Recently I asked this simple question here on Canespace:
"What does Miami have to do to be able to compete with Clemson?"
Well, of course there were several different responses related to specific player positions (QB, OL, RB, DB, P) and a few more about some coaching matters (OC, OL, ST and play calling), but by far the number one answer was:
"Get more and better talent through recruiting."
The fact of the matter is we have often debated over the years between the relevant importance and significance of having talented players versus having great coaching as if one and not the other mattered most (talent) or even at all (coaching). But most reasonable college football fans (all three of them) would agree that it is a combination of the two that takes teams over the top to compete at the highest levels where National Championships are won.
Just based on the issue of recruiting talent alone, Miami trails the top four college football playoff teams by a wide margin. Here are the tallies of the last four recruiting classes for each school courtesy of our own researcher extraordinaire TonyCane. These numbers do not take into account players who left after three years, those who transferred, or those who did not qualify.
The numbers are striking and shows just how big of a gap that UM head coach Mark Richt has to close:
Alabama: 22 five stars, 57 four stars
Georgia: 7 five stars, 47 four stars
Clemson: 10 five stars, 32 four stars
Oklahoma: 2 five stars, 40 four stars
Miami: 2 five stars, 24 four stars
So the first part of the answer to "The Big Question" is that the University of Miami needs more talent on the field to compete with the best teams in the Nation. Those who firmly believe in the argument that "It isn't the Xs and Os but the Jimmys and the Joes" that matter most will take refuge in this fact.
However the full answer to the question is much more complicated and complex than that. In our three part series we will fill in the fact gaps that most Miami fans are not aware of. So stay tuned Canes fans because the details and the facts might just surprise U.