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The Blueprint

The Blueprint

DMoney
Those of us who followed recruiting twenty years ago were able to see Butch Davis at his best. Butch had many different tricks, but he stuck to one core philosophy: Recruit the traits you can’t coach.

This usually broke down into three parts:

Frame- Colleges spend millions of dollars to develop the bodies of their athletes. But they can’t change their natural body structure. Butch targeted guys with specific physical characteristics: height, broad shoulders, big hands, long arms and big butts. The rest could be filled in later.

When I was a high school sophomore, I attended Jon Vilma’s first practice as a Cane. He was a two-star recruit with some local buzz. A veteran football guy pointed to Vilma and said, “Look at that guy’s butt. He’s going to be a hitter.” I thought it was a pretty g@y comment. But two years later when Vilma blew up that kid in the Rose Bowl, it made sense. Bubba Franks is another undervalued prospect that grew into his frame. Clive Walford and David Njoku are two recent examples.

Athleticism and Twitch- I use “athleticism” to mean coordination and ease of motion. Butch made it a point to target natural athletes who played multiple sports. It didn’t matter if it was basketball, volleyball or javelin throwing. The best example is Ed Reed. He was not an overtrained meathead. He was a pure athlete.

“Twitch,” on the other hand, refers to sudden movement and acceleration. Football is a game of inches and milliseconds. Twitch can be the difference between a tackle for loss and a touchdown. When a star skill player loses his twitch, his career is over. Twitch is particularly important on defense, where sudden movements can disrupt carefully choreographed offensive plays. Jon Beason is a guy who had OK speed but outstanding twitch.

Butch didn't worry about technique or football knowledge. That's what coaches are for. He wanted twitchy athletes.

Aggression- Golden used to say, “toughness is an acquired skill.” Personally, I would rather just recruit a team of killers.

John Thompson at Georgetown had the better quote on this point. He said, “I can calm down a fool. But I can’t wake up a corpse.” Guys are either aggressive or they aren’t. That should be evident on tape. Clinton Portis was never considered a “character guy,” but his toughness set the tone for a legendary RB corps.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yynUfTKHCUg

That’s the Butch philosophy for individual player evaluation. But what about the big-picture approach to building Miami into a champion? In my opinion, it can be broken down into three parts:

Keep the stars home- This one is obvious. Guys like Teddy Bridgewater and Dalvin Cook are program changers. You can’t get all of them, but you need to get most of them.

Build your roster in South Florida- There has been one major change in recruiting since Butch left to Cleveland: South Florida now produces players at every position. Since 2012, a South Florida QB has ranked top 5 nationally in passer rating every year. Three South Florida tight ends were drafted last year. Four South Florida offensive linemen started this year as rookies. It's not just receivers and corners anymore.

After Louisville destroyed us in 2013, a frustrated Miami staffer said, “Their starters should be our second unit.” Recruits like James Burgess are low-hanging fruit. When the coaches were scrambling to find able-bodied linebackers this year, it would have been nice to plug in Burgess or Skai Moore. Artie Burns goes pro? Replace him with Quincy Wilson. Taylor Gadbois kicked out of school? Plug in freshman All-American Reggie Bain. No team that plays in South Florida should ever have depth issues.

Not only do these kids bring their talent, they also bring a competitive edge that has been sharpened since Pop Warner. That’s the reason South Florida kids tend to excel in the pressure cooker of the NFL. When your backups bring that kind of hunger and confidence, it elevates the more gifted players.

Only leave the state for first rounders- To quote Will Ferrell, “they can’t all be first rounders.” But when you spend the time to go out of state, you should be targeting elite physical traits. Go to New Jersey for a freak like David Njoku. Don’t go to New Jersey for Jamie Gordinier.

This goes hand in hand with the previous point. When you expose freakish out-of-state studs to fearless local players, it brings out the best in both. Jeremy Shockey and Kellen Winslow II became psychos on Greentree.

Mark Richt and Al Golden had very different press conferences, but there was one quote they both said verbatim: “You can win big here when you do it right.” The blueprint has been developed and proven over the last 35 years. It works. I just hope that Richt can do it right.
 

