Hurricanes head coach Mark Richt discussed how the Miami-FSU matchup will be good for his team’s recruiting efforts.
The Mark Richt era has gotten off to a positive start in Coral Gables. At 4-0, the Hurricanes are preparing to host ACC and state rival Florida State on Saturday.
Miami may own a slight series lead, 31-29, but the ‘Canes haven’t beaten the ‘Noles since 2009. This year, however, they face a reeling Seminoles squad that has lost two of its past three games, and is coming off a rare home loss at the hands of North Carolina. Should FSU continue to falter, and should Richt’s team end its current six-game losing streak, recruits will take notice.
The Miami head coach believes this game is important for the program, and he also sees it as an opportunity to gain some momentum on the recruiting trail.
“These are outstanding opportunities for recruiting,” Richt recently said. “You want to play well during these moments, but either way I think it is something that will make a very positive impression on the recruits that come.”
Florida is arguably the most talent-rich state in the country, and FSU has taken advantage of that during the last few years by landing commitments from highly touted prospects like Dalvin Cook and Deondre Francois.
Cook, who’s from the Miami area, is an example of the local talent who spurned the ‘Canes for another program. He’s also one reason Richt is glad his team is hosting the ‘Noles this weekend. Richt believes it’s important for prospects to get a look at the Hurricanes in front of what’s sure to be a fired up home crowd.
“Having the game at home and having it prime time with the attention that is drawn to it is good for recruiting,” Richt said.
Some of the recruits expected to be in attendance are: 4-star wide receiver Jeremiah Holloman, 4-star offensive tackle Kai-Leon Herbert, 4-star running back Lorenzo Lingard (2018), 4-star athlete DeeJay Dallas (Miami commit), 4-star safety Gurvan Hall (2018), 4-star wide receiver Xavier Williams (2018), 3-star wide receiver Derrick Smith, and 3-star cornerback Amari Carter.
Carter, who’s set to announce his decision on Oct. 22, is expected to choose Miami. Adding his commitment would help ease the loss of 4-star athlete Christopher Henderson, who decommitted from the ‘Canes on Monday.
A lot could happen with a win over the ‘Noles on Saturday. It could help solidify Miami as Carter’s choice and strengthen the Hurricanes’ chances with other top recruits.
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