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South Carolina picks up 2 Canes targets
Both Smith and Bryan have on attribute that Miami covets greatly in this class: speed. Odd, to me, that speedy skill players would choose to play for a Will Muschamp offense, but I guess that's beside the point.
Smith has said he will still visit Miami in the future, but his connection with South Carolina WR coach Bryan McClendon, who would be his position coach and was his primary recruiter previously at Georgia, was the key to his commitment to the Gamecocks.
Bryan is one of many RBs Miami is looking at, and has said he has a good connection with Thomas Brown. But, he chose to commit to South Carolina instead, which makes me wonder just where on the Canes' RB board Bryan happens to be. Possibly not as high as some think.
In any event, these are recruiting losses for Miami, but not debilitating ones. There are other players of similar attributes and skill that the Canes are connected to, so this won't be a back breaker. We'll get to this more in the questions later.
Swift looking elsewhere
One of the top players at his position in this class, 5-star RB D'Andre Swift (Philadelphia, PA) told 247Sports that his highest interest right now is with the 5 team group of Alabama, Clemson, Florida State, Georgia, and Penn State.
A week ago, Swift released a top 10, which included Miami. But, combining that tweet with the above note from the 247 interview, and the picture is clear: Swift is tangentially interested in Miami (at best), and is focused on other options at current.
Again, with a fairly deep and talented RB class this year, and with 2 players committed at this position already (4-star Robert Burns and 3-star Bentavious Thompson for the uninitiated), Miami is still in good shape at Running Back. The Canes would be in better shape with Swift added to the roster in any capacity, but alas. It's like that sometimes.
Onward we go.
2018 QB Rising: "Who wouldn't want to play for 'The U'?"
Already a highly touted prospect, 2018 4-star QB Cameron Rising (Newbury Park, CA) received a scholarship offer from Miami last week. On top of having a great name (yes, I'm biased, shut up), Rising had some pleasing comments for Canes fans in a recent interview.
Rising said "who wouldn't want to play for The U?" and "There's no better place in the Nation" in an interview with 247sports, and those are obviously good statements for Miami. With Mark Richt's track record recruiting and developing QBs, and the Canes' connection to California with Brad Kaaya and previous signal callers Gino Torretta, Scott Covington, Kyle Wright and Ken Dorsey hailing from Cali, Miami could be in to make a move with Rising.
Rising is thin, but he's a high school sophomore. And yes, there's still plenty of development he has to do to maintain that 4-star rating as a prospect, but he seems to be well on his way toward doing that. Miami is not the only school to offer Rising in recent days; among his claimed 16 offers, Alabama, North Carolina, Southern Cal and Oklahoma have all offered Rising since National Signing Day. Predictions for Rising's commitment on 247's Crystal Ball are currently 50/50 between Washington State and Miami.
Rising's sophomore stats were: 191/319 passing (59.8%) for 3213 yards, 40 touchdowns and 1 interception. He also ran the ball 79 times for 756 yards and 11 touchdowns. Yeah, that's pretty damn good, if you ask me.
Listed as a pocket passer, Rising has very good mobility, an above average arm, and good accuracy. You can see all those attributes in his HUDL highlights below.
Time for your questions.
@TheStateOfTheU Which position (s) you want to see Miami shore up in this recruiting class coming up? I'm assuming they want speed guys?— Roberto Pulido (@RP361) May 1, 2016
Top 3 for me: OL. DB. WR.
@TheStateOfTheU So what is the official maximum scholarship players we can get this cycle? Need a lot of WR's and DBs.— Ramon Capra (@RCapra_UM) May 1, 2016
- Perry is Miami's #1 overall player on the recruiting board. Mark Richt wants him here badly.
- Miami was open with both players about taking 2 QBs this year (transparency matters here)
- Weldon's previous and longstanding relationship with Mark Richt (Richt coached Cade's dad Casey Weldon at FSU)
- Miami was one of the first big schools to offer Weldon, who missed nearly all of his junior year with a torn ACL. That early relationship in recruiting matters.
- Mark Richt is one of the best QB coaches in America. His track record shows that players who learn under him, even if they don't start right away, can and will make it in the NFL
@TheStateOfTheU realistically how long do you think it'll take CMR and company to get Miami to have a #1 class at the end of NSD?— D-Grimm (@DylanGrimm1216) May 1, 2016
- Traditional CFB powerhouse program
- Decade (or more) of mediocrity at best.
- Rival school changes coach, dominates rivalry, recruits circles around you, wins National Championship
- New coach coming back to Alma Mater
- New coach played QB at said Alma Mater
- New coach has molded 1st round draft picks at previous college job
- New coach revitalized, motivated to prove they can still be "the guy" after the way things ended at their previous job.
- Great recruiting base/marketable brand to recruits
- Roster has good talent in key areas, allowing coach to win now
- Winning early turns recruiting in a good way
- Recruiting picks up because of new staff regardless of W/L record ("new coach smell")
@TheStateOfTheU top 3 "must" get/keep recruits of 2017 class.— Richard Marko (@thepigpen24) May 1, 2016