Malik Rosier knows Miami Hurricanes’ starting QB spot isn’t promised; Richt’s recruiting message

Mark Richt has high standards for all his players — especially his starting quarterback. (Getty Images)

[2018 QB Williams commits to Miami]

[UM recruiting 2018 December overview: Offense | Defense]

FORT LAUDERDALE — Malik Rosier will not enter the offseason with a lock on the Hurricanes’ starting quarterback job, and Mark Richt said Rosier understands that.

Asked if he was going to have an open competition for UM’s QB1 spot in the spring, Richt said that’s business as usual.

“We’re always competing,” he told The Post after participating in a Orange Bowl welcome press conference with Wisconsin coach Paul Chryst at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood.

“Every position in the spring we hook it up. Everybody knows they’ve got to keep performing and  doing  well. You’ve got to keep recruiting, too. Everybody knows that. Those kids know that.

“We do that every spring, at every position.”

Rosier, who will be a redshirt senior, will compete with redshirt freshmen N’Kosi Perry and Cade Weldon and redshirt junior Evan Shirreffs. On Wednesday, another player entered the fray: four-star recruit Jarren Williams, who announced his commitment to play for UM.

Like Perry was last year, Williams (6-foot-3, 205 pounds) is rated No. 7 among 2018 dual-threat quarterbacks by 247Sports. Williams, from Lawrenceville, Georgia, was selected to play in the Army All-American Bowl. He previously committed to Kentucky.

Rosier (6-1, 216) threw for 2,917 yards, fourth-most in the ACC, and tied for the conference lead in touchdown passes (25). He also tied for the lead in interceptions (11), was fifth in passer rating (133.30) and had the second-worst completion percentage (54.8) of any starter.

Rosier’s rushing ability (427 yards, five touchdowns) helped UM’s offense move the chains, but his inability to hit open receivers was a primary reason the Hurricanes (10-2, 7-1 ACC) lost to Pittsburgh to end the regular season, falling from No. 2 and a coveted top-four spot in the College Football Playoffs.

When Rosier was asked about his performance in UM’s 38-3 loss to Clemson in the ACC Championship Game, which knocked the Canes out of the playoff, Rosier acknowledged UM was injured offensively — his second- and third-leading receivers, Chris Herndon and Ahmmon Richards, were out — but took much of the blame.

“There’s a lot I have to fix personally,” he said. “Whether I play good or bad, all I care about is winning.”

He will be No. 10 Miami’s starter for the Dec. 30 Orange Bowl against No. 6 Wisconsin (12-1, 9-0 Big Ten).

Beyond that? Nothing is guaranteed. But that’s not a new thing for Richt’s quarterbacks.

Recruiting plans: Before UM begins Orange Bowl prep in earnest, Richt said players are running, lifting, studying, and most importantly after a stretch of 11 games in a row, resting.

“They’re working out, but not putting pads on right now,” he said.

Coaches are on the road recruiting, preparing for a major weekend of official visits Dec. 15. After landing the quarterback they wanted, coaches are still hoping to get five-star cornerbacks Tyson Campbell or Patrick Surtain Jr., a defensive lineman or two, and at least one more wide receiver.

UM’s class is rated No. 3 nationally by 247Sports.

“What happened a year ago,” Richt said, referencing UM’s 9-4 finish and No.  20 year-end ranking, “gave coaches and players confidence we were moving in the right direction. We did a good job evaluating and getting our offers out and recruiting the heck out of these guys.”

Richt, who played 15 true freshmen and redshirted eight, is starting to build depth. But after entering the ACC Championhip Game with what he said was 71 healthy scholarship players — the FBS limit is 85 — his recruiting message is simple.

“They can see how close we came,” Richt said. “But they can see we need help. They can see we don’t have quite the depth that we need to have to sustain injuries or attrition.

“A lot of teams might have 15 guys getting redshirted right now who need work and development. We don’t have that. We have a few guys, a couple, but for the most part, all our guys are playing, and playing their tails off.”

He said he and defensive coordinator Manny Diaz discussed the possibility of scrimmaging this month, but concluded they “don’t think there will be very much of that at all.”

“We do have a wonderful class set to come in,” Richt said.  “If everybody stays true to their word, we’re going to have a great group of guys to help our locker room.”

Richt said he wishes he could give recruits Orange Bowl tickets, as UM can for home games at Hard Rock Stadium. It’ll be a recruiting dead period, so recruits who attend Miami bowl practices cannot have contact with coaches. Richt said they’ll “crank up” next week, and get eight “really quality practices in.”

They’re happy to get refreshed in Coral Gables, and play their last game of the year in Miami Gardens.

“When we get back into Hard Rock, our fans are going to be wild as ever,” he said. “That makes a big difference.”

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