- Corey Dowlar, RecruitingNation
By a large margin, the most important game with recruiting implications was in Miami over the weekend as the Hurricanes hosted the Florida Gators.
Miami was able to edge out a close, 21-16 victory, but how much will it help?
Best prospect performances
Arguably the top high school game in the entire country last week also took place in Miami between Booker T. Washington and Miami Central. Booker T. Washington quarterback Treon Harris, a Florida State commitment, led the Tornadoes to an important 28-17 victory. Booker T. Washington also had big performances from Nigel Bethel and Chad Thomas, who are both committed to Miami. Other prospects for Central who played were Dalvin Cook, Joseph Yearby and Da'Vante Phillips.
Most important visit
Miami's sideline had a bunch of visitors on Saturday as the Hurricanes took on in-state rival Florida in front of their home fans. In one of the conference's biggest games in terms of recruit visits for the season, the Hurricanes came out with a big win. Anthony Moten (Fort Lauderdale, Fla./St. Thomas Aquinas), a four-star defensive tackle that is considering both teams, was one of the premier names in attendance.
Elsewhere, Clemson hosted South Carolina State and hosted 2015 wide receiver Markeyvious Adams (Greenwood, S.C./Greenwood).
Virginia Tech and North Carolina proved this weekend that they are able to put tough losses behind them and get back on track at home. Both teams had tough opening assignments against Alabama and South Carolina but cruised to wins in Week 2, showing recruits that everything is fine. Sure, both programs were heavily favored, but it's better than the alternative.
Just how much will Miami's win resonate? Recruiting is a fickle process. One victory here or there is not usually a make or break for any team, but they can absolutely help or hurt. So then, will Miami's close win over Florida make a statement to recruits that they are ready to compete for conference titles again, or maybe even more than that? Or will the Canes need to continue to show the progress they may, or may not have, made? We'll see soon enough.
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