Comments (95)

What's the blueprint for choosing a coaching staff?
 
recruit and/or develop elite DT's, the position at which Miami has the most Hall of famers
 
Richt ain't gonna do **** right if he doesn't hire quality coaches and soon
 
recruit and/or develop elite DT's, the position at which Miami has the most Hall of famers

South Florida doesn't have elite defensive tackles like that. Which is why we NEED to go to Georgia who churns out elite prospects on the dline or Louisiana for that position
 
recruit and/or develop elite DT's, the position at which Miami has the most Hall of famers

South Florida doesn't have elite defensive tackles like that. Which is why we NEED to go to Georgia who churns out elite prospects on the dline or Louisiana for that position

I'd like to find a region that can match Geno Atkins and Corey Liuget.

The problem with DTs is that there just aren't many of them anywhere. That's a position you really need to scour the earth for.
 
80% of the roster should be from south Florida. You save the other 20% for the elite players in other states. Half of Miami's best players ever hailed from states not named Florida. It's a long list which is why we shouldn't bd so closed minded in thinking we can sign 25 guys from south Florida every and expect to win a championship. We have to add to the south Florida recruit base with elite talent from elsewhere. It's a proven method that has worked in the past.
 
The problem is evaluating talent. Look at our 01 starters and you will see a lot of them were not even from Florida, especially on offense. We need someone that can look at Joe Yearby and Dalvin Cook and know one is a lot better than the other despite what is happening in high school. Miami got jimmy's and joe's just the wrong ones.
 
What's the blueprint for choosing a coaching staff?

there was no doubt butch had some great coaches. his oc though was larry coker at the end. he did ok , if u have the players u will win no matter the coaches. also no matter how good a coach is he can't make a 4.8 guy cover a 4.4 guy not happening.

build a staff with guys who know and love football and can recruit. to me having chuck pagano, rod chudzinski on staff helps but u won't always have those kind of staffs.

frankly i can't wait to see who richt hires but one thing is clear he will get most of his players in south florida and won't chase some 4.8 40 cb from jersey like golden did.
 
Richt ain't gonna do **** right if he doesn't hire quality coaches and soon

EXACTLY!!!! Everyone is over analyzing recruiting. Recruiting South Florida is totally different from 20 years ago. These recruits wants quality coaches to help them get to the NFL. These kids don't love UM like that anymore and why should they we haven't won the Coastal since we joined the ACC. If you want this elite South Florida kids to stay it's easy beat Florida State and win the Coastal.
 
Those of us who followed recruiting twenty years ago were able to see Butch Davis at his best. Butch had many different tricks, but he stuck to one core philosophy: Recruit the traits you can’t coach.

This usually broke down into three parts:

Frame- Colleges spend millions of dollars to develop the bodies of their athletes. But they can’t change their natural body structure. Butch targeted guys with specific physical characteristics: height, broad shoulders, big hands, long arms and big butts. The rest could be filled in later.

When I was a high school sophomore, I attended Jon Vilma’s first practice as a Cane. He was a two-star recruit with some local buzz. A veteran football guy pointed to Vilma and said, “Look at that guy’s butt. He’s going to be a hitter.” I thought it was a pretty g@y comment. But two years later when Vilma blew up that kid in the Rose Bowl, it made sense. Bubba Franks is another undervalued prospect that grew into his frame. Clive Walford and David Njoku are two recent examples.

Athleticism and Twitch- I use “athleticism” to mean coordination and ease of motion. Butch made it a point to target natural athletes who played multiple sports. It didn’t matter if it was basketball, volleyball or javelin throwing. The best example is Ed Reed. He was not an overtrained meathead. He was a pure athlete.

“Twitch,” on the other hand, refers to sudden movement and acceleration. Football is a game of inches and milliseconds. Twitch can be the difference between a tackle for loss and a touchdown. When a star skill player loses his twitch, his career is over. Twitch is particularly important on defense, where sudden movements can disrupt carefully choreographed offensive plays. Jon Beason is a guy who had OK speed but outstanding twitch.

Butch didn't worry about technique or football knowledge. That's what coaches are for. He wanted twitchy athletes.

Aggression- Golden used to say, “toughness is an acquired skill.” Personally, I would rather just recruit a team of killers.

