GAINESVILLE -- Florida coach Urban Meyer said in his recruiting press conference that he wants to position one assistant coach in Miami-Dade County to recruit the fertile area. This will be a demanding job and will require someone who knows the area. Call me crazy, but I think that person is former Miami Northwestern High coach Roland Smith.
Smith would be the best possible replacement for former Florida assistant Doc Holliday, who recruited South Florida for years and most recently coached safeties at Florida. He was respected throughout Miami-Dade, Broward and Palm Beach counties but will never command the kind of attention Smith would receive on his first day on the job in Miami. The guy is a Miami hero.
Before you pass the idea off as nonsense, take a quick look at Smith's resume. He grew up in Miami, played defensive back for the University of Miami, coached high school at Miami mega-power Miami Northwestern and put together what many believe to be the best high school team in state history, the 2007 Bulls. Smith didn't coach the team in 2007 but he was certainly the team's architect. Smith led the 2006 Bulls to a state championship before being forced out by the school's administration. (Everyone remembers the whole Antwan Easterling fiasco, right? Good, no need to review it.)
ANYWAY, nine of those players from the 2007 Miami Northwestern team signed with the University of Miami in Febuary. I don't think this blog needs anymore explanation. Florida wouldn't miss a beat in recruiting Miami-Dade if it hired Roland Smith.