Ryan Wright the Rivals.com national recruiting analyst gave his take on how a five-win 2022 Miami football season could affect the Hurricanes in recruiting. The 2023 Miami recruiting class is currently ranked ninth nationally by Rivals. Miami has 19 commits to its 2023 class. Miami has kept de-commitments to a minimum.
Four-star quarterback Jaden Rashada was the first de-commitment from the 2023 Miami football class since June. Following the de-commitment from Rashada, several 2023 Miami commits reassured their pledge to the Hurricanes via Twitter. Closing strong with at least a win versus Pittsburgh will be important.
A win over the Panthers would be the sixth of the season and make Miami bowl eligible. Miami would be allowed more practices if they qualify for a bowl game. The extra practices would allow the younger Miami players who have been contributing more lately to continue to develop leading up to the bowl game.
The Early National Signing Period is December 21-23. Miami will sign more than the 19 players with several prospects high on the Hurricanes’ list still uncommitted. Defensive lineman Rueben Bain and offensive tackle Samson Okunlola will be the names to watch. Miami is pushing for a possible top-five class.
"1. What’s the potential fallout from a five-win Miami season?The Hurricanes (5-5, 3-3 ACC) have two chances to win one to make the cut for a bowl berth. If Las Vegas has a say in it, Miami will fall by 19 points this weekend to Clemson making the regular season home finale against Pitt (6-4, 3-3 ACC) on Nov. 26 the biggest game of the year.The home game against the Panthers is winnable, and one that could easily be lost. If Miami falls short of getting a bowl bid, what is the potential fallout? NIL deals were supposed to help sway elite prospects to South Florida, rebuilding the roster in Mario Cristobal’s image.‘After four-star quarterback Jaden Rashada flipped to Florida on Nov. 11, doubt has to be settling in on the future. The class is still loaded by all accounts with three five-star players and nine four-stars, but is Rashada’s decision the outlier or the first in a developing trend?Miami’s offense has been below average this season scoring at a clip of 25.7 points per game, and that includes putting 70 points on Bethune-Cookman in the opener. The defense has been above average, holding teams to 23.9 points per game.There is a future to sell at Miami, but if recruits are not liking the product on the field and the Canes miss a bowling opportunity, expect more decommitments to happen. Several Miami commits are top targets for other teams that can also sell them on the future but with better success on the field.”"
Mario Cristobal has spoken about the importance of relationships in recruiting. Cristobal has stated that the 2023 Miami commitments have bought into what the Hurricanes staff is building. Continuity on the Miami staff could be important. Cristobal could choose to make changes to the coaching staff after a disappointing season.
Any Miami commits who were recruited by possible departing staff members for Miami could impact the Hurricanes’ recruiting class(es). Miami will also be busy in the transfer portal and is expected to lose multiple players to the transfer portal. It’s expected to be a busy next month for the Miami football program.