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Al Golden hitting recruiting trail during Canes’ bye week

 
 
University of Miami coach Al Golden is shown during the first quarter of the team's game against Florida Atlantic University at Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens on Aug. 30, 2013.
University of Miami coach Al Golden is shown during the first quarter of the team's game against Florida Atlantic University at Sun Life Stadium in Miami Gardens on Aug. 30, 2013.
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Coach Al Golden said the coaching staff will be “on the road” recruiting beginning Thursday after practice, and continuing through Friday. The trips will be “further away” than usual, he said, because of Miami’s bye week.

Golden was asked about the importance of recruiting after a big victory like the one against Florida.

“If this was decision time [for recruits],” he said, “then timing is important. If a kid was going to make a decision and he and his family said, ‘OK, sometime after the Florida game we’re going to make a decision,’ obviously then that would be favorable to us.

“But in terms of timing, it’s just a function of getting out.”

Golden added that when UM travels to USF for the Sept. 28 game, his coaches will recruit “the Tampa and Orlando area, maybe Fort Myers” and the west coast of Florida.

“And when we’re back home we’ll start hitting the local areas. There’s a little strategy involved … because of the way it falls on the calendar.”

D-LINE ROTATION

Defensive coordinator Mark D’Onofrio’s deeper defensive line rotation has enabled players to stay fresher and be more effective.

Golden said only end Anthony Chickillo “got up around 71 reps” against the Gators. The coach said tackles Justin Renfro, Curtis Porter, Olsen Pierre and Luther Robinson “didn’t get out of the 40s.

“… Everybody had a role that they executed and that was a big difference in the game,” Golden said. “We just refused to get worn down.”

Golden said coaches will be working closely this week with Ufomba Kamalu, Jelani Hamilton and Earl Moore, among others, to get “those guys to grow up and step up.”

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