John Thompson at Georgetown had the better quote on this point. He said, “I can calm down a fool. But I can’t wake up a corpse.” Guys are either aggressive or they aren’t. That should be evident on tape. Clinton Portis was never considered a “character guy,” but his toughness set the tone for a legendary RB corps.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yynUfTKHCUg

That’s the Butch philosophy for individual player evaluation. But what about the big-picture approach to building Miami into a champion? In my opinion, it can be broken down into three parts:

Keep the stars home- This one is obvious. Guys like Teddy Bridgewater and Dalvin Cook are program changers. You can’t get all of them, but you need to get most of them.

Build your roster in South Florida- There has been one major change in recruiting since Butch left to Cleveland: South Florida now produces players at every position. Since 2012, a South Florida QB has ranked top 5 nationally in passer rating every year. Three South Florida tight ends were drafted last year. Four South Florida offensive linemen started this year as rookies. It's not just receivers and corners anymore.

After Louisville destroyed us in 2013, a frustrated Miami staffer said, “Their starters should be our second unit.” Recruits like James Burgess are low-hanging fruit. When the coaches were scrambling to find able-bodied linebackers this year, it would have been nice to plug in Burgess or Skai Moore. Artie Burns goes pro? Replace him with Quincy Wilson. Taylor Gadbois kicked out of school? Plug in freshman All-American Reggie Bain. No team that plays in South Florida should ever have depth issues.

Not only do these kids bring their talent, they also bring a competitive edge that has been sharpened since Pop Warner. That’s the reason South Florida kids tend to excel in the pressure cooker of the NFL. When your backups bring that kind of hunger and confidence, it elevates the more gifted players.

Only leave the state for first rounders- To quote Will Ferrell, “they can’t all be first rounders.” But when you spend the time to go out of state, you should be targeting elite physical traits. Go to New Jersey for a freak like David Njoku. Don’t go to New Jersey for Jamie Gordinier.

This goes hand in hand with the previous point. When you expose freakish out-of-state studs to fearless local players, it brings out the best in both. Jeremy Shockey and Kellen Winslow II became psychos on Greentree.

Mark Richt and Al Golden had very different press conferences, but there was one quote they both said verbatim: “You can win big here when you do it right.” The blueprint has been developed and proven over the last 35 years. It works. I just hope that Richt can do it right.

100.
 
recruit and/or develop elite DT's, the position at which Miami has the most Hall of famers

South Florida doesn't have elite defensive tackles like that. Which is why we NEED to go to Georgia who churns out elite prospects on the dline or Louisiana for that position

I'd like to find a region that can match Geno Atkins and Corey Liuget.

The problem with DTs is that there just aren't many of them anywhere. That's a position you really need to scour the earth for.

I have been scouring and you would think it is not that hard to find massive human beings that run like the wind an have a general dislike for everyone!

Case in point 6'4" 350lbs 2016 DT Soape Tupou (Grant HS in North Cali)
[video=youtube;ax3flCajMV8]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ax3flCajMV8[/video]

[video=youtube;77bKf1W9q9o]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=77bKf1W9q9o[/video]
 
How do people down-vote this post?
 
Don't compare Gordnier until he actually plays this year. The same way you guys gave Njoku as he redshirted. Something about Jaime makes me think he's going to be a player. We forget all about him Perry and Patchan
 
it would be nice to start recruiting some big boys that already 270+ and be able to redshirt them...ahhhh the days of depth and starters emerging in year 3 when they are really ready
 
Those of us who followed recruiting twenty years ago were able to see Butch Davis at his best. Butch had many different tricks, but he stuck to one core philosophy: Recruit the traits you can’t coach.

This usually broke down into three parts:

Frame- Colleges spend millions of dollars to develop the bodies of their athletes. But they can’t change their natural body structure. Butch targeted guys with specific physical characteristics: height, broad shoulders, big hands, long arms and big butts. The rest could be filled in later.

When I was a high school sophomore, I attended Jon Vilma’s first practice as a Cane. He was a two-star recruit with some local buzz. A veteran football guy pointed to Vilma and said, “Look at that guy’s butt. He’s going to be a hitter.” I thought it was a pretty g@y comment. But two years later when Vilma blew up that kid in the Rose Bowl, it made sense. Bubba Franks is another undervalued prospect that grew into his frame. Clive Walford and David Njoku are two recent examples.

Athleticism and Twitch- I use “athleticism” to mean coordination and ease of motion. Butch made it a point to target natural athletes who played multiple sports. It didn’t matter if it was basketball, volleyball or javelin throwing. The best example is Ed Reed. He was not an overtrained meathead. He was a pure athlete.

