CORAL GABLES — The Hurricanes are in need of quality offensive tackles.
They believe they just added one.
Michael Tarquin, a four-star prospect from Orlando-area Belleview High, pledged to Mark Richt on Saturday.
Tarquin (6-5, 290) is the 26th-best tackle in the 2019 class, according to 247Sports, and the top-rated offensive tackle in the state of Florida. Rivals, which lists him 29th at his position, said he plans to graduate early and enroll at UM in January 2019.
ESPN is higher on him, ranking him 13th among offensive tackles and 125th overall in the 2019 class.
Tarquin, who was also recruited by Oklahoma, Ohio State and numerous other big-name programs, joins a Miami recruiting class rated seventh nationally by 247Sports. The class also includes Palm Beach Central High offensive tackle Renato Brown and Jacksonville-Atlantic Coast High tackle Kingsley Eguakun. Both are three-star prospects.
Another player of great interest to Miami, 6-foot-7, 390-pound Evan Neal (Bradenton-IMG Academy), is the top-rated offensive lineman in the state (and eighth-best offensive lineman in the country for 2019). He is listed as a guard.