Former Hurricanes Jelani Hamilton, Earl Moore find new teams

Two defensive tackles and recent University of Miami graduates found new places to further their careers.



Jelani Hamilton will play at Akron and Earl Moore will play at Toledo, both players said this week. Sources at both programs confirmed the impending additions, though neither has been officially added their respective new team’s roster.

Hamilton (6-foot-4, 300 pounds) a former four-star recruit from Fort Lauderdale-St. Thomas Aquinas, arrived with high expectations but had three knee surgeries while playing at UM. He played in eight games his first two seasons, but zero the last two years. He finished his Hurricanes career with nine tackles, one for loss.

If he’s healthy, Akron might be able to use him. The Zips, who went 8-5 (5-3 MAC) last year, lose two highly productive starters at defensive tackle.

Hamilton, who said he plans to study sports administration at Akron, did a little acting at UM.

Moore (6-1, 300) joins a Toledo team that went 10-2 (6-2). Like Hamilton, he redshirted as a UM junior but saw more action overall, including regular duty last season as a punt protector. He played in 23 games his first two seasons, including two starts as a true freshman. His highlight play was a leaping interception against Savannah State as a sophomore in 2013.

Moore was a three-star recruit from Tampa-Hillsborough.

Among still-eligible former Hurricanes who found new homes: fullback Walter Tucker (FIU) and offensive lineman Joe Brown (BYU).

Jerome Washington, formerly the top-ranked junior college tight end in the nation, stepped away from the game — this according to a UM press release announcing his transfer — but later said he plans to play at Rutgers.

A person close to wide receiver Tyre Brady said he was deciding between two teams. Several FBS programs have shown interest in former Park Vista High star Marques Gayot, who said he is now 205 pounds and is training as a safety, his original position, instead of linebacker.

Others who have yet to find a new team include offensive lineman Tyler Grimsleywide reciever D’Mauri Jones, tight end Jake O’Donnell and quarterback Gray Crow. 

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