Posted by Bryan Fischer
Dealing with issues on and off the field, Miami football continues to show what kind of brand it is and how good of a recruiter Al Golden is by picking up two commitments recently in Lakeland (Fla.) wide receiver Ricquan Southward and Venice (Fla.) running back Danny Dillard Jr.
"I called coach (Terry) Richardson, the running backs coach, and he asked me if I was ready to be a 'Cane," Dillard told the Orlando Sentinel. "Then I talked to the offensive coordinator (Jedd Fisch) and he was telling me how they lost some running backs and how they wanted me, and then head coach Al Golden got on the phone. I told him I'd call back after I talked to my family and everything."
"I can't believe this is happening," Southward told Canesport.com. "It's exciting."
Southward's commitment is a soft one, holding offers from Ole Miss and Ohio State, he'll take visits to others schools before Signing Day.
"I'll still visit other colleges just to look around - I'm set up to see Ohio State the 19th," he said. "I've never been up there. Right now that's only official I have set up."
The 6-foot-2, 215-pound Dillard is a lifelong Hurricanes fan and had an easy decision to pledge to Miami over offers from Illinois, N.C. State, Purdue and UCF among others.
"I was real happy. All my life they've been my favorite," Dillard said. "Last week I talked to the coach (Richardson) and they were talking about offering and then they finally did (Sunday)."
The pair gives Golden and the Hurricanes 26 commitments for the class of 2012. Dillard is ranked by Maxpreps as the 22nd best running back in the country.
"In my opinion, he shows All-American ability," analyst Tom Lemming said of the running back. "A thick, strongly built back who keeps his legs moving at all times and has a nose for the end zone. He doesn't fumble and shows awareness in the open field. A good all around back who can run, block, and catch."
Dillard has 730 rushing yards and 14 touchdowns so far this season while Southward has over 700 yards receiving and 13 touchdowns.