Al Golden only worries about finding great players to put on the field. He doesn't care where they're from.Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY SportsDecember 31, 2016
Al Golden, head coach of the Miami Hurricanes' football program, has been working to rebuild one of the best dynasties college football has ever seen.
It was a dynasty from the 1980s into the early 2000s, and it was started by one coach, Howard Schnellenberger, and his unique recruiting philosophy.
The 'State of Miami' was a term coined by Schnellenberger and it helped build the Miami football program into a powerhouse.
"Schnelly" would recruit the state of Florida south of Interstate 4, which runs approximately from Tampa to Orlando. There is absolutely no doubt the talent from the 'State of Miami' was what steered the Hurricanes to five national championships and various other opportunities at the title.
Fast forward to 2013 where Golden took plenty of heat after 14 of his 19 signees were not from Florida. Following signing day, big-time 'Canes supporter Luther Campbell—perhaps better known as "Uncle Luke"—took a shot at Golden criticizing him for "hating Florida."
Golden has shown he doesn't completely hate Florida, though, as all six of the current verbal commitments for the 2014 class to date are from the state.
But when one looks at the University of Miami's Sports Hall of Fame, it features 109 football inductees who came to Coral Gables from all over the country.
The number of inductees who hail from a different state may be surprising to some. This section is a breakdown of the home state of each member.
As the chart shows, 59 of the football inductees are from outside Florida, but 47 members are from in-state.
Names such as Jim Kelly (East Brady, PA), Ed Reed (St. Rose, LA) and Bubba Franks (Big Spring, TX) found their way to Miami as "outsiders," but 'Canes fans surely do not have many complaints about that.
For example, Schnellenberger's 1983 National Championship-winning team was not solely 'State of Miami' players. Much of the depth and talent of that team was absolutely from South Florida, but not every key player was.
Quarterback Bernie Kosar (Boardman, OH), All-American linebacker Jay Brophy (Akron, OH) and Orange Bowl hero Kenny Calhoun (Titusville, FL) were not from the 'State of Miami.'
Note: Calhoun is dependent on your interpretation of the northern-most border of South Florida. Titusville, FL sits along the "straight" line of I-4 from Tampa to Orlando.
But I know some of you are wondering, "Well, why didn't you focus on the guys who are actually from Florida?"
I hear you.
This graph switches focus to the 47 HOF inductees from the state of Florida.
While the majority of the school's Hall of Fame inductees are not from Florida, a strong number (37) are, in fact, from the 'State of Miami.'
It is important to note, however, that the 1987 National Championship team had a heavy dose of inductees from South Florida leading the squad.
Among others, Melvin Bratton (Miami, Northwestern HS), Michael Irvin (Fort Lauderdale, St. Thomas Aquinas HS) and Bennie Blades (Piper, Sunrise HS) led the way to the school's second national title.
The evolution of the Miami football program into dominance was reliant on local players staying home and playing for the 'Canes. Twenty-seven of the 109 inductees are from the neighboring counties of Dade, Broward or Palm Beach.
South Florida is the most important part of the state that needs to be recruited, but it doesn't mean the 'Canes should only recruit the 'State of Miami.'
Al Golden released his post-spring practice depth chart, and more than half of the listed starters are from the 'State of Miami.'
He is recruiting talent in South Florida that could be considered among the highest it's recently been strictly by the rankings of scouting services.
Not only is he recruiting the talent, the talent wants to come to the school.
But it doesn't mean Golden shouldn't snag some studs from out-of-state, either.
For those interested, here is the complete list of UM Sports Hall of Fame football inductees with home state, city and high school where available.
