“There are still a lot of really good players that are out there and are trying to decide what to do,’’ Richt told WQAM’s Joe Rose before a news conference at Yankee Stadium to promote the Pinstripe Bowl, where the Canes (7-5, 4-4 Atlantic Coast Conference) will face Wisconsin (7-5, 5-4 Big Ten) on Dec. 27. “The decommitment thing is something happening all over America, and it’s just part of the recruiting. We know as coaches you just keep recruiting hard and fight to the very end. And in the end we’re going to get who we need.’’
“If there was any good news about this night, it was that the game only streamed on ESPN’s subscription-based plus service and much of the fanbase missed having to watch the game. A late run put UM within four points, 77-73 with 3:23 to play. But that was the closest the Canes would get.”
“Right now, Miami can’t exactly offer any of those things. The Hurricanes didn’t even win their division this season and have only had one offensive lineman picked in the last three NFL Drafts, with no obvious draft prospect this year, either. To compensate, the Hurricanes have long focused on family with Neal and added another wrinkle to their pitch this weekend.
Miami brought the Bradenton IMG Academy offensive lineman down to Coral Gables for his official visit this weekend. Dontae Lucas, a four-star guard from IMG Academy and Miami native, tagged along, too, and so did Edrick Neal.”
“With the recent defections of offensive linemen Michael Tarquin and Kingsley Eguakun, the Hurricanes have now lost verbal commitments from 12 players this recruiting cycle. No school in the ACC has fared worse on that front, though a trio of struggling programs – Florida State, Louisville and North Carolina – have each lost eight commitments.”
“Probably the most overlooked member of the starting 11 (or 12 if you count STRIKER as its own position) of the Canes’ Defense is junior DT Pat Bethel. A 4-star recruit from Vero Beach (FL) in the class of 2016, Bethel is a Miami legacy — his father Randy played TE at Miami from 1988 to 1990, winning a National Championship with the Canes in 1989 — who has developed into a steady and solid player up front for the Canes.”
“6. Miami Hurricanes 7-5 (LW: 5), Week 14 Result: Off, Next: vs Wisconsin 12/27 5:15pm ET
The Canes weird season just got a little weirder as they’ll finish with a rematch of last year’s bowl game. Both Miami and Wisconsin sit at 7-5 after beginning the year ranked in the top 10. Wisconsin QB Alex Hornibrook has struggled in 2018, which is great news for the Canes as he picked apart the defense in last year’s Orange Bowl, throwing for 3 touchdowns.”