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Mark Richt getting to know south Florida high school football coaches

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New Miami head coach Mark Richt knows a thing or two about the importance of recruiting. During his time as a head coach at Georgia, Richt took time to set up opportunities in which he could open lines of communication with high school football coaches throughout the state of Georgia to help build inroads for his Georgia Bulldogs that were in need of building, repairing or could benefit from a little sprucing up. He is taking that philosophy and strategy with him to Miami, where he hopes to have similar results with the Miami Hurricanes.

Richt’s plan is simple. As outlined in a story by Andrea Adelson for ESPN.com, Richt just wants to talk x’s and o’s with high school coaches as a way to get to know them better. Richt is no stranger to Florida recruiting, of course, but any opportunity to establish new relationships with the high schools coaches in his new home state is a worthwhile one.

“We break bread together and talk ball,” Richt said. We get to know each other. If they want to see what we’re doing, great. A lot of times, we’d watch the film of our practice together and let them hear us as a staff talk about what we’re doing, why we’re doing it, corrections and all that. Then if they have questions, we’ll do that or if they want to talk about any subject they want to talk about.”

Florida State pulled the second-ranked recruiting class in 2016, its third consecutive top five recruiting class according to Rivals. The Florida Gators have brought in recruiting classes anywhere between No. 4 and No. 23 every season since 2013. Both the Seminoles and Gators have been staying ahead of Miami. Richt’s first recruiting class at Miami ranked No. 24 according to Rivals, but he can get a pass for having such a short time working on recruiting for Miami. Maybe the new effort is paying off for Richt. Although still a long way away from signing day, Miami currently holds the third-best recruiting class for 2017 with 15 commitments currently lined up (Ohio State and Oklahoma take the top two spots for now). Miami has just one four-star recruit though.

It will take a little bit of time for Richt to get Miami on the same level as Florida State and Clemson in the ACC. The truth is, Miami has a few steps to go just to win its own division. Since joining the ACC, Miami has failed to win the ACC Coastal Division and play for an ACC championship, which is bizarre considering Miami was brought in as a football power to help balance the scales on the football field. Since Miami has joined the ACC, Virginia Tech has represented the Coastal Division five times; Georgia Tech four times and Duke and North Carolina once each. Richt will be able to get Miami to the ACC Championship Game, but before thinking about how to take down Florida State and Clemson, it needs to get by the rest fo the Coastal Division first.

Temple WR Sean Ryan immediately eligible at West Virginia

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In his first season in Morgantown, Neal Brown will have a new offensive toy with which to play as West Virginia heads into the 2019 season.

Early on in the offseason, Sean Ryan opted to transfer from Temple and continue his collegiate playing career elsewhere.  In April, the wide receiver settled on WVU as his next elsewhere, announcing on Twitter that he would be transferring to the Mountaineers.

With the start of a new campaign eight days away, it’s being reported that Ryan has been granted an immediate-eligibility waiver that will allow him to see the field in 2019 for the Big 12 school.


The granting of the waiver is very likely due to the fact that Temple went through some significant coaching upheaval following the end of the 2018 season.

As a true freshman this past season, Ryan played in 10 games.  In that extended action, the 6-4, 195-pound receiver from Brooklyn, NY, caught 12 passes for 162 yards and a touchdown for the Owls.

Illinois beats out Florida, Nebraska, Texas for Miami transfer Derrick Smith

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Some will say that this could be one of the Fighting Illini’s only Power Five wins in 2019, but you won’t hear that from us.

Aug.13, Derrick Smith tweeted that, “effective today, I would like to inform [Miami Nation], I am no longer on the University of Miami football team.” Over the weekend, Smith took to Twitter again to reveal that four schools are under consideration as a potential landing spot — Florida, Illinois, Nebraska and Texas. In the same tweet, the third-year junior defensive back indicated that a new school will be picked at some point this week.

Friday evening, Smith revealed that he will continue his collegiate playing career for Lovie Smith and the Illini.

It’s believed Smith will be ineligible to play immediately for his new team.  He would, though, have two years of eligibility he can use beginning with the 2020 season.

The Orange Park, Fla., native came to The U as a three-star member of the football program’s 2017 recruiting class. The past two seasons, Smith saw action in 25 of the Hurricanes’ 26 games and was credited with 24 tackles, 1½ of which were for a loss.

Prior to his decision to leave, Smith was expected to play an expanded role in the Hurricanes’ secondary this coming season.

Boise State down a few more freshmen as QB Kaiden Bennett and RB Keegan Duncan leave team

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Boise State’s once impressive Class of 2019 is dwindling much quicker than head coach Bryan Harsin would like just as the season arrives on the blue turf.

As per the Idaho Statesman, freshman quarterback Kaiden Bennett and tailback Keegan Duncan have both left the team. In addition to those names, as many as three other members from the most recent recruiting class could fail to suit up for the program this fall.

Bennett was one of several quarterbacks battling for the starting job to succeed Brett Rypien at Boise State so his likely transfer out seems like a clear indication that one of Chase Cord, Jaylon Henderson or even freshman Hank Bachmeier will be the starter when the team opens against Florida State in Jacksonville. While the three-star recruit from Folsom, California was considered a long shot in the race, his departure may just be the first of several after Harsin names a starter.

The loss of Duncan can’t be overlook either as he was considered to be one of the best recruits in the state of Idaho during his senior season and could have provided depth in a fairly young tailback room this season.

Fellow freshman D.K. Blaylock also left the team this month and two junior college transfers have not made it to campus yet according to the Statesman.

Boise State had signed the top class in the Mountain West in February according to 247Sports and a top 50 group nationally but it appears that highly touted group won’t be making quite the impact many expected after these most recent defections.

Penn State confirms Sean Clifford will be starter at quarterback

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James Franklin has his replacement for Trace McSorley at quarterback and it’s the guy everybody could have predicted for the past several months.

In the latest in a long line of QB decisions around college football this week, redshirt sophomore Sean Clifford will indeed be the Nittany Lions starter when the team opens their season against Idaho on Aug. 31.

Clifford was tabbed by many as McSorley’s replacement almost as soon as last year’s fellow backup, Tommy Stevens, announced his plans to transfer to Mississippi State. While the two were both expected to battle it out throughout August to become PSU’s starter, both will wind up taking the first snaps for their respective programs after Stevens was named QB1 for the Bulldogs on Thursday by ex-Nittany Lions OC Joe Moorhead.

As for Clifford, he beat out redshirt freshman Will Levis for the gig and will have a high bar to clear leading a team many consider as a dark horse to win the Big Ten. As McSorley’s backup in 2018, he threw just seven passes in mop-up duty but completed five for 165 yards and two touchdowns.

Those career numbers are about to make a significant jump in the coming weeks as Clifford starts a new chapter in State College.