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Miami Hurricanes fans need to relax on recruiting results

Ari Russell



(USA Today - Jeremy Brevard)

National Signing Day was last Wednesday and apparently some Miami Hurricanes fans are still upset about the results from the recruiting class. Let’s put this in perspective for a moment. Miami’s class was within the top 8 of all major recruiting outlets. Not bad considering Miami closed out the season with three straight losses.

What’s the reason for fan discontent? Well it’s the fact that Miami wasn’t able to reel in a few local recruits primarily from one school that is rubbing some fans the wrong way. American Heritage is the program and they had four national recruits that pretty much every school was drooling over. Miami was only able to land one in DT Nesta Silvera. They weren’t able to land DB Patrick Surtain Jr. who chose Alabama, DB Tyson Campbell who chose Georgia or DE Andrew Chatfield who chose Florida.

Silvera and Chatfield are four stars where Surtain and Campbell were five star players. losing out on the corners is probably what got fans a little troubled considering the lack of depth at the position. That said DBs coach Mike Rumph said there was nothing he could do (Via Miami Herald):

“All I can say is I know us and the staff worked as hard as we could to get them,” he said Wednesday. “We pushed as hard as we could. The kids aren’t the same as they used to be. The game has totally changed. At the end of the day kids want to go where they think they’ll have the best opportunity to win. And I wish their families all the tremendous best that they go and do some great things. I’m just excited about what we have in our room.”

Matt Doherty, director of player personnel came to Rumph’s defense on WQAM radio in Miami with regards to those going after Rumph:

“need to sit down and shut their mouth. They’re not doing justice to the process and the players they have. Mike has done a great job getting players. He’s got good players in DJ Ivey, Al Blades and some other kids. Miami is going to be fine. Going on an official visit [to UM with his son] last week and spending time with those guys and coach [Mark] Richt, I was really impressed and have an affinity for those guys. They do it the right way.

“Coach Rumph is not going to get everybody. People are acting like these kids are going to the NFL. They are 17-year-old kids and making decisions that are best for themselves. I relayed that message to coach Rumph. He’s doing an excellent job for that secondary he had last year and the year before, look what he did with it. He has some terrific players in his ’18 class.”

Doherty is 100% correct. You aren’t going to get every player. It’s not like Rumph missed on everyone, he got some solid players. In addition, as we saw from the development of Michael Jackson and Jaquan Johnson, Rumph clearly knows how develop players. Whomever he brings in regardless of stars are going to get worked. Either they get better or won’t be playing. Let’s take a look at who’s doing what two years from now before we jump to conclusion.

Canes fans that are blasting Rumph or anyone on the staff for that matter needs to take a major chill pill. This program is moving in the right direction. Let’s get back to the national stage and win championships or at least make the CFB playoffs before we begin to demand things that goes down with schools at that level. Until then we just need to deal with a top 8 recruiting class, which most schools would die for.

Born in the Nation’s Capital, Washington D.C., Ari Russell watched the rise of the 1980’s Miami Hurricanes and knew that he had to be part of the “U” someday. After graduating from Coral Gables, Ari rose through the ranks of the former XM Satellite Radio and then Sirius/XM as college football executive producer. He later spent 2 seasons as the publisher of the website “Beyond U Sports” focusing on major college football/basketball. Ari brings a great perspective on everything Miami, including the Dolphins to F.F.I.

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