Canes surge to No. 1 in team rankings with Pope commit, Staff
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The Hurricanes are No. 1 in the nation in recruiting.

Let that sink in for a moment.

And then thank Mark Pope.

The 4-star wideout’s decision to become a Cane today vaulted UM to the top over Penn State, Notre Dame, LSU, Florida State and Clemson. And 4-star Gurvan Hall's commitment later in the evening further thrust Miami into the lead.

A year ago Miami finished No. 11 in the final rankings.

As The Rock might say: “Can you smell what Mark Richt is cooking?”

Richt has now landed a five-star in Lorenzo Lingard and seven four-stars among the Canes’ 15 total pledges. CaneSport expects a signing day class of around 22-25 prospects, so there’s plenty more room for top recruits to come on board.

One who is recognizing Miami’s recruiting momentum today is 4-star LB Amari Gainer, who tweeted out that he “can’t wait to visit the U” with Lingard.

Others recognizing that momentum?

Well, pretty much everyone.

"The momentum for Miami recruiting is unlike anything I've seen in a long time, probably over a decade," national recruiting analyst Mike Farrell said. "While Al Golden jumped out to some early top classes, they always had moderate average star rankings and star power overall and he was taking kids early that were talent risks at times. Under Richt they are landing flat out studs, top end talent. At the Orlando Rivals Camp a couple weekends ago the talk of Miami amongst recruits was the highest I've seen in years and they just keep adding top player after top player not only for 2018 but beyond."

Farrell adds that "Mark Richt is a tremendous recruiter and a man well known for character and connecting with parents. I think that and his love for The U shows through and is paying dividends so far. I knew when he was hired he was a great fit and he's showing it."

The Canes are rolling in recruiting, and CaneSport will continue to keep you covered every step of the way forward.

It should be a fun ride.

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