Tom Deahn, UM's director of football operations, also insisted that recruiting by fliers does not mean UM doom. "We used to do that at Maryland and Temple," Deahn told me. "We're just trying to find linemen walk-ons. You get all the skilled guys the traditional way, and you fill your other needs this way."
Advertising for walk-ons - even if only for the scout team - at a school with 5 national titles shows the catastrophe Coker, Shannon, & Shapiro left at Miami.
Golden desperately wants to instill a blue-collar ethic into the UM onfield culture. It's a northern steel-worker ideal from a Penn-Stater. But can this B1G approach work in the ACC?
On the surface, it looks like it very well could. The ceiling for such an approach is probably a BC circa mid-2000's team with better skill position talent. But the on-field culture change is just the tip-of-the-iceberg. The biggest issue isn't changing on-field team, but an off-field SoFla culture which embraces a non-squealing Nevin Shapiro.
Perhaps this is no major thing; most schools advertise walk-on tryouts in some shape or form. But show me a major program that advertises for offensive linemen during its spring practice, and then I'll recant.