This past weekend, the NFL Pro Bowl featured a record 11 Miami Hurricanes. This is where most college football players want to end up at some point in their football careers: amongst the elite of the NFL brotherhood getting paid big chunks of change to be the best.
NFL Factory U welcomed today it's incoming 2010 signees, and possible future Pro Bowlers, into the Hurricanes family. It isn't rated in the top ten class as previous Randy Shannon classes have been but it's still a remarkable no. 12 considering how 'quiet' Miami has been this offseason; a feat achieved because of Shannon's familiarity and ties with area high schools.
Despite the national sports media fetishizing National Signing Day, it's a pivotal day in the road a team takes to the ultimate goal of a National Championship; it could be one made of yellow bricks or thumbtacks and potholes.
When analyzing what the 'Canes accomplished by luring these players to Coral Gables, I liken it to the NFL Draft. If one were to compare it that way, it would be fair to say that this was a successful 'need' draft.
Miami's most glaring vacancies, position-wise, were OL, TE and LB. Coach Shannon and his staff did a fantastic job of filling those holes.
The overarching football concerns for Miami, aside from addressing roster depth, was getting stronger and more physical in the trenches.
QB Jacory Harris will never achieve his goal of hoisting the Heisman Trophy if he spends the rest of his college career running for his life. Thus, OL was an issue regardless of graduating players.
On the defensive side of the ball, the 'Canes pass rush was about as intimidating as a kitten wrestling with a puppy. The 2009 defense recorded only 24 sacks total.
Who did they get to fix what's broken? I present your 2010 Miami Hurricanes recruiting class.