“Twitch,” on the other hand, refers to sudden movement and acceleration. Football is a game of inches and milliseconds. Twitch can be the difference between a tackle for loss and a touchdown. When a star skill player loses his twitch, his career is over. Twitch is particularly important on defense, where sudden movements can disrupt carefully choreographed offensive plays. Jon Beason is a guy who had OK speed but outstanding twitch.

Butch didn't worry about technique or football knowledge. That's what coaches are for. He wanted twitchy athletes.

Aggression- Golden used to say, “toughness is an acquired skill.” Personally, I would rather just recruit a team of killers.

John Thompson at Georgetown had the better quote on this point. He said, “I can calm down a fool. But I can’t wake up a corpse.” Guys are either aggressive or they aren’t. That should be evident on tape. Clinton Portis was never considered a “character guy,” but his toughness set the tone for a legendary RB corps.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yynUfTKHCUg

That’s the Butch philosophy for individual player evaluation. But what about the big-picture approach to building Miami into a champion? In my opinion, it can be broken down into three parts:

Keep the stars home- This one is obvious. Guys like Teddy Bridgewater and Dalvin Cook are program changers. You can’t get all of them, but you need to get most of them.

Build your roster in South Florida- There has been one major change in recruiting since Butch left to Cleveland: South Florida now produces players at every position. Since 2012, a South Florida QB has ranked top 5 nationally in passer rating every year. Three South Florida tight ends were drafted last year. Four South Florida offensive linemen started this year as rookies. It's not just receivers and corners anymore.

After Louisville destroyed us in 2013, a frustrated Miami staffer said, “Their starters should be our second unit.” Recruits like James Burgess are low-hanging fruit. When the coaches were scrambling to find able-bodied linebackers this year, it would have been nice to plug in Burgess or Skai Moore. Artie Burns goes pro? Replace him with Quincy Wilson. Taylor Gadbois kicked out of school? Plug in freshman All-American Reggie Bain. No team that plays in South Florida should ever have depth issues.

Not only do these kids bring their talent, they also bring a competitive edge that has been sharpened since Pop Warner. That’s the reason South Florida kids tend to excel in the pressure cooker of the NFL. When your backups bring that kind of hunger and confidence, it elevates the more gifted players.

Only leave the state for first rounders- To quote Will Ferrell, “they can’t all be first rounders.” But when you spend the time to go out of state, you should be targeting elite physical traits. Go to New Jersey for a freak like David Njoku. Don’t go to New Jersey for Jamie Gordinier.

This goes hand in hand with the previous point. When you expose freakish out-of-state studs to fearless local players, it brings out the best in both. Jeremy Shockey and Kellen Winslow II became psychos on Greentree.

Mark Richt and Al Golden had very different press conferences, but there was one quote they both said verbatim: “You can win big here when you do it right.” The blueprint has been developed and proven over the last 35 years. It works. I just hope that Richt can do it right.

D, have you heard anything lately on Newbold? I haven't heard or seen much. Id like to add him to the class if we aren't getting Phillips.
 
D, have you heard anything lately on Newbold? I haven't heard or seen much. Id like to add him to the class if we aren't getting Phillips.

Nope, but I saw he had another tiptoe back of the endzone TD in the All-Star game. Very talented receiver.
 
D, have you heard anything lately on Newbold? I haven't heard or seen much. Id like to add him to the class if we aren't getting Phillips.

Nope, but I saw he had another tiptoe back of the endzone TD in the All-Star game. Very talented receiver.

Ya I saw that too. Lol that's actually what reminded me about him. Been so quiet around his recruitment.
 
80% of the roster should be from south Florida. You save the other 20% for the elite players in other states. Half of Miami's best players ever hailed from states not named Florida. It's a long list which is why we shouldn't bd so closed minded in thinking we can sign 25 guys from south Florida every and expect to win a championship. We have to add to the south Florida recruit base with elite talent from elsewhere. It's a proven method that has worked in the past.

We have never won with a roster like that. Not even close.
 
Outstanding D. Only problem is that I was just settling in with Mark and you threw gas on the Butch coals. He is the one DC Mark could hire and become a coaching legend. Will not happen but what a combo for us. I think small ankles were trait looked for too.
 

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