Recruits have been watching and waiting for Miami to be good again.
Miami (8-0, 6-0 ACC) is good again.
How’s recruiting going?
“It’s great,” Mark Richt said. “It’s great. You tend to be able to measure your success … by how many times does a great player come to your campus or one of your ballgames? It’s week after week after week.”
He said there’s a “roll call of guys” that come to Sunday night practices, and the 2018-20 players who came to last week’s game was “amazing. It’s going to happen again next week.”
“If you go by that, we’re going to be in pretty good shape for a while.”
The Hurricanes, who are ranked No. 7 by the Associated Press and host No. 3 Notre Dame this week, have the fourth-ranked recruiting class according to 247Sports.
More of what Richt said on WQAM on Monday morning:
* The fans made a difference in Saturday’s win over Virginia Tech, and crowds have been a factor during this UM run (after UM beat Florida State on Oct. 7, the home crowds have been fired up, to this eye). Richt has noticed, and is thankful.
“When you come to Miami you know there’s some challenges to get people excited about the program. They are excited about the program. … It means to much to the players.
“It’s tough on the opponent to function and think clearly and know that things are going to be OK. I can’t thank everybody enough. It was wonderful.”
* The offensive line performance was “the best by far” of the season. “The D-line obviously did a great job as well.”
* Malik Rosier’s three interceptions don’t worry Richt too much. “We knew we were going to have to be aggressive against this defense.” He said Rosier was pressing the issue, as his coaches wanted him to, against a defense that got after him. He didn’t sense Rosier being gun-shy. Quarterbacks coach Jon Richt, his son, told the quarterback “don’t flinch.”
* Rosier’s touchdown run was a set play. It has passing options, but UM saw run all the way. Of the quarterback runs that looked like they could be a draw, it’s probably “50-50 by design,” Richt said. He mentioned Rosier running for a first down on another play just because he instantly recognized a coverage and took off.
* Jaquan Johnson “never ceases to amaze me,” Richt said, with how he tackles much bigger players.
* Richt on the Turnover Chain: “It has really gone berzerk.” He said “all the Little League teams around South Florida have their own version.” He also noted that if “we we’re 5-5 with seven turnovers” people would be making fun of it.
* As coaches, “you don’t have time” to pay attention to the social media criticism that came with close wins.
* Ahmmon Richards, is he OK? “I think he’s getting better as we go.” He said Richards’ hamstring and ankle have made 2017 tough for him, but UM still has confidence he can make a big play when they need him. Richt praised Richards, Braxton Berrios and Jeff Thomas in particular for their downfield blocking, which was excellent all around.
* What was Richt thinking on the fourth-down call early? “I’m Mr. Kick a Field Goal No Matter How Bad it Hurts … but you know what, I got so mad we couldn’t get that darn thing in there” that UM went for it. “It wasn’t a good call. … It was bad, but I was mad. We went into this game saying, ‘We can’t flinch.'” It didn’t work, but he wasn’t upset Virginia Tech’s offense had to try to go 95 yards against UM’s defense.
* On Notre Dame: “It’s exciting. We talk about, this is why we come here. This is why I came back to my alma mater, these types of moments.” He wants to “embrace the moment, without getting carried away with all the type of things that won’t help you win.”