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How The Hurricanes Past And Present Helped The Potential Future For Miami On Saturday

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Past Miami greats were on hand to witness the Canes victory against FSU, along with some of the top recruits in the country.

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Several things went right for the Hurricanes over this past weekend. Not only did Miami defeat arch-rival Florida State, but they also hosted several of the top recruits in America, with many of past UM greats in attendance.

Recruiting news for the Hurricanes began to build up intensely days prior to their matchup when 5-star WR Jadon Haselwood decommitted from Georgia, when he had his official visit to Miami scheduled for the UM-FSU game. Saturday was Haselwood’s third visit to the University of Miami.

“I know his personality fits anywhere, but Miami is one of those places it gets really embraced,” said Jermaine Smith, Haselwood’s coach in Ellenwood, Georgia, in an interview with the Miami Herald.

Haselwood is the #1 WR prospect and #3 overall prospect in the 2019 class, and was no doubt the headliner of an impressive group of recruits on Saturday.

In total, Miami hosted two five-star recruits, nine four-star players and eight three-star recruits, all from the 2019 class. Eight of those players have already committed to UM.

Some of those who were there Saturday, but haven’t committed yet include DE JJ Weaver and WR TJ Jones. Another recruit who hasn't committed anywhere yet is ATH Mark-Anthony Richards, brother of Miami receiver Ahmmon Richards, who just found out his football career is over.

Check out an article from last week, giving more in depth about the players.

What made the recruiting list for Miami so striking wasn’t just the potential Hurricanes that made their visits, but also the past UM greats that were there.

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Former Hurricanes such as Ray Lewis, Ed Reed, Michael Irvin, Clinton Portis, Edgerrin James, Warren Sapp, even Braxton Berrios were in attendance at Hard Rock Stadium on Saturday. Oh, also Devin Hester was in the stands.

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This is an advantage that Miami has, that not many other schools have. On that sideline alone, were three former Canes who are already in the Pro Football Hall of Fame, one who will most likely be inducted next season (Ed Reed), and numerous players who are borderline Hall of Famers.

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And its not just the past Hurricane greats that are a recruiting tool, but players that have played for coach Mark Richt already at Miami. Since Richt took over in 2016, 15 players from Miami have been drafted in the past two NFL Drafts.

Another advantage Miami has, that also several other schools have obviously, but these recruits were able to see the future for the Hurricanes, and bright it is.

Jeff Thomas, a potential All-America wide receiver, is just a sophomore. On the score that turned out to be game-winning for the Canes, N’Kosi Perry, redshirt freshman quarterback, connected with true-freshman tight end Brevin Jordan, giving Miami the lead, and eventually the win.

Its no doubt that the Hurricanes future was on the field playing against the Seminoles, and boy did they look great. Even better for Miami, those recruits will just add to the already bright future the Canes have.