When the Miami Hurricanes hired Mark Richt a brand new excitement hit the program. For the first time in seemingly an entire generation, the Canes were on the path to becoming relevant on the national state once again. After a four game losing streak where it looked as if the team was going into an uncontrollable tailspin, adjustments were made and Miami ended the season on a five game winning streak, winning their first bowl game in a decade.
Fast forward to National Recruiting Day and Richt lands a top 15 class, filling in key positions, including options at QB, which will be an interesting competition both in the Spring and in the Fall. Richt clearly wasn’t finished. He and the staff have been very busy of late. Earlier in the week they landed a 2018 verbal commit from 4-star QB out of IMG Academy Arthur Sitkowski . Also this week, they landed what has been deemed an NFL-Caliber CB, in grad transfer from Citadel, Dee Delaney. Delaney will be eligible to play right away, since he’s graduating from Citadel in May and has a year left of eligibility.
The most recent snag is yet another 4-star 2018 verbal commit, in WR Brian Hightower also out of Bradenton IMG Academy. That makes a total of 7 4-star verbal commitments for 2018 and 13 overall. Experts say this latest verbal commitment, puts Miami in the early lead for top 2018 recruiting class. In addition the buzz around the program hasn’t been this loud in a while. Miami will be one of the favorites to not only win the Coastal Division in the ACC, but also has a shot to win the conference. Obviously if they do happen to execute on some of these predictions, it will only improve the 2018 class.
This is the exact blueprint on how to rebuild a program. Mark Richt was able to make Georgia a consistent contender in the SEC. Now at Miami, if he’s able to duplicate what he did in Athens, there’s little doubt the Canes will be back in the mix when it comes to national titles. That will anger a lot of folks in the college football world. For Canes fans, however it’s been a long time coming. Things are finally looking up for a program that fell flat for well over a decade. Even though many people don’t want to admit it, when Miami is contending for national titles, it’s a good thing for college football. Of course, I’m just a little biased.