- Jun 29, 2018
From Rivals: (interview with Rambo's long time trainer, Margin Hooks
It benefited Miami that both Likens and coordinator Rhett Lashlee formed bonds with Rambo when he was a high school recruit, with both going after him as a four-star out of Cedar Hill High School in Texas (Lashlee recruited him to Auburn, Likens to Arizona State).
But what really helped seal the deal for Miami, per Hooks, was a conversation the receiver had with QB D’Eriq King and WR Mike Harley. UM coaches had already told Hooks they expect King back “by June or July,” the trainer says, and the conversation between Rambo and the two players “really helped a lot.”
“They’re there, know the deal, made him comfortable,” Hooks said.
King in particular was a draw.
Hooks says that despite the redshirt junior Rambo having two years of eligibility left that he “will be one and done, is coming for one year,” i.e. he plans on heading to the NFL after next season. So it was imperative he play with an experienced quarterback that can make on target throws down the field.
“With (Rambo) coming for one year you want a veteran quarterback, and a veteran experienced quarterback,” Hooks said. “King had the injury, but I told (Rambo) `His shoulder isn’t hurting, it wasn’t his arm so he’ll still throw it.' He may not still be the runner, but that’s good for a wide receiver - he has to throw it. I said `Now instead of you having Kyler Murray or Jalen Hurts you have Baker Mayfield - he can run but would rather sling it.”
Sounds like that Margin Hooks guy hooked us up. Very pro-Miami take. I wonder if he has any other recruits. Rambo is from a very talent rich part of Texas, so it’s possible