Here at Tomahawkan Nation and other sites, there has been a lot of discussion lately on the Miami Hurricanes recruiting class. Going by Rivals, they are currently sitting at #6 in the team rankings, three spots ahead of the Seminoles. Miami, as of right now, has 30 commtis for the 2012 class. Of these 30 recruits, 21 of them are 3 stars or lower.
The argument from the Miami side of the discussion is that "stars do not matter" and "Golden can coach up anyone" etc. So what should Miami be expecting in the upcoming years? I think a good starting place could be the 2009 FSU season. A season which saw the Seminoles finish with a 7-6 record, barely sending Bobby Bowden off into the sunset as a winner, one last time.
The 2009 season was one that FSU fans would love to forget. That year, the Florida State offense fielded zero 5 star recruits, had four 3 star recruits and eight 3 star recruits. On defense, the Noles had two 5 star recruits (White and Bradham), six 4 star recruits and three 3 star recruits or less.
If you recall this season, it was awful to watch. Whether it was the squeaker over powerhouse Jacksonville St, the South Florida meltdown or the finale in the Swamp in which CBS referred to the Noles as a JV team, Florida State was outplayed in almost every game. The defense allowed teams to score at will, the Boston College game especially sticks out when they could not stop the game winning drive.
I'll give this to Miami, I believe they have better LB and DE coaches than FSU had in this time. But in the end, Stars do Matter. You can only coach up players so much before Talent starts to win out. In the last two years, Miami has taken 35 Three star recruits or less out of 49 recruits. That is over 70% of the recruits. In the 2006 - 2007 season, FSU had 23 Three star recruits or less out of 51 recruits. Roughly 45% of the combined classes.
The Hurricanes are picking up some nice players in this recruiting cycle, Duke Johnson and Ereck Flowers are good recurits. But make no mistake, Miami is positioning itself to be a middle of the pack ACC team.