With the firing of Al Golden announced by UM Sunday evening, recruits reacted.
Wellington wide receiver Ahmmon Richards responded in the most extreme way. He decommitted Sunday night with this tweet.
— AR15 (@AhmmonR2) October 25, 2015
*Three-star cornerback out of Hallandale Deion Jackson said the firing won't affect his commitment, but did say he felt the move was "stupid."
He added: "Golden was a good coach. He had chemistry with the team. He literally used to go on the field and work with the players himself.
"Golden brought a family together. He always used to say, 'This is not just a football program, it's a family.' Half of these college coaches don't care. They don't care. They don't even look some recruits in the eye when they speak to recruits. Golden did and always stayed on top of me with my grades and things like that.
"Other college coaches don't care about building chemistry. If you're good, they want you just to win."
*Jackson's teammate at Hallandale, running back Zack Moss, says the change doesn't affect his commitment.
"I didn't commit to the coaches," he says. "I just look at rosters, mainly my position."
*Lantana Santaluces linebacker Zach McCloud will take a wait-and-see approach. He doesn't have much time as he plans to be an early enrollee in January for the spring semester.
"To be honest, I'm waiting before I make any big decisions. My biggest concern in this process is my future with only three months to decide since I'll be an early enrollee," he says. "I'm not comfortable at the moment, still being patient, though. I want to make an informed decision."
*Four-star St. Thomas Aquinas wide receiver Sam Bruce, who was in attendance to watch UM's 58-0 debacle against Clemson and has also recently taken an Ohio State visit, when reached said: "No comment."
But Bruce later made his opinion known with the tweets below.
I didn't commit to no damn coach! I committed to the U.— 6-3 (@_QUICK6) October 26, 2015
As long KB there, I'm there.— 6-3 (@_QUICK6) October 26, 2015
The latter of the two statements, of course, is in reference to UM wide receivers coach Kevin Beard who once coached Bruce at University School.
*Fellow Aquinas wide receiver and legacy Cane commit Michael Irvin II voiced his displeasure with the decision earlier Sunday.
Why would they do that to my dawg 😔— A1 (@M_Irvin17) October 25, 2015
*Teammate at Aquinas and 2017 linebacker Tyler Dunning had no comment but did post this to Twitter.
Still on board....😎 nothing changed.— Tyler Dunning (@44_dc_) October 25, 2015
*Dionte Mullins' mother posted this on Twitter, noting "#StillCommitted" at the end.
— keeper of 3 kings (@_QueenLioness_) October 25, 2015
*2017 safety out of Jacksonville Bolles Ahman Ross said, "Committed to UM. I will, of course, evaluate the staff, but I am committed to UM."
*Four-star athlete Tyler Byrd out of Naples posted this.
For anyone who might call or text me about coach golden being fired it doesn't effect my commitment it's still all about the U #loyalty— SAUCIN17 (@D1fuzzymuffin17) October 25, 2015
*Nick Roberts, 2017 defensive back out of Orange Park Oakleaf, expressed similar sentiments in this post.
Staying Loyal To Miami 🙌🏽🌴💯— BARTRAM TRAIL (@nr2__) October 26, 2015
*Deltona assistant coach David Williams said of senior tight end/defensive end Evan Hinson: "We're staying committed on our end."
*Fort Lauderdale coach Richard Dunbar said of committed defensive end Jaquwan Nelson, "Jaquwan will stay committed to UM but will take all of his visits. Just not sure what the university is thinking at this point. That's very critical for him."
Dunbar is referring to whether the new staff that comes in will continue to recruit his three-star defensive end, which has recorded 66 tackles and 15 sacks on the year.
*The latest UM commit, 2018 wide receiver Daquris Wiggins, said: "I'm still committed."