When not trying to salvage the remnants of an already hopeless recruiting class, Al Golden has spent the first two months of his tenure as Miami's head coach talking about his plans to "change the culture" after four years under the impenetrable stoicism of Randy Shannon. You know, the usual: Faster tempo, better conditioning, more accountability for players, etc. The Hurricanes insist they're already working harder and will inevitably emerge a tougher, smarter, more mature, more disciplined, funnier, better groomed, more patient, better dressed, better rested, more cultured outfit than the one whose underachieving ways bought its last coach a pink slip last year.
Recruiting under Shannon veered well off of that map over the last two years. Of 21 four or five-star prospects in the greater Miami area in the 2011 class, Miami signed zero. Of 22 four or five-star locals in the 2010 class, the Hurricanes signed two, running back Eduardo Clements and offensive lineman Brandon Linden. In the same span, Florida has signed nine four or five-star star guys from the 'Canes' backyard, and Florida State has inked eight; in FSU's case, its nine Miami-area signees earlier this month was than the 'Noles had signed from 2007-10 combined.