Yesterday, it was reported by The Miami Herald that the offer to 4-star offensive tackle Denver Kirkland, who is from Miami and had the Hurricanes as one of the top three schools to choose from on National Signing Day, has been revoked. Kirkland was waiting until national signing day to commit. His high school coach Tim Harris said,
Coach [Al] Golden visited the school [Thursday] before our parade and told Denver everything he wanted to hear, Harris said. Then, a couple hours later, everything changed. … This isn’t the way UM should be doing business, not with the kids in their own backyard.
Miami is trying to claim an academic problem with transcripts and grades; however, this seems late in the process to realize such an issue.
How does this affect Florida State?
With the decommitment of Austin Golson, Florida State fans were concerned with the lack of offensive lineman in this class and the lack of depth moving into next season. However, this puts Florida State into the driver's seat for acquiring Kirkland and possibly making a move to get Golson to re-commit.
Also, SBnation.com reports that Kirkland's stepfather was the youth football coach of 5-star linebacker Matthew Thomas. Thomas is highly sought after by both FSU and Miami and this might push Thomas toward the side of the Seminoles. This move by Miami might provide FSU with a fantastic national signing day finish.