurtelou (6-3, 300), is enrolled for the spring. Four-star Fort Lauderdale-St. Thomas Aquinas recruit Anthony Moten (6-4, 290) and New Jersey three-star prospect Courtel Jenkins (6-2, 294) have offered solid verbal commitments.
UM once had a pledge from highly regarded four-star Hialeah-Champagnat senior Travonte Valentine, but he backed off last month. He said he is still considering UM, but most recruiting analysts expect him to sign with LSU.
Gibbons heads west: Three-star offensive tackle Reilly Gibbons, who committed to Miami before his senior season, will instead accept a scholarship to Stanford according to veteran recruiting reporter Jamie Newberg.
Gibbons (6-6, 292), from Saint Petersburg Catholic, is the nation’s 28th-best offensive tackle prospect, according to 247Sports.com’s composite ratings.
Two of UM’s incoming freshman offensive linemen (Kc McDermott and Trevor Darling) enrolled in January. UM has a commitment from Fort Lauderdale-St. Thomas Aquinas’ Nick Linder, who projects as a center and is the brother of graduated standout Brandon Linder.
Gibbons, who switched from tight end to offensive tackle before his senior year of high school, would have been a redshirt candidate for the Canes, who return three offensive line starters, have four players with experience and two early enrollees ranked in the top 10 at their position nationally (according to 247Sports, McDermott is No. 3; Darling is No. 9).