It felt like deja vu as Yahoo!Sports and Charles Robinson produced another article depicting Miami as NCAA violators right before the start of football season. The difference this time is that the article accused newly hired head coach Al Golden as being a willing participant in the NCAA violations that involved equipment manager Sean Allen.
For over a year, the Hurricanes coaching staff had to fight and play clean-up because of negative recruiting done by other colleges using the Yahoo!Sports article as a weapon. The word around the Sunshine State is very positive when it comes to the support Al Golden is getting.
Jordan Cunningham, a 2013 wide receiver target from Ft. Lauderdale (Fla.) University School, said that the new allegations “Doesn't affect my decision…same as when the last scandal occurred.”
He is joined in that thought process by Miami (Fla.) Booker T. Washington linebacker and rising senior Matthew Thomas. “I don’t look too far into it. It don’t matter to me, they are still in it. It really doesn’t affect me.”
Even younger players do not seem to be concerned about the sanctions that could put Miami in a less-than-favorable position.
“I mean it doesn’t have that much of an effect to me now,” said Vincent Jackson, a 2014 linebacker from Tampa (Fla.) Jesuit that is considering the Canes.
Others are taking the wait-and-see approach like Miramar (Fla.) linebacker and Miami lean Jermiane Grace.
“I am not letting that get to me because I still have another whole year to go,” said Grace, 6’1 and 200-pounds. “I am just going to let them do what they have to do and I am going to do what I have to do. Next year if that is still going on then I will have to make my decision.”
Allegations or not, Miami recruiting is going strong as they landed two four star defensive back prospects, Artie Burns and Jamal Carter, within a week of the Yahoo!Sports article coming out. That also complements the 2012 class that Al Golden and company were able to put together under worse allegations. The Canes ended the last recruiting cycle with an outstanding class. Five star recruits Duke Johnson and Tracy Howard lead the way. Not far down the list are four star prospects like Ereck Flowers, Tyriq McCord, Jelani Hamilton, Malcolm Lewis, Deon Bush, Angelo Jean-Louis, Raphael Kirby and Robert Lockhart.
Bottom line, in spite of the allegations, the UM coaching staff has done an excellent job recruiting thus far.