Posted by Bryan Fischer
On Sunday, Miami added commitment to their class of 2012 in Tampa (Fla.) defensive tackle Earl Moore. He held offers from Florida State, South Carolina and several others. Moore might be the last bit of good news for the program in the wake of the devastating Yahoo! Sports report released detailing scores of extra benefits provided by a Hurricanes booster.
Just like North Carolina, Ohio State, Oregon, USC or any other program dealing with a major infractions case, now is when the whispers start for Moore and other players. Facebook messages, currently unregulated, are likely filling recruits' inboxes with links to the Yahoo! story and a note that any coach on staff is free to talk. Head coach Al Golden's toughest task over the next few months is two-fold: keep his team focused and stick to his message about the violations and their possible aftermath.
There will still be players in South Florida that want to play for "The U" no matter what. One could see a day however, where Miami is competing with FAU and FIU for recruits instead of Florida and Florida State if sanctions are bad enough. But because we're only in the initial stages of the investigation, Golden and staff can preach that no one knows what will happen to the program - which is 100% true even if it doesn't look good.
But that doesn't mean every recruit won't be afraid of what could happen. If you're even an average recruit, why take the chance?
That's likely what plenty of opposing coaches are telling plenty of recruits right now. The whispers have just begun for the Hurricanes.