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Sports Buzz Part 2 of a series: Analysts offer tips on how UM can solve a problem hurting program BY BARRY JACKSON DECEMBER 12, 2019 05:24 PM Unmute Loaded: 99.85% Captions Fullscreen PlayCurrent Time 0:22 / Duration 0:55Skip Back Skip Forward "I think Rob Knowles has really been a success story," Manny Diaz said. SHARE Miami Hurricane head coach Manny Diaz talks to the media after practice at the Greentree Practice Field in Coral Gables on Wednesday, September 11, 2019 in preparation for their game against Bethune-Cookman Wildcats on Saturday. BY DAVID SANTIAGO Part 2 of a 3-part series You don’t need a postgraduate degree to understand that the University of Miami Hurricanes need to win more — a lot more — to be able to challenge Alabama, Clemson, UF, LSU and Ohio State for the top South Florida recruits. This story is a subscriber exclusive But there are other things Miami can be doing beyond that, as it tries to bolster a 2020 class with just four of Rivals.com’s top 16 local prospects and a 2021 class in which the top five local recruits remain uncommitted and top local offensive lineman (University School’s Marcus Tate) is already committed to Clemson: ▪ Add another quality recruiter or two to the staff, says the top two local recruiting analysts, Larry Blustein and Charles Fishbein: Blustein said it’s vital. “A [great recruiter with local ties] would help,” Blustein said. “This is not an opinion. It’s a fact. Do they have a coach who can go into inner city living rooms? Parents are not going to relate to some of these coaches. “[Cornerbacks coach] Mike Rumph didn’t get [Alabama and former St. Thomas Aquinas] cornerback Pat Surtain. He hasn’t gotten [a lot of the top kids]. Trajan Bandy loved the program; that’s why he came. “They don’t have a guy who can sit in a living room and pull in these kids,” Blustein continued. “We’ll see with the Northwestern juniors; they will try to get [four-star Class of 2021 Miami Northwestern outside linebacker] Terrence Lewis but I doubt they will get him. Alabama, UF have more on the table” in terms of winning, attendance and other appealing assets. Fishbein agrees: “Manny is going to have to make changes to his staff.” Read Next BARRY-JACKSON Experts explain one of biggest reasons why Miami can’t break out of this 15-year rut DECEMBER 11, 2019 7:10 PM Blustein said: “Why not hire [Miami Central High coach] Roland Smith? He’s a consummate pro, a former Miami Hurricane. He has that presence to go into living rooms. You’ve got to play to the strengths of your team. They’re missing out on a lot of guys.” ▪ Get on players earlier: Multiple players say UM didn’t offer early enough, and that’s why they never strongly considered UM. The top 2020 recruit in Broward — Georgia-bound St. Thomas Aquinas receiver Marcus Rosemy — said he would have considered Miami more seriously if the Canes had pursued him earlier, like other schools did. St. Thomas Aquinas three-star offensive tackle Marlon Martinez said he committed to LSU early in the process because Miami hadn’t offered him; the Canes have tried recently to get him to be part of their 2020 class but without success. And Hollywood McArthur three-star linebacker Ruben Hyppolite said he committed to Maryland earlier because Miami wasn’t seriously recruiting him; the Canes reportedly later offered him but then stopped contacting him. ▪ Look in other regions of the country for offensive linemen: Several of the local additions have failed to live up to expectations, with Navaughn Donaldson and Kai-Leon Herbert among the recent examples. “Maybe go into different states for offensive linemen where they’re not battling the stigma like they are down here,” Blustein said. ▪ Look elsewhere more in general: One UM person who has no authority in recruiting said with the Canes not winning enough to attract more of the elite local players, he’s not sure the Canes should be pursuing, say, the 11th best cornerback in South Florida instead of the top cornerback from another state. Diaz has made clear that South Florida will remain the recruiting priority, with players from other regions also targeted. ▪ The Clemson question: Fishbein said before making an offer to any player, this question must be asked: “Will this kid help us beat Clemson? If not, you shouldn’t pursue him. This is UM. We’re not going to accept mediocrity.” ▪ Consider a spread offense: This is something we’ve heard from local coaches, and Blustein said “you have athletes down here to go spread. Miami has skill kids and plenty of speed.” One local coach said: “I don’t know that Miami can get away” with Diaz’s new policy that nonbinding commitments are at risk of having their offers pulled if they visit other schools after the summer before their senior season. One change that UM is making which has some merit: Trying to avoid players with baggage or off-field issues and gravitating toward players with stable upbringings. Blustein said it’s understandable that patience is running thin. “People say it’s going to take time; they don’t have time,” Blustein said. “They just wasted five years. Dan Mullen came into Florida and turned this around in two years. There’s no more time for this. Manny has been part of the regime for four years. It has taken 18 years to be relevant. It’s not that hard to win in the ACC and yet they can’t.” Read more here: https://www.miamiherald.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/barry-jackson/article237836639.html#storylink=cpy
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This blog is well are of the fact that - the Canes can’t recruit the elite recruits of South Florida right now. Only winning will begin to reverse the negative trend.
