The Miami Hurricanes find themselves in a recruiting battle for a prominent five-star passer. Unfortunately, they’ll have to beat out some top competition to land his commitment.
The signal caller has already made his pledge to Alabama, but that hasn’t stopped the Hurricanes from continuing their pursuit. A now viral video revealed their pitch to the passer.
Julian Sayin is the No. 2 quarterback in the class of 2024 according to the 24/7 Sports composite rankings. The California native is highly coveted, but it seems his recruitment has come down to three top schools.
Those are Alabama, the program to which Sayin committed to back in November, as well as Ohio State and Miami. The Hurricanes will be working hard to flip that commitment over the signal caller’s senior season, but a recent clip of their tactics doesn’t have fans convinced they’ll be successful.
A video is now circulating social media showing recruiting director Mike Rumph making his pitch to Sayin. That pitch has little to do with football as he attempts to throw shade the Crimson Tide’s way.
Julian Sayin said hmmmmmm idk about that pic.twitter.com/R6pOsQt01x
— Unnecessary Roughness (@UnnecRoughness) January 30, 2023
Rumph, a former Hurricanes football player, asks, “Who doesn’t want to be in Miami?”
He then calls out T-town in an attempt to prop his program up.
“This ain’t Tuscaloosa where Saturdays might be great but [the rest of the week] you’re still in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. No offense to them.”
The camera then pans to Julian Sayin, who smirks and shrugs his shoulders.
Now, Mike Rumph knows good football. He played on the Hurricanes’ 2001 national championship team before becoming a first-round NFL pick. Unfortunately, he can’t sell success at Miami right now.
NIL money? Yes. Nightlife? Yes. Wins on the field? No.
The program is fresh off a 5-7 season after being considered a dark horse to win the ACC. That included losses to Middle Tennesse State and a bad Texas A&M squad over their first four games. The end of the season wasn’t much better as each of their last three losses came by at least four touchdowns.
And not to mention, this comes just a year after taking a 44-13 throttling at the hands of the Crimson Tide in 2021.
Fans were quick to comment on the remarks from the Miami recruiting director as they posted responses online.
The absolute worst sales pitch I’ve ever heard
— Sooner Hoagie (@SoonerHoagie) January 30, 2023
One person wrote, “‘We may suck at football, but our nightlife is great…’ What’s going on at The U?
Another fan said, “This is embarrassing.”
Many were quick to post scores of the last time the two teams met. Others commented on the lack of attendance regularly seen at Hurricanes games.
Damn right that ain’t Tuscaloosa…Alabama has a full stadium.
— Travis Lawson (@TLAW93) January 30, 2023
This pitch backfired epically for the Hurricanes. Miami’s should focus more on football and less on everything else.