Last year at this time in the offseason, questions surrounding the Miami Hurricanes recruiting efforts were rampant. Their stronghold on players from the south Florida region that they traditionally held seemed all but a distant memory.
Well, in the last 24 hours, Al Golden and his coaching staff have proven that they are well on their way back to convincing talented south Florida high school players to don the orange and green.
It all began on Friday when Miami standout CB Nigel Bethel made his commitment official to the Hurricanes. Bethel, also a track star at Booker T. Washington High School, was first offered by the ‘Canes back in February, however he wanted to give his recruitment just a little bit more time and thought. Yesterday Bethel admitted that it was the right time.
In Bethel, Miami is getting a 5-9, 177-pound corner with a nose for the ball whenever its around and great tenacity on the field. While he may appear small in stature, make no mistake about it that this kid is a huge grab for Golden and the speedster has a chance to see action immediately in 2014, given the depth concerns Miami will have in the defensive backfield.
Now once Bethel had verbally noted that he would attend Coral Gables, the recruiting team’s focus turned immediately to his heavily coveted teammate. four-star rated DE Chad Thomas. Thomas has also dragged out his recruitment, but many expected the commitment of his teammate yesterday to lure him to play for the Hurricanes eventually.
Well, eventually didn’t take long.
I’m a Miami Hurricane.
— C.Thomas99 (@F5_Chad) July 20, 2013
Earlier this morning, Thomas announced that he will indeed follow in his teammate’s footsteps and become a Miami Hurricane in 2014.
Thomas is a 6-5, 240-pound powerhouse off the edge and also has a good chance for immediate playing time just given his talents alone. He recorded 57 tackles last season at Booker T. Washington and notched four sacks.
With a performance like this from the Miami recruiting staff in a 24-hour span, it looks as if things are certainly headed in the right direction in Coral Gables.
Jack is the ACC College Football Writer for Rant Sports. Follow Jack on Twitter @JackJ14RS