UM’s Mark Richt talks about his latest recruiting class
A six-pack of Canes notes on a Friday:
▪ UM coach Mark Richt hasn’t yet given any indication to the UM administration if he plans to make any changes after a 7-5 season, athletic director Blake James told the Miami Herald.
In a Thursday night interview on 790 The Ticket’s allCanes Radio, James told the hosts, including Brian “The Beast” London, that he will meet with Richt to discuss the state of the football program at some point in December.
“It will start to happen over the next week and a half,” James said on that radio interview. “We go into a dead period after Sunday Dec. 16, and the coaches are around more. Once he gets back in the office and we can sit and talk, that’s what we’ll do. What that means I don’t know. But I do know Mark is competitive. Mark is not OK with being 7-5. He is going to make the changes that are needed for us to operate on the highest level possible.”
So has Richt told James that he plans to make significant changes or minor changes or any changes at all?
James told me that Richt has not conveyed that answer at this point.
“He has not given me any indication,” James said via text message, “and has not specifically addressed any type of change other than recognizing we need to operate at a higher level.”
Richt has continued to recruit pro-style quarterbacks and suggested to Clemson grad transfer Kelly Bryant — when he was recruiting him — that UM would move forward with its current pro—style offense mixed with some spread and some other elements. Bryant announced this week he’s transferring to Missouri.
Quarterbacks coach Jon Richt continues to handle the recruiting of multiple quarterbacks, with the Dec. 19 early signing period nearing.
Before flipping his commitment from UM to UF this week, offensive lineman Michael Tarquin told Rivals.com that he emerged from his meeting with UM convinced that offensive line coach Stacy Searels would be retained. (And from Tarquin’s comments, he thought favorably of Searels, whose unit underachieved this season.)
▪ Per Canesport, five non-UM commitments will visit the Hurricanes campus this weekend.
Only one of those — Georgia-based three-star center Jakai Clark — plays offense, where UM has only two commitments (a receiver and tight end). But Clark, an Illinois commitment, told Canesport that UM has only a”small chance.”
Others visiting: Tampa-based four star cornerback Johnny Dixon (considering UM, South Carolina, Penn State and West Virginia), four-star Georgia-based defensive end Justin Eboigbe (odds are against him flipping from Alabama), Palm Beach Benjamin four-star cornerback Kaaiir Elam (UM and UF in the mix) and four-star Fort Myers-based defensive end Derick Hunter (an FSU commit who appears open to considering UM).
▪ Though many UM oral commitments will visit the weekend of Dec. 15-16, two will visit this weekend, according to Canesport: Fort Lauderdale St. Thomas Aquinas teammates Jason Munoz (a three-star defensive end who appears to be a solid oral commitment) and four-star linebacker Anthony Solomon (who has been considering flipping to Michigan).
▪ Butler left tackle Tommy Kennedy, who has become a coveted recruit, announced he will visit UM Dec. 14-15, after visits in the coming days to Texas and Oklahoma. The Canes badly want him.
Kennedy told Canesport that he would like to start at left tackle for a major college program in his one remaining year of eligibility (2019) to prepare himself for the NFL. He said UM, Texas and Oklahoma are all even going into his campus visits.
The Hurricanes will have an opening at left tackle with the departure of senior Tyree St. Louis.
▪ Though a person close to the situation said receiver Lawrence Cager seems disinclined to turn pro after considering it, he has been considering transferring. Meanwhile, receiver Mark Pope has decided not to transfer, according to Canesport’s Matt Shodell.
Last month, Pope expressed anger on social media about playing time before deleting the post.
▪ If you missed it, Sports Illustrated named Gerald Willis as a second-team All-American…. ESPN will use a new three-man booth to call the UM-Wisconsin Pinstripe Bowl at 5:15 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 27: Veteran ESPN play-by-play man and New York Jets radio announcer Bob Wischusen, Mike Golic Jr. (ESPN Radio’s early morning host) and former NFL quarterback Dan Orlovsky, who implored Richt to hire an innovative offensive mind when he called a UM game for ESPN in November.