As National Signing Day 2016 approached, there was talk of the Miami Hurricanes staff taking an approach of "Radical Transparency" to recruiting. The Cliffs' Notes version: by putting out maps of every place they were recruiting a player, the staff was taking a bold approach of not hiding the recruiting movement, but instead highlighting it.
As we've moved into Spring Practice and the beginning of the 2017 recruiting cycle, this staff has taken a different approach to recruiting.In addition to normal recruiting practices such as hosting players on practice days, and electronic communication, the staff has added a new component to the recruiting game:
We're only 10 practices into the Richt Era, but the staff is using the media in a way that the previous staff never did. Our own David Perez wrote this piece about how the staff isn't making excuses, and this new addition to the recruiting game only further supports that.
"We've got to get guys that can run. Because I don't see guys that are just blistering down the field..."
"We've got to keep recruiting receivers, guys that have explosive speed..."
UM has a lot of guard types on its roster. Searels recognizes this: "You tell every tackle in America, if he wants to play, come to Miami."— Matt Porter (@mattyports) March 31, 2016
I mean, I can't make it more clear than that.
Of Miami's 15 offensive linemen on scholarship, there are but 2 who profile best as tackles: Sunny Odogwu and Tyree St. Louis; the 3rd, Tre Johnson, is a 2016 signee who is a developmental player at OT. If you didn't know, that's a dearth of talent at an important position. And, as evidenced by the above-embedded tweet, Miami's coaches want you and recruits to KNOW that there's a dearth of talent. All in the name of recruiting.
I like this new approach. I like the fact that there are no excuses about the construction of the roster or performance of players. It gives an air of accountability to the current team, and also gives the staff public statements they can use when recruiting the players that they would like to bring on the roster in future years to help the team compete and win games.
So, the next time you hear Mark Richt, or Manny Diaz, or Ron Dugans, or Thomas Brown, or (insert coach here) make a public statement to the media about what the Miami Hurricanes currently lack, just know that there's a recruit out there thinking:
"Hey, I do that thing. I can play. And, if I go to Miami, I can play right away!"
And that's the part that matters.