Playcalling and execution are both factors as to why Miami’s offense has struggled in 2018. With Richt’s playcalling being predictable and sluggish in particular, its solutions may be more complex than simply bringing in a talented quarterback.
Still, signing a ‘Miami-caliber’ quarterback in every recruiting class is one of the most significant recruiting rules. The ‘Canes may not have a quarterback committed in the 2019 recruiting class currently — but they are rumored to be a possible landing spot for an uber-talented transfer.
Earlier this season, former-Clemson quarterback Kelly Bryant was planning to take a visit to Miami. The visit was abruptly canceled though, possibly due to backlash from some Miami players. A new option may have arisen, however, as Georgia quarterback Justin Fields recently notified the University that he intends to transfer — with the possibility of receiving immediate playing time.
Justin Fields was ranked as the 2nd-best recruit in 2018 (Rivals) but hasn’t seen the field much at Georgia. This isn’t a surprise though, as Jake Fromm led the Bulldogs to the national title game as a Freshman. For that reason, many were unsure of what Fields’ role would be at Georgia — it turned out to be a role he’s unhappy with.
In his career at Georgia , Fields only threw 39 passes for 328 yards and 4 touchdowns and rushed for 266 yards on 42 carries. He’s shown flashes of talent but is far from proving himself as an accomplished starting quarterback.
Fields’ upside is impressive, but winning the job at Miami wouldn’t be a ‘cakewalk,’ as they already have a quarterback with far-more game experience.
N’Kosi Perry overtook Malik Rosier for the starting job at Miami, but it’s apparent that he’s still developing. Perry flourished in games against Florida State, FIU, and Virginia Tech, but displayed immaturity and some inconsistency in other contests (Virginia, Pitt). Perry’s experience gives him an edge over the other quarterbacks on Miami’s roster, but that wouldn’t exclude him from the competition.
Ultimately, N’Kosi Perry’s full potential has yet to be reached, but that doesn’t excuse the lack of a quarterback in 2019’s recruiting class. With Jarren Williams also in the mix of possible starters, it’s safe to assume that the competition for the starting job will be fierce.
Fields’ rating as a recruit would instantly make him Miami’s most talented quarterback, but talent alone may not be enough to fix Richt’s system. If the same predictable attack carries on into the 2019 season, it may not matter who leads the Hurricane’s offense. That’s not to say that Fields’ ability wouldn’t help though, and the ‘Canes could still benefit greatly from his arrival.
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