|Year ||Player ||State ||City (High School)|
|2013 ||Ken Dorsey ||California ||Orinda (Miramonte)|
|2013 ||Brett Romberg ||Ontario, Canada ||Windsor (Belle River)|
|2012 ||Ed Reed ||Louisiana ||St. Rose (Destrehan)|
|2012 ||Bryant McKinnie ||New Jersey ||Woodbury (Woodbury)|
|2012 ||Ray Bellamy* ||Florida ||Palmetto (Lincoln Memorial)|
|2012 ||Rich Mercier ||Quebec, Canada ||Montreal (n/a)|
|2011 ||Reggie Wayne ||Louisiana ||New Orleans (John Ehret)|
|2011 ||Dan Morgan* ||Florida ||Coral Springs (Taravella)|
|2011 ||Santana Moss* ||Florida ||Carol City (Miami)|
|2010 ||Bubba Franks ||Texas ||Big Spring (Big Spring)|
|2010 ||Jim Cox* ||Florida ||Miami (Christopher Columbus)|
|2009 ||Edgerrin James* ||Florida ||Immokalee (Immokalee)|
|2009 ||Mike Sullivan ||Illinois ||Chicago (St. Francis DeSales)|
|2008 ||Randal Hill* ||Florida ||Miami (Killian)|
|2008 ||K.C. Jones ||Texas ||Midland (Robert E. Lee)|
|2008 ||Jeff Feagles ||Arizona ||Phoenix (Gerard Catholic)|
|2007 ||Maurice Crum ||Florida ||Tampa (Hillsborough)|
|2007 ||Albert Bentley* ||Florida ||Immokalee (Immokalee)|
|2006 ||Darrin Smith* ||Florida ||Norland (Miami)|
|2006 ||Ray Lewis ||Florida ||Lakeland (Kathleen)|
|2006 ||Ryan McNeil* ||Florida ||Fort Pierce (Westwood Christian)|
|2005 ||Warren Sapp ||Florida ||Apopka (Apopka)|
|2005 ||Michael Barrow* ||Florida ||Homestead (Homestead)|
|2004 ||Jack Johnson ||Pennsylvania ||Pittsburgh (Carrick)|
|2004 ||Jessie Armstead ||Texas ||Dallas (David W. Carter)|
|2004 ||Danny Miller* ||Florida ||Clewiston (Clewiston)|
|2004 ||Cortez Kennedy ||Arkansas ||Wilson (Rivercrest)|
|2003 ||Melvin Bratton* ||Florida ||Miami (Northwestern)|
|2003 ||Greg Mark ||New Jersey ||Cherry Hill (Pennsauken)|
|2003 ||Kevin Fagan* ||Florida ||Greenacres (John I. Leonard)|
|2003 ||Gino Torretta ||California ||Pinole (Pinole Valley)|
|2003 ||Leon Searcy ||Florida ||Orlando (Evans)|
|2002 ||George Mira, Jr.* ||Florida ||Palmetto (Palmetto)|
|2002 ||Carlos Huerta* ||Florida ||Miami (Christopher Columbus)|
|2001 ||Craig Erickson* ||Florida ||West Palm Beach (Cardinal Newman)|
|2001 ||Russell Maryland ||Illinois ||Chicago (Whitney Young)|
|2001 ||John Noppenberg ||Michigan ||Menominee (Menominee)|
|2000 ||Michael Irvin* ||Florida ||Fort Lauderdale (St. Thomas Aquinas)|
|2000 ||Bill Hawkins* ||Florida ||South Broward (Hollywood)|
|1999 ||Steve Walsh ||Minnesota ||St. Paul (Cretin-Derham)|
|1999 ||Daniel Stubbs ||New Jersey ||Little Silver (Red Bank)|
|1999 ||Lester Williams* ||Florida ||Miami (Carol City)|
|1999 ||Don Latimer* ||Florida ||Fort Pierce (Fort Pierce Central)|
|1998 ||Bennie Blades* ||Florida ||Piper (Sunrise)|
|1998 ||Jim Burt ||New York ||Orchard Park (Orchard Park)|
|1998 ||Vinny Testaverde ||New York ||Elmont (Sewanhaka)|
|1997 ||Jerome Brown* ||Florida ||Brooksville (Hernando)|
|1997 ||Alonzo Highsmith* ||Florida ||Miami (Christopher Columbus)|
|1996 ||Tom Sullivan ||Florida ||Duncan U. Fletcher (Neptune Beach)|
|1996 ||Don Smith ||Florida ||Tarpon Springs (Tarpon Springs)|
|1995 ||Charlie George* ||Florida ||Miami (Miami Senior)|
|1995 ||Eddie Brown* ||Florida ||Miami (Miami)|
|1995 ||Bernie Kosar ||Ohio ||Boardman (Boardman)|
|1994 ||Sam Scarnecchia ||Ohio ||Niles (n/a)|
|1994 ||Ronnie Lippett* ||Florida ||Sebring (Sebring)|
|1994 ||Harold Sears ||California ||Glendale (JUCO)|
|1993 ||Gary Dunn* ||Florida ||Coral Gables (Coral Gables)|
