FSU, Miami Relive South Florida Recruit Battles This Weekend
To get some historical perspective on Florida’s recruitment efforts in the Miami area, we caught up with Larry Blaustein (Tweet embed) from prepredzone.com and larryblustein.com. Blustein has decades of experience covering employment throughout the state and has deep connections to South Florida.
In his view, 1990 Florida linebacker Marvin Jones and 1996 wide receiver Marvin “Snoop” Minnes were two of the most significant acquisitions in Fifa history. Both players were from Miami and were among the best players in the country. There have been plenty of others, Blostein said, but those are at the top of the list.
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Regarding FSU-Miami’s impactful recruiting games, Blustein said UM’s shock 31-0 win in 1988 definitely helped the Hurricanes with their following seasons. But he thinks the games’ individual outcomes may be somewhat less important to top recruits than they have in the past.
Blustein said he believes gaining a foothold in South Florida again will be key to FSU’s return to success, and he believes head coach Mike Norville is well on his way to doing so. He said Norville has really done a great job by being recruiting in South Florida and that he is well respected.
Many of the key pieces in FSU’s dominant series from 2012 through 2014 were, of course, South Florida products. Former Miami Central star Dalvin Cook went on to become the all-time Seminole, and St. Thomas Aquinas graduate Rashad Greene will become FSU’s all-time leading receiver.
Now, let’s take a look at some of the main recruits that both shows are battling for as they prepare to play today (3:30 p.m., ESPN).