Miami’s final spring practice has yielded a major recruiting win. Michael Tarquin, a 4-star tackle from Belleview (Fla.) High School, committed to the Hurricanes on Saturday while on an unofficial visit in Coral Gables, Fla.
Tarquin’s commitment is the first for Miami since April 4, when 4-star outside linebacker Anthony Solomon pledged, and he fills a major need for the Hurricanes in the Class of 2019. Miami failed to land a blue-chip tackle in the Class of 2018, and the Hurricanes struggled to find two starters at the position this spring. Tarquin, considered the nation’s No. 26 tackle by the 247Sports composite rankings, becomes the third-highest ranked member of Miami’s 2019 class behind Solomon and 4-star wide receiver Jeremiah Payton.
— Michael Tarquin (@Mike_Tarquin70) April 21, 2018
Tarquin’s recruitment has been somewhat tumultuous. The Hurricanes appeared to be the clear favorite for the 6-foot-5, 290-pound offensive lineman last summer. In-person communication, however, died out in the fall. Ohio State leaped into the lead by hosting Tarquin for a pair of visits during the 2017 season. Oklahoma also became a major suitor, hosting the senior for an official visit last weekend.
Miami charged back to even footing with the two out-of-state powers in March. Tarquin visited for the Hurricanes junior day March 24. It was his first time back in the Miami metropolitan area since October. Tarquin raved about the junior day visit and quickly locked in a timeline after he left South Florida.
“It was great. I got to meet some of the guys I was going to be playing with, who I really liked, and I just kind of learned more about just the University of Miami. Kind of take a step back from football,” Tarquin told DieHards in March. “Obviously, I got to see a lot of football, which is important, but also the academic side of things and just the campus. I looked at that a lot more. I loved it.”