For the first time in a long time, the Miami football program figures to be relevant on the national scene again.
Under head coach Mark Richt, SEC caliber coaching has invaded one of the most marketable brands in the FBS. The Hurricanes are enjoying a resurgence, and their defense, which was regularly a source of frustration under former defensive coordinator Mark D’Onofrio, is one of the main reasons.
Coach Richt has made it a point to lean on the star-studded alumni , starting with safety Ed Reed.
The Palm Beach Post caught up with Reed as he wrapped up a camp which featured several alumni of the program. He spoke to several hundred prospective recruits that were in attendance.
When asked if ‘the U’ was back, Reed replied “Miami has never left.”
Miami hasn’t been the dominant force it was during the 80’s, 90’s, and early 2000’s. Since coming over the ACC from the Big East, the Miami vs. Florida State conference championship everyone expected on an annual basis has come to fruition a single time.
This could be the year that changes, as both sides are the odds-on favorites to win their division.
Reed says he is fully committed to helping coach Richt any way he can. That includes in a coaching capacity, a foray the future Hall of Fame safety has expressed interest in making.
“You will see me here, you’ll hear about it, I guarantee it. If coach wants me, needs me to come here and help, I’m going to come here and watch film with the guys, talk to them. I’ve got a couple recruits here I would love to work with if they came here. That’s on them, that’s going to be on coach. I definitely will be back here helping out in some form or fashion.”
If Miami can begin to bring in the likes of Ed Reed, Ray Lewis, Warren Sapp, Jonathan Vilma, and the countless other superstar names that carry weight with recruits on a regular basis, expect to see them in the top five recruiting classes on an annual basis.
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