Barry Jackson

The Miami Hurricanes’ Manny Diaz is working on finalizing his revamped recruiting staff

UM coach Manny Diaz, who expressed disappointment in Miami’s South Florida recruiting efforts in the past recruiting cycle, is on the verge of finalizing changes in his recruiting department.

According to a source, David Cooney — who has been UM’s quality control coach on offense — has been offered a job as UM’s director of recruiting.

Cooney is expected to accept the job, though that had not happened as of early Thursday afternoon.

Diaz praised Cooney for his work in January, including his significant role in luring Buffalo grad transfer receiver K.J. Osborn.

Before spending the past two seasons at UM, Cooney was previously offensive coordinator for Miami Southridge High, which won the 2016 8A championship under his guidance.

Meanwhile, former UM cornerback DeMarcus Van Dyke — who had been a UM quality control coach analyst on defense — is expected to take on a significant role in the recruiting department.

Tyler Stevens, who had been involved in UM recruiting in recent years, is expected to be retained with additional recruiting responsibilities.

Additional hires are possible.

Diaz has spoken to multiple people about staff positions in the wake of firing player personnel director Matt Doherty and two other recruiting officials two weeks ago.

UM has had a strong start to 2020 recruiting; Miami’s class of nine nonbinding commitments includes seven players who were given four stars by Rivals. And UM’s class is rated third nationally by 247sports.

UM’s 2019 recruiting class featured only one player from Miami-Dade (UM’s fewest from Dade since the turn of the century) and three from Broward.

A UM administrator privately believes the NCAA decision on former Ohio State quarterback Tate Martell’s bid to be eligible to play the 2019 season for UM could go either way, but was pessimistic about former Auburn running back Asa Martin getting a waiver to play in 2019.

Regardless of the decision on Martin, he would have three years of eligibilty remaining.

A decision on Martell is expected before the start of spring practice on March 19.

Former UM coach Mark Richt will be back on UM’s campus on Saturday to participate in an All-Pro Dad’s event but conveyed to organizers that he does not wish to do interviews or discuss his decision to retire.

Richt is a candidate for a job at ESPN; he appeared on the network’s National Signing Day coverage.

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