Podcast: National signing day should be quiet for Miami. Here’s why that’s a good thing

D.A. Varela/dvarela@miamiherald.com

National signing day is almost here and, quite frankly, there’s not a whole lot of fanfare around it for the Miami Hurricanes.

This is a good thing.

Let David Wilson and Susan Miller Degnan, the Miami Herald’s Hurricanes beat writer, explain why on a new episode of the Eye on the U podcast.

Mario Cristobal won’t be dealing with much drama next week. The coach already has a top-10 class in place for the 2023 recruiting cycle after Miami signed 25 players to its Class of 2023 last month during the early signing period. It cleared the way for Cristobal and Co. to get an early start on the Class of 2024, and trawl the transfer portal to try to round out their roster for the 2023 college football season.

College football, and recruiting in particular, has truly changed and Cristobal seems to have found a good approach to team building by locking in the core of his recruiting class during the early period, and then trying to plug any remaining gaps in the month-plus between then and signing day.

In the last week, Miami found two more of those important depth pieces, too, and added cornerback Terry Roberts as a transfer from the Iowa Hawkeyes and tight end Cameron McCormick as a transfer from the Oregon Ducks. The Hurricanes also are making a late run at Jamel Howard, On3.com reported, and three-star defensive lineman from Marist in Chicago is set to take an official visit this weekend. The only big swing Miami tried to take down the stretch, after five-star Lakeland cornerback Cormani McClain flipped to the Colorado Buffaloes, was with Nyckoles Harbor, who’s a five-star athlete in the 247Sports composite rankings for the 2023 recruiting class and will officially visit the Oregon Ducks this weekend.

To wrap things up, there’s some more discussion of the dissolving Ed Reed situation with the FCS Bethune-Cookman Wildcats and a quick preview of the Atlantic Coast Conference’s Monday schedule announcement.

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