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: June 19, 2009, 08:59:11 AM

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The UM coaches have been pretty clear about their recruiting intentions.

Gone are the days of strictly going after the so-called four- and five-star recruits. Coach Randy Shannon Tom Luginbill wants the best football players out there, regardless of what some Internet recruiting website says. The Hurricanes aren't necessarily going after the players who have the best 40 times or bench press, but those who produce on the field.

ESPN recruiting analyst Tom Luginbill said he's in full support of Shannon's decision.

"In my opinion, you've got to stay true to your own evaluation, your own blueprint," Luginbill said. "Don't worry about what everybody else is saying, but that's a very difficult thing to do."

With so many recruiting and scouting services nowadays, it's very easy for coaches to fall victim of the hype. In past interviews, Shannon said UM may have focused too much on the "star system." And the Hurricanes have been burned by it, which has been part to blame for this recent downfall.

"What happens is there is much information out there about guys," Luginbill said. "Most of it can be untrue. A lot of it is perpetuated by people who are claiming to be recruiting analysts, but don't know if a football is pumped or stuffed ...I think there's a fine line between what's a so-called four-star and five-star recruit by today's standard. Remember this is a projection. You're saying something about a guy who is 17 about what he is going to be at 21."

The Hurricanes continue to reel in top talent, but are learning to get a good mix. If you look at the currentSean Spence class, there aren't any of the so-called big-time recruits ... yet. According to the Orlando Sentinel's Top 100 in state, UM's best recruit was only ranked No. 29. Of course, that will likely change in the coming months. Still, it's obvious the Hurricanes are focusing more on their own evaluating.

Luginbill likes to use the example of sophomore linebacker Sean Spence. He was overlooked because of his size, but a player UM recruited heavily because of his talent. Spence is now arguably one of the nation's top young linebackers.

"It's a fine line," Luginbill said. "You've got to be careful. You can't walk away from too many (five-star recruits). It's just a very delicate line."

ESPN is expected to release its national Top 150 in August. Despite the change in approach, Luginbill expects the `Canes to be well represented on the list. Look for at least four of the seven verbal commitments to appear in the rankings. That's not bad considering the pool consists of at least 2,000 players across the country.


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#1 : June 19, 2009, 10:09:57 PM

I don't think this is anything ground breaking.  ALL good coaches need to trust their evaluations and not recruiting sites.  UF just got commits from 2 guys these sites have never really heard of, and many teams haven't even yet.  Meyer took Brandon James a few years back and NOBODY wanted him because of his size.  He wasn't rated highly mostly because of his stature, but Urban saw something in him, and it has worked out great. 

It's easy to go after that supposed 5 star guy everyone wants, but often it's those diamonds in the rough you pluck that end up making the difference. 

Of course, talent alone will only get you halfway there.  You have to be able to coach them up and get the most out of it.  IT remains to be seen if Randy can do that.....

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#2 : June 20, 2009, 12:29:51 PM

isnt luginbill the guy that rates Notre Dame top 5 every year?

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#3 : June 20, 2009, 12:44:21 PM

isnt luginbill the guy that rates Notre Dame top 5 every year?

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#4 : June 20, 2009, 08:22:58 PM

I don't think this is anything ground breaking. ALL good coaches need to trust their evaluations and not recruiting sites. UF just got commits from 2 guys these sites have never really heard of, and many teams haven't even yet. Meyer took Brandon James a few years back and NOBODY wanted him because of his size. He wasn't rated highly mostly because of his stature, but Urban saw something in him, and it has worked out great.

It's easy to go after that supposed 5 star guy everyone wants, but often it's those diamonds in the rough you pluck that end up making the difference.

Of course, talent alone will only get you halfway there. You have to be able to coach them up and get the most out of it. IT remains to be seen if Randy can do that.....

Exactly
Reggie Youngblood 5 star OT not drafted
Kyle Wright 5 star QB not drafted
recent collapse at Miami

Ed Reed 3 star ATH only Tulane other school to recruit him
Sean Taylor 3 star ATH   R.I.P.
Ken Dorsey 3 star QB 37-1 as a starter loved gator tail

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