Miami football staff splitting time game planning and recruiting

Sep 18, 2021; Miami Gardens, Florida, USA; Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 18, 2021; Miami Gardens, Florida, USA; Mandatory Credit: Jasen Vinlove-USA TODAY Sports /

According to Barry Jackson of the Miami Herald, Miami football assistant coaches are splitting their time between game-planning for all 12 2022 opponents and recruiting. Miami opens the 2022 season against Bethune-Cookman at Hard Rock Stadium on September 3. The Hurricanes currently have five 2023 commits.

June will be a busy month for the Miami football program with 15 prospects scheduled to make visits. More recruits could be added to that list. In addition to game planning and recruiting, the majority of the Miami staff is still getting to know the players. Only tight ends coach Stephen Field returns from the 2021 staff.

None of the Miami coaching staff spent time in the ACC. Co-defensive coordinator Kevin Steele spent the majority of his coaching career in the SEC. Steele should be somewhat familiar with Texas A&M as the DC at Auburn through 2020. Several other new Miami assistants have SEC experience.

Cristobal has built a staff that has experience in all of the Power Five conferences. That should help Miami game plan and in recruiting. The five 2023 Miami commits together form the 36th ranked recruiting class. That number should rise significantly by Early National Signing Day in December.

Oregon averaged signing the 10.5 ranked class under Cristobal. The Miami staff has a busy offseason developing new relationships with high school coaches in the Southeast and game-planning for teams they are mostly unfamiliar with. Cristobal is known for his relentless work ethic.

By the time training camp starts in August, Miami will be ready. Miami should have a chance to ease into its schedule. After the season opener against Bethune-Cookman, Miami hosts Southern Miss in week two. Week three will bring national attention to the Miami football team with a game at Texas A&M.

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The Miami staff will have the added challenge of game planning for Texas A&M with the Aggies potentially starting LU transfer Max Johnson at QB and with new DC D.J. Durkin. Implementing new defensive and offensive systems for Miami, while looking at film and recruiting has created a busy offseason for the Hurricanes’ staff.