10 Reasons College Football Recruits Should Choose Miami Over Florida
University of Miami Linebacker commit Kevin Nelson, had a lot to say about the hometown Florida Gators.
"A UM oral commitment at the time, Nelson said UF coaches allowed other recruits, but not him, inside their locker room after a 2009 game, even though star linebacker Brandon Spikes invited him. "Grimy, two-faced and disrespectful,'' Nelson said of Gators coaches.
If you follow college football recruiting at all, then you have heard the heavy handed tactics that University of Florida coaches take with recruits. Nelson spurned the hometown team to sign with the Hurricanes. The Florida Gators are not happy about it.
This invokes a thought, did Nelson make the right choice? After some digging and comparisons I would say yes, so I present 10 reasons College Football Recruits Should Choose Miami Over Florida.
Less Arrested Teammates (Pictured: Florida's Carlos Dunlap)
People talk about the Miami Hurricanes having players arrested for committing crimes all over Miami. That was a long time ago, and contrary to popular belief the Florida Gators are the U of Felons right now.
There have been at least 24 instances where a University of Florida player faced misdemeanor, or felony CHARGES for a crime since 2005. The Miami Hurricanes have less than 5 instances of players being arrested over the same time span.
You will Play in A Smarter Conference
The Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) is at the top of the NCAA for graduating it’s football players. The conference has the highest graduation rate in the country for college football at 58.5%.
The Southeastern Conference (SEC) on the other hand hovers toward the bottom tier for graduating their football players. The SEC even trails the Sun Belt conference in graduation rate of it’s players. The Southeastern Conference graduates about 48.5% of it’s football players overall.
Gainesville vs. Coral Gables
There is absolutely no comparison here Coral Gables wins hands down, the sunny beaches and more women in bikini’s per mile than any place in the state of Florida. There is so much to do in the South Florida area. The best part of it is the variety of different people you are exposed to there.
Gainesville is built and centered around UF, take the school away and you are left with almost nothing. The place is a ghost town when school is not in session, and comparing it to the night life of South Florida is not even fair.
Better Shot at the NFL
UF has always been a “good” football program, that could never beat Alabama. For years their players struggled in the NFL, and it was because of the “Fun and Gun” offense run by Steve Spurrier that kept players in a gimmick system which did not prepare them for the Pros.
Urban Meyer has put players at UF in the same situation, and although their numbers have went up they still have nothing on Miami.
Miami currently has 46 players on NFL rosters, while Florida has 31. Miami also has the most tight ends, and running backs on NFL rosters currently.
Better Academic Progress Rate
The University of Miami Men’s Football team was publicly recognized by the NCAA for it’s progress and graduation rate of it’s football players.
The University of Florida received public recognition as well in Women’s Volleyball, they are graduating Women’s Volleyball players at an astonishing rate there.
The University of Florida is a great academic institution, but it seems in their football program academics is sacrificed for winning. (Which is what a lot of programs do these days.)
South Beach > Atlantic Beach
South Beach is a world famous beach in the Miami area, and it is frequented by young coeds on a daily basis. What better environment for a college football player to relax, and unwind after beating Georgia Tech. Only 13 miles from the UM Campus.
I listed Atlantic Beach Because that is what a Gainesville website lists as the closest beach to the UF Campus. It’s in Jacksonville some 2 hours away!
South Beach Wins Hands Down, and if any people from Gainesville know of any beaches closer to Gainesville they would put up against South Beach please let's discuss.
Better Football Championship History
It does not matter what UF fans say, the University of Miami is still the premiere championship football program in the state of Florida.
The University of Miami have Five total National Titles (should be more), while the University of Florida have only three National titles.
For all the naysayers, it’s the wins that count right? Well if it’s the wins that count titles have to be worth much more.
More Conference Titles
Despite the fact that the University of Florida has been playing football a few decades longer than the University of Miami, the Hurricanes still have more conference titles than the Florida Gators.
The Hurricanes have nine conference titles while the Florida Gators only have eight. They are still catching up. People will say Miami has not won the ACC since joining, well does that not make it stand out more that we have more conference titles?
Proving It On The Field
The Hurricanes lead the all time series with the Florida Gators 28 – 26, the Hurricanes recently had their six game win streak over the Gators snapped in 2008.
Before that the Hurricanes had not lost to the Gators since 1985, and enjoyed bragging rights over the Gators for nearly 20 years. In several of the meetings the Hurricanes made the Gators look bad, and even the famous brawl on Bourbon Street when the teams met in the Sugar Bowl.
All of this and the nature of the rivalry prompted Urban Meyer to kick a meaningless field goal at the end of the game in 2008 to make the score 30 - 3. One small field goal did not erase decades of ducking playing the Miami Hurricanes like the Gators did, stating the "Thug Nature of the Program" excuse.
Better Looking People
Is there really a comparison here? We know that beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and there are a lot of beautiful women in Gainesville. There is one problem though most of them are not from Gainesville, we are talking about the “locals” in this case.
On average there are more good looking people in the Miami area than in Gainesville, it’s not hard to see that. I will leave it to the women readers to make the determination on the men, as I am not an expert in that category.
(I know people who have lived in Gainesville will take this personal it’s not, just bringing some fun to the article, flame me all you want if it makes you feel better)