Earlier this week, I detailed the recruiting success Clemson football is enjoying and the “Dabo-effect”. Well, I have to show some recognition to the team down in South Beach, too.
The Miami Hurricanes are starting to recruit like “your dad’s” ‘Canes. Less than two years into his role as the head coach, Mark Richt has built a top-5 recruiting class at the U.
In the 30 for 30 “The U”, (if you haven’t seen it, I highly recommend it) the importance of recruiting the state of Florida, or “their backyard”, is a predominant topic. The coaches and former players acknowledged how being from the same state and having similar backgrounds helped them come closer as a team.
Richt has apparently taken that method to heart. Out of his 19 2018 commits, 17 are from Florida. Further yet, Richt has focused on landing players that go to the same school.
Artur Sitowski, a 6-5, 215 pound, pro-style quarterback ranked as the No. 5 prospect at his position, committed with his primary target at IMG Academy, 4-star wide receiver Brian Hightower. I know projections aren’t everything, but having three plus years of experience playing together before entering Richt’s program may bode well for the pair. Well played, coach.
Offensive duos are nice, but what about a trio? If you drive about 13 miles south of Hard Rock Stadium, you’ll find Miami Southridge Senior High School. Here, Richt has landed commitments from 4-star receiver Mark Pope, 4-star offensive guard Delone Scaife, and 3-star receiver Daquris Wiggins.
Oh, and fans need not worry about running back or tight end. Richt has earned commitments from the No. 2 back in the nation, Lorenzo Lingard, and the No. 3 tight end, Brevin Jordan.
We see “U”, Mark Richt.