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Wednesday, February 6, 2013
Mixed day for Canes

By Heather Dinich

Miami coach Al Golden had to replace his offensive coordinator, Jedd Fisch, just weeks before signing day. Once again, he has had to put together a recruiting class with a highly publicized NCAA investigation looming.

All things considered, it hasn’t been a bad day for Miami, but it hasn’t been spectacular, either. It was mainly a back-and-forth against rival Florida State for some of the nation’s top prospects.

Stacy Coley, the No. 4 receiver in his class, gave the Canes a boost when he donned a “Swag” hat and announced his decision to come to the U. Coley had been thought to be leaning towards FSU, so it was somewhat of a surprise. The Noles beat Miami, though, on Miami native Matthew Thomas, the nation’s No. 1 outside linebacker, and defensive tackle Keith Bryant, the No. 135 overall prospect. Bryant had previously committed to Miami. On the flip side, Miami beat Florida State for running back Augustus Edwards, and that was a position of need for Miami.

The Canes also needed to reload at defensive tackle, but Golden missed out on defensive tackle Jay-nard Bostwick, who chose Florida. They also could have really used Bryant -- moreso than FSU.

On the positive, Golden kept Miami Northwestern cornerback Artie Burns at home, and beat Louisville for linebacker Jermaine Grace, the No. 138 overall prospect.

Golden told ESPNU that the NCAA investigation’s effect on this year’s class is “incalculable.”

“We’re not just fighting the opposition; we’re fighting the term sanctions all the time,” Golden said this morning. “It’s sanctions and the opposition versus us. It’s basically been a 2.5 year probation. I’m proud of our staff for continuing to battle and fight through it, and we’re proud of the recruits who believe in what we’re doing and want to move forward, and really want to be Miami Hurricanes in the end.”

There’s no question Miami added some “swag” to its class today, but it also missed out on some, too.