Miami football DT commit Willie Moise not expected to sign NLI Wednesday

Three-star defensive tackle Willie Moise who has been committed to the Miami football program since 2018 is not expected to sign a National Letter of Intent with the Hurricanes on National Signing Day on Wednesday.

Willie Moise is one of the longest-held commitments to the Category ’20 recruiting class for the Miami football program. Moise was the lone player who was committed to the Hurricanes in December that did not sign during the early signing period. CaneSport reported on Tuesday that Moise will not sign on National Signing Day.

Academic issues caused Moise to transfer from Chaminade-Madonna in Hollywood to Edgewater in Orlando to improve his grades. Moise plans to sign with Miami after meeting with defensive line coach Todd Stroud last week. The Hurricanes staff could have other plans. Miami could keep the scholarship open if Moise doesn’t qualify.

If Moise signs with Miami and does not qualify the Hurricanes would lose that scholarship against the 25 that the NCAA caps for each class that signs per school in a given year. Moise is a 6’3 291-pound defensive tackle. He is the 454th ranked player, 45th ranked defensive tackle and 65th ranked player in Florida for 2020.

The Miami football program likes Moise because of his ability to play on the offensive and defensive lines. Moise was a two-way player for Chaminade-Madonna on their 2018 3A state championship team. He missed most of the 2019 season after suffering a torn labrum.

Moise could switch to the offensive line with Miami on a unit in desperate need of help. Miami has only two offensive linemen signed in the 2020 class. Four-star Jalen Rivers is expected to challenge to start at one of the tackle positions for Hurricanes during spring practice. Three-star Chris Washington is considered a project.

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Moise is a key prospect for Miami in the Category 20 signing class. He is currently the only defensive tackle committed to the Hurricanes. Miami lost two-year starter Pat Bethel after the 2019 season. The Hurricanes return 2019 starter Jon Ford and rising junior Nesta Silvera, plus a quartet of young DTs they are high on.

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