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Mario Cristobal inherited more Miami football talent than he did at Oregon

Oct 22, 2022; Miami Gardens, Florida, USA; Mandatory Credit: Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 22, 2022; Miami Gardens, Florida, USA; Mandatory Credit: Sam Navarro-USA TODAY Sports /

The Miami football roster ranks 13th in the 247 Sports team talent composite rankings. When Mario Cristobal was elevated to head coach at Oregon for the 2018 season, the Ducks ranked 25th in the team talent composite rankings. Oregon currently ranks seventh in the team talent rankings and Miami was 17th in 2018.

Miami has two five-star signees, 44 four-stars and 34 three-stars on its roster. Oregon had no five-stars on its 2018 roster, 19 four stars and 47 three-stars. Miami has a far better roster currently than what Cristobal took over in 2018. Talent is not the issue for the Miami football program.

In the four NFL Drafts that followed each of the seasons Cristobal was the head coach at Oregon, 14 Ducks were drafted and three were taken in the first round. Miami has also had 14 draftees and two first-round picks in the past four NFL Drafts. Cristobal significantly upgraded the roster at Oregon.

The current Oregon roster has five five-star players, 47 four-stars and 33 three-stars. Cristobal left behind a better current roster at Oregon to return to Miami. The 2023 Hurricanes class is currently ranked 12th by the 247 Sports composite rankings and has one five-star commit, eight four-star and eight three-stars.

Miami has a more talented roster than all of its opponents this season except Texas A&M. The Aggies have the fourth most talented roster according to the 247 Sports team talent composite. North Carolina and Florida State are the only other 2022 Miami opponents with rosters even close to the same talent as the Hurricanes.

Cristobal should have the same success at Miami as he had at Oregon upgrading the Ducks’ roster. Miami has a much better roster than Oregon had in 2018 and Cristobal has a far more fertile area to recruit in. Only four of the current 2023 Miami commits are playing high school football in South Florida.

Cristobal should improve on the four commits to Miami from South Florida for 2023. Productive four-star defensive lineman Rueben Bain from Miami Central is strongly considering the Hurricanes. Five-star offensive lineman Samson Okunlola from Thayer Academy in Massachusetts is strongly considering Miami.

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Okunlola would provide Miami with a pair of five-star OL in the Class of 2023 with Francis Mauigoa out of IMG Academy in Bradenton. The 2023 Miami commits have been active on Twitter reaffirming their commitment to the Hurricanes. Miami has to hope the players will remain committed after a disappointing season.