Recruiting honor for former Miami assistant

Former Miami assistant Clint Hurtt, now the coach at Louisville, was named ESPN.com's recruiter of the year, and with good reason. If you look at his commitment list for this year, you'd think he was still recruiting for the Canes. The former defensive line coach at Miami helped the Canes lure in three straight top 10 classes, and this year, he used that knowledge to help beat Al Golden in surrounding Dade and Broward Counties.

Golden did an outstanding job, considering the timing of his hire. He got cornerback Thomas Finnie to flip from South Carolina and Ricardo Williams from Homestead -- two guys Miami wouldn't have signed without him. He also got Miami back in for Louisville-bound Gerald Holliman and Andrew Johnson -- two guys that former coach Randy Shannon had discounted long ago. Miami seemed to have backed off Eli Rogers, but if you look at Hurtt's commitment list for this year you'll notice several players from Miami Northwestern High and the surrounding areas. Those will be areas that Golden and his staff will have to concentrate on and win over the next few years if the Canes are going to once again build their classes with the talent in their own backyard -- especially when recruiters like Florida State's Eddie Gran are also having so much success in the South Florida area. The Seminoles made than an emphasis in this year's recruiting class and Gran was named one of the country's top recruiters this year for it.

Other ACC coaches who made the list with Gran include:

  • Lawrence Dawsey, Florida State

  • Sam Pittman, North Carolina

  • Anthony Poindexter, Virginia

  • Jeff Scott, Clemson