|1993 ||Fred Marion ||Florida ||Gainesville (F.W. Buchholz)|
|1992 ||Don James ||Ohio ||Massillon (Washington)|
|1992 ||Rubin Carter* ||Florida ||Fort Lauderdale (Stranahan)|
|1992 ||Jim Kelly ||Pennsylvania ||East Brady (East Brady)|
|1991 ||Tom Pratt ||Wisconsin ||Beloit (Memorial)|
|1991 ||Tony Cristiani ||Florida ||Brandon (*Likely Brandon HS*)|
|1990 ||Ottis Anderson* ||Florida ||West Palm Beach (Forest Hill)|
|1990 ||Tom Beier ||Michigan ||Bay City (St. Joseph's)|
|1990 ||Don Mariutto* ||Florida ||Miami (Miami Senior)|
|1989 ||Dennis Harrah ||West Virginia ||Charleston (Stonewall Jackson)|
|1989 ||Eddie Edwards* ||Florida ||Fort Pierce (Fort Pierce Central)|
|1989 ||Tony Cline ||Indiana ||Michigan City (Michigan City)|
|1988 ||Dr. Francis Rouviere ||Illinois ||Buckner (n/a)|
|1988 ||Mike Barnes ||Pennsylvania ||Pittsburgh (Peabody)|
|1987 ||Nick A. Chickillo ||Pennsylvania ||Scranton (West Scranton)|
|1987 ||Jack Losch ||Pennsylvania ||Williamsport (n/a)|
|1986 ||Chuck Foreman ||Maryland ||Frederick (Frederick)|
|1985 ||Dr. Harry Mallios ||Pennsylvania ||Philadelphia (n/a)|
|1984 ||Bob Tatarek ||Pennsylvania ||Jeanette (Jeanette Senior)|
|1983 ||Pete Banaszak ||Wisconsin ||Crivitz (Crivitz)|
|1983 ||Pete Mastellone ||New Jersey ||Hillside (Hillside)|
|1982 ||Burgess Owens ||Florida ||Tallahassee (James L. Rickards)|
|1982 ||Harvey James* ||Florida ||Miami (Miami Senior)|
|1981 ||Ed Weisacosky ||Pennsylvania ||Pottsville (Pottsville)|
|1980 ||Fran Curci* ||Florida ||Miami (Archbishop Curley)|
|1980 ||Ted Hendricks* ||Florida ||Hialeah (Hialeah)|
|1978 ||Gordon Malloy ||Georgia ||Atlanta (North Fulton)|
|1978 ||Edward Cameron ||New Jersey ||Neward (n/a)|
|1977 ||Dan Conners ||Pennsylvania ||St. Mary's (St. Marys Area)|
|1977 ||Armand Vari ||Pennsylvania ||Pittsburgh (St. George)|
|1976 ||Ray Arckey ||Pennsylvania ||Scranton (Scranton Tech)|
|1975 ||Bill Miller ||Pennsylvania ||McKeesport (McKeesport)|
|1974 ||Chuck Klein ||New York ||Jamaica (n/a)|
|1974 ||Frank McDonald ||New Jersey ||Nutley (n/a)|
|1973 ||George Mira, Sr.* ||Florida ||Key West (Key West)|
|1973 ||Leo Martin ||Pennsylvania ||Pittsburgh (Westinghouse)|
|1973 ||Larry Wilson* ||Florida ||Miami (Miami)|
|1972 ||Jim Otto ||Wisconsin ||Wausau (Wausau)|
|1972 ||Harry Ghaul ||New Jersey ||Burlington (Burlington City)|
|1972 ||Jim Dooley* ||Florida ||Miami (Miami Senior)|
|1971 ||Rod Ashman ||n/a ||n/a|
|1971 ||Nick Wolcuff ||New York ||Brooklyn (n/a)|
|1971 ||Jack Hackett ||Pennsylvania ||McKeesport (McKeesport)|
|1970 ||Frank Smith ||New York ||Tuckahoe (Tuckahoe)|
|1970 ||Al Carapella ||New York ||Tuckahoe (Tuckahoe)|
|1970 ||Don Bosseler ||New York ||Batavia (Batavia)|
|1970 ||Tom Kearns ||Massachusetts ||Somerville (Somerville)|
|1969 ||Bill Kimbrough ||n/a ||n/a|
|1969 ||Bob Masterson ||New Jersey ||North Branch (North Branch)|
|1969 ||Denny Leonard ||n/a ||n/a|
|1969 ||Walter Kichefski ||Wisconsin ||Rhinelander (Rhinelander)|
|1967 ||Eddie Dunn* ||Florida ||***Raised in Miami***|
*- Denote 'State of Miami' players
Notes: Denny Leonard, Bill Kimbrough and Rod Ashman are the three members about whom I could not find any information for this piece.
Special thanks to John Routh, Director, UM Sports Hall of Fame, for supplying additional information during research.
Thank you to reader Tom Popadak for inquiring about this topic!