The hiring of outside linebackers coach Ishmael Aristide by the Miami football program earlier this month was praised by South Florida legend and Miami Edison head football coach Luther Campbell. Campbell often has a lot of pull locally through Pop Warner and seven-on-seven teams.
Miami hired Aristide from Texas A&M where he was an analyst and had a big impact on recruiting. Aristide has a lot of connections in South Florida and his father Wallace is the principal. Aristide helped the Aggies sign Yulkeith Brown, Amari Daniels and Donnel Harris from South Florida in their last two classes.
Campbell is frequently active on social media and critical on Twitter. It was good to see him praising the move by the Hurricanes hiring Aristide. The Miami football program has nearly completely remade its defensive coaching staff during the offseason. All of the new Miami hires on defense are strong recruiters.
Defensive line coach Jess Simpson returned to Miami after two seasons with the Atlanta Falcons, defensive backs coach Travaris Robinson was hired after spending the last five seasons in the same position plus defensive coordinator at South Carolina and promoted DeMarcus Van Dyke to cornerbacks coach.
Van Dyke had previously worked as the assistant director of recruiting for Miami. Recruiting locally is not the same landscape for Miami as it had been when the Hurricanes dominated South Florida during their dynasty from 1983-2001 with five National Championships. Miami has far more competition in the present.
Miami has to be able to sign more of the elite local players than they have in recent years. Signing five-stars, defensive tackle Leonard Taylor and safety James Williams in the Class of 2021 is a good start. The addition of Aristide, Robinson, Simpson and Van Dyke’s promotion should help Miami have more success recruiting.