Al Golden needs to make an impact.
Even before the firing of Randy Shannon, the closest thing there was to a "company man" in the world of sports, the Hurricanes' 2011 recruiting class was in trouble. Near season's end, the Canes had fewer than eight commitments and were sitting around the middle of the pack of all college football teams in terms of recruiting class rankings.
Today, the Canes sit 33rd on both Rivals and Scout. Any other year in Hurricane Nation, the same result would be unacceptable. This year, such news brings a sigh of relief.
Golden has done the best he can in what little time he has had. With virtually no crossover with the prospects he was recruiting at Temple, Golden was forced to hire an entirely new coaching staff and start recruiting from the ground up in just a few months' time.
With the exception of a few blue-chippers, Golden and his staff have gone out and found players that they believe have flown under the radar.