How college football coaching changes have already impacted recruiting landscape
The college football coaching carousel is spinning and, even though it's nowhere close to stopping, it's already had a major impact on recruiting.
Plantation-American Heritage junior wide receiver Brandon Inniss and Trinity Christian junior running back Treyaun Webb both decommitted from Oklahoma on Sunday after Lincoln Riley left the Sooners to take the job at USC.
Inniss and Webb were two of six players in the 2022 or 2023 classes to decommit from Oklahoma in the past 24 hours.
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Inniss is rated the nation's No. 1 receiver in the class 2023 class on the 247Sports composite. The 6-foot, 190-pounder also listed Alabama, Florida, Miami and Ohio State in his top five before picking Oklahoma in August.
Webb, the No. 6 running back on the 247Sports composite, included Georgia and Ohio State in his final three before he announced his decision in July.
Florida announced the hiring of Louisiana coach Billy Napier on Sunday, but it remains to be seen how in-state recruits will respond to his message.
Florida had five players decommit during the final two months of Dan Mullen's tenure in Gainesville, including Berkeley Prep senior tight end flipping to Stanford in October and Ocala-Forest athlete Jamarrien Burt "opening up" his recruiting last week.
Burt, who committed in June, also had offers from Arkansas, Georgia, Indiana, Penn State, West Virginia and others. Burt is No. 70 on the USA Today Florida Network's midseason top 100.
Niceville senior athlete Azareyah Thomas, who was considered one of the Gators' top targets before Mullen's firing, quote tweeted Florida's Napier announcement with the word, "Interesting." Thomas, No. 12 midseason top 100, had not officially announced his college decision but said he was reopening his recruiting last Monday after Mullen was fired.
Miami remains in a holding pattern as it has not yet announced whether coach Manny Diaz will return or not in the wake of the Hurricanes 7-5 season and athletic director Blake James being let go two weeks ago.
The Hurricanes have only two in-state commitments — Evans safety Markeith Williams and Bishop Verot athlete Chris Graves — and has not had any player commit since August 11. Miami does not have any commitments from South Florida and its unclear if a coaching change would make a difference before the early signing period in December.