Posted by Bryan Fischer
It's been several days since the Yahoo! Sports report detailing alleged NCAA violations at Miami surfaced and in the mean time it's been pretty quiet on the recruiting front for the school. Al Golden and staff have the dual focus of keeping MaxPreps' fifth-ranked recruiting class together and preparing for the season, no easy task considering all of the news swirling around the program.
As of Friday, there have been no defections among the 23 recruits... yet. The NCAA only started talking to people on campus on Monday so the investigation of the program, which looks to be extensive, will take some time. While things in Coral Gables look like they are in quicksand, recruits are still sticking with The U.
"I don't think it's going to affect me as far as my decision," quarterback Gray Crow told The St. Petersburg Times. "I'm still pretty firm on my commitment."
“For now, yeah, I’m sticking to them,” receiver Angelo Jean-Louis told The Palm Beach Post. “I just have to see what’s up after I talk to them.”
With in-state recruits, many of whom have grown up wanting to play for Miami, making up the bulk of the Hurricanes' class of 2012, concern about decommits following an NCAA scandal is often focused on out-of-state recruits. Even in this area, it appears the program is holding everyone together.
“Right now, it’s just allegations … but it shocked me, and it shocked a lot of people,” Stone Mountain (Ga.) linebacker Raphel Kirby told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. “Right now, I’m still committed to Miami, so I’m taking it day by day. But I do know about everything that is going down there.”
All of the allegations surrounding the report are being taken very seriously by administrators. The potential for major sanctions, such as scholarship losses and bowl bans, are a possibility given what has come out but that threat hasn't caused anybody outside of Kirby to even hint of wavering.
"I think everything will pan out to be OK," defensive back Vernon Davis told Rivals. "I am still a Cane. I trust them all, Golden and his staff."
For now, Miami's class of 2012 is sticking with their commitments and staying together as 'Canes.