Miami football top five 2010s signees

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The 2010s were the epitome of mediocrity for the Miami football program. The Hurricanes went 75-63 in the decade. Only six five-star recruits signed with Miami in the 2010s and only five of them finished their collegiate careers in Coral Gables.

The last decade of Miami football fell far flat of expectations. The inconsistencies on the recruiting trail played a large part in their mediocrity on the field. Miami finished the 2010s with a 75-63 record. The Hurricanes finished the decade with an average signing class of 17.9 nationally, 2.8 in the ACC and 0.8789 per signee.

The 2020 Miami signing class finished 13th nationally, second in the ACC and an average of .8997 per signee. Slightly better, but eerily close to the players that have signed with Miami in the past decade. Despite the mediocrity, Miami has signed several elite players since 2010. Six five star signees played for Miami in the 2010s.

Five of the six five-star signees for Miami in the 2010s finished their collegiate careers with the Hurricanes. The most recent was running back Lorenzo Lingard. Lingard got off to a good start as a freshman before a knee injury cost him half of his freshman season in 2018 and most of his 2019 season.

Lingard did not receive a carry in his comeback season in 2019. The majority of the playing time Lingard received in 2019 was on special teams. Following last season, Lingard announced his intention to transfer to Florida to be closer to home and his ill father. Miami did not sign any five-star players in 2020.

A roster without five-star players

The Miami football program does not have any five-star players commited to the 2021 recruiting class. If the Hurricanes are going to make a consistent run at being the preeminent program in the ACC Coastal and seriously challenge to win the ACC, they have to start signing probably an average of one five-star player per year.