Miami Football: The Good and the Bad of National Signing Day

David KenyonFeatured ColumnistFebruary 8, 2013

Miami Football: The Good and the Bad of National Signing Day

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    National signing day was over as soon as it came, but not before a whirlwind of top high school football prospects committed to schools all over the country.

    The Miami Hurricanes coaching staff was targeting at least seven players, and last week I wrote how national signing day would make or break the Canes' 2013 class.

    Although it appeared to be heading south after Alex Collins committed to Arkansas on Monday and three of the first four Miami targets went to other teams, things turned around late in the day.

    All things considered, head coach Al Golden put together a solid recruiting class.

    Here is the good and bad of national signing day for the Hurricanes.

Good: Gus Edwards Picks Miami

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    Running back Gus Edwards from Staten Island, New York started the day off right by committing to the Hurricanes.

    Edwards announced on his Twitter account at 7 a.m. he had signed a National Letter of Intent to play for Miami.

    He ran for 1,411 yards with 11 touchdowns as a senior and is ranked the fifth-best overall player from the state of New York by 247Sports.

    Edwards can be used either as a powerful complement to Duke Johnson or a fullback in the future.

Bad: Jaynard Bostwick to Florida

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    Defensive lineman Jaynard Bostwick looked to be headed to Miami for most of the recruiting process.

    But the Florida Gators came on strong with the 4-star from St. Lucie West Centennial High School (FL) and stole a commitment from the Canes.

    Bostwick would have helped fill an enormous void at defensive tackle—a position of dire need for Miami.

    Bleacher Report's David Mayer believes the lack of D-tackle recruits will haunt the Canes.

    Missing on Bostwick surely didn't help.

Good: Stacy Coley Shocks FSU, Choose Canes

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    In an interview with ESPNU, Florida State head coach Jimbo Fisher said he believed there was an 80 percent chance Stacy Coley was headed to Tallahassee.

    But Coley, a 4-star wide receiver from Northeast High School in Fort Lauderdale, shocked the FSU staff and committed to the Hurricanes.

    Coley joins a loaded group of wide receivers, but young players are no strangers to the field on a Golden-coached team.

    An Under Armour All-American and fourth-best receiver according to 247Sports, Coley is undoubtedly one of the most highly-touted recruits in the nation.

Bad: Miami Strikes out on Booker T. Washington Prospects

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    If national signing day was a whirlwind, then the saga concerning Booker T. Washington High School prospects Denver Kirkland and Matthew Thomas was a tsunami.

    A huge shocker to the media, Kirkland had his scholarship offer pulled by the Hurricanes one week before signing day.

    As it turns out, the Miami Herald reported Kirkland's family had told the Miami coaching staff Kirkland would have a decision by February 1 or 2, but he was not ready to commit when the day came.

    Kirkland chose the University of Arkansas over Florida State.

    Thomas, a consensus 5-star linebacker, took offense to the Kirkland situation and told "you can't trust coaches who do that."

    Much to the chagrin of Hurricanes coaches and fans, Thomas is headed to the rival Seminoles.

Good: Canes Keep Jermaine Grace

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    It wasn't much of a shocker for most fans—unless they were relying on the expert predictions from

    Hailing from nearby Miramar High School, 4-star linebacker Jermaine Grace picked Miami late in the day.

    He played with current Hurricanes Tracy Howard and Malcolm Lewis in high school and remains close to Howard.

    Grace told ESPN's Corey Long in March 2012 he and Howard made a promise they would head to the same college.

    Howard chose Miami, Grace held up his end of the bargain and the two will be teammates again in 2013.

Bad: Alex Collins Situation Provides False Hope

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    In one of the most bizarre signing day stories in recent history—maybe ever—powerful running back Alex Collins was not able to sign his National Letter of Intent.

    Why was this, you ask?

    Collins' mom took the official document and exited the premises because she was still bitter about her son leaving to attend a college so far away.

    Now-blatantly false rumors surfaced that the 5-star Collins, a former Miami commitment, would be staying home at the wish of his mother.

    However, Collins' father Johnny signed the papers Thursday afternoon according to Manny Navarro of the Miami Herald.

    Any false hope Hurricane fans had of the top running back decommitting from Arkansas and recommitting to the Canes was shattered—but it is probably for the best of the young man.


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