The Coley Impact -- Recruiting

James Coley is now Miami's offensive coordinator. Lets take a closer look at the recruiting impact in Miami landing Coley, who was considered Florida State's best recruiter.

James Coley is a home run hire in many ways for Miami coach Al Golden. One of the biggest ways Miami will benefit is with recruiting. Coley was widely considered Florida State's top recruiter. He was the one FSU coach who could go into South Florida and go head-to-head with Miami. He's done it several times in recent years, and won.

Now Coley is on Miami's side. Now the Hurricanes have added one of the top young recruiters in all of college football. Jedd Fisch has a bright mind. He's very good at what he does. It's why he's coaching in the NFL now. However, Fisch was never considered a top notch recruiter during his time at Miami. Coley, on the otherhand, is.

It all starts with building a fence around south Florida for the Hurricanes. That's what made this program so special for so long, and that's what will be needed to get back on top. With Fisch and George McDonald out, the Canes have now added two of the nation's best recruiters in south Florida -- Coley and Mario Cristobal.

Coley grew up in Miami. He played high school football here. He coached at Dade County high schools for several years before becoming a college coach. And for the last five years, he's been Florida State's main recruiter in south Florida.

Four of Florida State's 2012 starters are from Dade County -- running back Devonta Freeman, wide receiver Rodney Smith, cornerback Xavier Rhodes, and safety Lamarcus Joyner. There's a good chance all four will end up playing in the NFL one day. In addition, tight end Nick O'Leary (Palm Beach) was recruited and coached by Coley. He chose the Noles over Miami coming out of high school a few years back. As you can see, Coley got results.

His addition to Miami's staff a couple weeks before Signing Day should really help Miami's recruiting efforts with specific players he was recruiting at Florida State. The two biggest ones appear to be four-star offensive lineman Denver Kirkland and five-star linebacker Matthew Thomas. He has developed great relationships with them, and it will give those kids yet another reason to seriously consider signing with the Hurricanes next month.

Coley's addition will likely help give peace of mind to four-star quarterback Kevin Olsen and his family. Look for Olsen to be the first out-of-state player Coley visits with.

While the recruiting impact of Coley to Miami could be really big in this year's recruiting class, the long term impact will be even greater. Beginning with the 2014 class, it's going to be extremely difficult for anyone to come into Miami and take away players from a coaching staff that now includes Micheal Barrow, Cristobal, and Coley.

If you were to rank the top 10 recruiters in all of college football in terms of their ability to recruit Dade County, those three coaches would be on it. Now all three -- not just Barrow -- are on Miami's staff.

With Coley coming to Miami, the fence around south Florida that has been penetrated by people like Jimbo Fisher, Nick Saban, and Charlie Strong in recent years has just gotten a whole lot bigger and stronger.


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