With news of defensive coordinator Manny Diaz leaving Miami to become the head coach for Temple officially out, it appears that many members the Hurricanes’ recruiting classes are having second thoughts about joining the program.
Since the moment he took the job, several highly-rated recruits have decided to decommit from the Hurricanes. As of right now, six players have made that decision over the past two days.
While finding another defensive coordinator is most likely Mark Richt’s priority, he’ll also have to deal with the loss of two recruits from the 2019 class. Jarvis Brownlee and Samuel Brooks have both decommitted just days after Diaz left for the Owls, which leaves the Hurricanes down a three-star cornerback and outside linebacker.
Unfortunately it only got worse from there for Miami, as four recruits from the 2020 class decommit from the ACC powerhouse yesterday. South Dade teammates Jaiden Francois and Keyshawn Washington announced they’ll reopen their recruitment on Twitter.
Please respect my decision…. pic.twitter.com/VwAkxKhAhD
— 2️⃣✈️ (@jHumble22) December 13, 2018
I’m officially De-Committed from The University Of Miami…No interviews
— Keshawn Washington (@KeshawnW_5) December 13, 2018
Losing Washington is tough for the Hurricanes, as the four-star safety continues to rise in recruiting rankings. In addition, Miami also lost four-star cornerback Henry Gray and four-star athlete Marc Britt from the 2020 class.
Wow. Miami has had 4 decommits today? pic.twitter.com/GNRqj1XLFx
— CFB Home (@CFBHome) December 13, 2018
It’s hard to blame these players for decommitting, especially if Diaz was the main reason for them going to Miami anyway.
The hits keep coming for the Hurricanes, and it’s pretty evident that losing Diaz to the Owls will have an immense impact on the future of the program.