The Miami Hurricanes will need to look for, at the very, least a new wide receivers coach. Per a report from David Lake of InsideTheU, co-offensive coordinator/ wide receivers coach Bryan McClendon has accepted the wide receiver coach position with Georgia.
McClendon was part of the group that followed Cristobal from Oregon to Miami . With this latest news, this leaves running backs coach Kevin Smith, offensive line coach Alex Mirabal, and defensive line coach Joe Salave’a as the three announced coaches on the staff.
This is certainly a big blow for the Miami Hurricanes. As you all know, I like to look at things from a recruiting perspective. McClendon has a knack for finding and recruiting players in South Florida. Now, the Miami Hurricanes will have to battle with McClendon in order to land to those recruits. Part of the excitement over Miami bringing McClendon was his ability to be a successful recruiter and talent developer, as well as his familiarity with the South Florida area.
Andy Jean, Miami’s latest receiver commitment was recruited by McClendon. It will be interesting to see if Jean sticks with Miami as McClendon leaves the program.
To me, this is a big blow for Miami both in terms of player development now, and in terms of recruiting. With Georgia coming off a national championship victory, adding a coach like McClendon will just make them stronger. Recent success also works in Georgia’s favor here. Georgia has the type of recent success where players want to go and play. The Miami Hurricanes have to build that.
Last week on the show, we talked about the possibility of McClendon leaving. There were rumors out there. Now it’s official. This is certainly not ideal for the Miami Hurricanes, but with Mario Cristobal at the helm, there should be confidence that whoever is McClendon’s replacement will be a good fit. Recruiting battles in South Florida are about to become a lot more fun over the next couple of years. This is storyline that we will certainly be watching.