Wednesday, October 23, 2013
Early Offer: Banner day for Miami
By Jeremy Crabtree
The Early Offer is RecruitingNation's regular feature, giving you a daily dose of recruiting in the mornings. Wednesday's offerings: Tuesday was a big day for Miami, as the Canes were able to finally put the lingering questions about NCAA sanctions to bed and also land a commitment from highly regard junior college defensive tackle Michael Wyche; recruiting fans will get a chance on Thursday to see why Marlon Humphrey is one of the nation's best prospects.
Hurricanes put questions in rear-view mirror
Miami has had to answer questions from recruits for nearly four years about what might happen when the NCAA finally handed down penalties from the Nevin Shapiro scandal. Those questions were finally answered on Tuesday, as Miami will not face any additional bowl bans and lose three scholarships annually over the next three years. The news was huge for the Canes’ recruiting efforts moving forward. It allows UM to put the entire matter to rest, and Al Golden and Co. no longer have to sit in the living room of recruits and talk about “what ifs.” The Canes are also through having to deflect negative recruiting that has gone on for years by other schools. As expected, Miami recruits were absolutely giddy when discovering the news, including four-star receiver commit Braxton Berrios, who said Miami is “full speed ahead now.”
Trojans' loss is Canes' gain Miami’s terrific Tuesday continued when East Los Angeles (Calif.) College defensive tackle Michael Wyche committed to the Canes. He had been committed to USC, and it was the second day in a row the Trojans lost a significant pledge on the defensive side of the ball. On Monday, No. 16 outside linebacker D.J. Calhoun (El Cerrito, Calif./El Cerrito) backed away from his commitment to USC. Wyche, who committed to Miami because he wanted to get closer to his family in Virginia, said he wasn’t aware of the NCAA ruling when he called to commit to the UM coaches. "They were like, `Today is an exciting day,' ” Wyche told Rivals.com. “I was like `Why?' And they said, `Because now we are moving forward from the NCAA.'"
Humphrey to star on ESPNU Five-star cornerback Marlon Humphrey (Hoover Ala./Hoover) is one of the nation’s most wanted recruits still left on the board, and fans will get an opportunity to see why at 8 p.m. ET Thursday when Hoover battles Tuscaloosa County as part of the Geico ESPN High School Football Showcase on ESPNU. The RecruitingNation Hot Board projects Humphrey to Alabama, but Florida State, LSU, Mississippi State, Auburn, Clemson and countless others are still in hot pursuit.