When it comes to knowing your opponent there is not another team on FSU’s schedule – outside of University of Florida – that the Seminoles knows more.
Miami and FSU have faced off 63 times in their history. Miami leads the all-time series 33-30. There may be no other rivalry that has produced more All-ACC players, All-Americans and NFL Draft picks.
Both schools recruit the Sunshine State very hard and usually they go head to head for the state’s top prospects. Both teams win their share of the battles. We will break down the prospects that the two teams have most recently recruited and how they have fared.
While there are not many players left on Miami’s roster from the 2015 class, we will still break down who Miami has on their team from this class and how hard FSU recruited them.
Scott Patchan (Bradenton IMG Academy, DE, 6-5, 240): Patchan was a legacy kid. His brother Matt signed with UF and had a decent career but injuries were the biggest reason why his brother did not make a major impact. Scott’s career sadly has gone down the same path. He has shown glimpses of being a very good player but can’t stay healthy. FSU really never recruited Patchan since he had ties to Miami and he committed early to the Hurricanes.
Robert Knowles (Miami Edison – 6-1, 180, S): Knowles was a prospect that Miami got on late and landed. He was not expected to make much of an impact at the University of Miami. Since signing with the Hurricanes he has been part of their rotation in the secondary. He was never recruited very hard by FSU.
The 2016 Class for Miami was hit-and-miss. They had some unfortunate news with the medical hardship of wide receiver Ahmmon Richards. He would have been a high draft pick if not for a medical hardship that ended his career suddenly. Miami had some other big-name prospects in their classes, some of which panned out and others who did not.
Shaq Quarterman-ILB: Rumors are that Shaq was a fan of the Seminoles growing up. They showed interest but not like Miami’s coaches did. All Shaq has done is become a four-year starter. On the other side of the field this weekend FSU has not found an answer to their middle linebacker problems. Shaq has been a very productive player for the Hurricanes and one that FSU missed on.
Zach McCloud-OLB: One player FSU got on late but did actively recruit was McCloud. He committed to Miami and never wavered. He is probably the most athletic of the Miami linebackers. He played last weekend against University of Pittsburgh and made his presence felt. Miami is trying to redshirt him so they have some senior leadership on the field in 2020. He was another big miss for FSU.
The 2017 class was one of the better ones that Miami has signed recently (at least on paper). They landed Navaughn Donaldson, who was considered one of the premier offensive line prospects in Florida. They pulled in Jeff Thomas late, who was one of the top slot receivers in the country. Like with most of Miami’s recent classes this one has some players who have panned out and others who did not meet their potential.
Navaughn Donaldson-OT: FSU wanted him badly. Then-coach Jimbo Fisher put the time and resources into recruiting Donaldson but he wanted to stay close to home. He has played and started since his freshman season. While Donaldson is talented he has never really developed into the player many expected. He has also bounced around the offensive line and not found a permanent home. Donaldson would have given the Seminoles a better option at guard than what they have trotted out onto the field the past few seasons.
N’Kosi Perry-QB: Perry was a prospect that Fisher took a look at and recruited but never went all in on. He had the arm talent that Fisher looked for but lacked the consistency in high school. Those same problems have reared their ugly head at Miami. He plays lights out to bring Miami back against Virginia Tech only to come back and lose his job once again after his performance against Pittsburgh last week.
Bradley Jennings-ILB: FSU landed a commitment from Jennings early in the process. Then they cooled on the former legacy player. When FSU cooled, Miami jumped on Jennings and landed the Jacksonville linebacker. He has yet to make much of an impact for the Hurricanes.
When you look back at this class for Miami they pulled some big-time prospects. Brevin Jordan out of Bishop Gorman may be one of the best tight ends in the country. Mark Pope was a highly regarded receiver who is still trying to find his way around the Miami practice fields. There was plenty of talent in this class now they must make their mark on the football field.
Lorenzo Lingard-RB: Lingard was thought to be a heavy lean for FSU early on in the recruiting process. Then FSU decided to go hard for Dalvin Cook’s brother, James Cook. When Lingard saw where FSU was putting their time and effort he chose Miami. (James Cook ended up choosing Georgia.) Lingard has shown flashes of greatness at Miami. He also has been hurt. He took a redshirt this season and will most likely be Miami’s premier back in 2020.
Brevin Jordan-TE: Jordan was considered a top tight end. The Hurricanes went all in and landed him. His touchdown catch against FSU last year won the Hurricanes the game. He was recruited by FSU but Jordan never really showed much interest.
Mark Pope-WR: FSU showed interest in the talented receiver but never recruited him hard. Pope has talent but has yet to show it in an actual game. He needs to become more consistent in practice to gain the coaches’ trust. Once he does that we expect Pope to be part of the rotation at Miami.
Jarren Williams-QB: FSU went after Williams hard. He was committed to Kentucky and then decommitted. FSU was one of the schools he was interested in. There was a bit of a transition at FSU so they lost out on him to Miami. Williams will start this weekend against the Seminoles.
Gurvan Hall-DB: FSU was the first in-state school to offer Hall. He has a chance to become one of Miami’s next great safeties. He is very physical and, once Hall settles in, we expect him to make an impact at Miami.
Patrick Joyner-DE/LB: Joyner was committed to FSU and, when Fisher decided to bail, Joyner left FSU for the Hurricanes. He has yet to make an impact at Miami.
This class was Manny Diaz’s first as head coach at Miami. Anytime you have a class in transition you try and land the very best players and keep your fingers crossed.
Jeremiah Payton-WR: FSU never went all in on Payton. He looks the part physically. He is another player who has yet to really shine. With so many receivers going down for Miami, Payton may get more looks in the second half of the season.
Avery Huff-LB: Early on it looked as Huff would end up in FSU’s class. He plays the game very aggressively. Huff did not get cleared academically until late in the process.