With spring games over and the beginning of fall practices months away, college football coaches across the nation are trying to convince high school juniors and seniors to commit to their respective universities.
Head football coach at the University of Miami, Randy Shannon, has arguably more pressure than any other coach in the nation to sign a top five recruiting class.
Since Shannon’s 2008 recruiting class which ESPN ranked the #1 recruiting class in the nation, Shannon has struggled to bring the top talent in the nation to Coral Gables.
Ivan McCartney, Sheldon Richardson, Seantrel Henderson, Frankie Telfort, Matt Elam, and Jeff Luc all chose other schools over Miami. Shannon defended his recent recruiting struggles to the fact that several recruits were concerned with how long Shannon would be at Miami.
With Shannon’s recent four year contract extension, it's put up or shut up for the Canes head coach.
Due to Miami’s past three recruiting classes which saw a high number of commitments: 2008 (33), 2009 (19), and 2010 (20),the Canes 2011 recruiting class is going to be about quality more than quantity.
South Florida remains the “Mecca” of the high school football recruiting. Shannon will have additional pressure to make sure that the top local talent in South Florida sign with the hometown Hurricanes.
Here are the Top 10 Football Recruit Targets for the University of Miami in 2011.