Respect is earned. These words have been volleyed throughout history. The true question is, what happens when you’ve held up your end of the bargain? What happens when you earned it on the field, classroom, at work, beyond, and you don’t get the reciprocal recognition? What happens when disrespect creeps in? This is something 2021 Miami commit Laurence “Big Baby” Seymore called out last week on Twitter.
The Miami Central offensive lineman is the 30 ranked player at his position by Rivals. They have him pegged as a 3-star recruit and 5.7 rated talent. After going through the recruits listed above him, Seymore had this to say:
Idc bout the rankings and stuff but some of theses dudes y’all got over me sucks @Rivals— Big Baby Seymore (@xklvsive00) June 20, 2019
Later in the day, All-ACC Miami Hurricanes tight end Brevin Jordan chimed in:
That’s how it go when you committed to the Miami hurricanes Dawg it ain’t nun new! https://t.co/lL5QTEJD6a— B r e v i n J o r d a n (@Brevinjordan) June 20, 2019
Many fans and coaches would agree with Jordan’s statement here. Through the years, there’s been a permeating feeling that Canes players get slighted when it comes to rankings. When you look at the program’s collegiate accolades and the stellar talent Miami has sent to to the NFL, the gap between rankings and on-field talent, is puzzling. Examining the last few years, some of the rankings are glaring. Miami’s single-season receiving yards leader, Allen Hurns, was a 3-star WR. The same star rating was bestowed upon for Denzel Perryman, Phillip Dorsett, David Njoku, Christopher Herndon, and several other notable talents.
When you look beyond that era, you’ll find options like 2-star Ed Reed, 3-star Brandon Meriweather, and several others that were wildly underrated. If you go further than that you’ll start to notice a pattern. Evaluation isn’t absolute or fixed. The variables that exist for one analyst will not correspond to another. However, when a thought is felt amongst fan bases and players through the years, it molds into a firm belief. Regardless of what Rivals or any other rankings say, Hurricanes players have a tradition of bringing it on the field. In Miami, respect is earned. When it’s not given, it’s taken.