Tyriq McCord Commits to Miami: How Did Al Golden Sneak Past South Carolina?

Jim Sullivan@jsully711Featured ColumnistJanuary 7, 2012

In a surprise move, the defensive lineman Tyriq McCord out of Tampa Bay, FL chose to take his talents to South Beach over South Carolina. Spurrier and company have to be disappointed on losing this 4-star recruit, especially to Miami.

Coming in at 6'3" and 223 pounds, McCord is one of the hardest workers in the country according to scouts and coaches. To use a good ole analogy, they like to say his motor is always running. 

Never taking a play off, his speed makes him one dangerous defensive end. Although he is weak on his technique and style beating offensive lineman, his athleticism easily makes up for it. Golden will have to work with him, particularly if he wants McCord back at linebacker.

Golden and the Hurricanes really pulled a fast one on the ole ball coach though, snagging a top recruit right out from under his nose. McCord would be an asset at either university, but why pick Miami over the Gamecocks?

The U has been having trouble since their National Championship loss to Ohio State back 2002, basically causing them to losing their swagger. Not to mention, the gigantic scandal that surfaced over the summer isn't exactly appealing.

Golden and company just finished up their first year, making him not only inexperienced with D-I football, but also as a recruiter. Spurrier, on the other hand, has been doing this for years. He's coached with the big boys for so long that he has a national reputation.

Additionally, Miami resides in the ACC while USC faces off in the Southeastern Conference. The SEC is the best in the nation, hands down. Who isn't ecstatic about a chance to compete in the strongest conference ever?

Here's why—Golden is not only better than most people think, he is also in position to revive this program from the ground up. Getting all the scandals out of the way, him and his staff are in the prime stage to be convincing top recruits to come help them rebuild.

McCord is a big-time defensive recruit and there is no doubt he will help the U make up some lost ground on his side of the ball. Many players look for opportunities to make their mark on a university, and at USC McCord can rightfully believe that he'll get lost in the wash.

However, at Miami, he can shine brighter than he ever would in the SEC. Golden proved to him that this is his shot to make a difference to a fallen giant. Watch for this kid to start changing the game in the Hurricanes favor, particularly during ACC play. 


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