Recruiting: One major difference between Al Golden and Mark Richt

At this time last year, Miami had a highly rated recruiting class that was largely on decommitment watch.

Things feel a little different today because of Mark Richt, but it’s not just the boost brought on by a coaching change. It’s the coach’s way of doing things that makes one analyst believe most of the 15 commits in the current class will stick around.

New University of Miami Hurricanes head football coach Mark Richt speaks after he was introduced at a press conference at the school on December 4, 2015 in Coral Gables, Florida. (Photo by Joe Skipper/Getty Images)

New University of Miami Hurricanes head football coach Mark Richt speaks after he was introduced at a press conference at the school on December 4, 2015 in Coral Gables, Florida. (Photo by Joe Skipper/Getty Images)

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Canesport.com managing editor Matt Shodell believes there will be fewer decommittments under Richt because he, unlike predecessor Al Golden, doesn’t push kids as hard to commit early.

“What happened under Al Golden is, they would literally beg kids to commit,” Shodell said in a phone interview. “Kids would come to their camp and they would drag them up to the office and say, ‘We need you, will you commit? We need you here right now.’ Some of them would commit and wind up de-committing a month later, two months later. That is not how Mark Richt operates.”

Shodell brought up the example of quarterback N’Kosi Perry, who committed under Golden, backed off and later gave a commitment to Richt — after a phone call where Richt advised him to think a little harder.

“Mark said, ‘How committed are you?’ He said, ‘Well, I’m not really sure, but I like you guys a lot.’ Mark said, ‘Then you shouldn’t be committed. Why would you be committed if you’re not sure?’ So the kid decommitted that night.

“If I’m a coach, I’d rather have a kid you know is committed, and you know that spot’s really secure, instead of a kid where you think, ‘What’s going to happen? How many Plan B kids do we need here? Could something go wrong on signing day?’

“I think there will be fewer decommitments under Mark Richt than there were under Al Golden, when there were a ton. I think there will be very few of them.”

 

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