Hurricanes Embrace South Florida Football Prospects

Larry Blustein
June 04, 2018 - 11:16 am

Larry Blustein

As the new and impressive medical center stands tall, and the state-of-the-art indoor practice facility has more than started to take shape, the University of Miami is officially one of those schools.

With the competition so great to land the elite athletes, colleges across the country need the facilities and coaching that can keep them in the conversation for a national title.

What head coach Mark Richt and the Hurricanes are building in Coral Gables is a program that is more than capable of landing big time prospects – as the Classes of 2017 and 2018 will back up, and the current 2019 is proving.  

While getting athletes on campus was not a priority in the past, only inviting a handful of prospects, things have truly changed.

Knowing what needs to be done to keep up with those elite programs, Coach Richt and the staff have pushed all the right buttons.

Starting this past weekend, hosting two 7-on-7 events and line camps, the summer has begun. Between now and the end of July, with the now popular Paradise Camp, Miami will attract an amazing amount of talent to the campus.

THE REST OF JUNE

In addition to what took place last weekend on campus, more schools and linemen will head back this weekend (June 9-10) for the same event, but on June 8, the Mark Richt Specialist Camp will also be held - bringing out some of the best special teams players around.

“This is great for our players and for all the kids in South Florida to come here take part in this outstanding and competitive event,” said Miami Central head coach and former UM standout Roland Smith. “Getting our kids some valuable work out here against Northwestern, Southridge, Doral Academy, Southwest Miami, Dr. Krop, Everglades, Hialeah and Coral Gables is tremendous.”

With Southridge winning the first day, the summer was truly under way – and everyone who took part came away impressed.

“Having a chance to have an athlete come down here and get offered, and then watch our 7-on-7 team compete is tremendous,” Southwest Miami head coach Donnie March said. “Look at the talent that made its way here and you will see how things continue to change for the better.”

The second day also attracted programs such as Everglades Prep, Taravella, Fort Lauderdale, Edison, Glades Central, Piper and Spanish River to name a few.

No matter where you looked in the opening weekend of Miami’s camps, there was talent. The very elite that in the past may not have made their way to Coral Gables!

ON CAMPUS YOUTH CAMP

On June 13, the University of Miami will turn their attention to the youngsters – as youngsters looking to improve their skills from college coaches and current student/athletes right on campus.

FREE SATELLITE YOUTH CAMPS

Since arriving back in South Florida, the University of Miami, Coach Richt wanted to get into the community – and by reaching out to the youth leagues and coaches, things have gone great.

On June 8, coaches, staff members and current student/athletes will head to Lake Lytal Park (3645 Gun Club Road, West Palm Beach, FL. 33406.) from 8-11 a.m.

The youth camps continue on June 11 at Mills Pond Park (2201 9th Avenue, Fort Lauderdale, 33311) from 5-8 p.m.

June 12th will bring an end to this year’s youth camps with two events taking place. From 8 a.m. until 11 a.m., Sgt. Joseph Delancy Park (14450 Boggs Dr., Miami, FL. 33176) and Charles Hadley Park (1350 NW 50th Street, Miami, FL. 33142) from 3-6 p.m.

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