Offensive tackle Paul Bertucelli, a member of the Miami Hurricanes' 1983 national title team, said he will forgo his final year of eligibility and make himself available for this spring's NFL draft.

Bertucelli becomes the second Hurricane in three days to turn pro before his eligibility expired. On Thursday, tight end Willie Smith made the same decision . . .

Tito Horford, the 7-foot basketball center who is looking for a spot on a college squad but has been turned away or barred from three schools, made an official recruiting visit to Miami (Fla.).

"It was a situation where his people came to us. We didn't go chasing after him," Coach Bill Foster said. "As few quality big men as there are in the country, I think you have to pursue every possibility. I don't ever want to look back and think I should have done this or that. If he's interested in us, we're interested in him."

Horford was quoted as saying he is now interested in Baylor, Louisville and Miami. Baylor's coach said he would be interested in Horford but a spokesman at Louisville said the school had not been contacted by Horford and would not comment on whether he would be welcome.

The NCAA ruled last week for a second time that Horford was ineligible to play for Houston because of recruiting violations. Horford then said he wanted to play for Kentucky or UCLA, but officials at those schools said he would not be welcome.