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10:47 AM ET 02.02 | Many high school coaches in Dade and Broward say the University of Miami is doing a good job recruiting in its own backyard even if a few big stars are getting away. The coaches of the 30 local seniors who did have offers said UM coaches recruited those players as hard as anybody else in the country, with assistants Michael Barrow and Hurlie Brown taking the lead on most. "I personally don't see how they can do a better job recruiting South Florida than they already are," said Merritt, who had U.S. All-American safety Deon Bush sign with UM two years ago. "You're talking about the most recruited, talent-rich area in the country. There's no way you're going to get them all."

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February 2, 2014  11:06 AM ET

SMU rose to power in the 1980's by focusing on keeping the local talent local. What they soon discovered was they had to offer more, shall we say, "incentives" than the other programs who had established pipelines with the local high school coaches and players.

So if Al wants to keep more local talent home he needs to offer more incentives than Florida, FSU, Alabama, Georgia and the like.

February 2, 2014  11:21 AM ET
QUOTE(#1):

...So if Al wants to keep more local talent home he needs to offer more incentives than Florida, FSU, Alabama, Georgia and the like.

A degree in "Africana Studies" with a minor in "Electronic Media" proffered by the U looks like a great attractant.

February 2, 2014  11:45 AM ET
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A degree in "Africana Studies" with a minor in "Electronic Media" proffered by the U looks like a great attractant.

Al should consider becoming more predatory like Saban ... focus a majority of effort on out-of-state recruits. Use the South Beach lifestyle as a hook. A degree program in Hip Hop administration would probably snag a few blue chippers from places like Michigan. Stuff like that.

February 2, 2014  12:37 PM ET

Of course they can recruit locally. Those kids are not allowed to leave the State of Florida. It is part of their probation and plea bargain. Jeesh!

February 2, 2014  02:29 PM ET
QUOTE(#1):

SMU rose to power in the 1980's by focusing on keeping the local talent local. What they soon discovered was they had to offer more, shall we say, "incentives" than the other programs who had established pipelines with the local high school coaches and players.So if Al wants to keep more local talent home he needs to offer more incentives than Florida, FSU, Alabama, Georgia and the like.

Sooooo...to extrapolate this out a bit...

You are saying that SMU had to offer better "incentives" than Texas?

;)

February 2, 2014  02:33 PM ET
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Sooooo...to extrapolate this out a bit...You are saying that SMU had to offer better "incentives" than Texas?;)

Everyone knows DFW is Sooner recruiting territory. What I'm saying is .....

February 2, 2014  10:29 PM ET

Hookers & blow baby. Works every time.

 
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