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Miami Needs To Continue Establishing Texas Recruiting Pipeline

Recruiting heavier in the Lonestar State, will pay dividends for the Hurricanes

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It’s no secret, the state of Florida, specifically South Florida, produces the best football players in the country. Not an opinion, that’s a fact. The Hurricanes have won 5 national championships with the help of South Florida talent, and many of their best players in program history have come from The State of Miami.

However, while I don't want the Canes to shy away from getting the best local talent every year and making it their top priority for scouting, there is another area where I'd love to see Miami start to recruit more heavily, the great state of Texas.

In terms of which state has the best football players, Florida is first, but Texas is definitely second. Football is a religion there, and the state has churned out top talent year in and year out. As of last fall, Florida had produced the most current NFL Players with 194, and Texas was right there at second with 192.

The Canes have benefitted from players from the Lonestar State in the past, with guys like Jessie Armstead, Eric Winston, Bubba Franks, Kevin Williams and Damione Lewis, just to name a few. Even our beloved Jimmy Johnson hails from South Texas.

In fact, in each of the last five recruiting classes, Miami has signed at least one player from Texas.

As far as their current roster goes, Miami has a few Texas players, Elijah Arroyo, Charleston Rambo, Corey Flagg and D’Eriq King, among others. Flagg was a great recruiting find, a 3-star talent out of Houston, but was a tackling machine in high school playing at a high level in Texas. Arroyo quickly rose to become one of the best tight ends in the 2021 class, dominating opponents in the Frisco area.

The Hurricanes have had success with players from there, and I think they need give Texas even more of their energy. Texas is so spread out when it comes to their players, with an incredible amount of talent coming from Houston and the Dallas/Fort Worth area. Though, you’ll also find an offensive lineman out of West Texas, or you can checkout a power school like Lake Travis in Austin, filled with top prospects.

Miami already has the assistant coaches that’ll help in assisting that process, offensive coordinator Rhett Lashlee and outside linebackers coach Ishmael Aristide. Lashlee was the OC at SMU in Dallas, and Aristide spent the last two years in College Station as a defensive analyst at Texas A&M.

Aristide is going to be crucial for the Hurricanes. He’s a native of Miami, so he knows South Florida well, but he was also perhaps the top recruiter for Texas A&M during his stint there. During that time, Aristide dominated recruiting areas like Houston and Dallas/Fort Worth, and the Aggies finished each year he was there with a recruiting class ranked in the top 7 nationally.

As far as the 2022 class goes, Miami is looking at several recruits in Texas, including 4-star offensive tackle Cameron Williams. Playing for one of the top teams in the nation (Duncanville), I’ve been very high on Williams, who is planning on taking a visit to Miami, as are other 2022 Texas recruits as well.

There’s also linebacker Justin Medlock, tight end RJ Maryland, 4-star ATH and potential striker Ish Harris, and plenty more. Maryland is the son of former UM legend Russell Maryland. Last season, Ish Harris had 1,788 yards of total offense and 18 touchdowns, and on defense he finished with 44 tackles and 5 interceptions.

If I’m Manny Diaz and recruiting coordinator David “Pop” Cooney, I of course keep South Florida a top priority for scouting, but I’d give Texas plenty of attention. With valuable recruiting assets like Lashlee and Aristide on the staff, you have to take advantage.