The magic word — “recruiting’’ — came at the end of the local radio show.
University of Miami football fans have to love that word around now, when the Canes (8-0, 6-0 Atlantic Coast Conference), No. 7 in the AP and 10th in the College Football Playoff rankings, are killing it nationally.
Oh yes, and that insignificant program (just kidding) known as Notre Dame (8-1) will play at Hard Rock Stadium at 8 p.m. Saturday on ABC, with ESPN’s College GameDay set up on campus leading to the hyped, nearly sold-out showdown.
This game will have major implications in the College Football Playoff rankings, with Notre Dame at No. 3 (in the AP also).
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So, that means lots of recruits, right?
During coach Mark Richt’s weekly segment Monday on 560 WQAM, Joe Rose waited pretty much to the end to ask him, “Off-the-field recruiting, how good is it so far?’’
Here’s what the coach replied: “Oh, it’s great. It’s great. You tend to be able to measure your success in your classes — this class and future classes — by how many times does a great player come to your campus or come to one of your ball games. I mean it’s week after week after week we get so many great players on our campus.
“We practice on Sunday nights and there’s a roll call of guys that show up to that just to hang out and spend time with our players and coaches. The names, like even like last week’s game, of 2018, 2019, 2020 players, it’s just amazing — and it’s going to happen again this weekend. They’re going to come in big numbers. The more you get them on campus or at a ball game, the better chance you have. And if you go by that we’re going to be in pretty good shape for a while.”
So, here are the basics: Miami’s 2018 recruiting class is ranked fourth nationally by 247Sports, fourth by Rivals.com and fourth by ESPN.com. The Canes have 18 players committed.
“The Hurricanes are in search of their first top-five class since landing the No. 1 class in 2008, and the early returns are eye-opening,’’ says the blurb on ESPN.com’s recruiting site. “Miami has ESPN 300 commits on offense in running backs Lorenzo Lingard and Camron Davis, along with receivers Brian Hightower and Mark Pope. Top-ranked tight end Brevin Jordan might be the biggest win, however, out of West Coast power Bishop Gorman.’’