New University of Miami football coach Mark Richt had a bit more than three weeks in NCAA-designated recruiting time — including three weekends for official visits to Coral Gables — to scour the country for the young men who would make up his first signing class.
The former Hurricanes quarterback, dismissed by Georgia in November after an illustrious, 15-year tenure with the Bulldogs, made every minute count. And although he still couldn’t prevent the late defections of two players to Tennessee, he got a heralded wide receiver as his last signee Wednesday afternoon, a four-star safety Tuesday night and a badly needed defensive tackle and offensive tackle Monday.
He also got UM’s future quarterback and three strong linebackers already enrolled.
Late Tuesday night, Naples High four-star cornerback Tyler Byrd switched his allegiance to Tennessee. And Wednesday, on National Signing Day, receiver Latrell Williams of Lake City Columbia — his ratings varied depending on the service — also defected to Tennessee.