Eye of the Hurricane

February 3, 2010

Lay off the Canes’ Recruiting Class

Filed under: Uncategorized — jaymarshburn @ 4:27 pm

For the seemingly endless months leading up to today’s National Signing Day for college football, all I have been hearing about is how disappointing this year’s class is. My simple answer is to forget about the overrated “Star” systems from websites like Scout.com or Rivals.com and trust the coaches (not with time management though).

Yes, these websites are great. I have an account for both sites and I can’t go onto the internet without checking them both out for any updates on the Canes’ recruits. They are a great way to get a feel for recruiting and how a class looks, but they are not the be all end all.

Let’s look back at some of the highly rated prospects that didn’t pan out:

2008: The once number one player, Arthur Brown, is no longer enrolled in school here, and while he was, he couldn’t figure out the defensive playbook to get any significant playing time. He was a big-time Five Star.

2007. A Four Star DB by the name of Doug Wiggins. Call me stupid, but I don’t even know who that is. I even googled him. Nothing.

2006: Tervaris Johnson was a Four Star DB. A decent blocking tight end, but a Four Star DB…far from it.

2005: Four Star linemen Chris Barney and Luqman Abdullah. They never saw real playing time and our now off the team.

A couple of classic Five Stars as well: Kyle Wright and Lance Leggett. I don’t think I need to explain either of those choices.

While there are endless examples of overrated prospects, there are nearly an equal amount of prospects who flew under the radar like your LaRon Byrds, Colin McCarthys, and my personal favorite: TWO STAR recruit ED REED!

I’m not saying that any of the guys coming in next year will be an Ed Reed. All I am saying is that Miami and Coach Shannon filled their needs, added some crucial depth, and finally have the team where these guys can develop and become solid players. The Hurricanes’ recruiting class is ranked 12th on ESPN. Let’s not freak out. You can step back from the ledge and look forward to next year.



  1. I believe the point you’re missing is the fact that the Canes coaching staff recruited players in Florida and were unable to reel them in. The fact that the Canes only signed one of the Top 20 players in Florida (Eduardo Clements), despite targeting nearly all of them, does not inspire much confidence.

    Comment by caghorbi — February 5, 2010 @ 1:29 pm | Reply

  2. “2005: Four Star linemen Chris Barney and Luqman Abdullah. They never saw real playing time and our now off the team.”

    “and are now”.

    I know that spellchecker won’t catch that, but having a second set of humon eyes review your text before publishing will catch things like that.

    And as for the article itself, you are missing the point of the criticism.

    1. You feel it is ok to criticise their clock management, but not their recruiting, and then point to recruiting failures by the Canes.

    2. The question is not regarding the number of “project” or “reach” or “sleeper” candidates, but regarding those good candidates that were “Cane for Life” and then got outrecruited for by other teams like FSU and UF and USF (holey moley!). They LOST head to head on players that THEY, not the recruiting services, said were the best fit for their team.

    It’s great to have passion, and great to defend the team, but if you are going to have a career in writing about the team, you will need to take off the orange and green glasses when viewing their results, IMO.

    I am not a professional writer though, so you should check with Prof K to confirm that. It is up to you…

    Comment by Canes Fan — February 17, 2010 @ 9:17 am | Reply

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