Throughout my time as a Miami Hurricane fan, I have grown to appreciate many football players who have played for this University. We have landed a good amount of top players this past decade, and missed out on way to many to remember.
From accepting premature commits, to getting our hat on the table disrespected by top local recruits, Miami has had chances to land great players. The problem has been implementing a winning culture, but to do that, you have to recruit like hell and find the young men with the right mentality.
Miami has had their fare share of players like this such as Duke Johnson, Denzel Perryman, and Braxton Berrios. However, the most recent true star player Miami has had in the last few years has been Ahmmon Richards.
I remember Ahmmon Richards recruitment like yesterday, and all the nights I thought he would end up a Cane, and the nights I was not so sure. His process featured a lot of contact between Alabama, Auburn, and Miami.
According to 247sports, I was able to see how heavily coveted his commitment was.
One of my favorite parts of this picture is our very own Coach Lashlee, doing his work and finding top talent around the Sunshine State. Its satisfying to know both Rhett Lashlee and Rob Likens can find playmakers.
With Ahmmon previously committed to the Hurricanes back in 2014, it was a relief that we were able to add him to already a deep class of WR’s in our 2016 class.
AS A HURRICANE
From his first day on campus, Richards was always expected to become a superstar for our offense as he developed his body and craft.
He did just that as he beat Michael Irvin’s Freshman record with 934 receiving yards with a 19 yard per catch average! I remember watching 82 just dominate the man in front of him ever single week. He quickly became one of our best player on the entire roster and deserved national attention as the Kaaya to Richards connection was close to being elite.
After having one of the most exciting seasons in Hurricanes history, everyone in the country expected an even better season from the talented True Freshman. There is no question that Richards has been one of the most athletic players to come through this University, and it hurts knowing that we never got to see him go through his prime.
With his career coming to a quick end after his first season, he had an uphill battle with injuries that prevented us from seeing him play on Sundays.
Although I am going to say I don't recall crying, it did hurt for some time knowing that there was another young mans football career that ended too soon.
With him now being an Alumni of the University of Miami, he is on to bigger and better goals that will bring out his competitiveness to be successful.
Thank you Ahmmon!