Jekiri will join 'Canes in 2012

6-foot-11 center Tonye Jekiri (Hialeah, Fla./Champagnat Catholic) gave Miami a verbal commitment on Monday and said he will join the Hurricanes' 2012 class.

Jekiri's AAU coach, Kenny Gillion, has confirmed the news. Jekiri entered the high school year as a member of the class of 2013 but has has the necessary course work to enroll next fall.

ESPN.com Recruiting Coordinator Reggie Rankin describes Jekirie as a "long, athletic shot blocker with great upside."

"He was in the 2013 class but felt comfortable with (Miami) coach (Jim) Larranaga and with his academics all in order he decided to join the Canes next season."

Jekiri joins shooting guard Melvin Johnson (Bronx, N.Y./St. Benedict's Prep) in Larranaga's 2012 class.