Anyone who follows Miami football knows the Hurricanes have to do well on the recruiting trail in south Florida to do well on the football field in the fall.
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So naturally, that is an area the Hurricanes hit hard year in and year out.
But a look at Miami's 2014 offers list shows Al Golden's program is putting a lot of emphasis into the talench-rich state of Georgia as well. As of Thursday, the Hurricanes had 21 known offers out in the Peach State, with the bulk going to prospects in the metro-Atlanta area.
By comparison, Miami has 47 known offers out in Florida.
The question is, will the Hurricanes' efforts in Georgia pay off?
Miami has had some success there in recent years, but not a ton. The team roster includes only five from the Peach State, with sophomore linebacker Raphael Kirby, a former four-star prospect from Stone Mountain Stephenson, being the headliner.
Right now, Miami has seven commits. Six of them are 2014 Floridians. The seventh, junior college defensive tackle Dalvon Stuckey of Pearl River C.C. in Mississippi, is originally from Florida.
Of the Miami offers out in Georgia, it appears as though Miami realistically is in the hunt for only a handful. But one is the state's top prospect, five-star defensive end Lorenzo Carter, who has mentioned the Hurricanes regularly from the start of the process. Another player to watch is Carter's teammate at Norcross (Ga.), running back Myles Autry, a four-star player. He also has spoken highly of the Hurricanes.
The bottom line, though, is that Miami, which has visited several schools there this week, is making a real effort in Georgia -- something it has done of late.
Miami offered 2016 Georgia TE/DE Isaac Nauta on Thursday.
That became all the more apparent when the Hurricanes put out a new offer there Thursday morning. It went to tight end/defensive end Isaac Nauta of Buford.
He's a freshman.
*Does conference affiliation matter to prospects? That depends on the prospect. To Top247 defensive end Andrew Williams of Georgia, it's important. And to him, it helps the SEC schools recruiting him and admittedly hurts the ACC programs a little. He's a big Clemson target, so that is probably news the Tigers don't want to hear.
"I love SEC football," Williams said. "It's a big thing."
According to Williams, how the Tigers do this upcoming season vs. Georgia and South Carolina matters to him. "Absolutely, beating Georgia will help," Williams said. "One thing [Clemson assistant Marion] Hobby and I have talked about is how they had UGA coming up, and South Carolina, which is supposed to be really good. He's saying if they go out and compete, and beat them it shows the world they're SEC-capable."
Clemson was the first school to offer Williams. He now claims 45 offers.
*For a long time, it almost seemed like a foregone conclusion Derrell Scott of Havelock (N.C.), the country's No. 1 all-purpose back in the 247Composite, was a lock to South Carolina. But now, it appears as if two ACC programs could make things interesting. FSU has made a strong push of late, and will visit the school Friday. The Seminoles are probably his No. 2 choice behind the Gamecocks at the moment.
Also watch out for Clemson. The Tigers were by Havelock earlier this week and plan to be back soon. Suddenly, they've become a factor.
*FSU, which is No. 8 nationally in the team rankings and No. 1 in the ACC, has nine commits after Wednesday night's addition of offensive lineman Alec Eberle from Virginia. They've come from three states, including seven from inside Florida.
*Miami has nine known 2014 offers out in North Carolina. On Wednesday, the Hurricanes offered a pair of Durham (N.C.) Hillside four-star players -- receiver Trevion Thompson and running back Donte Thomas-Williams.
*Last in the ACC rankings a week ago, Maryland has jumped all the way to No. 9 after picking up four-star dual-threat quarterback Will Ulmer of Washington, D.C. (St. John's College). His primary recruiter? None other than Terps assistant Mike Locksley, who has made a killing in the D.C. area for years -- and with different programs.
*Eleven of the top-20 2014 Virginia prospects in the 247Composite have made commitments -- eight to ACC programs. That is a key state this year for the conference, given that it has an extremely strong 2014 class.
*After watching four-star running back Elijah Hood commit to Notre Dame over North Carolina on Sunday, UNC was able to land commit No. 7 a day later with tight end Brandon Fritts of Mentor (Ohio), a top-50 247Composite recruit in Ohio. That moved the Tar Heels to No. 4 in the ACC rankings and No. 20 in the country.
UNC signed four-star quarterback Mitch Trubisky, a high school teammate of Fritts, in February.
*Quitman (Ga.) Brooks County four-star cornerback Malkom Parrish, who received an invitation to participate in the 2014 U.S. Army All-American Bowl recently, has a ton of offers, but Georgia Tech is very much in the mix. Right now, the Yellow Jackets stand out, along with Florida and Georgia. 247Sports.com has Parrish as the No. 82 prospect overall in the 2014 class.