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Mark Richt Is Already Doing Something a Bit Odd With UM Football Recruiting on Twitter

A coach being fired and replaced can often wreak havoc on a college football team's recruiting class, but Mark Richt seems to be determined to make sure that the Miami Hurricanes keep their class in the top 25. And he's doing something sort of odd to achieve it. 

In a seemingly unprecedented move, Richt and his staff are broadcasting on Twitter exactly where they're taking their recruiting trips. 

Yesterday the team tweeted out the location of four coaches, with the help of fancy graphics.  Richt himself continued to make the world aware of his journeys on his own Twitter feed.  Several assistants have also done the same.  It's obviously a coordinated effort, and one USA Today calls "an act of radical transparency." 

Of course, it's not as if coaches make visits in secrecy, and the recruiting trail is heavily reported on. Miami's coaches, however, are taking all the guesswork and reporting out of the equation and blasting to the world what they're doing. USA Today notes it's not hard for college football recruit-watchers to figure out exactly which talent the team may be targeting. The tweets might also have the effect of making those recruits feel extra special. 

Since all but one location tweeted out so far has been in Florida, it also signals to fans that Richt is serious about reinstating the team's ownership of recruiting in Florida. 

It seems to be working. Today, Malek Young, a three-star cornerback out of Coconut Creek in Broward, announced he's now committed to the Canes. He had previously pledged to Georgia when Richt was that team's head coach. 

Miami's 2016 class remains ranked in the top 25 by 247Sports, Scout.com, and ESPN. 
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Kyle Munzenrieder