Something that we already know about South Florida recruiting for the Canes: https://www.miamiherald.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/barry-jackson/article237836409.html
Soup is spot on 💯🔥!
Great article Soup. I agree 💯!
I hope CMD can capitalize on the recruiting trail for some of this confusion regarding FSU, because Norvell will get these FSU players on his roster playing better. I hate to say this, but IMO, FSU now has a better HC. That said, better talent can help us. Just hope we have more talented players through this recruiting class, to give us some small advantage for CMD that we can point to.
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Coach Golden and Coley: Hello is this Lamar Jackson the three star dual threat QB from Boynton? LJ: Yes thats me sir Golden and Coley: I don’t have a scholarship offer for you because Brad Kaaya is our guy, and Ricky Town and Evan Sheriffs are our recruiting targets to be our next pro style QB on our board. Sorry, but we pass. You can go to Louisville and good luck if you actually think you will ever set the world on fire in college or the pros as a spread offense QB. 😂 LJ: YES SIR I WILL BE IN LOUISVILLE IN THE MORNING! THE REST IS HEISMAN AND NFL HISTORY Posted by: solarcane | December 08, 2019 at 01:00 PM My take on that exchange 🤣🤣🤣
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Looking at the QBs of final four of the CBF playoff: 1. Hurts 2. Burrow 3. Fields 4. Lawrence The Canes don’t have any QBs like these. The Canes need to get that fixed
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TSully, Thanks for the correction. That Sun Bowl play call by Coley was a head scratcher for sure
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Georgia posters complaining about their offense. They need a QB like Hurts and fields. Worry Smart will be like Richt and not make changes to his staff, namely OC. Posted by: HerbieIbis | December 08, 2019 at 09:58 AM 🤣🤣🤣🤣 Coley definitely had some questionable play calling in the SEC championship game. And Coley picked Fromm and is the architect of this UGA offense. When Coley was at UM, his signature play call was during his Birmingham bowl game when he called that halfback pass in the snow with the game on the line.
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Solar, I don’t know how long it will take, but I think Novell will eventually be a problem for us. I assume Kiffin and Butch were interested in FSU too, but I think they made a good choice. CMD needs to step up his game for sure
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Ryan Day can flat out Coach! But it also helps to have the players.
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💯! Very interesting TSully!🤔
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Mike Norvall to FSU. Lane Kiffin to Ole Miss
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TSully, Whisky v OSU is good so far. Coach Day can flat out Coach. I expect some adjustments by OSU
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That last Clemson TD creates some separation. Virginia defense can’t step up to the challenge
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This Clemson v Virginia game looks very interesting 🤔
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☹️ Sad news: DE Jonathan Garvin has signed with an agent, will enter draft and sit out bowl game.
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According to sources close to the team on Twitter, the Canes staff was able to pick up silent commitments from 3 of this weekends official visitors: 4 ⭐️ OLB Keyshawn Greene 3 ⭐️ OT Kobe Baynes 3 ⭐️ CB Davonte Brown Not sure if it’s true, but we will find out soon enough. These would be huge additions to the 2020 class.
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Utah’s all American QB TYLER Huntley and RB Zach Moss (Santana Moss cousin) are from South Florida. Canes need to recruit the right players
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time. https://www.ncaa.com/game/3958423 https://utahutes.com/index.aspx?path=football https://utahutes.com/sports/football Posted by: 58 Straight | December 05, 2019 at 04:38 PM I noticed their QB TYLER Huntley is from Hallendale High, and was All Broward County. A spread QB, who was Never recruited by the Canes. As many bloggers on here have said time and time again, it’s timely to look seriously at implementation of the the spread on offense
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Happy birthday Herb!🎁🎂🎈🎊
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Herb and Soup are absolutely right 💯! But I am not sure that CMD and Coach BARRY can get it done next year. I guess we will see
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The lack of success on third down this season is probably one of tthe biggest problems on offense this season. Finishing 130th out of 130 teams on third down speaks for itself. No debates or discussion is necessary. The best way to attack this is to go to the film, analyze each third down, and see what was successful and what wasn’t. Then you implement third down offense to do what you are good at. The Canes cannot be successful with those two freshmen on the OL. They are the worse OL starters in the history of Canes football. I am not sure if they will get better, but maybe that is why Campbell was so frustrated. They are really horrible and should have redshirted on a good team. Butch BARRY gets a D/F grade for this season. The Canes need to do a better job recruiting transfers and freshmen OLs, especially OTs, to come in, and the Canes need to develop the OLs that are here.
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Let’s face it, as of now, CMD is not ready to be a legitimate HC in the ACC. Will he grow into that? Who knows? But he only has one more season to show some improvement
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