Love or hate The U?
Recruits from across the country offer a glimpse of how prospects feel about Miami
The University of Miami football program might be going through some hard times, but there's always something about The U that resonates with high school prospects in Florida and across the nation.
Whether it's the team running through the smoke or the claim that the program "invented swagger," everyone knows about the Miami Hurricanes and has an opinion.
So we asked several prospects, some with ties to Miami and others with none, whether they love or hate the Hurricanes:
ESPNU 150 QB Chad Kelly, Buffalo (N.Y.) St. Joseph's
"My uncle [Jim Kelly] played there, and [the program] produced tons of great NFL players. There's a little love and hate but full respect."
Three-star James Brooks, WR, Groveland (Fla.) South Lake
"I would love to have an offer from Miami, and I hate that I don't. I think they have a great program with phenomenal athletes."
Three-star WR Drico Johnson, Orlando (Fla.) Agape Christian
College: Central Florida
"I love the Hurricanes; I grew up watching them. They didn't really go after me and I'm very happy with UCF, but I still have love for Miami."
ESPNU 150 OL Jessamen Dunker, Boynton Beach (Fla.) High School
"Hate. They are Gator bait!"
Four-star CB Christopher Bivins, Gainesville (Fla.) High School
College: South Florida
"I love the Hurricanes. They represent swagger, championships and greatness."
Three-star RB Roshard Burney, West Palm Beach (Fla.) Palm Beach Gardens
"I have been a Miami Hurricanes fan ever since I was little. I still love them."
Four-star CB Donaldven Manning, Miami Central
College: Virginia Tech
"I definitely don't love Miami, but I don't hate them, either. I can't wait to compete against them."
Four-star OLB James Burgess Jr., Homestead (Fla.) South Dade
"You know I love the Miami Hurricanes. It's family, tradition, swagger and a future in the NFL."
Three-star RB Jamie Gilmore, Citra (Fla.) North Marion
"I love the history of the program with all the championships, but I hate the bad publicity they are receiving right now."
ESPNU 150 DE Dante Fowler, St. Petersburg (Fla.) Lakewood
College: Florida State
"A little bit of both."
Three-star S Rayshawn Jenkins St. Petersburg (Fla.) Admiral Farragut
College: South Florida
"I love the Hurricanes even though they are going through a lot of stuff right now. They just have so much tradition that you can't stop loving the program."
ESPNU 150 WR Cayleb Jones, Austin (Texas) Stephen F. Austin
"I'll always have love for The U. It's a great program that is going through a tough time and negative publicity from bad choices. They will bounce back."
Corey Long has been covering high school football and recruiting in the Sunshine State since 1995. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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