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Monday, February 7, 2011
Brissett's decision not the end for Miami

By ESPN.com staff
ESPN.com

Jacoby Brissett's decision to sign with Florida instead of Miami wasn't good for the Hurricanes' 2011 recruiting class, but it also wasn't the end for Miami's offense.

Just a reminder: Brissett was ranked a three-star quarterback by ESPN Recruiting -- No. 25 at his position in his class. Because Miami was so desperate for another quarterback on the roster, and because Brissett waited until after signing day to make his announcement, you'd think Al Golden just lost the No. 1 quarterback in the country.

Not so. He just happened to be No. 1 on Miami's list.

While the Hurricanes likely will end this class without a quarterback, leaving one experienced signal-caller on the roster in 2012, it doesn't mean they won't sign one -- a good one -- in the next class.

Look at it this way: There is a wide-open spot for one of the best quarterbacks in the country in 2012, and Golden and his staff can recruit that player while honestly assuring him of immediate playing time. It also leaves open the possibility a top transfer like Michigan's Tate Forcier or Rutgers' Tom Savage can join the team and provide immediate help and depth.

It's understandable why Miami fans would be confused by the decision -- Florida had already signed the top quarterback in the country -- but it was Brissett's decision and his alone. Not his mother's, not anyone's but his own, and he shouldn't be lambasted for it or made to feel guilty about it.

Miami will sign a quarterback in 2012, and there's a good possibility he'll be even better than Brissett.