Miami football should benefit from lift of 25 scholarship class limit

Nov 20, 2021; Miami Gardens, Florida, USA; Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 20, 2021; Miami Gardens, Florida, USA; Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports /

The Miami football program should benefit from the announcement by the NCAA earlier this week that the scholarship limit of 25 per class will be lifted for the next two recruiting cycles. Miami signed 14 freshmen and 11 transfers for the 2022 season. Mario Cristobal and his staff can potentially stack their 2023 class.

The Miami football program could have exceeded the 25-man class in 2022. College football programs that lose seven or more transfers can sign up to 32 players. Programs are allowed one scholarship per transfer lost up to 32 total players in the class. Miami has lost 16 transfers since the beginning of the 2021 season.

Five players are committed to Miami in the Class of 2023. Miami will lose players to the transfer portal in the next year. As one of the most attractive destinations in college football, Miami should continue to be busy in the transfer portal every year. Miami has been able to improve the roster by adding transfers.

The hiring of Mario Cristobal as head coach should vault Miami from signing an averaging recruiting class in the teens in recent years to perennially top 10 classes. Cristobal signed an average class of 10.5 nationally at Oregon. Rivals.Com recruiting analyst Nick Harris expects Miami to benefit from more scholarships.

"“The question I have is how this will benefit top programs such as Miami and USC that are also handling first-year staffs and can also load up in the 2023 recruiting class.Expect a flurry of camp offers to go out across the country this summer, and if you’re a recruit in the 2023 class debating whether to go to camps or not, then this rule is made for you to succeed.”"

Miami should start receiving more commits to the 2023 class once players compete in the camps this summer. Cristobal inherited a class that ranked in the seventies when he was hired in December. The 2022 Miami class has an overall ranking of 13th nationally. The Miami transfer class ranks ninth.

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With Cristobal at Miami and Lincoln Riley in his first offseason at USC, recruiting could shift in Southern California and South Florida. California, Florida, Georgia and Texas are the four biggest recruiting areas in college football. If Miami can return so being the primary program to recruit South Florida they will improve quickly.