Mark Richt is still getting his feet wet in Coral Gables (more on that later), but the first recruiting class he’s putting together on his own is shaping up as the kind that could bring the Hurricanes back to the promised land. The program’s talent got deeper over the weekend when Miami hosted its Paradise Camp, with the team’s biggest need from 2015 being reinforced once again.
First, St. Thomas Aquinas defensive back Brian Edwards committed to the Hurricanes on Friday night, adding more depth to a position on the field where the Hurricanes are traditionally among the nation’s best. A day later Richt was told Zalontae Hillery was coming (though at least one report says he has already backed off his commitment), giving the team another big bodied offensive lineman; Hillery stands 6-foot-6 and 280 pounds.
As noted by 247 Sports’ Steve Wiltfong, both new commits bring important depth and projectable stardom to Miami. Edwards could become the next great Miami safety after starting his career at cornerback, while Hillery is a surefire bet to compete for game time early as either a right or left tackle.
That’s particularly important, because Miami’s offensive line was the program’s biggest struggle in 2015. It shouldn’t be soon.
Don’t be fooled by both prospects’ 3-star rating, either. Hillery was wanted by Alabama, Clemson, Florida and Oregon, among others. Edwards had Clemson, Florida and LSU in the mix before choosing Miami.
For now, both are headed to Miami, giving Mark Richt even more reason to enjoy what is becoming a hallmark annual tradition of whichever program he leads: