Miami has had success in the past reeling in commitments during events hosted at the university. Yesterday, the Hurricanes had five kids from both the 2020 and 2021 class commit to them after their Junior Day.
This is a trend that seems to happen too often for Miami. Kids come to campus, commit, and then wind up de-committing later on in this process after dropping the infamous “respect my decision” and winding up at another university. This vicious cycle seems to happen to Miami more than any other school I can think of.
In the 2016 class, 25 KIDS de-committed from the Miami Hurricanes. Out of those 25, only Ahmonn Richards and Zach McCloud wound up signing with Miami. Others included Florida Gators stars Chauncey Gardner-Johnson and Jawaan Taylor, UCF wide out Dredrick Snelson, and Utah running back Zach Moss.
The following year, 14 de-committed including another Florida Gators star, CJ Henderson, and N’Kosi Perry. The rest of the guys on the list wouldn't play here, but the number is still abnormally large.
Between the 2018 and 2019 class’, 22 kids chose to explore other options after being committed to the Hurricanes.
We have not even gotten to the 2019 class’ signing day and the Hurricanes have already had nine kids leave their 2020 class.
To summarize, 84 kids since 2015 have, at some point, decided they wanted to be Hurricanes and then changed their mind. The number is mind-boggling and I have yet to find another program that has come close to that number.
To give some perspective, ACC Coastal rival Virginia Tech has had 11 total de-commits in the same time frame, Oklahoma has had 23, Penn State has had 24, and LSU has had 33.
While it is exciting that Miami got commitments from Belen Jesuit RB Don Chaney Jr., South Dade DB Jaiden Francois, Rockledge ATH Ladarius Tennison, North Miami LB Chamon Metayer, and South Dade DE Tyler Johnson, history tells us that they may not all end up as Hurricanes.
I’m all in on Diaz and I believe that the culture is changing and that the energy is real in Coral Gables right now. The only thing left to do is prove that recruits aren't using Miami as a stepping stone to get more appealing offers. And the way to do that is to go out and win on the field.
Following their 10-win season in 2017, the Canes had the least amount of departures in their class since 2012. Win on Saturday’s and Diaz can reverse this cycle of uncertainty into successful home-grown classes that could help bring Miami back to the place where they belong.