Movin' on up....

Jun 19, 2013
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Go Canes!!

Feb 27, 2018

Teams benefitting most from Covid​

1. Miami​

Class ranking: No. 9 overall, No. 3 in ACC, .8900 average player rating

Number of commitments: 2


Top 100 commitments: 1
In-state commitments: 19
Most important commitment: Five-star ATH James Williams of Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) American Heritage
In-state signees in 2020: 13
In-state signees in 2019: 8
In-state signees in 2018: 17
Average national recruiting ranking from the previous three years: No. 17
Realistic expectation: Top-15 class every year

The buzz: If you ask yourself which programs in college football have the ability to sustain long-term success, the best starting points are the programs that have a natural geographical recruiting advantage. Miami is located in South Florida, which is one of the most talent-dense areas in the country, yet the Hurricanes have struggled in the recent past to keep the best players home. That is, of course, in part because they have to fight with Florida and Florida State for the top prospects, and Alabama has made the Sunshine State its second home in recent years. But we all fondly remember Miami being one of the most entertaining football teams to watch, and “The U” emerged as a national power because of its ability to recruit locally.

Manny Diaz and his staff are making that happen once again. This year, Miami has commitments from 19 in-state players, including Williams, the No. 9 overall player in the 2021 class. The Hurricanes are also rumored to be leading for five-star defensive tackle Leonard Taylor of Miami Palmetto, the No. 27 overall player and the No. 3 defensive tackle in the country. Taylor is expected to announce his decision next Friday.

Part of the reason for Miami’s success in the 2021 class is that Diaz is finally getting some footing in his new job. But the battle for Florida prospects is always going to be difficult because there are so many schools pulling these kids in different directions, which is probably why they seem to decommit more than players from other states. Here’s a fun fact: Five of Miami’s current commitments once decommitted from the Hurricanes before rejoining the class. Things are slowing down in that regard because of the dead period. Florida prospects haven’t been permitted to visit the Ohio States and Clemsons and Alabamas, which is why the Hurricanes have been able to put together this class. The hope, of course, is that Diaz will be able to land Taylor, assemble a top-five class and prevent it from suffering from a bunch of decommitments. He’ll have a better chance to do that if there are no visits in 2020.


Aug 15, 2014
I can see OSU and Bama possibly with better overall rosters for the 2020 recruiting cycle but how would anyone else be ahead of us if we hit #8 with Marshall? I guess the 3*’s we landed are causing this but anyone with an eyeball can see Smith ain’t no 3*.
Smith being a 3 star is the most ridiculous **** ever. He's so electric and he's not that small!