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Bob Putnam, Rodney Page, Kelly Parsons

Are Florida prospects slipping away from the Miami Hurricanes?



When I went to Miami a few weeks ago to cover the FSU-UM game, I didn’t think the Hurricanes were going to be down for long. Jefferson alum Tyriq McCord and sensational RB Duke Johnson both impressed me. And they’re both in-state freshmen. Safety Deon Bush is a south Florida product who’s played well, too.  

But, if you believe this Rivals story, those are aberrations. Florida’s top players aren’t in love with The U.

UM’s top 2013 recruit, South Plantation RB Alex Collins, decommitted this week. And here’s the most telling stat, courtesy of Rivals analyst Dallas Jackson. Since 2008, UM’s recruiting class has landed 10 of the top 100 players in Florida only once – in 2010.

West Virginia, Florida, Florida State and even Louisville have recruited south Florida well lately – meaning fewer top prospects for the Hurricanes. But Miami should never have that much of a problem landing 10 percent of the state's top players.

So read Rivals' story and discuss below. Does Miami have a recruiting problem in Florida? Is it a short-term concern after coaching moves and NCAA probes, or is it a long-term problem that’s not leaving soon?

[Last modified: Friday, November 9, 2012 10:10am]


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