With three new commitments since the NCAA sanctions were announced last month, UM coach Al Golden said he’s noticed “a different response” from recruits now that everyone knows the penalties do not include any postseason bans and only the loss of nine scholarships over three years.
“I think most of the interest from the younger guys is that it's behind us now and not getting hammered,” Golden said Wednesday. “Remember, the kids that are [high school] juniors, all they've ever known about the University of Miami is that we've been in trouble. Since they've been recruitable prospects we've been under probation. So it's good to have that behind us now.”
UM's 2014 class includes 27 commitments and is ranked fourth nationally by Rivals.com. Golden said the Hurricanes were cut short last year on scholarships “for a variety of reasons” and the staff is now “trying to compensate this year by signing more than we did last year.”
Has the fact the defense looked so bad helped garner more interest from recruits who think the could help right away? Golden bristled at that question.
“We’re going to continue to need help everywhere,” Golden said. “People want to talk about the defense because all of us haven’t executed well enough the last couple of weeks. So I answer that question now I’m saying that the kids we have aren’t good enough. That’s not the case. The case, as I’ve been saying, is we’re going to continue to build until we have the depth to go through a whole season and there’s no drop-off.”
• As expected, receiver Phillip Dorsett (knee), cornerback Artie Burns (ankle) and linebacker Alex Figueroa (shoulder) have been ruled out of Saturday’s game against Virginia.